Well, it looks like each month in 2015, the Disney Store will be releasing a set of new Tsum Tsum for sale, which will appear on shelves and online the first Tuesday of the month. For January, we are getting a set of 101 Dalmatians.


Looks like the 101 Dalmatians set will include (at least) Cruella, Pongo, Patch… and I am guessing Lucky and Rolly. I have a feeling Cruella and Patch will make it in to my collection sooner rather than later.

What do you think of these new Tsum Tsum? Will you be adding them to your collection? Let us know.



Great news! TODAY starts our four week Disney Infinity Holiday Giveaway, brought to you by us here at Vinylmation Kingdom/ Infinity and Beyond and the awesome team over at Disney Infinity. Over the next four weeks, you can enter to win some awesome Disney Infinity Originals (2.0 Edition) items. What can you win?

Week 1 (11/22-11/28): Merida and Maleficent Single Figures

WINNER: Jennifer Chittum

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Week 2 (11/29-12/5): Tinkerbell and Donald Duck Single Figures

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Week 3 (12/6-12/12): Hiro and Baymax Single Figures

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Week 4 (12/13-12/19… ending at midnight 12/20): Disney Infinity Originals (2.0 Edition) Toy Box Starter Pack for XBox One


How can you win? There are many ways to win through our giveaway, including a daily tweet.

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We would like to thank the gang over at Disney Infinity with their sponsorship of this Holiday Giveaway. Good luck to all who enter and Happy Holidays.

The fine print:

Giveaway runs from 12am on 11/22/14 thru 12am on 12/20/14. Each week a winner will be chosen from all entries to win that week’s prize. Week 1: 11/22-11/28, Week 2: 11/29-12/5, Week 3: 12/6-12/12, Week 4: 12/13-12/19 (midnight 12/20). Limit one prize per person. Free shipping to US based addresses only. International entries allowed, but winners agree to pay for shipping of prizes. Vinylmation Kingdom and Infinity and Beyond retains the right to refuse sending prizes to winners for any reason, including, but not limited to, evidence of cheating or multiple accounts. Prizes will be mailed out once winner’s personal information is verified. There are no guarantees that items will arrive prior to Christmas. Please visit www.vinylmationkingdom.com for more details. 

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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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The Vinylmation Critic Review: The Jungle Book

Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book (originally released in 1967) is famously known for being the last movie that had Walt’s direct input. The movie is largely known for it’s music, most notably The Bare Necessities, and it’s singer, Baloo. I don’t know much about this movie, because it’s not that big when compared to other Disney movies. I do believe that Walt Disney was very dissatisfied with how The Sword in the Stone turned out. If I remember correctly, he placed The Sword in the Stone under the care of Bill Peet and offered no supervision. Walt was very disappointed with the final product and decided to hover over The Jungle Book. This didn’t surprise me, as I am still mad that Bill Peet thought it necessary to have two of his kids voice the main character, Arthur, instead of sticking with one kid, who didn’t go through puberty halfway through recording. The Sword in the Stone is one of my favorite movies. Anyways, back on topic…

The Jungle Book originally had a very different story, a very dark story. The ending to that story can be found as a deleted scene on the latest Diamond Edition Blu-Ray release. The original story had Mowgli going into the village half-way through the movie and interacting with the villagers. Shere Khan was defeated with the help of a poacher. Walt thought that this story was too dark and not family friendly, so he insisted on changing the whole story. The story doesn’t follow the book, and I do believe that the Chuck Jones version follows the book.

Now, I have to confess, I really don’t like this movie. I didn’t see it as a kid, and instead heard people talk about how good the movie was. So a couple of years ago, I sat down and watched it, and I hated the movie. Okay, hate is a very strong word, but there were so many elements that bothered me, and most of them were the characters. Now the animation, is flawless, especially those backgrounds. That shot of the waterfall is absolutely stunning! But the movie suffers from so many unnecessary scenes and feels to me like a rushed episodic show more than a movie. Now let’s move to the characters!

