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Calling all D23 members! Check your emails from yesterday (December 1st) for a special contest from D23.

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As part of the D23 Days of Christmas, now through this Friday (December 5th), D23 members can enter to win the D23 Gamer’s Wish List Sweepstakes, which includes:

  • Disney Infinity: Toy Box Starter Pack (2.0 Edition) for XBOX One
  • Fantasia: Music Evolved for XBOX One
  • KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX for Playstation 3
  • KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX Limited Edition Lithograph
  • Baymax Character Development Poster

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Entries will be accepted through Friday, December 5 at 10 a.m. PT. Good luck, and happy gaming!

NOTE: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Sweepstakes begin at 10 a.m. PT on 12/1/14 and end at 10 a.m. PT on 12/5/14. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. or D.C who are 18 years of age or older. Limit one (1) entry per person. There is only one (1) prize pack available to be won. Games are for the XBOX One and Playstation 3 operating systems, which are not included in the prize pack. Click here for official rules, including full entry requirements and prize limitations. Void where prohibited.

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Hi everyone. Its been an exciting weekend for fans of all sorts with Comic Con coming to a close. Lots of madness in down town San Diego, with over 100,000 people flooding the streets of a city that is built to accommodate 46,000. On Saturday, Disney Infinity was hosting a private D23 event at their outside pop-up shop location. They had quite a set up for the D23 members. They were showing live demos, hands on gameplay, sketch artists drawing anything you requested, nice little give aways, servers walking around with hor d’oeuvres, free booze, and they had a nice poster signing event with the creator of Gravity Falls, Alex Hirsch. I even got to watch a live filming of toy box TV and had the pleasure of chatting with the very sweet Allison! Aside from playing the game, she was the highlight of the whole trip! :) It was a nice calm event compared to when it was open to the general public, so if you are not a D23 member yet, consider joining!

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Allison interviewing Alex Hirsch for Toy Box TV

Allison interviewing Alex Hirsch for Toy Box TV

Creator of Gravity Falls, Alex Hirsch

Creator of Gravity Falls, Alex Hirsch

While waiting in line for the sketch artists, they had a big glass case showing us the amazing display base that comes with the PS3 and PS4 collectors editions of the game. Because they had officially announced the Marvel villains, Loki was sitting in his rightful place next to the big frost giant. Enjoy some great pics of this beauty!

Isn't this thing gorgeous?

Isn’t this thing gorgeous?

LOKI!!! Cant wait to see what his figure will do!

LOKI!!! Cant wait to see what his figure will do!

Epic battle, frozen in time, to be right in your very home!

Epic battle, frozen in time, to be right in your very own home!

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Close up on Loki.

Another angle.

Another angle.

People who got a sketch made were not only treated to any character they wanted drawn, but they were also given the power disc given away at the Gravity Falls signing, Mabel’s Kitten Fists! Very cool! I got this drawn in honor of the newest rumored character to join infinity.

KITTEN FISTS!!!!

KITTEN FISTS!!!!

Wish they were both rumored...as a playset! Only time will tell!

Wish they were both rumored…as a playset! Only time will tell!

It was time to play the Guardians of the Galaxy Playset. I lined up and got to play it on the Wii-U. It was loads of fun, but I wanted to try it again, this time with the PS4! I just love this playset! This is by far my favorite playset I’ve played out of the three. It just feels different, but familiar at the same time. It also kind of gives you a feel of what Star Wars could feel like when it comes to Infinity one day. I loved playing with these figures! Groot has this wicked ranged attack that travels underground and completely destroys the enemies. It makes me want to get him immediately at launch. As most of you know, I love Rocket! He is by far my favorite of the 6 GOTG figures. But don’t worry, all 5 are just amazing. Rocket has this epic special ability where he shoots his huge guns in berserk mode! Like he literally is like a rabid, rabies infested raccoon, wrecking havoc everywhere with massive machine guns! Totally awesome! For all of you asking for unique attacks in infinity 1.0 between all the figures, 2.0 is the answer you’ve been waiting for. These figures totally embody unique attacks between the characters. Not to mention the talent trees are going to help even more. I just hope they can figure out away to make all the cars figures unique themselves.

