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Hello again everyone! Today I will be showing you a custom Vinylmation of Baby Figment!

Two tiny wings, eyes big and yellow. Horns of a steer, but a lovable fellow. From head to tail, he’s royal purple pigment. And there, Viola!, you’ve got a Figment!

IMG_20150210_205159_rewindIMG_20150210_205314_rewind This Baby Figment was part of a Figment series that was made by Josh Edwards and showcased at the Imagination Gala in September 2014. Josh had made a series of 9 Figment customs that he was going to have on display at the Imagination Gala. He offered them for sale online before the gala and I knew I wanted to add one of his Figments to my collection. I chose the Baby Figment since I thought it was not only cute, but I loved the rainbow colors in the ears. To me they represented the Rainbow Corridor from the original Image Works, which was located on the second level of the Imagination Pavilion in Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center in the 80s and 90s. This pavilion in its entirety was a favorite of mine since I was a young child. The original Journey into Imagination was always my favorite ride. Figment was also my second favorite character!

Josh always impresses me with the work he does on his customs. I love the coloring on Baby Figment, the painted wings on the back, the yellow sweater he is wearing and the rainbow ears. This Figment really represents my love for the original Imagination Pavilion that I miss.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this custom from my collection! Josh has made various different customs for my daughter and I over the years and I can’t wait to show you more of them! If you want to see more of his work, you can see it all here on his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/crazy4vinyls.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks column! I look forward to showing you another custom next week!

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Part 1

As I start my packing for a wonder trip on the Disney Wonder for a wonder 7-Day Caribbean cruise. It will be a wonderful cruise that I know will be lots of fun for me my wife and my son. After the cruise we head to WDW to experience our long time favorites like Spaceship Earth at Epcotand the all the new attractions and expansions that have opened since our last visit in 2012 like 7 Dwarfs Mine Train in the newly expanded Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.

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This will be our first Disney cruise and we are all excited to experience all the “Disney Magic” we can handle. Our cruise takes us to Key West, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and of course Castaway Cay. There will be many fun things to discover at each port of call From Key West Aquarium, Grand Cayman Turtle farm, with a visit to Hell and so many other great experiences along the way. So what does this all mean in the world of vinylmations and the Vault? Well, everything of course.

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We will have quite a few vinylmations that will make the Journey with us. Some will traders perhaps on the ship and of course in the park though so many have the trade boxes are now extinct. As for the others they will hopefully make cameos at their current or former place of residence and one lucky vinyl will be autographed by my favorite Park Starz 3 Dreamfinder’s Ron Schneider. So we will be taking a small army of vinylmations with us and each one will have their own purpose during this trip. But our absolute favorite vinyl will go with us everywhere. Well of course it will be Park 5 Carousel of Progress “John” from Park series 5.

He will go wherever we go! Now this type of Journey is not new to the world of vinylmation and has been done for as long as….well for a very long time

 

I hope this expanded Vinylmation Vault will be as entertaining for you as it will be for me.

Bon Voyage!

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The Imagination Gala: A Magic Carpet Event!

But was it really that magical? For my second trip to a hard ticket event, it was a big improvement from last years Reflections of Evil, but there is still much to discuss. You can read the review of Reflections of Evil here:

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Much like last year I only attended Thursdays pick up event, and the Vinylmation day on Sunday, so my experiences will be based off of those events. Since this event was themed around an awards show, I will be introducing each category and the nominees. Lets see who won! Hint….its probably me in most of them.

THE PURPLE CARPET:

Best Packing by a Vinylmation Collector:

Nominees: Pink Elephants40, Mickin16, Baltar, BlindBox28, Chaser08

Winner: Mickin16

Cameo by Mr. Nemes

Cameo by Mr. Nemes

This year I decided to let go(LET IT GOOOOO) of some of my collection since I have had a few big changes occur in my life. This time I needed some extra equipment. Last year I took 4 tackle boxes and a bag or two. This year I had 10 tackle boxes, a full backpack, and a case full of random figures. I had become a suitcase person. But hey, there is something funny about seeing guests faces after the event wondering why you are walking around EPCOT with a rolling suitcase.

