Via the unofficial Funko fan forum, Funko recently previewed all of its characters for its upcoming series 4 of the popular Disney POP! line. Included in this set are: Sorcerer Mickey and Chernabog from Disney’s Fantasia; Goofy and Tigger; Oogie Boogie and the Mayor from Nightmare Before Christmas; Cinderella; Evil Queen and Grumpy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Wall*E and EVE; and Captain Jack Sparrow from The Pirates of the Caribbean.
The new series will be available beginning in July, exclusively at Disney Store and DisneyStore.com and will likely be available at other retailers at some point in the distant future. Funko also has yet to reveal (or at least hint) at its exclusives for San Diego Comic-Con which usually features variations on the Disney series. Last year also included exclusives for Disney D23 Expo.
When the Disney D23 Expo comes to the Anaheim Convention Center from August 19-21, it will include a substantial presence by Disney Store, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012 and it’s inviting all the D23 Expo attendees to join in the celebration a bit early with the opportunity to purchase items exclusively available at the Expo.
Below is a gallery of item as well as pricing and edition sizes (usually some multiple of 25) which is sure to offer something for everyone, as long as they love the color silver, and don’t mind shelling out a few bucks (anywhere from $19.95 – $2,000.00).
There are a couple of things worth noting. Although Disney Store will be releasing its set of ten Disney Princess Designer Dolls (see here for more information), the only doll available for direct purchase at the D23 Expo is the 25th Anniversary Cinderella Designer Doll, which would technically be doll number eleven. You can see the box below, which will hint at the boxes for the actual collection. It appears that the special edition Cinderella will be in a silver dress as opposed to the blue dress.
Also causing some confusion is the Disney Store 25th Anniversary 3″ Vinylmation and pin set which lists an edition size of 2,500 on the pin card but has been announced as an edition size of 500. To clarify,
the edition size is in fact 2,500 but only 500 will be available for purchase at the Disney D23 Expo. The remaining stock will be sold online at DisneyStore.com at a future date, but only to qualified D23 members. All 2,500 pieces will be available for purchase at the Expo.
Disney Store has informed us that it will be honoring its usual discounts (e.g., Cast Member, Disney Visa) but the discounts won’t be applicable to certain items.
The spotlight will shine on Disney Store’s spectacular product lines at the D23 Expo, held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Calif. from August 19-21. Disney Store will treat fans to a sneak peek of its fall and holiday 2011 products, as well as offer them a chance to meet and hear from the artists and designers who created them.
Disney Store guests will also get a first look at this year’s hottest Halloween costumes, join in Disney Store’s 25th Anniversary kick-off celebration and have the first look at the Disney Princess Designer Doll Collection–expected to be one of the most wanted items this holiday season. Daily at the convention, guests will enjoy Disney Store artist signings and special guest appearances, as well as witness events such as a Halloween costume parade and hear the latest news on what’s next for Disney Store.
Guests can take home the Disney Store magic when they purchase exclusive merchandise in the 1,500 square foot pop-up store housed in Disney Consumer Product’s Disney Living Pavilion. Featured products include items created especially for the D23 Expo, limited edition 25th Anniversary items, Vinylmation, and the always unique and whimsical Kidada for Disney Store Collection. Visitors will not want to miss the daily opening ceremony, where a special attendee will be chosen to “unlock imagination” each day at 9 a.m.
In addition, these other D23 Disney Store celebrations and events are not to be missed:
- 25th Anniversary Collection and Celebration Kick off: D23 guests will help Disney Store kick-off its celebration of 25 magical years. Since the opening of the first store in Glendale, California on March 28, 1987, Disney Store has become a global retail phenomenon with more than 350 stores in eight countries and foot traffic of more than 200 million guests per year worldwide.
On Friday, Aug. 19 at 9 a.m., Disney Store president Jim Fielding will kick off the celebration with remarks prior to opening the store on the first day of D23. The first 25 guests in line will receive a special limited edition 25th anniversary pin.
Disney Store artist Jim Salvati will sign exclusive 25th anniversary commemorative art. The pop-up store will offer the first 25th anniversary products ever.
