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Its Friday and that means its time for some new Vinylmation releases and today we have 4 new releases including two twin packs and two Eachez.

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First up we have the 2015 Eachez, these are limited release figures and priced at $14.95. There is one figure being released at Disneyland which features Goofy dressed up as Buzz Lightyear and another figure, Donald Duck is to be released in Walt Disney World. Both figures have the same variant figure, which is Mickey Mouse with a 1 in 10 chance of getting him. It looks as if this figure hasn’t been released online this week, but that could change.

Update – Looks like the 2015 Eachez have been delayed at both Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Disneystore.com

Though the Pain and Panic twin pack was released online by mistake last month, this now it is available online and at both D-Street’s in Disneyland and Walt Disney World. This twin pack is priced at $29.95, has a limited edition size of 1500 and was designed by Maria Clapsis.
pain and panicAlso available online and at both D-Street’s is the new Villainous Duos pack with Jetsam and Flotsam from the Little Mermaid, this twin pack is also $29.95 and has a limited edition size of 1500.

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Will you be adding any of these to your collection?

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Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival has been running for a while and many people have been waiting for the long awaited release of this years Eachez Vinylmation featuring Chef Louis from the Little Mermaid. Today this Eachez has finally been released at locations throughout Epcot.

This figure is priced at $16.95 and has a limited edition size of 2500. There is a 1 in 10 chance to get a variant edition which means there are only 250 variant figures.

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Will you be trying to add this figure to your collection?

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The official Disney park blog posted a story about a new competition to win some Little Mermaid Vinylmation.

One year ago today, we officially officially opened New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World Resort and to celebrate the first anniversary, we’re offering you a chance to win a “Little Mermaid” Vinylmation.

Here’s how it works: Between 9:00 a.m. (ET), December 6, 2013, and 4:00 p.m. (ET), December 6, 2013, we’ll be sharing a #NewFantasyland RT-to-Win tweet on our @WaltDisneyWorld account. When you see it, simply tweet or retweet the entire message along with “#Sweepsentry,” and you will be entered for a chance to be one of 40 people who will win one “Little Mermaid” Vinylmation. For your entry to be valid, you must follow @WaltDisneyWorld on Twitter.

We just launched our first tweet at @WaltDisneyWorld. We’ll notify potential winners after 4 p.m. on December 6, 2013. Here’s a link to the sweepstakes rules. Please read them before you enter.

Good luck.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void outside the U.S. and where prohibited. Open only to persons, who are, as of Entry, legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 U.S. or D.C. and who have reached the age of majority in their primary state of residence. Sweepstakes starts 9:00 AM (ET) on 12/06/13; ends 4:00 P.M. (ET) on 12/06/13. Click here for Official Rules.

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While there is plenty of buzz around the Reflections of Evil event taking place today, last month saw the D23 Expo take place in Los Angeles and at the event we saw the 9″ Ursula go on sale and very quickly sell out.  There was lots of rumours whizzing around the event that these were limited edition items and were exclusive to the D23 Expo.

However today we have discovered that some of those 9″ Ursula’s have found their way over to the Disney Studio Store in Burbank, which is only available to Cast Members.  We don’t yet know if this 9″ set will eventually make its way out to all Disney Stores since no Limited Edition size was printed on the box or if this was just a isolated incident of some left overs being made available.  Some other D23 Expo items previously got made available at D-Street in Disneyland, so this could be the case with these 9″‘s but Disney doesn’t have a great track record with the term “Exclusive”.

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What do you think of this?  Exclusive?  Left Overs?

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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 Little Mermaid Series.

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Hits

RogPalmerUK – Ah the Little Mermaid, one of those Disney movies that I never really saw the attraction to for a long time, but last year before we headed out to Walt Disney World we picked up the DVD for 50p from the local video shop since it was one of my wife’s favourite movies.  So this movie, much like many of the princess movies are something I’ve gotten into later in life, so I maybe don’t have that same connection to them.   For me, this Vinylmation series is a very hit and miss series, it has a few nice designs that were good enough for me to order a few blind boxes for, Flounder, Max and Sebastian all stand out as huge hits for me, I think Max is actually better than his Furry Friends version and I’m glad they redid that figure since so many people weren’t able to get hold of it.    Ursula, Ariel and the King also are pretty nice and I wouldn’t be apposed to blind boxing those.

