Gentle Giant Announces Life-Size Vader Statue, ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Maquette

Life-Size Kenner Darth Vader StatueStanding at a proud 6’9″, Gentle Giant continues its life-sized Kenner-inspired Star Wars statues with Lord Vader himself. The figure is a result of digitally scanning an authentic, mint-condition 3 3/4″ action figure and scaled up to life size. The figure boasts full articulation, a telescoping lightsaber and a vinyl cape. Anticipated to be released in early 2015, the limited edition monument is hand-painted and comes with a certificate of authenticity. It will retail for $2600.

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‘Maleficent’ Fun Facts and Official Character Descriptions (Minor Spoilers)

'Maleficent' Teaser PosterWalt Disney Studios has provided us with official character bios and ‘fun facts’ for its upcoming film Maleficent (May 30, 2014), which you can find  below.

Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic Sleeping Beauty and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

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New Disney Arrivals at Hot Topic for April 17, 2014 (10 Items)

New Hot Topic arrivals for April 17, 2014 Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at Hot Topic. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Hot Topic in another window. Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability. Disclosure: This post includes specially formatted links which allow the site to receive a small percentage of purchases made through them. Using these links does not affect your shopping experience in any way, but it does help the site. Even if you don’t purchase anything, even just sharing products you like through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest using the icons below them will help the site.

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‘Maleficent’ ‘Reinventing the Tale’ Featurette with Cast, New Footage

'Maleficent' International PosterIn support of its in-park preview of Maleficent (May 30, 2014) which starts tomorrow at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, Disney Parks has released this featurette titled ‘Reinventing the Tale’ which features Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, screenwriter Linda Woolverton and director Robert Stromberg talking about the film. There’s also a bit of new footage in it as well. You can find the video embedded below.

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Disney Theatrical Announces Lottery, Rush Tickets for Broadway Shows

Earlier today, Disney Theatrical announced that it will be offering same-day ticket programs for both ‘Newsies’ as well as its newest Broadway family member, ‘Aladdin.’

Beginning two and a half hours before each performance, patrons can sign up to enter a lottery drawing for ‘Aladdin’ tickets which will be held two hours before showtime at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 W 42nd Street). Winners will be able to purchase up to two tickets each for $30 each ticket (cash only).

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PATENT: Walking and Talking Characters for Theme Parks (Spoilers)

Chin Strap Sensor for Triggering Control of Walk-Around CharactersIt should be painfully obvious what the image to the left is demonstrating, but do indulge us and allow us to explain just the same. Pictured here is the primary drawing from a recently published patent application titled ‘Chin Strap Sensor for Triggering Control of Walk-Around Characters’ (20140106642) by Walt Disney Imagineering’s Holger Irmler.

The design, which centers around a chest strap, aims to resolve current obstacles in producing a walking, talking, interacting meet and greet character for theme parks, presumably by making the operator even less comfortable in the process. While significant achievements have been made in bringing interactive and animated characters to life, there are still some ongoing challenges.

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New Disney Store Arrivals and Sales for April 17, 2014 (18 Items)

New Disney Store arrivals and sales for April 17, 2014 Below is a list of new items and sales now available for purchase at Disney Store. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Disney Store in another window. Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability. Disclosure: This post includes specially formatted links which allow the site to receive a small percentage of purchases made through them. Using these links does not affect your shopping experience in any way, but it does help the site. Even if you don’t purchase anything, even just sharing products you like through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest using the icons below them will help the site.

Anna and Elsa Deluxe Nightshirt for Girls - Frozen Anna and Elsa Deluxe Nightshirt for Girls – Frozen – $19.95BACK IN STOCK!

She’ll sparkle like the stars at night in this glamorous Frozen Deluxe Nightshirt for Girls. The glittering tulle skirt and sleeves frame Anna and Elsa on this sleepwear that will inspire dreams of a winter wonderland.
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Mickey Mouse Icon Azure Mirage Wrap by Alex and Ani Mickey Mouse Icon Azure Mirage Wrap by Alex and Ani – $39.95BACK IN STOCK!

Beads of shimmering azure wrap around your wrist with this dazzling bracelet. Created by Alex and Ani as part of their Vintage Sixty-Six range, its retro chic design can dress up or down, be layerd, or worn alone for a customized look.
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Olaf Sleep Set for Girls - Frozen Olaf Sleep Set for Girls – Frozen – $16.95BACK IN STOCK!