Best Early Risers:

Nominees: Mickin16, Travis, People in Front of Me, Procrastinators, The Sun

Winner: People in Front of Me

People in a line for something? Must be Disney

People in a line for something? Must be Disney

Thursdays Registration didn’t officially start until 10AM, but that didn’t stop the usual early risers from getting there super early. Some collectors arrived at Coronado Springs Resort as early as 7AM to be some of the first in line. Now, this is not an uncommon experience for Disney collectibles. Some collectors will get to ESPN on a trade night event as early as 12AM for an event that starts at 6PM. Last year I got to this point at about 10:30 and I knew I wanted to get a good spot so I planned on being in line at about 8AM in which this picture was taken.

Conga anyone?

Conga anyone?

Not to be confused with about 9:15 when the picture above was snapped. When the line finally started moving about 5 min before 10, this line was extended almost around the whole room.

Best Adjustment for a trading area:

Nominees: ESPN, Contemporary, All Star Sports, Coronado Springs Ballroom, My House

Winner: Coronado Springs Ballroom

So many pins and dolls

So many pins and dolls

Those of you who attended last years event, or who read my recap above, would remember the tiny space that they allowed for trading activities on Thursdays Registration event. The tables filled up so fast and they were asking traders to condense there stuff to allow more guests to have a chance to sit. What a big improvement this year! I remember walking in to get in line and thinking that this room is huge and that it was too big and that there was going to be leftover tables. One of the better things was that they left more room between the tables and it was much easier to navigate around the room.

Winner for best supporting actress

Winner for best actress

I felt like the ratio between pin and vinyl traders increases at every event and it showed here. As I walked around I got a chance to stop at way more traders tables and if I wasn’t trading I at least stopped and had a conversation with people. This community grows stronger every event I go to and its great to see.

THE GOLDEN FIGMENTS:

Best Entrance to an Event:

Nominees: The Front, International Gateway, Run for Your Lives!, Sleep in the Ball, Princess Breakfast

Winner: International Gateway

Snub: Run For Your Lives!

Late Arrival Limo Line

Late Arrival Limo Line

This year we chose to try the front entrance of EPCOT. Not only because of the rumors that the front got in first last year, but mainly because we weren’t staying on property and drove from our house. We arrived early for the breakfast at about 6:45 and were some of the first at the front. Then when the security guards started to arrive they moved the line around to the other side and some of us were forced in the back although we had been there for more than an hour previous to some that had jumped the line. I got over that fact because security check went very fast and we were in the line above at about 7:30.

Photo: Nick Touchette

Photo: Nick Touchette

This was the line at the International Gateway. Now I was not at this location so I am not sure exactly what time they were let in the park and granted they have less of a distance to travel to the World Showplace where the Gala was held, but they definitely were there before us. The Cast Members working the Breakfast line were nice and got us all in a timely manner so it really is hit or miss comparing the two entrances. If you want to be one of the first at the boxes, its a hard call, but I would recommend the International gateway mainly because it is closer than the front entrance. The Cast Members at the front suggested we push our bags facing forward and walk to the area, however; there were a good number of guests that as soon as they saw a clearing took off and ran the 100 yard dash to the event. Although they ran their hearts out, I still saw them behind a good number of people in line so I hope it was worth it.

Least Amount of Decor:

Nominees: Mickey’s Circus, Imagination Gala, Mickin16’s House, Fairytale Hall

Winner: Imagination Gala

Winner for best Art Direction

Winner for Direction of Meh Backdrops

Compared to last years event in which the decor was the highlight of the event for me, this year left me really dissatisfied. Gone were the elaborate sets dedicated to a particular villain and in its place were what seemed just some cardboard cut outs.

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Winner for best Song: Small World of Cutouts

There was no smoke or fog when walking in. No movie clips playing. If there was an “awards show” theme present I certainly didn’t feel invited. The entertainers for the event also got annoying by the the second or third time they hit the stage to sing their sets. Some had nice voices, it was just very loud and they tried some comedy bits that just didn’t work. The piano player was great and I would have been fine if he just came out and played throughout the day instead of the singers.

A round of applause for Mickey and the Electronic Philharmonic!

A round of applause for Mickey and the Electronic Philharmonic for playing our winners off if there speeches got too long.