I AM GROOT!

I AM GROOT!

My favorite playset so far!

My favorite playset so far!

Ok, now I need to point something out. I think these are the most unique figures designed so far. They have something that stands out from all the figures…their base! Thats right, the metal looking platform base they all are standing on is cool, but not for the reasons you would think. Everyone of these charters have a base below that have these thematic holes designed into them. So whats the big deal? Well, when you set them on the Infinity Platform, preferably with no power discs below them, the light from the platform shines up through the holes and adds some kind of glow to them. Now they may not be lightcore like skylanders, but it definitely makes the figures look cooler with a light glow shining up at the figure. Just a nice touch!

Star Lord is fun to blast off with, Drax has sick spin moves, and Gamora is wicked fast!

Star Lord is fun to blast off with, Drax has sick spin moves, and Gamora is wicked fast!

Not the best picture to show the light coming through, but I will have that on another update!

Not the best picture to show the light coming through, but I will have that on another update!

So after playing as Rocket for a while and enjoying how incredible the collectors edition display base looked, I decided it was time to preorder and get my very own Rocket and limited edition poster! You only got Rocket and the poster if you preordered the game there. If you preordered inside the convention, you got a Groot figure. They had these amazing staff members helping you preorder via iPad. Was quick and easy! Thanks for my Rocket guys!

Props to Disney for having such fun and helpful staff!

Props to Disney for having such fun and helpful staff!

My very own Rocket Raccoon! :) :) :)

My very own Rocket Raccoon! :) :) :)

It was right in front of me! All I had to do was grab it and run! Oh well....guess I will wait until September!

It was right in front of me! All I had to do was grab it and run! Oh well….guess I will wait until September!

Disney put on a spectacular event! The staff was friendly, the pop up shop was filled with amazing little surprises, and the D23 event made it more intimate. Can’t wait for news from the next event at the summit in Salt Lake city. Wish I can go! Enjoy a few more pics to get a feel for how great this event was.

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My final haul!

My final haul!

CLICK ROCKET! CLICK HIM!

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BsNvWIhIYAA3BpgFor those Disney Infinity fans who are are in the San Diego area on July 26th and are D23 members (Gold/Silver), Disney are putting on a preview event where fans can try out 2.0 before the release in the Fall.

Here are the details on the event.

Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) Preview at San Diego Comic-Con
Event Date: Saturday, July 26 Location: 343 4th Avenue, San Diego, Calif. 92101

Overview –  Be among the first to experience the Marvel Super Heroes Play Sets, plus special surprises and giveaways!

Tickets – No tickets or reservations required, please present your D23 Membership Card for entry.

Details –  D23 Member event is 2–4 p.m. One (1) guest allowed per D23 Member.

D23 Members are invited to join Disney Interactive for an exclusive Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) preview event at San Diego Comic-Con! From 2–4 p.m. on July 26, D23 Members are taking over and getting exclusive time to preview this hotly anticipated game.

Swing by the Disney Infinity pop-up shop for a special hands-on experience with Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) including the Marvel Super Heroes Play Sets and the enhanced Toy Box that includes all-new Disney characters. Plus, there are plenty of special surprises and giveaways in store for D23 Members and their guests!

Disney Infinity is an interactive gaming platform where players have unprecedented freedom and endless opportunity to create stories and play experiences starring beloved characters from across the worlds of Disney. Building on the success of last year’s initial launch, Disney Interactive announced that Disney Infinity’snext chapter, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, will hit stores this fall. In the all-new game, players use real-world interactive figures to activate original storylines (Play Sets) in the virtual game worlds of popular Marvel franchises and create new adventures with other Disney Infinity characters in the Toy Box mode. For more information, visit Disney.com/Infinity.

