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Coming this March to Japan Disney Stores will be some new Tsum Tsum’s based on the latest Disney movie, Big Hero 6.

These cuties will be priced at 500 Yen each and are set to be released online, at selected Disney Stores and at Tokyo Disneyland. No word on a US or European release date yet.

This collection includes Baymax, Nurse Baymax, Hiro, Fred, Honey Lemon and others.

What do you think of these?

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Today has been a big release day for UK and European collectors with a number of series becoming available on Disneystore.co.uk including Big Hero 6 and Toy Story 2. Other older series have also been re-released including Marvel series 1, Pixar Series 2 and Villains series 4.

All of these figures are priced at £8 a blind box.

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Will you be adding any of these to your collection?

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Welcome to a brand new edition of Hits and Misses as members of the Vinylmation Kingdom community share their thoughts on a series and this week we take a look at Big Hero 6
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RogPalmerUK – As with any new Vinylmation based on a new franchise, it is hard to connect instantly with characters and buy into it.  Last year we saw Monsters University and Frozen, once the movie came out, people got more interested in them.  Here in the UK, the movie isn’t out until 2015, so its a difficult choice for me to say what are hits & misses, but there are some things I like about this set.  First off, they are new characters and have a different style to them, mainly due to the introduction of a new artist which is needed, introducing new artists is the best way of keeping things fresh and this set is a breath of fresh air.

WDWRobert – When I first saw the trailer of Big Hero 6 I was impressed on how diversified Disney was in creating such a wonderful film. However, I learned quickly that Big Hero 6 is a comic book series from Marvel Comics that shares the same name. Honestly, I have yet to read any of the comics of Big Hero 6 nor have I seen the movie yet. Having said that I must say that the big hero 6 Vinylmation series looks rather impressive. On their own they almost look a little bit like Robot Series with a twist of Tron. Now that’s not a bad thing, but that was my first impression of the series. I cannot wait to get to see the movie in the upcoming weeks as well as reading the comic book series as well. After that I’ll probably have a stronger connection with this series that I have now. Disney is very good at that giving something a background story to help tie in to your interest into the product or creation that they have come up with.

Baymax Nurse & Baymax (Mech) – These two characters from the movie even if you never go an see the movie you never heard of it these two Vinylmations are just fantastic. I do like how they kept it simple with Baymax Nurse and that simplicity is probably what I liked most about it. Baymax (Mech) is just fantastic as well. He is absolutely beautifully done with a glossy red finish. Now that is one thing I do really like that is the decision to either use a Matte or Glossy finish on the automation. That subtle difference because that could make or break the Vinylmation.

Hiro (Hamada): Hiro looks absolutely fabulous. What a wonderful adaptation from the movie to the Vinylmation format. I absolutely love the facial expression of Hiro (Hamada) with a look of determination that he has it the present moment again complimenting the film.

Wasabi-No Ginger: I absolutely think that Wasabi-No is one of my top favorites from this series.. To be honest, he looks like he is from the movie “Cool Runnings”, the story about the Jamaican bobsled team. Wasabi-No looks fantastic and just like Hiro Wasabi-No his expression of determination and confidence Is amazing. I would probably say even if I never saw the movie I would probably want to collect Wasabi-No as he is just a cool Vinylmation.

Crystal – ​Only good because the movie is good. Otherwise, though the style is nice and simple, but not extraordinary. Can you imagine if they did portraits of each of the main six, like the weasels in Christmas carol? A background of those colorful bubble poppers with honey lemon and an accessory messenger back​…. Hiro with a background of those little robots he invented as he rides Baymax? idk… i just though they could’ve done more detail. i only really like nurse Baymax and its just a white vinyl with two dots and a line.

 Talia – -I like all the figures, but there are three in particular that I love.   Baymax(Armor)- While the regular Baymax functions OK as it’s own piece, his armored counterpart is the star of this set. Baymax, being a pudgy, inflatable robot, fits the mold perfectly. In his awesome armor, I can almost see the metallic sheen of the red and purple reflecting sunlight.

Fred-Man, is this a cool figure. I was originally concerned with how the artist would manage to translate Fred’s unique Monster suit to the mold, but again, it melds perfectly. The bold colors add to the striking design, and it’s an overall great addition to my collection.

Yokai-I cannot praise this figure enough. I am slightly disappointed that Yokai is the chaser(mostly because he is the figure I wanted to see most), but I understand why he is the chaser-his design is amazing. That touch of gradience in his eyes adds to his menace, and his mask is a bold contrast to his otherwise black body. I think he’ll be a sought after chaser for a while, so I hope to blox him in the near future.