- Disney Princess Designer Doll Collection: At D23, Disney Store will debut ten spectacular designer dolls just in time for the holidays. Each classic doll dressed in a glamorous runway inspired gown comes in its own special collector case with a sleeve that showcases the beautiful sketch art created for each one. A limited number of complete sets will be available for pre-purchase at the D23 event, in addition to a special limited edition 25th Anniversary silver Cinderella. As part of the worldwide debut at D23, the dolls will be given to the honorees at the Legends of Disney Awards ceremony on Friday, Aug. 19, where the extraordinary actresses whose voices brought to life many modern-day Disney Princesses including Jodi Benson (Ariel from The Little Mermaid), Paige O’Hara (Belle from Beauty and the Beast), Lea Salonga (singing voices of Jasmine from Aladdin and Mulan from Mulan), Linda Larkin (speaking voice of Jasmine from Aladdin), and Anika Noni Rose (Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog) will be named and honored.
Starting Aug. 22, 2011, one new Disney Princess Designer Doll will arrive in stores each week for 10 weeks in a random order not to be revealed to guests until each Monday when they go on sale. An assortment of home products (stationery and mugs) as well as special trend items (t-shirts, cosmetics, and accessories) inspired by the beauty of the new dolls will also be available at D23. D23 guests will be the first to see these beautiful dolls.
- Halloween Costume Parade: The Halloween Costume Parade held Saturday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. will unveil the hottest costumes for 2011, including a beautiful limited edition Rapunzel costume (only 2,000 will be available this fall). Visitors can watch kids modeling the best Disney Store costumes on the Disney Living Pavilion Center Stage. Five lucky guests will win the opportunity to receive a complimentary costume, courtesy of Disney Store.
- Vinylmation Artists Signing: On Sunday, Aug. 21 at 10 a.m., Vinylmation artists will sign the new Lion King inspired Vinylmation collection. Vinylmation toys are the latest pop culture phenomenon and are treasured by collectors of all ages.
- New Kidada for Disney Store Wish-a-Littles Line: On Sunday, Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. in the Disney Living Pavilion Center Stage, celebrity jewelry designer Kidada Jones will make a special appearance to welcome her newest friends to her exclusive line of jewelry and accessories. Wish-a-Littles are Kidada’s design twist on Disney characters – each figure opens to reveal a secret jewelry charm. The new fall Wish-a-Littles include Alice, Ariel, Jasmine and Tinker Bell. Guests can make their D23 trip extra special and get their photo taken with Kidada following the reveal.
In addition to all the events and guest appearances, fans can chat with Disney Store president Jim Fielding and other surprise guests via Disney Store’s Twitter, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the D23 experience by checking Disney Store’s blog, The Buzz, at http://blog.disneystore.com
Disney Store at D23 can be found in the Disney Living Pavilion. Check the D23 Expo web site for event schedule details and locations.
To find a local Disney Store, guests can visit www.DisneyStore.com/storelocator or call (866) 902-2798. Guests can also sign up for email alerts at www.DisneyStore.com/Updates, become a fan on Facebook www.facebook.com/DisneyStore or follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/DisneyStore to stay connected to your favorite destination.
In addition to Robots, Villains #2 and Jingle Smells which we first shared in our 2011 Disney Store holiday preview, the official Vinylmation blog has revealed today that Disney Store will be offering a complete set of 3″ figures inspired by The Lion King on August 29.
The blog has shared artwork for the Mufasa figure, but has promised additional artwork and other reveals in the near future.
Recently I had the opportunity to meet with Disney Store as part of the Disney Consumer Products holiday preview and get a first look at some of the new and exciting items coming this fall exclusively to Disney Store and DisneyStore.com. The two major franchises to expect more of in the holiday season at Disney Store are Disney Princesses and Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2, both of which will be offering some amazing limited edition items that any fan will be sure to appreciate.
On the Disney Princess side, the big ticket item is the limited edition Rapunzel dress from Disney’s Tangled. dancing in the footsteps of Snow White and Belle, this costume is sure to make any young princess the
belle Rapunzel of the ball. Retailing for just $149.50, it will be limited to an edition size of 2,000 worldwide and comes complete with a certificate of authenticity. Some of the other princesses are also receiving new dresses, the skirts of which are decorated with amazing glittery details paying homage to their respective Princess, including a new deluxe Belle costume to be released in the fall.
For princesses with aspirations of being a different princess every day, Disney Store is also debuting a virtual closetful with the Enchanting Princess 5-in-1 Wardrobe Set. Packaged as a transluscent garment bag, this role-playing fantasy set includes costumes for Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella and Rapunzel, all in a convenient easy-to-travel-with bag.
