Earlier this evening, Disney Consumer Products debuted new lines of toys from LEGO and JAKKS Pacific for this summer’s blockbuster, Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides. Highlights of the event included appearances by production designer John Myhre and Ian McShane who takes on the role of Blackbeard, the pirate all pirates fear.
As part of the event, Disney and LEGO unveiled a six foot tall ‘life-size’ statue of Captain Jack Sparrow, the first of its kind. The highly detailed statue, which includes a removable sword, consists of approximately 150,000 LEGO bricks and took more than 200 man hours to design and build. Approximately 70 of those hours alone were used in the creation of Jack’s head which was all done without the assistance of computers.
Also taking place during the event, Ian McShane was presented with his very own one-off custom Blackbeard transforming pirate which reveals the pirate’s curse when placed under blacklight. Production designer John Myhre, who talked at length about the fiery and skeletal details of the Queen Anne’s Revenge and Blackbeard himself, received a limited edition print of the ship from Acme Archives.
Attendees also got a preview of the LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean video game after viewing the trailer for the film.
Below is our preliminary gallery of photos from the event. As always, click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version.
We’ll be providing more details soon, but look for most of the products in Mid May. The JAKKS Pacific line of toys will come as early as March, exclusively at Toys R Us and Wal-mart.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will debut in theaters nationwide on May 20.
Earlier today, Disney Consumer Products and JAKKS Pacific held a VIP (Very Important Princess) event at the Toys ‘R’ Us in New York’s Times Square in which future princess socialites were invited to partake in various activities in support of the launch of what’s already made the list of several must-haves this holiday season, the Disney Princess and Me line of dolls and accessories.
Upon checking in for the event, attendees were given a lanyard which listed the various activities offered at the event and, after completing the first quest of determining which of the princess they were most like as per a personality quiz, were sent on to the grace the pink carpet and head into the main event space. Other activities during the event included a royal salon, a ‘magical mani’ [cure], the opportunity to take a free photo with their favorite Princess & Me doll (and optionally dress in one of the matching dresses), decorate the frame for the photo and then partake in the tea party itself before taking the royal princess pledge and receiving a departing gift.
On October 16, Toys ‘R’ Us stores across the nation will be hosting their own Princess & Me Royal Party events between 2 – 4 pm. Activities during the event include decorating your own Princess & Me tiara, story time and more.
The Disney Princess and Me Doll collection is currently available exclusively through Toys ‘R’ Us and QVC and will be coming to Disney Store late 2010. You can order the dolls online today at Toys ‘R’ Us: Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana
Below is our photo gallery from today’s event featuring many of the products on display as well as the activities offered. All photos © Stitch Kingdom. All Rights Reserved.
Additionally, here is a gallery of Disney Princess & Me product images supplied to us by JAKKS Pacific.
As part of last week’s Disney Consumer Products holiday tour, we also got a first look at several toys from JAKKS Pacific in honor of the upcoming direct-to-video Disney Fairies movie Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue.
Standouts from the collection include a soft-bodied doll version of Lizzie, the human child in the film who encounters Tinker Bell and develops a relationship with her. Lizzie comes complete with a small plastic figure of Tink that fits in Lizzie’s pocket. Additionally, there will be a separate fairy house playset available which pays respects to the fairy house constructed by Lizzie from household products which initially draws Tinker Bell in.
The Pixie Power Playset offers a Pixie Hollow playset that lights up and moves as the included 4.5″ Disney fairies pass by the various interactive components. The box’s ‘try me’ mode, for example, demonstrates the rainbow lighting up as Tink flies past it. Fairies can create additional actions such as making flowers blossom, a butterfly flap her wings and more.
Lastly, the Tinker Bell doll from Mattel features a magnetic wand that — when waved over Tink’s body — causes Tink’s wings to light up with color-changing LEDs and play fairy sounds.