  • Mowgli, our main character, is flat out annoying. I hated this kid. He was such a rude kid that never listened to Bagheera and instead kept endangering himself. Especially at the end where Shere Khan almost ate him. Hey kid, everyone in the forest is afraid of this guy, stop being arrogant and run for your life, you idiot!
  • Baloo: Being Mowgli’s enabler…. I hated him too. I also really didn’t care for the Bare Necessities. I just don’t really see it’s point being in the movie because it’s just the characters having fun and doesn’t further the story.
  • Bagheera: I actually liked him. He’s my second favorite character. He is the voice of reason in this movie and I wouldn’t blame him if he left Mowgli to Shere Khan.
  • Shere Khan: Phenomenal voice casting. He, along with Ursula, are one of the best sounding villains to ever come out of Disney. I also absolutely love his calm demeanor. His sinister smiles and just plain evil voice. He’s fantastic!
  • Kaa: He’s a cool snake. Really liked him in the movie, although, his scenes do get a bit too tiring and long since there is practically no reason to him being in the movie.
  • Elephants: Never should have been in the movie. Didn’t do any good.
  • King Louie: He has an amazing song! My favorite in the movie! The animation done on him is also quite impressive.

The biggest problem that this movie suffers is the necessity of the characters and events. A lot of this movie is characters just interacting with each other and those interactions have nothing do with the story. But I still love the animation, and that alone warrants a review!

So let’s dig deep into this Vinylmation set!

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The Case in General

This is a really disappointing set. I mean, I’m obviously not a big fan of the movie, but I still liked some of the characters. The biggest disappointment in this set was Shere Khan, but the worst problem were the character choices. This is an 8 figure series, which meant that they needed to make 8 distinctive characters. Five of the characters in this set were made in other sets and that space should have really gone to the other characters in the movie. I really wanted a vinylmation figure of Akela and Rama, the wolves, along with Flunky, King Loiue’s servant These characters would have been better figures than the ones that we got. The fact that three of the figures were also less superior than their counterparts was also bad. I really thought that having the set dedicated to the movie would give it more of a collective feel, unlike a random series. And let’s talk about the chaser, which I personally really had high hopes for. I don’t understand why we needed to have Kaa as the chaser when we could have gotten the human girl, ashanti,  instead. Her inclusion would have been well deserved since I always thought that vinylmations are where forgotten characters are remembered. The design of the box though was really nice. I liked it a lot. So overall, with really disappointing figures, and other superior figures available at the market, I’ll have to give this set a 4/10.




Thank you for reading and please don’t hesitate to comment below, as I will always interact with the commenters and let me know of any sets that you want me to review! Feel free to ask me any questions that you might have! Follow me on twitter @vinylcritic

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From the Vinylmation Vault Alumni Association or VVAA this week we have what I consider to be one of the most underrated series out there today. The Mascot Open Edition only has four vinyl’s in this series and each one is a huge hit for me. What appealed to me the most was all the “fall” Looking matte finished complementary colors that were used on each character. I just love Matte finish. Don’t get me wrong some vinyl’s look way better with a glossy finish but the Matte finish & gorgeous “Fall” colors are my favored choice.


Donald at Duke University


Mascot Donald’s has wonderfully colored Steel Blue sweater with the Maroon colored letter “D” on his chest that could perhaps stand for either Duke or Delaware University or even Disney University. Donald adorns a cap that is colored the same as his sweater that adds a nice touch to the outfit. Then as I look s bit more I noticed that the artist ever so slightly changed Donald’s eyes to have a darker shade of blue as well, which I just love. For the longest time Donald Duck has been my favorite character but as I grew older I noticed I grew tired of his easily angered & envious demeanor and eventually I grew tired his curmudgeonly ways and looked for a character that was a little bit more carefree, but that’s for a different story. Now back to Mascot Donald and why I still love this guy. Now Donald does not always loose his cool and I do like to a point a slightly angered Donald as he becomes very entertaining at that point. So when I first looked at Mascot Donald I absolutely loved his intense and moderately aggravated facial expression!


Goofy at Georgetown University

Mascot Goofy is dressed in a mustard color sweatshirt with a Maroon colored “G” on his chest, which may stand for either Gettysburg College or maybe for Georgetown University. The dark blue foam finger is a nice touch as well. Now unlike Donald Goofy rarely get angered so to see the intense look on his face was a great idea. One more thought on goofy as I look at him I quickly recall all of my favorite cartoon shorts with Goofy trying to demonstrate some type of sport that ultimately ends in some chaotic mess.


