Dooney & Bourke Creative Director Ian Ray will be on hand at Disney Vault 28 in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort to unveil the company’s newest collections on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 2 pm – 5 pm PT.
The Retro collection will be exclusive to the Disneyland Resort and will be available in a variety of popular silhouettes including a wristlet, mini barrel, tassel tote, satchel, letter carrier as well as an iPad case. Prices range from $78 – $268.
‘The word “Retro” is certainly the best and most accurate way to describe this collection,’ says Susan Foy, Disney Design Group Graphic Designer. ‘From the attraction, character and icon choices to the distinct color palette, it really gave us a great opportunity to incorporate a lot of detail into such an intricate design.’
Dooney & Bourke will also be debuting a second collection on May 12 titled ‘Buttons.’ Unlike ‘Retro,’ ‘Buttons’ will be available at both Vault 28 at the Disneyland Resort and at Tren D at the Walt Disney World Resort.
The double-size 36″x24″ screen print will retail for $50 and will be limited a print run of just 390 pieces.
It will go on sale tomorrow, March 30, at MondoTees.com at a random time. Those interested in purchasing the poster are advised to follow @MondoNews on Twitter for the on-sale announcement as the Mondo prints have been known to sell out completely in seconds.
In honor of one of the most highly anticipated films this summer, Marvel and RealD have formed an alliance to offer fans the opportunity to own their very own pair of limited edition RealD glasses themed to Marvel’s The Avengers. Patterned after Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Captain America, fans will have the opportunity to get their hands on a pair of the RealD 3D glasses at special events, fan screenings and upcoming giveaways beginning this April. Of course they will also be available at select AMC and National Amusement theaters as well as other independent theaters beginning midnight on May 3rd. Note the glasses will be available in adult sizes only.
From Marvel Studios comes Marvel’s The Avengers — the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.
Marvel’s The Avengers assemble in theaters nationwide on May 4, 2012
On March 11, 2011, ’311′ — the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami — left much of Japan devastated, claiming more than 20,000 lives and adversely affecting the lives of countless others who survived.
In an effort to aid those affected in his home country, Pixar Art Director Daisuke ‘Dice’ Tsutsumi organized an effort called Artists Help Japan, which has raised more than $235,000 to directly support those whose lives were affected by the disaster.
A year later, on the anniversary of ’311,’ Tsutsumi has resurrected the fundraising, offering up Disney/Pixar memorabilia donated by himself and others as well as original art for auction on eBay. The auction will consist of 60 lots total, with 15 items going up for auction each week, starting yesterday, with most of the items having a bidding period of one week.
The auction offers a great way to allow Disney and Pixar fans to get their hands on some employee-exclusive items as well as original artwork with surprisingly modest opening bids. All of the proceeds will go directly to Mercy Corps Japan, which in turn claims that an impressive 88% of its income goes to its programs. Plus as the items part of a charity auction, a portion of their costs may be considered tax deductible (see eBay’s rules and information for more information).
Items currently available include: the pictured Disney/Pixar employee Brave hat autographed by director Mark Andrews; several ‘Art of..’ books signed by Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich and others; and original artwork and prints from Dice Tsutsumi, Chris Sasaki, Derek Thompson, Eric Orchard and more.
In the upcoming weeks, fans will also be able to bid on other collectibles such an UP leather bag crew gift, a signed John Lasseter sketch of Buzz Lightyear, the coveted Toy Story 3 crew tiki mug and more art, such as this watercolor teased by La Luna writer/director Enrico Casarosa.
To see items currently up for auction and for more information, visit Artists Help Japan on eBay. For more information on the project and fundraising effort, as well as a sneak peek of upcoming items, see this entry on the Artists Help Japan blog.
Expected to be available in their brick-and-mortar stores beginning February 28, Build-A-Bear Workshop has just released its Kermit and Miss Piggy Muppet plush as online exclusives, available now and for a limited time.
