Disney Dollar Deals Week One Thumbanail

Hello everyone, I’m Vinylmation kingdom’s new column writer Spark and welcome to the new ‘Disney Dollar Deals”. In ‘Disney Dollar Deals’ We show you the new deals around the internet, for Vinylmations, from ebay to Amazon, from Facebook to the Disney store. Every week will have a theme, where we show you the best deals on Vinylmations which fit into the theme, including the most expensive Vinylmation of the week and our community corner.

As with buying from anyone on the internet, please be on the watch for sellers selling scrappers online from any sites outside of the Disney official stores/shops. Make sure to check out our scrappers guide!

To kick off the first week, the theme is going to be on the newly released Jungle Book series. The series includes six 3” Vinylmations and four 1.5” Vinylmations in order to celebrate the re-release of movie to DVD and Blu-ray.

Disney Store.com:

The Jungle Book Series Tray- $207.20:

Each tray contains sixteen blind boxes of the series and you are guaranteed one complete set, most of the time. Even though the Disney Store have cleverly price the tray, so its not a cheaper alternative to buying sixteen random blind boxes separately, you are getting a complete set. The tray, despite the price, is a easer way to complete the series straight away for collectors who what to complete the set quickly. If you have the money to hand, its the best way to go.

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eBay:

Current Listings: 

3” King Louie- From the Jungle Book Series- $16.99:

King Louie is currently being sold by theluckypennyllc. She currently as 100% feedback, ships from the USA and as a very minor chance of the figure being a scrapper. Even though the price doesn’t include shipping, the Vinylmation Is relatively cheap, for a newly released figure, which can help you complete your collection.

 

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Sold Listings: 

3” Mowgli- From The Animation #3 Series- $6.99:

This awesome Mowgli figure sold for a very cheap price of $6.99. The seller ‘disney_pins_and_vinyl’ overall has 98.8% positive feedback and ships from the USA. Once again, this has a very minor chance of being a scrapper.

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Facebook:

Vinylmation Kingdom Trading:

For obvious privacy and security reasons I shan’t be naming names of the sellers on Facebook, due to these are listed under people’s full names. This although will give you an idea of what to look out for or even you could find the actual listing!

This weeks seller is currently selling a wide range of the series for $12.95 each. Also being listed, the seller is offering to negotiate if you are interested in more Vinylmations which can save you more money! The shipping per a figure is relatively cheap too and can save you lots of money for the last few figures you need for the new series.

Picture Credit; From The Seller On Vinylmation Kingdom Trading

Picture Credit; From The Seller On Vinylmation Kingdom Trading

 

Most Expensive Vinylmation Of The Week:

Here is this weeks most expensive vinylmation of the week. Every week, we scavenge the internet for the pricey vinylmations around. 

Vault 28 Villains Maleficent 9”

This Vinylmation will blow you away on the price it’s listed for on ebay. Back in 2012 the Vault 28 Maleficent was sold on Disney store for about $650, which was expensive as it is, and sold very quickly. This vinyl, you can kind of see why the price tag is so high! It’s a limited edition part of the Vaults series, hand painted, by Noah, the artist himself, but it’s also signed! 

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I bet lots of you thought you would never see this again and never get to add it to your collection, but you’re wrong, if your pocket can reach that far! The Vinylmation is now up on ebay for $999.99 even more that the original price tag. This seller I would have no worries about getting scammed or worse. Shopaterikas has 100% positive feedback and is from the USA.

Community Corner:

Welcome to our community corner! This is where you get involved! We want you to send us your pictures of deals you have found in Disney Parks and Disney stores, as well as letting us know in the comments section, any great deals you’ve found on the internet! We also want to see pictures in general of what you’re local stores have in-stock.

Want to send us a picture? Upload it on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, make sure its public, and tag it with the hashtag #VKDDeals.

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Please let us know what you thought about our new column below! See you next week on Disney Dollar Deals!

 All listings and prices are correct as of the 9th March 2014.

 

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Welcome back fellow park hoppers!

Today we will finish up our tour of the Magic Kingdom. We will start by looking at some changes to (old) Fantasyland and work our way around the New Fantasyland section of the park where we will see how the Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, and Storybook Circus additions are doing after almost a year of being opened. Grumpy and Dopey will also take us on a circle tour of the construction of the new Mine Train attraction before concluding on some powerful additions to Tomorrowland.

