If you’re a “Star Wars” fans who has made arrangements to go to Chicago next week for the 2019 Star Wars Celebration, the event must be feeling so close now that one could almost taste it. For the collectors among the fans, the exclusive items to be had there are sure to be worthy additions.
While there are expected items: event-themed clothes and accessories, novelties, stationery and collectible trading pins abound during Star Wars Celebration, there’s also a particular set of stuff that’s so rare, they need to be awarded to attendees via lottery. These exclusive toys range from displayable, to poseable, to outright buildable.
Sometimes there are ways to gain from a loss. Walt Disney World seems to think so with their plans for the personalized hexagonal decorative bricks at the Disney’s “Walk Around the World” attraction in Magic Kingdom theme park. These bricks were sponsored by guests when they were installed years ago, and while they’e being removed those sponsors will be able to claim commemorative replicas.
Disney World is thus opening Commemorative Brick Kiosks at Magic Kingdom as well as Disney Springs, to both facilitate old sponsors in redeeming commemorative versions of the Walk Around the World bricks, as well as to print blank bricks with customizable text for interested buyers.
Verified sponsors of Disney’s Walk Around the World bricks from years ago will be given a one-time-use voucher (or code if done online at shopDisney.com) with which to purchase a commemorative 6-inch hexagonal brick for $10 plus tax this spring.
Non-sponsors on the other hand can proceed to the Commemorative Brick Kiosks in Magic Kingdom’s Tommorowland Light & Power Co., or Disney Springs’ Marketplace Co-Op. There they’ll find a special digital printing service that’ll print blank commemorative bricks with their choice of logos, personalized names or special occasion and date.
It should be noted that collectors will have limited customization options compared to the Walk Around the World sponsors. Non-sponsor commemorative bricks can range from 6 inches at $29.99, 8 inches at $49.99, and the coming-soon ornament ($24.99), all with tax to be added. This opportunity for keeping a remembrance of “Walk Around the World” lasts only until August 31.
The release of a major blockbuster movie based on a “child-friendly” property like superheroes is bound to come with some tie-in merchandise. And if it’s from a powerhouse studio like Marvel Studios (under Disney), then you can expect many toy brands partnered up to bring quite the variety of products.
For instance, Captain Marvel which premieres March next year has just been announced to be having tie-ins coming out from Diamond Select Toys, the toy-making sister company of Diamond Comics Distributors. Thus far they have two products announced, but they sound quite impressive. Let’s put them in a nice list.
Marvel Movie Minimates: Captain Marvel Box – 2-inch DST “minimate” minifigures with articulated and exchangeable body parts; SRP $24.99 due to release in spring 2019
Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel
Kree Soldier Att-Lass
Kree Sniper Minn-Erva
Skrull Agent Nuro
Marvel Select: Captain Marvel (Starforce Uniform) Action Figure – 7-inch fully articulated (16 points) action figure of Captain Marvel in her Kree Starforce uniform; facial likeness of Captain Marvel film lead actress Bree Larson; SRP $24.99 due to release in summer 2019
Captain Marvel arrives in cinemas just over a month before the premiere of Avengers: Endgame, late April 2019.
Certain Starbucks locations often have on offer a variety of “You Are Here” souvenir mugs for tourist customers, the better to commemorate having a Starbucks coffee when travelling. As Starbucks also has branches in Disney theme parks, it’s only natural that they have “You Are Here” mugs to sell there.
But! Now Disney fans who can’t make a trip to any park soon (and have a serving of Starbucks while they’re at it) can now order a Starbucks Disney mug online, at shopDisney no less. They now carry mugs for all Starbucks locations on both Disneyland and Disney World. Here’s what they have in store:
Disney California Adventure
Walt Disney World
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
In addition to the actual drinking mugs, shopDisney also has Starbucks “You Are Here” mug ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree. And while smaller, they can still be used for drinking if you want to. All the above have ornament variants except for Magic Kingdom. The mugs cost $16.99 on shopDisney while the ornaments are $12.99, so visit their website for details and online purchases.
Subscription boxes have been one of the most convenient marketing strategies and product distribution methods ever devised to deliver merchandise for brands with niche customers. A lot of companies like vinyl figure manufacturer Funko are really into it. And Disney’s not going to be left behind with this popular gimmick.
Their online store shopDisney has recently launched the Disney Princess Enchanted Collection, promising subscription boxes for little girls filled with a magical merchandise experience themed around one particular Disney Princess per box in the series.
Available in regular and deluxe editions, each Disney Princes Enchanted Collection subscription box contains a video greeting from the featured Princess, one authentic princess costume from the Disney Store, a read-along storybook with CD, stickers and activity materials, and a Special Offer voucher for $10 off on a minimum $50 purchase either on Disney Stores or shopDisney itself. The deluxe box ups the number of extra Princess treats and activities.