NOTE: Available only to D23 Gold and Silver Members in good standing. Each D23 Member may bring up to one (1) guest. Space is limited. This event is not at the San Diego Convention Center, and Comic-Con admission is not required. D23 Members must bring their D23 Membership Card and a valid photo ID. D23 Members who do not bring their membership card will not be admitted to the event. All D23 Special Events are subject to change without notice.

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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.

D23 Members Run Through Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park; Photo Credit: Scott Brinegar

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.

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NewFeatureImage-500x290 d23This past week has been an extremely busy week due to the D23 Expo, we have had a ton of news and updates go up on Vinylmation Kingdom, so many that we decided to split this week’s Best Week Ever into two, which will allow you easier access to some of the big stories such as the Marvel Vinylmation preview trading cards and all the details on the Little Mermaid figures.

Here is a rundown of all our D23 Expo Coverage:

Marvel

Little Mermaid

Customs

Other Stories

We have loads of people to thank for all the pictures and information that we have shared with you,

So Thank You to @MyMouseCapades, @Dizthrubrowneyes, Roland Abalos Jr,  Evilos, NRB Relic, Panonboard Customs, Stitchkingdom.com, Kiyoshi Kuramoto, Cesar Diaz, Destination Vinylmation, @AntKucel and to everyone else who was at the event sharing their experiences.

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Earlier today, Disney Interactive had its’ D23 presentation. For a while now, we have been told that the upcoming, and much anticipated, game Disney Infinity would be releasing some exciting news during the bi-annual Disney Expo. At the end of Disney Interactive’s presentation, DI took to the stage, and fans were not disappointed.

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It was confirmed that a version of Disneyland will be available for download into the Toy Box! It’s going to be awesome to explore the park with your characters!

NEW Play Set: Toy Story

Photo by Stitch Kingdom.

Photo by Stitch Kingdom.

Disney Infinity’s 6th Play Set (following the starter sets Pirates of the CaribbeanMonsters University, and The Incredibles, and release time expansion sets CARS and The Lone Ranger) will, in fact, be the beloved Pixar franchise Toy Story. At the announcement came figure releases for Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Jessie. This play set will be available in October.

Photo courtesy of Vinylmation World.

Photo courtesy of Vinylmation World.

Disney Interactive's Jocn Blackburn reveals the Toy Story play set.

Disney Interactive’s John Blackburn reveals the Toy Story play set. Photo courtesy of Disney Infinity.

Toy Box Characters

Today was also the first announcement of characters that stand alone in the Toy Box. These are quite exciting:

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Beginning in October and releasing thru 2014, these characters will be available to play inside the Toy Box:

~ Anna and Elsa from the new movie Frozen

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Photos courtesy of Vinylmation World.

Photos courtesy of Vinylmation World.

~ Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas

~ Agent P and Phineas from Phineas and Ferb

Photo by Stitch Kingdom.

Photo courtesy of Stitch Kingdom.

~ Ralph and Vanellope from Wreck-It Ralph

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Photos courtesy of Vinylmation World.

~ Rapunzel from Tangled

Photo by Stitch Kingdom.

Photo courtesy of Stitch Kingdom.

~ Sorcerer Mickey from Fantasia

Photo courtesy of Destination Vinylmation.

Photo courtesy of Destination Vinylmation.

Does that mean they won’t ever be in a Play Set? Not necessarily. However, we knew that not EVERY character would have a Play Set, as that would get very expensive.

