Pin blind boxes coming soonish

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TLDR: Soon (by PAX East, I believe) you will be able to buy a box from PA with one (or more) pins in it. You will not know what the pins are. It could be a Broodax Gabe or an Aus Kemper or whatever. The pins in these boxes are the ones people have traded with staff.

Longer explanation:
I've been thinking about and waiting for PA Pinny blind boxes for a while, and so was shocked when people in the PAX Prime Pinny Trading Event line didn't know about them. If you follow Disney pins at all, you know that you can buy boxes with unknown pins in them. Usually it's two pins out of an eight pin set (Muppets, for example). So you could get Beaker and Fozzie, or you could get two Fozzies. Etc.

So, at some point, we asked PA about what they were going to do with all of the pins that people traded with them. I know, for example, that a lot of Aus people traded away their Aus pins for Gabe and Tycho pins (CTS and Zombie). So there's a good number of Aus pins at the PA office, just waiting for loving homes. And, at some point, I was told that they would do blind boxes like what Disney has. Which is very exciting

At Prime 2014, I actually saw the blind boxes. Anyone who did the Pin Trading Event did. They had Merch on them, and Merch had a blindfold on (get it? blind box). Gabe was even doing a Blind Box challenge (put down a pin for trade, and get whatever pin was in the box). I got a CTS from that. I asked if I could have the box, but they said no :(

So, sometime soon, my Pinny people, we will be able to buy blind boxes of pins. I, for one, will be purchasing a few and hoping that I get Aus pins :) Prepare your wallets.

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  • orthancstoneorthancstone TexasRegistered User regular
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  • miker525miker525 New YorkRegistered User regular
    I was talking to Jerry about the blind boxes at PAX East and he told me it would likely start as boxes of 4 sold at the usual $30 a box. Then later on they may do other boxes with more or less. Not sure how much of that is still valid, but as of East 14 this was Jerry's understanding of the situation. He also said they would likely be out after Prime and before South so should be within the next few months assuming everything he told me is still accurate.

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  • QumadenQumaden World's Mightiest Mortal Registered User regular
    edited September 2014
  • NefilyNefily Melbourne AURegistered User regular
    That sounds really cute! ill be getting a few of them :D

  • QumadenQumaden World's Mightiest Mortal Registered User regular
    One of the specific concerns addressed by Brian was the sterilization process they plan to have set up for the pins that have been traded to the staff that will go into blind boxes. He assured me that they already had that well addressed. So fear not germ-a-phobes, your blind box pins will be safe from microorganisms!

  • akl3inakl3in Registered User regular
    I'll for sure pick one or two up. They probably have some awesome pins in them, and even if you get a fodder pin you can just trade it away

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  • redfield85redfield85 Registered User regular
    Maybe if they make an actual sets out of blind boxes, but for most here I feel like the blind boxes are pointless (seeing as most everyone here is insane and has 12 of every pin).

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  • AyefkayAyefkay Queensland, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    Id definitely be more inclined to buy them if theres a blindbox set, otherwise im worried its going to be 80% full of lookouts kids

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  • PedroAsaniPedroAsani Brotherhood of the Squirrel [Prime]Registered User regular
    Ayefkay wrote: »
    Id definitely be more inclined to buy them if theres a blindbox set, otherwise im worried its going to be 80% full of lookouts kids

    Depends on the price point. At $20 a Blind box would be perfect for trade fodder. At $30 I would hope for more variation, but it would still make a welcome change from ordering a dozen Lookouts Sets.

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  • TheAggroCraigTheAggroCraig Ultimate Lucky Douchebag MassachusettsRegistered User regular
    $30 is too much for a blind box considering they're pretty much all used...$20 for 4 seems like a better option IMO.

    But hey they can do what they want, I just won't get them if they're $30.

  • darkinferodarkinfero BOP-IT Malden, MARegistered User regular

    Ya blind boxes photos that I shared on twitter days ago.

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  • AyefkayAyefkay Queensland, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    so why were they there anyway? you couldnt buy them, did they just put them out to tease us? because that is just mean if thats the case...

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    Ayefkay wrote: »
    so why were they there anyway? you couldnt buy them, did they just put them out to tease us? because that is just mean if thats the case...
    The staff was randomly showing it off. It was near info booth Saturday and they would randomly bring it out to see if people would notice.