Everyone have their Times Guides and water bottles? Your tour guide is waiting for you on the best street of all!

Meet me on Main Street!

Fantasyland:

But Petah, how do we get to Neverland?

But Petah, how do we get to Neverland?

Scrims are now up around the bathrooms that were next to Peter Pans Flight. Rumors are that an interactive que for the attraction will be put in its place, though no word on what type of enhancements have been revealed yet.

Its a Small (wait) World After All

Its a Small (wait) World After All

With the My Magic+ initiative taking off in full force it seems as if every attraction is getting a Fastpass+ entrance.

Calling all princesses!

Calling all princesses!

Work continues for the new meet and greet location for the princesses next to Prince Charmings Regal Carousel. Tiana and Rapunzel were once pictured here as well but have since been removed. In a concept drawing of the inside, Cinderella and Rapunzel are seen meeting with guests so I guess we really wont know until it opens in the fall of 2013.

New Fantasyland:

Bonjour!

Bonjour!

After passing through the new castle walls, the first attraction that we encounter is Enchanted Tales with Belle. Set up in Maurice’s cottage and workspace, the attraction is an advanced form of a character meet and greet with a story style element added. The audio-animatronics are outstanding, the interaction is worthwhile, and there is especially one transformation effect that is incredible and still puzzles many guests on how it is done. I recommend getting a Fastpass early as the attraction fills up fast and normally sustains 50 min + all day.

If your stressed, its fine dining we suggest!

If your stressed, its fine dining we suggest!

By far the best part of New Fanstasyland has to be the Be Our Guest restaurant. Open for lunch as a quick service option and then dinner as a table service, the restaurant offers three different rooms to enjoy your meal in. Extremely popular since the day it opened, there was a 45 min wait for lunch when I visited to take these pictures. I will try to get some pictures inside the building for next time, but unless you have a reservation or would like to wait in line, the bridge to the castle is as far as you will get, but I highly recommend the restaurant if you can get a reservation.

More beer? What for, nothing helps!

More beer? What for, nothing helps!

Sitting next to the Beast’s castle is Gaston’s Tavern. A three room pub with a feature on a pork shank bone and a frozen beverage called Lefou’s Brew

cup or goblet?

cup or goblet?

The seating is not too overly crowded as with only a few items on the menu most guests don’t sit for a long time like they do in other quick service locations.

I use antlers in all of my decorating!

I use antlers in all of my decorating!

The Tavern is themed very well and has a few gags and real life props from the movie.

Gaston wins again

Gaston wins again

Ariel now makes a bigger splash in the Magic Kingdom with Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid. The attraction is a basic copy of the same one over at California Adventure. I think we got away with way better theming and and some neat enhancements in the que.

The human world, Its a mess

The human world, Its a mess

Ursula wasn’t thrilled to visit her mermaid enemy, but she wanted to see all the poor unfortunate souls who would ride such an attraction. The facade adds another castle to the parks landscape with Prince Eric’s castle.

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The que for the attraction is very long and the attraction is pulling in waits of 30 min+, so it definitely feels like a long wait. Next door to the attraction is the new area for Ariel’s Grotto meet and greet.

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Themed much like the attraction nearby with caves and waterfalls, the Grotto has a nice feel to it and Ariel is always very cheerful when you get to meet her.

Step right up, Step right up!

Step right up, Step right up!

Storybook Circus was the first addition to the New Fantasyland area that opened in  July of 2012. The area features two Dumbo spinners, a re-themed Barnstormer, a water play area, and a new meet and greet to see Goofy, Donald, Minnie, and Daisy in their circus outfits.

Get your popcorn here!

Get your popcorn here!

The main gift shop in the area is Big Top Souvenirs. Themed to the main event tent at the circus, it is rich with details and circus/Dumbo themed merchandise. Even the pin trading gets in on the act as seen above.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train:

Heigh-HO

Heigh-Ho

The final piece of the New Fantasyland puzzle is slowly coming together. All the track has been put together and the main work seems to be the rock work on the exterior.

