What is a Blind Box ?
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Is this your first time learning about "blind boxes" and not sure what the hype is?
We are here to answer all your questions.
"Blind Box" is a term to describe a category of toys - where different toys from the same collection are contained in a sealed box, and nobody knows what is inside the box until you unbox the item.
"Blind boxes" usually come in a collection of 12 different toys, or 8, depending on the designer brands. There is one or two hidden/secret toy(s) available in a carton. They are only included randomly in certain sets. There is no guarantee of receiving a secret toy even if you purchase an entire toy set.
Pictures of all the toy designs from the same collection are displayed on the packaging of each blind boxes, and what you have to do is have a guess and try to pick the blind box that you like!
Single Blind Box VS Complete Set
So, is there a difference when purchasing multiple single blind boxes and a complete set?
YES, there is a significant difference!
When you are purchasing multiple single blind boxes, there is a possibility of getting a duplicate. Whereas if you are purchasing a full set, you can guarantee yourself on getting all the basic edition toys from the series, and the possibility of a duplicate is eliminated. This is because we do mix sets when we are refilling our stocks for single blind boxes, and we will not be able to keep track of what is contained in the box.
So please keep this in mind when you are purchasing multiple boxes from the same blind box collection.
Origin of Blind Box
The concept of a blind box toy emerged from the Japanese Fukubukuro, which stands for "lucky bag" in Japanese. The lucky bags contain unknown random contents and are sold at a substantial discount, and it could be 50% off or more than the list price of the items contained within (Wikipedia).
The idea was then carried forward in the Chinese market, and this is where the blind box came from.