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  • redfield85redfield85 Registered User regular
    I mean they are a good idea so they can hopefully cut down on all of their inventory of traded-back pins. There are bound to be tons of people, whether new to pins or insane veterans, that will buy them.

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  • PedroAsaniPedroAsani Brotherhood of the Squirrel [Prime]Registered User regular
    Ayefkay wrote: »
    so why were they there anyway? you couldnt buy them, did they just put them out to tease us? because that is just mean if thats the case...

    The boxes were prototypes, and so everyone seeing them got to know they were Soon To Be A Thing. Plus at the Pin Trading event, they were using them for their own version of Khoo Roulette.

    Jerry and Kenneth had a simple "trade one for the contents of The Box" which I did twice. I can't help it, mystery boxes do it for me.

    Khoo had 4 boxes, each player put down a Pin for one. Roll a D20, 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20 to each person. The number that came up allowed that person to swap a box before opening.

    Erika had 4 boxes, roll a D8 to choose which you trade for.

  • Spokane_SnowManSpokane_SnowMan Registered User regular
    edited September 2014
    PedroAsani wrote: »
    Jerry and Kenneth had a simple "trade one for the contents of The Box" which I did twice. I can't help it, mystery boxes do it for me.

    Erika had 4 boxes, roll a D8 to choose which you trade for.
    Mike was doing the trade for a blind box as well. Friend of mine traded an Age of Empires for a blind Age of Empires. /eyeroll

    I traded an Age of Empires for a dice roll with Erika and pulled a 15 year pin. B)

    Edit: And that would be my biggest fear as far as these blind boxes, because they end up with THOUSANDS of the crap/easy pins like the Age of Empires was. I alone picked up and traded away at LEAST 20 of those pins this year. Traded one for every crew members pin and much more at the give a pin take a pin deals.

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  • Sammy.SamSammy.Sam Registered User regular
    While we're just hypothesizing on the distribution model, I would caution that this is likely going to be a slot machine-esque type of scenario. A few people are going to get something super rare, some are going to get something marginally better than fodder, and most will essentially end up paying the standard $30 price tag for a set of 4 fodder pins.

    The take away is that you are paying to gamble, so make sure that you are ok with that. I love mystery bags, but $30 will prohibit me from wanting to try more than once or twice.

    And who knows, maybe they'll specifically address the concerns about a lopsided ratio of lookouts/age of empire pins in the boxes. Maybe they'll even break up rarer pins or pins from current year sets for the boxes. If we knew that in addition to whatever was in the giant "staff trades" box, they also peppered 1 out of every 4 boxes with something interesting, then I think this idea will have more traction. Or, like I think I read above, create new pins only available in the blind boxes to ensure that they're bought.

    Now I'm just rambling, TL;DR - distribution is key, I hope PA makes a public announcement about that when they launch this.

  • BekerBeker Child's Play Program Director SeattleRegistered User, Penny Arcade Staff regular
    edited September 2014
    Ayefkay wrote: »
    so why were they there anyway? you couldn't buy them, did they just put them out to tease us? because that is just mean if thats the case...

    I would imagine they brought them because we keep pestering them for every detail we can get. Maybe you would rather they stay tight lipped and don't "tease" us, but i'd rather get all the scraps of information. :-)

    Far as what will be in them, keep in mind they have been collecting pins since East 2013 from all the PAXes. So while there are a bunch of Age of Empires and lookouts from this most recent, there will also be a ton of Second Sons, Christmas pins and Behemoth stuff, etc. Basically what is common and trade fodder at one PAX is very often desirable at the next. As long as they are organizing the returns in some way, and i'd be surprised if they didn't, i'm guessing they will be smart enough about it to make sure at least one of them is of reasonable value. And I don't foresee them putting any pins in there that you can buy from the store. Which if true would mean lookouts might be filtered out for future boxes, or maybe they will be pulled from the store before boxes are made available.

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  • QumadenQumaden World's Mightiest Mortal Registered User regular
    I don't see why they wouldn't just sterilize the Lookouts pins and put them right back up on the store, the same with any purchased pin like that. I certainly would.

  • timebeingtimebeing Registered User regular
    All they have to do is add 1 or 2 Mystery pins that you can only get in the blind box, and bam sell like hot cakes.

