In this episode of the Vinylmation Kingdom webcast, Roger discusses this weeks Vinylmation news including the surprise releases of the Star Wars Yoda Eachez, the Valentine’s Mickey Eachez, the new Pirates of the Caribbean Mickey & Friends combo topper series plus we take a look at the 101 Dalmatian chaser. Plus Roger shares his thoughts on the current release information situation.
At the Imagination Gala we found out during the Purple Talk that there will be special twin pack featuring
two classic attractions, the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. Two classic figures (The Bride and Pirate Skeleton) will be re-released as a special black and white variant edition that will be out in the Fall of 2015 to tie in with the Disneyland 60th Anniversary.
What do you think of these Park Starz Variants?
RogPalmerUK – I’m a huge Pirates of the Caribbean fan, both the rides and the movie so for me this set was an instant must have, pretty much from the minute I saw the preview of Davy Jones from way back in September. There are three instant stand out figures from this series that look fantastic, first off we have the awesome skeleton which might be a little too similar to the figures from series 1 but the glow in the dark variant makes this even more awesome and in my mind, you can never have too many skeleton’s. Davy Jones is another extremely cool design and is probably one of the main characters in this set, I think they’ve done a great job in spreading his tentacles over the body and the hat accessory is a nice touch. The red lady is also another great design though I still prefer the Park Starz version, this one looks maybe a little too close to that figure which is a slight disappointment.
WDWRobert – When I heard about that they were making another Pirates of the Caribbean Vinylmation set I was reserve about how I felt. I asked myself what else could they possibly make into Vinylmation form from the attraction that would be worthwhile. Well they proved me wrong by creating a solid Pirates of the Caribbean Series 2 and thankfully with only 8 this time instead of 12. With a set of only 8 it makes for a cheaper case and also, in my opinion makes for less “filler” Vinyls needed to make it a set of 12.
Hits: Carlos –The transformation from Audio Animatronic or “AA” to Vinylmation is amazing. The new mold works perfectly for his face as his face has a roundish appearance. The addition of the dripping water is a nice touch. Jailed Pirate: To help aid me in comparing the “Jailed Pirate” Vinyl to the actual one in the attraction I turned to YouTube where I was reminded that there a total of 6 in jail and the Vinyl one if the one from the 1st set of 3 and not the second more famous set that are closer to the dog. On a side note the three jailed pirates close to the dog would have been an awesome 3 Vinyl set to have released. Well finally getting back to the subject the “Jailed Pirate” looks compare to his AA friend. The facial expression is well done. The vest Jacket looks a little different but its good enough for me!
Redhead: What a wonderful job they did with my Read Head! I love the Park Starz one but the 3” version looks just as amazing. The one feature I like about the Park Starz one is that she shows a little of the her extra girlish charm with a little bit of the dress ever so slightly showing some…
Pirate Helmsman: It took 3 tries to get this one perfect. The Park 5 looked nothing like the one from the attraction AA but still made for an interesting Vinyl. The Pirate Series 1 looked pretty good but still missed the mark on capturing the look. With the Pirates Series 2 this Helmsman is amazing. The addition of the Lightning was a great touch. Then there’s the Variant that Glows-in-the-Dark! This is what a variant should be.
Peg-Leg-Parrot: As for Chasers this is one of my all time favorites. I always love it when a chaser is worth chasing after. They did an amazing job on this one. What a wonderful transformation from AA to Vinyl!
Timothy – Wasn’t entirely sure about getting this series; being quite new to Vinylmation collecting, I missed out entirely on the first PotC and the On Stranger Tides set. But once I noticed that Davy Jones was being included, having a few of the collection became a must.
Glad to see Disney is continuing with the more recent mold that utilizes slightly larger heads. It might only be the difference of a quarter inch, but it prevents the figures suffering from the onset of gout. Also like the avoidance of black lines and the use of either lighter or darker colors; the figures appear far less graphic and more painterly with this technique.