With that being said, the Tumblr “Inside Disney Infinity” has released a picture and information of items that popped up on the Toys “R” Us website a couple of days ago… and it brings up some interesting thoughts:

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Wreck-It Ralph Toy Box Pack – $30.99 – 12/10/2013
Wreck-It Ralph Figure – $13.99 – 12/10/2013
Vanellope Figure – $13.99 – 12/10/2013

Frozen Toy Box Pack – $30.99 – 11/19/2013
Elsa Figure – $13.99 – 11/19/2013
Anna Figure – $13.99 – 11/19/2013

Toy Story Play Set – $35.99 – 10/15/2013
Woody Figure – $13.99 – 10/15/2013

Rapunzel Figure – $13.99 – 12/10/2013
Jack Skellington Figure – $13.99 – 10/15/2013
Girl Power 3-Pack – $30.99 – 12/10/2013

Power Disc Series 2 – $5.99 – 11/19/2013

So, it looks like both Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen will have what they call “Toy Box Packs”. Does this means that both characters of that movie will be in those packs, along with special Power Discs from that movie? Also, with Woody being the single character, does that mean that Jessie and Buzz are the Play Set characters? Any guesses as to the Girl Power 3-pack? My thoughts: Vanellope, Anna, and Rapunzel.

There was also information from “Inside Disney Infinity” released regarding Toys “R” Us and their exclusive Power Disc Packs, which will feature 10 discs exclusive to their blind packs. Suggestion if you are a completist? Don’t purchase the regular packs from Toys “R” Us… wait for their exclusive gold packs to arrive.

Noticeably missing from this list are Agent P, Phineas, and Sorcerer Mickey. No release date for Agent P and Phineas has been released (at least not to my knowledge)… but where is Ferb? Will he eventually be released? If not, I for one would be sad to have only half of the duo. As far as Sorcerer Mickey is concerned, expect a 2014 release date for the magical mouse. However, guests at the Disney Infinity presentation today were treated to a treat: a take home Sorcerer Mickey of their very own… which is PLAYABLE in the Toy Box when it is released next weekend! My friend Elizabeth was there and got one:

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One last thing… this weekend the Disney Infinity booth there were banners up showing some ways you can use characters in the Toy Box, and thanks to my friend Pat, I got to see them… first up, maybe it was foreshadowing, but here are some Pixar characters on tricycles.

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Secondly, and this excites me A LOT… Davey Jones riding… the Electric Mayhem bus??? Does this mean that The Muppets are in our future? If that’s the case… could Marvel and Star Wars be far behind???

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Well, that about covers it for the Disney Infinity update today at D23. Stay tuned next weekend for when I attend the release events in NYC for Disney Infinity. If anyone else is in the NYC area, you should come down… to Nintendo World on Saturday and Times Square on Sunday. I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed.

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Best week ever1The Vinylmation Kingdom this week has been like Piccadilly Circus, we have had an extremely busy week with the D23 Expo in Los Angeles and we are going to run through the highlights of that event tomorrow.  But in the middle of all the D23 Expo coverage, there has been lots of news away from D23 that we wanted to highlight since its been so easy to get lost in the shuffle.

130-Wet-Paint-Mickey-large-300x300Have you checked out the VK Corner featuring Matt on the latest Destination Vinylmation Podcast Episode 130 Wet Paint Donald,

As per normal, the Vinylmation Kingdom team has brought you many exclusive columns and features that you won’t find anywhere else.

If you’re a custom artist and would like to be featured in a future edition of the Custom Showcase, be sure to get in touch with me (Roger@VinylmationKingdom.com).


Also if you haven’t already done so, Check out our Facebook Groups for Trading/Buying/Selling and for Custom Vinylmations..

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hitsWelcome 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 the Vinylmations from the D23 Expo.

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RogPalmerUK – There can be no doubt that this years D23 Expo has got some serious Vinylmation love with loads of Twin Packs, special editions, debuts, One of a Kinds and much more.  The minute I saw the previews of the D23 Expo, there was a couple of figures that stood out to me, the Angel and Devil Donald Duck pack was a instant “yes please” and the actual D23 logo figure with the different colours has also gone onto my “wants” list.  I might not be going to the actual event but it’s still a cool figure.  I’ll also throw a shout out about John’s Sour Oswald and Gerald’s Sorcerer Mickey one of a kinds which look amazing and I wish these 9″‘s got put out as a proper full production figure.  The imagineer figures are also my must have set, I’m hoping to get my hands on a few of these at some point but this is so interesting to me, its like a cross between Park and Urban, its back to Vinylmation basics and I’m interested to see more work from this team.

