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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.

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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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Hello everyone, I’m Vinylmation kingdom’s new column writer Spark and welcome to the new ‘Disney Dollar Deals”. In ‘Disney Dollar Deals’ We show you the new deals around the internet, for Vinylmations, from ebay to Amazon, from Facebook to the Disney store. Every week will have a theme, where we show you the best deals on Vinylmations which fit into the theme, including the most expensive Vinylmation of the week and our community corner.

As with buying from anyone on the internet, please be on the watch for sellers selling scrappers online from any sites outside of the Disney official stores/shops. Make sure to check out our scrappers guide!

To kick off the first week, the theme is going to be on the newly released Jungle Book series. The series includes six 3” Vinylmations and four 1.5” Vinylmations in order to celebrate the re-release of movie to DVD and Blu-ray.

Disney Store.com:

The Jungle Book Series Tray- $207.20:

Each tray contains sixteen blind boxes of the series and you are guaranteed one complete set, most of the time. Even though the Disney Store have cleverly price the tray, so its not a cheaper alternative to buying sixteen random blind boxes separately, you are getting a complete set. The tray, despite the price, is a easer way to complete the series straight away for collectors who what to complete the set quickly. If you have the money to hand, its the best way to go.

For Disney Dollar Deals- Week One

eBay:

Current Listings: 

3” King Louie- From the Jungle Book Series- $16.99:

King Louie is currently being sold by theluckypennyllc. She currently as 100% feedback, ships from the USA and as a very minor chance of the figure being a scrapper. Even though the price doesn’t include shipping, the Vinylmation Is relatively cheap, for a newly released figure, which can help you complete your collection.

 

For Disney Dollar Deals- Week One

Sold Listings: 

3” Mowgli- From The Animation #3 Series- $6.99:

This awesome Mowgli figure sold for a very cheap price of $6.99. The seller ‘disney_pins_and_vinyl’ overall has 98.8% positive feedback and ships from the USA. Once again, this has a very minor chance of being a scrapper.

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Facebook:

Vinylmation Kingdom Trading:

For obvious privacy and security reasons I shan’t be naming names of the sellers on Facebook, due to these are listed under people’s full names. This although will give you an idea of what to look out for or even you could find the actual listing!

This weeks seller is currently selling a wide range of the series for $12.95 each. Also being listed, the seller is offering to negotiate if you are interested in more Vinylmations which can save you more money! The shipping per a figure is relatively cheap too and can save you lots of money for the last few figures you need for the new series.

Picture Credit; From The Seller On Vinylmation Kingdom Trading

Picture Credit; From The Seller On Vinylmation Kingdom Trading

 

Most Expensive Vinylmation Of The Week:

Here is this weeks most expensive vinylmation of the week. Every week, we scavenge the internet for the pricey vinylmations around. 

Vault 28 Villains Maleficent 9”

This Vinylmation will blow you away on the price it’s listed for on ebay. Back in 2012 the Vault 28 Maleficent was sold on Disney store for about $650, which was expensive as it is, and sold very quickly. This vinyl, you can kind of see why the price tag is so high! It’s a limited edition part of the Vaults series, hand painted, by Noah, the artist himself, but it’s also signed! 

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I bet lots of you thought you would never see this again and never get to add it to your collection, but you’re wrong, if your pocket can reach that far! The Vinylmation is now up on ebay for $999.99 even more that the original price tag. This seller I would have no worries about getting scammed or worse. Shopaterikas has 100% positive feedback and is from the USA.

Community Corner:

Welcome to our community corner! This is where you get involved! We want you to send us your pictures of deals you have found in Disney Parks and Disney stores, as well as letting us know in the comments section, any great deals you’ve found on the internet! We also want to see pictures in general of what you’re local stores have in-stock.

Want to send us a picture? Upload it on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, make sure its public, and tag it with the hashtag #VKDDeals.

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Please let us know what you thought about our new column below! See you next week on Disney Dollar Deals!

 All listings and prices are correct as of the 9th March 2014.

 

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Welcome to Hits and Misses where members of the Vinylmation Kingdom community share their thoughts on a series and this week we take a look at the Jungle Book series.

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RogPalmerUK – Ah the Jungle Book, one of my all time favourite animated movies and a heck of a blind box series with all the major characters from the movie included, this is when a smaller set comes in handy as this is a very strong set.  First off, I love the 4 Vulture Juniors, its such a unique way of selling juniors and in my mind is extremely generous as 4 juniors would normally retail for nearly $40.  The King Louie is so much better than the Animation 4 combo topper.

