Friday, November 30, 2012

Release Day Friday: November 30, 2012

Only two items released today and they are both online releases of products already available elsewhere.

Next week is set up as a slow release day as well. According to Disney, all we will see is the Mad T Party LE combo in California.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mickey's Circus Photoshoot

We finally got around to taking the Mickey's Circus Vinylmation figures to Storybook Circus over at the Magic Kingdom. It's a wonderfully themed place. Make sure you take the time to stop and look around. Take note of the numbers on the Circus train cars. Tell us what you think of the photos below. And email us your best pics of Vinylmation at the Disney Parks. 

Storybook Circus, Magic Kingdom

Storybook Circus, Magic Kingdom

Dumbo and Jumbo
Storybook Circus, Magic Kingdom

Dumbo and Jumbo
Storybook Circus, Magic Kingdom

Circus Goofy
Storybook Circus, Magic Kingdom

Circus Mickey
Storybook Circus, Magic Kingdom

Circus Mickey
Storybook Circus, Magic Kingdom

Circus Minnie
Storybook Circus, Magic Kingdom

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Fantasyland Grand Opening Details and Trading Event

I will start with the news that most directly impacts Vinylmation collectors. Disney has announced a merchandise (mostly pins, no vinyls) event to be held on December 6th to commemorate the Grand Opening of The New Fantasyland. The event will be held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Room J at the Convention Center from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. At the event, various pins, a coin and a shoulder bag will be on sale. They will also be offering space for guests to trade pins (or Vinylmation if desired) during that time. It is important to note two things: For pin collectors, there will by NO pins released at the Magic Kingdom on December 6th. They make a point of letting us know that. And for everybody, the resort will not allow guests to line up before 4pm on December 6th.

The pins that will be released include the Annual Passholder pins that were expected at the Fantasyland previews, but delayed. We also have info on the DVC exclusive pin that was previewed at the trade nights. Now, lets take a look at the merchandise:

Here is the AP merchandise that includes an LE 600 shoulder bag and LE 1000 coin:

We also found out where this DVC exclusive pin went:
According to Steven Miller on the Disney Parks Blog: "It will be released at the Merry Member Mixers for Disney Vacation Club Members. The first once was held (November 27) at Epcot and the pin was released there. It will continue to be sold at the Mixer events until gone. We won’t have it at the Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort release party."

As for the other pins, including the Pluto's Christmas Tree Piece of Disney Movies pin, Steven Miller is checking to see if those will also be at the Coronado Springs event. Now lets take a look at the merchandise that will be made available only at the Magic Kingdom on December 6th. This merchandise will not be at Coronado Springs, but select pieces will be available online.
For men, shirts will be offered in sizes ranging from small to 3-extra large, while ladies’ shirts will have sizes ranging from extra-small to 2-extra large. For youth, the shirts will be offered in extra small to extra large.

This is one of those covers for an ear hat instead of a full hat. It is LE 1000.

Finally, iPhone 5 cases! The Fantasyland versions are LE 300 each. The Princess ones are limited release.

I LOVE these prints. They are LE 500 a piece. No price given.

On December 6, you can find commemorative merchandise in the following Magic Kingdom Park locations:
Emporium – Main Street, U.S.A. – Will have tees, Cover Your Ears and D-Tech On Demand cases.
Main Street Cinema – Main Street, U.S.A. – Will have deluxe prints only.
Big Top Souvenirs – Fantasyland – Will have tees only.
Mickey’s Star Traders – Tomorrowland – Will have tees only.
Pirates Bazaar – Adventureland – Will have tees only.
The event tees and the D-Tech On Demand cases with Disney Princesses for iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5 will also be sold via the Disney Parks online store from December 6-9, 2012 (please allow 8 to 10 weeks for delivery). To find these items online starting December 6, visit

Spotlight On: Custom Vinylmation Artist Mike Vetrone

Artist Mike Vetrone just sent us pictures of his newest creation. My jaw dropped. This depiction of Beauty and the Beast is simply stunning. I love the added touch on the wheels. Take a look and let us know what you think...

Monday, November 26, 2012

Vinylmation Cyber Monday Sale

It's time for the "Why the heck do I buy Vinylmation when they are released even with my Annual Passholder discount" sale. Today is Cyber Monday, so of course the Disney Store has a ton of stuff on sale. And of course, that includes Vinylmation. Here are just some of the deals, there are plenty more to look at. All Popcorns are just $5! So are Mascots and Mechanical Kingdom, including the online only Ludwig Von Drake.

No December Disneyland Trade Night?

It appears that Disneyland may not have a December trade night. Over the course of 2012, DLR and WDW have alternated months, and the final month of the year should have belonged to the west coast. However no trade night has been put on the calendar section of either the Disney Pin or Vinylmation websites.
We do know, however, Disneyland will host a January trade night at the Paradise Pier Hotel (date TBA) while Walt Disney World's Contemporary Resort will get it's next one in February. The coasts will continue to alternate throughout 2013. One hint to no December trade night is the Disney Pin announcement that the December "Trade Night Pin" featuring Duffy the Disney Bear in Santa suit will be released on Thursday, December 6th at Pin Traders in the Downtown Disney District.
We put an inquiry into Disney to confirm, but does anyone out there know any news to the contrary?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Mystery Topper

Our friends IndyandMarion sent us over a mysterious picture the other day...

