Monday 7 May 2012

Toy Story Vinylmation - Series 2 Proposals

A big thanks goes out to the folks at Destination Vinylmation for featuring my Toy Story Vinylmation Series 2 proposals over the last week. I've gathered all of the designs below, but you can also check out all of the original posts at

Mr. Potato Head
Toy Story (1995)
Voiced by: Don Rickles
Licensing issues with Playskool no doubt put a damper on any attempts to include Mr. Potato Head with Series 1, but he would be a vital addition to a second series. The head of the figure and one ear could be clear plastic along with, perhaps, the feet. This could give the impression of his feet being just barely attached (as on the real Potato Head). The back could either show the inside of his little compartment (for example, his other eyes) or a different expression.

Mrs. Potato Head
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Voiced by: Estelle Harris
If you are going to include Mr, Mrs Potato Head makes for a terrific partner. She’s been designed to complement Mr. Potato Head on the shelf and could be approached in much the same way with options for clear plastic and a possible alternate expression on the back.

Toy Story 3 (2010)
Voiced by: Bonnie Hunt
This sassy rag doll didn’t have a major role in Toy Story 3 but will no doubt be seen in future efforts (such as the Toy Story toons, books, merchandizing and more) considering how she is one of Bonnie’s toys. Plus, she’s cute.

Mr. Pricklepants
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Voiced by: Timothy Dalton
Like Dolly, Mr. Pricklepants – a thespian with a love of lederhosen – had a relatively minor role in Toy Story 3 but will be part of the Toy Story crew for years to come. His entire back would be covered in his “prickles”.

Slinky Dog
Toy Story (1995)
Originally voiced by: Jim Varney (Toy Story)
Like the Potato Heads, licensing issues likely got in the way of having Slinky appear in Toy Story Series 1. But considering his prominence in the series, that’s a wrong that would need to be righted. I pictured the body component to be clear, with the slinky coils stretching around his midsection.

Stinky Pete the Prospector
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Voiced by: Kelsey Grammer
The crafty and deceitful villain in Toy Story 2 can participate in all sorts of adventures with Woody, Jessie and Bullseye from Series 1. I tried to stick to the limitations of the mould, but this would obviously look great with a hat accessory and/or a pick-axe.

Toy Story 3 (2010)
Voiced by: Bud Luckey
The perpetually dour Chuckles isn’t fond of Lotso’s scheme to turn Sunnyside into a prison. Eventually, Chuckles makes his way into the home of Bonnie (along with Andy’s other toys) and he finally smiles after seeing Bonnie has drawn him with a big grin on his face. Chuckles with a smile would make a great variant.

Toy Story 3 (2010)
Voiced by: Kristen Schaal
Rex’s dinosaur partner from Toy Story 3 – on-line name Velocistar237 – would look great with some real horns (Disney can use the same ones they used for Buttercup). If not, they could be painted on the ears.

Toy Story 3 (2010)
Voiced by: Jack Angel
This rock-like toy starts off as one of Lotso’s henchman, but is reformed by the time the credits roll. His expression changes with the press of a special head spike. I thought this played really well with the Sunnyside Daycare logo. One side (the Sunnyside one) shows a smiling Chunk. The other side shows an Angry Chunk with a variation on the logo to play up the prison-like atmosphere of Sunnyside. My only concern with this is the size of it. It may actually make a better 9”.

Toy Story 3 (2010)
Voiced by: Charlie Bright, Amber Kroner, and Brianna Maiwand
The most minor character I chose for this series, mostly because my daughter sleeps with her own Peas in a Pod every night but also because I was happy with the end result. The peas – Peatey, Peatrice and Peanelope – are shown pea-king out of their pod.

Toy Story (1995)
The leader of Sid’s mutant toys in the first Toy Story, Babyface consists of a baby doll head atop a spider-like body made of an erector set. Though Big Baby in Toy Story Series 1 was a disappointment, I like the mix of dark and cute in this character design.

Woody’s Roundup Woody
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Voiced by: Tom Hanks
I wanted to include either Buzz or Woody in this series. I thought about a Spanish Buzz, but the puppet Woody from the TV series Woody’s Roundup seemed like more of a treat. I tried to tie the design into the Woody from Series 1. This would be the chaser for the series.