The first subscription box for the Disney Princess Enchanted Collection, starring Belle from Beauty and the Beast, is now up for preorder at shopDisney, with a delivery date of December up to the 25th. Here’s a list of Princesses featuring in the series so far:
Belle: Don’t judge a book by its cover (Beauty and the Beast)
Moana: Find your own way
Ariel: Explore new worlds (The Little Mermaid)
Jasmine: See the good in others (Aladdin)
Aurora: Always wonder what’s possible (Sleeping Beauty)
Cinderella: Never give up
These subscription boxes are priced as low as $49.99 each ($79.99 deluxe) which includes shipping and handling costs.
In this day and age of bleeding-edge information tech, it’s easy to eventually forget about doing simple actions for children like reading them stories from a book. But the same smart home tech that’s phasing out that sort of activity can revitalize it into something magical. And leave it to Disney to demonstrate just how.
Disney along with Penguin Random House Publishing and Google has collaborated to create a new storytelling experience in conjunction with the Little Golden Book storybook series. New Little Golden Book releases adapting various Disney films can, when read by a storyteller in range of a Google Home smart speaker, will activate various audio cues in time with the tale’s events.
Here’s a list of fairly recent Little Golden Book Disney storybooks that have the appropriate audio backing on Google Home:
The Three Little Pigs
Alice in Wonderland
Mickey Mouse and His Spaceship
Mickey’s Christmas Carol (exclusive on Target)
Toy Story 3
Jack Jack Attack
So when reading, for example, the Disney’s Coco Little Golden Book, sound effects like strumming guitars will sound when certain passages are read. And when the teller pauses, background music from the film pipes up. Finally, Google Home can detect when the reader’s skipping scenes, automatically shifting audio to always match what’s happening in-story at present.
If you thought those beautifully illustrated vinyl LPs of several Disney animated film soundtracks from the 1990s was all there was of shopDisney’s nostalgia trip, you haven’t seen anything yet. There’s a whole wave of Mouse House merchandise coming out that throws back towards the decade of the Disney Renaissance.
From clothing to accessories and various knickknacks, shopDisney’s determined to bring Disney fans back to the age of VHS and similar venerable old things with their appropriately themed merchandise. They can be found in Disney branded stores and of course online, and are decently priced for collectors who want to snag more than one item. Here’s a list of choices:
As we already know, Marvel Studios which created the massively popular Marvel Cinematic Universe turned ten years old this year. As part of its many celebratory promotions throughout 2018, the Disney Movie Rewards program is offering a series of collectible emoji pins crafted by 100% Soft, featuring the many major Marvel characters in the MCU.
These Marvel Studios commemorative pins come in four sets of four, totaling 12 in all. MCU fans who sign up for Disney Movie Rewards will have a chance to bring home one each of these pin sets, while supplies last.
While we’ve been introduced here to Star Wars: Forces of Destiny as a Lucasfilm Animation web series, that has also seen airplay on Disney’s cable channels, the concept is actually far-ranging and involves print media and toys. Hasbro in particular has launched a line of “Adventure Figures” in August 27.
Said adventure figures have the articulation of action figures, but also garbed in real-fabric clothing like dolls, as befits the mostly-female lineup of Star Wars characters in Forces of Destiny. We’ve got a list of the first several figures released for the line last year, with many to come later.
Princess Leia (as seen in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back) with droid R2-D2
Rey (as seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Jyn Erso (as seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Sabine Wren (as seen in Star Wars Rebels)
Rey (as seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi) with droid BB-8
Chewbacca (as seen in the Star Wars original trilogy)
Ahsoka Tano (as seen in Star Wars: Clone Wars)
Padme Amidala (as seen in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones)
Luke Skywalker (as seen in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back) with Yoda
Princess Leia (as seen in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi) with Wickett
Princess Leia Platinum Edition (as seen in Star Wars: A New Hope) with droid R2-D2
Rey and Kylo Ren 2-pack (as seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
When Walt Disney’s “Animated Canon” of feature-length films is brought up, almost always the discussion would bring up the songs. The earliest movies made by Disney himself were patterned after the popular genre of musicals after all, and the appeal never quite went away where later animated films are concerned.
It’s these song numbers, from the classic “Someday My Prince Will Come” to today’s Broadway-esque belters like “Let It Go”, that are the subject of a new Disney-themed party game from Hasbro. It’s the “Disney Song Challenge”, a hilarious way for you and your friends to channel your inner Disney-warbler.
The entire setup for “Disney Song Challenge” comprises a deck of cards and a special roulette. You and your friends then flip the top card of the deck, showing either a Disney movie or TV show with musical numbers. The players then try to be first to sing a song from said film or show.
If a player successfully sings a song from the Disney media shown in the card, they win it. If the player goofs the lyrics however, he must then spin the “Wheel of Fun-sequences” that’ll state what he must do until the next player starts singing.
The “Disney Song Challenge” is all full of references to not only the Disney Canon but its other music-filled productions. The deck has 90 cards’ worth of musical films and TV shows while the Fun-sequences are fun references to these same media. The first player to win five cards from successfully singing their numbers wins.
It’s a party game that challenges your depths of Disney musical knowledge while being rib-tickling fun. Hasbro’s “Disney Song Challenge” is already online at the very least, priced at US$19.99 or £29.99 in Amazon. It’s recommended for 3 or more players, ages 10 and up.