Vinylmation

More Vinylmation Park Starz series 3 news heads our way

Jun 04 // Natalie Kipper
Series 3 will be available starting June 6, both at Disney Parks and online. A single blind box will cost US$18.95 but if you want a whole tray, it will be US$227.40. That may seem a bit more pricey than the standard Vinylmation but these figures tend to be bigger and they come packaged in a tin rather than a cardboard box. Not all of the figures have been revealed yet. But here is what has been shown so far: This is the original Barker Bird from outside The Enchanted Tiki Room at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. And this is Dream Finder from the original Journey into the Imagination at EPCOT. Here is an Astronaut from Mission: Space at EPCOT. [Edit: this is actually from Space Mountain, found in both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom parks.] This is that caveman you see near the beginning of Spaceship Earth at EPCOT. He is the one telling the story by the fire where the pictures on the wall start moving, describing the day's hunt. Hailing from Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café in Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland, here is Sonny Eclipse.   This is one of the Turtle floats from Disney's Electrical Parade. God, I miss that one.   The final preview is a two-pack of an Irish boy and a musical Cactus from It's a Small World. Now, onto the variants: The Country Bear Jamboree's Big Al (who first appeared in Park Starz series 1) and Trixie will be part of a special set themed to the Christmas version of their show. The two-pack will be released on June 20 at Disney Parks for US$49.95. It will be limited to 2000 pieces. Also releasing on June 20 in US Disney Parks is a variant edition of Pirates of the Caribbean's sleepy Pig Pirate. The figure will cost US$26.95 and be limited to 1000 pieces. The next pair of variant releases occurs on June 27. The first figure is a clear version of Ezra, one of the three hitch-hiking ghosts that follow the Haunted Mansion's visitors home. He will cost US$24.95 and be limited to 2000 pieces. For the second half of the June 27 releases, Mission: Space's Astronaut gets a red paint job. Like Ezra, this space explorer will cost US$24.95 but will have a slightly small edition size, 1500 pieces. Beyond the excitement of simply getting to purchase theses figures, there will also be a special event at Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney Westside. On Friday, June 27 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern at D Street, artists Caley Hicks, Casey Jones, and Thomas Scott will be on hand to sign the new series along with the variant sets. More information can be found here. [via Vinylmation World]
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Previews, release dates, and pricing
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...

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Vinylmation

Latest custom by Stephanie Cassata is simply DiVine


I had to do it
Apr 25
// Kristina Pino
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 ...
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Disney Parks Events

Look out for toys at the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival


The Vinylmation are in bloom
Feb 05
// Natalie Kipper
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...

Rocket Raccoon custom photo
Rocket Raccoon custom

Custom Delights: Brian Shapiro's Rocket Raccoon


Custom Vinylmation hits the mark like one of Rocket's pistol blasts
Feb 03
// Brian Szabelski
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...

