Perhaps one of the most controversial topics in this hobby is the infamous case layout. Some people consider this cheating and will do everything possible to criticize those who use them. Others swear by the case layout as the only way to "blox" (pulling of blind boxes). And of course there are those who are on the fence. Either way, let's take a look at the varying opinions...
"Case layouts are cheating and make the playing field uneven!"
There are many collectors out there who feel as though that there are too many people out there using case layouts to only pull chasers and or other high demand vinyls. But in reality, are case layouts really accurate? There are many people online who do post case layouts be it accidentally or on purpose, but is that really the location of each vinyl? Our staff has met a few people that actually post "fake" case layouts where they rearrange the case and then spread it virally through social media in hopes of collectors believing it to be true.
So as many case layouts as you may find online, there really is no real way of telling if it is accurate or not unless you have purchased a case yourself. And even then, there may be multiple case layouts which would still make the actual layout of each individual case a mystery. Is it really cheating when the information cannot be verified?
"Case layouts are the bee's knees!"
If you have been in this hobby long enough, chances are you have either met or spoken to another Vinylmation collector. Among these collectors are always the people who brag about their excellent bloxing abilities due to case layouts. Of course, the belief is that these people are the ones who are pulling all of the chasers which is why the casual collector can't find any. But, how true is that theory?
We have met a few collectors here locally who use case layouts but ONLY pull the chaser spot until they get one to complete their set. Other than that, they use the case layouts in an attempt to blox figures that they do not already own. These collectors generally talk about not having the money to buy an entire case when the sets get released so they slowly acquire it as their funds allow. Is it wrong for them to complete a set in this fashion?
The majority of Vinylmation collectors out there whether they would like to admit it or not are on the fence about case layouts. We believe that they even use the layouts some times to figure out if it is worth it to blox from a semi-fresh case or not. If you look at a case and there is only one blox pulled, if it is from the chaser spot and that is the one you are trying to get, is it still worth it to try?
Regardless of your stance on the case layout, the best thing to remember is that this hobby was made for us to have fun and enjoy. To collect pieces of our childhoods in the form of vinyls sized between 1.5" to 9". Having these vinyls bring a smile to our faces because it reminds us of a simpler time. A time when we did not have the responsibilities that come along with growing up and allowing us to be forever young.
Disney Magic was meant to be spread and to provide us with an escape from our daily routines. So our stance on case layouts is who cares! Enjoy the hobby and encourage others to do the same. As humans, tomorrow is never promised and life is too short to be spent bickering on the little things. Besides, the thrill of the hunt is what gets the juices flowing each and every time a blox is opened!
Until next time...Happy Collecting :)