Gerald – Love them all.  Only slight miss is the plain Baymax, but my son wants it to go with a vinyl record he bought, so gotta get them all.

MaureenThe entire set is visually appealing. It was a limited cast, so I feel they did choose the 8 central characters. Would have been neat to see a variant with the microbots incorporated in some way. I also wish Fred had fire, and some battle accessories would have been nice.

Brittany – After seeing the movie, I love them all. Though I think a variant of Baymax in his original blueish colored armor would have been awesome.

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RogPalmerUK – At the moment, the entire set is a little bit of a miss because I don’t know the characters but that could very easily change into a must have, depending on how I connect with the characters.

 Talia – I have no misses in this set. There is no “stock” or “filler” character here that I see clogging up trade boxes in the future. Every vinyl has charm, with outstanding design choices to back them up. I have two minor nitpicks, however:

1) Regular Baymax is OK, as I said before. While not a miss, he is a little plain compared to the rest of the set. But his face is too cute not to love.
2)As others have pointed out, some accessories would have been nice. While the set works well on as is, a weapon or two would have pushed the set over the top.

As I prepare to watch Big Hero Six in the coming days, I find myself liking this set more and more. The simple designs of these Vinylmations fit the style of the film perfectly, and I hope to get my hands on this set soon.

CraigSeems they could have had an EASY variant with a Baymax with the ‘Rate Your Pain, 1-10’ logo on his chest.

 WDWRobert – The series in general actually is really good. But I think they could’ve done more on the creative side of for lack of a better phrase taking it to the next level. Just like the movie the vinylmation series will be a big hit and I hope that this won’t be the only movie but just the beginning. As vinylmation collectors we almost have become expectant of groundbreaking ideas like hair From Syndrome from the Villains series 5or the Dragon from the Medieval Series.

Fred Kaiju: Though I love the way the character looks from the movie, but the transition from movie to Vinylmation with this one just didn’t quite work out well. Its just looks too crammed together. And it looks like this almost should of done perhaps with neck extension or the larger body 3 inch mold would’ve maybe made this look little better.

Go-Go Taomgo: Now this one really isn’t a true miss and she actually looks rather nice but I think they could’ve done a better job of translating Go-Go from movie to Vinylmation format with a little bit more creativeness.

If you would like to take part in a edition of Hits and Misses, feel free to contact me via Twitter (@RogPalmerUK), email (Roger@Vinylmationkingdom.com) or by Facebook.

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The Vinylmation Critic Editorial: BIG HERO 6 REVIEW!

For those of you who have been living under a rock, or haven’t been touched by Disney’s terrible marketing, Big Hero 6 came out today!

So my review is gonna be full of spoilers but here are a couple short spoiler-free sentences for those of you who want to remain unspoiled: Animation, YAY! Story, eehhh…

So let’s get talking!

Entering Spoiler zone! 

Let’s start by talking about the short that accompanied this movie, Feast.

Feast was an okay short. The story was really generic and honestly, disappointing. I expected a lot from Disney coming after Paperman, and this just wasn’t up to par with that short. Heck, not even with Get A Horse. The reason why is because it just seemed random. Like, it was someone in the break room telling a quick thought without an editor or a critic around. It didn’t feel like it was ready to be displayed to the public. It just seemed like an afterthought. I, and my friend, completely forgot about it when we left the movie. 2/5

Now, BIG HERO 6!

Wow! What a beautiful looking movie. Before watching this movie, I had dinner with my friend and we were reminiscing about Frozen. I mentioned to her that I thought that Disney is still lacking in the animation department. Their animation just isn’t as good as their storytelling. I had exhibited this problem with both Wreck it Ralph and Frozen. I even remember seeing the animation on the trailer for Illumination’s Minions and thinking that they’re better at animation. So throughout all of that, why did Disney, a small fish, jump into a tank full of sharks? Well, because of the storytelling. BUT I am happy to report that Disney is finally up there with the quality of animation. This is a BEAUTIFUL movie. The background animation is absolutely stunning, especially the skies and clouds. San Fronsokyo looked amazing, but the animation came a full circle when we finally saw what that vortex looked like. That looked pretty amazing! I also have to mention that the animation done on those microchips was also stunning. However, all that said, Disney is still lacking on the character animation. I just think that their characters look so plain and simple. There were some scenes where I thought I was watching a cut scene from a video game. That is not what a Disney movie should be compared to! So while they did perfect the background animation, they really need to work on their character animation.

