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Following a number of reports of trading boxes being removed from the theme parks and the exclusion of Vinylmation at the annual event in September (Called GenEARation this year). Disney has made an official announcement regarding trading opportunities:

Thank you for your continued interest in Disney Trading! We are committed to providing a great trading experience for all our guests and have some exciting information to share for 2015. We have been listening to your feedback and this year, we plan to host several Disney-sponsored trading opportunities at the Disneyland® Resort and Walt Disney World® Resort. Please continue to visit this site for more information, including dates and registration details.
We hope you will enjoy our upcoming trading opportunities, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

So could the free Trade Nights be returning to Disneyland and Walt Disneh World?

The fact there is no mention of Vinylmation in the article and even have a pin logo at the start, plus its a very vague response , it’s probably a case of wait and see?

What do you think?

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The Imagination Gala: A Magic Carpet Event!

But was it really that magical? For my second trip to a hard ticket event, it was a big improvement from last years Reflections of Evil, but there is still much to discuss. You can read the review of Reflections of Evil here:

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Much like last year I only attended Thursdays pick up event, and the Vinylmation day on Sunday, so my experiences will be based off of those events. Since this event was themed around an awards show, I will be introducing each category and the nominees. Lets see who won! Hint….its probably me in most of them.

THE PURPLE CARPET:

Best Packing by a Vinylmation Collector:

Nominees: Pink Elephants40, Mickin16, Baltar, BlindBox28, Chaser08

Winner: Mickin16

Cameo by Mr. Nemes

Cameo by Mr. Nemes

This year I decided to let go(LET IT GOOOOO) of some of my collection since I have had a few big changes occur in my life. This time I needed some extra equipment. Last year I took 4 tackle boxes and a bag or two. This year I had 10 tackle boxes, a full backpack, and a case full of random figures. I had become a suitcase person. But hey, there is something funny about seeing guests faces after the event wondering why you are walking around EPCOT with a rolling suitcase.

Best Early Risers:

Nominees: Mickin16, Travis, People in Front of Me, Procrastinators, The Sun

Winner: People in Front of Me

People in a line for something? Must be Disney

People in a line for something? Must be Disney

Thursdays Registration didn’t officially start until 10AM, but that didn’t stop the usual early risers from getting there super early. Some collectors arrived at Coronado Springs Resort as early as 7AM to be some of the first in line. Now, this is not an uncommon experience for Disney collectibles. Some collectors will get to ESPN on a trade night event as early as 12AM for an event that starts at 6PM. Last year I got to this point at about 10:30 and I knew I wanted to get a good spot so I planned on being in line at about 8AM in which this picture was taken.

Conga anyone?

Conga anyone?

Not to be confused with about 9:15 when the picture above was snapped. When the line finally started moving about 5 min before 10, this line was extended almost around the whole room.

Best Adjustment for a trading area:

Nominees: ESPN, Contemporary, All Star Sports, Coronado Springs Ballroom, My House

Winner: Coronado Springs Ballroom

So many pins and dolls

So many pins and dolls

Those of you who attended last years event, or who read my recap above, would remember the tiny space that they allowed for trading activities on Thursdays Registration event. The tables filled up so fast and they were asking traders to condense there stuff to allow more guests to have a chance to sit. What a big improvement this year! I remember walking in to get in line and thinking that this room is huge and that it was too big and that there was going to be leftover tables. One of the better things was that they left more room between the tables and it was much easier to navigate around the room.

Winner for best supporting actress

Winner for best actress

I felt like the ratio between pin and vinyl traders increases at every event and it showed here. As I walked around I got a chance to stop at way more traders tables and if I wasn’t trading I at least stopped and had a conversation with people. This community grows stronger every event I go to and its great to see.

THE GOLDEN FIGMENTS:

Best Entrance to an Event:

Nominees: The Front, International Gateway, Run for Your Lives!, Sleep in the Ball, Princess Breakfast

Winner: International Gateway

Snub: Run For Your Lives!