Just whistle while you work

Just whistle while you work

This is probably one of the first attractions that Disney is building that you are able to walk 360 degrees around while it is still in construction. The walls around the mountain are very well themed and have characters from Snow White acting out scenes from the surrounding attractions. Some, like the one above, have slits in them so you can take a peek inside to get a better look at what’s going on.

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The back section of the mountain that faces the Little Mermaid attraction is going to be themed to Prince Eric’s village. There has been no word on if it will be shops/food or if it will just be a themed area.

From Storybook Circus

From Storybook Circus

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One last look in shows some interesting track maneuvers as well as a lot more rock work to be done.

Tomorrowland:

With great power, comes a full battery

With great power, comes a full battery

I don’t know how long this has been there, but at the back of the arcade at the exit to Space Mountain there are two long tables with full length power strips for guests to use. There are only four seats at each table, but as you can see there are many sockets that can be used.

Fastpass+:

Life in the fast lane!

Life in the fast lane!

As I stated earlier, there are attractions all over the park getting ready for Fastpass+. Some of these attractions never had the need for it but are getting the treatment anyways due to the Fastpass+ initiative.

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Over at the Haunted Mansion, the Fastpass+ side takes you through the original entrance bypassing the extended cemetery line. Stand-by guests must use the cemetery and don’t have the option to bypass anymore.

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Well, that will be the end of our tour for this week. I hope you enjoyed your time in the Magic Kingdom. Next time our tour will take us to EPCOT where we will explore new technologies and travel the world in a mile and a half. Please leave your comments below and remember to pick up the tour at the heart of America. Just Meet Me on Main Street!

 

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Welcome back fellow park hoppers! This week my dolls travel to the Magic Kingdom to check out all that is new in the “Most Magical Place on Earth”. They check out a new Monorail, see how the new park entrances are working out and meet some long lost friends. We also stop by the new Main Street Bakery featuring Starbucks, play a new pirate game, and check out the new Tangled area.

Everybody have their park maps and water coolers? Its blazing hot outside (when it’s not raining) so grab your sun block and Meet Me on Main Street!

Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!

Grr...AArg

Grr…Aarg

Sulley had to see how Monorail Teal transformed into Monster-rail to promote Monsters University.

which Greek are you?

Which Greek are you?

Rather than transform the whole monorail like the previous Tron-o-rail and Avenger-rail did, Monster-rail has a simple wrap that still makes Monorail Teal feel natural. The wrap features the fraternities and sororities that are in the movie and the characters associated with those groups.

OK? PNK? ROR? HSS? EEK? JOX? which one are you in?

OK? PNK? ROR? HSS? EEK? JOX? which one are you in?

I couldn’t get a picture of it, but the Ironman-o-rail that took over Monorail Black earlier in the spring now has the date that Iron man 3 will be released on Blu Ray and DVD which is September 24th.

Green means go!

Green means go!

One day ticket had to see how much the Park entrances have changed since it was being used in 1981. Construction is moving into place the last two sections of RFID turnstiles on the left side of the Magic Kingdom entrance.

Cast members are on hand if things get complicated

Cast members are on hand if things get complicated

The new turnstiles are a very fast way to enter the park when they are operating efficiently, but since one day ticket holders are still being issued paper tickets, the lines can still get backed up if they are not handled quickly.

This weeks Limited Time Magic was round 2 of Long Lost Friends week which saw the return of characters from Robin Hood, Chicken Little, Song of the South, and Princess and the Frog. The characters came out every 30 minutes till about 2 PM.

no autographs, just pictures

no autographs, just pictures

 

The sky is falling! It did rain a lot later that day

The sky is falling! It did rain a lot later that day

One of the best interactions with the characters came when I took Prince Naveen to see a long lost friend on the other side.

Naveen was very anxious at first

Naveen was very anxious at first

The Shadowman was also very excited to see his little friend too. I had to keep their meeting short because Dr. Facilier looked like he had some evil intentions.

Its a real gator!

Its a real gator!

It was nice to see the Bench with Minnie Mouse and Roy O. Disney is back behind the flag pole in Main Street Square. It was absent from its home for a while taking a spot over by the firehouse where Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is distributed.

Partners No. 2

Partners No. 2

The Bench sits next to a plaque of the Dedication of Walt Disney World in 1971.

