captain america variant

With the release of the new Avengers Vinylmation series, there were 3 variants and a chaser to uncover. Thanks to Vinylmation Exchange member Russell Jason, many collectors believe this is the 1/96 ratio variant is and its an unmasked Captain America, as Steve Rogers.

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What do you think of this variant?


Today sees the new Marvel Red Hulks Vinylmation twin pack released at Walt Disney World, Disneyland and online at    This twin pack has a limited edition size of 1500 and is priced at $29.95.

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Disney Design Group Artist, Thomas Scott, will be at the Disneyland® Resort for the release of the new Red Hulks Limited Edition Vinylmation™ set. Thomas will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 10a.m. to 12p.m. at D Street in the Downtown Disney® District.

Will you be adding this twin pack to your collection?


With the new Avengers: Age of Ultron movie coming out in May, Vinylmation fans have been waiting to see more about this series, which was originally teased at the Imagination Gala. Recently it was revealed that this series will feature a “Redux” style tray layout, with just 5 common figures, 3 variants and a chaser.

Now our friends over at Vinylmation World have shared these images of the commons, which are due out in Disney Stores and at the Theme Parks in May. Included in the series are Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye. Each figure (except Iron Man) comes with an accessory and are themed around the “Cinematic” universe rather than the comic book, which we saw in Marvel Series 1.

What do you think of these figures?

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May is going to be a big month for Marvel fans with the new Avengers: Age Of Ultron movie coming out and also the new Vinylmation blind box series based on the movie coming as well. We originally saw a sneak peek at this series at the Imagination Gala event and we were told this series is based on the movie characters rather than the comic books like Marvel Series 1.

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Thanks to our friends over at Vinylmation World, they have shared some interesting details on this series, the big news is that this set will move away from the standard Vinylmation series set up of 8 figures including a chaser, Avengers will use the Urban Redux layout. This format features 5 commons (Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye and Black Widow), 1 chaser and 3 variants. A tray will consist of 8 figures, the 5 commons, 2 fillers (repeated commons) and either a chaser or variant.

These figures will also have a ratio, though could the signed figures and super hand drawn chasers return? This leaves a few Avenger characters missing from the line up including Ultron, Hulk, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, but those possibly could be the chaser or maybe even a unannounced combo topper or twin pack?

Could we see more series using the smaller format?

What do you think of this news?




With the announcement of the Disney Infinity Marvel Super Heroes [2.0 Edition] Starter Pack earlier this year and then the subsequent announcement of the Disney Infinity Originals  [2.0 Edition] Toy Box Starter Pack, and still the further announcement of the Disney Infinity 2.0 Game Download, some people were wondering how they would get certain pieces that are included in the two Starter Packs if they are not, in fact, getting that Starter Pack. Confused yet? I thought you might be.

So, let’s take Dave. Dave wants to buy the digital download of Disney Infinity 2.0. Why? Well, he has the Disney Infinity base from his 1.0 game. Also, he wants to deal without the disc. So, when the digital download for his XBox 360 become available in late 2014, he will be getting that. However, Dave also wants to play the Avengers Play Set (currently available only in the Marvel Starter Pack) and wants to play with Stitch in the Toy Box (who will be available November 4th in the Toy Box Starter). Is there any way that he can do this without having to buy the two Starters? Disney has made it possible.

The team at Disney Infinity previously announced that Merida and Stitch, the two characters in the Toy Box Starter, would be available as single purchases, and that has been confirmed on websites like Toys ‘R’ Us to be so. Yesterday, Johnny V. announced that the four Toy Box Game Discs (2 for the Marvel Starter and two for the Toy Box Starter) will be available later in 2014 for $19.99 per 2pk. And now, it looks like we have the solution for the rest of the contents of the Marvel Starter. Toys ‘R’ Us is now accepting pre-orders for the Avengers Play Set (which includes Iron Man and Black Widow) and a single pack of Thor. 



So it looks like an individual can truly customize their Disney Infinity 2.0 experience and only buy what they want. However, my question remains…. what don’t you want it all?

Have a great weekend.


If your a Marvel fan, there are plenty of new Vinylmations coming your way, first up we have a Ant Man Eachez due out in December and there will also be another Marvel Eachez figure released, in the form of a Peter Parker/Spider-Man figure, the variant version will feature Peter Parker without the mask. Both these eachez have a Limited Edition size of 2500 and a price of $16.95.



10491972_10202878512940079_8201264696451807715_nAlso coming soon is a new Avengers themed blind box series which will be a 8 piece set based on the movie and there will also be a twin pack featuring War-Machine and Iron Patriot which will be out in December 2014, have a LE size of 1500 and a retail price of $29.95.

