Vinylmation: Release Dates for ‘Black Cauldron,’ Disneyland Anniversary Sets

3" Disneyland 55th Anniversary Vinylmation Combo SetWe have learned of two additional Vinylmation release dates.

First, the Black Cauldron 25th Anniversary set consisting of a 9″ Horned King and 3″ Gurgi by Disney Design Group artist Monty Maldovan will be released on July 2 at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts at their respective D Street shops in Downtown Disney districts.

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New Tidbits About ‘TRON’ Tech Toys: Don’t You Just Wanna De-rez?

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We realize virtually every outlet (including us) has reported on the onslaught of new tech toys inspired by TRON and TRON Legacy coming your way this holiday season, but despite all of the individual coverage, there has been very little revelation about the finer details of the gear behind the blue LEDs.

We recently had the opportunity to chat with Chris Heatherly, Vice President of Technology and Innovation at Disney Consumer Products, and got to experience many of the new toys first-hand and learned some additional juicy bits of information about many of them that we have yet to read anywhere else, so here we go:

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Vinylmation: Disneyland Release Dates for ‘Have a Laugh’ and ‘Urban #4′

We have confirmation that the Have A Laugh Series and Urban Series #4 will be released at Disneyland’s D Street located in Downtown Disney on July 2.

No dates for Walt Disney World or DisneyStore.com have been released as of yet, nor has there been a date mentioned for the Toy Story series which made its Disney Store debut at the Montebello ‘Imagination Park’ store earlier this week.

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New DisneyStore.com Arrivals for June 24, 2010 (7 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals for June 24, 2010

Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at DisneyStore.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on DisneyStore.com in another window.

Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.

Club Penguin Black Puffle Keychain Club Penguin Black Puffle Keychain – $0.99
Personalized Winnie the Pooh Jumpsuit & Cap for Infants Personalized Winnie the Pooh Jumpsuit & Cap for Infants – $12.99
Talking Toy Story Action Figure Set -- 3-Pk. Talking Toy Story Action Figure Set — 3-Pk. – $45.00
Buzz Lightyear Toy Story 3 Bike by Huffy -- 16 Wheels Buzz Lightyear Toy Story 3 Bike by Huffy — 16” Wheels – $79.95
Club Penguin 9 Limited Edition Penguin Plush - Rocker Club Penguin 9” Limited Edition Penguin Plush – Rocker – $15.45
My Disney Princess Jasmine Toddler Doll -- 16 My Disney Princess Jasmine Toddler Doll — 16” – $16.99
Disney Fairies & Sleeping Beauty UltiMotion Motion Controlled Video Game Disney Fairies & Sleeping Beauty UltiMotion Motion Controlled Video Game – $49.99

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Photo: ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Have a Laugh’ Vinylmation Series; Disney Store Vinylmation Confirmation

'Toy Story' (top) and 'Have a Laugh' (bottom) VinylmationVinylmation has officially confirmed what we first told you yesterday on Twitter, that select Disney Store locations (including the new Imagination Park store in Montebello, CA) will begin carrying vinylmation figures which included the previously unreleased Toy Story (including many figures from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3) and Have a Laugh series pictured to the left.

We also announced that not only will stores be carrying vinylmation, they will also have their own exclusives.

For those wondering when these series will become available at the Parks, we were told by a reader who inquired at D-Street at Walt Disney World that they should start appearing within the week.

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First Look: New Toys and Collectibles for Disney/Pixar’s ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Cars’

img_8712 Disney Consumer Products kicked off its 2010 holiday tour this past week in New York City and brought representatives from every division imaginable to show off all of the new wonderful products you’ll be finding on the shelves this holiday season and we were there to help spread all the joy with you.

Many of the items from Disney Store are old favorites packaged in new ways with exclusive bonus items. For example, the Cars Toons diecast cars will be packaged as a collectible bundle for $119.50 and includes Mia and Tia as exclusives (actual cars not on display). Toy Story 3 collectible figures will be bundled together ($69.50 full retail), offering Lotso and the Alien trio as exclusives.

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New DisneyStore.com Arrivals for June 23, 2010 (119 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals for June 23, 2010

Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at DisneyStore.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on DisneyStore.com in another window.

Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.

World of Color Tee for Adults World of Color Tee for Adults – $21.95
Number 2 Tinker Bell Figurine Number 2 Tinker Bell Figurine – $19.95
Number 1 Tinker Bell Figurine Number 1 Tinker Bell Figurine – $19.95
Number 7 Mickey Mouse Figurine Number 7 Mickey Mouse Figurine – $19.95
Number 0 Tinker Bell Figurine Number 0 Tinker Bell Figurine – $19.95
Number 9 Mickey Mouse Figurine Number 9 Mickey Mouse Figurine – $19.95

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First Look: Disney’s ‘Princess and Me’ Collection of Dolls, Fashions and Accessories

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img_8736 Hoping to broaden the Disney Princess demographic, the Princess & Me collection from Disney Consumer Products and JAKKS Pacific puts a brand new spin on the classic Disney Princess.