Walt Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney

Walt Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney

Moving down Main Street, the back section of the jewelry store used to feature pins and Vinyls, and now features shoes and accessories.

Tour guide Donald Away!

Tour guide Donald Away!

Cuppa Tea was getting thirsty, so I took it over to the new Main Street Bakery featuring Starbucks for a drink.

Lines are huge in the morning when the park opens and die down about 11AM

Lines are huge in the morning when the park opens and die down about 11AM

Luckily there are 2 sides to choose from, but don’t worry both have the same items. You will notice that the whole area is used and there are no more tables to sit at inside the bakery.

Side A

Side A

Side B

Side B

Some of the pastries have remained the same, but some, like the famed cheese danish, have vanished. Those Starbucks cake pops are popular though. The prices of the drinks are probably comparable to standard Starbucks locations.

Ill have a blueberry scone please!

Ill have a blueberry scone please!

The late summer season is one of the busiest times of the year to visit the parks and the times board shows it.

all 3 mountains pushing 90 minutes at about 11:30 AM

All 3 mountains pushing 90 minutes at about 11:30 AM!

 

On to Adventureland to search for treasures of the seven seas!

As long as its not cursed Aztec gold.

As long as its not cursed Aztec gold.

The game has some similarities with Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, and it also has some big differences. You start off at the recruitment center where you pick up your map and talisman. You then set out on your adventure finding various tokens around Adventureland to tell a story.

Yay! no Aztec curse!

Yay! no Aztec curse!

Much like sorcerers, you are given a map and told to go to a particular location.

Off to the parrot!

Off to the parrot!

Tap your talisman or park ticket to the symbol and let the story begin. That is about where the similarities of the two games stop. Everything else that takes place in the game happens right in front of you with props instead of on a screen.

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Jacks compass points the way!

Jacks compass points the way!

Thats real smoke coming out of that cannon

Thats real smoke coming out of that cannon

The game will take you from the Pirates attraction over towards the Swiss Family Treehouse, so there might be a lot of back and forth walking ahead of you. There are 5 maps total to play through, so when you find your treasure and want to hunt for more, just head back to the recruitment center and start again.

You found it!

You found it!

 

Master Gracey was excited to see that the awning was redone for the walkway at Haunted Mansion. They installed some AC units to blow out cool air over the walkway for the summer heat.

Is that cold air on your neck from the AC or is a ghoul out for a little stroll?

Is that cold air on your neck from the AC or is a ghoul out for a little stroll?

 

Finally this week we will take a look at the new Rapunzel themed area in between Fantasyland and Liberty Square. When the area was first announced, it was heavily rumored for a permanent meet and greet for Tangled characters as the theming was simply amazing. Even though it turned out to be just a bathroom and a nice place to rest for a while, it still is one of the best themed areas in the whole park.

Rapunzels Tower shines in the distance!

Rapunzels Tower shines in the distance!

The area simply glows at night thanks to a few lanterns.

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The Mens bathrooms are themed to the guards armory now equipped with frying pans. The women’s bathroom (from what I have been told, seeing how I have never been in..lol) looks as if Rapunzel painted the walls and ceiling herself adding in the sun symbol found throughout the story.

The area is rich with detail from the movie including posters for the thugs and some hidden Pascals

There are 9 or 10 Pascals to be found in the area. Can you find the one in this picture?

There are 9 or 10 Pascals to be found in the area.

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Have you found any yet?

Have you found any yet?

 

That will rap up this weeks report. Next time we will venture into New Fantasyland to see what Belle, the Beast, Gaston, and Ursula are up to. We will also look at how Fastpass+ will be changing some of the attractions in the Magic Kingdom as well as a few other updates.

Once again, you know where Ill be. Just Meet Me on Main Street!

dumbo

The official Vinylmation event’s page has shared some information on the next Animation 3 release.

Dumbo the flying elephant and his sidekick Timothy are now being released in the form of Vinylmation™ figures. Dumbo stands at an astounding 9-inches tall while Timothy is a Vinylmation™ Junior standing at 1.5-inches tall. You really can’t beat this adorable pair so be sure to get yours while supplies last!

