D23 Expo: Attendees (and John Lasseter) Create Massive LEGO Mural; Sneak Peeks at New Releases (Video)

The showpiece at the D23 Expo LEGO booth was definitely the 8×15 foot mosaic featuring a photo of Walt Disney and the D23 Expo official portrait by Tim Rogerson.

A 'before' photo of the LEGO Mosaic The completed LEGO mosaic

The mural, which consists of more than 150,000 1×1 bricks (in 19 colors), was assembled over 3 1/2 days by thousands of D23 Expo attendees. Each volunteer was handed a randomly chosen color-coded square to which the individual bricks were attached.

John Lasseter pictured along side LEGO Master Builder Erik Varszegi (Photo by Adrienne Helitzer/courtesy of Disney Consumer Products)The incredibly popular LEGO mosaic creation was so fun that even Disney and Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter couldn’t wait to do his part.

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Thinkway Toys’ Toy Story Definitive Collection Vol 4: Lasseter Revs up on RC

The third installment of the very popular video series from Disney Consumer Products has been released in which John Lasseter talks about some of the background on RC from the Toy Story Definitive collectibles line from Thinkway Toys.

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RC from the Toy Story Definitive Collection by Thinkway ToysHere’s some of the features you’ll find with the Toy Story Definitive Collection RC:

* The most movie accurate RC produced to date, completely in scale to Buzz Lightyear

* RC’s playful personality is revealed with bouncing action, horn honking, free motion eyes, multiple expressions and driving sound effects

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Thinkway Toys’ Toy Story Definitive Collection Vol 3: Lasseter Roars About Rex

The third installment of the very popular video series from Disney Consumer Products has been released in which John Lasseter talks about some of the background on everyone’s favorite insecure dino, Rex, from the Toy Story Definitive collectibles line from Thinkway Toys.

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Toy Story Definitive Collection Rex from Thinkway ToysHere’s some of the features you’ll find with the Toy Story Definitive Collection Rex:
* The most movie accurate Rex produced to date
* Stands 13″ tall, just like in the movies
* Turn his tail to activate his talking/roaring feature with motorized arms and head
* Talk to him and he responds with voice and movement
* Poseable arms, tail, legs and neck
* Comes with Toy Story Collection Certificate of Authenticity

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John Lasseter and Thinkway Toys Introduce the Toy Story Definitive Line of Collectibles

The Toy Story Definitive Line of Toys from Thinkway Toys and Disney Consumer ProductsDisney Consumer Products has teamed up with Thinkway Toys and Disney Chief Creative Officer and Toy Story director John Lasseter to introduce you to the new line of Toy Story Definitive collectibles. These highly detailed replicas are movie-accurate in almost every single way from their stitching to the boxes they come in. The Toy Story Definitive collectibles are fully articulated, include features such as sound effects and even come with a Certificate of Authenticity (COA).

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Mickey Monsters Invade Disney Parks

Mickey MonstersMickey Monsters are here to visit the Disney Theme Parks. They try to blend in by disguising themselves as Mickey and a host of other characters that they encounter on their visit. Keep any eye open for Mickey Monsters – They could be right in front of you!

The first series of six Mickey Monster characters’ names are Murff, Cheeky Bubbles, Ogg, Keeti, Ralf, and Eeku.  They will each come with a special hang tag that contain stories about the character and therefore bring the character to life for our guests.  Each character will retail for $12.95.

Mickey Monsters have been designed to bring smiles to kids of all ages. Which Mickey Monster is right for you? Read on to find out!

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New Star Wars Themed Mr. Potatoheads to Disney Parks Coming Soon They Are

A short time from now in a Disney Park not so far, far away, you’ll come face to skin with these three new entries in the Star Wars-themed Mr. Potatoheads. Exclusive to the parks, you can pick take home Mashter Yoda, C-3PotatO and Chipbacca for $12.95 each.

Star Wars Potatoheads

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Disney Consumer Products Unleashes All New Intiatives, from Mickey Mouse to Rapunzel and Everyone Inbetween

Disney unveils a line of fashion inspired by Mickey Mouse at the Licensing International ExpoLas Vegas, NV – June 2, 2009 – Disney Consumer Products(DCP) today announced new content and product line extensions behind its renowned portfolio of character franchises starting with the return of the classic Toy Story franchise, the addition of two Disney Princess characters, new Mickey Mouse initiatives, a new Winnie the Pooh theatrical movie and the expansion of the Disney Fairies film series. Disney Channel also announced major milestones for the global sensational hit Hannah Montana as the series is renewed for a fourth season and the award-winning Handy Manny preschool series adds two primetime specials and a new 20 episode short-form series.

“Everything we do is inspired by the magic and creativity that only Disney can deliver,” said Andy Mooney, chairman of Disney Consumer Products Consumer Products. “Each product tells a story and this year sets off an unprecedented slate of entertainment offering many storylines that will translate into global merchandise programs uniquely positioning DCP for breakout growth.”

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‘Handy Manny’ Measures Up with New Season, Shortform Series, Specials and New Friends

In addition to 29 brand new episodes for its third season, today Disney Channel announced a new short-form series and two primetime specials. “Handy Manny’s School for Tools,” 20 animated shorts, will begin production this year for a 2010 premiere. In Fall 2009, Disney Channel will present the first of two primetime specials, “Handy Manny’s Motorcycle Adventure,” which takes viewers along on Manny’s exciting and unexpected road trip to his family reunion. The special features four new songs including “Rolling” performed by renowned East Los Angeles rockers Los Lobos. The second primetime special will debut in 2010. The daily series will also introduce 10 new tools: a jackhammer, a power screwdriver, a power socket wrench, a shop vac, a pair of needle nose pliers, a deluxe tool box, a laser level and a trio of crescent wrenches.

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Theme Park Merchandise Now Available Online at DisneyShopping.com

Disney Parks AuthenticThis year, the Walt Disney Company appears to be celebrating synergy more than anything else and they’ve taken it to a whole new level here.

With very limited cross-over in the past, the Walt Disney Company has done well to keep its merchandising lines completely separate from each other. Even when Disney owned the Disney Store the first time, the merchandise found at the Theme Parks (often marked with both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland logos along with a golden castle logo) was primarily available only at the theme parks or mail order (or the occasional shopping by proxy), but never at the Disney Store or online.

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Disney Star Wars (and Indiana Jones) Racers Series 3 Collectibles Announced

Disney Indiana Jones Racer

Disney Indiana Jones Racer

Jango Fett Disney Star Wars Racer

Jango Fett Disney Star Wars Racer

Debuting at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland this June, the new series of Disney Star Wars racers features Jango Fett (pictured, left), Wattoo, AT AT, Jawa and Lando as Skiff Guard designs. In addition, there is an Indiana Jones design (pictured above) which includes bumper stickers of all of Indy’s treasures. The cars will retail for $4.95 each.

For more information and to see the other designs in the series, click here.

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