Episode 106 Stitch

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Ep. 106 Stitch

Two big topics broke in the past week… The release of Whiskers and Tales and the possible decrease in Cast Member trading at the WDW parks. We tackle both these topics and read your comments. We also have the latest news and up to date release and events calendar.

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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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  • Great podcast as always guys…

    Your 2 big discussion points are interesting this week…. first up W&T was fun to watch as a by-stander this week (I am trying to cut back on what i’m buying)…watching on the groups/forums, there was almost a panic when the bad images came out and people rushed out to get them or trade for them, as the recall rumour got bigger, so the rush got worse, a week later they are still for sale on the website. Tray’s are still available which is rare for popular blind box series so they must have loads made.

    Trade Boxes. I can see why Disney are pulling trade boxes from the parks, i myself only manage to go once a year if i’m lucky so its not a huge issue for me, but while i am there, i enjoy trading and as a hardcore collector its not as fun as when you start out (I had a blast in DLP when i first started). But the argument that it takes time at the counters is a fair point, i wouldn’t trade unless there wasn’t a queue and i got frustrated with the amount of outlet rubbish in them. If Disney are getting reports back from staff that no-one is trading, they probably think its a waste of time and money if they aren’t being used. Not actually thinking why aren’t they being used, the constant new releases have without doubt caused the problem as the outlets/discounted vinyls grow in number. Which problem is easier to fix, clear the boxes or stop outlet/discounted vinyls? And we know the second option is going to take much longer to do. I on the other hand think moving mystery boxes to clear boxes only would have been a nice middle step as instantly you can see if there is something you like, if not, you move on without bugging a member of staff..

  • I know this is late, but I thought it would be of some interest in regards to over-producing of vinyls. Disney always says how green they are with everything they do, then why shouldn’t they just melt down the excess vinyls to keep the hobby thriving. This would look great in the collectors’ eyes and the community, as a whole. It would help to keep this hobby from dying. It is weird to see the shift in this hobby since I started collecting over 2 1/2 years ago. It seems to have less people interested in trading since we know everything will be on discount in the near future. The one open box series, D Tour, was to use the philosophy of supply and demand. Are these still available at the parks? If so, then this theory wasn’t executed properly. If a series is not selling well, Disney could advertise that the series will be discontinued at such and such a day. I have acquired my collection through trading, buying online, ebay, and my once or twice visit to Disneyland…if that is even possible. Just some suggestions to keep this hobby thriving.
    Thank you for your time,
    Jim

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