Joshua Jackson – I have always been a fan of the Jungle Book, its easily one of my favorite disney films of all time so when Disney announced they were getting there own set I was beyond excited! First hit is Baloo, I love the detail the artist put into him. They could have made him very simple but chose to go the extra mile by adding those little features to him and made him really awesome. Second hit is the Vultures, I love these guys! There my favorite characters from the film and I really love that they chose four juniors figures instead of painting them on one three inch or four three inches. My final hit is Bagheera. My favorite thing about him is the mold choice and how the artist chose the scene where he was hypnotized instead of something simple.

 BigThunder – I LOVE this series – The designs are fantastic and I want every single one, especially the awesome Vultures, I can’t believe they are giving away 4 juniors in a blind box.  I really like how they have made some of the figures look unique like King Louie’s arms, Hathi’s trunk and Bagheera’s arms.

WDWRobert – Again I am very happy to see that sets are down to 8. It makes it a lot easier to buy a case of a Vinylmation series. Though quite a few of these have already been in previous series I still find myself liking them for the most part. Hathi: I will waste no time in saying I was very happy to see this little guy make it into vinylmation form. I love the addition of an exterior trunk and I am looking forward to see it utilized in future releases. Dare I say Hooter from Captain EO?

Shere Khan: Even though he has been done before I like this version the best. The use of the tall grass is a nice touch. Buzzards: Not two. Not 3, but 4 Juniors! These are my favorites in the movie and I love having them in my collection. I am thankful that they did not try to extend the face to cover the entire face section. King Louie: At first when I saw the big, wide and awkward looking “Mickey Hands” I was disappointed. But once I realized that if his hands are in a certain way and he is tipped forward he looks very real! They really got creative on how to display him and Mowgli Kaa: This is a perfect chaser to collect.

Misses

RogPalmerUK – While I think the entire series is very well done, I’ve actually decided to skip this series because I already have many of the figures already from other sets like King Louie from Animation 4 but generally I’ve avoiding this series due to space issues and in honesty, I am giving them a miss almost only for that reason, the designs are fantastic.

 BigThunder – I am really struggling to find one figure I don’t like from this series.

Joshua Jackson -First miss is Mowgli. He’s just so plain,there’s next to no detail put into him and I’ve never been a fan of him in the movie. That’s the only miss I have for the set, the others are all great!

WDWRobert – The repeat offenders such as Mowgli, Shere Khan, Baloo and King Louie were a bit of a letdown. Mowgli: For being repeated again in vinylmation form and for any lack of any creativeness.

If you would like to take part in a edition of Hits and Misses, feel free to contact me via Twitter (@RogPalmerUK), email (Roger@Vinylmationkingdom.com) or by Facebook.

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Released today at selected Disney Stores and online through Disneystore.com is the new Jungle Book themed Vinylmation blind box series which features 7 commons and 1 chaser.  This series is priced at $12.95 per blind box plus tax and a tray will cost $207.20.

This set to be released at Walt Disney World and Disneyland on March 28th (though that could be a mistake as the dates have changed since this information was announced).  They will also be released in Europe through the Disney Store website soon.

Which one are you most looking forward to blind boxing?

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Following todays earlier story of details on the new Disney Store series based on the classic Jungle Book movie. We now have full 360 photos of the figures which looks to confirm the 4 juniors will be in one box.

SKU: 400007981256

Retail Price: $12.95

Artist Name: Marvin Lao, Enrique Pita, Gerald Mendez

Disney Parks Release Date: February 28

Disney Parks Online Release Date: February 24

Here are the photos :

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Disney have confirmed the release dates for the new Jungle Book series which will be released at Disney Stores, Walt Disney World & Disneyland ill.

SKU: 400007981256

Retail Price: $12.95

Artist Name: Marvin Lao, Enrique Pita, Gerald Mendez

Disney Parks Release Date: February 28

Disney Parks Online Release Date: February 24

Will you be picking these up?

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jungle vidDisney Artist Enrique Pita has posted a sneak video of 3 Jungle Book Vinylmations watching the
Jungle Book movie (which is out on Blu Ray on Feb 11th, so we are expecting the series to be released soon).

We can see from the video three figures from the new series due out soon which shows the unique arms on the King Louie figure as well as Bagheera and Baloo.

Here is the Video:

“I wanna be Like You”. The Jungle Book.

Here are some sneak pictures of artwork that we saw at the Reflections of Evil event in September.
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We first found out about the new Jungle Book blind box series at the Reflections of Evil event in September and today Disney Artist Enrique Pita has shared a sneak peek at one of the figures which looks to be King Louie.

So expect these to hit Disney Stores later this year.

The Jungle Book Series. Coming Soon!

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