Welcome to a brand new edition of Hits and Misses as members of the Vinylmation Kingdom give us their thoughts on a series and this week we take a look at Animation 3.
RogPalmerUK – Animation to me is one of the classic Vinylmation series that first caught my attention while in stores, my very first blind box purchase was a Animation box in Cardiff (I pulled two Dodger’s (ironic considering my name) & a Fairy Godmother). So for me, Animation is one of the most important releases of the year, this is what I want, Disney characters. This is a straight forward series that doesn’t need to be messed about with. This whole series is a huge hit for me, throw in the combo topper & twin packs (not sure of the 9” yet) and I will be adding all of these to my collection.
Thumper as the combo topper instantly stood out as one of the strongest vinyls from this series and I think it’s a perfect choice for a combo topper. I also think Panchito is another great character that will sit perfectly with Jose from series 2 and hopefully Donald in series 4. Other big favourites of mine include Mowgli and Robin Hood, two huge movies from my childhood that I watched hundreds of time (now I’m whistling the opening bit to Robin Hood, that’ll be with me for days now!) And then of course you have Stitch who is one of my more recent favourite characters and one of the few characters from the 00’s that I really show that Disney didn’t have to rely on Pixar all the time to create awesome characters.
Then we have the chaser, I didn’t know who this was when I first saw it and after watching the short for this series, I can see why its made the cut. This is what Animation should be about, less known characters mixed in with the popular ones, we have a dozen Daisy Ducks or Cheshire Cats, so lets have more of this. I also love this one because of the Scottish vibe which reminds me of my Gran, the day I got married in a castle in Scotland and a family holiday to Loch Ness.
- Stitch – I absolutely love this figure! It might be one of my all time favorite vinyls! Ron Cohee is outstanding once again at capturing the complete likeness of Stitch. Everything is totally accurate, his facial expression, his suit and I love the use of the ‘ears’ for Stitch’s antennae
- Mowgli – I think Mowgli is adorable, he’s so child like, this vinyl really captures the essence of Mowgli’s character. Great use of the ears also for the jungle vines
LittleMissVinylmation – Robin Hood! It’s about time characters from this cartoon get more recognition from the Vinylmation world. The Brave Little Tailor Mickey hat is nicely reused in this one and Robin’s face is perfect. My second favourite is Perdita – isn’t she just sooooo pretty? I never knew a vinyl could be made to look so elegant. Next up is Card Guard complete with his paintbrush (can anyone say ARMY – yep it’s my next one), and I, and all you cash strapped AIW obsessed vinyl collectors can breathe a HUGE sigh of relief with me that there is no heart variant for this set. It would’ve been really cool though, to have red and white rose bushes in the ears? Finally Stitch in his true alien form. I’m kinda glad they didn’t use the john carter four-arm mold for this one. It would’ve looked really weird. OK as for the chaser, yes it’s obscure, but have you seen the short? So completely adorable. I’m in love with Nessie and her Scottish hat!
Mark – I have to admit, the Animation series isn’t a series that’s ever attracted me. I’ve never bought a blind box of Animation series and I currently only own 2 (Peter Pan from A1 that was given to me & Tigger from A2 that I got in a trade). However, there are some designs that do appeal to me, which I may try to obtain down the road. The first hit for me is Eeyore. It’s nice to have a properly detailed one (besides the 25th) done and I feel his expression is captured well. The use of the ears with the stormy weather is a great addition. My next hit is Mowgli. He’s a good choice to follow up Baloo from A2, and he’s done well with good use of the ears with the jungle background. My third hit is Thumper, the combo topper. It’s good to have a Thumper that will be available to people not in Japan. Thumper is interpreted well & I really enjoy his facial expression.
Disney Collector – Let me start off by saying I love the way this series looks! Between the regular figures, topper, and combos, it’s really hard to choose which I like best. However, I have come to a conclusion on my favourites, so let’s begin. My first hit is Robin Hood. It’s nice to finally see him represented in Vinylmation and he looks great! Second hit is Basil. The Great Mouse Detective is a really underrated film and it’s nice to see it have attention here. Third hit is Todd. All around great figure and I love the tail!
Matt Patterson – A3 is a set that, to me, doesnt set the world on fire. My interpretation is that the series is simply about bringing some of Disney’s well known characters to vinyl form but without too many (if any to be honest) bells or whistles. Detail seems to be held back with an emphasis on simplicity or purity, maintaining the integrity of the original character. Or at least that’s the spin I would put on it if, my livelihood depended on shifting cases of them. Fortunately it doesn’t as being a fan of detail over concept, I find the set less exciting that I would have hoped, which makes looking for ‘hits’ above the overall okayness (if thats a word) interesting.
