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I get the pin thing. I have some of my own pins from when I was younger. I get the Dooney and Bourke thing. The bags are super cute, and I have one of the wristlets. But there's one Disney merchandise trend that I just don't get: Vinylmation.
Vinylmation is the name for the plastic, Mickey shaped figures painted to look, well, like they're not Mickey. They are all the craze in the Disney parks, and apparently they're sold on Disney cruises as well. There are 3-inch figures that cost $9.95, and there are 9-inch figures that cost $39.95. This isn't too expensive for Disney merchandise, but there are two things that really throw me off about Vinylmation.
The first is the fact that they're all shaped like Mickey. A few are them are cool, but most of them just weird me out. Mickey is supposed to have eyes! And they shouldn't be on his ears! And he shouldn't look like a different animal completely. I realize that the Mickey shape is what makes them Disney-fied, but I think it's kind of weird
Additionally, another thing that throws me off about Vinylmation is the fact that the 3-inch figures come in a "blind box." This means that you don't know what figure you'll get until you open it. If I'm spending roughly ten bucks on something, I want to know it's something that I want. I don't want to spend $100 until I finally get the figure I want. Since there are very few that I like, I don't want to be stuck with one of the weird figures that I'm not crazy about. It's too much of a gamble for me.
The final question is, will I buy any Vinylmation figures on my upcoming August trip to Walt Disney World? I have to say that the answer is yeah, probably. I feel like it's something that I have to buy just for the sake of buying it, and the 3-inch ones are relatively inexpensive if you don't care which figure you get. If I do buy one, I can say I've done it, and move on. I just hope I don't suddenly get addicted and feel the need to collect them all. Hopefully this is unlikely.
So what do you think about Vinylmation? Love it? Hate it? Haven't got a chance to try it yet? Avoiding it because you know you'll end up spending all your money trying to get the figures you want? Let me know in a comment, a tweet (@discollegeblog), or a Facebook comment!