The Park series is without doubt one of the most popular Vinylmation series ever, its where it all started and where Vinylmation’s heart truly lies. So for this Fantasy Blind Box, I’m throwing this concept into full blown “Fantasy” mode as this is my idea for a Universal Studios Orlando park themed blind box series. This idea obviously has nothing to do with Disney and while the idea of Universal being owned by Disney is a far flung idea, how many people thought that before Disney brought Marvel or Star Wars?
Anyway onto my idea. Lets get a few things out of the way, this set is based on Orlando, not Los Angeles and it is also based purely on the main park and not Island’s of Adventure (of course I’m going to stretch this idea out and both these parks will get a article on their own series later down the line!)
To kick things off, every series needs a few strong character based Vinyls to sell to the mass audience so I would lead with a Shrek Vinylmation to represent Shrek 4D followed by a minion from the other 3D show Despicable Me : Minion Mayhem with a variant version of a slightly different Minion.
Another major ride from Universal Studios is the ET – Extra Terrestrial Adventure ride which is a classic that has been part of the park since its opening and I’m not sure if to go with a straight up ET figure or a vinyl with the iconic Amblin logo which fits more into the park theme.
With Transformers 3D hitting Universal Orlando in 2013, it would be only fitting that the newest addition to the park is also included in the ride. For this one I once again go back to a well known character, Megatron (in his movie/ride look rather than the animated series).
One of my favourite attractions from Universal is the Terminator 2 – 3D show and once again, another major character could easily present this ride perfectly, the standard T800 which would be a must have amongst collectors and would appeal to people beyond Vinylmation. Another alternative option would be a Arnie vinyl, but often Human’s don’t translate to the vinyl mold very well.
The Simpson’s ride would also have to be included in this set and I would pick the iconic entrance to the ride with a full blown Krusty head with his mouth wide open. I would take the Villains approach and have face stretched over the hold body rather than just a Krusty action figure type.
Men in Black – Alien Attack is another easy character to represent, a Alien from the ride would be a simple choice but I think just a generic guy in a suit with a cool pair of black sunglasses as a accessory (like Chicken Little or the Nerds) would set this off perfectly. You could also include a variant with a hat to act as an variant to represent the Blue’s Brothers since they look very similar but I would keep the Blue’s Brothers for another series.
With the Revenge of the Mummy ride as well, I would just take one of the skeleton mummy’s from the ride as another simple but very effective choice which I think could be a popular choice for those Army collectors. Another huge favourite attraction of mine is the Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue which while it’s not a “must see” a BeetlejuiceVinyl would just be awesome and I don’t need any excuse to include this character.
That takes us up to 9 characters so far, but some of the kids rides haven’t been fully represented in this series so far, so with Barney the Purple Dinosaur, Fievel, Woody Woodpecker and Curious George to pick from, any one of these could easily fill in a extra space from this set but thinking like Disney I should try and hold back these for a series 2 and since Curious George is also over in Hollywood, I’m going to use that character on a later series.
So to fill in the last 2 spots I am going to going to have some of the lesser known attractions included such as the Rip Rock Rollercoaster and Disaster. I don’t want a series of just characters, so these might be considered the fillers but I do want this series to be a “Park” series rather than just a collection of characters. And since we have a number of attractions missing from this list, I’m sure we can spread this out to another series at some point plus I have plans for a Hollywood series too.
Finally we get to the chaser and for me it was a simple idea, it has to be the Universal logo that greets you as you walk near the entrance of the park. The head could be a globe with a “Buzz Lightyear” helmet with the worlds Universal going around the outside.
What do you think of this series?