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Edition Size: 250
Retail: $99.95, plus tax
Artist: Monty Maldovan
Release Date: June 7, 2013
Figure Sizes: 9-inch & 1.5 inch
Locations: Walt Disney World® Resort & Disneyland® Resort

Are you going to pick these up?

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Today the official Vinylmation blog posted a reminder about this weeks release of the Animation 3 Stabbington Brothers.

Disney’s Tangled features these two thugs, the Stabbington Brother, who try to re-claim their stolen goods from Flynn Ryder. Designed by Disney Design Group artist, Thomas Scott, this Vinylmation™ figure set will release May 24, 2013 at both Walt Disney World® Resort and Disneyland® Resort.

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Figure Size: 3-inch Figure Set
Retail Price: $26.95
Edition Size: 1,000

 

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Are you going to pick this setup?

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Today is a big release day for the Vinylmation Kingdom, with the release of the Animation 3: Fox & The Hound twin pack and Park Starz 2.  All of these releases are available at both D-Streets at WDW and DLR.  Park Starz 2 is also fully available on Disneystore.com however full trays were not available online.  There is also a trading event at Disneyland Resort tonight.

May 10, 2013

 

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What one’s are you going to pick up?

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The official vinylmation blog posted details on the Animation 3 Fox & the Hound twin pack.

Vinylmation™ Animation Series 3 – The Fox and the Hound

May 2 | By: Disney Theme Park Merchandise

In 1981, Walt Disney Pictures® released a loveable animated film about two unlikely best friends. The Fox and the Hound Vinylmation™ figures were created in memory of this perfect pair and are ideal for any collector to remind them of this moving film.

Edition Size: 2,500
Release Date: May 10, 2013
Locations: Walt Disney World® Resort and Disneyland® Resort

Disney Design Group Artist, Monty Maldovan designed this 3-inch figure set which will retail for $26.95, plus tax

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The Vinylmation blog has posted the first official photograph of the Animation 3 Pascal Variant.

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Vinylmation™ Animation Series 3 Variant Revealed

April 18 | By: Disney Theme Park Merchandise

Vinylmation™ Animation Series 3 was released this past Friday, April 12, 2013. Here is a look at the variant released for this collection.

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The red and yellow figure was designed by Disney Design Group artist Monty Maldovan.

This series was released at D Street in California and Florida as well as online at the Disney Parks Online Store – http://www.disneystore.com/vinylmation/mn/1000828/

 

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hitsWelcome 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.

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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.

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  • 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.

Pascal.
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.

Robin Hood.
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.

Thumper.
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!

Misses

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?

CaptainEO

  • 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.

Grumpy.
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.

Eeyore.
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)

Controversy warning!

Stitch!
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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animation 3 tray

It’s a new release Friday and today sees the launch of the Animation 3 series in the US (In Stores, Online and at the parks) as well as being available in Europe & Disneyland Paris.

April 12, 2013

  • Animation Series 3 , 3-inch figure (Blind Box/$12.95): D-Streets, Disney Stores and Online.
  • Animation Series 3, Trays ($310.80) D-Streets and Online
  • Animation Series 3, Thumper Combo Topper, 3-inch figure ($24.95) D-Streets and Online
  • Animation Series 3, 9″ $59.95 Chernabog D-Streets, Disney Stores and Online
  • Vinylmation Jr. Series 8 – Goofy’s Candy Co., 1.5-inch figure  (Blind Box/$9.95): VM Facebook Store

** Update – The Facebook Store doesn’t update at the same time as Disneystore.com (usually much later in the day).  Also while it was announced that Goofy Candy Co Jr’s would be available on Facebook First, this could have changed as there is no information on the events page as of this morning.  We will update you all later if it appears on Facebook

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What are you planning on getting?

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The Official Vinylmation blog posted a story today revealing the first official image of the chaser for Animation 3.

Vinylmation™ Animation Series 3 Mystery Chaser Revealed

April 9 | By: Disney Theme Park Merchandise

Vinylmation™ Animation Series 3 releases this Friday, April 12, 2013. Here is a look at the Mystery Chaser for this collection.  Stay tuned for a look at the variant figures from this series next week.

 

The Mystery chaser figure was designed by artist Maria Clapsis and will be released at D Street locations in California and Florida as well as online at the Disney Parks Online Store – http://www.disneystore.com/vinylmation/mn/1000828/