A new Disney-Pixar movie comes but once a year, and this year Disney is celebrating the occasion in style–with a full, dedicated Disney Vinylmation Monsters University series! I’ve been too sick this weekend to get out to see the movie myself–much less think about tracking down the Vinylmation figures–but Marie was kind enough to send in the case layout from the sealed Vinylmation Monsters University case she picked up at Walt Disney World on launch day!
UPDATE 7/17/2013: We’ve now added a third verified case layout to help you complete your Monsters University collection!
I’m really glad that Disney decided to give Monsters University its own series of Vinylmation figures. Though neither movie was the biggest success (certainly not critically), I was always really disappointed that Brave and Cars 2 each only got an open edition two-pack release instead of a full-fledged Vinylmation blind box series of their own. Monsters University is a sure-fire blockbuster, and I’m happy to see Disney knew fans would want loads of Vinylmation figures from it. Way to go, Disney!
I’ve seen the original Monsters Inc. about a million times (maybe a million and one), so I figured writing up some thoughts on the Vinylmation Monsters University series would be cake. Then I actually looked at the figures and realized I only knew who four out of the twelve figures in the set actually were (who could forget George Sanderson, after all?).
As it is, I don’t have a whole lot to say about this series just yet. Disney certainly chose some very colorful and diverse characters for this series, and I’m wondering if this is the first time we’ve ever had a parent and a child in the same Vinylmation series (Mrs. Squibbles and Squishy)? It’s certainly the first time I can remember it happening!
The Monsters University Chaser is Terri & Terry, a two-headed classmate (or is it classmates?) of Sully and Mike at Monsters University. While the idea of putting each of the two heads on one of the figure’s ears sounds really clever on paper, looking at the figure and then looking at images of Terri & Terry, I’m not entirely sure that Disney has really managed to execute the character(s) all that great.
There is one variant in the Vinylmation Monsters University series, and it is evidently incredibly rare. There have only been a handful of the variant Scare Pig Archie figures that have been listed on ebay at all, and the absolute cheapest one sold has been for $150. I haven’t seen the movie yet, so I don’t feel any burning desire to own the Vinylmation Scare Pig variant figure myself–and with rarity and prices like that, I kind of hope I don’t end up wanting him!
Given the way that Disney has been releasing cases lately, I would expect that there are several different case layouts for the Monsters University Vinylmation series in addition to this one. There should be at least one additional case layout containing the Archie variant, so make sure to only buy one blind box from a sealed tray and try to match it up to this case map before buying a bunch of boxes. And if this is your first time using a case layout, please read the article on A Word About Case Shuffling first–it may save you quite a bit of money!
The known Disney Vinylmation Monsters University Case Layouts are as follows:
Monsters University Case Layout Type 1
|Don Carlton||Randall||Sully||Don Carlton||Art||Archie (Scare Pig)|
|Squishy||Mike Wizowski||Sully||Mike Wizowski||George Sanderson||Archie (Scare Pig)|
|Sully||Carrie Williams||George Sanderson||Terri & Terry CHASER||Mrs. Squibbles||Art|
|Randall||Squishy||Mrs. Squibbles||Johnny||Carrie Williams||Johnny|
Monsters University Case Layout Type 2
Mike Wizowski Mike Wizowski Mike Wizowski Carrie Williams Don Carlton Randall
Art Sully George Sanderson Terri & Terry CHASER Carrie Williams Art
Johnny Archie (Scare Pig) Mrs. Squibbles Sully Squishy Mrs. Squibbles
Randall Squishy Johnny George Sanderson Archie (Scare Pig) Don Carlton
Monsters University Case Layout Type 3
George Sanderson Mike Wazowski Johnny Sully Carrie Williams Sully
Squishy Archie (Scare Pig) Randall Don Carlton Mrs. Squibbles Don Carlton
George Sanderson Terri & Terry CHASER Johnny Mike Wazowski Carrie Williams Art
Squishy Archie (Scare Pig) Art Randall Mrs. Squibbles Sully
Many thanks to Marie for sending this Monster University case layout in to us! This site can’t run without terrific readers like her. I thank you, Marie, as does the Vinylmation collecting community! If you bought a Monsters University case with a different layout or would like to submit a Vinylmation case layout for another series, you can use the ‘Contact Us’ form to send me a message and I’ll get it posted as quickly as I can.
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