editor's note: This is the first in a new column by Vinylmation collector, Susan Ermish where she features a custom Vinylmation from her collection. Let us know your thoughts below!
I began collecting Vinylmations during a trip to Walt Disney World in June 2011, when I absolutely fell in love with the Toy Story series. I was able to blind box all but one during my vacation, and my love for these addicting little Mickeys began to blossom!
In February 2013, with my count of mass produced Vinylmations standing at 280 pieces, my collection began to go through an amazing metamorphosis. I discovered customs, the amazing artists that create them, and started collecting them almost exclusively! I still pick up a few of the mass produced pieces, but my customs have become the heart and soul of my collection, and each piece is so special to me. Each week, I will be featuring one of the customs in my collection. So without further adieu, my first commissioned custom, and the one that started my whole custom collecting frenzy….
At the beginning of 2013, I began reading many of the custom artist spotlights on various Vinylmation websites, and the artist whose work I was most impressed with was Mike Vetrone. The pictures of his work were simply jaw dropping. In February 2013, I contacted Mike to see if he would be interested in creating a 9″ Vinylmation based on the Haunted Mansion attraction at Walt Disney World, my favorite attraction and a Disney Classic. I figured this would be the one and only custom in my collection, so I had better make it a good one!
Mike’s waiting list was several months long, as I suspected. Many custom artists have lengthy waiting lists, but they are well worth the wait! In June, Mike contacted me to let me know that he was ready to start working on my custom, and he wanted to know my favorite aspects of the attraction. Ironically enough, I was vacationing at WDW, and had just toured the Haunted Mansion with my 2 kids for the first time that afternoon, and they loved it! I told Mike a few of my favorite aspects of the ride included the architecture of the mansion, hitchhiking ghosts, and the creepy wallpaper. The rest was up to him.
Mike was able to incorporate all of my favorite aspects onto the front of the vinyl. The detail on the mansion is incredible. The hitchhiking ghosts look happy to follow you home, and the creepy wallpaper in the ears looks as if it is following your every move!
The iconic creepy wallpaper adorns both side aspects.
The back of the vinyl was Mike’s choice to incorporate into the design, and it was a perfect choice…the Haunted Mansion clock! I love the detail in the teeth and the swinging pendulum. The whole vinyl is also covered in a purple splatter, which really ties the whole piece together, giving you the feeling the piece in wonderfully covered in creepy wallpaper.
This piece holds a very special place in my heart. Not only did Mike do an incredible job, but every time I look at it, I am reminded of the first time I toured the attraction with my kids, and the wonder in their eyes.
If you would like to commission a wonderful Mike Vetrone custom, he can be contacted at www.facebook.com/customsbymikevetrone .