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December 8, 2011

By Justin Dodge

I've never bought a Vinylmation, in fact at first I thought it was a bit of a ridiculous idea; I mean who wants a building, a duck, or a lion painted on the body of a mouse? Not me, that's who. But on my current trip to Disney World my perspective on this collectible slowly began to change.

Vinylmations are an example of the creativity of Disney, but more importantly they are a great analogy of life, while giving each person a Disney keepsake to remind them of this adventure. As I first stepped into a store and saw the Vinylmations lined up; some were easy to recognize, such as the more popular characters, but for other characters I really had to look at them to discover what they represented or symbolized. This is exactly what makes Disney so unique and exciting; it's their ability to change a person's outlook and to take creativity to a level that forces each guest to imagine.

For most purchases, buying an item from the store is fun as it's always exactly what you want and you can weigh your options before taking the plunge and purchasing your collectible. However, with Vinylmations, you don't know what you're getting, it's a complete mystery, but the purchase is only the beginning of the adventure.

Brent is looking for a number of Vinylmations from particular sets so he gave me a couple of his extras to trade. No matter what Vinylmation I started out with or ended up with, the process of trading and searching for that perfect Vinylmation was exciting. Much like life, sometimes these trades worked out for the best, while at other times it was a set-back, although just a temporary one.

Trading Vinylmations is an adventure and a mystery, two things we, perhaps, could all use a little more of in life. While I've helped Brent with his quest I think it's time to start my own; tomorrow I'm going to get my first Vinylmation and begin my own adventure.


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