The Doctor in his new TARDIS
We knew there would be a fair few changes in the next episode of Doctor Who, not least that he would be wearing a new coat and travelling with a new companion, but was anyone honestly prepared for this?
It’s the new-look TARDIS, with hexagons on the walls, a bank of lit switches behind (or in front of, depending on where you are) the central console, and a central console that no longer looks like the Doctor had to remake it out of stuff he found in a Victorian branch of Staples.
It is, in short, a modernisation of his former steampunk aesthetic, which is strange, given that the Doctor himself has started dressing in a more old-fashioned way, much more like his eighth incarnation, to these eyes.
Can’t wait to hear what they’ve done to the theme tune now…
In Mickey’s Toontown, new holiday decorations have rolled out. Interestingly, Disney has promoted the new decorations as if the holidays are new for Toontown. In fact, at the Christmas Day Parade Taping on Saturday, the emcee announced to the crowd that Toontown would be decorated for the “first time ever.”
The reality of the situation is that Toontown has been decked out for the holidays for years now, with clever decorations specific to the various storefronts and facades throughout the land. Disney made a point to specifically mention the new Christmas trees in Toontown in its annual press release this year:
Nearby, in Mickey’s Toontown, the centerpiece of the new holiday décor is an 18-foot cartoon-style Christmas tree in front of Toontown City Hall. Sculpted garlands and wreaths adorn the Toontown gazebo and add holiday cheer to the Gag Warehouse. The personal Christmas trees in the front yards of Mickey’s and Minnie’s houses also carry the “toon” theme.
The new trees are actually not new at all. Christmas trees have routinely been put up in front of Toontown’s City Hall and Mickey and Minnie’s houses, and while these trees are new for Disneyland, they aren’t new for Disney theme park guests.
These new trees are from Walt Disney World’s now-defunct Mickey’s Toontown Fair, which has since closed to make way for the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland expansion. It’s interesting that Disney has done away with Toontown’s old Christmas trees to bring in old decorations from Florida and is now marketing them as all-new offerings.
These new plasticky “toon” trees aren’t really the greatest, but they aren’t terrible. They’re also not necessarily as good (or as big) as the themed Christmas trees used in Toontown in previous years.
SDCC 2011 Exclusive #50: Monogram 1st Series Nightmare Before Christmas Jack & Sally Paperweight Set
For their fourth 2011 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive, Monogram International presents their Exclusive 1st Series Nightmare Before Christmas Jack & Sally Paperweight Set!
Enter an extraordinary world filled with magic and wonder — where every holiday has its own special land … and imaginative, one-of-a-kind characters! THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS tells the heartfelt tale of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, and all things that go bump in the night. Bored with the same old tricks and treats, he yearns for something more, and soon stumbles upon the glorious magic of Christmas Town! Jack decides to bring this joyful holiday back to Halloween Town. But as his dream to fill Santa’s shoes unravels, it’s up to Sally, the rag doll who loves him, to stitch things back together.
- Made of Bronze.
- Highly Detailed Sculpts – Jack on one side & Sally on the other – pieces fit together.
- Use as paperweight or display on shelf.
- Highly collectable! Quantities are limited! Get them as soon as you can! Don’t miss out on this awesome set!
- Priced at only $50.00 per set!
- Great Christmas Gift, Birthday Present, or Thank You for any special Nightmare Before Christmas fan in your life!
- Perfect for home or office décor!
Monogram International will be releasing their Comic-Con exclusives in the days counting down to SDCC 2011! Please them at booth #3744 this year! These exclusives are only available at San Diego Comic-Con 2011, so come on out!