WDWRobert – I am excited to finally see this series get released and am happy with the enite set including the Chaser. For me I am happy to see Max again in Vinyl form. They did a wonderful job on the Ears this time, I love it when the artist incorporates a background scene in the ears. It definitely a huge improvement from the FF Max just having the clear ears. Ursula has been a Vinyl before in a different series but this one is amazing. Love the hair and can’t wait to see how Disney utilizes them in the future. But my absolute favorite is the Chaser. Its so well done. It mostly a scene rather than a single character. Little Mermaid and Flounder in the background. Sebastian on the left foot and center stage Flotsam and Jetsam. And the grand reveal in the back Ursula!

Jeremy –  When I first about this set, I was pretty excited since this was the first movie I owned as a kid and had lots of childhood memories of being “in love” with Ariel. But I must admit when I saw the set, I was not impressed.

 But going off of that, I only have a couple of hits. First hit would have to be flounder. I love the added fin and the way they used the whole body similar to Nemo. Scuttle is another good one as that is the face I recognize! Honestly my only other hit would be the chaser. I like how they included Ursula on the back.

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RogPalmerUK – Much like the recent Beauty and the Beast series, I wasn’t that excited about it as I am not a huge lover of the movie, had they thrown these figures in with a Animation set, that would have been enough for me.  There are a few too many human figures that just feel like fillers to me, had this been a smaller case of 8 or 16, this might have worked better and I’ll admit I’m not a huge fan of the spreading faces across the body, which is why I don’t tend to collect the Villains set.    The fact that I only brought a few blind boxes to get the few I like (or trade for them), shows my overall interest in them.  It was very noticeable that the interest generally wasn’t as high as the recent BATB set but for me this set goes in the Miss category purely because of my own thoughts on the movie.   The seagull has to go on this list simply because I have spent the last 2 weeks chasing the damn things away from my cafe!!

WDWRobert – Sebastian was the only one that looked odd to me. He has an odd appearance to me. I love the Character but it does not work for me. I would of loved to see a layout like the Chaser where the main characters are in a scene. yes there were some characters that I don’t care for but they look good in Vinyl form.

Jeremy – Almost this entire series is a miss for me. I think they should have made this an 8 character blox series. Triton, Ursula, Ariel, Eric, Flounder, Sebastian, Scuttle, and the chaser. The others are weak links that I don’t think are that well done.

Max is way better in furry friends. Sebastian looks awkward and creepy, his a2 self is much better. Ursula has way too many of her made. Triton looks ridiculous (although his accessory is alright). Ariel looks like a baby crammed on there, and Eric looks terrible. Don’t get me wrong the use of the ears have been great in vinyls lately! The shark reminds me of P3 Monstro, I hate how the butler is halved like Villains 2, and Carlotta just doesn’t flow for me.
There was so much potential for this series, and I feel as if it got cast away. I think it would be interesting to see custom artists redo this series as a group and see how they come out

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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With the release of the Little Mermaid blind box series, today the Oh My Disney blog posted an amusing story reenacting some of the key points of the movie with the figures.

Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat? (We had to do that.) To say that we anticipated the arrival of The Little Mermaid Vinylmation series would be an understatement. We waited for what felt like an eternity, and when we finally saw them, this is how we expressed our love:

 

“Go on and kiss the girl.”
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“Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat?”
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“If you want to cross the bridge, my sweet, you’ve got to pay the toll!”
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“He’s very handsome, isn’t he?”
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“Life is the bubbles, under the sea!”
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“WHAT ABOUT HUMANS?”
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“It’s a dinglehopper!”
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“She had the most beautiful voice.”