The Muppet Build-A-Bear Workshop plush are unique in that they are in fact puppets as inspired by their real-life counterparts, offering a hole in the back of their heads to access the controls to open and close their mouths.
Available as plush are Kermit and Miss Piggy as well as a Kermit Tee and a non-Muppet specific Fuchsia Fringe Dress and matching heels. Aside from the plush, none of the other items are indicated as being web exclusives.
Special thanks to Tough Pigs for the heads up.
At the 109th Annual International Toy Fair in New York City, Tonner Doll Company debuted all new dolls for 2012 including these prototypes for TRON Legacy and Avatar. Tonner had previously released a Kevin Flynn figure based on the original TRON from 1982 and now they take on the sequel. Included in the collection are Quorra (Olivia Wilde), Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) and Gem (Beau Garrett).
Although it’s only loosely connected to Disney by way of the upcoming Avatarland at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, also on display were prototypes were dolls of Jake and Neytiri from James Cameron’s Avatar. The dolls measure approximately an impressive 22″ in height and feature all new sculpts created specifically for these dolls which are expected to be produced at a very low number.
Please note that all of the dolls pictured above are in pre-production and are still awaiting final approval. The designs may in fact change by the time the dolls are produced.
Finally, you may have noticed a blurry, partial Captain Jack Sparrow in some of the images. Tonner is producing an Angelica (Penelope Cruz) and Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides which, along with several Marvel characters, are already available for pre-order on their official website.
Thomas Kinkade has debuted his newest entry into his ‘Disney Dreams’ collection, The Little Mermaid. The painting features Ariel, Prince Eric, Flounder, Scuttle, King Triton, Ariel’s sisters, Sebastian, Ursula, Flotsam and Jetsam and many more, including hidden appearances by characters featured in previous entries in the series as well as several hidden Mickeys.
The painting marks the 9th (of potentially 12) entry into Kinkade’s ‘Disney Dreams’ series which includes previous releases Snow White Discovers the Cottage, Pinocchio Wishes Upon A Star, Tinker Bell and Peter Pan Fly to Neverland, Cinderella Wishes Upon A Dream, Bambi’s First Year, Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love, The Lion King and Sleeping Beauty.
On Saturday, March 17, join Disney Design Group Artist Randy Noble and Disney Ink and Paint Artists: Erin Magill, Theodora M. DeLaney, David Rippberger, Lynn Rippberger and Sharon K. Vincent as they celebrate the premiere of the Mickey’s Railroad Adventure entry into the Ink and Paint Cel series. The cel invites you to take a trip with Mickey, Minnie and Donald aboard the train.
The event will take place at the Studios Animation Gallery at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from 10 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 5 pm on March 17, 2012.
For those unable to attend the event, you may contact Walt Disney Event Services at 407-827-7600 to pre-order your cel. Artist signatures will only be available for orders placed before or on Friday, March 17 by 3:00 pm ET.
Prices are as follows:
|Black Frame and Cel||$215|
|Black Frame with Pin and Cel||$240|
|Black Frame with Pin, Postcard and Cel||$265|
|Gold Frame and Cel||$290|
In the beloved 1937 short, Mickey, Donald and Goofy compose the ‘Ajax Ghost Exterminators’ and fall victim to some very playful spirits who miss the company of the mortal kind.
The 18″x24″ screen print will retail for $45 and will be limited a print run of just 390 pieces.
It will go on sale tomorrow, February 9, at MondoTees.com at a random time. Those interested in purchasing the poster are advised to follow @MondoNews on Twitter for the on-sale announcement as the Mondo prints have been known to sell out completely in seconds.
Limited to an edition size of 250 pieces, this tribute to the Walt Disney classic animated film is silk screened and measures 12″ x 36″. It will retail for $60.
For more information as well as close-ups of the piece, visit the DarkInkArt.com website (formerly AcmeSpecialtyArt.com).