The one decent backdrop that was present consisted of some of the instruments that were featured in the original Imageworks location on the second floor of the Imagination Pavilion. These were from the Electronic Philharmonic exhibit in which you would wave your arms around sensors and the corresponding instruments would start to play.

Winners for best Choreography

Winners for best Choreography

I’m not sure what this display from Fantasia’s Dance of the Hours was doing here, but it was nice to see. You can see more cutout backdrops in the background. Im guessing something villainous was occurring over there.

In Memorium: Jrs. and Trade Nights

If there was one thing my wife was looking forward to it was trying to complete some earlier Jr. figures that she had not gotten yet. Much to our surprise there was no Jr. trading box or spinner at this event. None. No Jr. event chaser either. You would think maybe they were doing away with the line, but they announced another Jr. series based off of Star Wars Stormtroppers, so they are still producing them. Did they not have enough traders in the lines last year for them to deem it unnecessary to have one this year?

There was also no Trade Night figures announced or previewed for next year. At last years event we found out about the Trade Night Eachez figures and I was so excited to see Stitch and a few others. We have only had 2 official trade nights covering both coasts in 9 months with none announced (at the moment) for the rest of the year. With no figures announced does that mean they are doing away with this concept? Maybe they didn’t want to preview anything in case they don’t get a chance to hold many events for 2015. Thoughts?

Outstanding Overpriced Auction Items:

Nominees: Ebay, Facebook, Imagination Gala Silent Auction, Soethbys

Winner: Imagination Gala Silent Auction

Winner for Most Wanted Photo by Vinylmationworld.com

Winner for Most Wanted Ever
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Every collector loves a good auction. A chance to score some cool stuff and the chance to set your own price for it, Awesome! However I think this year Disney got a little greedy and thought that since they could upcharge us crazy amounts for other events and parties that we would have no issues paying high prices for some of these too. $1000 starting bid for a case of Furry Friends? About the same for a Little Mermaid case? Thats way over anything I could afford.

Catering provided by Bad Apple Inc. Photo: Vinylmationworld.com

Catering provided by Bad Apple Inc.
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This display from Villains in Vogue had a starting bid of $500. Congrats to Nicholas Robinson who won it, but still too much for me.

Winner for Best Presentation Photo:

Winner for Best Presentation
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This was really the only interesting item to me at least. With a starting bid of $1400, I thought that was fair for this item. I think it ended up going for about $1750 so congrats to whomever won this item, it looks great. With only 6 of the 20 auction lots being sold at the Gala I think they need to rethink either the items they are putting up for sale or probably more important their choices of starting amounts if they want better results next year.

Best Idea That Worked Out Only Just OK:

Nominees: Smaller Case Sizes, Urban Redux, Open Window, Vintage Vinylmation Vault

Winner: Vintage Vinylmation Vault

Seating Chart Photo:

Seating Chart
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I honestly didn’t even realize the time that the Imagination Gala store opened. I was in a trade line and saw a bunch of people start to line up for some random line, so like most Disney things I just got in line not knowing what I was in line for. We eventually found out that there was a Trade Night figure and an additional Gala figure. Then they announced the Vintage Vinylmation Vault! What excitement arose for that. For just $10 you could buy blind boxes of extinct series. YAY! Except if you were in the back half of the line forget it. By the time I got up to purchase my items more than half of the page above was crossed out. All of the worthwhile series were gone and I was left with items that I could purchase at the outlets for $3.99 instead of here for $10. I got a Cutesters 1 and Muppets 1 with hopes for the chasers since I didn’t have them yet. I would have loved to been able to purchase a Park 2,5 or Urban 4, but as they say “the earliest Mickey gets the cheese.”

Best Trade line:

Nominees: Box #5, Villains Spinner, Colored Spinner, Box #1, Thursdays Registration Line

Winner: Colored Spinner

Winner for Best Special Effects

Winner for Best Special Effects

This time around, the boxes were a lot kinder to me. I managed to hit a lot of refreshes and I had a much better time waiting in lines. The colored spinners above were the best lines because they were shorter than the regular boxes, and you had a better chance of getting some quality figures due to there being 10-12 figures in each box. I will say I feel like I saw a lot less chasers, variants, and one of a kinds pulled this year and mostly people were pulling one of the four chipmunk figures created for the event. Some traders ended up walking away with multiples of all 4. I was content with a pair of blues, since I didn’t even see an orange in any box I saw.