Hits: The Auctioneer is spot on, from his ginger hair to his frilly kerchief. Love the water drops on Carlos’ forehead and the ropes circling his body. Red Head is perfectly busty. I’ve seen complaints about the Jail Pirate, but when I went on the PotC ride in ‘78, THAT’S what he looked like; and the detail of bars on the mouse ears are a nice subtle touch.
The Helmsman is wonderfully evocative of that moment on the ride when you realize you’re floating into dangerous territory; the bleached white bones, grey tattered clothing, and blood-red bandana are far creepier than the almost friendly yellowed of the Helmsman from the first series. Particularly love the lightning bolts on his mouse ears; you can almost feel the misty sea wind whipping a chill through your bones when you passed him.
But there’s two real out-of-the-ballpark hits in this series: Davy Jones and the Peg-Leg Parrot. Designer Casey Jones absolutely nailed Davy’s likeness: the soft, almost ocean-blue of his eyes; the captured movement of his tentacles; the inclusion of the lobster claw; and the random bubbles scattered across the figure. That is Davy Jones, boiled down to three inches and no less menacing than he would be at his full height.
And then there’s that parrot, that glorious Peg-Leg Parrot, that shaved-belly icon of the original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to add him to my collection, but the pictures I’ve seen tell me all I need to know. The green of his plumage, the pink of his bald belly, the simple detail of the anchor tattoo; seeing him takes me right back to the first time I stood in line to see WDW’s pirates. I may love Davy Jones, but I ADORE that parrot.
RogPalmerUK – I have purchased a case for this entire series which instantly puts all the figures in the hits category but just to be a little picky I’m gonna throw the guy from the jail into the misses pile as my least favourite.
Timothy – Misses: While I wouldn’t call any of these figures a miss, not even the rather lackluster Flute Pirate I glossed over, the one complaint I do have is the absence of accessories. The Auctioneer needs his sword; the Flute Pirate needs his flute; the Jail Pirate should’ve had a bone firmly in his grip. The parrot got a peg-leg, but Davy had to be satisfied with a painted version. I would’ve liked to see Red Head in the new Minnie mold, with a slit up the leg. This entire line was great, but those little accessories could’ve made it phenomenal.
Still, this collection nailed it where the first just sort of tacked it down. PotC 2 simply feels like the ride, both classic and modern incarnations. You can hold one of these figures in your hand and smile as you remember precisely which scene they’re from. Yeah, we may collect Vinylmation, but in reality these are souvenirs. And that’s what souvenirs should do: remind you of the Magic.
NEXT TIME – STAR WARS Series 4
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It’s been a quiet month for new Vinylmations but today sees the release of the Pirates of the Caribbean Series 2 at D-Street in California and Orlando, as well as online through Disneystore.com. Priced at $12.95 each or $207.20 for a tray of 16 (containing 2 sets of 7 figures, 1 chaser and 1 filler).
Will you be adding any of these to your collection?
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Welcome to another Retro 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 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Strange Tides series.
RogPalmerUK – This was one of those series that looked great on paper but maybe didn’t translate that great onto the Vinylmation mold. The biggest problem in my eyes was that they arrived over a year after the movie was released and missed out on most of the promotion that the movie brings in. While the designs of these figures are pretty good, it does feel like these should have been held back for the second blind box series (to make it a set of 12) to have been much more popular. The Captain Jack figure is a huge hit in my eyes, I trawled through every pile of these I could find when I was last in Walt Disney World to find him without any luck, but those other figures were just massively over produced.
BigThunder – I love the Captain Jack Sparrow figure, I could have loads of vinyls of his as I love the characters.
WDWRobert – I am in love with the entire Vinylmations series Pirates collection. Why? Well why not? Seriously though they are based on one of my all time favorite attractions and from an incredible Pirate Movies. Additionally the Pirate series holds a special place in my heart, as they were the 1st series that I collected with the intention of completing it. Embarrassingly I actually waited outside D-Street for them to open so I could start collecting them right away.
