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Three Headed Troll and Tree Troll Visit the Maelstrom

From the Vault this week I pulled two classic Vinylmations for us to look at. They come from the Maelstrom attraction from the Norway Pavilion at Epcot. Norway is one of my favorite countries in The World Showcase. In previous Vaults I mention that my first trip to previously called EPCOT CENTER was in 1986 and it is now odd that when I walked passed the area that is now called Norway was only a brown foreboding construction wall. I don’t quite recall how much of the Pavilion was built at this time but it just seems odd now that I stood there with only a wooden plaque stating “Norway will open in Spring 1988”.
Norway and specifically the Maelstrom attraction are in my opinion one of the more beautiful and exciting attractions in the World Showcase. Before we enter lets discuss why the attraction is called “Maelstrom” There are several definitions of the word Maelstrom but the one that best fits what Maelstrom is all about which is, “a famous hazardous whirlpool off the NW coast of Norway.”

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Saltstraumen is the world’s most powerful maelstrom and is situated outside of Bodø in Arctic Norway.

As you slowly and steadily climb up in your 10th-century-style warrior’s longship in the dark up the incline with the eye of God Odin looking down at you the narrator forewarns you that those who seek the spirit of Norway find adventure and peril. But more often find beauty and charm. The lighting effects are amazing at this point and always send chills up my back as it really gives you a sense that you are about to be sent back in time to a mythical place of an early 10th century Viking Village, and a Norwegian Harbor. Shortly after the narrator warns that “there are those who see Norway’s spirit veil in the land forest and mystery, where trolls still prowl the waters edge.”

Here we finally meet our Vinylmations for this week. From the Park 13 series we have “Maelstrom, Epcot” which has the three headed troll with the starry aura of lights twinkle on the ears of the vinylmation. Accompanying the Trolls in this scene there is the Park Starz Series 2 “Tree Troll”.

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“What’s this? How dare you come here “exclaims the Trolls. “Invaders!” yells another one. “Da dis it troll country. Step away be gone. I cast a spell! Yes, Yes. You Disappear. Disappear, Disappear! Back, back over the falls! Ha, ha, ha! During all this excitement one might miss the Tree Troll on the left. Even with his yellow eyes flashing with the rhythmic verses of his three headed brethren chanting nearby.

Disappear! Disappear! Disappear!

The three-headed Troll cast the spell and the flume switches and the boat races backward through the Fjords and the Arctic.

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Arctic Polar Bear From Maelstrom

As the boat arrives at the cavern of waterfalls another gnome one again switches the flume for a forwards drop into the North Sea where a North Sea oil field during a storm and then finally to a modern day Fishing Village unloading area.

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Maelstrom Unloading Area

Stop by and take a picture with me!

3″ Troll suitable for anywhere photos!

 

Oh as you exit the attraction and head into the Gift Shop make sure that you take a picture of the Park 6 Norway Troll!

See you next time From the Vault!

Oh and here is an interesting photo of the Maelstrom under construction!

Maelstrom Under Construction

mystery

Chasing a chaser, or variant can be one of the most thrilling parts of collecting Vinylmation.  There is no better feeling than picking up a lonely blind box in a near empty tray and opening it to reveal the chaser of the set. We all remember that first chaser we opened up, and it is truly one of the coolest moments while collecting.

Disney has done a good job recently coming up with some great chasers in newly released sets. From the Park 13 “Pardon Our Pixie Dust” chaser to Kaa to the brand new Robots 4 chaser of Toy Story’s own lunatic, Sid.

We all have our own strange methods of how to determine which little blox in the case that sits in front us may be that special one. One of the biggest complaints in the search for the mystery vinyl in each set is seeing boxes crushed, opened and nearly destroyed. This has been a big issue in many stores for a long time. Other than keeping vinyls behind the cash register, which some stores have actually done, there isn’t much being done to be able to control the small few who ruin the hobby for others.

A lot of us though shake the boxes, weigh them in our hands, among other things. I would love to hear what your method is for trying to find which one box may hold the vinyl you are looking for? Who was your first chaser or variant? Let us know in the comments below!

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The team behind Vinylmation love to give us sneak peeks into upcoming Vinylmation and today they have found a new way to give us a few previews for upcoming figures.

