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At the Imagination Gala Purple Talk, we found out about many new Vinylmations including this new Eachez figure which will tie into the 75th Anniversary of Fantasia. This Eachez blind box will be out in August 2015 for the D23 Expo which takes place in California.
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What do you think of this figure?

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D23 Expo Paul Bunyan and Babe Vinylmation

Coming out of the Vault or should I say out of the forest this week is the D23 LE of 1,000 Paul Bunyan (voiced by Disney legend Thurl Ravenscroft) and his best friend Babe the Blue ox. The story of Paul Bunyan as told by Walt Disney was released as an animated musical short from the American folklore Series in 1958.

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Lumberjack Carl McNab starts the story of Paul Bunyan

 

The Story begins with Lumberjack, Carl McNab and how he became the first person to see Paul Bunyan. He continues to explain that after a “Sou Easter” hit his tiny town off the coast of Maine, which almost knocked off the tiny little town “Right off the Map!” In the Morning Carl looks out his window to assess the damage and that where he spotted an odd looking craft on the beach and then he realized that is where the howling was coming from. Carl, his wife and the whole town head over to the odd looking craft to soon realize it looks like a cradle and upon closer inspection, by Carl climbing up to the to look inside where he quickly realize it is a baby boy and “it’s a whopper”!

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Town officially adopts Paul Bunyan!

 

The town adopts and raises the boy, giving him the name Paul Bunyan where he grew up as tall as 63 axe handles high tall so as the story/song goes. Doing a quick approximation if an axe is approximately 3 feet tall Paul is about 189 feet tall.

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A Christmas present from the town!

 

The story continues with one Christmas Paul gets a wonderful present from the town a double bladed axe. Well Paul took to being a lumberjack rather quick and when he chopped all the wood that was needed for the town he decides to venture out west.

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Along the way he finds himself a cold, cold blizzard where “even the snow was blue”. He finally decides to stop and make a fire and while attempting to get the fire going he rescues an ox that was “frozen blue just as the snow”. Paul rescues the Ox by placing him over the fire he made to warm him up. Paul named him Babe and they became real pals.

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Now there is a lot more to the story but I’ll leave that to you to enjoy. The animation in the short is simple but was rather pleasing to watch and that simple look transferred to the Vinylmations as well. Paul, the vinylmation, has a wonderfully scruffy beard that is accompanied by a friendly smile. The blue sky and trees make for a nice background on the “Mickey ears”. Though the animated short said that Paul was given a double-bladed axe vinylmation Paul only has a single sided axe but that’s okay as it is a not that much of a difference. Babe looks great with his trusting smile. He too also carries over well from the screen to vinyl form too. The Mickey ears

Though the animated short Paul Bunyan and their characters are not the same caliber as other Disney films they are still very much part of the rich Disney heritage that we all come to love and admire. If you love the classics like I do then you need to add them to your vinylmation collection!

Well that’s all for this weeks Vinylmation Vault and come back again to see what comes out of the Vault. Do you have a vinylmation that you would like to see in future Vault Series? Post a comment below!

I try to give credit where credit is due but it is difficult sometimes to figure out who is the source that needs recognition so Thanks to any source I have missed.

Resources:

1958 Animated Short Paul Bunyan

Internet Movie Database

Chasing Vinylmation

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d23 expo 15Following last years D23 Expo which featured plenty of Vinylmations including loads of exclusives such as the 9″ Ursula, Beauty & The Beast Twin Pack and many more, D23 has now announced details on next years event.  While we don’t know for sure if Vinylmation will have a presence at the event, with Vinylmation being showcased at the past two events, its a good sign this will continue.

Here is the announcement:

All the magic and excitement of the past, present, and future of Disney entertainment will come together once again under one roof when D23: The Official Disney Fan Club presents the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center the weekend of August 14–16, 2015. Each of Disney’s wonderful worlds will unite to celebrate what’s new and what’s on the horizon from theme parks, television, music, games, and films, including Pixar, the Muppets, Star Wars, and Marvel.

“The D23 Expo is the ultimate Disney fan event, created to honor and celebrate your love of all things Disney,” Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger told shareholders and D23 Members at the Company’s Annual Meeting today in Portland, Oregon. “And we hope to see you there.”

