Let me first start off by saying I don’t do pins, well to be fair I “rarely” buy pins. This would be a really short blog if I didn’t buy any pins. It was a banner year for Disney Afternoon pins at the Disney Parks. There were several pin releases almost every month this year with some sort of Disney Afternoon show representation in both open edition pins as well as limited edition series pins. The Kingdom Consoles and I Heart Gaming pins especially caught my eye.
Disney Afternoon shows were selected for many of the releases for both the Kingdom Consoles and I Heart Gaming pin series as the early 90s were the Renaissance period for Disney gaming for both console games and the mini handheld LCD screen games.
I did buy half of the Disney Afternoon themed Kingdom Console pins (Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck, and DuckTales). I am still missing Bonkers, TaleSpin, and Goof Troop. I will do a blog showcasing the Disney Afternoon Kingdom Consoles pins once I have completed that set.
Today, we will be looking at all of the I Heart Gaming Disney Afternoon show releases. Note: Not all of the releases in this series were Disney Afternoon shows, there were also: The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, and Toy Story. Yes, I know that there was an Aladdin series and Timon and Pumbaa series in the Disney Afternoon, but the Aladdin and Lion King pin were for the movie not the shows.
The first release (The Lion King) was in January, and the pin series started off as a bi-monthly release with a limited edition of 2500 and exclusive to Disneyland. Walt Disney World and Disneyland would then alternate every month on who would get a release. The Walt Disney World pin releases were limited to 1500 pins instead of 2500 like Disneyland.
The first three months of releases:
- January (The Lion King) (DL)
- February (Aladdin) (WDW)
- March (The Little Mermaid) (DL)
The April release really caught my eye and got me to purchase my first pin in the series.
A Goofy Movie
The pin was released at Walt Disney World with a limited edition of 1500 pins. The pin features Goofy, Max, and Powerline doing the perfect cast from the I2I dance scene in A Goofy Movie.
I happened to be at Disneyland the day that the next I Heart Gaming pin release debuted.
The pin was released at Disneyland with a limited edition of 2500 pins. The pin features Darkwing Duck fighting Quackerjack.
I got a two month break in I Heart Gaming Disney Afternoon show pin releases:
- June (Beauty and the Beast) (WDW)
- July (Pocahontas) (DL)
Then the August I Heart Gaming pin release flew into stores.
The pin was released at Walt Disney World with a limited edition of 1500 pins. The pin features Kit Cloudkicker cloud surfing behind the Sea Duck.
The September I Heart Gaming pin release featured some ducks.
The pin was released at Disneyland with a limited edition of 2500 pins. The pin features Scrooge McDuck in a mine cart with Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
I got a one month break in I Heart Gaming Disney Afternoon show pin releases:
- October (Toy Story) (WDW)
I was rescued with the November release.
Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers
The pin was released at Disneyland with a limited edition of 2500 pins. The pin features Chip and Dale jumping over a nut.
The December I Heart Gaming pin release had some bounce to it.
Disney’s Adventures is the Gummi Bears
The pin was released at Walt Disney World with a limited edition of 1500 pins. The pin features Cubbi Gummi jumping in the air for some Gummiberry Juice which will allow him to bounce here and there and everywhere.
I am really glad that I collected this pin series. The pins are really colorful and the lenticular movement on the screen is a great added feature. A person can never have enough Disney Afternoon swag. If you are interested in these pins, you can find the majority of them on the EBay. They retailed for $17.99 each so try to find a deal around that amount or slightly over with an Ebayer that is offering cheap or free shipping.