So what else did I like about the movie, well, this was one of the few movies that are aimed at children that deal with the loss of a loved one. If you think about it, this isn’t a movie about a gang of superheroes trying to solve a problem, it’s a story about a young boy dealing with grief. It doesn’t just show kids that it’s completely normal for them to go through this stage in life, but also, that they have people to support them. They have people to comfort them, people to sooth their pain, and most importantly, celebrating your loved ones for who they were, instead of only grieving about them. There are however a couple of downsides to this aspect of the story. As much as I loved this, I was kinda sad because we never really got a quiet moment with Hiro and Tadashi’s friends. I really wanted one heartfelt moment, a scene where they all sat down and talked about Tadashi and how much he meant, and still means, to them. They could have added this scene right after reconciling with Baymax and Hiro. Although, the scene where they were comforting Aunt Cass was devastating.

The other problem I had with this angle of the story was that it deteriorated the movie from being about the other 4 heroes. This movie truly felt like a movie about a boy and his robot, and the more I think about it, the more I realize that the inclusion of the other characters was completely unnecessary.  We never really see them go through any character arcs, no development to their abilities, and not an explanation. We had to sit through the god awful Fall Out Boy song while we saw the characters getting their superhero gear together. We never got an explanation on what they do, pretty shocking considering the main audience is supposed to be children. We never got the chance to truly get to know the characters. Why did they even decide to continue being heroes? It didn’t make sense to me and felt really forced.  I really expected more from Disney, and the more I look back it , the more I realize that the reason why the characters were never marketed was because they are just simply not in the movie long enough. Kind of like Elsa from Frozen. So what about the characters did I like and didn’t like?

  • Honey Lemon: She is probably my favorite of the group. I really loved the creativeness of her powers. That purse was pretty cool, but why did we only get to see it’s insides once? Also, a lot of the things that she was doing seemed unrealistic to me. I felt that they needed to flesh out her powers more. And speaking of that, where was the impressive arc that I thought we were gonna get?
  • Go Go Tomago: Make way for the stereotypical tomboy girl who blows bubble gum, acts cool, and has an empowering phrase… Seriously.. “Women Up”… What were they thinking? Go Go was a stereotypical character and nothing new was really added to her character. I knew she was going to be the one character to break in the end and hug Hiro, because they need to break through the exterior of her character. Her powers seemed cool though. But yeah.. just a cutout. Nothing new.
  • Wasabi: OCD guy. That’s it. That’s all I know about his character. He didn’t really do much so, let’s just end it at that.
  • Fred: You know, I thought he would be another TJ Miller annoying character, but I kind of liked him. I mean, he did have some really annoying scenes, but the majority of his character was good. I do however think that he was the most useless of the group. They really didn’t need him in there, except for the money, I guess?

And let’s talk about the advertised story, the one involving the villain. You know, I was really looking forward to this villain. I thought that we might, get a genuinely terrifying villain, which we haven’t seen in a long time in a Disney movie. And honestly, he is visually terrifying, but nothing beyond that. The big reveal was expected and I instantly knew what and why he was doing. I mean, why else would he do it? I thought the mask was really well done, but again, he’s not really a villain. There wasn’t enough focus on him. Sadly, the movie was way too in love with Baymax and Hiro that it just ignored everyone else!  I really wanted want more out of him, and there were some really impressive scenes that I liked, like the whole car chase scene. Him Jumping over the bridge and re-connecting with the microchips was pretty darn cool to see. But at the end of the day, he just remains a one note villain that serves a very cliche and tired sub-plot. I wanted more out of him.

The climax of the movie was also surprisingly tame and lame. I got the impression that we were gonna get a fight above the clouds, and a really cool one, but instead, there wasn’t anything thrilling. I remember sitting there starting to get bored, because it was just tamed. It wasn’t exciting as much as it should have been! And the big twist in the end with the daughter being alive was just unnecessary.  It was completely pointless and stole time from the other superheroes.

I want to talk about Baymax going evil, but I also don’t want to cross that line. This was a very cliche scene that I was hoping wouldn’t be in the movie. We already had an animated movie that had a similar scene, and it was definitely stronger in that movie.

Also, let’s discuss the score by Henry Jackman a bit. Actually, I’ll just say one thing. If you liked the score of WiR, then this is essentially the same score. If I had to hear both of them, I wouldn’t be able to distinguish them. It was very generic, and didn’t add anything to the movie. Maybe my opinion of it will change once I see it again, but there wasn’t any piece that just held my attention.

Lastly, the after credits scene, while silly, is totally worth staying for. It’s one of the best that I’ve ever seen and pretty darn smart. So make sure you stick behind for that!

Ultimately, I look at this movie in two different ways:

  1. This is a movie about a boy dealing with death and grievance. And I do believe that the movie succeeded.
  2. This is a movie about a group of superheroes, because it was called Big Hero 6. And I don’t think that the movie succeeded from this aspect.

