The robots are coming! The robots are coming! Today, Disney Store announced the launch of its exclusive Vinylmation Robots series invading Disney Store locations nationwide and DisneyStore.com on Friday July 22nd. Designed by Disney Store artists who were inspired by vintage wind-up robot toys of the 1950s, the new Vinylmation Robots are also featured in a never-before-seen video on DisneyStore.com/vinylmation, youtube.com/disneyliving and on the 2,000 square-foot digital billboard above Disney Store in Times Square. To continue the vinyl craze, Disney Store also revealed its first limited edition Disney POP! Vinyl by Funko at San Diego’s Comic-Con. The POP! Vinyls are Funko’s creative take on Disney characters and the limited edition designs are on sale July 20 through July 24 only at Comic-Con.
Most of the lots for the Disney D23 Expo auction have been published and there are definitely some goodies to be had for the right price.
Props include items that once found a home around the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort such as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum sculptures from the World of Disney, a giant snow globe featuring Sleeping Beauty Castle, a cannon from Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean, a zebra destined for Jungle Cruise (but never quite found his way), a replica of the Pirates of the Caribbean barker pirate by Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily and the actual Hitchhiking Ghost figures from Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion, that would materialize inside guests’ doom buggies. Also up for auction, like at D23 Expo 2009, is a Peter Pan’s Flight vehicle, which (if memory serves) sold for $20,000 in 2009.
This morning, I was awoken by an assault of doorbell rings, only to find there was no one at the door when I finally managed to drag myself down the stairs. After muttering a few choice words that don’t belong here, I noticed a small box at my feet, which I promptly picked up and examined. After determining that it wasn’t ticking, I noticed a bit of handwriting buried under a cake of dust. ‘Do not open until after Christmas,’ it read. Dejected, I slowly turned back around to return to bed with box in hand, counting the days left until I was allowed to open it. As I trudged back up the stairs, the box tilted, allowing more of the dust to spill to the floor, exposing the rest of the message: ‘1958.’
On September 30, 2011, the Walt Disney World Resort will honor the Haunted Mansion with a special merchandise event, titled ‘Room for 1 More,’ at the Contemporary Resort, according to the official Disney Parks blog.
Attendees, who will be chosen via a random selection process after applying for tickets here, will have the first opportunity to pre-purchase limited edition event logo products as well as collectibles for Haunted Mansion and Walt Disney World’s 40th Anniversary. In addition, there will be a ‘deadly silent’ auction which will include a performance piece by Disney Fine Artist (and Disney D23 official artist) Noah, meet and greet opportunities with popular Disney artists such as Robert Olszewski, Jim Shore and Greg McCullough, Walt Disney Imagineers and a ‘ghostly dinner feast with haunting sounds and full-bodied entertainment.’ Not to mention, a free ‘de-parting’ gift.
In addition to Robots, Villains #2 and Jingle Smells which we first shared in our 2011 Disney Store holiday preview, the official Vinylmation blog has revealed today that Disney Store will be offering a complete set of 3″ figures inspired by The Lion King on August 29.
The blog has shared artwork for the Mufasa figure, but has promised additional artwork and other reveals in the near future.
Recently I had the opportunity to meet with Disney Store as part of the Disney Consumer Products holiday preview and get a first look at some of the new and exciting items coming this fall exclusively to Disney Store and DisneyStore.com. The two major franchises to expect more of in the holiday season at Disney Store are Disney Princesses and Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2, both of which will be offering some amazing limited edition items that any fan will be sure to appreciate.
Building on the tremendous success of the Tiana and Rapunzel toddler dolls over the past two years, Disney Store has taken a giant leap forward with the ‘Disney Animators’ Collection,’ so named because they enlisted the services of two of Disney’s leading animators — Mark Henn and Glen Keane. The end result of nearly a year’s worth of work is one of the most gorgeous sets of dolls imaginable aimed at both the children’s toy market as well as the adult collector.
The limited edition 6-piece replica set of the Winnie the Pooh plush used for the live-action opening sequence of Winnie the Pooh is now available for purchase on DisneyStore.com. The plush represents the real-life set of toys owned by Christopher Robin Milne which inspired the stories loved by generations (Rabbit and Owl were of A.A. Milne’s own creation and did not have respective plush).
Each plush is made of a special fabric that gives it a unique, worn-out feel and has articulated joints. The set comes in a canvas bag which features the Winnie the Pooh logo, along with a certificate of authenticity. It’s limited to a production size of just 300 pieces and retails for $299.95
For more information and to order, visit DisneyStore.com. There is an enforced limit of 2 per order.
Later this week, we’ll be spending some time with Disney animator Mark Henn who has served as supervising animator for most of Disney’s most memorable characters over the past few decades, including all of the modern Disney princesses through Tiana. Now Henn, along with Glenn Keane, who was supervising animator for Rapunzel, have teamed together to design a brand new of collectible dolls available exclusively at Disney Store and DisneyStore.com, appropriately titled the ‘Disney Animators’ Collection.’
In doing some routine research for our upcoming conversation with Henn, we managed to stumble upon this photo of the collection recently posted on Flickr, where the poster also mentioned the dolls have a price tag of $24.50 each.
D23 Expo attendees who have purchased tickets at the sorcerer ($1000) and premiere ($500) package levels are now being invited by email to either outright pre-purchase D23 Expo special merchandise, Dream Store merchandise and other merchandise via Random Selection Process (RSP). For those that are eligible, the sales begin later today.
However, for those who do not qualify for the pre-sales, this is still a valuable opportunity to do some window shopping ahead of the Dream Store opening at the D23 Expo on August 19, 2011. For example, pictured to the left is the official D23 Expo 3″ vinylmation figure designed by Maria Clapsis. It’s limited to an edition size of 4800 pieces and retails for $13.95.