Saturday, May 30, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

Star Wars #5 Death Star & Trooper Set Release

The Death Star & Trooper combo set has been released today at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World for week 3 of Star Wars Weekends. The Death Star is a 9" figure accompanied by a 3" Death Star Trooper figure. Both vinyls were designed by John Henselmeier. The set retails for $59.95 and has a Limited Edition size of 1,000.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Scout Trooper

Series: Star Wars #3
Artist: Maria Clapsis
Released: May 2013

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Vinylmation Beginner's Guide - What is Eachez?

Eachez Vinylmation are frequently being released. In 2015, we have had 7 new Eachez, which is more than one release a month. In my opinion, Eachez seemed to appear out of nowhere with no explanation. New collectors especially might be wondering what Eachez is and what it means, but even more seasoned collectors might still be scratching their heads. I hope in this post to tackle some frequently asked questions about Eachez.

1. How do you say "Eachez?"
It's pronounced how it looks. Say it like the word "each" and then add "ez" on the end. Like saying "peaches" but without the letter p.

2. Why is it called that?
Honestly I have no idea and I've yet to meet someone who does. Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager with Disney, said on the Disney Parks Blog that the name Eachez was given to these figures by the Vinylmation design team. No explanation on the actual meaning of the name was given.

3. What is it?
The Eachez concept was first mentioned by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager at Disney, on the Disney Parks Blog in November 2013. However, it was merely a passing comment. The concept was described as being "a figure sold in a mystery box that the Vinylmation team is calling "Eachez". One is the more common figure while the other is more rare". Usually this means you have a 9 in 10 chance of receiving the more common figure, and a 1 in 10 chance of receiving the more rare figure, dubbed the "variant" in the Vinylmation community. But there have been some exceptions.

4. What is the Limited Edition size?
Usually 2,000 or 2,500 however some have been labelled as "limited release" as opposed to limited edition, meaning no set size was given.

Eachez are usually stand alone figures that are not part of a series. More often they are for an event such as the Food and Wine Festival, the year (2014, 2015), Run Disney, Halloween, etc. But some are connected to a series like the Spider-Man Eachez (to accompany Marvel #2) and the Star Wars Eachez to accompany the Star Wars series.

Sometimes the more rare variant figure has a different design, such as the Independence Day Goofy figures. Other times it's a different figure entirely, for example Easter 2015 Eachez.

I hope this post has cleared up some confusion on Eachez Vinylmation. If you still have questions, I'd love to try and answer them! Leave me a comment.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Star Wars #5 Luke Skywalker and Han Solo Set Release

The first twin pack of this year's Star Wars Weekends event has been released today at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. This Medal Ceremony set has two 3" figures, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, adorned with the medals they receive in the throne room during the final scene of A New Hope. The set retails for $29.95 and has a Limited Edition size of 2,500. Both figures were designed by Maria Clapsis.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Greedo

Series: Star Wars #2
Artist: Casey Jones
Released: August 2012

(Side note: Greedo did NOT shoot first)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Deal of the Day - Grizzly River Run

Today's deal is the 3" Grizzly River Run figure from the California Adventure series.

The figure is being sold brand new in box here on eBay for $10, which is around the original retail price. The seller has 99.8% positive feedback. This vinyl is not frequently being sold on eBay, but currently listed figures have a price of $13-$23.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Collector's Space - I Want More Vinylmation!

Do you ever feel like sometimes your want list looks out of control? There are so many amazing figures that you dream about owning, that you desperately want and chase after. You search for them on eBay, you look for trades on Instagram and Facebook groups. But you can't always find the right price or the right trade.

Do you look at your collection on occasion, see a series you own, and get reminded of all the other vinyls in that series that you want, so you can finally complete that series? Or do you look at a character (like Piglet for example) and think about their movie companions you don't own yet, but wish you did, because they would look just perfect next to the figure you already have? (In this case Rabbit, or Tigger perhaps).