Guests that have visited an ‘Imagination Park’ style Disney Store will be sure to appreciate the ‘magic mirror’ jewelry box. Designed to look just like the magic mirror found in the store, the front features a lenticular panel which magically transforms its image between Disney princesses and opens to reveal a dress-up dream in children’s toy jewelry.
Also of note is Disney Store’s venture into the world of radio controlled toys aimed at girls. Here, for example, is a little video of the Beauty and the Beast in action. Belle and Beast take to the ballroom dance floor as the toy plays the theme to the music as they move in all directions, including the ability to twirl. Beast’s head and jacket are also removable, transforming him back to the Prince. It will retail for $49.50.
And, of course, one can’t forget the amazing ‘Disney Animators’ Collection‘ line of dolls designed by famed Disney animators Glen Keane and Mark Henn. For more information and photos, be sure to check out our article on this holiday season’s must-have here.
For Cars 2, Disney Store will be offering a limited edition Lightning McQueen with Mia and Tia die-cast collectibles. The vehicles are to 1:18 scale and will be limited to an edition size of 5,000 sets and will retail for $149.50. A first of its kind, the bottom plate of Lightning McQueen can be removed to expose his undercarriage, as faithfully reproduced directly from Pixar Animation Studios’ digital files.
Also of note for Cars 2 is the Stephenson die-cast carrying case which features lights and sounds and comes with three die-cast vehicles (Mater, Holley Shiftwell and Finn McMissile as seen in the film) and a great boys’ leather motorcycle jacket which includes a large Piston Cub trophy emblem on the back along with Lightning McQueen’s number 95. The jacket will be available both in-store and online for $49.50.
Building on the popular exclusive lines of merchandise recently debuting at Disney Store, guests can look forward to new fragrances (including Disney Store’s first personal scent) and new collectibles and jewelry.
Beginning with its line of fragrances exclusive to Disney Store, new fragrances will continue to be launched throughout 2011. Imagination is now available, with Magic currently rolling out in July, to be followed by both Pixie Dust and Imagination Winter in October. Pixie Dust will also be the first of the scents to be considered a personal scent, being released as an eau de toilette in addition to the body mist, hand soap and body lotion. At this time, there are no plans to remove any of the scents from the stores as new ones debut and ‘Imagination Park’ style Disney Store locations will continue to offer the Imagination scent piped in at the store entrance until Imagination Winter debuts in October, at which time it will be piped in instead for the season.
The Kidada for Disney Store line by Kidada Jones line will also receive new additions to its family come fall. Belle, Cinderella, Snow White and Tiana will welcome Alice, Ariel, Jasmine and Tinker Bell. While only the Wish-a-Little secrets collection was previewed at the event, expect the new additions to fully be supported by the line.
There’s good news for fans of Disney Vinylmation as well. In addition to the Robots series debuting this summer, there will be two new series being released this fall from Disney Store. The Disney Villains line, released earlier this year, will see a followup Disney Villains 2 series which will include Shere Khan from The Jungle Book, Snow White‘s Evil Queen (with clear plastic as part of the form’s ears) and Runaway Brain Mickey Mouse. The Disney Store is also releasing a set of four, open-boxed Vinylmation figures called ‘Jingle Smells,’ which — as you may have guessed it — are scented, holiday figures. The 3″ figures have been modified to appears as if they have ornament hooks on top and will be available in gingerbread, marshmallow, chocolate and peppermint scents. The ‘Jingle Smells’ collection may also be available at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, although that has yet to be decided.
I hear the Disney Store also has more surprises and announcements planned for D23 Expo taking place in Anaheim, CA this August, so be sure to watch this space for even more Disney Store news. Until then, please enjoy this gallery of images of things to watch out for later this year when you visit your local Disney Store and DisneyStore.com.
Later 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.’
In doing some routine research for our upcoming conversation with Henn, we managed to stumble upon this photo of the collection recently posted on Flickr, where the poster also mentioned the dolls have a price tag of $24.50 each.
The collection re-imagines the entire Disney Princess line as toddlers (although both Rapunzel and Tiana were featured as toddlers in their respective films and Ariel was seen as a toddler in the direct-to-video sequel, Ariel’s Beginning). It comes hot on the heels of other successful lines, notably from Jakks Pacific, including the Tolly Tots and Princess and Me collection, which imagines the princesses as tweens.
