The Forgotten Vinylmation Collectible

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Vinylmation is only about 3 years old and already we have undergone many different ways a Vinylmation is packaged. We have seen tins replaced by open window boxes. We now find it a regular occurrence to have Jrs packaged with both 9″ and 3″ figures. One of the biggest changes was the decision to not include artist cards any longer with Vinylmation. We all remember having to find a place for all those artist cards, but do you remember another short lived item that used to be packaged with Vinylmation?

Around Park and Urban 1 and 2, buttons were packaged with 9″ Vinylmation. Pictured above are the buttons from Tiki Mickey (Urban 2, Doug Strayer, LE 750), Bowling (Urban 2) and a third small button an eBay seller sent me as a bonus. I’m not sure about its origins. The 9″ Bowling figure is one of my favorite Urbans of all time. It was also one of my first two 9″ figures (Black Cauldron) I ever purchased. I remember being really excited when I saw it in the store.

And this Dawn Ockstadt designed 9″ came with a button attached to the inside of the box. This figure is only LE 600. Currently, prices are rising on 9″ figures and at the same time, edition sizes are rising and the artist cards and buttons are gone. Doesn’t seem fair. I don’t really like the buttons too much, but to collectors, they are a low LE collectible that is decently hard to find. After all, not everybody opens their 9″ boxes like I do.

Maria Clapsis’ 9″ Mine, Mine, Mine from Park 2 also came with a button. The buttons are just like the artist cards… they depict the concept art for the figure.

Again, this figure being a low LE of 550 means the button is also rather scarce.

This is the most rare Vinylmation button I own. I came with the Randy Noble designed LE 350 Crossroads figure from Park 2.

Holiday 1 also got in on the button fun. Maria’s LE 400 Turkey also came with a button. So what are your thoughts on the buttons? Did you like when they were packaged with 9″ figures? Do you ever collect them separately from the figure?

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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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  • When I first saw these 9″ waaaay back in 2009, I didn’t care much for VM. Now I’m more aware like everyone else, and in retrospect, I do wish the buttons were kept. Another unique feature gone. Ah well.

  • I’ve never seen such a thing! Now we didn’t find out about vinylmation until Park 3 so that would explain it. Really cool concept though as it allows you to display them in a different way. I will say with the changes in 9″ contents and price, I can’t see how they’ll ever sell another one. If they’re not careful they’ll completely alienate fans and kill the market.

  • I did start collecting VM when park 1 came out to present. The buttons did not do anything for me but I did enjoy the cards. While it was dificult to find a home for them in the house it also authenticated them. I think they should still be offered. There would be more value in keep the VM and card in mint condition.

  • as someone who has over 1700 different Disney buttons (thats right, buttons), we miss the ones they used to add in Vinyls!

    • Nice button collection U-Dog! Remember the good ol days when they gave away buttons for everything? I miss those days. Personally, I have about 6-700 Disney buttons. Missed out on the Vinylmation buttons like I did Park 1 and Urban 1 series vinyls. It would be nice to start over from the beginning……

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