MLB-Themed Mickey Statues Now Appearing Throughout Southern California; Scavenger Hunt to Award All-Star Game Tix

Beginning today, Major League Baseball Properties and Disney Consumer Products are populating key locations throughout Southern California with thirty-six varieties of life-sized MLB-themed Mickey Mouse statues in celebration of the 2010 MLB All-Star Week festivities taking place July 9th – 13th in Anaheim, Calif.  As part of the previously announced new collaboration between the organizations, the statues are being placed in high-profile areas throughout Anaheim, Los Angeles, and surrounding areas in Southern California, including Angel Stadium, Anaheim City Hall, Downtown Disney, the Kodak and El Capitan Theatres, L.A. Live and the Hollywood Walk of Fame area.  All 36 statues will be in place by the end of next week and will stay through the All-Star Game on July 13th on FOX.

The 36 life-size statues, commissioned in conjunction with MLB licensee Forever Collectibles, are uniquely decorated with bold graphics featuring each of the 30 MLB Clubs as well as four All-Star designs, an American League and a National League design.  Each life-sized statue is 7.5 feet in height and weighs 989 pounds.

MLB and Disney Consumer Products will launch on June 11th a Find Mickey Scavenger Hunt, which rewards people for visiting the different statue locations and being the first to find and tweet a photo with the life sized MLB Mickey Mouse statues.  Also, the first person to take a photo in front of all 36 statues and tweet a link to their photo gallery will win the grand prize of two tickets to the MLB All-Star Game on July 13th in Anaheim.  There will be thirty-six winners in total and one grand prize winner.  For a complete list of rules, hash-tags and instructions on how to participate, see www.mlb.com/mickeymouse, and for updates on the scavenger hunt, follow @AllStarGame and @DisneyLiving on Twitter.

“Major League Baseball is excited to bring the 2010 All-Star Game to Anaheim and we want fans all throughout Southern California to feel like they are a part of the entire experience,” said Howard Smith, Senior Vice President, Licensing, Major League Baseball.  “As an iconic figure, Mickey Mouse is the ideal ambassador to connect fans with the premiere sporting event of the summer.”

“When the original Disneyland opened in Anaheim in 1955, Walt Disney’s cartoon characters came to life not just on Main Street, but throughout the world,” said City of Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle.  “Mickey Mouse just may be the most popular and most photographed All-Star this summer!”

Unveiled last month, miniature versions of each of the statues are available in a 7.5-inch size through MLB.com and DisneyStore.com, as well as additional retailers including MLB stadium shops, Walgreens and Dick’s Sporting Goods.  Photos of all variations are available at MLBPressBox.com and DisneyConsumerProducts.com. In addition to the statuettes, fans can also obtain a wide variety of merchandise and apparel featuring Major League Baseball and beloved Disney characters, including caps, t-shirts, sweatshirts, drink ware, pins, throws and beach towels in time for the All-Star Game.

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MINDstyle Offers First Look at ‘Alien Invasion,’ Lasseter ‘Tin Toy’ Tribute

Alen Invasion project from MINDStyleToday we are blessed with first looks of several figures from the Alien Invasion project by MINDstyle. Featuring contributions from 30 Disney and Pixar artists, each have put their own individual spin on a blank figure in the shape of the LGM from the Toy Story films.

The exhibition tour kicks off June 15 at Hong Kong’s Times Square. For a preview of other figures from the exhibit, check out MINDstyle’s official blog.

Tin Toy ATC from MINDstyleWe also get our first look at MINDstyle’s limited edition art toy collectible (ATC) of the main character from John Lasseter’s original short, Tin Toy. The figure will first be released at San Diego Comic Con. No word on edition size or whether it will be an exclusive to the SDCC.

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Vinylmation Offers First Look at Limited Edition Condiment, ‘Have a Laugh’ Series

Vinylmation Condiment Limited Edition Series #1No, there is nothing wrong with your monitor, these new Vinylmation figures from the Disney Design Group really do have alien-like extensions protruding from their heads. They are in fact the members of the limited edition Vinylmation Condiments series and we’re getting our first look at them courtesy of the official Vinylmation blog. Designed to represent the typical squeeze bottles for your favorite condiments, the colors are dead-on. In fact, we believe the honey bear Vinylmation will probably be worth the price of admission alone.

