Wow, it never even occurred to me that the magazine publisher might not like that. It just always seemed like a nice way to share information with fans who live outside Japan and might have a hard time ever seeing them. Now that you've put it like that, I guess I won't do it anymore either.
The new Christmas stuff does look great. I'm optimistic about the harbor show at DisneySEA, though a bit disappointed the trees don't appear to have the interactive download function this year. Disneyland looks fun, too, as I love the Santa Village theming. And some of the menu options, like cookies and muffins, look authentically traditional. This is my favorite Duffy Christmas release ever, which is especially exciting because Halloween didn't connect with me as much as last year.
I was hoping for a Gingerbread shaped popcorn bucket too - maybe next year, but the Snowman Mickey one is adorable!
Yeah, I have to admit he is a cutie. The only thing I'm not really fond of is the way it opens. Would've preferred if it opened from the back side of his head. (think Easter Wonderland's 2011 buckets) I'll probably still get it since it's in the shape of the character and I really love those since they're more unique. I'm still conflicted on the other one... it's essentially the same bucket. Some change in colors and a different topper. Nice for those who missed out on last years, or really liked the design, but to me it feels like a double-dip. More pictures will probably help.
Awe, sorry. You should still use it since it would likely be different enough. Probably even better since most of the time you "cut" the characters out of the background/border. (like your current sig) I don't know how to do that but I got creative and painted red carefully around the image. Your call, I wouldn't mind if we match.