Pluto at “Paw Tech”


Mascot Pluto wears a dark maroon sweater adorned with a dark blue letter “P” on the chest. My guess would be is that Pluto had enrolled in and is a huge fan of his Alma Mater “Paw Tech” as he has a firm grip on that pennant and cheering for a Victory for the “Fighting Dog Paws”! Squirrel!


Mickey at Monsters University


Mascot Mickey wears a maroon colored sweatshirt and of course there’s the Universities Mustard colored “M” which can only stand for Monsters University. Well I guess it could also stand for Marceline University as well. Like Donald’s face Mickey’s has that off white color that fits perfectly to the theming. Of course to complete the Retro look for Mickey is wearing sky and dark blue ball-cap with the Colleges “M” embellished in the front.


The whole gang visits Medford College to say hello to their favorite High School professor of Chemistry.


As a whole I really adore these guys a lot and I just love the their facial expressions showing their “Game Face” along with their school colors. Though I eluded earlier on where they all attend College or University by their letter on their sweater/sweater, I must add that the letters on their chest really represents the first letter of each of their names. Though it was fun to imagine what University/College they could be going to.


I actually purchased these at full price at the Disney Store and even though they wound up as clearance eventually I am still very happy with the set. I think it’s the beautifully “Fall Colors” that were used that really drew me to these guys. If you have not collected these well what are you waiting for? Go out there and win one for Walt!

Do you have a favorite Vinylmation that is hiding in the Vinylmation Vault? Let me know and maybe one day I’ll feature it in a future Vinylmation Vault.

Happy Collecting




Whether it be the theme or everyone’s busy summer schedules, but our 1964 World’s Fair Custom Swap wasn’t as popular as I would have thought. Be that as it may, four awesome artists participated, and later this month I will be traveling to the site of the 1964 World’s Fair for the photo shoot. In the meantime, I am pleased to announce the newest Custom Swap theme, as well as sign-up details. This will be the last photo shoot of 2014, so we are going to celebrate by bringing back an older theme, with a twist.


Before we get to that, for those of you who are not familiar with VK’s Custom Swaps, this is what goes down.

1. Individuals sign up by the sign up deadline to take part of the Custom Swap and create a custom based off a given theme. You do not need to be a well versed custom artist. Heck, this could be your first one. All that we ask is that you try your best.

2. ANY regular sized Vinylmation mold will be accepted in submissions. This includes 3″ Mickey, Monorail, Duffy, or Popcorns. We ask that you do not use 9″ or 95 molds, as they pose a shipping/ traveling problem. Jrs. are allowed in conjunction with a regular sized vinyl, but not as a full entry.

3. Customs are mailed to a given location by the submission deadline.

4. The customs are then taken out to a photo shoot, where they are shot together as a group and individually. Those photos will appear both here on Vinylmation Kingdom, as well as over on the Custom Swaps Facebook page.

5. After the photo shoot, each participant is mailed back to them one of the other customs in the swap. So, if you submit a custom, you get a custom… simple as that.


Go that? Good… now let’s get to the other stuff.


A couple of years back, we did a very successful Winter Holidays Custom Swap, with photo shoots happening both in NYC at Rockefeller Plaza and in Walt Disney World. Last year, people had fun with Star Wars Holidays. This year, we are having Disney’s Winter Wonderland.


So, for this Custom Swap, here are the guidelines- the custom needs to be of the following:

Winter Wonderland themed (either holiday or season) involving a Disney, Pixar, Marvel, or Lucasfilm.


Location Shoots

For this shoot, I will once again be doing two photo shoots. The first will revisit Rockefeller Plaza in NYC and the second will once again be down in WDW. One will be during Christmas Week here in NYC, and the other in January 2015 while I am on vacation at WDW.



Sign-Ups will end on Saturday, November 1st. Please sign up only if you know you will be able to complete an entry and have it in on time.

Submission Deadline is no later than Saturday, December 20th. I will be traveling to NYC the following week, and I would like all of the customs in by then.

As time draws nearer, I will message the artists involved and give them the address to send the customs to.

Where to Sign-Up

We will be holding sign-ups on our Artists Unleashed Facebook Group. Artists Unleashed is dedicated to promoting and showcasing the awesome artwork done by our members. If you haven’t already visited the page yet, please do so. That will be where the official sign up for this swap will take place. For those of you without Facebook, you can still email me to sign up.


Thanks a lot everyone, and I am looking forward to another wonderful holiday themed swap.

