Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Interesting that this should come out now just as the new line of Pixar comics from Boom Studios are hitting the shops. Maybe it won't be too long before Scrooge and the gang find a new home there.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Hopefully this is the start of wonderful things.
This first issue has an interesting snowglobe anecdote in Dave Smith's article about how he acquired the snowglobe prop from Mary Poppins. Seems a janitor had it sitting on a shelf, didn't know what it was and he had gotten it from a trash can!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
My welcome gift arrived today and turns out to be a lithograph of a painting of Mickey Mouse. I was hoping for something a heck of a lot better then this.
I have not yet received the magazine and consider what I have recieved thus far to be of little value.
Is Walt Disney World even participating? A merchandise event was held at Disneyland. Promotional buttons were given away at Disneyland. Stock holders at the annual gathering were given a promotional pin. I'm a stock holder but apparently you had to be at the meeting in California to get one. Walt Disney World hads done nothing so far as I know. People who aren't members have recieved items more interesting then what I've received as a charter member. The D23 Expo will be held in California for the next 4 years. Seems D23 doesn't think much of us easterners.
This club could be really cool and will hopefully grow into something worthwhile but it should have been worthwhile from the start.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Much to my surprise, I really enjoyed the new "Race to Witch Mountain" movie. Not being a big fan of Disney's modern versions of their old movies I wasn't sure what to expect and while not a great movie that blows you away it is a solidly entertaiing film. I enjoyed this version more then I ever did the originals.
I hope it earns enough to warrant sequels.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I'm happy to see this as a line and hope it will continue, although I'm not real thrilled with the design choices. I did purchase the Castle and Pirates ones but have never cared for stylized version of the characters so had to pass on Cuties and the Princesses, Not real thrilled with the Pirate character either but the rest of the design I liked. Mickey and Minnie are ok but too touristy for my taste since I live here.
The Cinderella Castle one with Tinker Bell is pretty neat. You can't see it in the pic but Tink is on seperate plastic then the castle so it gives her a kind of 3D quality much like a multiplane camera is used in animation.
I hope to see this line continue with special event domes and domes based on attractions and animated features.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
The Tigger's Treehouse is the most interesting Pooh snowglobe I've seen in awhile.
That Fab 5 snowglobe is the same one that's been available in Europe for awhile.
Thanks for all the recent pics and info Velvet. I wouldn't have known about any of these recent globes if you hadn't brought them to my attention.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
The Cinderella snowglobe seems awfully familiar to me but I couldn't find a record of it anywhere. I guess it just seems familiar because it is so close to figurines I've seen. I think itwas 24.95 but don't quote me.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The above snowglobe is $40 and has been around for awhile but this is the first time I've seen one in person. I believe it originally was available online for 79.95. There is a series of them featuring different Nightmare characters but I think this is the only one still being made.
The snowglobe below was originally available in the Disney Catalog in 2001 as part of a 2 globe set for $19.95. It is now available in the theme parks for 12.95.
It seems it is going to get more and more difficult to date the various snowglobes as long as they keep reissueing old designs.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Things I like:
- Convention/ Disney Expo! Yay conventions are back!
- Disney produced fan magazine! Yay Disney Magazine is back!
- Comic strips on the website! Yay I'm a comics fan!
Nagging Doubts Department:
It sounds like it could evolve into something pretty special but... It costs $74.95 to be a member and for those $75 Disney Dollars you get a membership card, a certificate, a subscription to the magazine and the right to spend more money on events and merchandise. Oh. And a welcome gift that they dont tell you what it is.
The only real item of value that we know what it is is the magazine. But you can buy the magazine without being a member of the club. You can also go to the convention without being a member of the club and the price for attending is (surprise!) reasonable.
Still the price of 4 magazines and the discounted savings for attending the 4 days of the convention add up to more then the membership so I guess I will probably be joining and be taking my vacation to attend the expo.
I'm a bit disappointed because it feels like Disney is just rebranding some things they've done before and it feels like I'm being asked to pay for the right to be a Disney fan without receiving much in return and what I do get I could get even if I wasn't a member.
I'll wait awhile before I join. I'm sure some other blogger will join and then I can see what the gift is and hopefully feel better about joining.
Questions: Can I buy additional discounted expo tickets or only one? There really isn't any point in the same household having more then 1 membership. Do discounts on DisneyShopping.com work on the exclusive merchandise or even on the membership?
The ability and setup is there for this whole concept to turn into something very special but I don't feel it's quite there yet.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
StitchKingdom has gotten his hands on a copy of the first issue of the D23 magazine that I used as a teaser image last saturday. Click here to read his review. Sounds like a high class version of the old Disney Magazine. That sounds great, but $15.95 for a magazine? Seriously?