She’ll melt your heart in Olaf’s playful pajamas inspired by the animated hit Frozen. This sunny sleepwear set includes top with short sleeves and matching short pants for comfy slumbering in spring and summer.
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Mickey Mouse Cutting Board - Color Fusion Mickey Mouse Cutting Board – Color Fusion – $8.95BACK IN STOCK!

Enjoy a slice of fun in the kitchen with this Mickey Mouse Cutting Board. Featuring the contemporary Color Fusion design, this melamine board is a cut above the rest!
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Doc McStuffins Cell Phone Toy Doc McStuffins Cell Phone Toy – $6.95BACK IN STOCK!

She’ll check-in for all her playtime appointments with this toy cellphone featuring light-up buttons, lenticular screen, Doc McStuffins phrases and sounds. Doc’s plan offers full coverage for fun times!
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Disney Animators Collection Tiana Doll - 16 Disney Animators’ Collection Tiana Doll – 16” – $24.95BACK IN STOCK!

Our Mardi Gras Princess is reimagined as a little girl before she kissed a frog and saw a new perspective. This updated edition is outfitted in an emerald green satin dress with puff sleeves and glittering filigree trim.
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Darth Vader Lunch Tote Darth Vader Lunch Tote – $29.95BACK IN STOCK!

Press Darth Vader’s mouthpiece to hear him breathe, and watch him scare off any would-be lunch pirates. This roomy tote by Thermos® will fit a snack, a sandwich, and the plans for your latest Death Star in insulated safety!
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Mickey Mouse Filigree Bangle by Alex and Ani - Gold Mickey Mouse Filigree Bangle by Alex and Ani – Gold – $39.95BACK IN STOCK!

A filigree design etched into the Mickey icon charm brings positive energy to this silver Mickey Mouse Bangle. Designed by Alex and Ani to ”enlighten the mind, and empower the spirit,” it features a sliding mechanism for a perfect fit.
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Anna Bowl - Frozen Anna Bowl – Frozen – $6.95BACK IN STOCK!

Anna will be waiting for your young one when she reaches the bottom of her bowl. Featuring the distinctive Norwegian rosemaling design, this durable Anna Bowl is part of the Frozen Meal Time Magic Collection.
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Belle Plush Doll - 21 Belle Plush Doll – 21” – $19.95BACK IN STOCK!

Plush Belle will be your guest always in her golden gown that features glittering accents on the skirt with tulle sash trim. Embroidered facial features, flowing brown hair and all-over softness add to her grace and charm.
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AFTER THE JUMP: More new items from DisneyStore.com

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‘Let It Go: Remixes’ Available Digitally on April 29

'Let It Go: Remixes'On April 29, 2014, Walt Disney Records will release a three-track digital EP titled ‘Let It Go: Remixes’ according to a new listing on Amazon.

The album will contain the following remixes of the smash hit ‘Let It Go’ as performed in the film by Idina Menzel: Dave Audé Club Remix, Papercha$er Club Remix and DJ Escape & Tony Coluccio Club Remix.

For more information or to pre-order/purchase ‘Let It Go: Remixes,’ visit Amazon.

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New Disney Arrivals at Hot Topic for April 16, 2014 (Maleficent Collection, 12 Items)

New Hot Topic arrivals for April 16, 2014 Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at Hot Topic. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Hot Topic in another window. Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability. Disclosure: This post includes specially formatted links which allow the site to receive a small percentage of purchases made through them. Using these links does not affect your shopping experience in any way, but it does help the site. Even if you don’t purchase anything, even just sharing products you like through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest using the icons below them will help the site.

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‘DuckTales: Remastered’ Soundtrack Available April 29

'DuckTales: Remastered' SoundtrackAs a follow-up to the successful release of the ‘DuckTales: Remastered‘ video game for most consoles, Capcom and Walt Disney Records will be releasing a full digital download soundtrack on April 29, 2014, according to a new listing on Amazon.

Clocking in at a whopping 47 tracks and a time of nearly 90 minutes in length, the extensive game soundtrack includes both original and 8-bit versions of its music, composed by Jake Kaufman.

The full track list is as follows:

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