My son has been into things like Loot Crate and Geek Fuel lately, so when I heard that Disney was doing a similar type of pin box, I knew I had to try and sign up.
Unfortunately, I’m not the best with dates. BUT, I do have insomnia, so while browsing Facebook on my phone at 6 am, I saw someone post about this appearing on the Disney Store website.
It said Backorder, so I wasn’t sure if I’d actually get the item, since the main pin is limited edition, but I gave it a try. I really didn’t see or hear anything again until I got the shipping notification yesterday.
The box arrived today, so, without further ado, lets take a peek!
The pins are a Minnie Bow with an American Flag Pattern (open edition, but not yet released), Frozen with an exclusive Park Pack cardboard (limited edition of 500), and Dopey holding gems to his eyes (open edition, but not yet released).
Here’s a close up of the Frozen pin:
Now, before anyone goes nuts – I’m sure Disney did a limited Frozen pin this time to encourage jealous among collectors (since everything Frozen still has a lot of popularity around it). I’ve also heard rumor that there are four different colors of boarders for the Frozen pin, meaning there were 2,000 total made (just 500 of each color). There is little to no chance that the next box, or really any other box for a year or more, will have a Frozen pin in it again. If that is your only interest, and you are not a pin collector, I’d save the cash, personally.
The other two pins are open editions, as the online description foretold. They are not yet released in the parks, though, so that is a fun bonus. The back of the Dopey cardboard is labeled for the Silver level, the Minnie pin is not labeled at all, but I assume it’s in the same price bracket since there’s no elaborate or moving parts.
For those of you who haven’t gone pin shopping at a Disney park/resort – they list the pins by colors. So, when you look at the price, it will say Blue, Red/Silver, Green, Yellow, or Pink on the back. That way, when Disney raises prices, they only have to change out the price key instead of remarking all of the pins. So, Silver would be the second-to-cheapest pins they offer, and, if memory serves, that would be the $9 color. I’d also guesstimate that the Frozen pin, being limited, heavy, and having two layers (the pin image and the metal pin framing) that it would be about $16 for initial retail. So, $9 + $9 + $16 = $34, but, I imagine the value of the Frozen pin is going to greatly increase soon. So, even though, retail wise, the box comes up a bit short, the collectible value more than compensates for that.
But, side note – I’m not a scalper! I do not buy things that I don’t want just to resell them for a profit. It’s nice to have things appreciate in value in case you ever get in a pinch for money or are working on a fair trade for another item, but I personally detest the people who purposefully clear the shelves so that other people who actually want these items can’t get them for a fair price when they’re released.
My daughter also found where I put the box all back together and asked to do an unboxing video – so here’s that: