New Pin Releases and June 24th Workshop Coverage
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"We also like to come out with just fun pins in general." A new scatter set is in the works featuring the characters bowling, "with a real retro look." Jim also introduced a new series, which Mario is also working on, "our new alpha-pin series, which we're really excited about. It will feature all the letters of the alphabet with a character whose name, of course, begins with that letter. So you can either collect your initials or you can actually spell out your name... my name is Jiminy, Icabod, Mickey."
He also introduced a new princess cameo series, and noted that there would also be a new villain series as well. Avery cute new post card "looking" series, called "Wish You Were Here", featuring Mickey and Minnie with Disneyland landmarks, Sleeping Beauty Castle, Autopia, the Matterhorn and Space Mountain is due for a late summer release. "It takes about three months from concept to finish and we've been working really hard. I know that Disney's California Adventure has some fun pins over there as far as movement and motion and we're working on that technique for Disneyland as well."
Temple pin to come - moves on a hinge
He announced a series of Disneyland ride specific pins, "They're actually going to have motion and action to them." There will be a new Mattterhorn slider, on Space Mountain there will be a slider and it will have glow in the dark elements, Big Thunder Mountain will also have a slider element, the Haunted Mansion will feature the bride who's heart and candle will blink and she will glow in the dark as well as have a dangle and the new Dumbo will have two tricks, the Dumbo element will slide up and down and the two other Dumbos will rock back and forth. "one of our more technical pins, a double action plus a dangler." The Pirates of the Caribbean will have a movable element and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye pin will have motion in that the car over the bridge will slide and the bridge is hinged so that it appears to collapse, it will have some glow in the dark elements as well. "One of our more technical and fun pins."
Haunted Mansion pin - glows and has lights
He mentioned a Halloween 2001 pin featuring Goofy and Mickey in a haunted house that has some blinking lights and glow in the dark elements. "We're also introducing a series called Memorable Scenes, where we're actually taking some of the more memorable scenes from inside the attractions and creating pins. Our first one is from Pirates of the Caribbean and it's the jail scene." Jim mentioned a problem in the pin design process and in the rendering he showed us. "Actually I worked a lot with the artist back in Florida, and in their attraction their dog is actually a darker one and ours is white and brown, so we're going to change the colors on that."
Some more future releases...
New Disneyland 2001 - rainbow will be translucent colors
New Dumbo - slides and pivots
In the largest single pin series at the Disneyland Resort, he introduced the first three designs in a series that is due to be released for Mickey's birthday - beginning in November - a series of pins to commemorate each of the 120 films of Mickey Mouse. "Mickey did 120 features and of course we're going to begin with Steamboat Willie and run all the way through the year with all 120 features... finishing Runaway Brain."
The first three films in the Mickey Mouse film series