I like the unified merchandise concept, and I agree that it's cool to see a concept not tied to a franchise, except that this is obviously tied to Pixar's Cars (the only Pixar project I can't stand) and the opening of Cars Land this summer, so I think it is actually linked to a film, but at least it's based in the park event and the Cars characters are not mixed in with the concept art. I don't really think this is anything like TDS, though, because here Duffy's events are completely centered on Duffy and Cape Cod, running alongside yet independent from park events. Here, Duffy looks like an add-on to the park event instead, like just one part of a larger merchandise push, which I think is pretty clearly how Disney Parks sees him.And I couldn't agree more about being obviously lacking in detail or approaching perfection. It's become the standard for US Duffy to have a seamless pattern slapped onto a generic "armholes and neckhole" design,
Originally Posted by Eeee-va
now throwing on a zipper cos they already had that hoodie.* It makes for a "more interesting" look than just a plain solid color, without requiriing accent details like buttons or pockets. And since the "pattern" is a seamless mess, it doesn't matter where the hems/seams are or how it's cut. Even in the design process, you just click "fill with pattern" once and ta-da, you got it!^^
*I thought the red was a zipper, but I see now that it's a red T-shirt under a buttonless(?) open-front shortsleeve shirt with a decent pointed collar. I still scorn the click-n-fill and I certainly wouldn't buy it, but it's significantly less horrible than I thought, and more in tune with its design era than I understood at first glance.^^
Especially if it was just gonna be another top, I would have liked to see something like this:
Above images from Duffy's Facebook
SHOCKING! This one's not even anti-aliased...You'd think they'd have the original artwork and wouldn't need to cut and paste it anyway...
Above image from Disney Parks Blog
It would especially impress me if Duffy's name was actually embroidered on the left breast and a multicolor design (or even cheap out and do only the "Route 66" with Mickey marks - even as a patch) was embroidered on the back. The very coolest thing would be if they set it up like Mouse ears and would do the custom embroidery for you, or even let you mix-n-match sleeves and shirtfronts and the patch on the back, coming back to pick up your custom item later. That would have blown me away, because it would show they were actually trying to impress me.^^ The fact that there is nothing "Route 66" in the design of the outfit, just a repeated road sign mish-mash scattered over a totally generic shape with a zipper is seriously disappointing when I think about how both a) cheap and b) easy it would have been to make a fashionable retro shirt like this with just a couple details like Duffy's name (even printed) and the back detail (even printed). You'd just have to want to. The idea is obvious if you think of Duffy as a fashionable character
and not just a piece of merch.
Looks an awful lot like Duffy's Spring Voyage hat to me, the shape anyway. Only the Tokyo one won't have a big park logo splashed across the front of it and will most likely be constructed from better materials.
Originally Posted by Sapphire-Light
I didn't know BAB could fit the 12" bears!
Originally Posted by aimster