Variants: Your Thoughts

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We have a year’s worth of Variants released now. On this week’s podcast we will discuss the history and quality of Variants and we want your input.

Do we seek them? Do they all make sense? How many times do we like the Variant better than the regular version?

We want to add your thoughts. Post them here or better yet call, leave a voice mail and have your voice heard… 209-28-MOUSE.

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Nick LoCicero

Nick LoCicero has almost 20 years experience in the media industry. He has worked on numerous Disney related media projects, most know at WDWNT for WDW News Tonight. He has been visiting Walt Disney World since 1982. After moving to Orlando in the late 90's he became a passholder, developed a fascination with the history of the vacation kingdom and has spent way too much money on park merchandise.


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  • Variants are the future… It keeps it fun even after you finish your set of 12.., always on the hunt! I’m lucky enough to own all variants that have been released so far! I’ll keep hunting for the future ones… Smart move on disney’s behalf… Keeps me buying, & buying, & buying!!!!

  • Variants have always been a part of urban vinyl and blind box figures because it adds an extra element to the hunt. Most of the time, like with Kidrobot toys, variants are only color variations, not entirely new figures. Usually it’s not even shown on the box, so it’s like an extra added secret in addition to the chaser. One of my favorite examples is the Ketchup dunny that had a Mustard, Relish, and Mayonnaise variant. It’s creative in that it’s just a different paint job, but more than just a color change.

    Disney is smart to assimilate it, since it will sell more blind boxes since they’re not even guaranteed in a case.

  • I like when variants are interesting pieces. I think there has been some variants that don’t really impress me . 2 different colored telephones, nature cycles, etc. Being in my opinion a pretty serious collector, I like my sets but there are very few variants i NEED to have.

  • I like the ones that make sense. Ghost Obi Won, Green Sour Apple. If its just a color change just to have a variant then why bother.

  • I agree. The variants that make sense are better. My luck has been pulling variants I could live without. I am a pretty serious collector and would like to see them be a little more creative with them in the future. Donald in animation 2 for example doesnt empress me. I am a big fan of the figment thou. I do enjoy collecting with my children. Well done disney

  • I really like some of them and others not interested in collecting. But it also gives a chance for people to be able to trade for older series or future variants, chasers or LE you might have missed out on.

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