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 the Fantasia sets.
RogPalmerUK – Fantasia is a strange movie, last year I cashed in some Movie Reward points to get a few classic movies which included Fantasia, and other than the main Sorcerer Apprentice portion, I couldn’t remember seeing it when I was a kid. Fantasia is one of the original classic Disney movies and some sections of the movie haven’t aged that well but considering this movie is over 70 years old I think its amazing, as I doubt people will be talking about today’s animated movies in 70 years. However I can understand that it was groundbreaking in the day and a important part of Disney history. Which makes this Fantasia series a interesting one
I saw the first set on display at D-Street while I was on vacation last year but was flying home before it got released, but was able to get one from a kind VK member, the classic Sorcerer Mickey & Yen set is without doubt the biggest hit of the series in my eyes. I know it doesn’t count but I really want to track down the Villains 3 Chernabog which continues to grow on me.
@Pluchiot – I honestly believe Fantasia is such an underrated movie with all its rich visuals and characters set to synchronize music. Likewise I feel this is such an underrated series with obscure but fascinating choices.
While difficult to choose my three best personally, as I do love the obscurity that would be less appreciated from some if it was a blind box series even with some excellent designs (I mean Hop Low is pretty brilliant alone with the helmet as the mushroom ‘roof’)… I’ll have to pick Series 1, 8 and either 5 or 2. Yensid & Mickey was a great choice to begin with, with great expression, detail though I’d have liked to see a broom Jr to pair up as well. Ben Ali & Hyacinth, my second choice, are my favorites from the movie though so it was a no brainer that I would choose them – took a long time for Ben Ali to appear and it was worth the wait. As for the last selection, I really like Bacchus/Donkey and the Faun/Unicorn, they’re just cute and has an awfully vivid color scheme that stands out nicely.
@DisneyMart – My favourite part of ‘Fantasia’ is the ‘Dance of the Hours’, so I am naturally drawn to the latest set which included the wonderful Hyacinth and Ben Ali Gator! I think they look great in a combo pack with the contrasting green Ali Gator with the grey Hippo! They just look good together. My other HIT from this series is the goldfish. I love the use of the head as the whole fish and the rest of the vinyl’s body to illustrate the background, I think it is really cleverly done by the artist and I initially like the way that Flounder has followed suit from this figure in ‘The Little Mermaid’ series!!
WDWRobert – I have mixed feelings about the movie Fantasia. I know I am suppose to like it even admire it. Walt and his team put a lot of faith and money into this picture. Honestly everyone should see the movie at least once in his or her lives. I was excited when I heard that a Fantasia series was coming to Vinylmation. However there were some problems before the series came out. One problem is that the movie is almost 70 plus old and it has characters that are readily not noticeable for the most part a very limited appeal. Then add the fact that each two piece set was $24, which is too much in my eyes for any 2 piece set. To be honest I only love the movie because of its history and not for its great storytelling. And the story holds true for the Vinyls themselves. All in all there are eight sets that are/were to be introduced, with a set representing the eight scenes.
Set 1 The Scorer’s Apprentice: This is my favorite of all the sets. Everyone knows this story. Walk around any of the theme parks and there will be a reference to this wonderful scene. Mickey looks great. The Mickey Vinyl is great representation of the character likeness in the Movie. Yendis is captured the same way. I love this set!!
Set 2 Faun/Unicorn: One would have to see the movie to truly appreciate how the Vinyls pay tribute to the movie. Again Faun is done beautifully and the Unicorn is just amazing. The Unicorn just as a Vinyl and not connected to anything is cute on its own. But again $25 for them, No Thank you.
Set 3 Dinosaurs: Having previously admitted somewhere of loving Dinosaurs and at some point of their youth boys and girls like Dinosaurs you would figure that this series of Dinosaurs would have been better represented. The Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus from the movie don’t quite transfer all that well to the Vinyl format. The Stegosaurus looks more like an angry Turtle than a Dinosaur. This set was just a miss for me.