Now Pirates of the Caribbean series one was based of the attraction and so will Pirates of the Caribbean Series 2, which will be releasing April 28th. Then there’s the Pirates of the Caribbean Stranger Tides set of 4 Vinylmations. Yes only 4. Well 4 is better than none I guess. Blackbeard: With a menacing look and an awesome hat this Vinylmation doppelganger does not disappoint. They did a good job on the beard but I could think it could have shown a bit detail specifically braids. But I still love this menacing pirate. Captain Hector Barbossa: As I have said in the past, the use of muted color Pirate series is outstanding. With the exception of wanting to see more detail in the uniform I was happy to add him to my collection. Angelica: This one impressed me on the details of her outfit. Comparing Movie Angelica to the Vinylmation Angelica we brilliant to say the least.
RogPalmerUK – I’m not sure if I need a Vinylmation based on LoveJoy (the British readers will get it) but the other three figures just don’t seem that impressive to me, I think doing human characters on the vinyl mold can be very tricky. There isn’t any thing wrong with the designs of them, but I just skipped them, can’t put my finger on why, but I just didn’t like them.
WDWRobert – Jack Sparrow: The only reason I made him a miss is that I already have one of him from the Pirates Series 1. Regardless. I will still collect him.
BigThunder -I’m not that interested in the other 3 figures of this series, they just look a bit dull and they’ve already done a Barbossa and the other two characters just aren’t needed.
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Disney has released some details on a artist signing for the new Pirates of the Caribbean Series 2 Vinylmation.
Vinylmation™ Signing with Casey Jones
D Street in Downtown Disney® West Side
Ahoy there! Meet Disney Design Group artist Casey Jones, who will be on hand to sign the new Pirates of the Caribbean Vinylmation™ Series 2 on May 2 from 5 – 7p.m. at D Street in Downtown Disney® West Side.
Limit TWO (2) items signed per Guest. We ask that you bring no personal items to be signed. Appearances are subject to time and availability and are not guaranteed. Restrictions apply. Event and information are subject to cancellation or change without notice including but not limited to dates, times, release dates, appearances and retails. A valid receipt may be required.
Will you be attending?
While I was down in Walt Disney World the past two weeks for the WDW Marathon Weekend and my vacation, some of my new Disney Infinity friends decided to join me. Last September, a bunch of them joined me for two photoshoots around WDW, which can be found here. This time around, Wave 2 characters Jack Skellington, Rapunzel, Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Anna, Elsa, Ralph, and Vanellope joined in the fun, as did the Infinite Crystal Series Lone Ranger, Jack Sparrow, Sulley, and Buzz. Finally, my D23 Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey, who was featured in September, came down again for the fun. Let’s get into the fun, shall we?
While in Adventureland, Crystal Jack Sparrow checked out the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
Sadly, we tried pictures inside the ride, but without the flash, none of them really came out. Womp womp.
In Frontierland, I came across Crystal Lone Ranger, who was hoping to find someone to play checkers with.
While in Tomorrowland, Crystal Sulley wanted to visit his friend Mike over at Monsters Inc, Laugh Floor.
Then Crystal Buzz wanted to check out his ride, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and the nearby Buzz Lightyear Meet ‘n’ Greet.
NOTE: It was one of those times I rode with Crystal Buzz that I got my Galactic Hero level for this trip, which was awesome.
Finally, Crystal Mr. Incredible was happy to see that he was the center of attention over at the Tomorrowland stage…. with the new #INCREDIBLESSuperDanceParty happening nightly.
Later on that night, we revisited the area, which was hopping with guests dancing along with Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible, and Frozone. Crystal Mr. Incredible took it all in from the stage alongside of the DJ.
While in Fantasyland, Rapunzel got to visit her area (even if it is just bathrooms), and also went to Fairytale Hall and met with her Rapunzel friend. Sadly, Snow White was upset that she didn’t have a Disney Infinity version of herself… you hear that, Johnny V.? You don’t want to upset a Disney Princess now, do you?
By now, evening was setting. I should have thought prior to taking Jack Skellington to the Haunted Mansion for an evening shoot…. dark character and dark ride and dark exterior don’t make for a good combination. Only one picture really came out… thanks to Madame Leota, who woke up for this one.
