I bought this Holiday 2017 blind box from ShopDisney about a month ago and finally opened him. When I want a variant I don't get it, and when I don't want one, look what I get! Holiday 2017 Goofy Variant is available for trade.
After a drought in the world of Vinylmation releases, a Holiday Goofy Eachez has been released today at the Walt Disney World Resort, ShopDisney.com and the Shop Disney Parks App. Goofy tangled in Christmas lights (pictured left) is the common figure with a ratio of 9 out of 10 figures while the variant is a regular holiday Goofy (pictured right) with 1 in 10 odds of being in the blind box. Each figure retails at $14.99.
You may have noticed, and I apologize, but content has been kinda lacking on this blog lately. We seem to have hit a dry spot in Vinylmation releases and I just don't know what to talk about anymore. There's no releases to share, no reviews to write, not many new additions to my collection. I still want to keep this blog going because I still love Vinylmation! But I don't know what you as my readers want to see. Are you losing interest?
I'm considering expanding what I blog about to include Disney related Funko POP figures in the hopes that I can keep bringing you new content each week, Vinylmation content if it's out there and if not maybe some articles about Funko can fill the void. However, I get the feeling some people are only here because they love Vinylmation, and they didn't jump on the Funko bandwagon. I know I wouldn't have bought a single Funko if Vinylmation were still what it was in 2011. I don't want you folks to give up on my blog if you feel it's too centered on the Funko line.
So, help me out! Let me know your thoughts. Do you want Funko articles? Do you not want Funko articles? Do you have a preference? Do you have any other ideas for new content you'd like to see? Take my poll and leave me a comment! I'd appreciate it!
Would you like Vinylmation Isle to include pictures and articles about Disney related Funko POP Vinyls as well as Disney Vinylmation?
Usually when I tell my Vinylmation Stories, I explain the deeper meaning behind why I chose to add a figure to my collection. There are so many thousands of figures out there (yes, thousands!) most people can't possibly own them all. I've always found it interesting therefore what makes collectors choose certain figures over others. But with this set, there's not really any link to a beloved Walt Disney World attraction, nor any sentimental connection between me and these vinyls like there is with most of my collection. So here's the slightly different story on why I bought this set.
Firstly, I love how everything about the Storybook Collection screams Disney vacation. Donald and Pluto look adorable and have true likeness to their characters, wearing their usual outfits - with a tourist twist. Pluto is wearing a Sorcerer Mickey hat which is a popular souvenir at Walt Disney World. Donald has a visor and is wearing a backpack, which has a water bottle painted on one side, and some Vinylmation peeking out of a pocket. He is ready for a day at the park and I love the level of detail there!
The two of these characters together made a really cute set and I could instantly picture them accompanying me on my travels around Walt Disney World. They are both so ready for vacation! When I bought the set and unboxed it, I fell even more in love. The paint job is amazing! The colors really pop and look so vibrant on both figures, and I already mentioned the incredible detail on Donald's backpack. Pluto's hat is secured and isn't removable, which is good for taking him places. Donald's visor is rubber and while that can't be removed either (which I'm fine with) that's a good choice because now I'm not afraid of that breaking in transit.
These two Vinylmation will be joining me at Walt Disney World next month so stay tuned for pictures!
As part of today's Force Friday II Star Wars merchandise release, a Star Wars The Last Jedi Eachez has been released today at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. This Eachez has a Limited Edition size of 1,500 and features a common Praetorian Guard with a 7/10 chance of being in the blind box. The two variant Praetorian Guards each have a different weapon accessory and have a 1/5 and 1/10 chance respectively of being in the blind box.
The figure on the left is the rarest variant figure (limited edition size of 150), the Guard pictured center is the common figure (limited edition size of 1,050), and the vinyl on the right is the second variant figure (limited edition size of 300). Each blind box retails at $16.95.
The Kingdom of Cute Vinylmation series was released back in and while it's more Disneyland focused and uses unique molds for each figure, I like it. It's not a favorite series of mine, and I'm not sure that I'll be picking any up because it's based on Disneyland, but I am super happy to see more park themed released. Plus these are super cute designs!
I'm surprised to see 12 figures in this series (plus three variants) because more recently series have included only 8 Vinylmation. I think 12 works here and is the farthest thing from overkill. There are so many great figures here, having 12 I think gives you a better shot at what you want.