Tomopop LinkUP: Walking in a winter Wonder Festival

Jan 30 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
7-Eleven in Japan (yep, that's a thing) is now base to its own Gundam. A special version of the RX-93 Nu Gundam HG Gunpla is now calling the convenience store chain home. Done up in green, white, red, and yellow the kit is only running for ¥2,625. ToysREvil posted these really cool throw pillows based on game handhelds and controllers by Castella Natalia. Love the cartoonish look to them. Studio Ghibli fan Nendojin went above and beyond simple fan art to make a sculpture of the man himself: Hayao Miyazaki. RocketNews24 has posted video of the piece being made from start to finish. Job well done! Wave previewed a pair of girls from Majestic Prince being added to the Beach Queens line. Not Wave's best work and even they don't seem enthusiastic about them considering they haven't delivered their promised additional info on the girls despite being available for pre-order now. I guess they can't all be winners. And this is what it looks like when Wave tries hard. Akiba Hobby has posted a photo review for the upcoming Beach Queens Illyasviel von Einzbern from Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA. The effort they put into a figure this cute speaks for itself. In case you missed it the three figures from Hunter X Hunter are now available again for re-release. While there's nothing particularly new about them the official figma blog has posted the trio together. The real attraction is a quick three-panel comic. Check out CLayz newest Kuroneko figure from OreImo featuring a school swimsuit with cat years and tail. Oh man, she's perfect! Akiba Hobby posted a preview of Kotobukiya's Wonder Festival exclusive Kobato figure from Haganai. This is a red-dressed repaint of the figure Koto released just this past October. Looking good. Piapro posted a gallery for the upcoming Snow Miku 2014 Licca-chan doll. I kinda don't want to admit that it's growing on me... Also coming to Wonder Festival is a repaint of Orchid Seed's many Super Sonico figures. Based on a figure only just released back in December she is now sporting a chrome silver bikini. Not my kind of thing, but she does look really well made. Dark Horse has licensed the figure rights to the Powers series of comics and graphic novels. Their first piece is the impressively big Retro Girl statue which will later be followed by vinyl figures. More info can be found at the link. Kahotan posted a great gallery for Nendoroid Yoshino from Date A Live. Stiff contender for one of the cutest Nendoroids of all time! Tokidoki is collaborating Pullip on new doll Lunarosa. She's completely clad in Tokidoki fashion and even comes with a Donutella plush. She even gets her own tattoos! No price was given, but she'll be out in February. Sonico hasn't always been her full-figured self. Even she was a kid once. That's the message that Wing is sending with the prototype of their new child version of Nitro+'s digital diva. It actually is a rather cute figure in a much different way than we're used to seeing Sonico. Plum has made a new mini figure for their original character Sarah. She comes in two versions, either red or green. Both are exclusives, starting with sales at Wonder Festival for only ¥600 each. After that the red version will be sold throughout Nagano prefecture while the green one will be sold at the Lake Suwa SA (service area) for ¥700 each. Customizer Jared Flores created this really amazing Vinylmation version of the classic and iconic Dumbo ride found at Disney parks. The piece uses four Vinylmation Dumbo figures and one three-foot Vinylmation figure. Nicely done! That's all for this week! Come back next week when I'm sure we'll have another pile of Wonder Festival 2014 [Winter] previews to look at among other great things.
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Welcome to the start of winter convention season
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 Fai...

Tomopop LinkUP: Beach movie

Jan 23 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Evilos (Christopher Avalos) made this really neat Vinylmation Skeleton Warrior from the Disneyland Indiana Jones Adventure attraction. Amazing detail and I love the included weapons. Nitro+'s @t_santa posted FuRyu's latest Sonico figure to don a tiny bikini. What's interesting is that despite being beach themed with the clear swim tube and beach bag, she's wearing pants! Meanwhile Akiba Hobby has posted a gallery for Kotobukiya's long titled Love Live! School Idol Project - Natsuiro Egao de 1, 2, Jump! ver. Umi Sonada figure. There's a lot to like about this figure from that translucent wrap around her waist to that really neat splash base. Akiba Hobby also did a gallery for the recently released Yoshino swimsuit figure from Date A Live by Plum. Doesn't take long for the photographer to forget she has a face, but it's a cute figure nonetheless. Geek Crafts posted this great set of amigurumi Game of Thrones characters made by Kati Galusz complete with patterns. Winter is definitely here. Kahotan posted a fun gallery for the newly released Nendoroid Mayoi Hachikuji from the Monogatari series. The faces are perfect as usual! AmiAmi blog posted a gallery for these little Free! trading figures. Looks like the boys are having fun at a water park while they float around on tubes. They come six to a case of five characters with Rin Matsuoka getting a face variant. Of course there's no telling if you'll get all six possible figures in a case when they're released in February. Here's something Japanese movie goers are sure to recognize. This popular duo appear before movies to warn people against pirating. Premium Bandai has seen fit to capture their message as a series of figure straps. There are four possible figures and can be bought as a case of 10. We need something like this in American theaters! Tesselate is now selling their latest, the Metlex One: Blue Edition. The little three-inch guy is limited to only 10 pieces and still available for the super low price of £16 or US$26. He comes packaged with a special box, stickers, and even a badge pin. What a deal! Pinkcheaks was nice enough to get figma Mayoi her own pink bike and take some pictures. The pink and yellow fits her perfectly; she looks so adorable with it! That's it for this time, see you again next week for another round of Tomopop LinkUP!
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Now is the time to think summer after all
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 ...

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Highlighted by a new wave of Park Starz, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Duffy Bear, and Indy
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...

Cheshire Cat custom photo
Cheshire Cat custom

Brian Shapiro's Cheshire Cat custom has a little trick


First in his Invertimation custom Vinylmation series
Dec 16
// Brian Szabelski
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 ...
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Vinylmation signing

Vinylmation Cutesters Series 6 signing on January 17


Maria Clapsis and Caley Hicks will be at Downtown Disney in Walt Disney World
Dec 08
// Natalie Kipper
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...