The fourth event promises to be the biggest ever, following the success of D23 Expo 2013, which drew more than 65,000 Disney fans for three star-studded days and nights. Fans were treated to appearances by such superstars as Angelina Jolie, Chris Evans, Billy Crystal, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston; watched performances by Idina Menzel, and R5 featuring Ross Lynch; enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime concert from Disney Legends Alan Menken and Richard M. Sherman; explored the inner workings of Walt Disney Imagineering; looked back at Disney’s rich history through extraordinary panels, presentations, and exhibits; and discovered the newest entertainment, technology, and products from The Walt Disney Company.

Highlights planned for D23 Expo 2015 include the 2015 Disney Legends Ceremony, which honors the talented men and women who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy; Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, a collection of one-of-a-kind assets, props, and costumes curated by the Walt Disney Archives; and the Collectors Forum, where Disney fans can buy, sell, and trade Disney collectibles, memorabilia, and merchandise. Once again the event will feature a massive show floor full of special opportunities to see what’s on the horizon for Disney around the world—and guests may run into their favorite Disney stars, characters, Imagineers, animators, and filmmakers. Plus, the event will once again feature StagePass, the popular ticket distribution system that allows attendees to obtain a guaranteed seat for some of the Expo’s most popular presentations.

Advance tickets for D23 Expo 2015 will go on sale at D23Expo.com beginning August 14, 2014. D23 Members will receive special pricing on both one- and three-day tickets to the event, which is open to the general public. D23 Gold and Silver Members will also be entitled to early admission to the Expo show floor. D23 Charter Members will enjoy access to the Expo’s Charter Member Lounge. Members will also have an opportunity to purchase the Sorcerer Package, which provides a host of special benefits and amenities.

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Back at the D23 Expo in Japan, a new blind box series called “Happiness is a state of mind” for the event went on sale and quickly sold out, but now the series has appeared on the Japanese Disney Store website, priced at 1280 Yen each.  This series features 7 commons and 1 chaser (Oswald) and there is also a Tinkerbell Variant.  We don’t really know if this is just a case of clearing out the stock from the show or that it is generally going to be available for a while in Japan.  But its certainly a interesting development on this popular series as these might become much easier to get hold of?

Its worth noting that Disneystore.co.jp doesn’t ship to international addresses including the United States.

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What do you think about the D23 Expo Japan figures being more commonly available?

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collectorspotlightIn this edition of VK’s Collectors Spotlight, I wanted to show off some of the amazing collector of Jorge Leonardo from Pegasus Loft.  Jorge has probably one of the greatest collection of Disney products I’ve ever seen and his recent additions from the D23 Expo which included the Miss Mindy Chess Set, Gerald Mendez’s Sorcerer Mickey and much more.  It truly is an amazing collection which this just scratches the tip of the iceberg of.

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You can see more amazing images of this incredible collection and find out more about Pegasus Loft by checking out his Facebook Group. 

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Japan is getting ready for their own D23 Expo which takes place on October 12-14, 2013, at the Tokyo Disney Resort® in the Maihama area.   Much like at the Los Angeles event, there looks to be some exclusive Vinylmation for the event.  Our friend @Takuya_Vinyl sent us a photo of the figures which feature Mickey Mouse, Oswald, Winnie the Pooh, Sulley and Mike.  We aren’t yet sure if this is a blind box series or a open window figure.

These vinyls are priced at 1260 Yen each.

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What do you think about these figures?

Huge thanks to @Takuya_Vinyl for the information.  Be sure to check out their website at ameblo.jp/takuya-umehara/

 

 

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Following the D23 Expo earlier this month, over the past few days some of the unsold figures from the D23 Expo have headed to D-Street in California.  Not everything from the D23 Expo is available but it looks like the Blank – A Vinylmation Love Story, Angel & Devil Donald Duck set, Monsters University set and the Classic Minnie have all been released.  Vinylmation Kingdom Reporter Kiyoshi Kuramoto sent along a few photos from D-Street this weekend which showed off these vinyls along with a new setup for Disney Infinity at D-Street as well.

