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Mickey’s Circus event brings previews of upcoming Disney pins and Vinylmation

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The annual Disney Trading event was held this past weekend at Epcot. This year’s theme was Mickey’s Circus and besides trading and buying exclusive merchandise, paid attendees received a sneak peek at some upcoming pins and vinyl products.

The event was held in the World Showplace, which is between Canada and the U.K. at Epcot. Unlike in recent years, they didn’t open the event up to the public on the last day. In past years, the last day was a half-day Vinylmation event for attendees before it was opened to the public. But Vinylmation has gotten so popular that a full day was needed.


Here’s a look at the main entrance. In past years this was also a checkout area, but this year they added a small store inside.


When we visited on Sunday, there were long lines to trade Vinylmation. At these events, they mix in a lot of popular figures – more than you can usually find doing regular trading at the parks.


Each trading area was themed. Here’s one that seems to be themed to The Haunted Mansion, but I’m not sure why Jessica Rabbit is pictured.

These small caskets held different figures.


Notice the ride vehicle from Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.


In the back of the area guests could set up to trade with each other.


This one is themed to Dumbo. It reminded me of the new queue tent for Dumbo’s ride in Storybook Circus.


They also had some streetmosphere characters roaming around. She wanted to make sure I got her shoes in the photo.


Let’s go through some of the upcoming Vinylmation figures that were on display, followed by just a few of the many pins that will be coming out.

This Haunted Mansion set was a long time in the making. It will be released any day now.


This prototype of an 18-inch Vinylmation was auctioned off. Disney was considering selling this size but decided against it.


These samples, made during the design of the first Park Starz, were also auctioned off.


This full set of proposed Monorail Vinylmations were never made.


Some upcoming holiday Vinylmations – Agent P from Phineas and Ferb, and Prep & Landing.


An Pixar set of Vinylmations will be released in November.


A couple from the new Steampunk series.


Characters from the new Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure.


An upcoming Classic Collection.


Fantasia figures.


These are just a few from the new Popcorn Vinylmation collection. Although they are all similar, they’re not all exactly the same shape.


Halloween and one for Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival.


These are one-of-a-kind custom artist-designed figures.


Some figures from the Animation Series 3 coming out in January 2013.


A look at all of the parts of a Vinylmation and the steps to create them.


A Vinylmation talk was held on Sunday and here are some of the upcoming figures presented. This one and below are exclusive to Disney’s new resort in Hawaii, Aulani.


Limited Edition LGM (Little Green Men) from Toy Story are a part of the Pixar series.


A new Muppet series will be released next Spring.

Mahna Mahna and the Snowths.


A new series will be released based on these posters designed around 13, since it’s 2013. One a month will be released, and one online.

The 13 designs will also be sold on posters, T-Shirts, phone cases and more.

Here are the 13. That’s Oswald The Lucky Rabbit on the left.


Vinylmation Jr. in Space.


Vinylmation Jr. series based on Goofy’s Candy Company.


One of the designs for the new Lightning McQueen shaped Vinylmations.


The Park Starz series has been very popular. In fact, series one has been sold out. But more are expected this December. This guy from the Tower of Terror will be featured in Series 2, which will be out next summer.


A small and a large combo pack based on Cinderella.


An upcoming Disney Store series based on Myths and Legends.


A set based on Nursery Rhymes.


An upcoming set from the Robot series. But these are modeled after Disney characters. Here’s White Rabbit Bot and Tigger Bot. The Tigger is marked as Bounce-O-Matic 3000.


Zooper heroes.


A two-pack from the upcoming Oz The Great and Powerful movie.

More from Oz.


Designed after the upcoming Lone Ranger movie.


It’s not a trap, these really are figures from the upcoming Star Wars series …


Mike and Sulley from the upcoming movie Monsters University.


The next series of Cutesters Vinylmation will feature a new body style modeled after Minnie Mouse.


This was a sneak peek at another new body style that will be coming out. Looks like Little Mermaid to us.


There were hundreds of pins on display. Here are a few we found interesting.

The middle one is from the upcoming Wreck-It Ralph movie.


Some New Fantasyland pins …

Enchanted Tales with Belle pins.

A pin from the soon to open Under The Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid ride.


Next year’s event will be themed around villains, which is fitting since it starts on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. Watch for more information at eventservices.disney.go.com.

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