Aimed at girls ages 5 – 8, the Princess & Me dolls (Tiana, Aurora, Cinderella, Ariel, Belle and Rapunzel) measure a whopping 18″ in height and seek to engage the child into exploring a whole new world of play beyond the cardboard box. Their unique facial features as the classic Disney Princesses are re-imagined as how they might appear if they were tweens. Each retails for $49.99 and includes a booklet filled with Disney Princess fun facts and activities and the opportunity to register so the child receives a special letter on their birthday from their favorite Princess.

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First Look: New ‘Tangled’ Dolls and Toys from Disney Consumer Products (Minor Spoilers)

img_8566 Disney Consumer Products kicked off its 2010 holiday tour this past week in New York City and brought representatives from every division imaginable to show off all of the new wonderful products you’ll be finding on the shelves this holiday season and we were there to help spread all the joy with you.

Naturally one of the big pushes is for Disney’s Tangled (nee Rapunzel) and Disney Consumer Products has an amazing array of toys and dolls representing the film from Disney Consumer Products, Mattel, JAKKS Pacific and more. Below you’ll find our gallery and additional information on each of the items, but we’d like to take a few moments to highlight some of the things we found (note there may be some minor spoilers).

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First Look: Inside Disney Store’s Very First ‘Imagination Park’

With a wave of a wand, a Disney princess magically appears in the mirror. Photo courtesy Disney Consumer Products.At D23 Expo in 2009, Disney Store President Jim Fielding regaled an eager audience with his tale of the Disney Store. From its humble beginnings to the next chapter in the Disney retail experience. Dubbed ‘Imagination Park,’ Fielding briefly touched upon what he defined as being ‘the best thirty minutes of a child’s day.’

Today, Disney Store turned to the first page of the new chapter as they unveiled ‘Imagination Park’ to the world via its Montebello, CA location, just outside Los Angeles and it’s every bit of wow that one had come to expect from the hype. Eventually all the Disney Stores are expected to adopt the new look and philosophy of Imagination Park, but — for now — 20 locations are expected to receive the update this year, including new stores in New York’s Times Square and San Francisco’s Union Square, amongst others.

With a new store design comes a new costume for Disney Store cast members and Imagination Park is no exception. The new Disney Store cast member costume is a gingham blue checkerboard shirt with khakis. Cast member name badges have also been modified, this time to include the individual cast member’s favorite Disney character.

We had already known about the castle which features a special mirror: when children hold special Disney Princess merchandise with an embedded RFID chip in the packaging, they are instantly greeted by Ariel, Aurora, Cinderella, Snow White or Tiana who appears in the mirror right before their very eyes — as if by magic.

But if you’re thinking Imagination Park is neglecting the boys, think again! Because right here in Imagination Park is a small RIDEMAKERZ station. The very same custom-R/C car store that has already set up shop at Downtown Disney at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts has found a home in Imagination Park. But what sets this particular RIDEMAKERZ apart is that it offers vehicles and accessories based on Disney/Pixar’s CARS, which are exclusive to the Montebello store.

Virtually everything Fielding has talked about in Imagination Park can be found here. A large custom screen housed inside a gazebo allows children to pick and choose the multimedia presented to them and provides other exciting opportunities to take advantage of the new technology.

Another Imagination Park element talked about is the ability to add a little scent to the air, such as pine trees if A Christmas Carol was playing in the store. Although it’s not quite there yet, the ability to scent the air is there and it does just that about every 20 minutes or so with the single scent currently available. And what’s a park without trees? Or more precisely, what’s an Imagination Park without magical trees? These treescan interact with guests and provide special experiences you’ll have to see to believe such as creating displays of virtual fireworks to celebrate special occasions.

One thing that’s missing that had been discussed is something called ‘mobile checkout’ — the ability for Cast Members on the floor to check out guests on the spot without having to wait on line at registers. Although it’s not available at the present time, we hear it may not be far behind.

And the magic doesn’t stop at just the experiences, we also encountered some additional surprises in way of inventory. For example, while they’re not even available in the parks as of yet, the Montebello Disney Store is selling Toy Story and Have a Laugh Vinylmations.

The Disney Store at the Shops at Montebello opened today as part of a soft opening with a grand opening planned for June 29. Today, the first 500 guests received a special gift (Mickey ears) while on June 29, there will be a formal grand opening of the store with Disney execs and characters appearing throughout the day in addition to the other festivities.

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