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Also VK readers Juan Chan and Anthony Palmer sent some more pictures from D-Street, DLR

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Its been a week since the D23 Expo and this week we’ve been sent some photos from the event that we wanted to share which not only included the Little Mermaid Vinylmations and a huge POP Vinyl, but some other interesting pictures from the event.   Thanks to Vinylmation Kingdom reader Lizzie IsGod for sending in these photos.

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NewFeatureImage-500x290 d23Phew, what a weekend and I was thousands of miles away on the other side of the planet, just living through everyones Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds, things have certainly become so much easier to keep up to date with social media.  And the amount of coverage we were able to get up on Vinylmation Kingdom while not even being at the event is purely down to the fantastic people in attendance sharing their photos with us collectors.

Anyway, the D23 Expo has been a interesting event to be following and I can’t wait to do the same with the Villains event next month, I might not be able to be there in person, but I can still feel part of the experience through other people, while still at work and on my breaks!

D23 seemed like a great event in terms of the amount of Vinylmation available to purchase, there was so many fantastic sets and figures out that have really put the Comic Con and some might argue even the 13 Villains event, to shame.  Disney went all out at this years event to milk every collectors pockets empty and to come back for more.

D23 looked to be a lot of fun, I’ve enjoyed catching up with the previews on the new Infinity video game plus the fab Disney Songbook presentation featuring lots of classic tunes.  There looked to be so much going on and I have to say I’m very jealous of those in attendance who got to experience all those things, though it did look like most people needed a day at the show just to secure all their items, which would allow the other days to enjoy the presentations.

Photo courtesy of Destination Vinylmation.

For many in attendance, the hours waiting in line and time spent outside the venue plus all the expenses of being at the show are sometimes forgotten, and many collectors are selling on the extras they picked up to cover some of these costs, which I think is perfectly fair.  I didn’t spend all night waiting to get in, I didn’t have to spend hours in line to buy a product, so expecting to pay retail plus shipping for a item from someone just isn’t right.  They put the time and effort into getting those items, I stayed at home and went to work, so I shouldn’t begrudge people putting a little extra on some items to cover this.  If you don’t want to pay a little more for a figure from D23, then you maybe haven’t fully understood what was going on at the event and haven’t remembered, they are doing you a favour, not the other way around.  But then this applies to other events like SDCC, Villains or even those lucky enough to be local to the parks.  But that’s maybe just my view on this.

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The event looks to be a massive success and the Vinylmations available seem to have gone down well, there was a wide selection of different characters with some more popular than others.  It was very interesting how the Sorcerer Logo figure seemed to be extremely popular with the addition of the variant and I wonder if this might effect the upcoming Food and Wine Epcot figure which is using a similar method by having blind variants.  It’s certainly a much more attractive way of getting people interested in the open window versions and I think we are going to see much more of this in the future.
There has been some grumblings from collectors who are heading to the 13 Villains event next month who felt the D23 Expo had so many fantastic figures while the line up for the Vinylmation event of the year, is a bit less impressive.  I think once the dust has settled on D23, we will start seeing a few more things for the 13 event but for me, that weekend is just as crazy as the D23 Expo.  Once again living through those at the event to see what’s new and exciting.

Once again, I just want to thank everyone who was posting images and videos from the D23 Expo, because this event didn’t feel thousands of miles away, I might not have been there but I still got to experience some of the magic from a far.

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The Official Disney Park blog has posted a story about a special D23 Expo RunDisney event which resulted in a little Vinylmation reward.

What do you get when you combine the magic of runDisney with some of the most passionate Disney fans in the world? A runDisney D2.3 Fun Run kicking off the D23 Expo in style.

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Last Friday, a select group of D23 members had the unique opportunity to sample the runDisney experience. Attendees enjoyed an early morning 2.3 mile fun run through Disney California Adventure park, and a meet and greet with Sorcerer Mickey and Ali Vincent, host of “Live Big With Ali Vincent” and season 5 winner of the “Biggest Loser.” Participants also received a runDisney Mickey Vinylmation with a limited edition D23 medal.

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It’s always exciting to provide these runDisney experiences for runners and to share photos and video of this event with you.