Sunday, January 31, 2016

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Disney Store

The force is strong at my local Disney Store! There is still a case of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Vinylmation for sale. BB-8 looks really amazing in person!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Zootopia Series Release

The Zootopia Vinylmation series has been released today at D-Street, Disney Pin Traders, the Disney Store Online, and the Disney Store. This is an 8 figure blind box set featuring 7 commons and a chaser. All figures were designed by artist Ricardo De Los Angeles and each blind box retails for $12.95

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Radcliffe

Series: Villains #1
Artist: Enrique Pita
Released: January 2011

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Vinylmation Dreaming - Inside Out

Welcome to Vinylmation Dreaming, where I talk about a Vinylmation series I dream that Disney would make. Today I want to talk about how I would design an Inside Out Vinylmation series. I would make this an 8 figure blind box set with the following as the 7 common figures:

Bing Bong


I think they could do some great accessories for Bing Bong's hat and tail! Like they did for the Haunted Mansion Portrait and the Cheshire Cat. They could also put an accessory on Fear's head and give Riley a backpack accessory. I would like to see Joy and Disgust on the Minnie mold too. 

I also think it would be awesome to include Bing Bong disappearing as a variant, in the same way they made a Vinylmation of the Cheshire Cat disappearing:

Finally, for the chaser, I would choose Rainbow Unicorn:

Again, I think they could do some great things with an accessory for her horn, and maybe even her hair. I know Inside Out is not a recent release, and is now available to own on DVD and Blu-ray, but I still think this series would be a big hit! I know if it was made well, I would buy a case!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Vinylmation Stories - Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones is one of my favorite movie franchises, so I love seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark come to life in the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios. I will never get tired of seeing that show, especially because the experience is a little different each time with a new set of volunteers for the extras.

There are two reasons I had to have this figure. First, I think it is expertly designed by Thomas Scott. It is not easy to translate humans on the the Mickey mold, and although Indy in unavoidably chubby, I think his face is absolutely perfect - he looks just like Harrison Ford! The legendary hat is of course a must, so I'm thrilled that they used an accessory that looks the part instead of trying to paint the hat in to the figure.

His outfit is designed brilliantly too, including the satchel that Indy is never without in Raiders. Finally, the ears have been expertly designed, with fantastic detail that accurately reflects the scenery behind our hero as he attempts to steal the Golden Idol.

The second reason why this Vinylmation was a must for me is because the Epic Stunt Spectacular took on a whole new sentimental meaning for me in 2013 when my husband and I were chosen to be shoppers in the Cairo marketplace. This figure is from the Indiana Jones series, and was not designed to reflect the live action show at Hollywood Studios. However, since Indy is the show's star, this Vinylmation serves as a great reminder of the attraction.

My love of Indiana Jones, the wonderful artwork of Thomas Scott, and the reminder of my time as an Epic Stunt Spectacular extra, is the story behind why I had to add Indiana Jones to my collection.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Frozen Eachez #1 Anna Release

The Frozen #1 Anna Eachez has been released today at D-Street in Disneyland, Disney Pin Traders at the Walt Disney World Resort and at the Disney Store Online. Both figures were designed by artist Chris Gardner and each blind box retails for $14.95.

The common figure is Anna in regular clothing (pictured left) and the variant is Anna frozen in ice (pictured right). This is a Limited Release meaning the exact quantities are not known. There is a 9 in 10 chance of receiving the common figure and a 1 in 10 chance of receiving the variant figure.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Flower

Series: Animation #2
Artist: Casey Jones
Released: January 2012

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Zootopia Vinylmation Coming Soon

A picture has surfaced on a Disney Cast Member's Instagram account of a Zootopia Vinylmation set. Further information on this set is currently unavailable, but it appears from the picture to be an 8 figure blind box set. The movie is slated to release on March 4, 2016 so I would anticipate the series will be released on or close to that date. Stay tuned to Vinylmation Isle for more information on this series as it becomes available

I am pretty excited to see this movie from the hilarious trailer, and I'm even more excited that there will be Vinylmation series! This set is already looking good and I think it's a great item of merchandise to accompany the new film.

