Here are a couple of examples or just disney vinylmation - Google Search
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Vinylmation appeals to Disney fans who want a souvenir that's a little edgy. It's sort of like the Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise where you can show that you're a Disney fan without wearing mouse ears or a touristy T-shirt. The fact that people don't like them or just don't "get" it is part of the appeal. It's a souvenir that isn't obvious and requires some explanation for The Uncool to understand.
I've bought 5 souvenirs in my 30 or so years of going to Disneyland: 3 wooden guns from the POTC shop when I was a kid, a baseball cap at Grad Night and a Vinylmation Mickey. If I could just buy my choice of Vinylmation figure I'd probably have bought more of them, but the luck-of-the-draw packaging is a detraction for me.
If you get the figure you want, awesome. If there's another one in a collection you want then you buy another one to try your luck. It's the same if you get one you don't like. You buy another one. It's the exciting/addictive way blind box figures work.
Oh, I knew the concept of the random figures from Japanese vinyl figures before, but I'd just rather be able to choose one souvenir rather than become a crazed collector!
I'm hoping sales will die off soon and that these things will go the same way as the beanie baby, and Garbage Pail Kids.
ORDDU: I'm not particularly attracted to these vinylmation items, either. Now, if they were in the shape a DIFFERENT character--like, say, Tarzan--you'd have my attention and I'd buy at least one.
Vinylmation's grow you! There are some pretty darn cute ones and then there are some hideous ones. I like the little keychains and magnets (had to buy some for our Disney cruise!!). I don't have any, but my mom started collecting the Holiday series and they make wonderful gifts to give along with something
While I like some Vinylmations, I don't care for most of them. So when you factor in cost and the blind box packaging, that's enough to keep me on the sidelines in this hobby. To me the major difference between pins and vinylmations is the blind box packaging. If they were to release the Star Wars Vinylmations in viewable packaging, I would certainly get some.
LOL DIP!!!! I don't understand why people buy, says, CARS or different repaints of the same exact one but hey - to each his or her own.
I like Vinylmations, but I agree, some are uuuuugggggllllyyyyy. I only collect the ones I like and trade the ones I don't. I think they will be around awhile but - the issue is they release many types at once and release them often. They also have raised the prices. And some of the bigger ones are INSANELY priced, like $75? For plastic...
I just wish that the Star Wars ones didn't sell out so fast... :(