Late Arrival Limo Line

Late Arrival Limo Line

This year we chose to try the front entrance of EPCOT. Not only because of the rumors that the front got in first last year, but mainly because we weren’t staying on property and drove from our house. We arrived early for the breakfast at about 6:45 and were some of the first at the front. Then when the security guards started to arrive they moved the line around to the other side and some of us were forced in the back although we had been there for more than an hour previous to some that had jumped the line. I got over that fact because security check went very fast and we were in the line above at about 7:30.

Photo: Nick Touchette

Photo: Nick Touchette

This was the line at the International Gateway. Now I was not at this location so I am not sure exactly what time they were let in the park and granted they have less of a distance to travel to the World Showplace where the Gala was held, but they definitely were there before us. The Cast Members working the Breakfast line were nice and got us all in a timely manner so it really is hit or miss comparing the two entrances. If you want to be one of the first at the boxes, its a hard call, but I would recommend the International gateway mainly because it is closer than the front entrance. The Cast Members at the front suggested we push our bags facing forward and walk to the area, however; there were a good number of guests that as soon as they saw a clearing took off and ran the 100 yard dash to the event. Although they ran their hearts out, I still saw them behind a good number of people in line so I hope it was worth it.

Least Amount of Decor:

Nominees: Mickey’s Circus, Imagination Gala, Mickin16’s House, Fairytale Hall

Winner: Imagination Gala

Winner for best Art Direction

Winner for Direction of Meh Backdrops

Compared to last years event in which the decor was the highlight of the event for me, this year left me really dissatisfied. Gone were the elaborate sets dedicated to a particular villain and in its place were what seemed just some cardboard cut outs.

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Winner for best Song: Small World of Cutouts

There was no smoke or fog when walking in. No movie clips playing. If there was an “awards show” theme present I certainly didn’t feel invited. The entertainers for the event also got annoying by the the second or third time they hit the stage to sing their sets. Some had nice voices, it was just very loud and they tried some comedy bits that just didn’t work. The piano player was great and I would have been fine if he just came out and played throughout the day instead of the singers.

A round of applause for Mickey and the Electronic Philharmonic!

A round of applause for Mickey and the Electronic Philharmonic for playing our winners off if there speeches got too long.

The one decent backdrop that was present consisted of some of the instruments that were featured in the original Imageworks location on the second floor of the Imagination Pavilion. These were from the Electronic Philharmonic exhibit in which you would wave your arms around sensors and the corresponding instruments would start to play.

Winners for best Choreography

Winners for best Choreography

I’m not sure what this display from Fantasia’s Dance of the Hours was doing here, but it was nice to see. You can see more cutout backdrops in the background. Im guessing something villainous was occurring over there.

In Memorium: Jrs. and Trade Nights

If there was one thing my wife was looking forward to it was trying to complete some earlier Jr. figures that she had not gotten yet. Much to our surprise there was no Jr. trading box or spinner at this event. None. No Jr. event chaser either. You would think maybe they were doing away with the line, but they announced another Jr. series based off of Star Wars Stormtroppers, so they are still producing them. Did they not have enough traders in the lines last year for them to deem it unnecessary to have one this year?

There was also no Trade Night figures announced or previewed for next year. At last years event we found out about the Trade Night Eachez figures and I was so excited to see Stitch and a few others. We have only had 2 official trade nights covering both coasts in 9 months with none announced (at the moment) for the rest of the year. With no figures announced does that mean they are doing away with this concept? Maybe they didn’t want to preview anything in case they don’t get a chance to hold many events for 2015. Thoughts?

Outstanding Overpriced Auction Items:

Nominees: Ebay, Facebook, Imagination Gala Silent Auction, Soethbys

Winner: Imagination Gala Silent Auction

Winner for Most Wanted Photo by Vinylmationworld.com

Winner for Most Wanted Ever
Photo by Vinylmationworld.com

Every collector loves a good auction. A chance to score some cool stuff and the chance to set your own price for it, Awesome! However I think this year Disney got a little greedy and thought that since they could upcharge us crazy amounts for other events and parties that we would have no issues paying high prices for some of these too. $1000 starting bid for a case of Furry Friends? About the same for a Little Mermaid case? Thats way over anything I could afford.

