DisneyStore.com today unveiled a whole new line of collectibles titled ‘Cutesations.’ Consisting of 5″ plush, Cutesations are series of 8 related plush, blind-boxed (a la Vinylmation). The inaugural series is inspired by Alice in Wonderland and consists of Alice, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. Like Vinylmation, Cutesations are blind-boxed so you never know which one you’ll get, but unlike Vinylmation, they cost just $6.50 each. There also seems to appear no tray option, but rather a collectible plush stand (a mushroom in this case) which is only available as part of the complete set, for a premium — $79.50, which places the value of the mushroom stand and the guarantee of a complete set at nearly $30. Cutesations are available exclusively at DisneyStore.com and Disney Store retail locations.
Also being released today from DisneyStore.com is (most of) POP! Vinyl Series 3 by Funko for Disney Store as well as a new line of fashion items (mostly girls’ tees) inspired by entries in the collection such as Woody, Tinker Bell and Snow White.
To find these items, visit DisneyStore.com and in the ‘what are you searching for?’ box, enter in CUTESATIONS or POP.
Funko, who counts Disney Store amongst its licensors, recently teased a spin-off of its popular POP! Disney Vinyl collection on the popular fan-based FunkoFanatic forums. Here, Maleficent is seen in three different sizes (the same photo using Mickey Mouse as an example was also posted).
No timeframe for their release has been offered, but according to Funko, the mini collection will consist of only a percentage of the figures released and they will be available only as themed 2-packs (or possibly 3- and 4-packs).
As previously reported, wave three (of at least four) of the popular collectible series will be available exclusively at Disney Store beginning in January 2012.
via The Blot Says
Continuing on the popular series of vinyl collectible dolls, Funko is preparing to introduce its third series of POP! for Disney Store featuring another assortment of various Disney characters from across all of the film properties.
Series 3, which is anticipated to be released exclusively at Disney Store and DisneyStore.com in January 2012, features the Cheshire Cat and Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland, Elastigirl and Edna Mode from Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles, Alien and Zurg from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story, Peter Pan and Captain Hook from Peter Pan, Ariel and Ursula from The Little Mermaid and classic characters Donald Duck and Winnie the Pooh.
A fourth series is also known to have been in the works, although details have not yet been released.
Image via The Blot Says
On September 17, 2011, Disney Store will release three new city-exclusive vinylmation figures, for the New York Times Square, San Francisco Stockton Street and Chicago Michigan Avenue stores. In honor of the releases, the vinylmations’ respective artists, Oskar Mendez (Times Square, Michigan Avenue) and Enrique Pita (Stockton Street) will be making in-store appearances for signings in New York and San Francisco. For the special event, both stores will be opening early, at 8 am local time (the signings will run from 8 am – 11 am). Along with the event, the Disney/Pixar Cars 2 two-figure 3″ Vinylmation set will be available, two days before it becomes available to most Disney Store locations.
As a bonus treat for vinylmation fans everywhere, The Buzz, the official blog of Disney Store will be giving away three of the Chicago Windy City 3″ figures to its readers, starting September 19.
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.
Inspired by series two of the popular POP! Vinyl collection by Funko for Disney Store, Disney Consumer Products is bringing two exclusives to the Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim, California to the Disney Living Pavilion.
Pictured to the left is a 3″ flocked version of Lotso which will sell for $15 and is limited to an edition size of 480 pieces. He will be joined by a 9″ metallic Steamboat Willie, according to The Fire Wire, which will retail for $50 and limited to an edition size of 360 pieces.
The site also mentions that series three of the collection (we know there are currently three additional series in addition to the one released already) will include characters such as Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Elastigirl, Edna Mode, Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, Toy Story Alien, Zurg, Ursula, Ariel, Donald Duck and Winnie The Pooh.
For more information as well as photos of the metallic Steamboat Willie and photos of series two, visit The Fire Wire.
Earlier today, Disney Design Group Artist Thomas Scott tweeted out a pic of what appeared to be an unknown Vinylmation Jr. figure. Immediately, the entire vinylmation community was abuzz, wondering what they had just seen — well, most of the community anyway, as we correctly attributed it to the popular Fantasyland attraction.
This was later confirmed by Vinylmation on its official blog, on which it announces the complete series will be dedicated to “it’s a small world” and features an additional image of a tiger from the attraction. As with other Vinylmation Jr. series, it will consist of 20 figures, 18 of which will be known (sold in a blind pack) and 2 chasers. The series will be making its debut at the Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, August 19-21.
This is the latest element mentioned in a year-long celebration commemorating the attraction’s arrival in Disneyland on May 28, 1966. As we first announced back in January, business units across The Walt Disney Company are joining in on the affair with new clothing lines, books and more, available through national channels exclusive of the theme parks, as well as in-park celebrations, which includes the Vinylmation release as well as a Mary Blair exhibit at Disneyland’s Disney Gallery,
The robots are coming! The robots are coming! Today, Disney Store announced the launch of its exclusive Vinylmation Robots series invading Disney Store locations nationwide and DisneyStore.com on Friday July 22nd. Designed by Disney Store artists who were inspired by vintage wind-up robot toys of the 1950s, the new Vinylmation Robots are also featured in a never-before-seen video on DisneyStore.com/vinylmation, youtube.com/disneyliving and on the 2,000 square-foot digital billboard above Disney Store in Times Square. To continue the vinyl craze, Disney Store also revealed its first limited edition Disney POP! Vinyl by Funko at San Diego’s Comic-Con. The POP! Vinyls are Funko’s creative take on Disney characters and the limited edition designs are on sale July 20 through July 24 only at Comic-Con.