Things to love about this series:
It's retro - I personally love the retro feel of this set. I'm all about anything retro and this works really well in my opinion. There's a feeling of nostalgia here but several of the figures are still current offering at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, such as Space Mountain
It's cute - The designs are cute juts like the box says! I'm not always a fan of cutesy things but these really work and truly are cute. Who knew you could do that with a gargoyle?
Great mix of figures - I love that this set includes attractions (Haunted Mansion, Mad Tea Party), icons (Sleepy Beauty's Castle, the Sword in the Stone) and snacks (Corn Dog, Dole Whip). It's a well balanced collection of many must-have and must-do things at the parks
New figures - Sometimes repeats of figures are justified, but not all the time. It's great to see figures in this set that haven't been seen in Vinylmation form before, like the Sword in the Stone, Sleeping Beauty's Castle and the Mint Julep, among others
Fantastic Chaser - The Chaser in this series is perfect! So well designed, and a popular and worthy figure to chase
The Variants - There are 3 variants in this series (see them here, here and here) so if you're big into collecting variants, you have your work cut out for you! I personally think the last two are unnecessary but I'm not familiar with those attractions at Disneyland so there could be a good reason for those. The Dole Whip variant however makes total sense and is a great idea for a variant! Many people swirl (including me) that it makes a very worthy variant
Things that aren't so great:
As a veteran of Walt Disney World, I would find this set a lot more appealing if it were geared toward WDW as opposed to Disneyland. There is some overlap for sure: Space Mountain, the Haunted Mansion, Popcorn, Dole Whip and The Jungle Cruise, but that's not enough for me to blind box these figures with only half the set appealing to me. The Mad Tea Party does not look like Magic Kingdom's version, nor does the Skyway, so those are out.
The price - at $18.99 a blind box, I have even more reason not to gamble with my money by blind boxing these figures. I know Park Starz are that price but they seem to be much higher quality figures, and they come in fancier presentation boxes. These figures are sold in regular paper boxes like 3" Mickey mold figures. I know the Mickey Cartoon series also retails at $18.99 so perhaps that will always be the Vinylmation price point from here on out, but I think that's steep for both series. The former price of $12.95 per box was much more reasonable.
Recently I posted the bulk of my Vinylmation collection and how I display them (check that post out here). I also mentioned that I have many, many more vinyls than that and I collect in subcollections. The bulk of my Vinylmation are Park figures because that's what drew me to Vinylmation, but other figures started to catch my eye and so began my collecting of other series. Today I want to share one of those subcollections - my Marvel collection.
I grew up reading Marvel comics my whole childhood, which is part of the reason why I love the movies so much. I get to see these comics come to life and remember my happy childhood days reading the comics. My favorites were Spider-Man and X-Men, which were the two I read the most, but I also read Iron Man, Doctor Strange, and Captain America.
When Disney released Mavel Vinylmation I had to get some! The series received some criticism because the figures didn't look like the movie characters, but I was pleased that they didn't. I loved that these vinyls were taken straight from the comics I knew and loved! Later duplicate figures were released of some of these characters that were designed to look like their movie counterparts. I passed on those.
I have (left to right) Captain America, Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, J. Jonah Jameson, Doctor Octopus, The Green Goblin and Electro. I love these vinyls because they're comic accurate, they remind me of reading those comics as a child, and they also remind me of Marvel Superhero Island over at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure, where all of my vinyls except Iron Man feature. I think these vinyls are expertly designed by artist Thomas Scott and I love the perfect accessories three of them have!
So that's one of my subcollections that I'm very proud of and is currently sitting on my desk at home.
For this month's installment of The Backside of Vinyls, I'm looking at the Red Car Trolley from the Disney's California Adventure series. I've only been to DCA once (and that was over 10 years ago) but I love the nostalgic, old Hollywood feel of this vinyl even though I've never experienced the Red Car Trolley.
The most obvious feature on the back of this Vinylmation is Walt Disney's signature in the back of the right ear. I think this is a really cute use of the space even though (to my knowledge) it's not directly related to the attraction. On the back of the head we can see silhouettes of some of the features of Disney's California Adventure. To the far left are palm trees next to a silhouette of the Carthay Circle restaurant.