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  • FrostbyteFrostbyte Registered User regular
    timebeing wrote: »
    All they have to do is add 1 or 2 Mystery pins that you can only get in the blind box, and bam sell like hot cakes.

    SHHHHhhhhhhhh! They read these forums. NOTHING TO SEE HERE GUYS.... he's talking about something else.

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  • akl3inakl3in Registered User regular
    timebeing wrote: »
    All they have to do is add 1 or 2 Mystery pins that you can only get in the blind box, and bam sell like hot cakes.

    Oh boy, I'm sure all the hardcores would just love this. Especially if they were a really rare drop, like one in 20 boxes

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  • sirmrejsirmrej Seattle areaRegistered User regular
    OK, cool. So for the most part, it sounds like people know about these. Yay! People in line with me at the Pin Trading event had no idea, and I was very confused why seemingly no one knew.

  • redfield85redfield85 Registered User regular
    Frostbyte wrote: »
    timebeing wrote: »
    All they have to do is add 1 or 2 Mystery pins that you can only get in the blind box, and bam sell like hot cakes.

    SHHHHhhhhhhhh! They read these forums. NOTHING TO SEE HERE GUYS.... he's talking about something else.

    Hey look, a squirrel!

    I'll let all of you insane folks buy 20 boxes each and then will trade for said rare pins (if I like them) at a future PAX or on here. Have at it. ;)

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  • PedroAsaniPedroAsani Brotherhood of the Squirrel [Prime]Registered User regular
    timebeing wrote: »
    All they have to do is add 1 or 2 Mystery pins that you can only get in the blind box, and bam sell like hot cakes.

    Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhut up!

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  • orthancstoneorthancstone TexasRegistered User regular
    Find one last DLC pin, put it in one random blind box, produce an initial run of 1000 boxes...

    Yeah, just start handing out the holiday bonus checks right there.

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  • purevalpureval Registered User regular
    I think having a special random blind box only set could be fun. Especially if I get one of the pins and @pedroasani does not. That would be great.

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  • CowpuppyCowpuppy Squirrel Squad (EAST) Registered User regular
    Find one last DLC pin, put it in one random blind box, produce an initial run of 1000 boxes...

    Yeah, just start handing out the holiday bonus checks right there.

    This is making me feel ill. Physically ill. My stomach is churning.

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  • PedroAsaniPedroAsani Brotherhood of the Squirrel [Prime]Registered User regular
    pureval wrote: »
    I think having a special random blind box only set could be fun. Especially if I get one of the pins and @pedroasani does not. That would be great.

    And what makes you think I wouldn't just brute force the system with my wallet?

  • DefaultGenDefaultGen Registered User regular
    Pin "booster packs" are exactly what PA needed in the first place to encourage trading. I hope these are pushed at PAX from now on instead of just AI sets.

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  • purevalpureval Registered User regular
    PedroAsani wrote: »
    pureval wrote: »
    I think having a special random blind box only set could be fun. Especially if I get one of the pins and @pedroasani does not. That would be great.

    And what makes you think I wouldn't just brute force the system with my wallet?

    I just have to hope that the Force is not strong with you.

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  • SerpicoBCSerpicoBC Registered User regular
    Everyone be quiet! No more talking!

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  • HingoHingo Minneapolis, MNRegistered User regular
    I would totally buy a few blind boxes if there were "blind box only" mystery pins available. Do you hear that, @Robert Khoo‌ ?

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  • adambargadambarg Forward the Pinglorious Basterds!Registered User regular
    "Blind" Merch would be a good place to start; they've already got the art.

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  • purevalpureval Registered User regular
    A super rare brain squirrel pin!

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  • QumadenQumaden World's Mightiest Mortal Registered User regular
  • 00Fayt0000Fayt00 Registered User regular
    Qumaden wrote: »
    I just...I hate all of you...stop giving them ideas!

    And the 'super rare brain squirrel pin' as pureval put it...would be...a run of 300. They would sell every so quick!!! haha.
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  • purevalpureval Registered User regular
    00Fayt00 wrote: »
    Qumaden wrote: »
    I just...I hate all of you...stop giving them ideas!

    And the 'super rare brain squirrel pin' as pureval put it...would be...a run of 300. They would sell every so quick!!! haha.
    30

    (^Please don't do this. ^_^ )

    300, but they would not go out all at once. Spread them out over the years.

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