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Tonner Introduces Limited Edition Character Figures for Disney’s ‘Prince of Persia: Sands of Time’

Tonner has just released information and photos for its new dolls based on Prince of Persia from Walt Disney Studios and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The dolls, now available for pre-order, are expected to ship this summer.

Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) Character Figure from TonnerPRINCE DASTAN, dashingly portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal, navigates the lands of Persia on a quest to protect an ancient dagger containing the Sands of Time.  This highly detailed 17″ tall TCF™ comes swathed in a cotton wrap shirt and distressed twill pants, with a cotton scarf, intricate faux leather belt with working buckles, sleeveless cloak with metal adornments, and faux leather boots.  Faux leather armbands, bracelets, necklace, socks, head wrap, and elaborately painted resin dagger also included.

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‘Toy Story 3′ Action Figures from Thinkway Toys Available on DisneyStore.com

Sparks from Thinkway ToysSparks (Item #201302P), Chunk (Item #201300P), Twitch (Item #201301P) and Rex (Item #201304P) are among the first deluxe action figures from Thinkway Toys now available online at DisneyStore.com.

Each figure retails for $29.95 and is 8″ tall except for Rex who scales in at a massive 10″. Most figures also offer special working details (Sparks lights up, Chunk changes expression, Twitch’s wings pop out, etc.). For additional information and to order, click the link and search for the item numbers noted above.

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Disney Store Offering Exclusive ‘Toy Story 3′ Collector Cards Free with Purchase

Mr. Pricklepants Toy Story 3 Collector Card from Disney StoreBeginning this week, Disney Stores in North America will be offering free Toy Story 3 collectible trading cards with any Toy Story 3 product purchase (while supplies last).

The set is broken up into five series which will be available to customers on the following schedule:

Series 1: May 24 – 30
Series 2: May 31 – June 6
Series 3: June 7 – 13
Series 4: June 14 – 20
Series 5: June 21 – 27

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First Look: Star Wars Weekends 2010 Logo Merchandise

Captain Jack Sparrow transforming figure from JAKKS Pacific Walt Disney World has just released photos and pricing information for select Star Wars Weekends merchandise featuring the 2010 SWW logo, which we have shared with you below.

This year, the SWW merchandise shop (Boba’s Bounty and Dark Side Depot) can be located near the Studio Backlot Tour, across from the Studio Catering Company.

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‘Toy Story Mania’ Ink and Paint Cel to be Released June 19 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

'Toy Story Mania' Ink & Paint CelJoin Disney Design Group artist Costa Alavezos and Ink and Paint artists James Bonserio, Erin Magill, Theodora M. DeLaney, David Rippberger, Lynn Rippberger, Sharon K. Vincent as they celebrate the release of the newest member of the Ink and Paint Cel collection, Toy Story Mania. The event will take place June 19 at the Studios Animation Gallery at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney Resort, from 10 am – 1 pm and from 2 pm – 5 pm.

The piece is limited to an edition of 1500 with an exclusive pin accompanying the first 750 framed pieces ordered. Click here for more information on the piece and learn how to pre-order.

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Limited Edition Disney-Star Wars Kooky Pen Set Release and Artist Signing at Walt Disney World May 21 & 22

Limited Edition Disney-Star Wars Kooky PensOn May 21 and 22 from 10 am – 11 am and 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Kooky pen creator Brent Reese and Disney Design Group Senior Character Artist Cody Reynolds will be on hand to meet guests and sign the newest Kooky pen releases at The Writer’s Stop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Each set is limited to a production run of just 5,000 pieces. Kooky Kollection #7 features the heroes of the Disney-Star Wars universe: Mickey as Luke Skywalker, Minnie as Princess Leia & Stitch as Yoda while Kollection #8’s ink goes a tad darker with Goofy as Darth Vader, Donald as Darth Maul & Stitch as the Emperor.

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MINDStyle Offers New Details on ‘Alien Invasion’ Tour

Toy Story Alien Figures from MINDStyleMINDStyle revealed on its blog earlier today that the first stop on the Alien Invasion tour will take place in Hong Kong this summer. In addition to acknowledging the inclusion of artist Secret Base, the new announcement notes that the re-imagings of the Toy Story alien will include offerings from Disney and Pixar artists.

For all of our MINDStyle coverage, click here.

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