Toys’R’Us, Inc. and Disney Consumer Products Dress Up Their Support of Children Affected by Aids Foundation This Halloween

WAYNE, N.J., Aug. 31 — Toys”R”Us, Inc. and Disney Consumer Products (DCP) today announced that Toys”R”Us will carry an expanded assortment of exclusive Disney-themed Halloween costumes for boys, girls and babies to highlight the good works of Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF). To showcase their continued support of CAAF in its mission to provide assistance to children affected by HIV/AIDS in the United States and around the world, Toys”R”Us, Inc. and DCP made a joint contribution of $50,000 to kick off the 2009 costume program.

Beginning in September, an expanded line of 25 costumes based on popular Disney characters can be found at Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us stores and online at Toysrus.com, including beautifully crafted costumes resembling Disney Princess characters, Disney Pixar Toy Story’s “Buzz Lightyear” and “Woody”, Power Rangers, Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger, and Disney Fairies’ “Tinker Bell.” The number of costumes included in this unique program doubles the offering from last year, and each bears a recognizable hangtag featuring the CAAF logo and a united mission statement from both companies.

The hangtags, along with unique signage, will help customers identify these costumes in stores nationwide, while online shoppers can find the assortment at Toysrus.com/ExclusiveCostumes. This year, CAAF will also highlight these costumes in a series of print and broadcast public service announcements that feature CAAF’s national spokesperson Jamie Lee Curtis, and promote the organization’s signature Dream Halloween events, of which the Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund and Disney Consumer Products are longtime benefactors.

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Thomas Kinkade’s Newest Disney Dreams Painting Revealed: Cinderella!

It didn’t take long before Thomas Kinkade hinted at the subject of his next entry into his Disney Dreams series on his blog that we were treated to a look at his newest painting titled Cinderella Wishes Upon a Dream featuring Cindy and her Prince Charming taking a leisurely stroll with Cinderella Castle in the background.

Disney Dreams #4: Cinderella Wishes Upon a Dream by Thomas Kinkade

Below are previous entries in the Thomas Kinkade Disney Dreams series (and other Disney paintings). Click on any thumbnail to see a larger version:

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John Lasseter and Thinkway Toys Introduce the Toy Story Definitive Line of Collectibles

The Toy Story Definitive Line of Toys from Thinkway Toys and Disney Consumer ProductsDisney Consumer Products has teamed up with Thinkway Toys and Disney Chief Creative Officer and Toy Story director John Lasseter to introduce you to the new line of Toy Story Definitive collectibles. These highly detailed replicas are movie-accurate in almost every single way from their stitching to the boxes they come in. The Toy Story Definitive collectibles are fully articulated, include features such as sound effects and even come with a Certificate of Authenticity (COA).

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Disney Consumer Products Unveils D23 Expo Plans: Dream Home, Tiana Wedding Gown, Lifesize LEGO Mural, So Much More

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — August 20, 2009 — Disney’s spectacular product lines will come to life like never before in over 20,000 square feet of fun-filled interactive experiences and activities at the inaugural D23 Expo, where the entire world of Disney will come together under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center in California from Sept. 10-13. Disney Consumer Products (DCP) will treat fans to a sneak peek of the latest and most innovative Disney products as well as the chance to meet and hear from the artists and designers that bring them to life.

DCP Presents 30 Years of Disney Ornaments from HallmarkD23 Expo attendees will have the premier opportunity to visit the first-ever Disney Dream Home, stroll through 30 years of history of Disney-inspired Hallmark keepsake ornaments, witness Disney Fine Art created right before their eyes, and immerse in the magic of a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding where guests will get a first look at the yet-to-be-unveiled Princess Tiana wedding gown inspired by The Princess and the Frog. They will go behind the scenes of Disney products through a series of events and presentations including fashion shows, art galleries, appearances by best-selling authors such as Ridley Pearson and artists such as Thomas Kinkade, and seminars describing the creative process by Disney toys and electronics designers.Plus, they will be part of a special introduction to the history and future of Disney Store by Disney Stores Worldwide president, Jim Fielding, and much more.

There will be fun for the whole family at the Disney Creativity Center hosted by Crayola, the Disney Princess Story time and Royal Manners event, the Baby Einstein World of Discovery Center, and a magnificent live LEGO building event of Disney characters with the help of Master Builders.

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Sneak Peek: Artwork of Complete Vinylmation Muppets Series #1

elizabeth-glaser-783 Late last month, we gave you a photo report of the last Vinylmation artist release party which featured exclusive looks at some upcoming Vinylmation releases. On display there were several Muppets Vinylmation figures, presumably from Series 1 which is expected to be released at some point in 2010.

Today, we bring you a look at what’s purported to be the complete release of Vinylmation Muppets Series #1.

Update: To see actual photos of the Muppets vinylmation, please see our D23 Expo Vinylmation report here

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Preview of D23 Live Auction Lots Now Available

D23 Expo Live Auction

From paintings to props to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, now’s your chance to check out some of the items up for auction at D23 Expo’s Live Auction taking place Saturday, September 12 in the Arena.

Don’t forget, you will need to purchase an auctioneer’s package for the right to participate in bidding on the items in addition to D23 Expo admission.

D23 Expo Live Auction Catalog

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D23 Expo Trading Pins and Charter Year Member Exclusive Pins Announced

Details have been released on the Disney pins that will be released at the first annual Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim, California from September 9 – 13, including D23 members only charter year exclusive pins.

The pins will be available for purchase in the Disney Dream Store located in Exhibit Hall C.

To see a larger version of each pin, click on the thumbnail. To see all of the pins being released at D23 Expo, click here.

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The Game of (After) Life: Haunted Mansion Edition Launches at Once Upon a Toy August 21

The Game of Life: Haunted Mansion EditionIt is the classic game of LIFE with a chilling spin. Welcome to the After-LIFE incorporates the stories, mythology, history and the scary fun of the Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris  Haunted Mansion attraction (known as Phantom Manor in Paris) to create an otherworldly game play experience.

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Update on Status of Ordering Muppet Whatnot Workshop Puppets Online

A lot has changed since we brought you news and photos of the Muppet Whatnot Workshop located in person at FAO Schwarz in New York City and (then) online. FAO Schwarz has changed hands and is now owned by Toys R Us. While the physical FAO stores in New York City and Las Vegas remain open and the Muppet Whatnot Workshop is alive and well in New York, the FAO website (as you may have noticed) is in a transitional state and ordering the Muppet Whatnots online is not possible at this time.

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D23 Announces Pre-Orders for New Member Exclusive CDs for the Haunted Mansion, Sherman Brothers

D23 Member Exclusive: The Story and Song from the Haunted Mansion

The Story and Song from the Haunted Mansion CDIn 1969, this Disneyland Records Storyteller album was released to commemorate the opening of The Haunted Mansion. Intended as a simple promotional album, this recording has become a cherished childhood memory for many a Disneyland® Resort guest. The Story and Song From The Haunted Mansion includes original scenes and effects that never made it into the final attraction as it follows the story of two teenagers (voiced by Robie Lester and a young Ron Howard) who take refuge inside the eerie mansion during a mysterious rainstorm. First time on CD. A Halloween must have for collectors. Available exclusively to D23 members to own September 10, 2009.

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