Disney ran a promotion

Earlier this morning, we shared a tweet that truly featured 140 characters to officially announce the latest Disney Parks bicoastal, All-Night Extravaganza on Memorial Day Weekend – the traditional start of the family travel season. Our “Rock Your Disney Side Party” will be a fun-filled 24-hour event at both Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

0228ZW_0144DR-613x544This was then followed by a Tweet from Downtown Disney recreating that image using Vinylmation, which includes lots of well known Vinylmation including some possible future figures?

disneyside previewSo after a closer inspect of the image, there are some previews of known and some unknown figures including a Park Starz 3 Sonny & Dreamfinder, Park 13 Cranium Command, Easter 2014, Star Wars Ewok’s but also some unknown figures including a Han Solo Donald Duck, a Winnie the Pooh, a Fix it Felix, a unknown blue monster and many other unknown figures.

Here are some zoomed in photos of those figures:

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So what figures can you see?

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It is the last new release of 2013 and Disney has saved perhaps the best for last. The Park 13 Tower of Terror Elevator Ghosts box set is released today at D-Street’s at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, as well as online through Disneystore.com.  (Though they looked to have sold out online in a minute)

This is a unique boxed set as it is the very first box set to include a variant twist.  Each box set is blind boxed, so you will either receive the standard edition of the figures (LE1250) or the variant edition of the figures which has a LE size of 150.  Each box contains either a full set of standard figures or variant figures.

The box set is priced at$69.95 plus tax and was designed by Ron Cohee.

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Will you be adding the Tower of Terror Box set to your collection?

 

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Today sees the release of the Park 13 Haunted Mansion Stretched Portraits box set at D-Street in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland as well as online through Disneystore.com.  This box set has a limited edition size of 2000 and is priced at $59.95.  This set was designed by Ron Cohee and represents the characters Nitrokoff Portrait, Tightrope Portrait, Quicksand Portrait and Widow Portrait.

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Also released today online through Disneystore.com and at both D-Streets, is the Animation 4 Combo topper featuring King Louie.  This combo topper pack is priced at $24.95 and features a King Louie figure on top and a Animation 4 blind box underneath.

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Are you adding any of these to your collection?

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Tonight the ESPN Wide World of Sports Resort in Walt Disney World is hosting an official trading event and is displaying off a few new Vinylmations including Indiana Jones blind box series and a Valentines 2014 Twin pack . 

Our friends over at Vinylmation Exchange also shared some photos of some of the other new releases which are either just about to come out or have just been released.625483_10202976555959116_1376229373_n 1476511_10202976555239098_64469384_n 1507123_10202976554199072_1855903005_n 1515023_10202976553799062_782607578_n

 

Which is your favourite?

Thanks to Vinylmation Exchange for the images.

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We had official information on the new Park 13 Tower of Terror box set last month with 360 photos of the standard figures, but now Disney have released 360 photos of the variant figures.  This box set features a unique twist in that they are set to be released in a blind box with a variant edition of all the figures in the box which have a LE of 150 variants sets, which leaves 1350 standard sets.  This set is to be released at D-Street in Disneyland and Walt Disney World plus online, this will be priced $69.95 and was designed by Ron Cohee.

Here are the new 360 photos of the variants:

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What do you think of the variants?

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vm_park13_brown_pixie_dust_origWhile we found out about the Park 13 Super Chaser variant last month, Disney has confirmed the Super Chaser variant and released a official 360 photo of the figure.

 

Mystery Variant Revealed for Vinylmation™- Park Series 13

December 16 | By: Disney Staff

With the release of Vinylmation – Park  Series 13, we are excited to reveal the Mystery Variant figure today. So please stop reading if you would prefer to keep an element of surprise.

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While Park 13 got released a couple of weeks ago and we have known about this chaser for a while, Disney has officially revealed the 360 photo of the Park 13 Chaser.

With the release of Vinylmation – Park  Series 13, we are excited to reveal the Mystery Chaser figure today. So please stop reading if you would prefer to keep an element of surprise.

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hits

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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 Park 13.