Hits are trickier, as to me they are a plain and simple set. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but as a result it makes it challenging to pick three that stand out above the rest. But, having said that, I shall try to with some justification.
Is such a great character from Tangled. Im not sure he is represented as well as I would have hoped, but its still great to have an appearance from pascal. The fact that he comes in two variation forms, with the red version having its own expression, makes pascal the strongest of the bunch for me.
I used to really love the film. Was one of those ones that got continually rewound and played (yup old enough for VHS) as a kid, and it will be really nice to add a Robin Hood to our collection at home.
Not sure if its allowed, but Thumper is a great character, albeit the topper and not part of the original 12. Again, kept simple (although probably little scope for extra detail here) and a good representation of the original character. Will be a must for our collection!
RogPalmerUK – This series does however have a few characters that I’m not blown away with by such as Eeyore (the 25th version was so much better) and I don’t like the Dalmatian, after seeing how the Furry Friends/Whiskers & Tales have done these figures, this one just looks a bit plain. Basil the Great Mouse Detective should have had a proper hat, not just drawn on and finally did we really need another character from the Alice in Wonderland series (I liked the movie, but seriously how many vinyls does one movie need?). We’ve had maybe 2 from Robin Hood?
- Pascal – I am disappointed that the ears were not put to better use with Pascal. The yellow variant is completely yellow, including the ears, which at a minimum I think should have been done with the common Pascal. Leaving his ears blue makes him look a little unfinished. He could even have had flowers on the ears like he was holding in Tangled Ever After
LittleMissVinylmation – Now despite the fact that I like this set a great deal more than Animation 2, I am really only gunning after the few mentioned above. I usually adore all things Eeyore but the artwork on this was flat and plain, plus no detachable tail – boo. As for Pascal and his yellow variant, what is with his mouth?! Everyone loves angry Pascal, cute Pascal, but bewildered Pascal? It just seems totally out of character to me. Finally Thumper. Unlike the ETO version that I hunted high and low for, I feel much less strongly for this topper, because the design just doesn’t strike a chord with me. It’s boring. The rest of the characters are nicely represented, especially the detail work in Mowgli’s ears but unfortunately, I’m just not a huge fan of the rest of the cartoons to feel like I *need to have* all of these.
Mark – The first miss for me is Grumpy. I’ve never been a Grumpy fan or 7 dwarves fan. But seeing all the Grumpy Disney merchandise at the parks just makes him even more of a miss for me. Also, having just seen him Robots 3 makes me think they could’ve gone with a different dwarf for this series. My next miss is Basil. I actually had to look him up since I didn’t know who he was and I feel that a lot of people won’t know who he is either. I think he could’ve benefitted from the use of the same hat accessory as Robin Hood to make him look better. My final miss is Perdita. This is another scenario of another Dalmatian too soon, having Lucky from W&T who was a strong design, and this one just falls flat if comparing the two.
Disney Collector – This is one of those series where I have no misses. However, I will say me least favourite figures are the Stabbington brothers. Don’t get me wrong they’re good figures, but like the Headless Horseman, they seem out of place here and belong in villains.
Matt Patterson – As mentioned earlier, I am a fan of detail and quirkiness. So the little details and intricacies are what can really set me off when it comes to vinylmation. However, as A3 seems to lack both of these and is all about the characters, my misses are based on those characters, I really dont need to see again.
Why is Grumpy so popular to the artists? I already have a 25th anniversary Grumpy and a robot Grumpy. So do I really want another Grumpy? In honesty No! My understanding was that their were seven DIFFERENT dwarves not 7, identical erm twi…. septuplets (yes I had to google that term). What is wrong with the other ones? Dont they get a look in? Has Grumpy taken over in the dwarf camp and bullied the others in submission? Does he have a contract binding him to muliple appearances? I dont know, but I do know that personally I could do without another. As I feel the ones in other sets have more detail and are a little more interesting to the eye, Grumpy is my first miss. Sorry, but guess you will get plenty more cracks of the whip in future releases anyway.
Why is Eeyore so popu…. ok sorry. I wont say the same thing But as I prefer the 25the Eeyore, Im gonna say this one is a miss for me (even though I do think the rain clouds to represent his outlook on things a nice idea)
Stitch doesnt really do it for me! Sorry stitch! In his Animation 3 form, he looks a bit like he has decided to cross the road when a bus turned up. Ouch! Squashing his expression onto his face. I guess, I dont understand or appreciate the fella. Many seem too, but not for me. I would have preferred a more traditional character.
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