When I first started collecting vinylmations, I was amazed at how many there were before I had even heard about them. I wasn’t sure how often I would see some vinylmation series online, or how long a certain vinylmation design would be available. Let’s be honest- I was a vinylmation “newbie” and I wasn’t afraid to say it.
After collecting vinylmations for a little over a year now, I can confidently say that I have learned a great deal about collecting vinylmations. I have also learned a few tips and useful info that is helpful to know while collecting vinylmations.
First things first of course- if you are going to start collecting vinylmations, you’ll need to know the basics. We’ll start off by covering the varying vinylmation sizes, the different types of series, and the different between Limited Edition Vinylmations, and Limited Releases.
The first, and likely easiest, concept to understand about Vinylmations is that as of now there are currently 3 different vinylmation sizes out – 9 inches tall, 3 inches tall and 1.5 inches tall. You will always know what design you are getting when you a buy a 9 inch vinylmation. (No blind boxes for the biggest of mickeys). The 3 inch, as touched on in the vinylmation overview, is the most common size for vinylmations to come in. The 1.5 inch vinylmations (their official name being Vinylmation Jrs.) have been used not only in series of vinylmation designs but also on vinylmation merchandise- particularly purses and bags and backpacks. So not only can you get a great vinylmation bag, but you can also add a vinylmation jr. to your collection.
Types of Vinylmation Series
There are a number of different series out for vinylmations and many of these series come with different dynamics. The first and original way for vinylmation series to come out were blind box assortment. So far, these series have only consisted of 12 different designs for 3 inch vinylmations, and 18 different designs for the Vinylmation Jrs. (1.5 inch vinyls). When a series is blind boxed, you don’t know which one you will get before purchasing the vinylmation.
Another type of series is the window box vinylmation series, so far only appearing in the 3 inch vinylmation size. With these vinylmations, you know the design you are getting before you buy it. Window Boxes also have been coming in sets of 12 designs; however the number may be smaller or larger with future releases.
The other type of series combines both ideas into one as they are window boxed and include a mystery vinylmation Jr. In this series, the 3 inch vinylmation is in a window box; however the box also includes a mystery vinylmation jr. that can be any one of the Jrs. that have been produced with that series. So while you know what you are getting in regards to the 3 inch design, you still have the thrill of not knowing which one you will get in regards to the vinylmation jr.
Of course there are also sets of 3 inch and 1.5 inch Vinylmations (sometimes a set of 6, sometimes a set of 16) where, much like the 9 inches, the sets are Limited Edition, unlike the other series which are usually Limited Release. So what’s the difference?
Limited Editions vs. Limited Release
A Limited Edition (or LE) means there will be a certain number of those specific vinylmation figures sold. The edition sizes for these vary, and the number can normally be found on the packaging or stamped on the foot of the vinyl.
For example, the Haunted Mansion Shag Vinylmation released in 2008 has a limited edition number of 150- meaning there are only 150 Shag pieces available to purchase. Because of its low edition size and the popularity of the ride, The Shag vinyl is a very rare and sought after piece.
A Limited Release vinylmation will not have a number on its box. The number for how many of these vinylmations are made isn’t “finite” in that the production of these vinyls will continue for a certain period of time. While they are more easily attainable than Limited Edition figures, once they are gone, they’re gone.
For example, the blind box series thus far released have all been limited releases. They are not hard to attain at all while they are current, but eventually- based on the amount produced and the popularity of the certain series- the series will sell out and perhaps become more valuable at that time. In fact the park 1 vinylmation series was a limited release that sold out early 2009, and now all 12 figures from that blind box series are highly sought after.
Hopefully this article helped you understand a few more of the basics involved in vinylmation collecting. If you would like further information regarding vinylmations, feel free to check the two sites linked at the end of this article, as they have been a thorough help to me in learning more about this fun little collectible.