Are you excited about any of these?

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Tomorrow we will finally get to see what is brewing with Disney Infinity 2.0 at E3. We obviously have had many hints and tips regarding more figures joining the line up and its going to be pretty interesting to see what else DI has in store for us. However, we can’t really forget that Skylanders will also be showing whats up their sleeve. Disney Infinity was the new kid on the block last year, so it had a little more attention then the seasoned vet who created the industry. This year on the other hand, it feels like both of these guys are coming out swinging!

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Its really a staring contest if you think about it!

It was Activision that created the ‘Interactive Gaming Toy’ genre with Skylanders back in 2011, so in a way you have to give them some credit for paving the way for Infinity. However, this doesn’t mean they are responsible for how awesome Disney Infinity is. Although both games are in the same category, they really aren’t the same type of game. Skylanders is an already prebuilt game where the hero goes up against the bad guy. You are in control of all your heroes and you can choose to play them at anytime. Disney Infinity is a game with prebuilt games that can only be played with their corresponding heroes/villains and they also follow a story to go up against the bad guy. There is also another section of the game that is not prebuilt. Instead its up to you to build and add infinite gaming possibilities, and use any hero/villain you like, figure wise. Even though both these games have their differences, one thing they share is having some pretty cool collectable figures.

I love the lights! Just adds pazzazz!

I love the lights! Just adds pizzazz!

So why do I think these two games are duking it out? It has to do with the “Interactive Gaming Toy” genre that I mentioned earlier. They are the only two games in this category and this means the market share is up for grabs. There is so much opportunity to cash-in, that now they need to step up their game and fight for our precious dollars.  In late April, Disney reported the category growing 79% in just the last two months of 2013. Those are the busiest months of the year. That shows you that even though many people believe they will oversaturate the market releasing more new figures, people are still spending their buck on this stuff and there are no signs of stopping. So what do these guys have to do to win this war? Its time to give us some amazing games and quality new figures.

Super Heroes or Trap Masters???

Super Heroes or Trap Masters???

What will Skylanders be bringing to the table? Heres a brief run down…

FIGURES: They will be introducing new Skylander figures known as Trap Masters. They all will be yielding these crystal colored weapons that not only make them look amazing, but it adds a higher quality look to the figures. I get the feeling that this may make them more expensive, but I hope I’m wrong. There will be a total of 50 new figures (not including variants/lightcore) added to the existing roster of 175 figures. 16 will be Trap Masters, 18 will be all new Skylanders, and I’m assuming 16 will be reposes.

GAME PLAY: You will now have the ability to play as villains in the game. Aside from the 50 new figures you can play, you will also be able to play as 40 villains that you “trap” throughout the game (Thats right! You can finally play as Kaos). There will also be new levels, character powers, and level cap increases to help you spec your figures as you please. Of course this will be a new chapter in the series so expect a brand new story line.

INNOVATION: There will be a brand new portal and trap crystals to add a “Toy-to-Life” aspect to the game. You will now use these clear crystal totems known as Traptanium Crystals to trap the villains in the game. The new base has a slot where you will insert the crystal and this will trap the villain. The portal also has a speaker that simulates the villain actually leaving your TV screen and into your living room. Its a cool little addition to the game. It definitely adds the feeling of trapping the villain in real life, at least for the little guys. Is it just me or do these trap crystals remind you of poke balls?


What about Disney Infinity? Heres what their arsenal looks like in brief…

FIGURES: The Marvel Universe has joined the ranks of Disney Infinity. They will be adding many figures from the popular Avengers and Spider Man franchises. Also rumored to be included will be the Guardians of the Galaxy. They will be introducing at least 20 new Marvel figures and an unannounced number of new Disney property figures (Maleficent and Merida already confirmed). Aside from the new figures, they also will be introducing 80 new power discs.

GAME PLAY: Brand new Marvel playsets will be introduced. The announced Avengers playset has been confirmed to be four times larger then the Incredibles playset, which was Disney Infinity’s largest playset in the first game. All figures will have a level cap increase to 20. The toy box has been improved tenfold! The building will be much easier. There will be automatic toy box builders to help the little guys as well as adults create a toy box of their liking. New challenge paintbrushes will make building challenges and games in the toy box easier. You will now be able to customize your own “pad” or hang out if you will, by simply adding a door to an existing object and you can build within the building. You will have new structured play that will allow for more fun within the toy box. Lots of cool new features! I think I missed a bunch!

