Episode 084 Big Teeth

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Ep. 084 Big Teeth

This week we give an extensive Preview of the Mickey’s Circus Vinylmation and Pin event along with some tips for first time trading event attendees. We also have a ton of news about the Star Wars 2 releases and discuss all the comments and questions you sent into the Mystery Mail Bag.

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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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  • I laughed at the folding chairs part :lol: The ground is a free seat, yes it can get a tad hot, but consider it a heated seat. Plus it’s pretty clean with them steamcleaning it so often. I’ve probably overlooked something, but I don’t mind sitting on the ground. NOT the grass though, that stuff is spikey!

    • When HAL was on sale in the parks early on, either the factory people would put a pinhole in the characters “spot” on the side of the blindboxes so they could tell what vinyl was in the box. My guess is they used it to make sure that they had the right amount of each characters packed in the cases.

      Either that or cast members poked every box so they could help guests out when they were looking for a certain character. That’s how I figured it out. I was looking for Donald. On vacation, after a week of striking out, I was about to purchase another blind box and told a cast member during casual conversation. The cast member asked for my HAL box, turned around with my box and said that Donald wasn’t in there. Curiously, I asked how he knew. He wouldn’t tell me. Wise CM! He went over to the case on the shelf and looked around the boxes, handed me one and said that I would have a better shot at getting Donald out of that box. Sure enough, Donald was in there. My inquisitive mind searched all over my opened Donald box while I was eating dinner and that’s when I found the pin hole. The system wasn’t foolproof. Some boxes had multiple pinholes. The vinyl inside usually was one of the character pokes, but not always. This epiphany happened on my last day of vacation, but I had to give it a try with the little bit of money I had left. Remember I had been at Disneyland a week. Twice I found a box with multiple pins holes with one on the “?”/chaser spot only to find another character besides Pete. My wife and son wanted to hit Turtletime with Crush so I sat outside. One last time, I had to go buy a blind box. I found one with a hole on the “?” mark. One hole. I sat down and opened it slowly……Yes, Pete was in there!! My first chaser!! I went home from Disneyland very happy. I was hooked on Vinylmation!

      Soon after, Disney figured out people were searching the HAL boxes for pin holes. When HAL hit the Disney Stores, there were no more pin holes. I am glad HAL was Disney’s only series to use the pin holes.

        • If TS had pin holes, I didn’t hear about it. I live in TX and our Disney Stores didn’t get TS until several months after it was first released. With the HAL release, I just lucked out because I visited Disneyland about 2 weeks after the release.

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