Tomopop LinkUP: the Nendoroid rage edition

Dec 05 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Kahotan has a gallery previewing Nendoroid Yoshika Miyafuji: Shinden Ver. from Strike Witches. She's already been put up for pre-order, but if you wanted to know how this version has changed from the original here's how. Crunchyroll posted a report on a Dokidoki! PreCure event that took place in Japan in November. The big draw for the show was life-size statutes of the characters as well plush versions of the fairies. They also had a number of other statues from previous events on display. French site Ogaman has posted a gallery for Tsume's Gemini Saga figure from Saint Seiya. It's 1/6 scale and cast in polyresin so it should be a pretty solid piece. Fantastic Plastic Toys has revealed three new colorways in their Mystical Warriors of the Ring mini figure line. Their online store has three-packs of Pearlescent Blue for US$9 and Glow in the Dark for US$10. Plus they're doing their first retailer exclusive, Pearlescent Black, for Jay's CD & Hobby. Kahotan did a release gallery for Nendoroid Tohka Yatogami from Date A Live. There's also a preview of Nendoroid Yoshino as well. If it's male figures you're looking for then TeniPuri.com has a prototype preview of Kotobukiya's upcoming ARTFX J Yukimura Seiichi figure from Prince of Tennis. No real details to go by at this time aside from it being 1/8 scale. GSC held one of their live broadcasts last week and figsoku has posted screen caps. It's mostly stuff we've seen before, but we do get our first good look at figma Yukari Akiyama from Girls und Panzer. Plus there's a new look at Nendoroid Akagi and some of her accessories from Kantai Collection. Pinkcheeks posted a great gallery featuring some Nendoroids exchanging gifts for Christmas. Cute stuff! Tokyo Otaku Mode is reporting on a number of new exclusive Gundam kits coming to Gundam Front Tokyo. The four sets, all with pretty long names include HGUC RX-0 Unicorn Gundam Unit 3 Phoenix (Destroy Mode) Ver. GFT ( Limited Gold Coating), HGUC 1/144 Unicorn Gundam Unit 2 Banshee (Destroy Mode) Ver. GFT, MG 1/100 RX-78-2 Gundam Ver. 3.0 Ver. GFT, and BB Warrior Gogg & Acguy & Zock Ver. GFT Tricolor Paint. Disney posted new images of Pixar Vinylmation series 2 on their blog. They added word bubbles to each pic so give them a look. Hot Toys is showing off the latest hero to join their 1/6 Avengers movie line: Bruce Banner! You can either get him alone or in a regional exclusive two-pack with Hulk. Kixkillradio did two festive galleries featuring Cu-Poche girls celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas. Those Thanksgiving costumes are such a great idea! That's all for this week! Hope you call come back next week for another Tomopop LinkUP!
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Maybe not 'rage', but wow, there's a lot of Nendoroid stuff this week
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 w...

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Custom Made Monday

Custom Made Monday: Plushie fun for everyone


Sailor Moon, Hey Arnold, Pokemon, and more
Nov 25
// Vanessa Cubillo
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...

DesignerCon 2013: Evilos/NRB Relic

Nov 11 // Natalie Kipper
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Custom Androids, Vinylmation, and My Little Ponies from some very awesome artists
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 ...

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Disney Vinylmation

Haunted Mansion portraits getting a Vinylmation release


Grim, grinning Vinylmation come out to socialize
Nov 06
// Natalie Kipper
Okay, people who know me personally know that I am a big Disneyland fan, like, Premium Annual Passholder, making visits at least once a month, all that jazz. And my all-time favorite attraction is The Haunted Mansion. Who can...
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VM Villains series 4

Vinylmation Villains series 4 is delightfully diabolical


Atrocuoius alliteration not included
Oct 16
// Kristina Pino
Oh My Disney recently revealed the now-released Villains Series 4, which might actually be the best Villains set yet. This series features Oogie Boogie (Nightmare Before Christmas), Dr. Frankenollie (from the short Runaway Br...
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Loving this custom Day of the Dead Vinylmation


Need more calaveras!
Oct 09
// Pedro Cortes
As we get closer to the end of October and the beginning of November, I'm seeing an increased amount of Day of the Dead art. This is a good thing, as I adore the style. StephanieImagined combined my love of the Day of the Dea...
Vinylmation: TNBC photo
Vinylmation: TNBC

Jack Skellington and vinyl friends come out to play soon


New series slated for release this Halloween
Oct 07
// Kristina Pino
The original Nightmare Before Christmas Vinylmation set showcased the movie's main characters, but what about some of the funny townspeople, or even the memorable enchanted toys and human kiddos? This new series sets out to h...
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Vinylmation: Marvel 1

Vinylmation Marvel series 1 and combo topper revealed


DAT HAWKGUY
Oct 05
// Kristina Pino
Since Rio's "teaser" post of the upcoming Marvel Series 1 Vinylmation figures, Disney has fully revealed the set and, most recently, the amazing Hawkeye combo topper. This entire series was designed by none other than our pal...
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Disney Vinylmation

Disney tease Avengers Vinylmation which is not so secret?


