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Disneyland Paris Pins for May 2012 – The best pin releases ever?

You may think that title is taking it to extremes but the originality and variety of the pin releases in Disneyland Paris for May are exceptional. It’s almost like they’ve been waiting for me to visit Disneyland Paris and have rolled out their best work for my visit.

Disneyland Paris Pins for May 2012

Let’s start with the 4 robot pins, which I absolutely love. The Pin MK Robot in particular is absolutely gorgeous with the nicest design of inner workings of the 4 in this set. This has gone straight to the top of my ‘to buy’ list when I arrive on May 6th, and as they come out on May 5th there may still be some available. They have a Steampunk look to them and they would fit perfectly in Discoveryland. In fact, if I were in charge of merchandise at Disneyland Paris I’d make them available only in shops in Discoveryland. I love them, and I’m thinking that’s quite obvious in what I’m writing!

The pin trading bag is not for me, but nice to see them doing something a bit different to the usual courier bag design, which I have and is fine for me. The 20th Anniversary train pins however I do like, for 2 reasons. Firstly the design, which is a great contrast to the robot pins, but perfectly in tune with the 20th Anniversary celebrations around the park. Secondly I love a range of pins that I can collect, as I did the Stitch Invasion pins from a few years ago. However, they are a bit pricey, especially the €19.99 engine pin with Mickey on. These don’t come until the end of May though, so unless I want to pay even more on eBay I’ll probably not get the opportunity to buy them. Bad for my collection desires, good for my bank balance.

The 20th Anniversary Big Thunder Mountain pin is a must. The pastel colours and imagery of Big Thunder Mountain and the Molly Brown work wonderfully well to give a concept art style pin that we don’t usually see. It along with the dice pin seem to go with some kind of pin game collection set, which at €39,99 is another expensive potential purchase. It’s a really nicely styled set.

The last three months of pin releases in Disneyland Paris have been great, and the selection for May is arguably the best we’ve ever seen on any one month. I don’t think I’ve been this excited about Disneyland Paris pins in years, maybe even ever. I really do have to own the Pin MK Robot, it is my destiny.