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Star Wars fever is in full swing as today sees the official launch of the blind box series – Star Wars 2 in Walt Disney World, Flordia.  To kick off the official release day, Artists Maria Clapsis and Casey Jones will be at D-Street today for signings between 11am and 1pm.  Casey Jones was in D-Street at the Disneyland Resort in Los Angeles yesterday for the release there.   The blind boxes are priced at a incredible $14.95 each.

Also this weekend in Orlando, the Star Wars Celebration VI kicked off yesterday at the Orange County Convention Center and will run through the weekend.  The big news from yesterday was that Star Wars Series 3 will be out next year and is based on Return of the Jedi along with a 9″ Jabba the Hut.

But that’s next year, the Celebration Exclusive Hologram Leia went on sale at the event yesterday with a LE2500 and a price tag of $18.95.  Judging by some of the comments on Twitter/Facebook/Forums etc, they didn’t sell out on the first day (but with a limit of 2 per person and 2500 to sell, I didn’t expect it to sell out in minutes).  They are also now starting to float around on the secondary market such as ebay for around $40 each.

Also available at the stand are the Star Wars 2 Blind Boxes and apparently anyone who is a Annual Passholder can still get their discount at the booth.

If your at the event you can find them at booth #331 and #341, and if your at the event, we would love to see your pictures of the vinylmation stand and your purchases.

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The Disney Park Blog added a new post today about the up and coming Star Wars 2 Blind Box series:

Since its release in January 2011, the first series of Vinylmation figures featuring Star Wars characters has become the most popular Vinylmation series of all time. Created by Disney Design Group artist Mike Sullivan, the first series celebrated the 30th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. For series two, the Vinylmation team turned their attention to the original 1977 classic film, Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. This allowed the team to regroup and plan a strategy for future releases, as explained by Thomas Scott, one of the lead Vinylmation artists.
Popular Vinylmation – Star Wars Collection Expands with Series Two, Coming to Disney Parks

“The first series was created at a different time in Vinylmation history,” explained Thomas. “When we began developing series two, we considered several factors for future growth. We again worked closely with Lucasfilm when selecting the characters for the new series. We also thought about how those characters could appear in future series.”

Series Two is a limited-release, mystery series, which means there are 11 known figures and one “mystery chaser” figure. Each figure is packaged in a box, so you won’t know which one you will get until you open it.
Popular Vinylmation – Star Wars Collection Expands with Series Two, Coming to Disney Parks

To design the figures, Thomas enlisted the help of artists Casey Jones and Maria Clapsis. Casey created concept sketches of each figure, while Maria turned those sketches into full-color images. I spoke with Casey about one unique design element I love on these figures – the ears.
Popular Vinylmation – Star Wars Collection Expands with Series Two, Coming to Disney Parks

“I like using the ears as a way to further enhance the story,” explained Casey. “When designing these figures, I looked for something iconic to add to the ears, such as the ‘binary sunset’ on the Tusken Raider or Obi-Wan Kenobi figures. Adding design elements from the film help set the stage for each character.”

The new series will debut on Thursday, August 23 at Celebration VI, a Star Wars fan event being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Florida.

We will then launch the series at D Street in Downtown Disney West Side in Florida on Friday, August 24. Fans can meet Casey and Maria from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Casey will travel to the Disneyland Resort on Saturday, August 25, for the release of this series at D Street in the Downtown Disney District. Fans can meet him from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

What do you think of these? Are you planning on adding these to your collection?

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Disneyland Paris’s official Vinylmation page Vinylmation.fr has been updated with the following:

Vendredi  31 Aout 2012
#Vinylmation ™ – Stars Wars™ #2
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@       Pueblo Trading Post, Frontierland

Which translated means the blind box series Star Wars 2 is coming to Disneyland Paris on August 31st.  This isn’t a surprising move since Star Wars Series 1 has been available over there and recently the Open Window Series has been released in the French park.

However its great to see Star Wars 2 released over here just days after being released in the US.

Expect the price to be the usual DLP currency conversion of the $ becoming a €, so I would guess they would be €12.95.

So European collectors, if your after them, its a great time to get in touch with the DLP Mail Order team

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The Disney Blog has posted the following regarding the Celebration VI Star Wars event which takes place in Orlando this month.

Disney Parks has a long history with Star Wars that dates back to 1987 with the opening of Star Tours at Disneyland park. Since that time, we have offered a variety of collectibles including action figures, pins, shirts and more.  I’m happy to report that Disney Theme Park Merchandise will be attending Star Wars Celebration VI, a Star Wars fan event coming to the Orange County Convention Center from August 23-26, 2012.  This year, we have created some items that fans will only find at this event.

One of those event exclusive items is a 3-inch Vinylmation figure of Princess Leia as a hologram.  This figure has an edition size of 2,500, and is considered the variant figure to the Leia figure found in Vinylmation – Star Wars #2 series (which will also debut at the event on August 23 and will later be sold at Disney Parks).

Princess Leia Vinylmation and Starspeeder Figures from Disney Theme Park Merchandise

Another Celebration VI exclusive item will be the 25th Anniversary Starspeeder die-cast set.  This set features both the Starspeeder 3000 (for the first time ever) and the Starspeeder 1000 from Star Tours – The Adventures Continue.