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It’s another new release Monday and today sees the release of the Little Mermaid blind box series in Disney stores across North America, on Disneystore.com and at Walt Disney World/Disneyland.  Each blind box is priced at $12.95 while a tray is $310.80.   This series is set to be released online in Europe (.co.uk/fr) tomorrow.

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Retail Price: $12.95

Figure: 3-inch figures

Disney Parks Release Date: August 19

 

Are you going to be picking these up?

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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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Disney Custom Artist Katie Kelly recently shared a image of her latest custom Vinylmation which will be available at Disneyana in Disneyland on August 17th & 18th between 10-4pm.

33e8296a037711e3960a22000a1fc828_7Here is some of the official information on the event from Vinylmation.com

Artist Showcase with Katie Kelly

August 17 – August 18

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Katie Kelly will be on hand for a special appearance August 17  – 18,  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Disneyana in Disneyland® Park as she debuts the latest addition to her collection, “Movie Time with Mickey,” and “The Show Must Go On.” Take a look!

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”When Mickey Mouse’s smiling face would appear on the television, as a little girl I knew I was in for a special treat.  Behind each and every Mickey Mouse classic film introduction, was a promise of being entertained by comical characters surrounded by beautiful colors and creating pure happiness.  In the painting, Movie Time With Mickey, Mickey and Minnie cozy up on the couch together to enjoy a classic Mickey Mouse film.  Oswald, Pluto, and Chip and Dale join them with snacks and refreshments in hand. There are thirteen Mickeys hidden this painting.  So look carefully to find all the hidden elements within this piece.”

The Show Must Go On

The Show Must Go On

“As a child, I grew up watching the early classic Disney movies, one of which was, Mickey At The Band Concert.  I was enchanted and humored by Mickey’s behavior in this film. Dedicated and determined, Mickey Mouse, beyond all obstacles leads his band through a whirling and chaotic tornado.  As it is swirling around each band member, they don’t miss a beat.  What most people don’t know about this painting, is that someone very special is hidden in this piece. At first it looks as though Mickey has center stage, but in this painting he shares the stage.”

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Following her passions, Katie studied graphic design and oil painting at Indiana University, and graduated with her BA in Fine Arts. Through Katie’s artistic accomplishments, she has been given an amazing opportunity to be an artist for Disney. Katie believes that art has enabled her to express her inner self to others. “When I am sketching and painting,” she explains, “my mind is clear and I am at peace. I truly enjoy what I do and I hope to convey these feelings to others through my work.” She acknowledges that countless people have helped her along the way and she appreciates their assistance more than words can express. “Someone once told me,” she explains, “that one of the best ways to give back is to use your God-given talents to help others. I feel very blessed to be given the opportunity to paint and share it with those around me.”

 

What do you think of this one?

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The Official Vinylmation events page updated today to confirm the release of the Little Mermaid Blind Box series at both D-Streets on August 19th..  While they were released early at the D23 Expo, this is the first time we’ve had an official date confirmed by Disney for this release.  Expect them to be in Disney Stores and on Disneystore.com on the same day.  These have also been confirmed for August 20th for European Disney Stores via Disneystore.co.uk & fr.

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Vinylmation™ The Little Mermaid

SKU: 400007478336

Retail Price: $12.95

Figure: 3-inch figures

Disney Parks Release Date: August 19

Locations:

Initially released at the D23 Expo in Anaheim California August 9-11, 2013, The Little Mermaid series is now making it’s way to D Street locations at both Walt Disney World® Resort and Disneyland® Resort.

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The Vinylmation news just keeps flooding in and Vinylmation Kingdom reporter Kiyoshi Kuramoto sent in some more photos from the D23 Expo, this time of the store selection including the Little Mermaid selection and a huge 3 foot Custom by Noah.

1148894_591647369676_895486582_n 554949_591647269876_733279214_n 1011491_591647289836_1889066985_nAlso our friends @DizThruBrwnEyes posted a image of the selection at the Imageineers section.

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