INNOVATION: There will be new pyramid shaped discs to allow new toy box structured play. These discs will be like mini playsets where you will play with its designated figure in a 4-5 hour adventure. Once you beat the adventure, it unlocks what they call skirmish mode which allows you to use any figure within these structured game discs. Already confirmed are two Marvel toy box discs that contain a dungeon crawler game and a tower defense game. Two other toy box discs confirmed are for two different Disney properties. Although we aren’t clear yet, its been rumored to include a Maleficent and Merida game. New types of power discs will also be included. Two new discs known will be “team up discs” that summon another character to fight with you, and “costume or skin discs” that change the appearance of your figure in-game. Those team up discs totally remind me of summoning the Genie or Mushu in Kingdom Hearts.

So as you can see, both these games are swinging really hard!

Mr. Incredible! He's just smiling at you! Thats all! :p

Mr. Incredible! He’s just smiling at you! Thats all! :p

What about all the PR with both these games? Who’s winning that war? I feel Disney Infinity is taking the lead on this mater, although Skylanders is closing the gap with recent announcements. Skylanders had their press conference to announce Trap Team back in April 23rd in New York. They released the game trailer, release date, new base and trap crystals, and a few new figure reveals. Disney Infinity had their press conference to announce Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes a week after on April 30th in Hollywood. They released the game trailer, six new figures, a playset, tons of details regarding their new playset and toy box features, and a few power discs. After these events, Skylanders went silent, while Disney had more reveals thru an event in San Francisco. Two new figures were revealed with Maleficent and Merida joining the six Avengers. As far as information about new content and collectables, Disney has given us more. Skylanders has been recently revealing a few new Trap Master figures via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. They even made a new figure available for pre order that isn’t supposed to be available at launch, but with the preorder you will get it that day! So Skylanders is putting up a fight.

E3 will definitely be a war zone! They both are going to fight for some attention at this event. Skylanders recently threw a big punch showing their new exclusive giveaway at the event. A special Traptanium crystal containing a rare different colored villain that will only be available at E3. More details about the game will be revealed tomorrow. Disney just recently announced that there would be 40 new Disney themed power discs and shared what a few look like! No word on their exclusive giveaway yet! Also PS4 owners will have a DI 2.0 collectors edition exclusive, that will include Hulk as a timed exclusive. More answers to come tomorrow!

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Not to mention these guys have both their booths right up against each other! If theres any indication that there is a war zone, we shall see tomorrow at the expo!

Straight up clash of clans right here!

Straight up clash of clans right there!

So what will it look like tomorrow? Who will win this war? I think if they both continue to give us great games and quality figures, they both will! They continue to make kids happy and lots of fans are enjoying the new content and collectables. These two new games are going to really swing for the fence! But they are swinging with the most important intention in mind…their fans! I still think it will be a massive war tomorrow, but they both will be fighting for all of us!

WAR! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing! :p

WAR! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing! :p


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We broke the news about the up and coming Marvel themed Vinylmation series last month but today posted the first images of the Avengers series.

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  • Iron Man
  • Captain America
  • Thor
  • Hulk
  • Black Widow
  • Vision
  • Black Panther
  • Dr. Strange
  • Spider-Woman
  • Spider-Man
  • Nick Fury
  • Chaser

It looks like this series is based on the comic books rather than the movies.

What are your thoughts?

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Last week, I shared with you all Part I of my fantasy revamp of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The part consisted of changes within the part of DHS already there. This week, I busted thru the current blueprint of the park and created another entire area, located over the Main Entrance to the park, in the direction towards ESPN’s Wide World of Sports. This area would consist of five “movie lots”, each housing a different Disney property.

Before we get to the breakdown of each of the movie lots, I wanted to make note that I have, indeed, built the expansion across the main entrance to the park. I honestly feel that the secondary entrance, off of Buena Vista Drive, is more utilized, being that it is the entrance for the buses and most of the resorts guests. However, I don’t think eliminating the entrance would be wise. Instead, a bridge could be built over the entrance, so the incoming guests could go thru a tunnel, transporting them into the land of the movies. It might take some regrading of the main entrance, like they did to Disneyland Drive when they built Downtown Disney over in California. Once completed, the sky’s the limit, given the amount of open space on the other side of the entrance.


So, what kind of expansion am I talking about? Below is a quick outline.

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Walt Disney Boulevard

We already have Hollywood Boulevard, Vine St., and Sunset Boulevard… I felt that this street (outlined in blue on the map above) could be named after the main man himself, Walt Disney. Honestly, I tried going with one of the famous streets left in Hollywood, but none of them stuck out as being prominent enough. Besides, another nod to Walt can’t hurt, right?