Perhaps you should 'assemble' and make your way to the park for Avengers Vinylmation
Sep 26
// Rio McCarthy
Over on the Disney Parks Blog they've teased that there will be a new set of Vinylmation that is totally a secret. I mean, you might have to ASSEMBLE a TEAM of SUPER people to try and figure this HEROic endeavor from Marvel -...
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And yet again, they are cooler than most of the stuff US Parks get
As we edge closer to fall, Halloween merchandise starts to appear on shelves in Disney Parks around the globe. Starting on September 3, Tokyo Disneyland will have two seasonal Vinylmations for sale. The figures of Minnie and ...

Popcorn Vinylmations photo
What happened to you, Ursula?
Disney's Popcorns series of Vinylmation definitely has its pluses and minuses. The figures are more stylized than traditional Vinylmation figures, with the molds based on a kernel of popcorn (hence the name). However, wi...

A round-up of exclusive toys coming to Disney's D23 Expo

Aug 01 // Natalie Kipper
Before we dive into the exclusives that are available for purchase at the event, I also want to touch on several of the various toy-related activities at different Pavilions within the expo. One I am particularly looking forward to takes place over at the Disney Consumer Products Pavilion and it's called "What Makes a Puppet a Muppet?" Judging from the website's description, it looks like attendees will get the chance to make their very own Muppet plush as well as take part in other "puppet-making experiences." I would assume these activities cost money but no price has been listed. Disney Interactive will also have a Pavilion as well a host a panel on the last day of the convention (Sunday, August 11) in which the first 5,000 attendees will receive a never-before-seen Disney Infinity figure.  You can see more about D23 Expo's Pavilions and panels over at the event's official page. Now, onto the exclusive merchandise! First up, we see the D23 Expo Sorcerer Logo vinylmations, available in clear, blue, and yellow. Designed by Caley Hicks, this series is limited to 2,000 pieces. Each 3-inch figure will cost US$16.95. This Black and White Minnie vinylmation will fit right in with the Steamboat Willie Redux displays over at the Disney Consumer Products Pavilion. She was designed by Eric Caszatt and will cost US$16.95. This figure is limited to 2,000 pieces. The set, featuring Paul Bunyan and Babe the blue ox, is probably my favorite of the con-exclusive vinylmations. This one is limited to 1,000 pieces and will retail for US$29.95. The pair was designed by Ron Cohee. Thomas Scott's Angel and Devil Donald Duck set is limited to 2,000 pieces. The naughty and nice pair will cost US$29.95. The Beauty and the Beast vinylmation set, designed by Caley Hicks, depicts Belle and the Beast from the snowball fight scene. This pair is limited to 1,500 pieces and will cost US$29.95. This next set from the mind of Ron Cohee depicts two of the monsters from the recent Monsters University movie, one from the EEK sorority and another from HSS. The pair are limited to 1,500 and will cost US$29.95. This vinylmation set, designed by Thomas Scott, pays homage to the Silly Symphony in which a fairy grants a mouse's wish to fly (yes, that is a mouse; not a bat). The set is limited to 1,000 pieces and will retail for US$29.95. If the vinylmations weren't enough to make your wallet beg for mercy, Duffy will also make an appearance at this year's D23 Expo as a 12 inch plush, dressed up just for the event. We have also heard news of a Buzz Lightyear Small Fry action figure, based on the Pixar short film, but no official images have been released. So, any Tomopeople heading to the Expo this year? It looks to be a blast! [via Disney Parks Blog, Disney Parks Merchandise]
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Check out what kinds of collectibles can be found!
Disney's D23 Expo starts Friday, August 9, and information regarding exclusive merchandise is beginning to come forward. While there will be things like Dooney & Burke bags and Sephora's Little Mermaid makeup line, let's be honest here: We are in it for the toys. And with that in mind, here is a look at the collectible toy goodness to be found at this year's D23 Expo!

