Just when we thought the Comic Con release issues were in the past, the DisneyStore.com today made the 8 “Comic Con Exclusive” So Tasty figures available for purchase online.
According to the Vinylmation blog back on July 10th these were “very limited edition” and only “250 available of each design” at SDCC. Unfortunately, there is no mention of a limited edition size on the DisneyStore.com listing for these figures. The product shot does however show the Comic Con logo on the box.
So where exactly does the truth lie with these 8 Comic Con So Tasty figures? Was there a quantity of the 250 left over that they decided to sell online? It is really hard for me to believe there were any of these $10 figures left over from Comic Con. It seemed collectors and re-sellers where buying these up like candy. Maybe in some technical speak only 250 were available at Comic Con but the original production run was in fact much higher? That is possible, just would be nice if they were honest about that from the outset. Or how about the speculation that the 250 LE only applied to figures sold on site with the SDCC logo on the box? Again, valid. It still gives collectors something to look for, but what about the SDCC logo on the production shot online? Or, the most dreaded of all, will all who order these and get a confirmation wake up tomorrow to a “sorry, these were not available at the time of your purchase” email from the Disney Store? All these questions are valid, and they all have issues and more questions attached to them. But one of the most important questions is how upset are buyers who paid upwards of $500 on eBay for a full set of 8?
One way or another, it seems like the Vinylmation collectors were mislead once again. Just looking at screen shots from Disney’s own Vinylmation Blog shows either a misscommunication or misdirection somewhere along the way.