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As of late, we have seen plenty of vinylmation Eachez.  In a span of three months, we’ve had the D-Street Pinstrip Eachez, Tinkerbell Eachez, Disneyland and Disneyworld Eachez, Food and Wine Eachez, and probably others that I can’t remember at the moment.  With this current trend, it’s nice to see Disney end off the year with the most exciting Eachez possible: Ant-Man from Marvel comics.

There is no denying that Marvel vinylmations are one of the more sought after and exciting vinylmations out there.  This year, we’ve experienced the excitement of the Spiderman set, the Big Hero 6 set, and the Iron Patriot/War Machine combo set.  Although not as well known as the other Marvel characters out there, there is no denying that this set will gain in popularity as time goes on.  I believe that this will make the set a sleeper hit.   Once the Ant-Man movie hits the big screen in 2015, people will look back and regret not picking up these eachez.

This set is scheduled to be released this Friday at 12am online and later in the day at Disneyland Parks.

What do you think?  Will this be your last vinylmation purchase for the year?

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So far, this December has been a pretty interesting month for Vinylmation collectors.  While we haven’t seen any full trays this month, we had a very exciting limited edition release of the Iron Patriot/War Machine dual set.  Although we don’t get the thrill of the chase with a two vinylmation set, those of you who woke up at 3AM EST can attest to the excitement of actually buying one of those sets.

This Friday, we will get the chance to experience the late night/early morning vinylmation excitement when Disney releases four different sets online and at Disney parks.  Disney is scheduled to release the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Eachez as well as two Villainous Duos box sets.

First introduced to us at the Imagination Gala back in September, we will finally get the chance to own one or both of these amazing box sets.  The first set, Flotsam and Jetsam, are of course the two eels/minions of Ursula in the Little Mermaid.  We have already seen these two as a chaser in the Little Mermaid set, but I think this box set outshines that chaser.  Next, Disney will also release the dual box set of Pain and Panic.  These two characters were the evil yet hilarious shape shifters from the Disney movie Hercules.  Both the Flotsam/Jetsam and Pain/Panic sets will be limited edition at 1,500 made.

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Also being released this Friday will be two Eachez sets: one for Disneyland and one for Disneyworld.  The Disneyland set will have Goofy dressed as Buzz Lightyear as the common and Sorcerer Mickey holding a Mickey Ice Cream bar as the variant.  The Disneyworld version will have the same variant with Sorcerer Mickey but will have Donald Duck dress as what seems like a pirate.  These sets will not be limited edition, but the variants are still guaranteed to be sought after.

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Which one of these four will you try to get this Friday?

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spidermand trayEnding off what seems like the most expensive vinylmation month ever, this Friday we will see the release of the highly anticipated Marvel Series 2 Vinylmation set.  When Marvel Series 1 was released last year, many Marvel fans were upset about the inclusion of the Fantastic Four Spiderman and the omission of the classic blue and red Spiderman.  This caused many to speculate that the traditional Spiderman vinylmation was being saved for a Spiderman specific set.  A year later, we come to find out that these critics were correct.

There is something about Spiderman that has made this Marvel character a fan favorite since its inception in the comic entitled Amazing Fantasy , released in 1962.  Starting with the Tobey Maguire series in 2002 and up to the current Andrew Garfield series, we have seen 5 Spiderman movies in a little over a decade.  Hollywood knows we love Spiderman and they keep thinking of ways of rehashing this awesome story.

What is it about Spiderman that keeps fans wanting more? For me, it’s the story of the shy and nerdy boy turned wise cracking super hero that got me hooked.  No other mainstream super hero connected with me the way Spiderman did.  Sure Batman is awesome, but I wasn’t an orphan who inherited a fortune. Yeah Superman is practically unstoppable, but I wasn’t a man with the build of a NFL quarterback.  In high school, I was the scrawny bookworm who lived in the library.  Peter Parker was the hero I could relate to.

With this vinylmation set, Disney is maintaining their love for villains.  In the 11 piece set (12 if you include the unknown chaser), more than half of the vinylmations consists of villains.  Representing the good side, we have 4 characters:  Spiderman, JJ Jameson, Black Cat, and Mary Jane.  Representing the villains, we have 7 characters: Mysterio, Kraven the Hunter, Electro, The Lizard, Green Goblin, Rhino, and Venom.

What do you think?  Is this the set to buy?  Will it live up to the hype that Marvel Series 1 created?

 

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If you were not one of the lucky ones to get the SDCC exclusive Pixar Villains set, Disney is giving you a second chance to join the party with the release of the Villains 5 vinylmation set.  This collection will contain villains from at least 8 Pixar films.  Ranging from classics such as Finding Nemo to newer films like Monsters University, this set is bound to have at least one vinylmation that you will want to collect.

