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As you all probably already know, Vinylmation collectors and traders Graham and Claire were featured on episode three of the Hoarder Next Door on Channel 4.  We have spoke to them before and were featured in our Collectors Spotlight before finding out they were going to be on the show! With the episode since been shown on Channel 4, we wanted to bring you our very own review of the episode!

This review is purely only on Claire & Graham’s story only, in the episode.

The program kicks off with a quick preview of the stories in the episode, showing many previews Claire & Graham’s massive collection and even showing some of the 25th Anniversary Vinylmations! (Which I, myself, got excited about!) About fifteen minutes in, after the break, their story starts.

Capture 2It starts, explaining the definition of a collector compared to hoarder. Then it fades to a Graham and Claire’s house in Essex. Claire shows off the whole of her collection, as well a saying that Vinylmations are her current fad! Every inch of there home is covered with some form of Disney item or memorabilia, which is unbelievable on a massive extent. (Even their bed covers were Disney themed!) Graham explains how he wants his own space and that he wants it to be partly cut down for room.

The experts later come into the episode with help. The experts firstly analysed the house with amazed, gob smacked faces due to the extent of their collection and how its taken over the house. The experts help Claire to sort her Disney collection out in the study and spare room. They sort it into three piles, stuff to keep, stuff to sale and stuff to give to charity. They one of the areas they focused on was the large scale of plush toys, including a massive Stitch and Sulley. While sorting it out, Claire even questions why she even brought some of the Disney memorabilia she has. Claire in the end fills twenty bags and boxes!

Capture 4The study is later emptied for Graham to take over and Claire can’t help herself to try and help. She attempts to place some items on the shelf but instead knocks over Marvel Lego. This brought a comedy element to the program, even though its wasn’t deliberate, which made my whole family laugh! The collection in the spare room was also organised and brought order to the room.

Me and my whole family thoroughly enjoyed the story featuring Graham and Claire. A comedy element as well as serious element all played part in the story which brought the enjoyment to it. We all loved to point out all the Disney characters we could see in the episode as well as pointing out the many different Vinylmation series’ they had on display. The episode I would recommend for anyone at any age, with a big heart for Disney to watch it. Its an amazing, inspirational episode which all can enjoy!

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Note – This Episode will be available for a limited time for United Kingdom residents through Channel 4 Video On Demand

Don’t forget to check out our interview with Graham and Claire as well as their feature on the Collection Spotlight, here on Vinylmation Kingdom.

Did you watch the episode? Let us know in the comments!

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Have you ever come to a point while collecting Vinylmation where you just kind of look at everything you have and say “What am I doing here?”  With so many different vinyls coming out on what seems to be a weekly basis, a lot of us get into that habit of wanting to get everything as it comes out regardless of whether we really want it or not, its the completionist in us that does it.

For myself, my closet is overflowing with vinyls, they are in drawers, on the floor, in tackle boxes, shot glass cases almost any place you could possibly imagine, I have a vinyl there.  I think we all get to that moment in collecting where we either think we have too many, or don’t really have a theme to our collections. I am one of those people.


There seems to be many ways we can get a hold of our collection’s. Properly displaying them around the house is something I have tried as well, don’t be afraid to put them out there in your house they are great conversation pieces. Almost anytime someone has come into our house and see the filled shot glass cases on the walls filled with the coolest Vinylmation has to offer, friends always ask what they are and fall in love with them. They are great art to add to any house on the walls.

You may be feeling though that displaying them isn’t quite the issue, that your room or rooms for that matter are just overtaken by the hobby.  Cutting down a collection can be extremely sad after putting so much effort into building it. Nice ways to get your collection in order can include collecting character from only certain movies, individual characters or any type of them that fits your wants.


Another great way to condense of course is to attempt to trade multiples of vinyls you may not want or need for that one hard to get vinyl that you are dying to have, I tend to find myself doing that a lot. It’s a great way to bump up your collection while decreasing it in size. Collecting vinyls is fun and it always will be and you should never let the size of your collection discourage you from collecting more, but sometimes we may need to get it in order.

I know a lot of people out there have their ideas of how they organize, condense or display their collections. I would love to hear what you have done with yours? Let us know by posting in the comments.

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Online trading is one of the hottest commodities with Vinylmation; it’s addicting, exciting and just overall a ton of fun to be apart of. With the numbers of exclusives that are available at the parks, it’s near impossible to get everything you want without trading with others online, or going the dreaded eBay route. With Disney seemingly releasing a new set almost every week, it’s tough to keep up with all the new releases, especially if you are one who must collect them all.

Of course we all wish we could walk into D-Street on release days and come out with the vinyls we crave to have, but for the majority of us, that’s not an option.  Luckily these online communities have become a great place to acquire your most wanted vinyls (still on the hunt for a damn supermouse), make lifelong friends, and play the vinyl game.

When I first started trading online in the many Facebook groups, one member, I forget who, equated trading Vinylmation to “trading stocks, it’s quick, fiery and you usually don’t know every vinyl you have or are getting, you just trade for the fun of it.” Not sure how much sense that made, but I guess in a way it does, especially after trading for awhile. Like any kid at heart, you love getting mail all day, excited to check what vinyl you got in the mail that day, whether it’s completing that long lost set that may have taken you years to build up, or just something that you thought “hey, that’s pretty cool, I want that and you know what, I’m going to get it.”

Collecting vinyls is fun, there’s no way around it, it’s also can be very very costly, and most of us know that as well, at $12.95 a pop these days it’s not easy to complete sets. Although it seems if waiting a couple weeks, you can grab new releases for sometimes half the price on the online communities.

So before you hit up eBay for that vinyl you want most, don’t be afraid to check out the online communities for that vinyl you may be searching for. Admittedly it does take a lot of trust, especially before you build up relationships with other members, but once you find yourself a core group of people to deal with and getting yourself a nice reputation you will be well on your way to building up your collection and making some awesome new pals along the way.

Happy trading, and hope everyone has themselves a wonderful holiday weekend.

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