D23 Members Invited to Preview ‘Cars 2′ at NYC Toy Fair Event with Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer

On Monday, February 14 at 10 am, Disney Consumer Products is inviting a limited number of D23 members to attend a special Disney/Pixar Cars 2 event at Chelsea Piers in New York City in conjunction with the International Toy Fair.

Guests will be one of the first to preview new clips from the movie as well as check out some of the merchandise that will be coming out later this year in support of the movie. In addition, a panel featuring talent from the film including Michael Caine (Finn McMissile) and Emily Mortimer (Holley Shiftwell) will be onhand to commemorate the event.

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Disney’s ‘Tangled’ Available to Own March 29, 2011; Limited Edition Deluxe Rapunzel Doll Available for Pre-Order

Limited Edition Rapunzel Doll from Disney StoreDisney Store has now begun accepting pre-orders for Tangled, which will be available to own on March 29, 2011. The official site now offers the 3D Blu-ray/BD/DVD/Digital File combo edition, the Blu-ray/DVD combo edition and the DVD edition, however only the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack offers an online-only pre-order bonus of a set of four lithographs plus the ability to save up to $20 on a future purchase.

For details on bonus features, see our original report on the pre-release success of the film.

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Disney Vinylmation Villains Series #1 to be Released Exclusively at Disney Store January 31

As we announced yesterday via twitter, Disney Design Group today confirmed the release of its Vinylmation Villains Series #1 will be taking place on January 31, 2011. The edition is exclusive to Disney Store, so it will only be available at Disney Store locations that sell Vinylmation as well as likely to become available online. You can view all of the figures from the series as well as the chaser here.

Captain Peg-Leg Pete by Enrique Pita from Disney Vinylmation Villains Series 1In related news, D-Street at the Disneyland Resort will be releasing its 55th anniversary 9″ figure for Fantasyland on January 21, followed by the figure representing Frontierland on January 28.

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SHAG to Make First Ever Walt Disney World Appearance to Promote Anniversary Art

'Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary' by SHAGOn January 31, 2011, popular artist SHAG will make his first ever appearance at Walt Disney World to preview his upcoming artwork commissioned for the 40th anniversary of the Resort.

For two hours only, from 12 pm – 2 pm, guests visiting the Main Street Gallery in the Magic Kingdom will have the opportunity to preview the new collection and purchase a special limited run deluxe print of SHAG’s ‘Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary’ which features the Resort’s icons as they were in 1971 in SHAG’s unique style. The print measures 16×20″, is double-matted and will retail for $35.

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Disney Pook-A-Looz Go Plastic in New Vinyl Collection from MINDstyle

Pook-a-looz Vinyl Collectibles from MINDstyleThroughout this past week, MINDstyle has teased its upcoming release of Disney Pook-A-Looz Vinyl Adult Toy Collectibles (ATC), Series 1. Unfortunately, not much information was provided on the collection other than the partial images of Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Pinocchio and Pluto seen here (although the MINDstyle blog referred to Pluto as Goofy, so that may be another hint).

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Tonner Announces 2011 Collection Featuring Rapunzel, Alice in Wonderland, Muppets and More

Ahead of the 2011 International Toy Fair in New York City, Tonner has announced a partial list of its new releases for this year, amongst which are several Disney properties including Rapunzel from Tangled, several dolls from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, The Muppets and Tamina from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

Rapunzel (LE 1000) by TonnerRapunzel ($189.99, LE 1000) from Tonner features a 16″ body and comes dressed in a custom-printed satin blouse with lace trim and lace-up detail, paired with a matching custom-printed satin skirt.  Matching ballet slippers also included.

Shipping date is to be determined. For more information, images or to reserve now, see here.

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Vinylmation Animation Series 1 9″ Figures Available Online; Full 9″ Set Revealed

Vinylmation Animation Series 1 9" FiguresDisney Design Group’s Vinylmation Animation Series 1 went on sale today at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. Two of the 9″ figures previously revealed by the official blog also went on sale on DisneyStore.com – the 9″/3″ combo set of Elliott the Dragon and Pete from Pete’s Dragon and Beast from Beauty and the Beast, both designed by by Monty Maldovan. The combo set is a limited edition of 1200 pieces while Beast is limited to 1000 pieces.

Vinylmation Animation Series 1 9" FiguresAlso revealed via the packaging for the figures are the remaining five figures in the 9″ collection for the series. In addition to Hyacinth Hippo from Fantasia (LE 1200, also previewed on the blog) are: Genie from Aladdin (LE 1200), Bolt (LE 1000), Merlin from The Sword in the Stone (LE 1000) and Willie the Operatic Whale from Make Mine Music’s ‘The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met’ (LE 1000).

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Video: Imagineering Puts Finishing Touches on Disney Dream; Hi-Res Images of Exclusive Vinylmation

Disney Dream exclusive 9" and 3" vinylmation figuresAs the newest entry into the Disney Cruise Line fleet prepares to make her on-sea debut, Walt Disney Imagineering provides us this glimpse into providing the final touches on the interior of the ship. The lengthy video gives some great imagery of nearly-finished areas including the awe-inspiring atrium and its incredible LED-lit chandelier.

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Tonner Announces Deal to Manufacture Line of Marvel Character Figures

Tonner Doll Company, an award-winning designer and manufacturer of high-end collectible dolls and figures, will team up with Marvel to create character figures based on classic Marvel characters.

“We were fortunate enough to work with Marvel a few years ago and I am thrilled to be back working with them,” Robert Tonner, CEO of Tonner Doll said. “We are looking at all of the classic characters like Captain America, Storm and Jean Grey,” he added.

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Mad Hatter, Dreamfinder Vinylmation Combos to be Released Online December 17

Mad Hatter / Dormouse Vinylmation CombinationDisney Design Group has announced that in addition to the Dreamfinder/Figment Vinylmation and 3″ Retro Magic Kingdom figure being released at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts on December 17, they will also be available online at DisneyStore.com.

In addition, the online-exclusive 9″ Mad Hatter and 3″ Dormouse by Chris Chapman and Maria Clapsis will also be available online. The DisneyStore.com exclusive is expected to be limited to 1200 pieces.

Update #1: Despite the announcement, the vinylmations did not appear on DisneyStore.com today. However, the limited edition Disneyland Ticket Vinylmation set has.

Update #2: The Mad Hatter vinylmation is now available online.

Update #3: The Dreamfinder vinylmation is now available online as are the Park Series 5 9″ Magic Kingdom figure and the Holiday 2 9″ Birthday.

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