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5:00 PM on 06.04.2014

More Vinylmation Park Starz series 3 news heads our way

The addition of Park Starz to Disney's world of Vinylmation grabbed collectors' attention in a big way. Unlike traditional Vinylmation, each figure in this line has its own unique mold rather than a standard Mickey Mouse form...

Natalie Kipper

10:00 PM on 04.25.2014

Latest custom by Stephanie Cassata is simply DiVine

Stephanie Cassata customized  a 3-inch Vinylmation figure for Earth Day in the image of DiVine, the enchanting lady (on stilts and covered in leaves) who roams the area in the Animal Kingdom between Asia and Africa with ...

Kristina Pino

7:00 PM on 02.05.2014

Look out for toys at the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival

I realize that most of the United States is still covered in frost but over in Disney World, the weather is gearing up for spring. So now seems like an excellent time to start discussing EPCOT's International Flower and Garde...

Natalie Kipper

8:00 AM on 02.03.2014

Custom Delights: Brian Shapiro's Rocket Raccoon

Brian Shapiro has sent along his latest work, a one-off custom of the littlest Guardian of the Galaxy, Rocket Raccoon. The custom Vinylmation figure comes packing a pistol and Rocket's heightened senses and master tactician s...

Brian Szabelski

Tomopop LinkUP: Walking in a winter Wonder Festival photo
Tomopop LinkUP: Walking in a winter Wonder Festival
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome back to an action packed Tomopop LinkUP. Packed is definitely the right word for this edition as we're looking at probably our biggest LinkUP yet! And no wonder, it's the winter convention season! UK Toy Fair was last week though it was kind of a meh event. In just over a week we've got the first Wonder Festival of the year on February 9 followed by New York Toy Fair launching the following weekend on Feb 16 to 19. I'm sure there's like a dozen more before spring.

And thanks to all of these big toy shows there has been an email tidal wave in our inbox, far more than we've been able to post and there's still more coming in every day. And this is just the stuff leftover from last week! Crazy stuff and there's still tons more coming in every day. It isn't all stuff being prepared for the big events; we've also got some great custom and designer stuff that I'm actually a little sad we haven't had time to post because it's so good! See it all after the jump!

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Tomopop LinkUP: Beach movie photo
Tomopop LinkUP: Beach movie
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! I know I've complained at least once already about the winter, but when dealing with subzero temps as often as we have this year I think it warrants some additional complaining. They say the best way to deal with the cold is to think about warm weather, but that's just something people from warm climates say.

Still, the Japanese seem to be pretty content with the warm thoughts; just look at all of the bathing suit-clad figures they've been cranking out this winter! I don't even remember the last time I went to the beach; it's been years. My parents have a pool, at least, but I only used it once last year. Man, I need to get more sun...

Anyway, this week we've got more girls in swimwear, oddball movie toys, and even some hand-knit TV toys. Follow me in to the deep end after the jump!

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New Disney Vinylmation for 2014 are previewed photo
New Disney Vinylmation for 2014 are previewed
by Natalie Kipper

2014 marks the fifth anniversary of Vinylmation and Disney is celebrating the occasion with quite a few announcements. Earlier this week, the Disney Parks Blog posted a preview of several new Vinylmation series coming to the Parks. One of the series, Cutesters Series 6: Snow Day, was announced last month along with a corresponding Disney World artist signing event. This set will be available starting on January 17. Also releasing in January (January 10, to be exact), is the new Indiana Jones line of Vinylmation. Designed by Thomas Scott, these figures will based on the first Indy film, Raiders of the Lost Ark. The combo pack figure in the set, to be released on January 24, was designed by Maria Clapsis.

This year Disney is trying out a new concept for the brand called "Eachz," meaning that one figure in a line will be more common to find than another. This idea will first be put into action with release of limited edition Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Buzz Lightyear figures, exclusive to the Disney Trading Night events at Disneyland and Walt Disney World (keep checking here for announcements). Check out the gallery to see both the common are rare versions of these Vinylmation.

The "Eachz" concept also comes into play with the March release of Easter-themed Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Vinylmation. The two figure possibilities are a black-and-white and full-color version of the same adorable design. June brings the third wave of the popular Park Starz line. You can learn more about this series here and here. The teaser images for this line's next wave show figures of Dreamfinder (previously of EPCOT's Journey into the Imagination) and Sonny Eclipse (from his restaurant in the Magic Kingdom). Fans of Duffy the Disney Bear (myself included) will be excited about the release of a limited edition mystery series painting the lovable bear in different designs. This line will be released in July. The final photo was of the limited edition Cranium Command set, part of the Vinylmation Park series. No release date for this one, unfortunately.

This certainly is a lot for collectors to take in. Are there any of these upcoming releases that you are particularly excited about?

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2:00 PM on 12.16.2013

Brian Shapiro's Cheshire Cat custom has a little trick

Brian Shapiro has a new series of custom Vinylmation figures he's created, calling them Invertimation. A name like that might hint at what he's up to, but his first Invertimation figure — the Cheshire Cat — shows ...

Brian Szabelski

12:00 PM on 12.08.2013

Vinylmation Cutesters Series 6 signing on January 17

The latest Vinylmation release takes a cue from the season and adds a dollop of sugary cuteness to the mix in Cutesters Series 6: Snow Day. The new set, designed by Maria Clapsis and Caley Hicks, features fuzzy animals like a...

Natalie Kipper

Tomopop LinkUP: the Nendoroid rage edition photo
Tomopop LinkUP: the Nendoroid rage edition
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome back to another week of Tomopop LinkUP! It's been pretty crazy this past week, what with everyone trying to extend Black Friday and Cyber Monday into more than just a single day. If you looked around there were some good figure deals to be had, though I can't say I found much of interest at major retailers. Seemed like this year the best deals were online. Or maybe that's the same as every year and I'm just so used to buying stuff online that I don't notice anymore. Well, whatever the case, there were some good stuff out there.

This week on LinkUP we've got an unintentionally large number of Nendoroids to talk about alongside some designer figures, prototypes, bots, another Kickstarter, and some superheroes.

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7:00 PM on 11.25.2013

Custom Made Monday: Plushie fun for everyone

It's the Monday before Thanksgiving, can you feel the craziness? It's freezing cold, food needs to be bought and prepared, where does the time go? Before you get swept into Thanksgiving madness, relax a bit while looking at t...

Vanessa Cubillo

DesignerCon 2013: Evilos/NRB Relic photo
DesignerCon 2013: Evilos/NRB Relic
by Natalie Kipper

Evilos shared a booth with NRB Relic during last weekend's DesignerCon. The two custom vinyl artists had quite an impressive showing. Evilos brought with him his new Breaking Bad Androids, some Carbonite Vinylmation (in both Jr. and full-size), several "Blue Crystal Armovor" custom Glyos figures, as well as pins and even a Disney Infinity figure of Sulley from Monsters Inc. and Monsters University. The Disney Infinity figure was made for a special Facebook group. NRB Relic's delightful carousel ponies were made using My Little Pony dolls as a base. She also had many Disney-inspired custom Vinylmation pieces at the booth (I particularly liked the flying monkey one). Also on display were NRB Relic's special bags that were designed to hold Disney Infinity discs and figures. There was also one created to hold Vinylmation. All of the bags were made with Disney-printed fabric.

Check out the gallery to see the offerings for yourself!

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