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Inside the Disney Villains Designer Collection Artwork

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Jun 29, 2012 11:30 AM

Happy Friday, Buzz Readers! 

I have a very special inside look into the Disney Villains Designer Collection for you today! Principal Designer Steve Thompson is one of the main creative masterminds behind the stunning designs of the six villains in the new Designer Collection coming to Disney Store in early fall, and he has written about his inspiration for the fabulous artwork.

Steve Thompson’s career with The Walt Disney Company began at age 19. While attending CalArts, Disney Consumer Products offered him a job as a Senior Character Artist. He jumped at the opportunity and moved up in the company, eventually spending 10 years working for Disney Feature Animation and Disney Toon Studios as a Clean-up Artist and Character Designer. He currently works as a Principal Designer for Disney Store North America, where he has been since 2005.

Steve Thompson at Disney Store's Fahion Night Out Event in 2011 with the Disney Princess Designer Collection.

Check out this excerpt about the Disney Villains Designer Collection from Steve’s personal blog, where he posts awesome examples of his work and inspiration.

Something wicked this way comes…….  

So excited about finally being able to talk about these! It’s the second outing for myself and fellow designer Sang Plumlee for the Disney Store’s “Designer Collection” series, whom I was lucky enough to work with on the princess designer series as well.   

Six dolls in all, the villains were a whole different challenge than the princesses. The princesses were inspired by fashion illustrations from the 50’s and 60’s. The villains were inspired by something all together different. I wanted them to be more modern. So, I looked at art, architecture, texture, theatrical costumes and of course fashion by some of today’s more avant-garde designers. These villains are “inspired” by the film characters through a designer’s eye. We didn’t want to just take a doll and put it in a fancy dress. We wanted them to look like a fashion sketch come to life. I wanted to capture the essence and attitude of each character, but represent them in an unexpected way. For example, Maleficent in the film is very angular in design. So, I keep that same feeling with the structure of her dress. Also, since in the story she becomes a dragon, so we used a leather-like fabric and the lower half of her bodice looks like scales. Even the dresses are storytelling! There will be much more info to come, but for now I hope you like our new girls.

Be sure to follow Steve’s blog for more great inside information about his designs for Disney Store!

And as an added treat, take a look at another product from the Disney Villains Designer Collection—the absolutely exquisite ceramic mugs. With the claw foot base and serpent tail-like handle, these mugs are perfect for enjoying a delightfully delicious cup of tea, coffee, and hot chocolate!

Which one is your favorite?


Disney's Holiday Media Tour 2012 Recap

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Jun 28, 2012 5:15 PM

 Happy Holidays from Disney!

Yes, you read it correctly! But don’t panic just yet, Buzz readers! You didn’t miss the memo on the season of giving.

Here at Disney Store it’s never too early to look forward to the holidays!

This week a number of our Disney Store Cast Members were in New York for our 2012 Holiday Media Tour where we preview to the media some of our brand new and very exciting products coming in the fall exclusively to Disney Store and We also feature other fantastic products coming to retailers nationwide through Disney Consumer Products!

I already gave you the exclusive images of our Disney Villains Designer Collection coming in August 2012, but take a look at the action from our “Good Versus Evil” blogger party that we hosted during Holiday Media Tour! We treated blogger guests to manicures with the villainous 6-color nail polish set and a beauty demonstration with the 6-color eye palette, both featuring colors of each of the six villains in the collection. Both the Evil Queen and Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother were on hand to greet guests... I wonder how that meeting went!

Which are you, good or evil? Do you have a glam villainous side or an elegant royal side? Tell me in the comments section!


More Evil Than Queen

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Jun 26, 2012 10:30 AM

Magic Mirror...

More Evil Than Queen

...she is more fair than thee.

Magic Mirror

Snow White!


Introducing the Villains Designer Collection at Disney Store

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Jun 25, 2012 2:50 PM

Designed and carefully crafted to capture the essence of evil at its best dressed, the Villains Designer Collection re-imagines the stylish wickedness of classic Disney Villains.  

Dvdc_logoIntroducing the Disney Villains Designer Collection dolls…

Maleficent  Cruella

Maleficent                                                         Cruella de Vil

Evilqueen  Queenofhearts

Evil Queen                                                     Queen of Hearts

Ursula  Mothergothel

Ursula                                                           Mother Gothel

Disney Store has beautifully crafted 13,000 of each of the six dolls, and every glamorous villain doll will come with a Certificate of Authenticity. Beginning in September, the dolls will be available in select stores in North America and Europe. These original “bad girls” of Disney will also be available online on,, and Each doll will be available for $79.50 US/$87.50 CAN/£50/€65.