The collection will be available in fall 2011 and we hope to have some more information as well as some hands-on encounters later this week which we will be happy to report back on.
Disney Store Expands ‘Disney Nerd’ Merchandise for Back to School, Plans to Sell Localized Merchandise Online
Arguably one of the more successful of the recent Disney franchises, was the nerdification of the Fab Five by Disney Parks and its theme park merchandise. Riding the waves of the relatively recent rise in celebration of the ‘nerd culture,’ new heights of cuteness have been achieved using nothing more than a pair of thick-rimmed eyeglasses, pocket protectors and a catchy tagline.
Disney Store has grabbed on to the trend itself, offering limited merchandise which even spans across a broader range of Disney toons, including Stitch. For the back to school season in 2011, look for even more ‘Disney Nerd’ merchandise from Disney Store including the Mickey and Minnie 11″ beanies pictured above.
In completely unrelated news, it will be safe to expect DisneyStore.com will begin selling select, localized merchandise from its stores in flagship cities/locations. To date, DisneyStore.com has set up placeholders for Chicago, Hawaii, New York and San Francisco, but no merchandise has been listed yet. This could also mean that limited release vinylmation in these cities will be available online.
For his first birthday, Christopher Robin Milne received a stuffed teddy bear from Harrods of London named Edward. The bear, later rechristened Winnie the Pooh — in honor of a real bear at the London Zoo and a real swan named Pooh — was a gift from his father, author A.A. Milne, and was soon joined by a stuffed tiger, donkey, pig and a kangaroo and her joey. With the help of Christopher Robin’s imagination, they inspired a series of stories and were joined by Owl and Rabbit, both entirely A.A. Milne’s creations. Today the stuffed versions of Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet and Kanga reside in the care of the New York Public Library where they are on permanent display to the public.
To celebrate the beloved stuffed animals, Wolfgang ‘Woolie’ Reitherman, director of the original featurettes and 1977 film, had a set of plush commissioned to be used in the iconic opening scenes which were meant to take place in Christopher Robin’s bedroom. Unbeknown to Reitherman, Burny Mattinson (who started at the company in 1953 and continues to work for Disney to this day, where he last served as story supervisor to the 2011 film) had his wife create a Pooh to be used for the film. Although it was too late for that Pooh to be used in the film instead, he now makes his debut Winnie the Pooh out in theaters on July 15.
To commemorate the appearance of Pooh and his friends in the new film, Disney Store will soon be offering a limited edition set consisting of replicas of the actual plush used in the film’s opening. The plush range in sizes of 7 1/2″ for Roo through 24″ for Pooh and come complete in a canvas duffel bag. Made of a special fabric to give the plush a ‘well-loved’ feel, the edition size is limited to just 300 pieces.
No information on when the set will be released or how much it will cost is available at this time but we will update as more information becomes available to us.
Disney Store today announced the launch of its new fragrance collection, a captivating array of scents and associated products, each inspired by some of Disney’s most timeless and beloved characters and stories. The premium personal fragrances, home scents, candles and unique gifts were created in conjunction with some of the world’s leading fragrance houses, perfumers and an award-winning design team.
“The power of fragrance is truly magical–it can evoke memories and convey dreams and aspirations. Disney’s rich heritage and most beloved characters also have that same allure”, says Jim Fielding, President of Disney Stores Worldwide. “With the launch of Disney Store’s own fragrance collection, we’re touching all of the senses for the first time in a uniquely Disney way.”
The first fragrance in the collection will be available in Disney Store locations nationwide beginning from June 2011 with other fragrances introduced throughout the rest of 2011.
Discover a new world of…..Imagination
Imagination, the signature fragrance used throughout the newly designed Disney Store, is described as an enchanted forest of sequoia trees, cool moss and green leaves. Inspired by the trees that line the route of the magical path within the new stores, the fragrance gives the sense of being in an enchanted forest. It’s a timeless scent inspired by nature that instills a feeling of natural calm, allowing the imagination to soar.
Imagination products are available as home fragrances, including candles and room scents, in Disney Store locations nationwide in June 2011.
