I always check DS.com. Everyday I check DS.com. Every. Single. Morning. What vinyls will be on? What vinyls will be on sale? After browsing through the items, I make a decision on whether or not I will buy any. Most days I do not, but some days I do. I was pleasantly surprised to pick up a case of Monorails the other day. Can’t wait to get them and get my Chick Hicks Chaser. (Come on, Vinylmation Team, admit there was a packing error and announce that he is the chaser).
This DS.com morning check is so engrained in my being that I even know how many vinylmations are on at night before I go to bed. At least most nights. Sometimes the morning number is the same as the evening, some days not. Currently there are 167 items for sale on the site. And I could name about 150 of them off the top of my head. That is how often I check the site.
The other morning I was shocked to see Mickey, Minnie and Goofy Disneyland Paris Exclusives on the site. Yep. Paris Exclusives. Let me repeat, these are Disneyland Paris Exclusives that were up for order on DS.com. A quote in the product description online even says
Created Especially for Disneyland Paris Resort .
That got me thinking. What does “Created Especially for Disneyland Paris Resort” mean exactly. That is Created FOR Disneyland Paris Resort, NOT created to commemorate or represent Disneyland Paris Resort, but FOR Disneyland Paris Resort. That led to the question of exclusivity. What does it mean to be exclusive? No, not in the dating pool, but in the vinylmation pool.
Currently there are 9 exclusive vinylmations on Disney Shopping. Paris Goofy and Minnie are listed but sold out. And here are the placeholders for Paris Mickey and Paris Donald (the best of the 4). New York has 4 exclusive 9” still available. New York, New York, Taxi, Bridges and Central Park. I love these, by the way. Worth every single bit of the $19.99. I will patiently wait to pick up a Central Park for under $20. 3 City exclusive tins are also still available. Two for the Windy City and one for the Big Apple. My Favorite of the bunch…
But there have been others that have been on and sold out, but may be on again. Hawaii Tiki comes to mind.
Another great looking design.
So that is the list of exclusive items available online. That is if I do not include the online exclusive D Tour Paper Cut. That one just sounds painful to me.
OUCH! That is a lot of paper cuts. Looks even more painful than I imagined. Oh those eyes. Mickey either needs some drops for a terrible case of pink eye or he is turning into a some sort of creature of the night. Are there drops for that?
Now for the question of “Exclusivity”
What do you guys think? Are you OK with all of these being available online? And what makes these exclusive designs online worthy while others are not? What about the San Fran exclusives? What about Dublin, Copenhagen, Great Britain? Hong Kong? I could even include ETO and Romantic Treats. Am I missing any? I have mixed emotions about this. On one note, I am happy to see the NYC stuff online as I was able to complete my NYC 9” collection for a fraction of the price. On the other, I am a bit frustrated to see the potential downfall of the notion of ‘Exclusive’
Part of the joy of collecting is the chase. The hunt. The thrill of getting your hands on something that maybe not everyone else can get. Toyko Pirate Mickey is one such example. I think that I actually jumped for joy when he arrived in my mail box. I experienced similar joy when NYC Grafitti and Taxi arrived. That thrill took a bit of a hit when I saw the NYC items up for grabs online. But at the same time I was happy to get a few NYC 9” that I did not have. Mixed emotions no doubt.
Up until this weekend the exclusive leak has only been for Chicago and NYC. (Oh I forgot and Hawaii) But after seeing the Disneyland Paris set online, I am not sure what to believe. Is it better to pay big prices and give up big trades for these items so that you can secure them into your collection? Or, at the risk of never getting that exclusive, do you wait it out and see if you can nab them one early DS.com morning? The choice is yours. Albeit not be an easy one. There is a risk with either approach. Copenhagen was going for an outrageous amount at one time. And, if you do not count the dumpster divers, both the 3′ and the 9” will still set you back a bit. How would you feel if you gave up, say a Plane Crazy for a Copenhagen, just to see it released online a few weeks later?
Is that an “Oh Well, I played the market and lost” sort of moment or one of extreme displeasure? A sort of, ” I just got played by Disney” kind of moment.
Exclusives should just be that. Exclusive. Sure it is to the advantage to those locals who are able to score a few and provide for others. But that is all part of the thrill. That is what the chase is all about.
So how do you feel about these exculsives popping up online?
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