Indiana Jones

The first “movie lot” in the expansion, and recently purchased by Disney from George Lucas. This area would be able to expand on the presence of our favorite archaeologist, adding rides, shops, and a restaurant to the Epic Stunt Spectacular, which I would keep, as it always seems to be filled to capacity when I visit.

Back when Disneyland Paris opened, there was talk and hopes of putting in an Indiana Jones themed “land within a land” in Adventureland. However, with the park facing financial struggles, the idea was never realized. This gives us a chance to realize it here at DHS.

In addition to new rides and a refurbed restaurant, there would be a Moroccan Bazaar, filled with shops and small quick service carts serving traditional Moroccan food, similar to what is served over in Epcot. Also a place where guests can meet Indiana Jones and Sallah.


NEW RIDE: Indiana Jones Adventure

I don’t want to say we need to rip off exactly what they have in both Disneyland (Temple of the Forbidden Eye) or Tokyo DisneySea (Temple of the Crystal Skull), but the proven popularity of the EMV ride for the Indiana Jones makes this a no brainer. What if they took a page from the early 90’s game Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis?



NEW RIDE: Short Round’s Mine Train Tours

Based off Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, this roller coaster would be what Imagineers truly wanted when they hastily built Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril in Disneyland Paris. In this ride, guests would take a roller coaster train tour with the character Short Round thru the jungles, temple, and mine shafts depicted in the 2nd movie. The ride in DLP has inversions, and I don’t see why this one can’t have them either.



NEW RIDE: Sallah’s Congo River Excursion

Join Sallah as he embarks on a river raft ride in search of antiques along the Congo River rapids. Similar to Kali River Rapids. Guests exit ride into Sallah’s Antique Shop, which would sell Indiana Jones merchandise and “artifacts”.


Refurbishment: Backlot Express becomes Marion’s The Raven

Depicted in The Raiders of the Lost Ark, Marion’s tavern would be ideal to replace Backlot Express, and would make a nice continual element from the Stunt Show to the rest of Indy’s movie lot.


NEW ATTRACTION: Dr. Henry Jones’ Archaeological Institute

An ever changing exhibit which showcases current excavations around the world, showing guests when amazing things are being realized about the history of the world.



With one of the highest grossing film franchises in recent history, and with more movies scheduled over the next 3 years, it would be ridiculous to try and NOT include it in a theme park expansion. Since Universal Studios already has rides based off the Hulk (and Avengers buddy Spider-Man), I would rather shift focus of two major rides in this area on two movie powerhouses, Thor and Iron Man.

My thought for the setting of this area would be the Stark Expo, with a recreation of the Unisphere and the New York State Pavilion, two of the most memorable structure from the 1964 World’s Fair, where the Stark Expo was set in Iron Man 2. We could include areas for Meet and Greets, quick service food locations, and shops.


NEW RIDE: Iron Man- Supercharged

Help Iron Man test out his new supercharged suit in this “flying” roller coaster, where you actually have the sensation of flying. It would be similar to Superman: Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Great America and Manta at Sea World Orlando.


Following the ride, guests would be invited to design their own Iron Man suit, much like they can design their own Figment or Test Track car.


NEW RIDE: Thor vs. Loki: Battle for Asgard

This simulator/ movie/ effects ride, similar to The Amazing Adventures Spider-Man ride at Universal, finds you accidentally transported to Asgard in the middle of Thor and Loki battling to rule the realm. Thor finds you and decides to guide you back to Earth, but not before you come into contact with Frost Giants, who are once again working with Loki, battling Loki himself, and ending with you traveling back thru the Bifrost.


The Disney Afternoon

OK, out of the five lands, this is my unlikely dream. I have always been fond of The Disney Afternoon. And, with this added to the park, we could have a new type of Fantasyland area to this park. All rides and attractions would be based of the cartoons from The Disney Afternoon.

NOTE: I know that a Disney Afternoon themed area would be a long shot, but I just loves growing up on those shows and I think they would make a great theme for a kids area in DHS.


The center of this “movie lot” would be Scrooge McDuck’s Money Bin, sitting on a hill above the action and visible in all of its glory down Walt Disney Boulevard.


NEW RIDE: Launchpad’s Flight School

Similar to Goofy’s Sky School in DCA, this ride will be a crazy mouse, where Launchpad McQuack is trying to fly… er…. crash….. your plane.


NEW ATTRACTION: McDuck Mansion/ DuckTales Meet and Greet

Walk thru Scrooge’s mansion, then meet Scrooge himself, as well as Launchpad and Huey, Duey, and Louie.