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Obscure brings his steampunk show pieces online


From Steampunk LA, Obscure's custom works vary from Hello Kitty to C3PO
Jun 25
// Vanessa Cubillo
On June 21 at the Vex Arts Center was a great steampunk event called Steampunk LA. Over 50 art pieces were shown at this event, and one of those featured artists was Matt Perez, also known as Obscure. Now he has taken pieces...
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Mickey and Minnie celebrate Summer with these new releases
If you happen to be in the Land of the Rising Sun's version of Disneyland this summer, be on the lookout for a new pair of Vinylmation. Entitled "Summer Fun Mickey and Minnie," the figures show the famous couple attempting to...

Vinylmation Cupcakes! photo
Vinylmation Cupcakes!

Vinylmation Mystery Bakery cooks up some cuteness


The recipe calls for long-time Disney favorites and a hint of sugar
Jun 06
// Natalie Kipper
Disney's Vinylmation steps into the kitchen for their upcoming series, Vinylmation Mystery Bakery. The new release hides beloved Disney characters within the sugary confines of a cupcake, with their identity hidden underneath...
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A special Vinylmation figure sets sail to Alaska


Cute whale? Cute whale
May 21
// Kristina Pino
Maria Clapsis has designed a delightful little whale Vinylmation figure which is to be sold for Disney Cruise Line's Alaska itinerary. You know, in case you need an extra little something to bring home besides the amazing mem...

Custom Made Monday: Lights, camera, art

May 06 // Brian Szabelski
Firefighter Iron Man by Derek Kwok Tsz Kin So starting with the customs featured in the header, we've got another custom Hot Toys Iron Man figure here. Ths one is a late addition to the Iron Man display in Hong Kong's Hysan Place, and it comes from director Derek Kwok Tsz Kin. Called the Firefighter Ironman, it was inspired by his upcoming film As The Light Goes Out, which is about firefighters. The creation is supposed to be a rescure robot walking out from a hellish fire, which turns out to be part-machine, and part-zombie, like some kind of undead firefighting Robocop, I guess? In any case, there's some impressive work here on the detailing, especially the zombified portions of it. Check out those teeth, for just one small example! Ecto-1 Fatcap by Sket One So I'm a huge Ghostbusters fan, enough that I've come close multiple times to hunting down a beige jumpsuit and getting to work on making my own outfit for Ghostbusting (and conventions). Thus, when I saw Sket's Ecto-1 Fatcap, I pretty much fell in love with it. Painted in white with a working red "gumball" siren light on top, Sket's also thrown in a custom PKE meter and ghost trap as accessories for show. Yep, it's beautiful, and sadly, it's already sold for US$550 to some lucky collector. Le sigh. :( [via The Blot Says] Mushroom Munny by Mijbil Mijbil's latest is a 4-inch Munny with a little bit of an interesting "hair-do" ... well, I shouldn't say it's hair because it's fungi. She says in her blog post on the Munny that the idea came to her on a Sunday afternoon and that the project was challenging. Part of that is due to the mushrooms on the head, and to a greater extent, the metal powder she used to coat the inside of the fungi. It took her a couple attempts to get things right because of the high melting temperature of the powder compared to the vinyl materials, but I think the work speaks for itself, doesn't it? If you want to pick him up, you can grab it from Mijbil's store. Poisonous Terror Dart Frog by Nemo Nemo has sent us his latest piece, a custom he's done for Matt A's Night Terror Owl Series 2 figure set. Nemo's creation is a bit more tropical and reptilian, and he calls it the Poisonous Terror Dart Frog. Obviously, the inspiration for the design are the colorful poison dart frogs of the Amazon, and I think he's done a pretty good job turning the claws into something more like webbed toes. The Band by Task One Tenacious Toys and Task One's Pillaging Pop Culture series has just launched its fifth wave of customs based on your childhood. The latest trio of custom Munnys features a few characters that can carry a tune or two. Maybe their music has a little bit of teeth to it? Perhaps enough to put a little scoot in your stride? Or maybe I can just stop making puns based off the characters' names. The Wave 5 pieces are still in the Tenacious Toys shop for US$40 each (or US$100 for all three figures). The final wave will drop in two weeks on May 19; stay tuned for info on what designs are in that! Death Munny by Sciurus Customs We previously spotlighted Sciurus Customs' Nightwing Munny, and now there's a new one worth checking out. They've done a splendid version of Death from Neil Gaiman's Sandman universe, complete with some nicely textured hair. Since she's only black and white, there's not a lot you could do color-wise, but the shading and linework here in regards to paint is superb. Rocket Rabbit by Jenn and Tony Bot The Bots' latest adorable polymer clay-coated custom is this little fellow here. His name is Rocket Rabbit, and true to his name, he is a rabbit with a jetpack. What really caught my attention is the detailing on the smoketrail coming out of the jetpack's rockets. While it serves as a nice base, the differences in how the base is shaped kind of gives the look of smoke spreading as it hits the ground.  Prohibition Dunnys by Stu Witter Stu Witter's latest Dunny series is a collection of 1920s-style inspired Dunnys. Featuring cops, crooks and those caught in between, Stu has assembled a fun cross-section of anthromorphic bootleggers and lawbringers. Check out the link above to see them all and let us know in the comments which one is your favorite! Goro M.U.S.C.L.E. custom by Plastic Playhouse Hey, you got your Mortal Kombat in my mini-figures: Plastic Playhouse has made a Goro figure out of a Ashuraman no Sensei figure from the M.U.S.C.L.E. line. Ashuraman just happens to have four arms, so with a little bit of orange paint and some detailing work ... boom, there's Goro. Looks really cool and better yet, he's possibly on sale right now. You can go to this thread on Little Rubber Guys to purchase him, as long as he's not sold yet! [via Man-E-Toys] Maschinen-THUG by Wizko Graphix Wizko Graphix has taken Unison Labs' THUG.GY figure and turned it into something a little closer to what you might see from Maschinen Krieger. The head has become a cockpit for the mech, complete with space for a Playmobil-based pilot to fit inside and a hinged entry hatch. Some other smaller plastic parts to serve as weaponry or armor plating add to the look, along with the weathered finish in a military green. [via TOYSREVIL] Custom Dunny by JALOS Finally, we finish this week off with a new custom from JALOS. This little guy has a pretty heavy urban graffiti feel to him, along with some additional sculpting to make him look a little more like a cat or a bear ... or a cat-bear. In any case, it's a fine little 3-inch custom that might not be the flashiest around, but that doesn't make it bad at all. [That wraps up this week's installment of Custom Made Monday! If you have any customs you'd like to see featured, or just spot something that's eye-catching and fits the feature, be sure to e-mail us and let us know!]
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No CGI magic here, just talented artists plying their craft
This week on Custom Made Monday, we've gone to the movies for a bit! Or maybe back to the 1920s ... or the pages of your comic book ... or into the sky on a jetpack ... or all of the above. Why? Because they're all among this week's customs, silly. Hit the jump to check it all out!