So I have to give this movie a solid 7/10. That might change in a day to an 8, because I’m still debating whether 7 is fair. But we’ll see. I do think that you have to see it in a movie theater. The animation is breathtaking and the 3D adds a bit to the movie.

 

So what did you think of the movie? Comment down below on any questions or just your thoughts. I am very interested in hearing them!

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In a surprise new release, today has seen the brand new Big Hero 6 blind box series released at selected Disney Stores and online through Disneystore.com.  This 8 piece set designed by Eric Tan is also set to be released at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World this coming Friday.   Each blind box costs $12.95 each and a tray will set you back $207.20.

This series is based on the new Disney animated movie, based on a classic Marvel comic book.  This series consists of Baymax (Mech), Baymax Nurse, Hiro (Hamada), Go Go, Honey Lemon, Wasabi, Fred Kaiju plus the chaser.

 

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While the new blind box series based on the new animated movie Big Hero 6 is due out in November, Disney Artist Eric Tan has shared an image of the entire series including a sneak peek at the chaser.

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At the very end of the line up is the main villain from the movie, Yokai.

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What do you think of this chaser?

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06_ParksBlog_BigHero6_VinylmationThe next big animated Disney movie, Big Hero 6 hits theater’s in November and a brand new 8 piece blind box series based on the movie is also due out at the theme parks and in selected Disney Stores in November.

This series was designed by Eric Tan, who has shared this image of the new series box art.

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Will you be adding this to your collection?

 

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Hi everyone!

I just wanted to give you a quick update. As some of you might have noticed, I didn’t post an editorial last Thursday and I didn’t post my review today. This is largely due me dealing with a personal matter right now. I’ll try my best to have a new editorial out on Friday, if not Thursday. I will also post my review of the Mabel Eachez figures that came out last Friday by that day too.

I do sincerely apologize for the delay and I will try my best to not have anymore delays in the future!

For now, I’ll leave you with this image of the Big Hero 6 vinylmation tray (posted by the artist) that is coming out on Monday.

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Are you excited for it? And will you be purchasing one? Write down below in the comments your quick thoughts on them. I will be reviewing them next Tuesday and the movie late on Thursday. I’m so excited for it!

Thanks for reading! And be sure to check back on Thursday/Friday for new content!

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06_ParksBlog_BigHero6_VinylmationThe Official Disney Park Blog today posted some details on some new Big Hero 6 items coming to the theme parks soon including some official information on the Vinylmation blind box series that we saw at the San Diego Comic Con and the Imagination Gala.

Here is the full story:

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I can’t wait to see Disney’s “Big Hero 6” when it arrives in theaters on November 7. This film is an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special friendship that forms between a high-tech, huggable robot named Baymax and a brilliant robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada. I’ve enjoyed the trailers as the film looks like it has everything I love, especially robots! I recently visited a few merchandise locations at Disney Parks to check out new products inspired by this upcoming animated feature. Here is a look at some of my favorite items.

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Similar to previous animated film releases, the Disney Theme Park Merchandise team partnered with the Disney Store to carry a few toys, plush and other items that may be found in locations outside Disney Parks. I love the Baymax plush shown at the top of this story (I want to hug him all day!).

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There are other items, however, that were developed specifically for Disney Parks. They include some apparel items and a six-pin, open edition pin set.

In select merchandise locations in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort, guests will also find a limited release, graphic MagicBand. In order to purchase this retail MagicBand, guests must present one of the following for the MagicBand to be linked to at the time of purchase: valid theme park admission, Memory Maker card or an active MagicBand.

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A D-Tech on Demand case for the iPhone 5/5S will be released at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. In the D-Tech on Demand boutique at the Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace, guests will soon find six new art designs with characters from the film. The cases shown above are for the iPhone 6, but they are also offered for iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 5C, Samsung Galaxy SIII and Samsung Galaxy S4 at the boutique. We will begin offering cases for iPhone 6+ and Samsung Galaxy S5 later in November at D-Tech on Demand.

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Finally, there will be a limited release Vinylmation mystery series coming to Disney Parks in early November.

Once the film releases in November, I can’t wait to meet the stars of the movie, Hiro Hamada and his huggable buddy, Baymax when the film’s characters head to Disney Parks to greet their fans!

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This winters big movie is Big Hero 6 and Disney showed off some artwork for these figures at the Imagination Gala Purple Talk.  This 8 piece blind box set is set to be released in November and will also be carried in Disney Stores.  We previously saw these figures at the San Diego Comic Con in July.
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