Sneak Peek: ‘Disney Animators’ Collection’ of Princess Dolls from Disney Store

Disney Animators' Collection from Disney Store © DisneyLater 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.’

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Disney Store Announces ‘Kidada for Disney Store’ as First Exclusive Designer Collection

Today, Disney Store celebrated the launch of Kidada for Disney Store, an exclusive collection with celebrity designer and Disney enthusiast, Kidada Jones. The Charming Collection is a mix of apparel, jewelry, a limited edition Vinylmation figure and Wish-a-Littles, Kidada’s design twist on Disney Princess. The Kidada for Disney Store collection is designed to inspire the dreamer in all of us.

“With this classic collection, Kidada brings a unique and whimsical vision to the beloved Disney characters,” said Jim Fielding, president of Disney Stores Worldwide. “Disney Store’s reinvention over the last two years has taken us to magical new heights and our collaboration with Kidada Jones is the first of many that will position us as a retail destination where guests will find designer collections and unexpected surprises.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Kidada for Disney Store Collection Unveiled

Kidada for Disney Store Wish-a-Little Belle with Charm Necklace

Ever since DisneyStore.com began teasing the new Kidada Jones for Disney Store collection late last week, the internet has been a-buzz with the Wish-a-Littles and what magic they would bring when they are fully revealed on Wednesday, May 4. Through a little magic of our own, however, we are pleased to bring you this pre-veal of the entire Charming Collection by Kidada as well as other items from the collection including jewelry, tees and tote bags.

Some of the items have already been leaked, such as the 9″ Vinylmation figure which we now know to be limited to an edition size of just 500 pieces. Each figure also comes with a mini bow charm bracelet.

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Popular Disney Princess App Receives Royal Update

PRINCESS DRESS-UP: MY STICKER BOOKThe Royal wedding is less than 48 hours away, and the Disney Princesses are celebrating with updates to their popular Disney Princess Dress-Up: My Sticker Book app!

Just as the wedding day of Kate and William promises to be, the app is a dream world captivating little girls the world over. There’s a royal wedding and a magic carpet ride.

Is your little one entranced by the thought of England’s new princess and what dress she will wear? Then she will marvel at the fully interactive dress up features of the app, including the ability to change outfits, and accessories, add tiaras, and send the royal portrait to friends, family, and fellow princesses!

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Mattel Previews 2011 Toy Collection for ‘Cars 2,’ Disney Princesses

Just a couple of days ahead of New York’s International Toy Fair, Mattel has previewed just some of its new products for 2011 centering on Disney’s hottest properties: Cars 2 from Disney/Pixar and the Disney Princess collection.

We are pleased to be able to report that we will be on-hand at the show and hope to bring you news on many more great Disney products from Mattel and Fisher-Price soon.

'Cars 2' 1:55 die-cast car ($4.99) - Lightning McQueen

Cars 2 Die-Cast Collectibles
With new cars premiering each month, Mattel continues to produce its popular line of 1:55 die-cast assortment of Cars 2 characters. Here we get a look at Lightning McQueen detailed for the World Grand Prix as well as new characters Finn McMissile and Holly Shiftwell. The die-cast cars retail for $4.99 each.

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Hallmark Introduces Line of Personalized Classroom Valentine’s Day Cards Featuring Disney Princesses, Cars

Personalized Classroom Valentine's Day Cards from HallmarkBe the envy of the fourth grade this Valentine’s Day with new personalized Valentine’s Day cards from Hallmark featuring licensed characters such as Disney Princesses, Disney/Pixar Cars, Peanuts or even use your own photo.

The personalization options extend to the message (degree of personalization varies with the specific card design) which can be modified on both the front and back of the card.

Each sheet of 4 cards measures 5″x7″ and costs $1.29 (volume discounts apply). As a special introductory offer, Hallmark is even offering 25% off its classroom valentines with coupon code CLASS25.

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Act Fast: Disney Princess Toddler Dolls on Sale for Just $10 (59% Off!) from DisneyStore.com

Tiana Disney Princess Toddler Doll from Disney StoreBy the time you read this, they’ll probably all be gone, but someone at DisneyStore.com took their crazy pills this morning and now’s your opportunity to take advantage of the situation.

They’ve only been around for about a month, they’re consistently highly rated in customer reviews and best of all, they’re absolutely adorable. They are the 16″ tall Disney Princess Toddler dolls and if you act quickly, you can get them for $10 each, a savings of nearly 60%.