Best Haul:

Nominees: Mickin16, Jim Parsons, Matthew  Mcconaughey, Jessica Lange, Adel Mazeem

Winner: Mickin16

Thursdays Haul

Thursdays Haul

Sundays Haul

Sundays Haul

LOL of course its me. Thanks goes out to all the great traders and people of this community. You are all that makes this hobby fun and worthwhile.

PRESS ROOM INTERVIEW:

Overall this event was an improvement from a year ago. I had a lot more traders so I was able to make some great trades not only in the boxes but with other traders too. The decor, entertainment, and auctions were a disappointment, but if you are just there to trade over and over in the boxes I guess it doesn’t bother you that much. Im not sure what to expect with next years theme of genEARation but I hope I at least will be able to purchase/get some form of this poster because it is just awesome.

So many dates on here Photo: Destinationvinylmation.com

So many dates on here
Photo: Destinationvinylmation.com

Thanks for reading. Did you attend this years Gala? What was your thoughts? Are you excited about any particular series that was announced? Will you be going to next years event? Did you trade for any grails or get that must have figure? Comment below!

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At the Imagination Gala taking place in Epcot today, as expected Disney have released the Figment Trading Night Eachez blind box. This figure is LE500 with a variant (1 in 50).

They are apparently limiting purchases to 1 per person at the moment.

Thanks to Destination Vinylmation for the image

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And thanks to DizThruBrownEyes.com for this image
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Would you like to add this figure to your collection?

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Today sees the Imagination Gala kick off at the Coronado Springs resort in Walt Disney World, this morning the registration has opened which allows guest to pick up their RSP items which includes the free gift which is a twin pack featuring a 3″ Figment and a gold Figment award as a Junior.

Thanks to Vinylmation Exchange’s  Jon Plesz for sharing this image of the twin pack.

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Also during the registration event, guests are free to trade Vinylmations and Pins with one another.

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For those lucky Vinylmation collectors heading to this weekends Imagination Gala event, this golden Figment custom by John Henselmeier will be available.

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What do you think of this custom?

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Took me long enough, but finally got to snap some photos of the Starz in Magic Kingdom and Epcot (still need to hit DHS and Animal Kingdom). Hope you enjoy these and can’t wait to continue the tour with Park Starz 3 this summer!

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Robot Butler (Horizons)

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Redhead (Pirates of the Caribbean)

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Big Al (Country Bear Jamboree)

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Bride (The Haunted Mansion)

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Orange Bird (Sunshine Tree Terrace)

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Figment (Journey into Imagination)

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Funmeister (Pleasure Island – Downtown Disney)

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Skeleton Pirate (Pirates of the Caribbean)

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Jose (The Enchanted Tiki Room)

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Disc Man (Tapestry of Nations Parade – Epcot)

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Tree Troll (Maelstrom – Norway Pavilion, Epcot)

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Dead men tell no tales!

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Can’t have Orange Bird without a Citrus Swirl!

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As always, if you like these and want to see more of my Park Starz and Vinylmation photos check out my Instagram account @ParkStarz! Thanks and hope you guys enjoy!

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Disney Custom Artist Noah has revealed his latest 3 Foot Vinylmation Custom featuring Figment.  This special one of a kind figure will be released at 10am this Saturday at the WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney.

noah figmentNoah is currently the Artists in Residence at the WonderGround Gallery during July, here are some details on his appearances.

Artist in Residence – Noah

July 5 – July 27

WonderGround Gallery, Downtown Disney District

Artist Noah will be setting up shop inside WonderGround Gallery, Downtown Disney® District as this month’s Artist in Residence. Look for special appearances and signings throughout the month. Be sure to drop in and say hello, and browse some of his latest artwork including , Hard Tail’s Adventures, Starting Line, Mickey Deuce and On the Boards.
Sizes, retails and formats will vary.

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Friday – Saturday, July 5 – 6 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Friday- Saturday, July 12 – 13 from 5 to 9 p.m.

