I’ve been collecting a few Funko Pop! figurines but only recently knew that the company also produced a card game called Something Wild!
Let’s have a look at the packaging:
This game comes in a few variations with each containing a different Funko character figurine. Now we’ll unpack the box:
The box says the game can be played by people ages 6 and up. I find that hard to believe after reading the instructions! But maybe I’m not smarter than a 5th Grader, or whatever, and maybe you’ll understand better. So here are the instructions:
Okay, are you ready to play? I’m getting that you pick up and play cards hoping to obtain ‘power’ cards that will give you an advantage. To use these cards you have to have the character figure in front of you. The idea is to collect at least three ‘power’ cards to win!
Yeah, maybe it requires a 6 year old to explain it?
Above are another five Disney variations of the game. But I’m pretty sure I saw a box showing a different IP in the store where I bought mine.
I thought the character pictures were cute and should be fun to play with. There’s even a young Pete without his peg leg!
Above you can see a collection of ‘power’ cards.
Are you ready to play now?
If you like games, check out this vintage Mickey’s Poppin game, based on the old Trouble game format.
I promise this is my last post on spoons! Until I buy more.
So we’ve talked before about how Disney likes to imprint single images on many different products. Here we have an example of the same image being imprinted on basically the same type of product, but with a twist:
Is there a difference? Only their Barista knows for sure. And anyone else with a pair of eyes and a basic level of observation skill.
In this case, you could have either the standard spoon shape or a shell variant.
I love it when I find small items like this still in the original packaging!
The back of the spoon tells us that this was made by Monogram Products of Largo, FL. They have updated the look of their logo but they still produce Disney products, such as Toy Story, The Little Mermaid, Mickey & Friends, Winnie the Pooh, Nightmare Before Christmas, Monsters Inc. and more!
However, it was manufactured in New Zealand, of all places!
These contain no Disney trademark, but from the design of Mickey, I’d say we can date the spoons from the 1980’s.
Here’s a little blurb from www.discoverahobby.com about spoon collecting, in case you’ve been bitten by the collecting bug: “There are certain tips that every spoon collector would benefit from. The main thing is to decide as to what kind of spoon you would like to collect in your collection as part of your hobby. There are different kinds like the antique spoons and there are also modern-day souvenir spoons. Some people can even have two collections, one of each of these types. There are many other themes based on which you can collect spoons. These could be based on the interest in birds, animals, (Disney – our addition), and or only souvenir collections.”
Who knows, maybe you have a collectible spoon in your kitchen drawer right now!
“Tin Toy” marked the first time a character with lifelike bendable arms and knees, surfaces, and facial components was animated digitally. The challenge was balancing its “cartoony” look with a baby’s real looks. If you’ve seen the Short, I think you’ll agree that Tinny came off looking WAY better than the baby! The reward: an Academy Award® for Best Animated Short Film.
At first, there wasn’t a lot of merchandise featuring the character of Tinny. But as Pixar films and subsequent characters from them became immensely popular, it was only a matter of time before earlier efforts were exploited for toy dollars!
And that’s fine with me when the marketing people come up with wonderful things like these:
On the right we see a pretty faithful model of the character. It is metal and waddles across the floor when wound up. You can watch the video below to see him in action! He has an unusual winding mechanism.
On the left we have a vinyl figurine from the Disney Store Remix series featuring classic Disney/Pixar characters reinvented as LGMs (Little Green Men) from the Toy Story franchise. It just sits there.
“About face! March!”
I thought this was a plush figure when I picked him out online and so was surprised when this small vinyl figure arrived instead. Shows the importance of fully reading the description before putting things in your cart! Still a nice addition to my collection, though.
If you want to see what I thought I was getting, you can check out my complete collection of Remix Plushes by clicking the link.
I can’t remember where I purchased this little guy but I remember being instantly smitten with him when I first saw him!
And as previously mentioned, below is a short video of Tinny in action:
Do you enjoy the very early Shorts by Pixar? If so, you should try to find some of their even earlier work on commercials. The animation is very interesting!
I took the Art Fundamentals course at Sheridan College in Oakville, ON. It exposed students like me to the widest variety of art forms in the hope that it would help us to pick a main avenue of artistic study. I didn’t continue in the Arts. However, creativity has never been far from my life over the years.
What I am showing today is a project from the Photographic Studies part of the course. It is a process where one manipulates photo paper before the developing process called Subtracted Density.
Most efforts along this line tend to be abstract, but I chose to include one recognizable shape, the arm, but I still leave it up to the viewer as to what it is doing there.
