The Disney Store, of The Walt Disney Co., has spent the past few weeks detailing the summer and prospective autumn 2012 rollout of a new designer collection based on six iconic villains from the media entity's animated film archive. Although the international fashion community has no short array of cartoon branded jewelry, cotton apparel, or facial cosmetics, Disney or otherwise, perhaps the company's lady villains represent an untapped resource. According to the company, following the commercial success of the Disney Princess Designer Collection (2011), this year's unveiling of the Disney Villains Designer Collection is the next step in offering limited edition designer products.
The collection will also include more basic wares, such as collectible mugs, note pads, and a lithograph set; however, at the top of the list rests the collection's slickly redesigned, limited edition designer dolls.
The dolls, standing nearly one foot tall, will be produced in quantities of 13,000 each and will hit select brick and mortar and online retail shops (DisneyStore.com) starting August 2012 ($79.50 ea.). Adorned with elaborate make-up, bejeweled gowns, and in the case of Ursula a disproportionately thinner redesign, the doll collection purportedly speaks to power and prowess that these cartoon characters have historically possessed.
Last year, The Walt Disney Co. recorded an estimated $31.5 billion in worldwide retail sales, the most of any global licensor by several billions of dollars.
Additional consumer products bearing the visage of these re-designed and re-imagined characters include stationary and home products, perhaps just in time for back-to-school shopping.
The pens, note card sets, and note pad sets include sketch artwork of the new fashion designs. The note card set includes two dozen cards, envelopes, and envelope seals. Apparel lines, from rhinestone t-shirts to glittery tote bags, will also be available. According to Disney, the apparel and accessories will launch exclusively at DisneyStore.com in August 2012. The entire Disney Villains Designer Collection will launch in select Disney Store locations nationwide and online by September 2012. Disney summaries of the collection follow:
Disney Villains Designer Collection
Limited Edition Disney Villains Designer Dolls
Disney Store re-imagines six of Disney’s original "bad girls" in all of their fashionable villainy. Each of these glamorous dolls stands at 11.5" tall and comes in a collectible box with display stand. With exacting attention to detail, fabrics, and styling, the Designer Villains are unlike any other doll and come with a Certificate of Authenticity. Global size edition for each doll is 13,000 units. Dolls will be released once a week for six weeks. An online-exclusive set including all six dolls will be available for pre-order on Monday, August 20th. SRP: $79.50 each; available: September-October 2012.
The adult trend Designer Villains Apparel Collection features Disney’s favorite lady villains highlighted in exquisite foil techniques and rhinestones to bring the perfect amount of villainous glitz and glam to your outfit. Each style is unique to match any fabulous event you may find yourself attending. SRP: $29.50 - $44.50; availability: August 2012.
The Designer Villains Accessory Collection features an assortment of items to perfectly accent the fashionable villains tops with the original sketch art of the Designer Villains collection.
The tote bag and matching wallet are adorned with the fabulous artwork printed over sequins for an added dazzling effect. The three silk scarves with fringe detail feature Ursula, Cruella de Vil, and Evil Queen. SRP: $29.50 - $69.50; available: August 2012.
The Designer Villains journals are the perfect complement for the doll collection, as they feature the original sketch art that inspired the dolls. The leather-like cover is embossed with the designer villains brocade pattern, with a satin bookmark with custom metal medallion. The pages illustrate four-color art and gilded edges and the back cover reveals a storage pocket. SRP: $16.50 each; available: August 2012.
The wickedly glamorous cosmetics from the Disney Villains Designer Collection include the lip gloss 3-pack, 6-color eye palette and eye-liner and 6-color nail polish set. The rich color tones match the color palette of each character. Complete your beauty collection with the villainous compact and zip-closure cosmetic bag with art printed over sequins for extra dazzle! SRP: $14.50 - $29.50; manufacturer: Simple Beauty; available: August 2012.
These ceramic mugs feature the exquisite artwork from the new Designer Villains collection. Each mug displays the gothic silhouette of the six mischievous villains with a clawed foot base and serpent tail-like handle. SRP: $12.50 each; available: August 2012.
Note Card Set
Elegant and regal, the Designer Villains note card set is the perfect stationery for eloquent sentiments and dramatic thoughts. Each of the original designer villains sketch art is featured in the set which includes 24 note cards, 26 envelopes, and 24 envelope seals. SRP: $14.50; available: August 2012.
Pen and Notepad Set
Everyone needs a place to compose notes and record reminders, and the Designer Villains notepad set with ballpoint pen is ideal for such memos. Both the pen and notepad set highlight the signature Designer Villains artwork. Notepad contains 120 sheets, each of which includes sketch art of each of the six designer villains. SRP: $19.50; available: August 2012.
The Limited Edition Designer Villains Lithograph Set is limited to a quantity of 2,000 total pieces. The set includes one of each six designer villains sketch art. SRP: $19.50; available: August 2012.