What is Vinylmation?
Everything you need to know can be found right here:
Where can I buy Vinylmation?
Vinylmation is a Walt Disney Parks and Resorts exclusive. However, you will also be able to find them at Orlando International Airport, aboard Disney Cruise Ships and New York's World of Disney store. A list of specific locations can be found here:
How much do they cost?
- 3" Vinylmation figures that are released as a blind box retail for $9.95. An example of these would be any of the 3" figures found within the Park, Urban, Holiday, Cutesters, or Clear Series.
- 9" Vinylmation figures retail for $39.95. This includes 9" released as part of the Park, Urban or Holiday series, as well as special 9" releases such as Noah's Metal Mickey.
- 9" Vinylmation figures that are packaged with a 3" figure retail for $74.95. These include the 9"/3" Incredibles set in Park Series #2 and SHAG's special Haunted Mansion 40th Anniversary release.
- Starting with the release of Cinderella's 60th Anniversary, 3" Vinylmation figures that are packaged in special collector tins retail for $22.95. Previous tins retailed for $12.95.
- The 3" WDW Marathon figures were not packaged in a tin and sold for $14.95.
- The 3" WALL-E/EVE set were packaged together and sold for $24.95.
These prices can change at any time with or without notice.
Which artist designed my favorite pieces?
You can quickly see which vinyls each artist have designed by going here:
Artists that have designed more than three vinyls receive their own pages.
Under some of the designs on VinylNation it says '-Ear Hat Design-'. What exactly does that mean?
-Ear Hat Design- designates a design that has been incorporated into a Mickey Ear Hat. The Mickey Ear Hats are sold in a hatbox, which includes an exclusive 3" figure along with a Mickey Ear Hat based on the design of a particular 9" figure.
If you click on the thumbnail for a -Ear Hat Design- marked figure, you will see an image of the product. You can see the original two Ear Hats here: Blue Flames and Yelling
What number can I call to order Vinylmation over the phone?
There is an entire thread dedicated to phone numbers for Disney Merchandise that you can find here.
Someone told me there is a way to tell what is inside the box without opening or damaging the box. Is this true?
Yes it is. However, we don't condone this method. If everyone is picking their favorites out of the tray this will leave only the less desirable vinyls for everyone else. We prefer the way it was intended; not knowing what you'll get and trading or selling the ones you don't like. If there is a specific vinyl you would like, try buying from auction sites online or trading for the one you would like.
What is the easiest way to get one of each 3" figure?
Most enthusiastic Vinylmation collectors will buy the entire tray to ensure they will get each design. Of course, they will end up with 12 extra vinyls that they already have. This gives them the option to trade those for different vinyls in a future series or sell them. A wise idea might be waiting for the demand of that particular series to grow before you sell your duplicates. That way you can make the most possible money back. Try to wait at least until the next series comes out before you begin selling anything for a profit.
One of my vinyls' paint looks messed up. What do I do?
Unfortunately, it is very common for the vinyls to have imperfections. Most of them will go unnoticed, but when you start to photograph your collection or look very closely you will notice spots that look less than perfect. The most common imperfections are spots the look dirty (bottom left picture). This is only an area where the paint isn't thick enough and reveals the original color of the vinyl underneath. You may also find tiny paint bubbles on your vinyl. Rarely, you will find an extra piece attached (bottom right picture). You could try to remove it with a razor, but this may cause more noticeable damage. Finally, some details may just look sloppy (first picture). At least 50% of the ones we open have minor imperfections, so do not fret if you find something you don't like. There isn't much you can do about it since the stores don't accept returns, but if it is a bothersome enough problem you can always try buying another. Just remember that it is not uncommon for them to have small imperfections.
When does the next series come out?
This is the most commonly asked question, and 99% of the time no one knows the answer to this question until the week before the series is released. You can find all the details about future series here:
If the release date is not listed on those pages we do not have an answer yet.
There is a seller on eBay using pictures from VinylNation. Is this you selling on eBay? If not, are they allowed to steal your pictures?
The official user name for VinylNation on eBay is "vinylnationdotnet". If you see someone using VinylNation's pictures and it is not "vinylnationdotnet', then they were borrowed from VinylNation either with or without permission. We prefer that if people borrow pictures from us that they only use thumbnails of the front view images. Also, they must make it clear in the item description that they are not affiliated with VinylNation.net.
Is there a way to submit my idea to Disney? Does Disney read the site looking for ideas?
No. Disney does not want to hear any of your design ideas. It's for their own legal protection, not that they don't care about what fans would like to see. Disney does not browse the site looking for ideas. Anything you post and they then develop is by mere coincidence only. The most common occurrence of this is when someone designs a character. The character is a popular property of the company and just because their design looks similar it does not mean they stole your idea. Also, their designs are done months, even a year in advance. To prevent any case of "Disney stole my idea!", they have made it clear to us that they do not want to be sent any ideas and do not browse around looking for ideas.
What exactly is a chaser?
An unadvertised, mystery design. There is only one chaser out of the twenty-four in the tray, as opposed to more than one of all the other figures. Being harder to get obviously makes the chaser more valuable to collectors.
If the names of the design aren't shown on any packaging or advertised, how do you know what to call them? Why aren't the names on the collector's cards?
There are no official names when it comes to the Vinylmation figures. This is purely for legal reasons since Disney chooses not to mess with copyright names. This explains why you do not see a name for the figure on the collector's cards. The names we use on the site are typically the names (or close to the names) that Disney uses internally to identify the different designs. We use these names as well and they then become the unofficial names used in the community.
What determines Limited Edition sizes?
There isn't a science to it. It quite literally is based simply on how popular they think the design will be and how many they think they will be able to sell. However, we've been told that in the future, despite the demand, some designs will be much more limited than others in order to make the designs a more special, sought-after collectible.
Why is the Glow-In-The-Dark Mickey from Urban Series #1 sometimes referred to as "Squiddy"?
Originally in place of the GITD Mickey was a design that had a squid on it and was called "Squiddy". This particular design was removed from Urban 1 and replaced with GITD Mickey. However, the name was not changed in Disney's records since, afterall, there are no official names. When we got word of what Disney was calling the figure, we referred to it as such. It wasn't until later that we realized just what happened and the references were changed on VinylNation.net. The original Squiddy design with the squid has been moved to another series.
Why are some areas on my 9" figures sticky?
The figure is usually sticky only in the areas that have a "sticker" applied. The "sticker" is used when the design is too elaborate to use paint. Taking your Vinylmation out of the box and leaving it to air out should remove the stickiness in a few days. While the Vinylmation is sticky you must be very careful not to touch the sticky areas since they are incredibly vulnerable to peeling.