It is a Vinylmation Mystery Chaser antenna topper. They found this one at Disneyland but we have since seen them pop up at Walt Disney World as well. It seems to take the form of a junior figure with the arms tucked by the side. They retail for $5.95, but there is a 2 for $10 sale going on right now.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Episode 098 Anubis

Ep. 098 Anubis

This week we discuss the latest Disney Store releases... Robots 3 and Zooper Heroes. We also talk about the AP figures floating around the world resorts and announce the winner of the random DeeVee Award voter drawing. We also cover more of the latest news and have an up to date calendar of releases.

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2012 Dee Vee Award Winners

2012 DeeVee Awards

The 2nd annual Destination Vinylmation Dee Vee Awards honors this year's best Vinylmation and Artists. If you haven't listened to Episode 96, please do, a lot of hard work was put into it by Nick and MC as well as all the presenters and artists who lent their voices. Here is the list of this year's winners. We hope you enjoyed the process and remember to be on the look out for vinyl to nominate for next year's Dee Vees. Please listen to our next podcast for the announcement of the winner of the Vinylmation from the voters drawing.
Favorite Disney Artist
Maria Clapsis

Some of Maria's popular figures of the past year include: Star Wars, Tower of Terror Bellhop, and Roger Rabbit.

Thank you Maria for all your hard work.

And thanks to Inside the Magic host Rickey Brigante for presenting this award.
Favorite Disney Commissioned Artist

NOAH gave us customs such as: DCL Pirates, Muppets, Villains and Epcot 30th.

Thank you NOAH for your dedication to this art form.
Favorite Custom Artist

This past year Annemarie has made many stand out customs including: Furry Friends 2, Hurley, LOST and Figero/Cleo.
Best 3" Figure
Director Mickey

Artist: Jim Valeri
Set: Burbank Studios
Best 9" Figure
"The Clock Strikes Twelve" Cinderella's Castle

Artist: Gerald Mendez
Set: "The Clock Strikes Twelve"

Thank you Lou Mongello from WDW Radio for presenting this award.
Best Jr. Figure
Three Blind Mice

Set: Nursery Rhymes
Best 12 Figure Set
Furry Friends

Set: Furry Friends

Best non-12 Figure Set
Disney Character Star Wars

Artist: Maria Clapsis

Thanks to presenter O.C. Vinyl Don from Vinylmation
Best Chaser
Tower of Terror Bellhop

Artist: Maria Clapsis
Set: Park 9

Thank you to celebrity presenter Tom Corless, host of the WDW News Today and the See Ya Real Late podcasts.

Best Variant
Dapper Dans

Artist: Thomas Scott
Set: Park 9
Best Use of Ears
Mickey's Philharmagic Donald

Artist: Casey Jones
Set: Park 7
Best Trading Location

Thanks to Dedicated to Disneyland Paris Podcast host Steve Riley for presenting this award.
Most Likely to Be Found in a Trading Box
Robots 2

Artist: Billy Davis
Set: Robots 2
Best Accessory
Rhino’s Hamster Ball

Artist: Monty Maldovan
Set: Animation 2

Thank you to celebrity presenter Amber from the Revolution Diaries podcast.
Best Mickey
Director Mickey

Artist: Jim Valeri
Set: Burbank Studios

Thank you to celebrity presenter Matt Hochberg from the WDW Today podcast.
Best Non-Mickey
Platform Figure
Park Starz Yeti

Artist: Thomas Scott and Casey Jones
Set: Park Starz
Best LE Combo Set
Carl and Ellie

Artist: Ron Cohee
Set: Pixar 1

Thanks to Carl C. Von Lewin from for presenting this award.
Best Use of Clear
Hat Box Ghost

Artist: Casey Jones
Set: Haunted Mansion
Best Location Specific
Director Mickey

Artist: Jim Valeri
Set: Burbank Studios

Thanks to the creator of Vinylmation World, Gregg Gaines, for presenting this award.
Best Packaging
Furry Friends

Set: Furry Friends

Thank you to celebrity presenter Brent Dodge from From Scream to
Best Vinylmation Event
Mickey's Circus

September 7-9 2012 at EPCOT

Thank you to celebrity presenter The Professor from the YesterEARS podcast.
Most Anticipated
Upcoming Series
Pixar 1

Release Date: All ready out!

Thank you to celebrity presenter Rapinzel from the Once Upon a Pin podcast.
Best DV Episode
Ep. 088 - Coverage of the Mickey's Circus

This is a great episode and includes an interview with artists Thomas Scott, Maria Clapsis, Eric Caszatt and Caley Hicks.

Thanks to Matt Norris from Vinylmation Kingdom for presenting this award.

Favorite DV Cast Member
The Woman Who Reads the Podcast Intros

Years on DV: 2

Thank you to celebrity presenters: Adam from and Juz from

Red Balloon Awards
The Red Balloon Awards are one-time categories that honor special achievement in Vinylmation. They are named after the first chaser from Park series one.
Best Furry Friend
Cheshire Cat

Artist: Enrique Pita
Best Park Series
Park 1

Artist: Various
Set: Park 1

Those are this year's winners. What do you think of the results?