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Chip n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers

NEW RIDE: Gadget’s Go-Coaster

Taken from DLR, this kid-coaster would be a nice addition to the area.

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NEW ATTRACTION: Rescue Rangers HQ Walk Thru/ Meet and Greet

Now you can feel like you are also the size of a chipmunk when you walk thru the HQ of the Rescue Rangers. Then meet the Rescue Rangers.



Situated on a patch of water, this part would not have any rides, but rather the area’s eatery, a Play Area, and Meet and Greet.

NEW ATTRACTION: Wildcat’s Water Works

An area for kids to enjoy broken pipes and spraying hydrants, all supposedly “fixed” by Wildcat, TaleSpin’s resident mechanic.


NEW ATTRACTION: The Sea Duck/ TaleSpin Meet and Greet

Explore Baloo’s sea plane and meet him and Don Karnage.



NEW RESTAURANT: Louie’s Retreat

Run by that fun loving orangutan Louie, Louie’s Place would be a Quick Service restaurant, serving  tropical foods and…. DOLE WHIPS!


The Gummi Bears 

NEW RIDE: Gummi Bears Dark Ride

Travel through Dunwyn and help the Gummis protect their Gummiberry Juice from Duke Igthorn, Toadwart, and the Ogres.


NEW ATTRACTION: Gummi Glen/ Gummi Bears Meet and Greet

Join the Gummi Bears for some bouncy fun in Gummi Glen, including a bouncing floor, and meet the Gummi Bears out back among the Gummiberry bushes.


I would also like it if they had a stand selling Gummiberry Juice. Yum.


TRON Legacy

With the success of Tron elements in DCA, bringing a major attraction based off the movie, as well as an arcade, would be fun.

NEW ATTRACTION: Flynn’s Arcade & ElecTRONica

The main area of the Tron-scape would be the indoor Flynn’s Arcade. In addition to it being a huge arcade, it also houses the entryway to the Light Cycle Coaster, as well as a event area where ElecTRONica, that show from DCA, can find a permanent home.



NEW RIDE: Light Cycle Challenge

I still don’t have the specifics on how to make this a reality, but I would love to see a roller coaster type ride where people ride the light cycles. It would be an indoor ride with lots of neon. In fact, the whole world of Tron here would be indoors.


Star Wars

Saving the best for last. I literally could go on and on about what we could do with the Star Wars franchise. Heck, over at our sister site Jedi Kingdom, we asked people to help us design a whole park! Do I think it is going to happen? No. However, having a new area in DHS dedicated to Darth Vader, Yoda, and the rest is the next best thing, and definitely doable. Of course, the new Star Tours would stay, but I would suggest changing the exit of the ride from where it is now to the rear of the show building, right into the expanded area… of Tatooine.

NEW ATTRACTION: Mos Eisley Bazaar

Filled with shops and eateries, as well as the entrances to the rides, this recreation of the famous spaceport would be an ideal “hub” for this area.


NEW RIDE: Millennium Falcon- Kessel Run

One of the major attractions in this area would be a roller coaster where you are hired to complete the famous smuggler’s Kessel Run.


NEW RIDE: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter: Battle over Tatooine

Dueling Coaster ride featuring the X-Wings and TIE Fighters from the movies. Like Dragon Challenge in Universal.

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NEW RIDE: Anakin’s Podracer’s

A children’s spinner ride, where they get to pilot their own podracer.


NEW RESTAURANT: Mos Eisley Cantina

A replica of this famous smuggler hangout in A New Hope, this Full Service restaurant would serve out of this world eats, and the cast members would be dressed up like Star Wars aliens, of course.



After being run out of Coruscant, Dexter Jettster moved his diner to Mos Eisley (it was fitted with repulsorlifts for this exact thing, after all). This Quick Service restaurant serves only the best diner food Dex has to offer, including Nerf Steak Sliders, Pickled Gartro Eggs, and Juri Juice. There would also be a wide selection of pasteries.

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EXPANDED: Jedi Academy

To accommodate the popularity of the current Jedi Academy, why not built a theater to house the show. I was thinking something open aired, like the theater in Downtown Disney Marketplace. You could also incorporate a video introduction by Yoda himself, explaining the need to the Younglings to learn the ways of the Force.


NEW SHOP: Watto’s Junk Shop 

Of course, Watto would have to be present to swindle as money as he could out of the guests. Would only be right.


Well, there you have it… my “Blue Sky” for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Would any of it actually be realized from the minds of the real Imagineers? You never know.

I invite you to sound off down below. What are your thoughts? What else would you like to see?