Tuesday, April 05, 2016

The Backside of Vinyls - 3D Design

(Photo Credit: Destination Vinylmation)

For today's Backside of Vinyls, I am taking a look at the back of the 3D Design Vinylmation from the Imagineering series. What's neat about the back of this figure is that it holds a hidden and hilarious joke, that's even more funny because it's Disney Imagineers poking fun at other Disney Imagineers.

A little background: the Imagineering series was designed by Imagineer artists (not the usual Disney Design Group artists) for the D23 Expo. The series has 8 figures, each depicting a different aspect of the Imagineering process. The front of this particular figure, shows the Yeti from Expedition Everest under construction.

On the back we can see the construction of the Yeti and the sculpting taking place. There's also a note on the back of the vinyl's head that reads: "Note, rework arm position". As you can see, the Yeti's right arm is clear, showing how it has yet to be completed. This is a reference to how the Expedition Everest icon broke very early into its existence, and is now unable to be repaired. In the attraction, the Yeti's right arm used to move forward as if to grab guests, as the Yeti simultaneously plunged forward. Many fans are aware that this is no longer the case, and the Yeti's arm now has limited movement, while his body remains stationary.

The back of this figure shows a small, but significant touch from its very humorous designers. It's these little details that bring so much more to Vinylmation.

1 comment:

  1. Love the back of this one. Very clever of them and a nice reference for those of us who remember the issues with the ride!