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Fantasia Vinylmation series 4 through 8 by Thomas Scott


Seriously fantastical
May 06
// Kristina Pino
I think we've missed some of these over the course of this year, but I'd like to remind everyone of the lovely Fantasia figure series by Thomas Scott. Most of the links within this post lead to the Disney Store online, where ...
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Custom Vinylmation, more for sale by Stephanie Imagined


10% off this week!
May 06
// Kristina Pino
Check out the Stephanie Imagined Etsy Shop this week for wares including custom Vinylmation, airbrush artwork, and even My Little Pony goodies, all for sale and going for 10% off the regular price if you use the code "SCASSAT...
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New Duffy outfits, Vinylmation, and Star Wars merchandise spotted
Disney Parks Blog revealed a boatload of new merchandise today. The goods, ranging from iPhone cases to shirts to toys, will be released in the Disney Parks over the course of the Summer. Kristina covered the Beauty and ...

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Coming in June: Beauty and the Beast Vinylmation series


By the ultra talented duo of Caley Hicks and Maria Clapsis
May 01
// Kristina Pino
A delightful Vinylmation series has been revealed featuring work by Maria Clapsis and Caley Hicks, coming together to celebrate the Tale As Old As Time: Beauty and the Beast. For now, this set is slated for release on June 21...