Discover a new world of…..Magic
Magic, an unforgettable blend of icy blue mint, rich chocolate and invigorating sea spray, epitomizes the adventure of Disney and all that is Mickey Mouse. Along with Imagination, its inspiration comes from the outside world to give it a refreshing sense of nature. Magic is the freedom of children playing outdoors; it’s a breeze of fresh, cool, minty air, green grass, clean woods and a surprise of chocolate.
Magic home fragrances, candles and room scents will launch in stores in July 2011.
Discover a new world…… Pixie Dust
Pixie Dust, a shimmering scent of citrus sorbet, candied fruits and summer rain, is the fragrance inspired by Tinker Bell. It’s the fragrance one could imagine floating through the air as Tinker Bell showers the earth with her Pixie Dust, causing nature to blossom. Pixie Dust captures Tinker Bell’s personality perfectly – it charms with a shimmering sweetness yet it also has a subtle hint of sassiness that we love about this beloved Disney character.
Pixie Dust comes as a range of personal products including Eau de Toilette, Body Mist and Body Lotion, available in all Disney Store locations in Fall 2011. Gift sets with body glitter, a roll on Eau de Toilette and lip gloss will also be available.
To find a Disney Store, guests can visit www.DisneyStore.com/storelocator or call (866) 902-2798. Guests can also sign up for email alerts at www.DisneyStore.com/Updates, become a fan on www.facebook.com/DisneyStore or follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/DisneyStore to stay connected to your favorite destination.
Last month, we told you about a new line of vinyl collectible dolls being produced exclusively for Disney Store by Funko. The line, whose first series consists of a unique take on twelve classic Disney and Disney/Pixar toons, sees its official release tomorrow, May 30, both at Disney Store locations and DisneyStore.com.
I suppose the first place to start with reviewing the POP! Vinyl line is with the unboxing process itself. There really isn’t much to it. The box itself is a thin cardboard with a plastic film window. It’s simply opened/closed with a tab and there is absolutely no glue or even tape involved, so it’s quite easy to cleanly open and close the box without causing any damage to it, if that’s your thing. On that token, however, I’ve noticed the boxes are very susceptible to dents and tears so if finding a box in mint condition is on your objectives list, you’ll want to scrutinize and take your time when purchasing them in person at a Disney Store. On a related tangent, it might be interesting to note that Sulley’s name is misspelled on the back of every box except his own.
Inside the box, the figure is held in place by a custom-molded tray which is made of a thin plastic and open on the front side, offering full protection. In fact, Tinker Bell’s thin and somewhat rubbery wand comes further protected in its own sleeve.
Retailing for $12.50 each, the figures themselves are what one might expect for the relatively low price in the market. On the whole, I have no real complaints although the paint is sometimes questionable, especially on Mickey Mouse, where it appears the white paint has been added on top of black paint and the black bleeds through every so slightly, particularly on his hands.
The only form of articulation they have is that their heads can rotate 360 degrees except for Cruella De Vil’s whose cigarette holder/faux cigarette gets in the way of her big head, restricting it to more like 180 degree movement, and Mike Wazowski whose head (and arms) doesn’t appear to turn at all.
The only potential negative is that due to their big heads and tiny bodies, Cruella, Tinker Bell and especially Woody have poor centers of gravity. What that really means is that it’s difficult to make them stand just by setting them down. However, I quickly learned that if you just press down on their feet using two fingers to make them stand, they generally remain standing when you let go.
On the whole, I’m very happy with the collection and am already eagerly awaiting Boo and the rest of series 2.
As mentioned, the figures are $12.50 each which means an entire set will run you $150, before any applicable discounts such as using a Disney Visa. Also consider yourself warned that Maleficent has already proven to be the most desirable and elusive of the bunch, so if you don’t see her on the shelf, make sure you ask a cast member to check the store room.
Below is our gallery of photos of the POP! Vinyl collection for Disney Store Series 1 by Funko where you’ll find front, profile and back images of each of the figures plus a few bonus photos. Click on any of the thumbnails to expand to see the larger versions.
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The Funko POP! Vinyl collection for Disney Store is now available online:
Buzz Lightyear – 202551P
Cruella De Vil – 202562P
Jiminy Cricket – 202558P
Maleficent – 202556P
Mickey Mouse – 202559P
Mike Wazowski – 202553P
Pinocchio – 202557P
Snow White – 202555P
Stitch – 202561P
Sulley – 202554P
Tinker Bell – 202560P
Woody – 202552P