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Hits

RogPalmerUK – I love the Park series, its the series I treasure the most and while some might argue that this set is a bit off the wall or disappointing, I very much disagree.  First off, the idea that it is a smaller case to me makes no difference, with variants, combo toppers, box sets etc, there isn’t a problem.  Park 13 includes a Magician Mickey, Haunted Mansion Portraits and a Tower of Terror box set, all of which have gone straight onto my “must have” pile along with this entire set.   The Combo Topper for Park 13 is probably the best Combo Topper figure since Park 6 in my opinion.  Thankfully this blind box series has been released in the United Kingdom, which is rare (we’ve only had the Disneyland Paris themed Park 10 available before).

For me this set was a slow burner, I didn’t instantly like this set, but over time I began to adore this set more and more.  There are some real stand out figures like the awesome “Pardon Our Pixie Dust” chaser that could have been designed by the Imagineers team, its that fantastic.  I must have this in my collection, it represents the Park perfectly.

Mr Toad’s Devil is another great little figure that represents one of my favourite rides as a kid, the Wind in the Willows is a classic British story that is part of my childhood, so this little nod to the ride and a great figure design no doubt.   Claire De Room is another nice Bugs Life figure, though maybe a little to similar to Dot from the recent Pixar 2 series.   Trader Sam is another fantastic figure, we don’t have many Vinylmations of this classic attraction and its probably one of the strongest figures around.  The Robot from Buzz Lightyear is another solid figure that wouldn’t have looked out of place of the original Robots series and I think the 3 headed Troll from Maelstrom is another average figure that represents the ride well (though not a touch on the Troll from Park Starz 2).

WDWRobert – I absolutely love the park series. It’s a great way for me to connect to the parks when I can’t be there in person with my family. That’s what this series does for me. My absolute favorite is the Box ‘O Bot from Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. I know it is officially from the Disneyland attraction but its close enough for me! They did a wonderful job of capturing the Box ‘O Bot’s appearance.

When I look at it I am instantly taken to the attraction and the relive the exciting moments I have with my son playing this game! Next is the Injun Joe’s Cave. Again this Vinyl recreates the feel of actually being there in the Cave and exploring and if early enough in the day maybe trying to find the hidden Paint Brushes! I love effects! I Love the colors! Though not one of my top favorites I still welcome a Vinyl from one of my favorite Countries at Epcot. I love how they captured the lighting effect in the ears. I think they did a nice job of placing the three heads on just one Mickey head! Disappear! Disappear!

BigThunder87 – What did Disney do with the awesome Park series?  It won’t match the rest of my collection now as there are four missing!   Guess I need to get used to it but wasn’t this suppose to fix the problem of not having rubbish vinyls?  I like a couple of this series like the chaser which looks very cool and very Imaginerneery…..

Misses

RogPalmerUK – One of the biggest disappointments about Park 13 is that with the reduced size, I would have assumed, we might have lost some of the weaker fillers and just had very strong designs.  But the Canyon and Cave figures just feel a bit “blah” and will no doubt be shoved to the back of my display cabinet to barely be seen.   I was expecting much better things from Park 13 and I think this set isn’t going to be as popular, there just isn’t enough major characters to grab the casual collector.  While I applaud them for doing less popular attractions, this marks the 4th set in a row that hasn’t been mainly spectacular.

WDWRobert – Catastrophe Canyon. This one is going to be put on my top 10 dislikes! Great attraction. Great idea. Poor execution. I am not sure how to put it all together. I am not really sure what I am looking at here. I know what each part is depicted but there is no order. Magician Mickey. The bunny in the top hat is cute. The Magic wand accessory is cool. But Mickey looks like he is stoned. I will pass on this one.

BigThunder87 – For me almost the entire series is a big miss, the canyon is just bizarre and the cave is so weird, I wanted a full set of classic designs, instead we got half a set of fillers.  Very disappointed.

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.

afternoon gummi

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Today sees the release of the last Afternoon 2 twin packs, which is based on the classic Gummi Bears cartoon and features Gruffi and Cubbi.  This twin pack has a Limited Edition size of 1500, designed by Maria Clapsis and has a retail price of $29.95.  This twin pack is available at D-Street in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.  As well as being available through Disneystore.com.

 

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Also released today officially in Disneyland and Walt Disney World, as well as in Europe on .co.uk and fr.  It was released last week on Disneystore.com as an early online release.

While the Thanksgiving Promotion is running for the next couple of days, if you use the promo code “Thanks” on Disneystore.com, you should be able to get an additional 20% off these new releases.

Will you be adding any of these to your collection?