Carthay Circle is one of the more memorable eateries over at DCA and features recognizable architecture that looks great as a silhouette on the back of this vinyl. The next silhouette is California Adventure's Tower of Terror attraction, which is now Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout.
I've said in many previous posts that I would share my Vinylmation collection and I never have. But today I finally am! I have over 200 Vinylmation (excluding Jr. and 9" figures) and I don't display them all at the same time. I have sub-collections if you will and my vinyls are organized that way. I don't just mean the series that they are, such as Park or Pixar, but instead by the theme that I'm going for with those figures.
You can also see in this article the main way in which I display my Vinylmation, which is through custom made shelves.
Magic Kingdom Collection
This first sub-collection is all of my Magic Kingdom themed figures. The first shelf is Fantasyland and Liberty Square, the second shelf if Adventureland (with the exception of the Vulture who with his hat doesn't fit in any other place on the shelf), the third shelf is Tomorrowland and Frontierland and then Frontierland continues on the bottom shelf. You will also see Haunted Mansion Mickey and Friends on that shelf which I placed there to fill the space, along with the "miscellaneous figures" The Colonel, Wet Paint Donald and the Mickey Bar. I probably could have arranged these better, but so far I haven't.
I also have a couple more Magic Kingdom figures not on the shelf, because what I didn't realize was painting the shelf was a TERRIBLE idea! The paint has transferred on to pretty much every figure. If the back of the figure has touched the back of the shelf there is now silver paint on the back of that vinyl's head. Pretty much every vinyl has it stuck to their feet also. I don't want to ruin any more figures so the ones that are already ruined are staying put and I won't add any new figures to this shelf. Thankfully you don't ever see the feet and you rarely see the back, so it's not noticeable, but I know it's there and I paid a lot of money for some of those figures, so it still makes me angry. I can't get the paint off without further damaging the figure.
Animal Kingdom & EPCOT Collection
This shelf houses my Animal Kingdom collection in the ears, and my EPCOT collection in the head. As those of you with a keen eye will see, some of these vinyls are not Park Series figures. The Yeti is from Myths and Legends but there hasn't been a 3" Yeti figure in the Park Series (only 9" and Park Starz, with the exception of the Yeti Mouse, which is ugly) so I got him to represent Expedition Everest since there's not a Vinylmation of that attraction either.
Next to Buzzy is an Urban figure but he looked so much like the guy from El Rio Del Tiempo that I got him and added him there. Finally Nemo is from the Pixar series but he's perfect in this collection given his EPCOT attraction. The first shelf in the head is the Tapestry of Nations parade and the Troll from Norway, the middle shelf is Future World and the bottom shelf is a mix of the two.
Hollywood Studios Collection
This shelf is mostly my Hollywood Studios Collection. The first two shelves are just a mix, with an Urban figure in there (Popcorn) because I always get popcorn there so it makes me think of Hollywood Studios. The middle shelf is my Hollywood Tower Hotel row with the elevator and ghosts. The fourth shelf are not Hollywood Studios figures but I wanted to display them on a shelf and they fir perfectly there. There's Lagoona Gator from Typhoon Lagoon, Summer Santa and the Snowman from Blizzard Beach, and a DVC Member vinyl that looks like Old Key West. My brother got me that one.
Finally the bottom shelf is another mix of figures most of which are not Park Series. Indiana Jones is from his own series but he's included because I love the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. Lightning McQueen and Mater are a two pack from a Pixar series but they're there because of their Hollywood Studios meet and greet. And then there's Chernabog who's from Villains #3 but I love his scene and Fantasmic and that's what he reminds me of so he's there too. I actually have one more to add to this shelf but as you can see, I don't have space.
So there's some insight into how I display my collection! I will be showing off other sub-collections in future Collector's Space posts.
To celebrate the release of the new movie Spider-Man Homecoming, a Marvel Spider-Man Eachez has been released at the Disneyland Resort, the Walt Disney World Resort, and at the Disney Store online. This is a Limited Edition of 2,500 and both figures were designed by Disney artist Thomas Scott.
The common figure is Iron Spider (pictured left) with 9 in 10 odds of being in the blind box for a total of 2,250 pieces, while the variant figure is Spider-Man 2099 with 1 in 10 odds of being in the blind box, for a total of just 250 pieces. Each blind box retails at $16.99 and may become available later on the Shop Disney Parks App.