Today, Vinylmation celebrated its 5th anniversary with a release and signing at D-Street Orlando. It was 5 years ago yesterday that a blank white Create-Your-Own 3" Vinylmation was sold at the Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney. The following month, Park 1 was released... and the rest is history. Vinylmation has come a long way in 5 years. What began as a niche product that was overlooked on the shelves has blossomed into a collectible with its own store, merchandise line and even web series. Vinylmation has been seen on your co-workers desk, held up by celebrities on and even in outer space!
Vinylmation has undergone its share of ups and downs, and who knows where the hobby will be ten years from now. But the reason I purchased my first Vinylmation is still the reason I collect to this day. It is a unique expression of art that truly has a Disney touch. Artists interpret attractions and characters onto a little Mickey Mouse shaped canvas and I have yet to discover a more interesting souvenir that let's me take my memories home with me. There have been a lot of artist involved in Vinylmation over the past 5 years, and I want to thank each and every one of them.
Today, Disney released a special LE 1000 blind box 5th Anniversary 3" figure that had a variant at 1/10 odds. They also released a Marvel Wasp and Yellow Jacket combo, Mickey and Pooh Animal Kingdom combos based on popular theme park tee shirts and a 3" LE 1000 blind box Festival of the Masters Mickey with variant.
Thomas Scott, Maria Clapsis and Ron Cohee also held a signing and met with fans. We did catch up with Maria to record an interview that we will play for you in the podcast that follows next week's Dee Vee Award podcast.