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Have you taken the “Loungefly" Leap?

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If you’ve been in the pin collecting/trading game for a while, you’re probably familiar with Loungefly pins. If not, then hopefully you’ll find this article useful as an introduction to the brand. 

Loungefly is primarily known as a company that makes very stylish bags, featuring mainstream and pop-culture icons. They’ve also gotten into the pin game, releasing open edition pins and blind box (mystery) pin sets. More recently, they’ve also started releasing some lovely pin sets.

You can find these pins being sold exclusively at either Hot Topic or Boxlunch stores (both American founded retailers). You can also find them sold online at Hot Topic (www.hottopic.com) , Boxlunch (www.boxlunch.com) , and on the official Loungefly website (www.loungefly.com ). 

I guess the first question that comes to mind is – “can Loungefly pins be traded in the parks?” – The answer is, yes! If the back of the pin says ©Disney, it means that the pin is officially licensed by Disney, and can be traded in the parks. 


“Back to Back to Back ” 



Compare the backs of these three pins. From left to right, we have: 1) “Dug” from the Disney Store, 2) “Dole Whip” from the American Disney parks, and 3) “Thumper” – from Loungefly.

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Disney Store “Dug” Pin:

1)     Disney Store Logo
2)     Official Pin Trading Stamp/Logo
3)     “Oh My Disney” brand logo (this mystery set was done in partnership with “Oh My Disney") 
4)     Disney and Pixar copyrights
5)     FAC - batch code

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Disney Parks “Dole Whip” Pin: 

1.     “Pointy” nubs – more details on this later
2.     Official Pin Trading Logo/Stamp
3.     Copyright Disney
4.     FAC – batch code 
5.     Artist’s Signature – unique to the “Kingdom of Cute” series by Jerrod Maruyama 
6.     Mickey Waffle print (a Disney Parks exclusive feature)

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Loungefly “Thumper” pin: 

1.     Nubs are very small and dull
2.     Disney copyright 

“Nubs” are the tiny spikes usually found on either side of the pin post. Most Loungefly pins have very small and very dull nubs, such as the one found on the back of the "Thumper" pin. However (perhaps due to the use of different manufacturers), there are some pins, like the back of this Dalmatian pin, which has very sharp and prominent nubs. 


In general, you can tell that the pins from the Disney Store and Disney Parks have a lot more details on their backs. In the case of the example pins in this article, there are extra brand logos and details due to brand partnerships. The “Thumper” Loungefly pin, which is from 2018, has a very simple back. 

It seems that Loungefly has recently decided to mark their pins with their “crown logo”, featuring a new “crown waffle pattern" on the back. 

If you check out some of their new pin sets on their website www.loungefly.com , you can see the new back design. 

In addition, Loungefly pins come with “butterfly” clutch pin backs, instead of the trademark rubber Mickey pin backs that come with Disney Store and Disney Park pins.
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Weight


In general, I believe Loungefly pins are on the lighter side, compared to official trading pins. However, they do vary in weight, and some Loungefly pins are quite hefty and feel very solid. 

Hard Enamel vs. Soft Enamel 


All official Disney trading pins are made with hard enamel, where as Loungefly pins use soft enamel.  Hard enamel has a smooth and solid surface, polished to be at the same level as the metal lines of the pin. Soft enamel dips into the recessed parts of the pin, so you can feel the edges of the metal lines, when you brush your finger over the surface of the pin. 

Some Loungefly pins, such as this Mickey pin below, exhibit the recessed effect of the soft enamel.

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However, most Loungefly pins actually have an added feature which changes the look and feel of the pins – Epoxy Coating. 

Epoxy Coating 


Epoxy, which is also known as resin, can be added as a coating to the surface of the pin. It leaves behind a shiny transparent surface, which is smooth to the touch. It also provides a layer of protection for the pin. Loungefly pins are usually coated with this epoxy. You can tell by brushing your finger over the pin’s surface, as well as placing it under a light. 

The shiny epoxy reflects so much, that some of the detail on the “Thumper” pin can be lost. Whereas the hard enamel of the “Dug” pin, shines under the light, but you can still see all the details of the pin. 


Quality  


I think most pin collectors/traders would agree that Loungefly pins are at a lower quality when compared to official Disney trading pins. The hard enamel of the official pins gives off a more finished and high-quality look, compared to the soft enamel and shiny epoxy quality that are characteristic of most Loungefly pins. However, be on the look-out for the more recent pin releases from Loungefly. Their newly released pin sets, plus the new trademark crown waffle pattern on the backs of the pins, seem to be signs that they’re working to improve the quality of their pins. 

Design


If you’ve been in the Disney pin world for a while, you’ve most likely seen some similar or repeated designs, especially if involves iconic character poses or movie scenes. However, it seems like Loungefly has been striving for more unique designs. For example, they released a Blind Box set of Disney Princess Castles, and the highly detailed designs are quite impressive. Check out “Snow White’s Castle” below.   
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Price 


In general, Loungefly pins are considered to be more affordable, especially since both Hot Topic and Boxlunch retailers have periodic sales that allow you to “buy two, and get one pin free.” Most open edition Loungefly pins range from about $7.90 to $10.90 (USD). There doesn’t seem to be a huge price difference when comparing mystery box pins. Currently, a Loungefly blind box, containing one pin, costs $9.90 (USD), while a Disney store mystery box, also containing one pin, costs $9.99 (USD). The difference is a little more obvious in Canadian dollars, with the Loungefly pin costing $11.90 (CAD) and the Disney store pin costing $13.99 (CAD). 


The new pin sets currently available on the Loungefly website are a little pricier. Each set contains 4 pins, and retails at $25.00 (USD) 

Trading 


Since Loungefly pins can be traded, you will most likely find some in the parks. If you’re unfamiliar with the standard characteristics of Loungefly pins, you might be inclined to think that they’re fakes or scrappers. Hopefully this article has helped, and you’ll now be able to recognize a Loungefly pin when you see one. If you’re interested in these pins, check the Pin Trader Club's data base to see what Loungefly pins are available.

Additionally, when trading with other pin traders/collectors, please be aware that some people may prefer to only collect official Disney trading pins, or will only trade Loungefly pins for other Loungefly pins. As always, be considerate, and help keep the kindness in the pin-trading community.  

“A Choice" 


In the end, it’s up to you as a pin collector/trader to decide if you want to take a leap and try out Loungefly pins. Once in a while, I find that I like to treat myself to a pin from my local Hot Topic. So far I’ve amassed a small collection of Loungefly pins that I’m quite fond of.  Thanks for reading my article! Happy Pin Trading and Collecting!

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This article was written by minnievan_pins on Tuesday 31 March 2020.


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