 WDWRobert – Monster University 2 piece set will be a nice addition to my almost complete MU set. Even though there is nothing all that special about them except for the cool Glasses they really say Hey I am special. But since its MU I love them anyway. Next up for a Hit would be Black & White Minnie. I am a huge fan of the Classics and haven Minnie in the new mold will be a great addition to the collection.    Donald Duck is another favorite of mine as well. Its nice to see an innocent version of Donald. The Devil Donald is to me a more classic mischievous Donald. Love the colors and love the Halo! Next is the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.. Though not main stream characters in the Disney Lineup these two Look great! Very well Done. This one is unique and is very special in many ways. But for me its the simple look that transferred to the Vinyl Mold beautifully. My absolute favorite of the D23 Event were the Vinyls that were from the Walt Disney Imagining. I love all eight of them. There may be some Vinyls out there that resemble these but I am in awe of all of them! Everyone is gorgeous! If I had to pick one it would be the Project X my absolute favorite. The EPCOT Map is amazing and this is in my top 10 of all time favorites.

 

 

Diego and Marco Morales –  All of the Disney Imagineering Vinyls – I really enjoyed all of these vinyls. They scream Disney because they show what Disney imagineers do for Disney. I especially like the half-built yeti one with the “floor plan” hat. These are very well designed and made vinyls.

Carla and Rosie- As a two pack for Monsters University, this is a great combo pack. I loved the movie and this pack reflected that. It was very well designed. Maybe better known characters could have been done.

D23 Expo Sorcerer blind boxes – I love these. The yellow, the blue and the clear. The idea of a blind box different colors instead of an open box one color was a fabulous idea. The classic sorcerer Mickey with the waves is a classic Disney icon. Plus on the light up stand from Disney Store 25th anniversary these would look great.

Ursula 3 pack – Although I have never really liked Ariel Mermaid the movie this 3 pack caught my eye. I like it when Disney shows the different “sides” of a character with vinylmation ( i.e. Cheshire Cat 2 pack). The hair on both of the Ursula’s is a great touch too. Even the packaging is very cool. I was looking for a Vanessa because you can’t forget her and at first I thought she might be the chaser but was disappointed when she was not. Now that I know Disney did make, one I’m happy.

LE Mickey and Minnie – These are classic Disney characters and are done very cartoonishly. I love the hat that was given to Mickey and the bow given to Minnie. These are very well done vinyls. However I would have liked it if they had made more Minnie’s (300 compared to Mickey who is LE of 2000).

D23 Minnie – This is the other Minnie vinyl being released. It is the one with the hat instead if a bow on its head. I love the classic Minnie. There are not many Minnie Mouse vinylmation which makes this classic one a hit.

Good Donald, Bad Donald Combo Set – As I said above, I love it when Disney uses vinyls to show different “sides” of a character. Donald is also one of my favorite all time Disney characters which makes this set even better. I love the halo that is above angel Donald’s head. It looks like it is hovering above his head. The facial expressions on them make these vinyls great. Definitely a hit.

Beauty and the Beast Combo set   Even though I am not a fan of Beauty and the Beast I really like this set. In the series there was Beaty and the Beast but now here they are wearing something different. Belle is in her sweater and the beast is ready to dance in his fancy clothes.

Jeremy Arruda – Of the exclusive sets the first hit for me is Beauty and the Beast! The colors in this set are incredible, and really bring me back to the scene of them in the snow! And the inclusion of the birds in Belle’s ears is great! It’d be cool if there were some seeds drawn on Beast’s hands…but who would see them…enh minor detail. My other hit from the exclusives would be the D23 logos. Although the design is simplistic, that’s what I like about it. It really shows what D23 is about! My last hit would be Minnie! Great first shot of how Disney characters should look on her mold, we’ll see more soon hopefully!

