Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Limited Edition Viking Vinylmation : Story Behind the Photo

By Nick

Why am I posing with a family of strangers holding this Vinylmation?
This is a funny but true story, and I have pictures to prove it!

While in Walt Disney World in 2012, we stopped in to The Puffin's Roost, the shop at Epcot's Norway Pavilion.
 They had a really great Viking Hat, with Mickey ears. 

Making this an even cooler collectible, was the exclusive viking Vinylmation figure that came with it.

His shield on his back. There is a tiny little scuff mark on his helmet, no doubt from when he was in some battle!

 AND it's limited to 1000 pieces. 2 artists names on this figure, Doug Strayer and Maria Clapsis.

 AND, it was marked down, from, if memory serves from $60 to $20! 

While considering this purchase, another family was also looking at the hat, but they just wanted the hat, they had no interest in the Vinylmation Viking. In fact, they had no clue as to what Vinylmation was. 
Shocking, I know. 

While the hat was funny, the truth was, neither my wife or I would wear it often enough to justify just the effort of getting it home.

But I wanted the Viking.
As we were contemplating our next move, the family decided they would buy the hat. SO I offered to split the cost, if they were willing to part with the Vinyl Viking. They were! 
Making the deal even better was the fact that as a Premium Annual Passholder, I got a 20% discount. So we each got what we wanted for a fraction of the original price!

A happy ending for all at the Happiest Place on Earth!


  1. Replies
    1. They grew on me, but it seems the Vinyl craze is fading fast!

  2. Love this story! Disney is all about making people happy. You both got just what you wanted (I can see their little guy enjoying that hat) and at a discount no less. Pixie dust all around. Love the picture taken with the Troll. This is a must do photo shot for us each trip.

  3. Way to get a good bargain! Cute hat but not very practical for work . . .

    1. Lol, very true Gaylin, and I'm not sure how warm it would keep our heads in Winter.


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