Stitch Crashes Disney is a monthly collection for 2021 consisting of Stitch merchandise themed after various traditionally-animated Disney Animated Canon films. This collection succeeds Minnie Mouse: the Main Attraction as Disney's main annual merchandise collection.
The collection is inspired by the original four "Inter-Stitch-al" teaser trailers for Lilo & Stitch that first introduced the character to the public back in 2001 (before the film's 2002 release), in which Stitch "crashed" into iconic scenes of various Disney Renaissance films. (Additionally, although not mentioned, the collection also appears to be inspired by a bonus feature on the original Lilo & Stitch DVD, "A Stitch in Time: Follow Stitch Through the Disney Years", which jokes that Stitch has been trying to be featured in a Disney film for years, including films that are not represented in the collection.)
Series and items
The series in the collection were/will be:
- January: Beauty and the Beast
- February: Lady and the Tramp
- March: The Lion King
- April (in Disney Parks)/May (on shopDisney): The Little Mermaid
- May (in Disney Parks)/June (on shopDisney): Pinocchio
- June (in Disney Parks)/July (on shopDisney): Aladdin
- July (in Disney Parks)/August (on shopDisney): Sleeping Beauty
- September: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- October?: The Jungle Book
- November?: Pocahontas
- December?: Peter Pan
- January 2022?: Mulan
Each series consists of a Stitch plush, a jumbo-sized Stitch pin, a MagicBand, a T-shirt, and a mug. All but the T-shirt and mug are available in limited quantities. In addition to the monthly releases, Disney released a special pin holder binder for the series early on that includes its own exclusive pin, which depicts Stitch on top of the collection's logo.
There have been a number of changes in the collection's release process since it began. Initially, the plush, pin, and MagicBand would be first released on shopDisney via the MerchPass reservation system, followed by a later release at Disney Stores and shops at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World a few days later. Tees and mugs would be released the Thursday following the MerchPass. However, the MerchPass system was quickly dropped beginning with the Lady and the Tramp series released in February, with the online release of that series's plush, pin, MagicBand, T-shirt, and mug on Friday, February 26, and a physical store release the following day. The Lion King series had its pin made available for pre-order online on the date of its release instead of immediate purchase as with the first two series. The Little Mermaid series was delayed until April 26 for Disney Parks, and May 14, 2021 on shopDisney. Additionally, Disney stopped releasing new series at American Disney Stores beginning with that series, since Disney is winding down their Disney Store operations in the country (although the merchandise are still released at Disney Parks stores, including World of Disney at Disney Springs), and significantly delay the shopDisney releases after the Disney Parks releases, such as the Pinocchio series releasing in Disney Parks on May 24, 2021, with its shopDisney release on June 11, 2021. The Snow White series was particularly delayed as it wasn't released either at Disney Parks or shopDisney until September 2021.