D23 Expo: ‘Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story’ Web Series Sneak Peek (Minor Spoilers)

Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story

Yesterday, Stitch Kingdom was invited to preview Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story, an upcoming webseries produced by Disney Interactive. The following is a recap of the event — which included an advanced viewing of the webseries as well as a behind-the-scenes look at its creation — courtesy of Kiki Levin.

It’s not often you’d imagine members of the Walt Disney Company dumpster-diving for set pieces, but that’s exactly what happened during the production of Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story. Conceived and created by the Disney Interactive team in Burbank, the stop-motion animation was made on a shoe-string budget (hence the dumpster-diving) but radiates the high production values and heart-warming storylines Disney fans have come to know and love.

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Kidrobot Launches Marvel Designer Vinyl Toy Collaboration

Wolverine Labbit from KidrobotKidrobot, one of the premiere originators for designer vinyl toys, has recently begun selling figures from its newest licensed collaboration, Marvel.

Among the collection are Marvel editions of Frank Kozik’s Labbit including Wolverine (pictured here) from Marvel’s X-Men as well as the Venom Symbiote from Marvel’s Spider-Man.

As of today, in addition to the Labbit, Kidrobot has launched a full line of MUNNY do-it-yourself figures available in both 7″ and 4″ sizes. Each Munny comes with a selection of decals as well as props related to the Marvel character it represents. Currently available are: Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine and Venom.

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Disney Store Launches New Cutesations Collectibles; Releases POP! Series 3, Clothing

Cutestations Series 1 by Disney Store, POP! ClothingDisneyStore.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.

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Funko Teases Disney Mini POP! Vinyl Collectibles

Maleficent POP! Vinylmation by Funk for Disney StoreFunko, 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.

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POP! Vinyl by Funko for Disney Store Series 3 to be Released January, 2012

POP! Vinylmation for Disney Store by Funko, Series 3Continuing 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.

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Disney Store Artist Signing Events Announced for New York, San Francisco; Stores to Open Early

New York 'Bridges' 9'' Vinylmation by Oskar Mendez - $45.95

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.

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D23 Expo: Disney Store Anniversary Exclusives Sneak Peek

Silver Limited Edition Lightning McQueen - $99.50 - LE 250

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).

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D23 Expo: Funko POP! Vinyl Steamboat Willie and Lotso Exclusives

D23 Expo Exclusive Flocked Lotso by FunkoInspired 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.

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“it’s a small world” Vinylmation Jr. Series to Debut at D23 Expo

Vinylmation Jr. "it's a small world" seriesEarlier 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.

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Disney Store Announces Robots Vinylmation, Comic-Con Exclusives

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.

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