Catering provided by Bad Apple Inc. Photo: Vinylmationworld.com

Catering provided by Bad Apple Inc.
Photo: Vinylmationworld.com

This display from Villains in Vogue had a starting bid of $500. Congrats to Nicholas Robinson who won it, but still too much for me.

Winner for Best Presentation Photo:

Winner for Best Presentation
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This was really the only interesting item to me at least. With a starting bid of $1400, I thought that was fair for this item. I think it ended up going for about $1750 so congrats to whomever won this item, it looks great. With only 6 of the 20 auction lots being sold at the Gala I think they need to rethink either the items they are putting up for sale or probably more important their choices of starting amounts if they want better results next year.

Best Idea That Worked Out Only Just OK:

Nominees: Smaller Case Sizes, Urban Redux, Open Window, Vintage Vinylmation Vault

Winner: Vintage Vinylmation Vault

Seating Chart Photo:

Seating Chart
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I honestly didn’t even realize the time that the Imagination Gala store opened. I was in a trade line and saw a bunch of people start to line up for some random line, so like most Disney things I just got in line not knowing what I was in line for. We eventually found out that there was a Trade Night figure and an additional Gala figure. Then they announced the Vintage Vinylmation Vault! What excitement arose for that. For just $10 you could buy blind boxes of extinct series. YAY! Except if you were in the back half of the line forget it. By the time I got up to purchase my items more than half of the page above was crossed out. All of the worthwhile series were gone and I was left with items that I could purchase at the outlets for $3.99 instead of here for $10. I got a Cutesters 1 and Muppets 1 with hopes for the chasers since I didn’t have them yet. I would have loved to been able to purchase a Park 2,5 or Urban 4, but as they say “the earliest Mickey gets the cheese.”

Best Trade line:

Nominees: Box #5, Villains Spinner, Colored Spinner, Box #1, Thursdays Registration Line

Winner: Colored Spinner

Winner for Best Special Effects

Winner for Best Special Effects

This time around, the boxes were a lot kinder to me. I managed to hit a lot of refreshes and I had a much better time waiting in lines. The colored spinners above were the best lines because they were shorter than the regular boxes, and you had a better chance of getting some quality figures due to there being 10-12 figures in each box. I will say I feel like I saw a lot less chasers, variants, and one of a kinds pulled this year and mostly people were pulling one of the four chipmunk figures created for the event. Some traders ended up walking away with multiples of all 4. I was content with a pair of blues, since I didn’t even see an orange in any box I saw.

Best Haul:

Nominees: Mickin16, Jim Parsons, Matthew  Mcconaughey, Jessica Lange, Adel Mazeem

Winner: Mickin16

Thursdays Haul

Thursdays Haul

Sundays Haul

Sundays Haul

LOL of course its me. Thanks goes out to all the great traders and people of this community. You are all that makes this hobby fun and worthwhile.

PRESS ROOM INTERVIEW:

Overall this event was an improvement from a year ago. I had a lot more traders so I was able to make some great trades not only in the boxes but with other traders too. The decor, entertainment, and auctions were a disappointment, but if you are just there to trade over and over in the boxes I guess it doesn’t bother you that much. Im not sure what to expect with next years theme of genEARation but I hope I at least will be able to purchase/get some form of this poster because it is just awesome.

So many dates on here Photo: Destinationvinylmation.com

So many dates on here
Photo: Destinationvinylmation.com

Thanks for reading. Did you attend this years Gala? What was your thoughts? Are you excited about any particular series that was announced? Will you be going to next years event? Did you trade for any grails or get that must have figure? Comment below!