Custom Made Monday: Man or machine ... or mouse

Apr 29 // Brian Szabelski
Iron Man Munny Mark 42 by The Modelmaker We'll kick things off as normal with our header-featured pieces, and that includes the latest from The Modelmaker. You guys have seen his work before, but he's back with something very timely: Tony Stark inside his Iron Man Mark 42 armor from Iron Man 3. Instead of doing just a sculpt of the suit, though, Modelmaker has chosen to create an open-faced look, which means he also needed to sculpt Tony's face inside of the suit. The armor plating is computer designed and made from styrene, shaped to fit around the Munny and superglued on. Personally, I think it looks fantastic and it's the first of two; can't wait to see what Modelmaker is working on next! (Maybe War Machine?) [via Tenacious Toys Blog] Reaper by Imagine Designs This year's MOCathon contest does feature at least one build that's not quite human-friendly. That would be the custom Lego Reaper from the Mass Effect series built by Imagine Designs. It's perched atop a ruined cityscape, and is quite massive. It also comes with articulated appendages and movable faceplates that reveal the big bad laser it sports. You know, for vaporizing pesky Alliance forces. It's about at this point that I'm wondering why EA never partnered with Lego to do some Mass Effect Lego sets ... or if someone's already working on building scaled-down versions of the Citadel and Omega. [via Kotaku] Malcom Reynolds mouse by Quernus Crafts If robots aren't your jam, what about mice? Quernus Crafts has sculpted some great little pieces out of polymer clay, many of them mice, and almost all of them have some kind of cool theme. The initial piece we spotted was this mouse dressed to look like Firefly's Malcolm Reynolds, and "adorable" is a good word to use when describing it. "Pretty well detailed for a tiny piece" might be another, but that's not a word, that's a phrase. She's also done some other incredible pieces; in particular, I love the Where's Waldo mouse. Quernus Crafts does take commissions over at her website, so if you're interested and want to know more, you can head over there ... or just keep thumbing through her Flickr for a half-hour like I did. [via Geek Crafts] Fellow Robotipus by Kasey Tararuj That Reaper isn't the only custom Lego piece in this week's Custom Made Monday. We've also got a few customs done for the Designing Outside The Lines show at 1AM Gallery in San Francisco. Since we have a machine theme, let's start with Kasey Tararuj's piece. It's not a little Lego dude but an 8-inch-tall custom Lego Torch flashlight; Kasey described Robotipus as "a content and happy little gentleman just looking for his sweetheart fembot to shower with love and gifts". While she doesn't normally do robots, I think her design style fits really well with giving Robotipus a personality all his own. Hopefully he'll find that special someone soon ... or at least find a home with a collector! The Demon Fett by Josh Mayhem Also done for the Designing Outside The Lines show is this piece from Josh Mayhem, a sinister-looking being with some design cues taken from Boba Fett. Josh's base is a Lego clock and the Demon Fett is 12 inches tall. What's even more interesting is that the entire thing is built from Lego parts bought at Target, including the cape; many of them come from the Lego Hero Factory line. Style-wise, it's a similar look to Josh's Gundam-inspired pieces, and in fact, he was originally planning to do a Gundam x Lego crossover. I think this design turned out a lot better, though. The Red Samurai and Spartan by Reet Neet Reet Neet has sent us another set of customs Dunnys he's done; this time, both are Jon Paul Kaiser-designed Dunnys for the Dunny 2012 Series and Dunny Apocalypse series, respectively. They've gotten a new paint job and some additional sculptwork; they're on sale for US$80 and if you're interested, e-mail Reet Neet about them. Little Betty Blue Bell by Camilla d'Errico Tweeted out by Camilla last week, this is a custom 4-inch kokeshi doll she did for the Nikkei Museum's Bloom Exhibition in Vancouver, British Columbia. Fairly simple, yet easily recognizable as Camilla's work, it was one of 100 pieces on display as part of event and silent auction on April 25. Also among those participating was Tasha Zimich, whose two pieces can be seen on her website; a full preview is available at the page for the show. Mikey Mouse by Brian Shapiro Brian Shapiro's Vinylmation Incognito Series features a bunch of Disney characters disguising themselves as Mickey Mouse. His latest is themed for the upcoming Monsters University, featuring Mike and Sully trying to get into costume. Well, sort of ... the Mickey head kind of obstructs Mike's lone eye so I don't think he's got the best vision in costume. It's still a pretty fun little piece and fits the Mickey shape well. Custom Calaverita by Rsin Rsin's latest is a custom Calaverita (originally designed by The Beast Brothers) which is a nice fusion of his trademark style and the traditional calaveras made for Dia de los Muertos. I especially like the work around the eyes and the little spider web on the chin of the piece. [via Tenacious Toys blog] Tim Burton Penguin Munny by Incredible Creature Designs This might be the favorite of Scarecroodle's this week: a custom Munny from Incredible Creature Designs based on Danny Devito's Penguin from Batman Returns. It's even got his trademark beak-like nose and it's to-scale. ... Okay, that was a "Danny Devito is short" joke. More works from Incredible Creature Designs can be found in their Etsy shop. [via Super Punch] Nuggs by Ian Ziobrowski As part of April celebrations, Ian Ziobrowski made a few more customs, including one of little Nuggs doing what he probably does best. This little dude was available in Ian's shop a week or so ago for a grand total of one second ... because that's how long it took for Nuggs to sell. Custom Lil' Jammies and Alice in Wonderland False Friends by Fuller Design Finally, we're finishing out this week's installment with more customs from Fuller. First, he's showing off some Lil' Jammies commissions he just completed as part of his Create Your Own Jammies promotion (and is letting us know some more DIY Lil' Jammies are up in his shop). But the real highlight is his Coarse False Friends customs; another commissioned piece, he was tasked with giving them an Alice in Wonderland theme. I think he succeeded with his Mad Hatter and White Rabbit-inspired designs. [That wraps up this week's installment of Custom Made Monday! If you have any customs you'd like to see featured, or just spot something that's eye-catching and fits the feature, be sure to e-mail us and let us know!]
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Timely movie-themed customs pop up in this week's post
Custom Made Monday is back this week after a brief C2E2-related vacation (pre-event preparation, mostly), and it seems in our time, we've missed a few things. Notably, there's some new custom designer toys worth sharing, but ...

