Our First Vinylmation

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

When the Vinylmations where announced I promised myself not to get into it, to stay away from it and to not add yet another collectible to my home. But this weekend the Vinylmation trap snapped and a very first figure was both. They just looked so nice and I wanted to get at least one to see what I would get. Got to look at some of the choices in the shop at Disneyland Paris before I picked a box. There was an Animation Series, The Park Series 6, Star Wars Series and the Toy Story Series but it was the Have a Laugh Series that caught my eye. I liked multiple once of the Have a Laugh Vinylmation figures, but one of them in particular became my favorite one of this lot. It was the Mickey’s Garden Figure, the one with the pumpkin.

The boxes are closed however, so I had to be lucky to pick just that one. But I couldn’t help myself and picked a box…

At Cafe Mickey in the Disney Village in Disneyland Paris I opened the box… and what are the odds? (Well I guess 1 in 12). It was the one I wanted, The Have a Laugh “Mickey’s Garden Vinylmation. The trap has snapped for sure as I got the figure I wanted the most in my first pick.

My son was also very happy with his first box. He got himself the Donald one from this series. He had multiple once he liked and would be happy with, Donald being one of them.

The next day we left after a day of fun in the park with 2 more figures each. We both got the Ostrich one from the same set, while I took home Clu from the Tron Series and my son one box from the Star Wars Series. Am I hooked… I hope not, but after looking on the web what is out there I already have a want list. One of the is Shan Yu from the Villains Series (to name one), but I am mostly looking forward seeing the rumored Haunted Mansion Series come to the stores.

Disney Universe Game

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Disney announced a new multiplayer action adventure game they are developing for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC and Mac. The game is set in 6 worlds that are inspired by the Disney Universe from both animation as wel as live action movies.

Players will not be playing a typical Disney character, but will control a character dressed as a Disney character. Those costumes come from Alice in Wonderland, Tron, Lilo and Stitch, Monster inc., and more.

Up to four players can battle it out to win coins and power ups in a game Disney promises to be filled with slapstick humor.

The Disney Universe Game is expected to be released in Autumn 2011 and looks like a lot of fun!

Disney handwritten letter to Mickey creator and More Disney Auctions

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Live Auctioneers has a big auction coming up this weekend where Disney fans’ hearts will beat either a little harder or might even skip a couple of beats when they see the fantastic collection of items that will go under the hammer. There are to many lots to name but I picked a couple of my favorites to give you an idea on what to expect.

How about a “Complete Gladiator Costume from Tron” for those fans of the 1982 Tron movie. I know there are plenty and there is plenty in the auction from Tron for them. Other Tron items include “Tron Light Cycles print signed by Syd Mead” and a “Tron crew jacket and original press kit” among many other Tron stuff.

Want something special straight from the Disney Parks history. You could own a Lincoln bust prototype estimated $4000 to $6000. There are also some first day Disneyland opening tickets set to go for $1.500 or more. There are even some ride vehicles in the auction lot from Snow White and Mr Toad ride and an original 1962 Haunted Mansion door comings from the attraction.

With the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie coming up it’s a great moment to have some Pirates items in your auction too. This includes some amazing stuff like “Pirates of the Caribbean Keira Knightly costume”, “Johnny Depp “Capt. Jack Sparrow” stunt flintlock from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”, “Johnny Depp “Capt. Jack Sparrow” stunt flintlock from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and lots of other cool pirates items.

Tim Burton items are also being sold during the auction. There will be a whole lot of Original Tim Burton hand-drawn ink sketches for Vincent, but also items from Nightmare on Chistmas like a “Collection of 12 color storyboards from The Nightmare Before Christmas” and other artwork. But that’s just the beginning as there is some amazing Nightmare stuff to choose from, including original puppets and items used on the set and in the movie.

But the one and most important items will be a letter written and signed by Walt Disney himself. It’s the “Disney handwritten letter to Mickey creator” written by Disney to Ub Iwerk. This historical document is estimated $60.000 to $80.000 and has been in the hands of the Iwerks family up to now.

This letter documents a major turning point for Disney, urging Iwerks to leave Kansas City, move to Los Angeles and accept his offer to become Disney’s chief animator, marking the moment in time in which history was secured and the Master of Fantasy and the Hand Behind the Mouse came to an agreement that would ultimately change popular culture as we know it today. (Live Auctioneers)

A true gem for a real (and wealthy) Walt Disney collector

Other Disney items include animation production cells, concept art, drawings, Theme Park attraction posters, Club 33 chair, maquettes, and a lot more. There is also a big collection of other movie and TV items not related to Disney.

Auction starts on May 14 and will be divided over 2 days. Early bids can be placed via the site.

Tron Trilogy Rumors and News

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

It’s not a big surprise that Disney is looking at making 2 more Tron movies to complete a “new trilogy”. The movie made a global gross of $399 Million during it’s theatrical run. It’s a “small” profit on a approximately $340 million price tag (making and marketing costs combined), but enough to convince Disney to take it further. It also puts Joseph Kosinski on the map as the highest grossing first time director of a live action movie.