Now for the custom hits. First hit is undoubtedly Sorcerer Mickey. This piece is incredible! The detail put into it makes it one of the best vinylmations ever in my book! If only I had the money. Sour Oswald looks alright, except I’m not sure how I feel about all those white dots on his ears… My only other hit would be Western Mickey by Noah. It’s alright, but Noah seems to be putting out a lot of the same stuff lately…ready for something new from him.

Misses

RogPalmerUK – One of the strangest things about the D23 Expo is the amount of Vinylmation that they have thrown at it, there has been a better selection of special figures for this event that for the Villains 13 event next month, which is a shame, this event shouldn’t over shadow the biggest Vinylmation event of the year.  But onto the actual figures, my first Miss is the Monsters University twin pack, even after seeing the movie, I’m just not interested enough in those characters to want to pick this set up (nor 80% of the blind box set either).  Another miss for me is the Classic Minnie Mouse especially when the Introducing Minnie Mouse figure that also debuted at the show looks so similar but that’s maybe just me.  I’d also throw the Little Mermaid Ursula’s into this bracket, do we really need so many figures of the same character as we also have the Little Mermaid blind box version and the Popcorn pile of poo shaped one.  I’m also going to throw the new Blank twin pack into this pile, the packaging of using a clear bag and just having two CYO’s with a bow and bow tie just feels like cashing in on the new animated short which I am extremely excited about, I think the idea of Blank is fab and I can’t wait to see them all, but these figures seem a tad expensive for what they are.

 WDWRobert – I was really looking forward to the “Blank, A Vinylmation Love Story so much. I have read the story behind this series, I watch the little Trailer and was excited to see the 1st set. Well they promised “Blank” and thats what they gave us. But the insult was the packaging. It was in a clear bag with a folded card board card. Wow! Now I must say I must be missing something and I expect to be wrong. Though for now ( I did buy this set) they will remain in their bag to wait for the continuing story. Another Vinyl I was really crazy about at first was the D23 Sorcerer Logo. There were three colors that were blind box. Yellow the Main color and White and Blue being the variants. Maybe I had high expectations but they just did not give me the wow I though they would of. Not to mention the yellow is just a bit odd for me.

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Without a doubt D23 hasn’t produced many vinyl’s I’m attracted to this year. First main miss is Monsters University. Maybe it’s because I haven’t seen the movie, but these pieces bore me. Tied for second are Silly Symphony, and Paul Bunyan. These sets have no reminiscent value to me, and they are just bleh (although Paul does have quite some detail). Donald set doesn’t intrigue me. These two just look so boring.

First custom miss is Leviathon. I just don’t like this piece…at all. It doesn’t represent vinylmation in my opinion, more of a random collectible. Second miss is Gremlin Gus. I am just not a huge fan of sculpting on vinylmation, and I feel like he almost looks like candy…and then the parrot from Mary Poppins. It’s alright, but again the mold takes away from the vinylmation. It almost looks to me as if someone had a bird mold and added ears on it. And as for Miss Mindy’s set, although yes it is creative and probably took a lot of time, the figures to me are again straying from the aspect of vinylmation and would definitely not fit in my collection. I know I sound like a stick in the mud, but I guess I prefer the traditional vinylmation molds over these new crazy sculptures.

Diego and Marco Morales –    Paul Bunyan and Blue Ox Combo Set – This set didn’t catch my eye at all. I feel Disney should have chosen better known characters for a huge Disney convention. The vinyls are done well but this set is not on my Wants list.

Silly Symphony Combo Set – I can’t relate to this set at all except for its Disney, and that’s not enough to make me want it. I feel Disney should have chosen a more well known Silly Symphony (i.e. Skeleton Dance, and Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf).

Blank Vinylmation Set –  This has to be a miss for me. I don’t really get what Disney is aiming for in this set. The trailer wasn’t that good and if I ever was to get this set it would be to make a custom which I’m not skillful at yet.

Ursula 9″ Vinyl – This is just one too many Ursula’s. I feel Disney just over used Ursula and in their best interest should not make another for a while.

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