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Charles Muntz

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Charles Muntz is the hero turned villain in the movie Up.  This character was Carl’s childhood idol and the reason Carl and Ellie met.  If Muntz did not inspire Carl and Ellie to pursue adventure, they may have never found true love.  In the end, Muntz went mad with determination to capture Kevin, the creature people did not believe he captured.  In pursuit of Kevin, Muntz put the lives of Carl, Russell, and Dug.

Darla

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This is the vinylmation I am most excited for.  Although not a villain in a true sense, Darla was the character in Finding Nemo that Nemo and the other fishes inside the dentist office feared.  Known for loving animals but not knowing the proper way to take care of them, Darla was notorious for killing fishes while still in the plastic bag.

Mor’du

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Mor’du was the mythical and legendary foe of Merida’s father in the movie Brave.  Legend has it that Mor’du was an evil 12 foot tall black bear.  According to story repeatedly told by Fergus, Mor’du was the one responsible for his missing leg.

Syndrome

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This is the third iteration of Syndrome that we’ve seen this year.  We’ve seen him once as a Robot in Robots 4, again as Incrediboy in the SDCC exclusive, and now as his full on evil on evil self in Villains 5.  Seen in the movie The Incredibles, Syndrome was the die hard Mr. Incredible fan who became evil after feeling slighted as a young boy by Mr. Incredible.

Mr. Waternoose

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Mr. Waternoose is one of two Monsters Inc villains that we see in this series.  Seen in the original monsters movie, “Monsters, Inc”, Mr. Waternoose was the crab like creature who was the in charge of running the Monsters, Inc business.  His evil doings involved doing whatever it took to keep the business profitable.

Dean Hardscrabble

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Dean Heardscrabble was the dean in charge of Monser’s University.  Similar to Darla, Hardscrabble is not a villain a traditional sense.  She was not out to harm anyone nor did she seem to have a vendetta against Mike or Sully.  If anything, Dean Hardscrabble reminds me of my old college professors that were always about hard nosed and always about business.  Wait….I take it back then.  Dean Hardscrabble IS the ultimate villain.

Thumper

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Bambi’s buddy is a villain now?  This Thumper is actually a from the movie A Bug’s Life.  This character is a great counterpart to the other SDCC exclusive released, Hopper.  In the movie, Thumper was Hopper’s muscle.  If Hopper wanted something done to an insect that got in his way, he would unleash Thumper on the poor victim.

Al McWhiggin

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Thanks to the lovely thing called the world wide web and ebay, we know that Al Mcwhiggin, better known as “The Chicken Man”, will be the chaser in this set.  In this set, Al will be dressed in his infamous chicken suit.  In the movie, Toy Story 2, Al is the evil garage saler- toy collector who stole Woody from Andy’s front lawn.  Fun fact: Al’s toy store actually made a quick cameo as a commercial on TV in the original Toy Story Movie.

What are your thoughts? Does this set interest you?  If it does, will you purchase the full set or will you just try to get the villain from your favorite Pixar film?

 

 

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Watching Sleeping Beauty always takes me back to that special time period in Disney history.  A time when Disney movies had that certain artistic feel that computers nowadays can’t come close to generating. A time when Disney movies didn’t rely on 5-6 catchy tunes in order to keep their audience captivated.  A time when Disney protagonists acted like true princesses straight out of a classical children’s fairy tale. Although we will have to wait until October to see this film remastered and re-released once again, Disney is bringing the story back to life in the form of vinylmations. 20140728-090027-32427507.jpg

On July 28th, Disney surprised a lot of vinylmation collectors by releasing this set a couple days early. Prior to this release, there were many speculations and questions being asked in the vinylmation world: Who will be the chaser?  Who will be the variant?  Will this set be as sought after as the Beauty and the Beast set?  Now that we are a day into its release, most of these questions have been answered.  The chaser is Briar Rose.  The variant is Aurora wearing her blue dress.  But the last question?  That has yet to be answered.

Initially, there was plenty of buzz around the internet.  People were on edge to know who the chaser and variant will be.  Then, when the photos started to leak, many people seemed disappointed.  Some were upset that we were essentially “given the exact same Aurora three times in one set.”  These people cried foul and shouted, “Get ready to see these at the trade boxes!” or “I give it 6 weeks before they go on clearance!”

Yet, a good amount of people were claiming this set to be a huge success.  All the major characters present? Check.  Beautiful artwork? Check.  Nostalgic characters that touch the heart? Triple check. To these fans, this set will definitely be as treasured as the Beauty and the Beast set.

Opinions about this vinylmation set have changed more times than the color of Auroras dress during her ballroom dance.  In the end, as it is with every other set, you collect what you want, not what is deemed popular. Has this set won you over or will you hold out for something better?  Maybe Aurora knew the answer to this question when she sang, “If I know you, I know what you’ll do.  You’ll love me at once, the way you did once upon a dream.”

Photo Credit: Vinylmation Exchange Member Chris Scanlan

Photo Credit: Vinylmation Exchange Member Chris Scanlan

Photo Credit: Vinylmation Exchange member Chris Seesselberg

Photo Credit: Vinylmation Exchange member Chris Seesselberg