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Born and raised in Orange County, California, Noah grew up to be one of the most well know artist in the country and around the globe. He began his company on his bike at 16 handing our business cards to create art, signs and illustrations for local businesses. Soon after graduation from high school Noah received an airbrush from his family. He then embarked on a career of creating custom portraits on clothing and canvas. He would set up at local clubs and coffee shops to paint live for collectors in front of their eyes. This caught the eye of corporate companies and celebrities. An amazing day came when Noah partnered with The Walt Disney Company™ to create a line of Noah versions of the characters. Noah’s line has become a huge favorite among Disney collectors and fans worldwide. Noah’s works include character interpretation, as well as, product development such as one-of-a-kind Vinylmation™. Noah spends his time creating lines of product for cruise ships, galleries, his clothing line and private commissions for collectors. In addition, he spends his time designing and creating new works in his studio.

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The Official Vinylmation blog has posted some information on the up and coming Figment Epcot 30th by Noah.

March 5, 2013

Epcot 30th Anniversary One-of-a-Kind 9″ Figment Vinylmation™In celebration of Epcot’s 30th Anniversary renowned artist, Noah has created a truly one-of-a-kind 9″ Vinylmation™ figure featuring beloved mascot, Figment. Each is hand-painted in a purple pearl finish, hand-signed, and includes acrylic display stand. This Vinylmation™ figure is available for a limited time only, until Tuesday, March 12, 2013.


Retail: $750.00, plus tax

 

Here are a few enticing facts about this product:

  • Each piece is hand-painted in a purple pearl finish, which shines to show off Figment’s smiling face, along with planets and stars
  • Hand-signed by the artist on foot
  • Includes acrylic stand with printed Noah Figment graphic on cut-out number “30” backdrop
  • Produced on demand up to 30 pieces
  • Inspired by Epcot’s Journey Into Your Imagination with Figment attraction
  • Commemorating Epcot’s 30th Anniversary (Epcot� Center opened to the public October 1, 1982)
  • Exclusive to DisneyParks.com/store

This incredible item is sure to go fast! To purchase, click here.

Note: Custom hand-crafted works typically display unique texture and paint handling. Coloring may vary. No two are the same!

Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery due to the custom nature of this product. Please Note: Each Guest will be limited to ordering a maximum of 2 of this item per order. Please Note: Due to the unique nature of this item, there are no refunds, exchanges or returns.

Sorry! Express shipping not available for this item.

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As this is posted, I will already be down in Walt Disney World on vacation. If you are also down there, you might be able to point me out some of the days, as i will be wearing a very unique Figment hat.

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As near as I can date this, I got the hat around 1991, when I was down in EPCOT with my brother and grandparents. For a few years, this was the go-to hat for trips…

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(Side Note: What the hell was my family thinking with those outfits?)

Over the years, this hat became more scarce around the parks. I saw less and less of them. I have a feeling part of it has to do with the fact that the brim is just covered cardboard. Whatever the reasoning was, I decided at that time to retire the hat, knowing that, as a teenager, I was reckless and often lost stuff. I would have been extremely sad if I lost it. So, the hat went away.

Fast forward to 2010. I was moving from my parents place to a new apartment. While cleaning out a closet, I came across a box with a bunch of old hats. Among them was… my Figment hat! I nearly forgot I had it, let alone it being in such great shape. I decided right then and there that it will join me at Disney each trip and will be worn as often as I deem it safe weather wise. After all, part of it is still made out of flimsy cardboard.

November 2011.

November 2011.

During my last trip in 2011, I was actually approached by numerous people who loved the hat, and a couple who offered to buy it from me. I kindly turned them down. One gentleman asked where he could find one. I simply said “20 years ago”.  This hat will remain with me for my years, or until I figure out a way to destroy it (which is quite possible, because at times I am a walking calamity).

Oh, and in 2011, as a Christmas gift, my brother gave me a custom 9″ Vinylmation of myself at Disney, complete with the Figment hat. This vinyl remains one of my favorite of my whole collection.

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So, thru next Wednesday, I will be out and about in WDW having a grand ole time, as usual. If you see me in my Figment hat, stop me and say hello. It’ll be great meeting ya.