Celebrate ‘I Love Mickey’ Month in February with Special Disney Store Events, Contest

The Disney Store will host activities all month long to celebrate the world’s most iconic character Mickey Mouse, and his friend Minnie Mouse. Come join the fun with daily activities the entire family can enjoy, and check out the adorable “I Love Mickey” products for under $20 including new lovable Mickey and Minnie plush just in time for Valentine’s Day, stationery, and an assortment of apparel and accessories for kids and adults available at Disney Store and www.DisneyStore.com

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Official ‘LOST’ Cast Photos Now Available for Purchase

As audiences prepare to watch the unveiling of the final episodes of “Lost,” beginning with the season premiere on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network, fans of the series will be able to purchase exclusive photo images to keep as their own personal “Lost” memorabilia from a specially created website. The official “Lost” Photo Gallery, www.officialLostphotos.com, is the sole home of all of the cast images from every season of “Lost” going back to the series premiere in 2004. Available on the site are more than 25 unique photo selections featuring the cast in different settings, including the various lush Hawaiian backdrops that became the series’ signature palette. The public can purchase their favorite photos either framed or unframed. The website will be available through the airing of the series final episode in May 2010.

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Disney Fine Art Presents Limited Edition Courvoisier Miniatures Featuring Classic Disney Art

'A Smile and a Song' featuring Snow White from Courvoisier MiniaturesImagine going back in time to historic Courvoisier Galleries® and adding a cel from Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs or Fantasia to your collection. It would be a dream come true, right?

Impossible? Not any more!

“Today we’re making every animation art collector’s Courvoisier dreams come true,” said Michael Young, President of Collectors Editions, publisher of Disney Fine Art and exclusive global distributor for Courvoisier Miniatures. “I am thrilled to announce the immediate availability of Courvoisier Miniatures©, an important and unique line of Disney vintage-style animation art.”

In 1937, Courvoisier Galleries introduced original Disney animation art to the world and — for ten years — sold the brilliant pieces that today form the cornerstone of virtually every collection of vintage Disney art.

“The idea behind the new Courvoisier Miniatures program was to turn back the clock and rekindle the Disney flame of those bygone times and bring the techniques that personified Disney art in 1937 to a whole new generation,” said David Pacheco, Disney Master Artist and art director for the program. “It has been more than 60 years since Disney produced artwork like Courvoisier Miniatures. Now Disney art devotees and collectors can not only acquire real handmade Disney fine art, but acquire it at an affordable price as well.”

“This unique and exciting program of re-creating Disney art using original vintage materials and techniques was 15 years in the making”, said Ron Stark, Director of S/R Laboratories Animation Art Conservation Center in Westlake Village, California, where all Courvoisier Miniatures are made by Disney-trained master animation artists, decorated, and framed. “All the old methods and formulas now live at S/R Labs. Even our pen points are 50 years old, and are the same used to create the brilliant Disney art decades ago.”

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Recall Alert: Princess and the Frog Toy Necklaces Sold at Walmart

About 55,000 of metal toy necklaces featuring The Princess and the Frog and sold exclusively by Walmart between November 2009 and January 2010 have been voluntarily recalled due to high levels of cadmium which can be toxic if ingested by children.

The necklaces, manufactured in China, are produced by FAF, Inc. of Greenville, R.I. and sold for about $5 each.

Parents who purchased these items are advised to take them away immediately from children and return them to Walmart for either a full refund or a replacement product.

No incidents related to this product have been reported at this time.

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Bloomingdale’s to Highlight ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Collections with Displays, Props

Disney today announced a stunning collection of apparel and accessories inspired by its upcoming feature Alice In Wonderland, Tim Burton’s highly anticipated film, featuring favorite characters from the classic Lewis Carroll tales, releasing on the big screen on March 5, 2010 (U.S. theaters). Disney Consumer Products (DCP) collaborated with renowned jewelry designer, Tom Binns, leading fashion designer Sue Wong and Swarovski, the world’s largest producer of cut crystals, to create an interpretive line that brings the allure and mystery of the film and characters to life.

As part of the Alice fashion experience, DCP and Bloomingdale’s have joined forces to create one-of-a-kind window displays at Bloomingdale’s flagship 59th Street store in New York City. The windows will feature props from the film and highlight a selection of items from the designer line including Sue Wong for Walt Disney Signature dresses and Tom Binns for Walt Disney Signature jewelry. The windows at 59th street will be complemented by a special exhibit in the contemporary sportswear department on the second floor, which will feature select costumes and props detailed with information from the film.

In addition, seven Bloomingdale’s stores across the U.S. including the NY flagship store will enhance their Alice In Wonderland merchandise displays with special signage and video screens that will play behind-the-scenes footage and select bonus material. The stores include Beverly Center, CA, Century City, CA, San Francisco, CA, South Coast Plaza, CA, Aventura, FL and Short Hills, NJ. The Bloomingdale’s Alice In Wonderland-inspired windows and in-store displays are planned to set in early March.

“The arresting settings and characters in Tim Burton’s interpretation of Alice In Wonderland provided great inspiration and have made it possible for us to work with this renowned group of designers to create a truly unique collection of lifestyle products that will continue to position Disney at the forefront of fashion trends,” said Pam Lifford, executive vice president, global fashion and home, DCP. “Our collaboration with Bloomingdale’s brings it all together in a way that is fun and interesting for consumers and Disney fans alike.”

Launching at retail from February, the collections include: (more…)

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Disney Previews a Very Spirited Vinylmation

Today on the official Vinylmation blog, we get a sneak peek at some artwork for an upcoming Vinylmation release. The mysteriously vague entry simply asks if you recognize just who this fellow is?

It took us all of half a breath to scream out the answer, thanks mostly to a vivid memory of a particular toy from Fisher Price.

Did you figure out where he’s from yet? Click on the Show below if you’d like some  help.

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First Look: 2010 Flower and Garden Festival Vinylmation

From the official Vinylmation blog comes this first look at the special edition Vinylmation for Epcot’s Flower and Garden festival from Disney Design Group artist Michelle St.L.

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ABC Teams with CafePress.com to Allow Fans to Create Unique Authorized Merchandise

ABC Entertainment Group and CafePress, the online epicenter for user-designed apparel and gifts, today announced a licensing agreement that allows TV fans to design and sell authorized show merchandise. Fans of the hit ABC shows – Lost, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs and Schoolhouse Rock along with Legend of the Seeker (from ABC Studios) – can unleash their creativity to design custom apparel and gifts by following the official guidelines. Fans can visit CafePress.com to create products and purchase merchandise designed by other fans fully encompassing fan engagement within this merchandise platform. In addition, CafePress will be launching a shop featuring official Schoolhouse Rock merchandise.

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New Star Wars Theme Park Merchandise: R2-MK Astromech Droid Figure

Coming to a theme park galaxy near you in April is this Disney theme park exclusive merchandise featuring a two-pack of Jedi Mickey alongside his R2-MK astromech droid pal.

From Hasbro, the R2-MK action figure features red and yellow accents and — of course — his own pair of Mickey ears. Packaged with Jedi Mickey, the set will retail for $18.95.

For more photos and information, see StarWars.com

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First Look: Buzz Lightyear Disney Label Transformer from Takara-Tomy

Big Bad Toy Store has now featured an image of the upcoming Disney Label release of the Buzz Lightyear transformer figure from Takara-Tomy.

Expected to ship in June, the figure is available for pre-order from the site for $45.

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