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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Even if he’s not recognized by name, the most casual of Disney Parks guest is likely to be familiar with the work of ‘multimedia dimensional artist’ Dave Avanzino. Among his prized works include shadowboxed themed signs — such as Disney theme park names or lands — in which the letters are comprised of 3-dimensional paper sculpture ‘objects’ that are related to the theme being spelled out.
Those who attended last year’s Disney D23 Expo may have also met Avanzino himself inside the D23 Dream Store. There, Avanzino was testing out a pilot program in which attendees could commission their own personalized sign and choose from a wide assortment of themed alphabets and mix’n’match for the desired effect.
Proving there is no product in this universe safe from the attraction of the Disney brand, Panasonic’s Sanyo will be introducing Disney-inspired NiMH rechargeable batteries this March in Japan. Marketed under the banner of Walt Disney’s 110th Anniversary, the collectible batteries will be available in both Mickey and Minnie styles as well as a collection highlighting several popular Disney characters in a hand-drawn, kawaii style.
The kawaii batteries celebrate love and friendship by coupling Disney characters together such as Mickey and Minnie, Donald and Daisy, Stitch and Scrump, Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, Ariel and Flounder, Dumbo and Timothy and Lady and Tramp.
Via its official Facebook page, Disney Store has previewed its next limited edition doll, Rapunzel in her wedding dress from the short Tangled Ever After which recently premiered in theaters alongside Beauty and the Beast 3D.
The doll will be released in-store and online on March 28 and is limited to an edition size of 8,000 pieces. Pre-orders are set to begin on February 21. The doll will retail for $99.50.
For more information and photos, including a close-up of Rapunzel’s face, visit Disney Store on Facebook.