UPDATE 1/23/16 - The Zootopia Vinylmation series will be released on January 29, 2016 and each blind box will retail for $12.95

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016

Mickey & Friends In Space Series Release

The Mickey & Friends in Space series has been released today at the Disney Store Online and will be released at Disney Pin Traders and other Walt Disney World locations on January 29. This is an 8 figure blind box set with 7 common figures plus an unknown chaser. All figures were designed by Costa Alavezos and each blind box retails for $12.95

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Backside of Vinyls - Anubis

I delayed my first Backside of Vinyls post of 2016 due to the 3rd Annual Vinylmation Isle Awards, but here it is! This week I'm looking at Anubis from Park #5. The whole figure is based on the Anubis statue from the end of the Indiana Jones scene in The Great Movie Ride over at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Therefore, much of the back of the figure is pretty similar to the front, as a continuation of the Anubis statue. However, the back of the head draws from the ark that Indy and Sallah are carrying:

But, the design on the back of this vinyl has a twist: while at first glance it looks like the same hieroglyphics from the ark, it actually has a Disney flair, showing Mickey dressed as a Pharaoh with Donald bowing before him, dressed like our tour guide in to the movies from the Anubis scene:

It's one of those neat little touches that doesn't directly represent something from the ride, and some may never notice about the vinyl, but it gives the figure that little something extra, a nice surprise for collectors that shows the thought and time the artist (Maria Clapsis) put in to the figure. That to me is part of the reason why Vinylmation is a collectible like no other.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Vinylmation Stories - Carousel of Progress John

I'm a huge fan of Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress because it was created by the man himself. I love the journey it takes you on throughout the years with the same American family. There are memorable quotes, funny jokes, great scenes and of course a catchy theme song. The Carousel of Progress has stood the test of time since 1964, and I think it should continue long in to the future.

What I love about this Vinylmation is the way it features each of John's outfits from all 4 scenes in the Carousel of Progress, to encompass the whole attraction in one figure. As you can see from my Backside of Vinyls post, he even has a fan in his back pocket with the attraction's logo.

The Carousel of Progress is a must-do attraction for me every time I visit the World. That, coupled with the creativity of this Vinylmation is why I had to add John to my collection.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Owl

Series: Cutesters Snow Day
Artist: Caley Hicks
Released: January 2014

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

RunDisney 2016 Vinylmation Release

A 2016 RunDisney Eachez has been released today at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World, just in time for the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend coming up this week. The Eachez has a Limited Release, meaning the exact number in production is unknown. The common figure is pictured, with a 9 in 10 ratio of being pulled. The variant is a sweating Mickey with a 1 in 10 chance of being in the blind box. The artist for both figures is Jason Peltz and each blind box retails for $16.95.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

2015 Vinylmation Isle Awards!

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Vinylmation Isle Awards! As an obsessive lover of Vinylmation, I decided there's no better way to honor the hobby I love so much, than to award some of the best figures and artists for their contributions to the Vinylmation universe this year. (Vinyls were only eligible to win in each category if they were released between January 1 and December 31, 2015).

And the winners are...

Favorite Disney Artist

Thomas Scott
Thomas Scott has produced some incredible work this year! My top picks from his 2015 releases are Loki from Marvel #3 and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury and Phil Coulson twin pack. 

Favorite 3" Figure That I Own

Series: Animation #5
Artist: Ron Cohee

Favorite 3" Figure That I Don't Own

Series: Marvel #3
Artist: Thomas Scott

Favorite Jr. Figure

Tiki Room Totem
Series: Adventureland
Artist: Caley Hicks

Favorite Variant

Pixie Dust Michael Darling
Series: Peter Pan
Artist: Caley Hicks

Pixie Dust John Darling
Series: Peter Pan
Artist: Caley Hicks

Pixie Dust Wendy Darling
Series: Peter Pan
Artist: Caley Hicks

Favorite Minnie Platform

It's A Small World
Series: Park #16
Artist: Caley Hicks

Favorite Park Series Figure

Series: Park #16
Artist: Casey Jones

Favorite Limited Edition

Swedish Chef
Series: Food and Wine Festival 2015
Artist: Ron Cohee

Favorite Combo Set

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Series: Marvel #3
Artist: Thomas Scott

Best Use of Ears

Peter Pan
Series: Peter Pan
Artist: Ron Cohee

Best Accessory

Series: Pixar #3
Artist: Ron Cohee

Series: Park #16
Artist: Casey Jones

Jailed Pirate
Series: Park #16
Artist: Casey Jones

Best Chaser

Red Skull
Series: Marvel #3
Artist: Thomas Scott

Han Solo
Series: The Force Awakens
Artist: Thomas Scott

Best Packaging

Peter Pan Series

Most Creative Idea

Death Star Combo Set
(For the design and idea of a 9"/3" combination)

(For the use of clear)

Most Desired Vinylmation

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Most Anticipated Series


Most Under-Appreciate Series/Figure/Set

Anastasia and Drizella
Series: Villainous Duos
Artist: Maria Clapsis

Surprisingly Appealing

Park #16

I hope you enjoyed the 3rd Annual Vinylmation Isle Awards and thank you to everyone who voted! Please join me again next year! You can also check out the new 2015 inductees in the Vinylmation Isle Hall of Fame