 Can’t wait to get your hands on this fashionable villainy? An online-exclusive set including all six dolls will be available for pre-order on Monday, August 20th. This will be the only opportunity to guarantee a purchase of all six dolls. The entire set will be delivered on or shortly after Monday, October 15.

 Be sure to bookmark this post – any future updates on the dolls will be posted here!

 And keep watch for our complete Disney Villains Designer Collection coming soon, featuring delightfully chic beauty, apparel, and home products – everything you need to complete your “good girl gone glam” style.

 I picked out my top three favorite items to share exclusively with you, although it was difficult to choose only a few! The Designer Villains nail polish set, tote bag, and notebooks are absolutely divine. They are definitely at the top of my wish list!


Villians Journals
Want more photos of our glamorously villainous dolls as well as the entire Disney Villains Designer Collection? See them all on our official Pinterest Page:

The Disney Villains Designer Collection. Being bad has never looked so good.

Ho Ye! Disney•Pixar’s Brave Premieres Today!

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Jun 22, 2012 11:00 AM

Awrite and guid morning, Buzz readers!

The adventure’s begun! Disney·Pixar’s much buzzed-about film Brave premieres today!

Disney Pixar Brave
First off, some congratulations and celebrations are in order for the winner of our Brave Re-Tweet to Win, hosted by @DisneyStore. A hearty hoorah for Danielle DePasquale of Florham Park, NJ!

Danielle will be taking home our Brave Adventure Prize Pack, complete with the adorable Toddler Merida Doll and loyal soft-stuffed companion, Angus. Disney Store has everything you need to gear up for your own Scottish adventure with Merida. Head over to to check out the complete Brave product assortment!

Toddler Brave Merida DollBrave Angus Plush Toy

Speaking of our exclusive Brave product from Disney Store…

Available now worldwide in Disney Stores and on is the exquisite Limited Edition Merida Doll (SRP $99.50). There are only 7,000 of these stunning Merida dolls, so make haste and be sure to get one for your own collection!

And happening now through Sunday, purchase anything from our Brave Shop on and your entire order ships free! Just apply promo code BRAVESHIP at check out and enjoy the savings!

Brave Shop at DisneyStore
Ho ye! Ae moment please before you go! I have a special treat to share with you all…

Follow the Wisp!

Will you follow the Wisp and change your fate?

Brave Wisp

Canty Brave premiere day! And guid luck!


Change Your Fate and Win our Brave Adventure Prize Pack!

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Jun 20, 2012 2:30 PM

“I am Merida, and I’ll be shooting for my own hand!”

I'll be shooting for my own hand!
Merida has proven to us that she has a vibrant personality and strong independent spirit as she attempts to change her fate in Disney·Pixar’s new film, Brave. Now it’s time for you to try your hand at changing fate by entering to win our Brave Adventure Prize Pack!

In honor of the June 22 theatrical release of Brave, we are giving our Disney fans the opportunity to win the ultimate Brave product assortment to prepare you for your very own adventure!

For your chance to win, head over to our official Disney Store Twitter, @DisneyStore and be sure to follow us and re-tweet the Brave Adventure Prize Pack tweet! You can find the rules for our sweepstakes here.

Follow Disney Store on Twitter!
Our exclusive Brave Adventure Prize Pack includes our most popular products, from the adorable Merida Toddler Doll to the super soft Bear Cub Plush. It is the perfect collection of all your favorite Brave characters!

Reusable Brave Merida ToteAluminum Brave Water Bottle

Brave Pen SetBrave Angus Plush Toy
Soft Merida Plush DollReversible Brave Plush Toy

Medium Curious Cub Brave PlushMini Hungry Cub Brave Plush

Toddler Brave Merida DollClassic Brave Merida Doll

Head over to @DisneyStore now to re-tweet for your chance to win! Take fate into your own hands!

Only 3 more days until the premiere of Brave! Which product in the prize pack is your favorite? The Bear Cub Plush is absolutely precious and definitely my favorite!



Limited Edition Merida Doll

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Jun 19, 2012 10:30 AM

"Some say our destiny is tied to the land, as much a part of us as we are of it. Others say fate is woven together like a cloth, so that one's destiny intertwines with many others. It's the one thing we search for, or fight to change. Some never find it. But there are some who are led."

We are only 4 days away from the theatrical release of Disney·Pixar’s newest feature film, Brave!

An adventurous tale that takes place in the mysterious Highlands of Scotland, Brave follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor.

Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land. Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric Witch for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish.

The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources—including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers—to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, and discover the meaning of true bravery. 

It is no small task to capture the fiery spirit and softness of heart of Pixar’s first female protagonist, but Disney Store has done just that with our gorgeous Limited Edition Merida Doll* (SRP $99.50).