To achieve such effects, you can scratch the photo paper, sand it, or otherwise ‘damage’ it. When the light is shown on the finished product, it interacts differently with the affected areas than with the untouched ones.
Although more abstract than the first image, I still chose to give it a title, as the end result reminded me of lightning.
Another project involved adding material to the photo paper before developing, and this was called (wait for it) Added Density. I do have one project left showing this technique but I don’t feel it’s very share worthy!
Have you kept any artwork from your earlier days? Or are you still creating personal masterpieces to this day?
Disney and MGM have gone their separate ways now, but the partnership did yield some great synergy (The Great Movie Ride) and some great merchandise.
It may not look like much, but a closer inspection should give us some reasons to love and appreciate this wonderful decorative plate:
First: I love the gold lettering
Second: The Hollywood Strobes are a nice touch
Third: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre makes a very impressive appearance
Forth: A long line of limousines are dropping off the elite of Hollywood
I’d like to muse a bit on this point if I may. I wonder if this feature of the image was a nod to another attraction that didn’t do so well: Superstar Limo was situated in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot area at Disney’s California Advernture and was one of the original attractions featured on the park’s opening day on February 8, 2001. The ride included figures of celebrities which were stylized and caricatured. And, apparently, it sucked!
Fifth: The Sorcerer Mickey Hat isn’t blocking the view
And it has palm trees, I guess?
Can you see why the limos couldn’t be a nod to the failed Superstar Limo ride? Yes, you guessed it, this plate was minted in 1987. Four years before Disney’s California Adventure even opened! Oh well, it was a thought.
Disney’s business model when it comes to the Theme Parks is simple: They count on your vacation dollars staying in the Parks first by admission prices, then with food, and then with every imaginable product they can slap a Disney character on. And we love it!
And like any retail business, they know that volume trumps price, and so Disney offers lots of little items to entice us. Like these wonderful Theme Park Spoons:
I only have three spoons from this set. I imagine there would have been a spoon specifically for the Magic Kingdom, but I could be wrong. Also, there wouldn’t be a spoon for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as it wouldn’t be built until 1998, some time after this set was released.
Let’s start with the first spoon featuring Walt Disney World:
A vintage-looking Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse wave amidst a flower garden in this very 80’s image. Walt Disney World was opened in 1971 but, as we will see, this spoon was released much later.
So let’s continue with the next spoon, featuring Epcot Center:
A very nice artist rendering of Spaceship Earth here. Epcot Center opened in 1982 and had it’s name changed to EPCOT in 1994.
More on what these dates mean later, but now let’s have a look at the third spoon featuring Disney MGM Studios:
Dapper Mickey and Glamorous Minnie are stepping out for a movie premiere in this image. Disney MGM Studios was opened in 1989 and renamed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2008.
The Disney Trademark shown above doesn’t really help us to date these spoons. This trademark has been used across many decades and periods of Disney merchandising. But we can say with certainty that they were produced between 1989 (when Disney MGM Studios opened) and 1994 (when Epcot Center changed to EPCOT). Sound reasonable?
It’s very unusual to find Disney merchandise Made in Australia! As you can tell from the tarnishing, these spoons are silverplated.
This leaf embellishment is a very nice touch on the back of each spoon. Although it’s hard to figure out what it has to do with the overall Theme Park motif.
I hope you enjoyed our look back at the Theme Parks via these small pieces of merchandise! How many of your Disney Dollars have been left behind in the Parks?
Today, January 13th, is our 31st Wedding Anniversary! I can’t help but think of some of the firsts we embarked on together, way back then. Like our first stay at Walt Disney World which lasted 14 nights and 15 days. A long time but well worth the expense! The year was 2006 and we were there to celebrate our 16th Wedding Anniversary.
We stayed at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort and were blown away by the theming! I remember being particularly taken with this lighting fixture on the wall. It was just beside the window to the right as you entered through the door:
Funny story: When I decided to film the room, we turned on all of the lights, including this popcorn box fixture. As I panned the room, I passed the fixture, and it looked like any other light with no image apparent.
You can see how it looked by viewing the image below:
Where’d the popcorn imagery go? It was cool to discover that when you turn it on, the picture disappears! But if you stare long enough, you can just make out the popcorn image.
The trick, or optical illusion, is achieved because the metal screen is perforated with small holes. When light shines through, it blurs the image, fooling your eyes into seeing only white. An opaque plastic sleeve is fitted behind the metal screen to further diffuse the light.
