View Full Version : 3" vs. 9" a Newbie Perspective
06-13-2009, 05:08 PM
As of right now I have 3 vinylmation figures, two 3" and one 9". I just received the 9" in the mail today. While I'm happy with the design and colors (It's the Dragon, bought it from disneyfan here on the boards), I am sorta, kinda unhappy with how it feels. Truthfully, it feels like a bath toy for kids, hollow and squishy. The 3" ones feel very solid and heavy.
I think now that I like the 3" ones a lot better just by the way they feel. I think I'll stick more to the 3" ones now, only getting the 9" ones with REALLY good designs. I just don't think the bath toy feeling is what I expected from these, and in turn I just don't think they're worth what you pay for them.
06-13-2009, 05:27 PM
Just get the ones you "gotta" have.
Some of the new ones (9") coming out look really good.
I agree, $40 is a bit much but it has not stopped me
from getting a few I just had to have :happy:
06-13-2009, 05:59 PM
I only have 3 of the 9'' cause I just like the 3'' better and they are more affordable.
06-13-2009, 11:01 PM
At first I didn't like all the designs on the 9" ones, but they are now getting much better and it is due to the "bigger" canvas that they are translating so well. I think Big Thunder Mountain is phenominal, and I really like the DLR Castle one too. I can't wait for Urban 2 as there are some great ones in that batch!!
06-15-2009, 10:30 AM
The designs are great on the 9' because they are larger, but at $40 a figure it's tough to get all of them and the 3" ones. Plus storage space. I am going to stick with the 3" and only the 9" that i really like.
06-15-2009, 12:04 PM
I am only collecting 3 in, i did buy 1, 9 in and that was Big thunder because 24 years ago i worked on that ride when i was in the Disney College Program back in 1985
06-18-2009, 11:04 AM
I agree with the feeling. It is suprising when you first hold one. I also think that the 9" are overpriced. They should only be $30 instead of $40 because if you put 3 3" on top of each other you get a 9" which would only be $30. I would buy them if they didn't put an extra $10 on them.
06-18-2009, 12:33 PM
I think my 9" Dragon Mickey is really starting to grow on me. But, I'll still limit my 9" purchases.
06-18-2009, 12:43 PM
I collect both 3" and 9". I know 9" gets expensive andthat's why I'm very picky on which ones I collect. My brother is the same way. My wife, wants to only collect the 3".
Material wise, eh, it could be worse.
06-24-2009, 10:20 PM
I chose the 9 inchers just because you know how many there are of each and they are just amazing side by side. (Also more of a chance to get a full set) 3 inch series will be coming out every few monthes from now on. Will be harder to get them all. Im a completist haha!
06-24-2009, 10:42 PM
I completely looked over this post so wanted to chime in here regarding both the 3" and 9" figurines. Pretty much (For the most part), Every company that has created a 3" figurine has had their figures made of PVC. PVC is very durable especially when its solid like this 3" Vinylmation. The 9" figurines are more of a normal vinyl material, as I said on another post its almost like a dog's chew or squeaky toy. Your right that its very similar feel to a rubber ducky for the bath tub. Most companies that create these bigger figures (i.e. 8"/9"/10"/etc) pretty much have used that normal vinyl.
Measuring three 3" figures next to a 9" figure doesn't mean that it will cost the same amount (i.e. $30), but I found this to be pretty funny :lol: I would guess there are a few reasons why the 3" are only $9.95 (Three for $30.00 give or take) and the 9" are typically $39.95. My first thought would be the number of production runs for each figure, for example there are very limited runs of the 9" figures from 150-600. Where as for the 3" figures your probably easily looking into the couple of thousands, and that is just a guess based on the number of duplicates in each case. Second, The different material that is utilized between the 3" figures and 9" figures is probably another reason for the price difference. My last guess on the difference in price would be the way the 3" figures and 9" figures are actually molded and created. My guess would be that it isn't the same process and therefore you might see three 3" figures costing around $30.00 and one 9" figure costing around $39.95. These are just guesses based on readings I have done for other vinyls...
Why the $74.95 combo sets are so much higher, your guess is just as good as mine? On another note, I have noticed lots of folks chatting in the past about the price of one 9" vinyl costing $39.95. That is pretty cheap from what I have seen from other vinyls currently on the market which can run upwards of $75-$150 depending on what your buying. The quality of the Vinylmations have not been great compared to some of the vinyls' for example that Medicom has produced, but I am hopeful overtime that will get better. So, The nine inch figures being at $39.95 and three inch figures being at $9.95 is not that bad at all.
06-25-2009, 12:35 AM
So, The nine inch figures being at $39.95 and three inch figures being at $9.95 is not that bad at all.
Thats what I keep telling myself everytime I order more
06-25-2009, 09:29 AM
I know I was the one that brought up the material being a little too squishy for the 9" figures, but I wanted to give everyone an update.
I took Dragon Mickey with me on a trip to Southern Utah where it is sweltering desert heat. I actually forgot about him and he was left in the car all day in 90+ weather. When I finally remembered him I found him to be REALLY squishy. No damage had been done, but you could tell the heat had taken its toll and made Dragon Mickey really, really soft.
Well, we took him home. Put him back on display. A couple days later Dragon Mickey is almost as hard as a rock! Seems that the extreme heating and then the cooling down has made him harder. I can barely push his head in just a little, with a lot of force. I'm actually pretty happy about this, and may try it with other 9" figures that I get later on. Leave them in a hot car for a day and then let them cool down in my house. To me it gives them a better feel and seems to harden the material more.
*Try at your own risk :) *
06-25-2009, 10:27 AM
Leave them in a hot car for a day and then let them cool down in my house.
*Try at your own risk :) *
Leave my vinyls in a hot car? NO!!! :nono:
06-25-2009, 12:55 PM
Leave my vinyls in a hot car? NO!!! :nono:
LOL, Ditto on this one regarding keeping the Vinyl figures in a hot car...Hopefully, It works out for you but I wouldn't want to take a risk with the paint job on them. You know, If you stick that bad boy in Acetone for a good amount of time it does the same thing with softening up the vinyl, unfortunately you will not have any paint left but it does work LOL :lol: I did it on a cheshire cat vinyl I have and its pretty soft now...
06-25-2009, 04:57 PM
We should report you to the proper authorities for leaving it in the hot car! Shame on you!
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