Star Wars Celebration VI Event T-Shirts with Disney Characters Playing the Role of Star Wars Characters

Fans attending the event will also find two event tee-shirts with Disney characters playing the roles of Star Wars characters. We are also introducing an Aurebesh nametag with a few additional destinations not found during Star Wars Weekends 2012.

For those guests who missed being “frozen” in carbonite, the Carbon-Freeze Me experience will return for a limited, four-day engagement during the event. Using state-of-the-art imaging technology, this experience casts your likeness as a three-dimensional, eight-inch figurine (as seen in this video by my fellow Disney Parks Blog author Gary Buchanan and Star Wars: The Clone Wars star Ashley Eckstein). Retail is $99.95 (plus shipping), and event guests can participate on a first-come, first-served basis.

Star Wars 'D-Tech On-Demand' iPhone Cases Available from Disney Theme Park Merchandise

Speaking of printing, we are introducing “D-Tech On-Demand,” a new option where guests can select from 12 different iPhone 4/4S case designs and watch as they are printed onsite.  The four cases in the top row will premiere at this event, while the bottom row features some designs that can be printed.

Finally, we will offer a first purchase opportunity for the next waves of Disney and Muppet character action figures (which are coming to Disney Parks later).

If you are attending the galactic celebration, please stop by booths #331 and #341 to say hello.

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Disney’s official Vinylmation.com page has been updated with some new details:

  • AUGUST 17, 2012
    PRODUCT RELEASE
    D-Street at Downtown Disney® West Side in Florida & California
  • Park#9 – Disney’s  BoardWalk Inn, 9-inch and 3-inch set (Edition Size: 1000 / Retail: $74.95)
  • Park#9 –  Tomorrowland, Disneyland® Resort  – 3-inch set (Edition Size: 1750/Retail: $26.95)

The Park 9 Tomorrowland twice pack will also be available online through Disneystore.com.

Here are a couple of preview picture of the Tomorrowland set from a previous trade event.

They have also corrected some information regarding the Star Wars 2 signings, Casey Jones will be in Flordia on the 24th and California on the 25th.  No longer is he visiting both sites in one day.

Please mark your calendars for two special upcoming events for the release of Vinylmation – Star Wars™ #2.  Disney Design Group Senior Character Artist Casey Jones and artist Maria Clapsis co-designed this exciting new limited release mystery series.

AUGUST 24
Meet Casey Jones and Maria Clapsis from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at D-Street in the Downtown Disney®  West Side at theWalt Disney World® Resort.

D-Street will open at 9am on Friday, August 24.  Starting at 9:00 a.m., wristbands will be distributed at the registers for Guests wishing to meet Casey and Maria.  Please note that each artist will only sign two figures each per valid wristband.

The promenade will be available to Guests starting at 8 a.m. To ensure a great guest experience, folding chairs are prohibited on the promenade. Thank you for your cooperation.

AUGUST 25
Meet Casey Jones from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at D-Street in the Downtown Disney®  District at the Disneyland® Resort.

D-Street will open at 8 a.m. on Friday, August 25. Wristband distribution guidelines apply.

 

Great Shot of Star Wars Series 2

We are just weeks away from the release of the Star Wars Series 2 blind box series, which is set to be released at both D-Street in Disneyland on the 25th and DisneyWorld on August 24th,

Great Shot of Star Wars Series 2

Please mark your calendars for two special upcoming events for the release of Vinylmation – Star Wars™ #2.  Disney Design Group Senior Character Artist Casey Jones and artist Maria Clapsis co-designed this exciting new limited release mystery series.

AUGUST 24
Meet Casey Jones and Maria Clapsis from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at D-Street in the Downtown Disney®  West Side at theWalt Disney World® Resort.

D-Street will open at 9am on Friday, August 24.  Starting at 9:00 a.m., wristbands will be distributed at the registers for Guests wishing to meet Casey and Maria.  Please note that each artist will only sign two figures each per valid wristband.

The promenade will be available to Guests starting at 8 a.m. To ensure a great guest experience, folding chairs are prohibited on the promenade. Thank you for your cooperation.

AUGUST 25
Meet Casey Jones from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at D-Street in the Downtown Disney®  District at the Disneyland® Resort.

D-Street will open at 8 a.m. on Friday, August 25. Wristband distribution guidelines apply.

Also that same weekend, Celebration VI will be taking place in Orlando where the Hologram Leia (LE2500) will be available.  No word if the Blind Box series will be available at the event.

What are your thoughts on these releases?

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Official information regarding the Princess Leia Hologram Celebration exclusive have come to light through the official Celebration Star Wars website.  The event takes on August 23-26 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Flordia.   You can get hold of this exclusive at the Disney Theme Park Merchandise Booth which is at stand 341.

Vinylmation™ – Star Wars™ – Princess Leia Hologram

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Along with the release of Vinylmation™ – Star Wars™ Series #2, this Celebration VI exclusive variant figure features Princess Leia as a hologram.  Edition size: 2,500. Retail: $18.95.
What is your thoughts on this one?

Hologram Leia (when R2 played the Leia message about finding Obi-Wan)