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Vinylmations on eBay

Posted by Ashley Rae on June 9, 2012

This post is short and sweet.

I just wanted to let everyone know that I am selling what is left of my Vinylmations on eBay.  If you look up account ARFischer12889 you can see what’s there.

I also have other if they are not up right now.

The ones I have are from Park Series 1-3, Urban 1, and Toy Story.  Along with some Nightmare Befor Christmas’.

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Sorceress’ Guide to the Magic – An Introduction

Posted by Ashley Rae on March 28, 2012

Ladies and Gentleman, Ashley is back.  This time with an incredible diary detailing WDW’s wonderful new game, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.  While we are not the first to write about the experience, this guide aims to inform our friends of the secrets, magic and fun of the new game.  Here you’ll find instructions for play, rumors, game-play tips and more!  So, dust off those pointed hats, don your finest clock and grow some awesome facial hair and  enjoy.  Happy spell-casting!

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Walt Disney World’s newest interactive experience, The Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, has arrived.  For the past week, Jeremy and I have taken to the offensive and began an epic battle against Hades and his crack-squad of lowly villains. Merlin the Magician has trained us (mainly me) to successfully protect his crystals from the menacing masterminds.

  • The spells of the trade… 

To begin the adventure, guests must go to the Fire House on Main Street –

or Liberty Square, behind Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe  –

Beginner Sorcerers, or Sorceress, obtain a key card, map and Spell Card pack, containing 5 cards.  A new pack of cards can be acquired each day, or earned with the conquering of a level of play.  Do note – you MUST present your Key and Park Entrance Ticket in order to ‘learn’ spells.

The Cast Members handing out magic are happy to give you a tutorial if you need any assistance in learning the ropes.

Card pack, containing 5 spell cards –

Guide Map, showing where the Portals are located –

Map

Key Card to open portals –

Sorcerer's Key Card

  • Portal, portal – on the wall…

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom combines a scavenger hunt-like premise with the uber- popular card games of my generation  (i.e. Pokémon, Magic, and Yu-Gi-Ho).

At the start of each new phase you are directed to a specific portal.  These hidden screens are where the story is viewed and the battles are fought.

Each portal is labeled with an icon, for easy reference on your guide map (see above).

For example, in Frontierland, the Country Bears Jamboree portal is labeled with a lizard icon on the map. If you forget the image or icon, you can scan your Key on any Lock and it will show the correct location.

  • Lock and Key…

Your Key card holds the progress of your adventure, and here’s where it comes into play.

As guests stand at the Portal, on the ‘circle of power’, they will hold their Keys to a ‘Lock Box’.  Here’s one now –

The Portal will then open, and you are confronted with one of many Disney Villians collected by Hades to swipe the Crystals of the Magic Kingdom.

  • A game of spells…

Although each land has five portals, each storyline has four portal stops, so there is less traffic with the extra space.

First, a note on casting spells.  Once prompted, simply hold your desired Spell Card facing the portal, where the image is captured by cameras and translated to video sequences on the portal screen.  Sorcerers can also use combination attacks by aiming multiple cards at the portal (more on this in a different post).

Ashley - one of the good guys.

When opened, the initial portal will set up the storyline.  This normally includes Hades convincing a villain to help him snag crystals from Merlin.  The second portal will have you face a minor villain by using your Spell Cards.  The third portal has you use the Sorcerer’s crest (the image on the back of the card) to weaken the main villain.  The final portal has you use your Spell Cards to battle and beat the villain, once again saving the crystal from being taken by the slimy hands of the badies.

After each complete phase, you are invited to journey to another land to help Merlin face another nemesis in a new battle.  There are 9 phases per level.

The attraction has not reached Tomorrowland as of yet.  You’ll find portals on Main Street USA, Frontierland, Adventureland, Liberty Square and Fantasyland.

  • Don’t fall asleep in class…

What keeps this interesting?  After battling through the nine stories, a Sorcerer “levels up”.  With this, the villains get more difficult to beat.  The good news is your cards gain power  the more they are used, and you get more cards!  Again, with each level up, the Sorcerer returns to the Fire House or Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe and receives more Spell Cards.

Hopefully that will help you begin your adventure into the wide world of magic, crystals, and crazy villains.

I intend, in the coming weeks, to showcase a Spell Card per day – and show you how to read’em – and a time-line of our adventure.

* Ashley

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Ashley has looked at some of the finer details of the parks, and was a leading source on Vinylmation – that information can be found next door atshoesshortsgloves.wordpress.com

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VinylNation.net

Posted by Ashley Rae on June 27, 2009

Check out VinylNation.net for a look at all the upcoming Vinylmations through the end of the year.

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Vinylmations and Dancing Girls

Posted by Ashley Rae on June 23, 2009

Big Thunder Mountain Vinylmation

This Vinylmation was purchased again as a gift.  This time I spent the extra money for Father’s Day.

This Vinylmation is limited to 400 pieces and was created by Lin Shih.  I could not fully investigate this Big Thunder Mountain Vinylmation because I had to keep up appearances, but on the back of the right ear, there is a Hidden Mickey in the clouds.Big Thunder Mountain VinylmationBid Thunder Mountain Hidden MickeyVinylmation ButtonVinylmation Card

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History of the Mickey Mouse Watch: Abridged

Posted by Ashley Rae on June 22, 2009

Mickey WatchIn this image taken off of Hollywood Boulevard is a classic Mickey Mouse watch used as the illuminated street sign to entice Guests inside the shop.