Set 4 The Nutcrackers Suite: If you have waited on the line for the Great Movie Ride you have seen this part of the Fantasia. It’s a light hearted and whimsical part of the movie and the Vinyls reflect that. Though Hop Lo looks a bit odd and perhaps, well I leave that part out. Goldfish is just beautiful and just well done but a bit off color. Next to The Scorer’s Apprentice was my favorite part.
Set 5 The Pastoral Symphony: I must admit the Baucchus reminds me of Captain McCrea. That is a good thing actually. I do love the joyful, or should I say inebriated smile. The Donkey is okay, not sure why the call him a donkey and not a unicorn though. This set becomes a 50% 50% for me.
Set 6 Night on the Bald Mountain: This scene scared me as a child, it was very powerful and full of someone satanic feel. Very dark for Disney I felt. But it is very powerful. The Demon was toned quite a bit. The Chernabog style mold would have been perfect. This little guy looks like he has a black Mustache on him. Harpy follow the same thought as it was quite toned down Honestly there are better ways that Disney has used scary characters but to the point of making them terrifying
Set 7 Mount Olympus: The Vulcan Vinyl just seems to have its color off a bit. He is not easily identifiable to me. The facial expression just did not do it for me as well. Zues, I really like this one Again this set does not really carry any two strong Characters that I would want to buy for the kids (though I only have one) though Zues does comes with a cool Lighting Rod. And who doesn’t love lightning rods! Oh I must look this up but to me I see a Hidden Mickey in the Clouds at the end of the scene, it’s a 22:00 into the movie.
Set 8 Dance of the Hours: Having several characters to chose, the Ben Ali Gator and Hyacinth Hippo were probably the best characters for the set. The cape on Ben Ali Gator is a great addition, I really love how there are so many accessories being created now. One last note, I love the clear/colored ears as well. Nice look.
Finally though this Series/Movie is not my favorite, I do appreciate the Vinylmation Artist interpretation. Finally the only way I could honestly critique was to re watch the movie. I actually enjoyed it this time a bit. Additionally I am now excited to purchase the rest of the series as well. Thought I will wait for them to go on clearance.
RogPalmerUK – The Fantasia box set’s in my eyes haven’t been a huge success, they’ve had pretty decent LE numbers but hardly any from this series have sold out, even though they’ve been spread out over almost a year and none have yet been reduced yet (which should be a Hit in its own right). Maybe if these had be LE1000 or LE750, they would have been quicker sell outs and deemed more successful. I can’t help but think these will soon be discounted once the last set has been released. These characters aren’t strong enough to be a blind box series (though a Redux set might have been cool) or having some of these characters mixed into the Animation series, I still think this set is fantastic for anyone who loves Fantasia, but for me I haven’t really been that excited about them. The other 7 sets that I haven’t brought just don’t shout buy me, I just don’t love the movie enough to warrant buying them.
@Pluchiot – My misses aren’t really misses but just not as unique/memorable when translated onto vinyl form along with other reasons. My first miss is Rite of Springs’ Dinos, the designs are flat and hardly resemble dinosaurs like the reddish-brown Dino resembling an angry turtle while the T-Rex is just bizarre. Another set that doesn’t cut it for me is Bald Mountain’s demons, well, just the light bluish femme demon where the maniacal flourish from the film is reduced to a relatively simple design. Believe me, I’d love the horned demon if it was a solo figure. As for my final miss, well, I’ll just say while Zeus is amazing, Vulcan is disappointing since Thomas Scott reused the Mad Hatter’s head. Otherwise I could construct my own nonStar-Trek Vulcan with that head and a John Henry variant.
@Disneymart – My major miss in this series is seeing Mickey in his sorcerer robes without his sorcerer’s hat. I know he is still an apprentice but for a Fantasia series I really would have expected him to be in the iconic outfit that so many people associate him with. Secondly, I have to admit that if this was a blind box series, I would have bought lots of bloxes to get the ones I wanted, but being Window Boxes has taken away the opportunity of a bloxing fix and it has made it too easy for me to obtain the sets I wanted whilst avoiding the boring dinosaurs and uninspiring ‘Night on Bald Mountain’ figures!! I just feel that window boxes in general make collecting too easy and it removes the fun for me..
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