mystery

Chasing a chaser, or variant can be one of the most thrilling parts of collecting Vinylmation.  There is no better feeling than picking up a lonely blind box in a near empty tray and opening it to reveal the chaser of the set. We all remember that first chaser we opened up, and it is truly one of the coolest moments while collecting.

Disney has done a good job recently coming up with some great chasers in newly released sets. From the Park 13 “Pardon Our Pixie Dust” chaser to Kaa to the brand new Robots 4 chaser of Toy Story’s own lunatic, Sid.

We all have our own strange methods of how to determine which little blox in the case that sits in front us may be that special one. One of the biggest complaints in the search for the mystery vinyl in each set is seeing boxes crushed, opened and nearly destroyed. This has been a big issue in many stores for a long time. Other than keeping vinyls behind the cash register, which some stores have actually done, there isn’t much being done to be able to control the small few who ruin the hobby for others.

A lot of us though shake the boxes, weigh them in our hands, among other things. I would love to hear what your method is for trying to find which one box may hold the vinyl you are looking for? Who was your first chaser or variant? Let us know in the comments below!

trade game

Over the last couple months there had been rumors of a new way of in park trading beginning. It looks like that new form of swapping vinyls is starting to be seen. A few days back the first photo surfaced from Kiyoshi Kuramoto which shows a cast member in Disneyland at Star Traders using the new “Trade Belt.”

There has not been too many sitings of this new belt just yet.  It is possible Disney is in some sort of testing phase to see the reaction of their guests. Personally, I really hope this works out as it is a great new way to do some Vinylmation trading. In a time where many feel the collector’s or interest so to speak is dying off due to lack of carrying new vinyls in local Disney store’s and long time collector’s selling off their collections; something like this can really reignite the trade.

It’s one thing to sell blind boxes and see the trade boxes at various areas in the parks or head to D-Street and see all Vinylmation has to offer. Imagine though walking through the park and not knowing anything about Vinylmation and seeing a cast member walking around with little bag with three random vinyls and wanting to know more. Something like this can really catch new collector’s and bring many more into the fold.

Trading at the parks seems to have gotten stale for awhile between the crazy rules of trading at Disneyland D-Street, and not being able to interact with fellow traders in the shop to bad trade boxes filled with High-School vinyls. Something new and exciting like this could be great for the community. Can’t wait to see how this works out. What are your thoughts on this possible new way of trading in parks? Do you like it, hate it, or have your own theory on it? Let us know in the comments section below!