And with that, we leave Magic Kingdom. In a couple of days, we will visit our friends over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and then a very special visit over at Epcot.
Thanks to all of the Walt Disney World Cast Members for being accommodating about taking pictures with the figures, which at times could take a bit of time. However, I have yet to have issues with the cast members and taking these photos, whether they be in costume, handling the characters, taking Photopass pictures, or just trying to keep flow of traffic going as i am camped out in the middle of a queue line of park area taking photos. Again, thank you.
Today I continue photo coverage of my Disney Infinity Toy Box opening up around Walt Disney World and releasing its’ characters out to play. Without further adieu…
Pirates of the Caribbean, Magic Kingdom
Captains Jack Sparrow, Hector Barbossa, and Davy Jones took to the high seas… or in this case Adventureland… for a fun photo shoot around the Pirates of the Caribbean. Fun Fact: The opening boat sequence of the Pirates playset in Disney Infinity was set to recreate how guests enter the town of Tortuga in the ride.
Frontierland, Magic Kingdom
From there, it was off to Frontierland, where the Lone Ranger and Tonto sized up the town, ready to defend it against any outlaws.
Cinderella’s Castle, Magic Kingdom
Not to be outdone, Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey wanted to get in on the action at the Magic Kingdom, posing with its’ icon.
Radiator Springs, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
From there the Toy Box traveled over to the newest resort at WDW, the Art of Animation Resort, where I found the gang from CARS back out of the box having fun with their counterparts around Radiator Springs.
Epcot’s Character Spot, Epcot & Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey Meet ‘n’ Greet, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Before leaving WDW, Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey had a small request, which the Toy Box granted…. because as Walt put it “It all started with a mouse.”
Special thanks to all of the wonderful Disney cast members who helped make this shoot possible, from the characters to the Photo Pass people to the ones who didn’t make me move my setup even if I was probably interrupting the flow of traffic. I think this edition of the Toy Box in WDW was a success, and I hope to do it again come January.
Have a magical day!
Park Starz 2 certainly didn’t disappoint and I thought it was only fair that I continue the tradition and take some park photos. Obviously these are only at the Disneyland Resort (I’ll have to take the others to WDW in November to finish the set). Hope you enjoy!
I know Mark Twain is more for the American Adventure at Epcot, but figured this would suffice. Plus there’s a fun story here… as I was taking some pictures of him in front of the riverboat, a custodial cast member asked if my family and I wanted to go into the wheelhouse/captain’s quarters for the next trip. So I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
Hope you guys liked these! Shameless plug, for those of you with Instagram, I started an account to post my tour pictures (with and without vinyls). If you want to check them out head over to @ParkStarz on Instagram.
Over at D-Street at Downtown Disney in Walt Disney World, the window display has been updated with pictures of the Park Starz 2 Variants – Pirates of the Caribbean set and the new Park 12 Country Bears set. Vinylmation Kingdom Tavern member Robert Speich posted some pictures of the new display at D-Street.
Also Vinylmation Kingdom Trading member Patrick Comstock shared a photograph of what is currently available behind the counter at D-Street in Orlando.
Thank you to Robert Speich and Patrick Comstock for sharing their photos.
What do you think of these?
The Collections blog has posted a little reminder about this Friday’s new releases.
Shiver Me Timbers-Pirates are Back
December 18 | By: Disney Theme Park Merchandise
December 21, 2012 four new Vinylmation™ are releasing on D Street at Downtown Disney® District in both Disneyland® Resort and Walt Disney World® Resort. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean series was the inspiration for Disney Design Group artist, Casey Jones who designed these open edition Vinylmation™ after characters from the film. Included in this release are Captain Jack Sparrow, Angelica, Captain Hector Barbossa and Blackbeard.
Each Figure Retails for $14.95, plus tax
You have the opportunity to meet Disney Design Group Senior Character Artist, Casey Jones from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 21, 2012 at D-Street in Downtown Disney® West Side in Orlando, Florida as we release the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Series.
Are you planning on being at the event? (Send us your pictures to Roger@vinylmationkingdom.com)
And more importantly are you going to trying to get hold of these?