The Sands of Agrabah (Terrain)

Earlier today, we published pictures of the poster being released with the Disney Infinity Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) Starter Pack. On that poster were listed all of the upcoming Disney Originals Power Discs. Missing from that set of forty discs were two that Disney had already announced would be coming: The Sands of Agrabah and Jasmine’s Palace View, an Aladdin-themed Skydome and Texture pack.

The Sands of Agrabah (Terrain)

The Sands of Agrabah (Terrain)

Jasmine's Palace View (Skydome)

Jasmine’s Palace View (Skydome)

This evening, when replying to someone on Twitter, John Vignocchi, Executive Producer, answered the question as to where they were.


JV is, of course, referring to the Aladdin and Jasmine characters that were announced to be part of Disney Originals 2.0. Aladdin will be available in November, with Jasmine out sometime in 2015.


This raises the question: will you be getting Aladdin when he releases as a single character, or wait until the character pack comes out?


In addition to posting pictures of the new Halls of Heroes last night, reddit user NinjaHarley also posted a look at the Disney Infinity 2.0 poster, which will be included in all versions of the Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack.







What I notice is glaringly missing from the Disney side of the Power Discs are the Aladdin Skydome and Texture discs, which have been previously confirmed with the reveal of Aladdin and Jasmine (who is coming in 2015). Now, it could be that they will be pack ins with Jasmine, or maybe released as something special. I guess that will remain to be seen.

What about Disney Infinity 2.0 are you most excited for? Let us know over at our Facebook page Infinity and Beyond. 


Last night, reddit user NinjaHarley posted some pictures from Disney Infinity 2.0, as he somehow managed to get a copy of the game before anyone else. I decided to share a select few of them with you. First up… the Hall of Heroes for both Marvel Super Heroes and Disney Originals. First up is the Hall of Heroes from Disney Infinity 1.0, all decked out…. Shiny.


According to NinjaHarley, a bridge now spans from the old Hall of Heroes to a new one for Disney Originals 2.0. This island shows the pedestals for the (9) announced Disney Originals so far…. but where are the other two? Future patch? I guess time will tell.


Lastly, looks like we have what is the Hall of Heroes for the Marvel Super Heroes. Pretty sweet looking, if you ask me. Totally different vibe than the Disney Originals, which is needed.


What do you think of these new Hall of Heroes? Let us know over at our Facebook page Infinity and Beyond. 


Today at SDCC, guests were treated to a Gravity Falls panel, as well as an autograph session. Shortly after he got through the autograph line, Instagram member kevinsidethegrid posted this photo.


As you can see on the right of the picture, it looks like we have our first look at the Gravity Falls skydome and terrain discs for Disney Infinity Disney Originals (2.0 Edition). This would explain having seen the Gravity Falls skydome and terrain being used in the Toy Box previously during events, and coincides with Alex Hirsch, creator of the series, stating that there will not be figures for Disney Infinity during the panel.

Stick around the rest of the weekend as we find out more Disney Infinity information from SDCC.


So, Blogger Bash had a VIP Event prior to Sweet Suite Thursday night. Since the VIP Event was being sponsored by Activision/ Skylanders Trap Team, I never would have guessed that John Vignocchi would have made a presentation about Disney Infinity. Well, he did, and a picture sent in to us last night from the event brings a smile to my face. It looks like one of the new Toy Box Game Discs will be themed after Stitch.

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Instragram Credit: @lanimsays


This would explain a lot of what we saw in the Stitch and Tinkerbell release materials, with there being a lot of Stitch themed landscape.

For those of you not familiar with the new Toy Box Games, they are pyramid shaped hex discs that open up a special Toy Box Game (adventure) when placed on the Infinity Base. Unlike Play Sets, thought the Toy Box Games are geared to one character (Stitch) or set of characters (The Avengers), they can eventually be unlocked so where ANY Disney Infinity character can play. It’s their answer for people wanting the Play Sets to be able to be opened, which, because of mechanics involved, cannot.

Currently, there are two Marvel and two Disney Toy Box Games slated to be released. The Marvel ones are themed after Asgard (a Tower Defense game) and supposedly Guardians of the Galaxy (Dungeon Crawler game). Now word on what Stitch’s game objective is, or what the identity of the second Disney game is.

What do you think of Stitch being the theme of one of the Toy Box Games? Let us know.