Available worldwide in stores and online this Friday, June 22, the LE Merida Doll is truly an exquisite piece that brings the vibrant energy of Merida to life.

I absolutely love the expression on the LE Merida Doll. She looks incredibly determined and slightly mischievous, as we know she yearns to preserve her freedom and independence despite the wishes of her parents.


My favorite feature by far, however, is her hair. Pixar technical directors Bill Wise and Steve May and their team spent years working on an entirely new hair simulator to achieve the fluid curls and impressive volume of Merida’s hair in the film. Our artists here at Disney Store were able to conquer the same feat with our LE Merida Doll!


“Merida’s hair is wild and alive, and it becomes a character of its own. I think it suits her so well because it’s untamed, just like her. Her mother is constantly trying to comb it and put a wimple [head covering] on top of it, and she’s having none of it.” – Kelly Macdonald, voice of Merida

Be sure to head over to your local Disney Store and to check out our complete Brave Collection, and on June 22nd be there to experience Brave in theaters!

How many of you are planning to purchase the LE Merida Doll and see the movie? Which character is your favorite?





*Available June 22 worldwide, in stores and online. Limited Edition of 7,000.

North America & Europe (select stores in UK, FR, ES, IT, IE and PT)
US $99.50 | Canada $109.50 | UK £60 | Europe 70€

“Change Your Fate” with the New Brave Disney Gift Card

By Official Disney Store Blogger,

Now available exclusively at Disney Store is the “Change Your Fate” Disney Gift Card inspired by the new DisneyŸPixar feature film, Brave. On the card is Merida, whose fiery curls stands out from the beautiful Scottish landscape behind her.

New Brave Disney Gift Card

Unlike most Disney Gift Cards, this card features details on the color bar below the golden ribbon: soft ripples of water that reflect the serenity of the scene’s background.

Before heading out to enjoy the film, don’t forget to stop by your nearest Disney Store to pick up your own Brave Disney Gift Card which can be used for almost anything Disney!

Did You Know? Disney Facts!

By Official Disney Store Blogger, Jun 11, 2012 2:00 PM

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekends! Did anyone create any Disney memories? I watched The Lion King with some friends-- such a classic!

Here are some fun Disney facts to keep you entertained and educated on this Monday. Enjoy!

Cruella de Vil
Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel, The Hundred and One Dalmatians, began as a short story called “The Great Dog Robbery.”

Pinocchio Background Artwork
Walt Disney urged his artists to lavish attention on the tiniest details, making Pinocchio the most visually intricate of films.

Brother Bear Concept Art
Brother Bear (2003) was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Have you seen it?

Brave Little Tailor
In the 1938 Disney film Brave Little Tailor, the king offers Mickey Mouse “one million pazoozas” and the hand of Princess Minnie to slay the giant. Anyone know what a pazooza is?

Tin Lizzie
In Walt Disney’s 1922 Cinderella short, Cinderella went to the ball in a Tin Lizzie automobile driven by a cat.

Classic Disney
On the American Film Institute’s critics’ poll of Best Animated Films, Pinocchio came in at number two, right behind Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Under the Sea
“Under the Sea,” Sebastian the crab’s show-stopping calypso number from The Little Mermaid, won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Dumbo Art
“Dumbo” is the nickname given him by some of the other elephants, but the big-eared guy’s real name is Jumbo, Jr.

Behind-the-Scenes at the Disney Geek Shoot

By Official Disney Store Blogger,

Last week we showed you an awesome video from our friends at Disney Geek, who visited us here at Disney Store Headquarters to get the low down on our new Brave product collection.

Haven’t seen the video yet? Check it out below!


We shared lots of laughs and had tons of fun working with the Disney Geek team to film the video. Ty is quite the character! I documented some of the silly moments in the photographs below. My favorites are when Ty got a hold of that awesome Merida wig!

Take a look at the behind-the-scenes moments we shared with the wonderful folks from Disney Geek—they were a fantastic bunch to work with!

Disney Geek Shoot
Nomi Vela displayed all the gorgeous Brave dolls she worked on.
Disney Geek Shoot
Ty started to get ahead of himself with his Disney Store shopping spree...
Disney Geek Shoot
Ty decided to browse through Gerald Mendez's Vinylmation collection.
Disney Geek Shoot
The Disney Geek crew prepping for our Mock Store shots with Bob Megargee.
Disney Geek Shoot
Ty had too much fun with the Merida Wig and Brave Archery Set while Bob got his mic secured!
Disney Geek Shoot
Christie Fleischer had a great time filming her segment!
Disney Geek Shoot
Those fairy wings might be a little too small for Ty...
Disney Geek Shoot
Filming the front desk scenes. That is me behind the desk!