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Disney has released details on two new Trading Night Eachez as part of the RSP package for the Imagination Gala taking place in Walt Disney World in September. There will be two Trading Night Eachez released including Dumbo and a brand new unseen figure, Peg Leg Pete. Both figures are LE500, with a 1/10 variant and each blind box will be priced at $16.95.   Marie Clapsis designed Peg Leg Pete and Thomas Scott designed Dumbo.

These are being released as part of a extra RSP, so they won’t last long, if you’re heading to the Imagination Gala, you might need to get these RSP’s done extremely quick.  More information can be found here.

eachez trading nightWhat do you think of these figures?

 

Thanks to Nelly Malhi for the tip off

 

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It’s 2014 and now that the holidays have come to an end, there seems to be a lot to look forward to in the world of Vinylmation. A whole new slew of vinyls will be hitting the parks and your local disney stores this year.  There seems to be some great vinyls releasing this year. Here is just a few sets that should be coming to us; Marvel Series 2, The Jungle Book, Robots 4 (Villians Edition), Toy Story series 2 and probably my personal most anticipated line “The Haunted Mansion – Mickey & Friends.”

Of course these are just to name a few. This year also brings out the trade event “Eachez” vinyls. This new vinyl idea has come with praise and criticism over the last few months, with some people loving it and others seeming to hate it. The seller market seems to be flooded with those purchasing numerous version of the Eachez to get that variant, while selling an opened common Eachez for cost or a little bit more than cost + shipping. This has turned into heated debates online with others accusing those purchasing just buying and selling to make sure they get that variant.  The LE though on some of these Trade Event Eachez coming are pretty low and are sure to be a most wanted on many collector’s wants lists.

It’s possible this may be the year we see some vinyls that we have been dying to have in our collections. What could possibly be one of the most popular sets created, the “Disney Princess” set is a series that many cannot wait to hear an official release date or get a sneak peak of. Another big hope for many of us collector’s this year is the release of “Haunted Mansion” Series 2. A lot of people believe and hope we may see these this year. Haunted Mansion Series 1 has become one of the hardest and rarest sets to complete, with great looking variants and high price tags.

All in all, seems like us as collector’s have a lot to look forward to, our wallets though, not so much.  What sets are you most interested in seeing this year? What type of sets would you like to see released? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to frequently check the release calendar on our website for the most up to date information on when the newest vinyls will be coming out this year.

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disneyland2014The Official Disney Collections website has listed a new Trading Event for June 2014,

Mark your calendar for June 14, 2014, as we will be hosting a trading event at the Disneyland Resort inspired by Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Look for more details in the coming months.

As of yet we don’t yet know much about this event, but for a while now, West Coasters have wanted a Trading Event like what Walt Disney World gets in September and it looks like June is going to be Trade Event with a difference, especially considering the early announcement and the Nightmare Before Christmas theme.

What do you think about the news of this event?

Disney popped a reminder on the official vinylmation blog about next weeks official trading event :

October 22, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Calling all Traders! Disney Trading Night will take place October 22 from 6 – 9 p.m. at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. So if you are looking to meet avid and novice traders, make friends, or share stories about your collections, then this is the place for you.

Reminders: The specific location of Trading Night will be in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill Restaurant area, adjacent to the lobby. Space is extremely limited. Please limit the number of items that you choose to bring.

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Today the Official Vinylmation blog posted a reminder about their upcoming Trading Event which takes place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Walt Disney World.

Trading Night at the Walt Disney World Resort

September 25 | By: Sandra Palacios

October 22, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Calling all Traders! Disney Trading Night will take place October 22 from 6 – 9 p.m. at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. So if you are looking to meet avid and novice traders, make friends, or share stories about your collections, then this is the place for you.

Reminders:  The specific location of Trading Night will be in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill Restaurant area, adjacent to the lobby. Space is extremely limited. Please limit the number of items that you choose to bring.