In 1933, the first Mickey Mouse watch was made by Ingersoll Waterbury Clock Co.  During this time, the company’s financial condition was very poor, but they released their Mickey Mouse watch for $3.25 and later for $2.95.  The popularity of the watches brought Ingersoll Waterbury Clock Co. out of their debts.  Production continued through to the 1960s when the company became US Time and later Timex.

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Vinylmation with a Hint of Pixar

Posted by Ashley Rae on June 19, 2009

Vinylmation Park Series #2Now don’t get too excited thinking that I broke down and started collecting the 9″ Vinylmations.  A $39.95 price tag is still too high for me when they bring out six new toys per series, but I do believe they make great gifts.  This one I purchased for a friend who collects the Seagulls from Finding Nemo.  This Vinylmation is designed by Maria Clapsis and is limited to 550 copies.

Finding Nemo Seagulls' VinylmationVinylmation and ButtonVinylmation ButtonNemo Seagull CardWatch out when purchasing larger Vinylmations.  Each series offers a special 9″ Vinylmation.  Park Series #1 had a Haunted Mansion edition and Park Series #2 has a Mr. Incredible edition.  Both of these Vinylmations include a small 3″ Vinylmation that compliments the design and cannot be bought within the 3″ trays.  These special editions will cost you $74.95.  It is not a mistake.

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Pooh’s Thotful Shop

Posted by Ashley Rae on June 19, 2009

Pooh's Thotful Shop

Pooh's Thotful Shop

Eeyore with Honey

Eeyore with Honey
Tigger

Tigger

Eeyore

Eeyore

Piglet

Piglet

Piglet

Piglet

Owl

Owl

Hephlump

Hephlump

Woozle

Woozle

Hunny Pot

Hunny Pot

Whether walking out after a ride on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh or taking a look for a Winnie the Pooh specific product, Pooh’s Thotful Shop is a place to be enjoyed.  The theming from the ride carries over completely and is expanded in this store.  As you enter the store from the main entrance, watch out for the leaking hunny from the ceiling.  In this instance, it seems Eeyore has caught all the hunny on his head while Piglet and Tigger stand holding hunny pots.  Some pages from the book have flown to the top of the shop while Hephlumps and Woozles stand close to the ride exit.  This shop offers an awesome selection of Winnie the Pooh merchandise, air conditioning, and whimsical fun.

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Vinylmations Park Series #2

Posted by Ashley Rae on June 8, 2009

*ALERT: SPOILERS*

After a few weeks back in PA, I anxiously awaited my newly purchased Vinylmation Park Series #2 tray.  During my time away, I kept from serching for the new batch online and was successful with keeping the Mystery Chaser a surprises.

It seems as though with each new batch, the creators learn new ways to package the small Mickey Mouse inspirations for better handling and for more surprise.  Each of the trays I purchased, including the Park Series #1 and the Urban Series #1 were different in their own ways.

My first tray I bought at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  The tray was already opened, but no individual boxes were missing.  My friends and I opened the tray randomly so I cannot comment on the arrangement of the Vinylmations.  The matching card was in the box outside of the wrapped vinyl toy.  This gave the new owner a sneak peek at what was inside.

The Urban Series #1 was a new tray purchased at The Art of Disney in Downtown Disney.  The box was unopened and wrapped in plastic. When opening the boxes I began to notice a pattern forming, but did not document it.  The ID cards were now wrapped with the vinyl toys and only the card with the glow-in-the-dark Vinylmation had a small plastic wrapper.

The newest tray was also purchased in Downtown Disney and was securely wrapped.  After learning my lesson with the first two trays, I decided to capture the formation of the Vinylmations (I do not want to claim this arrangement as official).  If you look at my gallery of pictures, I included images of the Vinylmations on top of the individual box they were removed from.  I found it quite interesting that most Vinylmations were next to their mate except of course the Mystery Chaser (which is by itself), the LGM and the Monkeys.

*If you happen to purchase a Vinylmation and remember its location in the box, please let me know if it matches.  I would be very interested to see if this is the same from box to box.*

Overall, I really enjoy this series, including the 9″ Vinylmations.  I have included my guesses at the individual Mickeys.  I am somewhat stumped by the Fish Bowl (Maybe The Living Seas) and the Dalmation (Fire House).  If you have any suggestions or comments please let me know.

I look forward to the next series in the collection which I have seen boards for both the Holiday Series #1 and the Urban Series #2.  The next series should be released in August.  Hopefully this will also include the next Cast Exclusive, an anime Guest Relations Cast Member.

Take a look at my past Vinylmation articles.

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Vinylmation Park Series #2

Posted by Ashley Rae on May 13, 2009

Disney has officially released the new Vinylmation Park Series #2. Should be in stores in June.

The Art of Disney Parks

These might be my favorite yet…

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Celebrate Today!

Posted by Ashley Rae on March 30, 2009

The theme seems nearly complete for this year’s Walt Disney World marketing campaign. Recently appearing in merchandise locations are new souvenir popcorn cups. Wondering if these containers might be a part of a series due to their similarity to Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland. Possibly more buckets to come later in the year…n1462920163_30386196_62597161n1462920163_30386197_7323828n1462920163_30386198_7599027n1462920163_30386199_330375

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