Every day at the D23 Expo, from approximately 12 pm – 2 pm, attendees are treated to a look at upcoming Vinylmation releases. For Thursday – Saturday, this opportunity includes Vinylmation product developer Donald Ferro. Donald took some time out to show me some of the figures that have never been on display up until now, which you can see below. We also talked about new Vinylmation products such as the 3″ colored blank for those who prefer to begin with a non-white base canvas. Pictured below, the blanks will initially come in red, black, yellow, pink and purple colors with the potential to retire and/or introduce new colors along the way.
We also talked a bit about the highly anticipated Muppet Series #1 due out next year. The entire set was on display, this time with some changes since the last time a partial set had been on display. One major change in design was for Beaker whose normally narrow head was initially fattened to fit the Mickey mold, but has now taken on a more accurate representation. There will be no 9″ for this set (although a 9″ Rizzo will be part of the Park Series 4, also pictured below) and there will be a chaser. Donald would only confirm that the chaser is not the dubbed ‘Tourist Kermit,’ but would not deny or confirm other educated guesses I provided which merely elicted a ‘that’s interesting’-type reaction.
In related Vinylmation news, Disney Fine Artist Noah was chosen to create a 5′ Vinylmation masterpiece themed as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice that will be auctioned off at the D23 Expo Auction Saturday night. Earlier today, Noah offered a presentation at the Disney Dream Stage where he engaged the audience in a Q&A session and then invited them to crowd around him as he airbrushed some of the finishing touches on the piece. Below are some photos of Noah at work as well as the Vinylmation itself. Be advised that the photos don’t do the piece justice. Noah also created the official 9″ D23 Expo vinylmation.
Here’s a list of some of the exciting artists and events you’ll find performing on the Disney Dream Stage at the D23 Expo:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Disney Healthy Living Seminar (1:30 PM to 2:30 PM)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
Performance Artist Noah (9:00 AM to 11:00 AM)
World renowned Artist Noah, known to Disneyphiles for his Disney fine art work will entertain and engage audiences of all ages with a live performance of art creation, in which he will use his unique stylized photorealism technique, as creates a special tribute piece depicting the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, on a 5ft. Vinylmation figure. This one of a kind unique work by the artist, is sure to be the pinnacle of a Disney enthusiasts vinyl collection.
Fashion Show – Disney Couture & Pop Fashion (3:30 PM to 4:00 PM)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Transformation (11:00 AM to 1:00 PM)
With the help of our Fairy Godmothers-in-training, watch as they perform magical transformations on some of our royal subjects.
Thomas Kinkade Presentation (3:00 PM to 3:30 PM)
Join us for a special presentation at the Disney Dream Stage by famed artist and “Painter of Light,”TM Thomas Kinkade as he unveils the fourth installment in the Disney Dreams Collection — what will it be? He’s already captured the stories of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell! What classic Disney film or story might have captured his artistic imagination now? See this exclusive unveiling, plus hints of his work to capture the essence of Disney’s upcoming Princess and the Frog!
(Hint: Curious to see what Kinkade will be presenting? Look no further!)
Kids Fashion Show (4:00 PM to 4:30 PM)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
Collectors Editions Panel Discussion (12:30 PM to 1:30 PM)
With Toby Bluth, Trevor Carlton, James Coleman, Harrison Ellenshaw, Noah, Mike Kungl, Tim Rogerson, John Rowe
Studio Disney 365 Transformation (2:30 PM to 4:30 PM)
Ever wish you could rock out like some of your favorite TV stars? Watch as our talent agents and stylists perform Studio Star makeovers on some of our stars of tomorrow.