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Today is a big new release day with the Afternoon Series #2 Darkwing Duck set which has a Limited Edition size of 1500 and a price of $29.95 and is available online through Disneystore.com and at both D-Streets.f23cedb821a611e3ab8622000ab5c723_7

Today also sees the release of the new 2013 Halloween figures, these will be available at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland as well as being available online through Disneystore.com.  They had previously sneaked out early at Walt Disney World but are now officially available.halloween stitch halloween mayorLast weekend saw the Facebook First release of the 2013 Poster Art Oswald and from today it will be available at D-Street in Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

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Also tonight at the Disneyland Resorts Paradise Pier there is an Official Vinylmation Trading Event.

Trading Night at the Disneyland Resort

September 20

Pacific Ballroom at Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel

Calling all Traders! Join us for Disney Trading Night, September 20, from 5 – 8 p.m in the Pacific Ballroom at Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel. Meet avid and novice traders, make friends and share stories about your collections.

We kindly ask that Guests do not line up until one hour prior to the start of the event. Please park in the Downtown Disney® District parking area or the Mickey and Friends parking structure. Visit.disneypins.com to see the latest pin releases and future Disney Trading events.

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For all our California Traders… tonight is your night.

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel – Pacific Ballroom – 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m

Come one, Come all!! It’s a night of Disney Sponsored trading, and the variants and chasers should be flowing!! For all of you going, hope you have a ton of fun, and don’t forget to throw a little “Father Christmas” style trading in with your evening. It’s always worth it!

A few quick tips:

1. If you want a table, get there early. From trading in online groups, it seems our Dlanders are pretty hardcore when it comes to trading. If the insanity at the WDW event on January 27th was any indicator… it’s gonna be PACKED. We got there 3 hours early, and we were further back then we’ve been in a long, long time. However, waiting in this line can also allow you to make new friends as well as provide you with some trades. Several times, some of our best trading has been done waiting for the doors to open.

2. Bring some “throw-aways”. You know, the one’s that you’d want to give away anyways. Whenever we go to an event, it’s always tempting to go around the Parks, Stores, etc in order to get rid of the ones everybody has and no one still wants. Well, if you get rid of all your low end friends… you won’t have anything for the event. Disney usually has a mystery trading box set out, and they heavily rotate this one. A few months ago i had a friend you got a Blue Thumb from the clear box cause the replaced them out right in front of him. You should also always have two on hand when you’re in line. This last even my wife traded into the blind box, got something we needed, then pulled the Red Jelly Bean Variant from the clear box!

3. Bring a friend! This may sound cruel, but sometimes a friend (I’d recommend someone you’re close too) can help you out by being your line waiter. My best man (who had come down to help us with the wedding) drove up with us to the event in November. He had no clue what he was doing, but he got us some awesome items out of the trade box. He claims he had a blast, if nothing else, observing people.

4. Know what your trading priorities are. Seek out the things you really want. I’m all for helping people out… but I also know that my 3D Mickey or Plane Crazy is reserved for something I’m really looking to add to my collection and won’t be broken up for a bunch of commons. Decide what you’ll give up to help someone out, and know what you need to keep in your arsenal to get the ones you’re still looking for. Honestly, for us the hardest thing is telling someone “No”  – but if we said yes every time, we’d be left with nothing we could use for our own “hunts”.

5. Have fun, be kind, and make friend. Drama is overrated and absolutely not worth it. These are toys. Undoubtedly, these will eventually fill a dump somewhere many, many years from now. People are worth so much more than these silly little items, and we know it. Sometimes, “losing” is worth it. We traded a FL Project Pooh the other day to someone that we knew had been on the hunt for it since September. The trade was fair (and not bad, a variant), but not something we REALLY wanted, which is why i was holding onto the Pooh in the first place. However, a friendship was born from that trade, and that’s worth all the vinyls in the world.

Lastly, if anyone gets a Fort Wilderness Mickey… feel free to send it to me. ;) My childhood is longing for it.

Until next time…. may the bloxing be ever in your favor.