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Park Starz series 2 Vinylmation artist signing on May 10


Meet Casey Jones at Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney
Apr 26
// Natalie Kipper
Last month, we previewed the second series of Disney's Park Starz Vinylmation figures. The set, like its predecessor, uses unique molds for each character rather than the traditional Mickey one. Park Starz Series 2 will be re...
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Disney's Animal Kingdom to sell custom Vinylmations


One of a kind pieces celebrate the park's 15th birthday
Apr 21
// Natalie Kipper
April 22 marks the 15th anniversary of Disney's Animal Kingdom park and, in celebration, new merchandise is being released. Among the bunch, the most interesting for toy collectors will surely be the one of a kind Vinylmation...
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Mickey's Wild West Vinylmation series releases April 22


With a special event today in Costa Mesa to celebrate!
Apr 20
// Natalie Kipper
Something to soften those Monday Blues come April 22 is the nation-wide release of Mickey Wild West Vinylmation series at the Disney Store. The set marks the first Vinylmation appearance of Donald Duck's precocious nephews, H...
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Goofy's Candy Co. as bite-sized Vinylmation figures


Junior size, and inedible
Apr 15
// Kristina Pino
The latest release in the line of Vinylmation Jr. figures is based on Goofy's Candy Co., featuring three instances of the Goofman himself, plus a ton of sweet treats. The figures already had an early release on Facebook, but ...
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Custom Delights: Studio Ghibli Vinylmation set


Beautiful custom figures by Annemarie Brown
Apr 12
// Kristina Pino
I've been excited about this post for days, because Mrs Annemarie Brown has been posting these figures one by one over Twitter and such, but I was waiting until the full set was revealed to do one big post about her latest cu...
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Grumpy, Eeyore, Ludwig von Drake, and more in Vinylmation


Animation series 3 is fully revealed!
Apr 07
// Kristina Pino
The latest in Vinylmation is Animation series 3, which has now been revealed to include such characters as Stitch, Mowgli, an Ace (one of the painting cards from Alice in Wonderland), and even Panchito from the Three Caballer...
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My Little Pony Vinylmation custom and plushies!


Why not throw a little cute out this morning?
Apr 05
// Rio McCarthy
Though we may have seen some of these plushies in the previous Plushie Compilations that I've posted, I know we have yet to see this Vinylmation custom. Stephanie Cassata has created a 3 inch Vinylmation piece showing the hot...
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Do I spy the Orange Bird in the mix?
The first of Disney's Park Starz Vinylmation series was, far and away, my favorite of the blind-boxed figurines' lines. The second wave, which was revealed a few days ago, continues the trend of paying homage to Dis...

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Vinylmation Fantasia series 6 is devilish, coming soon


Limited edition of 1,500 - oh woe!
Mar 08
// Kristina Pino
The latest upcoming Vinylmation figure release is a continuation of the Fantasia series. This time around, we've got a Harpy and a Demon, both designed by Thomas Scott. They are from the Night on Bald Mountain segment in the ...

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