Another reason why a second and third movie is a good idea are the very good Toy sales! This might become yet another one of these Cars successes where the after sale of merchandise is the big money magnet. Add the DVD sale that has just started to the total and everybody at Disney, including their shareholders, will be more than happy. I know I am! Not just because of the positive news above, but especially for 2 more movies. Another nice success is the very popular music from the movie. Daft Punk’s soundtrack sold 615,000 copies world wide. (more…)

Tron Legacy Sequel

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

With a worldwide cross that will hit $300 million it’s no big surprise we might be getting the Tron Legacy sequel without having to wait another 28 years as we Tron geeks had to do after the first movie. Rumors indicate that Disney might be giving the thumbs up and green light the next Tron movie very soon.

It might have had bad reviews from the press, but the general movie goers and public seem to love it enough to fill the theater seats. It looks like Disney could be turning Tron into a big franchise. A TV series is already said to be in the making, keeping the Legacy alive, but a new movie could be  a lot closer too if this rumor from the grapevine is correct. (more…)

Disney’s Blu-Ray 3D List for 2011

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Disney has announced a list of titles that will be released on Blu-Ray 3D. Including in third list is The Liong King and Beauty and The Beast. Both will have their 3D debut on Blu-Ray.

Other titles for 2011 are the two newest movies Tron Legacy and Tangled. Also on the 2011 3D movie  list so far are; Bolt, Meet the Robinsons, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, G-Force and Chicken Little.

Disney plans to release over 15 3D titles this year. These movies will be added to Disney’s 3D available list that already includes Alice in Wonderland, Disney’s A Christmas Carol and Step Up 3.

Tron Opening Weekend Numbers

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Tron did get some heat and bad reviews from the press, but the numbers aren’t to bad as the first weekend Box Office brought $66,6 million worldwide. Especially the IMAX 3D version did very well, grossing a sweet estimated $10,3 million of that total $66,6 million on this first weekend. The $100 million is near and with the movie still to be released in multiple countries for sure an easy target. (more…)

Tron Legacy Doomed?

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Although the movie isn’t out yet first reviews are in from advance screenings for the media and it doesn’t look good. One should not listen to the media reporters and make up your own minds, but it still doesn’t look very promising when most of them don’t have that much of good stuff to say about it. I still can’t wait to see this (I am a fan of the “old” movie), but am a little worried now that this could kill the franchise if the public won’t like it and the Tron universe might be gone for good after this movie. (more…)

InspEarations TRON Mickey Statue

Monday, December 6th, 2010

If you are both a Mickey Mouse fan and a Tron fan (like me) then this is the auction for you. The original InspEarations TRON Mickey Statue is up for grabs on Ebay. Starting bid is $9500, or you can buy it now for $15000. This statue was specially designed for  Mickey’s 75th birthday and has originally been displayed in the park. This is one beautiful collectible!

To bid or buy this item or to see some more picture visit the original Ebay page. 4 days left for those that want to place a bid.

Tron Legacy Month

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

It is almost time! Tron Legacy will be released this month on December 17. Not long to wait anymore, but for those that can’t check out some of the new featurettes that are online.

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Tron and Murphy at Disneyland

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Visit Westcoaster to see the world of TRON infesting a virus into the World of Color show. At the end of the show Tron takes over and looking at these pictures guests are in for some awesome extra show elements including the Light Cycle race and Disc Battles. Make sure to brows all the pictures to see the return of a Dragon! Murphy is back and he is back with a vengeance! Fantasmic without a dragon, is that even possible? Let’s hope the dragon is now back to stay.

Hot Toys Tron Legacy: Sam Flynn and Light Cycle

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

One of the best and hottest toy companies at the moment is based in Hong Kong. This company is Hot Toys and creates some of the best ever figures ever seen in the toy business. The have created some of the most spectacular toys from movies like Aliens, Aliens vs Predator or from Marvel figures like the upcoming Ghost Rider or some of the best Iron Man figures. Iron Man II might have been the worst Super Heroes movie of this year, but the Hot Toys Whiplash and Black Widow figure are amazing! While toys sounds like something for the little once, this is not the case for the Hot Toys figures. These figures well well above the $100 a piece and are pieces of art that belong on display. The figures are mostly limited, making them even more collectible. (more…)

Tron going Retro

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

A new Tron Legacy poster has been released and it is taking us back to the 1982 movie. Nice little touch by the Tron crew! Below you see the old movie next to the new one.

Tron Heroes

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Marvel has finaly released some of the Tron variant covers. Here are 10 of the covers.

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Tron Variants

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Marvel and Disney! They are one and the same (sort of) as Disney bought Marvel. You can already notice this joint venture by the Tron movie adaption’s that are going to appear. But Marvel has more plans. There will be 4 variant comic covers related to Tron in November. There are no pictures yet but the titels of the comic books with variants are: Thor #617, Avengers #7, Captain America #612 and Secret Avengers #7.

Comic book store can order these variants in a ratio of 15 other books of the same title. So if a store orders 15 regular Thor covers it can order 1 extra Thor Tron Variant cover.