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Vinylmation ’55 – The Mickey Mouse Club

posted on June 15th, 2010 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Band Leader Mickey Mouse Vinylmation
I love Disneyland! My wife and I spent our honeymoon there, and I’ve visited the Resort nearly every year since the start of the new Millennium. There is something so special about the place where Walt Disney walked. That is probably why I’m excited about the new Vinylmation figures inspired by the 55th Anniversary of Disneyland Resort which we are calling “Vinylmation ’55.” I recently spoke with Susan Foy from Disney Design Group about the first two figures from this series – a 9” plus 3” set celebrating the 55th Anniversary of The Mickey Mouse Club (a television show that also made its debut in 1955).
Susan Foy from Disney Design Group
“I started work on the figures in March 2009,” explained Susan. “I remember watching the original series as a child. The first concept I had was a tribute to the Days of the Week which evolved to the little girl and little boy Mouseketeer figures. I watched the show intro many times and remember seeing their cute faces on the curtains.”

Susan was first hired to work on designing merchandise for the opening of Disney California Adventure in 2001. She also created many outstanding designs for the 50th Anniversary of Disneyland Resort in 2005 (has it really been five year since then?). It only seemed natural to have her work on these first two figures for the nostalgic Vinylmation ’55 collection.
Vinylmation ’55 Collection
Susan shared that the girl and boy were originally going to be the 9” figures. Funny thing is the girl kind of reminds me of fellow Disney Parks blogger Michelle Harker (but don’t tell her I said that). The Mouseketeer kids eventually became 3” figures after the idea of creating a combo set was suggested by Donald Ferro, developer for Vinylmation.
Mouseketeers Vinylmation
“With the new combo set in mind, I wanted icons from the show that Guests would remember and would complement the young Mouseketeers,” continued Susan. “I liked the randomness of the Mousegetar. My husband is a musician so maybe that is why I chose that one. I also wanted to feature a character, so band leader Mickey Mouse seemed like a great choice. He is the leader of the club after all! ”

The original design for the Band Leader Mickey Mouse did not contain the baton and plume. Those features were added much later in the design process. Of all the figures we’ve created, the Band Leader Mickey is one of my ultimate favorites. The detail, design and overall look are striking to see in person.

Referencing her original design concept, I asked Susan if she had a favorite day of the week. Some of you may recall each day on the show had a different theme.

“Certainly not Mondays,” laughed Susan. “Fridays are always great but I also like Tuesdays.”

These two figures will be released exclusively at D-Street in Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort. Each set has an edition size of 555. Stay tuned to http://www.Vinylmation.com for a release date and look for more figures coming from the Vinylmation ’55 collection this year.

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ANTHONY from PA on June 15th, 2010 at 10:17 am

Those are awesome. I love the old Mickey Mouse Club show.

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Jeremy on June 15th, 2010 at 11:08 am

Love Vinylmation! When is the World of Color version coming out?! I love that one!

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Lauren on June 15th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

These figures are so cool, especially the Bandleader Mickey. I am disappointed, though, that not even a small quantity of these figures will be sold at WDW. I am an avid Vinylmation collector but, as I live in Florida, it’s impossible for me to fly out to Disneyland to buy these figures when they are released. Is there any chance that these figures will be released in a small amount on http://www.disneystore.com? If yes, can you please also post the release date for when they will be put up on the website? Thanks

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Elisabeth on June 15th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

That Mickey Mouse is the 1st Vinylmation that I would consider buying. He’s really adorable.

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Rozi on June 15th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

You do such a good job Mr.Miller! Cant wait to go to Disneyland on Sunday! I really want a Vinylmation keychain for my Disney Pin Bag that I put all my pins and park tickets in. I really like the Band Mickey Mouse! :)

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calvin on June 15th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

IM SOOOO EXCITED FOR THESE VINYLS. THE BANDLEADER MICKEY IS MY FAVORITE BY FAR AND CANT WAIT TO HAVE ONE TO DISPLAY ON MY SHELF. I REALLY HOPE THEY COME OUT WHEN IM OUT THERE FOR THE 55TH CELEBRATION. KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED

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Lynnette from CA on June 16th, 2010 at 3:03 am

These are adorable and might just get me collecting vinylmation after all. Never saw any that really grabbed me like these mouseketeers! And Susan, Tuesday was a great day at the Mickey Mouse Club – guest star day! (So get out the broom, sweep the place clean, dust off the mat so that welcome can be seen…)

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Anderson on June 25th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

These are really cute. I saw these at the DLR trading night and am really hoping to get some. I’m excited that these will be released on July 9!

I had a question. I also saw that some other figures were going to be a part of this Disneyland ’55 series (the ones that are like the posters). Will those be released on that day as well?

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