“Disney vinyls are the hottest collectible right now and we’re pleased to offer two different styles in one great week,” said John Balen, director of toys for Disney Store North America. “The Vinylmation community keeps challenging us to be more imaginative and creative, and the Vinylmation Robots series is like nothing they’ve ever seen before. Comic-Con is all about exclusives and Disney POP! Vinyls are a great way to give the fans something unique.”
The Disney Store Vinylmation Robots collection includes 12 three-inch vinyl figures ($9.95 each) representing a different robot persona, including Radio-Bot, Tesla-Bot and Love-Bot, to name a few. Also available are three nine-inch limited edition Robots characters — Silly-Bot, Salvage-Bot and Reflector-Bot ($39.95 each).
The POP! vinyls come with metallic finishing and glow-in-the-dark features. The series includes nine-inch Metallic Buzz Lightyear ($50), nine-inch Metallic Maleficent ($50), three-inch Flocked Sully ($15), three-inch Glow in the dark Mike Wazowski ($15), three-inch Metallic Mickey Mouse ($15), and a three-inch Blue Mr. Incredible ($15).
Ben Butcher, Disney-Pixar designer will meet with Comic-Con attendees and sign autographs at the Funko Booth #4829 July 21 and July 22 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Guests can also take a break from the madness of Comic-Con and head over to the Fashion Valley Mall Disney Store location, where they can meet their favorite Disney Store Vinylmation artists on July 22 and 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
For information about all Vinylmation series from Disney Theme Parks and Disney Store, guests can visit the official Vinylmation blog at www.vinylmation.com.
To find a Disney Store, guests can visit www.DisneyStore.com/storelocator or call (866) 902-2798. To stay updated on all the exciting news at Disney Store, guests can visit the official blog, the Buzz, at blog.disneystore.com. Guests can also become a fan on www.facebook.com/DisneyStore or follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/DisneyStore to stay connected to your favorite destination.
This morning, I was awoken by an assault of doorbell rings, only to find there was no one at the door when I finally managed to drag myself down the stairs. After muttering a few choice words that don’t belong here, I noticed a small box at my feet, which I promptly picked up and examined. After determining that it wasn’t ticking, I noticed a bit of handwriting buried under a cake of dust. ‘Do not open until after Christmas,’ it read. Dejected, I slowly turned back around to return to bed with box in hand, counting the days left until I was allowed to open it. As I trudged back up the stairs, the box tilted, allowing more of the dust to spill to the floor, exposing the rest of the message: ’1958.’
It was then a spark of inspiration hit me and I ran the rest of the way up and, after searching for several minutes on Google, I confirmed my suspicions — today is after Christmas, 1958. Who knew?
I ripped open the box only to reveal another box, this one clearly showing its age with scratches and stress and expected wear and tear, but still in pretty decent shape. And what was inside was even more intriguing — something so well preserved, I’d believe it if you told me it wouldn’t even be available to buy until later this week — it was from the Robots Vinylmation Series, available exclusively at Disney Store and DisneyStore.com beginning July 22, 2011.
The charming series appears to be inspired by the collectible tin toy robots of the 1950s and 1960s, with each figure programmed with its own personality evidenced by its name and graphics. I feel like I lucked out by receiving Security-Bot designed by Disney Store artist Gerald Mendez. The figure has a unique look to it, which you can see in the video and image gallery below, with a mostly clear head and an additional element placed inside the center of its head. Gerald also created Steampunk-Bot and Ignition-Bot from the series. Other contributing Disney Store artists include Enrique Pita (Radio-Bot, Love-Bot, UltraSonic-Bot and El Elektro-Bot), Oskar Mendez (Atomic-Bot, Communication-Bot) and Jim Valeri (Tesla-Bot, Cranky-Bot).
As usual, there are 12 figures in all — the eleven mentioned above, plus a mystery chaser. As mentioned, they will be available beginning July 22, 2011 exclusively at Disney Store and DisneyStore.com and will come in a blind-box for $9.95 each. The figures use the new Vinylmation mold.
In addition to the 3″ series, there are 3 limited edition 9″ figures which include Reflector-Bot by Oskar Mendez, Silly-Bot by Marcella Lau and Salvage-Bot by Jim Valeri. Each of these figures will retail for $39.95 and be limited to an edition size of 700 pieces each.
Below is our gallery of images of the Robots Vinylmation series as well as the 9″ limited edition figures. You can click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version. Unfortunately, most of these images have been taken from a printed press kit, so the quality isn’t as great as we would like, so we hope to replace these images soon with better quality.
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.