Available to choose from are: Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine and Tiana (pictured).

Even if you don’t intend to use them as gifts this holiday season, you should definitely seize this opportunity to stock up on the dolls as future gifts for any occasion. At this price, they simply will not last.

Plus from now through December 8 only, you’ll get free shipping on your entire DisneyStore.com order with any toy purchase using coupon code TOYMANIA, for which these dolls qualify.

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Disney Music, Video Game and Book Releases for Week of July 11, 2010

Here’s look at some of the Disney-related books, movies and audio CDs being released this week. Please note that this list is automatically generated and information is not guaranteed by this site.

A Fairy-Tale Fall (Disney Princess) (Step into Reading) (Available Tuesday, July 13 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

How do Cinderella, Belle, Ariel, and all the Disney princesses celebrate Halloween? Princess fans will love finding out in this original Step 2 reader!

To order or for more information, click here


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‘Share the Magic’ This Holiday Season with New Products Exclusively at Disney Store

img_8536 Still coming down off the high off of the debut of Disney Store’s Imagination Park concept, it’s time to offer a new fix in way of what we can expect from the Disney Store this holiday season thanks to the Disney Consumer Products Holiday Tour which is finishing up its New  York leg today.

But first, with New York in mind, here’s some information on the Disney Store Times Square in New York City that we’re eager to share. The store is slated to open in November, just in time for the holiday season. I got to watch a short video with a very hoarse Disney Store President Jim Fielding on a recent visit to the new space located in the heart of Times Square. There’s really nothing to report inside (at least not downstairs), but there was some plywood concept art type stuff along the side of the escalator. Although he has declined to call it a flagship store elsewhere, Fielding has previously stated this will be the largest Disney Store, encompassing two floors. In the video, he explains that while the second floor will be the Imagination Park concept, the entire first floor will be devoted to exclusive Disney-NYC branded merchandise.

Before being introduced to the new product lines and the holiday theme and products, I was also informed that (select) Disney Store locations will be selling vinylmations and that there are planned Disney Store exclusives on their way as well.

With Walt Disney Animation Studios presenting Tangled in November, there is a whole line of products rolling out soon to support it, but rather than repeat it all here, we refer you to the original article covering the Tangled products from Disney Store and Disney Consumer Products. We also covered most of the Disney/Pixar Toy Story and Cars product news in this article.

img_8586 That brings us to the new line of Disney Princess Singing dolls which we first touched upon in the Tangled report. Although they are not the final bodies, the articulated dolls feature a small, easily-accessible button in their right hands. When pressed, the doll plays a fifteen second snippet of the princess’ respective iconic song in a cappella style. In order to do this, Disney Store enlisted all of the original voice actresses (except for Cinderella and Aurora) to record the song especially for the dolls. All of the arrangements are unique and performed to the liking of the performer, so while Anika Noni Rose’s Almost There is relatively what one is used to, Jodi Benson delivers a true but breathy performance of Part of Your World while Paige O’Hara’s Belle and Lea Salonga’s A Whole New World provide powerful and border-line operatic performances. The dolls, marketed as toys moreso than collectibles, are an unusual 17″ tall and will retail for $29.50 each.

Just in time for the home video release of Beauty and the Beast will be an extensive collection celebrating Belle and her enchanted friends aimed at every one from the toddler to the serious collector.

As a follow-up to the extremely popular limited edition deluxe Snow White dress which sold out, Disney Store will be introducing a very lush Belle dress limited to 2,000 pieces worldwide and retailing for $149.50. But perhaps the most exciting news, while not on display, is word of a whole line of high-end collectibles described as (air quotes) ‘life-size replicas’ (end air quotes) based on the enchanted friends. Specifically, there will be a Cogsworth at his character’s respective height which will be fully operational clock; a Lumiere which will hold candles; and a Mrs. Potts fully detailed china set — you get the idea. Unfortunately there are no plans for a life-size replica Belle at the present time.

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First Look: Disney Taps into Silly Bandz Craze with Classic and Pixar Properties

Lord Redbrick ©Miramax Film NY, LLC. All Rights Reserved. A couple of weeks ago, the official Disney Parks blog made it known that Disney had plans to jump on the Silly / Crazy Bandz tween craze and was going to introduce a line of Disney-themed (shaped) elastic bands.

Today we get our first look thanks to a tip from the Animal Bracelets Blog who notes that the full packaging for one of the Disney Princess sets can be found on Amazon.com.

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