The above picture shows the back of the fixture. You can see where the wire protrudes from the fixture. This would have been connected to the power wires in a hexagon electrical box. But now it has been retrofitted with a cord and plug. But not up to code, as you can see!
Old School plug with no ground. The safety just keeps getting better!
So how did I come to obtain this piece of the All-Star Movies Resort? Well, it’s surprisingly easy to steal fixtures when you travel with a complete set of tools!
Only kidding! Actually, move forward to probably sometime around 2015. I arrive at that year because it seems that All-Star Movies finished a complete renovation sometime in 2013, so it is likely props and furnishings would have been sold off after that time. I was browsing in an Antique Mall in Belleville, ON. In a back room I saw, not one, but two of these lights lying on the floor! I instantly remembered them from my first Disney Resort stay and just had to have one. I wanted both, but I couldn’t afford that at the time! I paid $100.00 CAN for one and have regretted not finding the money to buy the other ever since.
I’ve been looking for years through my archives for the video footage mentioned earlier but just couldn’t locate it… until yesterday! Just in time to edit it into this post. So without further ado, here it is:
This is in my Top Five Disney Finds!
And after I put the film camera down, my wife took this picture:
The debate waged as to whether this little green guy was somehow Yoda or some other being from his race. I think we all knew it couldn’t be the Jedi Master, but it was fun to argue about it in true Star Wars fashion!
But now we know he is a separate character, initially called The Child, and now named Grogu. I found this collectible at Wal-Mart. It features The Child in his signature Hover Carrier:
Grogu didn’t get his name until well into Season Two of The Mandalorian, so this piece of merchandise still labeled him as The Child.
This is part of The Bounty Collection (Series 2) and features six distinct figures, all variations on costumes or situations The Child was put in, mostly from Season 1 of the series.
Nothing but cute until you realize that he’ll eat anything, living or dead, without a second thought!
This piece has some nice detailing and is quite heavy for its size. So this isn’t a cheap offering in quality but is a deal with a cost of only around $10.00 CAN.
We have Hasbro to thank for the manufacture of this wonderful toy!
The Mandalorian is the first live-action series in the Star Wars franchise developed specifically for television. The story begins five years after the events of Return of the Jedi (1983). The Child has certainly become the breakout character of the series!
Due to the citrus theme of the sipper it was likely sold in Walt Disney World in Florida. Walt’s second Park used to be covered in orange trees, so it’s not a stretch to connect this collectible to that location.
Let’s have a taste:
So when was this sipper produced? Here is what an earlier article on this blog had to say about the WDP trademark: “Walt Disney Productions 1929 until 1986 – This trademark crosses the most amounts of years. So one piece trademarked ‘WDP’ could be old and valuable while another could be newer and relatively worthless. This trademark can be spelled out in full or shortened to the ‘WDP’ letters, or even to ‘Walt Disney Prod’ with all versions being fairly common. It usually depended on how much room was available on the piece in question as to which one was used.” You can read the full post to learn more about Disney trademarks by clicking here.
If it is from Walt Disney World, that would place the manufacture and sale of this sipper between 1971 and 1986.
Am I worried that the value of this collectible is diminished by the absence of a straw? Not at all! Cast Members likely used generic straws when selling this sipper to guests.
“If it’s worth doing once it’s worth doing thrice or more!” – Disney Merchandising
And with that philosophy, we have seen the proliferation of single images appearing across multiple items like t-shirts, mugs, hats, snow globes, picture frames, banners, etc. This is most common with the year logos or Park Icon logos.
But before the simplification of merchandising offerings, we had some other unusual items that would duplicate the same theme. Such as:
What does a spoon and a bell have in common? I guess they both make tinkling sounds (for the spoon, you know, when you stir your tea?), but in this case, it’s the Hanging Mickey:
Or Dangling Mickey, whatever you prefer! Either way it’s a unique feature.
I don’t believe this spoon is silverplated but simply a stamped metal of some kind.
This Walt Disney World logo helps us to date the pieces although with a wide spread of years: The complex in Florida used this logo (the ‘D’ encircling the globe) from 1971 to 1996. So this spoon and bell could have been produced within this time, but I would narrow it down to during the 70’s or very early 80’s. Why?
The Walt Disney Productions trademark also helps me make that guess as it was discontinued on products in 1986. So now the production time has to be between 1971 and 1986.
These two items are identical in every way from the base of the stem up. They only differ in that one has a spoon scoop at the bottom and the other a bell housing with a clapper.
I love finding multiple items sporting the same imagery!
Do you have items in your Disney collection that have the same pictures on them?