Maybe not. Maybe these thoughts are all just my own. Recently I've been getting a little frustrated because there are so many figures that I still want, but I don't have the money to buy them all at once. (I'm sure you can relate!) I've been feeling an itch if you will to complete my collection. But as I thought about it more, I started to change my perspective. If you feel this way too, here's the upside I try to look at:

Mail days! How fun and exciting are they?! Yesterday I got a surprise in the mail. A Vinylmation that I ordered only 3 days before. It had arrived already and was such a wonderful surprise after a very long Friday at work. You can look forward to many more mail days while there's still vinyls you want out there.

Remember how awesome it feels when that vinyl you've been eyeing and searching for is finally yours. Those days will come to an end when you complete your collection. You have the ability to fill in those gaps in your collection between releases now that releases have slowed down. Instead of these feelings getting worse when it seems like you will never get the figures you want because your want list just keeps growing with all the new releases, and you can't keep up with the purchases.

You have time to re-organize your collection. Maybe there are some figures you've fallen out of love with. You might be able to negotiate a trade, or sell them to add more money to your Vinylmation fund. You could even re-arrange your displays to make them look neater, or just make room for your upcoming purchases.

Finally, another benefit of not buying everything all at once is that many figures (with only some exceptions) will inevitably drop in price and become cheaper. You will save money in the long run buying figures at a cheaper price later down the line. It hurts to admit but I've made this mistake when I just had to have a vinyl when it was released.

I hope these thoughts help with feeling like you just have to have more.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Star Wars #5 Release

Star Wars #5 has been released today at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World to celebrate the first of this year's Star Wars Weekends. This is a 12 figure blind box series, with 11 commons, a mystery chaser, and what appears to be 5 variants. The series was designed by Casey Jones and each blind box retails for $12.95.

UPDATE: This series is on available at the Disney Store Online.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Lando Calrissian

As always, for the duration of Star Wars Weekends, my Throwback Thursday posts will be Star Wars themed. Star Wars Weekends start tomorrow, so here goes the first Star Wars Throwback Thursday of 2015!

Series: Star Wars #1
Artist: Mike Sullivan
Released: January 2011

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Deal of the Day - Villainous Duos #5

For today's Deal of the Day, I bring you the Villainous Duos Set #5 - Jafar and Iago.



This set has two 3" figures and was only recently released. It retails for $26.95 and has not yet been released online. It's listed on eBay, new in box, for $30, which is pretty much retail price after tax. (Shipping included). The seller also has 100% feedback. This item is currently being sold for $35-$60 from other sellers. 

Friday, May 08, 2015

Marvel Avengers Series Online Release

The Marvel Avengers series has now been released at the Disney Store online, D-Street locations, and around Walt Disney World. It was released last week at Disney Stores and the new Superhero Headquarters at Downtown Disney in Orlando. 

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Mickey's Philharmagic

Series: Park #7
Artist: Casey Jones
Released: October 2011

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Deal of the Day - Festival of the Lion King

Today's Deal of the Day is the Festival of the Lion King Vinylmation from Park #4.


This figure is being sold new in box for $48.48 on eBay. The current price for this figure ranges from $55 to $150. The figure has a Limited Edition size of 400. I have bought from this seller before and I can recommend them! The product was as pictured and described with fast shipping. The seller has 99.9% positive feedback.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Marvel Avengers at the Disney Store

Here are the Marvel Avengers at my local Disney Store yesterday. The Cast Member I spoke to told me they had sold 2 cases that morning and had 6 phone call inquiries about the series.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Marvel Avengers Series Release

The Marvel Avengers Vinylmation series was released today at the new Superhero Headquarters in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World and at Disney Stores. This series has not yet been released online. The series features 5 commons: Hawkeye, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Black Widow. The commons have a ratio of 1/6 with Iron Man having a ratio of 5/24. There are also 3 variants and 1 chaser with ratios of 1/24, 1/24, 1/98 and 1/24 respectively. 

All 8 figures were designed by Thomas Scott and each blind box retails for $12.95. The series will release at other Walt Disney World locations on May 8.