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2018 is off to a great start so far. Only one day in and a lot of new pressed pennies have started to appear. First up I took a trip over to the Islands of Adventure (Universal) park.
The crowd wasn’t too bad, but I also visited first thing in the morning when I’m sure most were still in bed recovering from their New Years festivities. I had news that a new penny machine was released near the Incredible Hulk Coaster.
As I walked closer to the area I actually found myself sitting there just watching people ride this coaster. There are a lot of twists, turns and loops but people seemed to really enjoy it.
As I’ve mentioned before these are not really my type of ride so I was hoping the penny machine wouldn’t be in the actual queue. I walk around a bit trying to find the machine but couldn’t find it. Eventually I found a team member and asked about it, but the only confirmation I received was that it wasn’t in the queue (Phew!). This ride didn’t have a gift shop which is surprising and usually a guaranteed place for a penny machine. Instead I did find that if you walked towards the exit of the ride there is a photo preview area where you can see yourself on the ride (if you dared go on).
Bingo, the new penny machine was located right near the photo counter. This can be a bit of a busy area with groups of people exiting the ride and trying to see their picture.
As you can see from the picture above this is another of the 8-Design touch screen machines. Same price as the others where you can get one design for $1 or all eight for $5.
This is a numbered set and all say Islands of Adventure. The designs include four different images of The Incredible Hulk, plus designs of Thor, Captain America, Iron Man and Nick Fury.
There is definitely no shortage of Super Hero pressed pennies at this park, but they do seem to use the same characters a lot which I’m sure if due to the licensing with Marvel. In any event I’m happy to have new coins on the first day of 2018 and hope this will be another great year of collecting.
Happy New Year!