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Minecraft Minecon 2013 Collectible Pins

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Crafting a better tomorrow

  • VERY limited-edition Minecon 3-Piece Pin Set
  • 100% of profits go to Mojang's and UN-Habitat's Block by Block program
  • Includes Pig, Redstone Ore Block, and Creepers
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Crafting a better tomorrow

Software sometimes gets used in ways it was never intended. Generally that's mods that give your character Hello Kitty armor or turn on godmode. But occasionally software gets twisted in new ways for more noble ends. Think about this: Minecraft makes it easy to build all sorts of crazy virtual structures. Those same characteristics make it a great outside-the-box urban planning tool that can be made accessible to people of all levels of education and income.

That's the idea behind the collaboration between Mojang and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) called Block by Block. The program involves kids from underdeveloped urban areas in envisioning new public spaces and making them happen. There are currently projects running in Haiti, Nepal, India, Rwanda, Kenya, and Ethiopia.

This pin set was a product ThinkGeek exclusively made for Minecon 2013 in Orlando, Florida. How this links to the above is that 100% of profits from these go to Mojang's and UN-Habitat's Block by Block program. We started out with 4000. Last month, we realized we had some just hanging out at the warehouse that we didn't sell at the convention. And that didn't seem right to us. We have Minecraft fans. We have a product at our warehouse which could be making a charity some money. So we're offering the last of them for sale here for a very limited time.

What you get is a limited-edition set of 3 Minecraft pins, featuring a Pig, Redstone Ore Block, and Creepers, each with the word MINECON across it (and in smaller letters underneath "Orlando, Florida 2013".) They come in a lovely Nether-themed presentation box, which may look a little off. That's because if you were a Minecon attendee, you got a fourth pin in your bag that could have gone into the empty slot in the box. Instead, now you have someplace to stick your scouting pins or the first 2 of your ThinkGeek 2014 Collectible Enamel Pin Set. But, of course, we're planning on breaking ours out of the box and displaying them proudly, so it's not really an issue for us.

Product Specifications

  • Limited-edition Minecon 3-Piece Pin Set
  • Officially-licensed Minecraft collectibles
  • 100% of profits go to Mojang's and UN-Habitat's Block by Block program
  • Includes Pig, Redstone Ore Block, and Creepers
  • Edition Size: 4000*
  • Exclusively available at Minecon 2013 in Orlando, Florida (and now here)
  • In a Nether-themed presentation box
  • Materials: Enamel-decorated pin with a metal base
  • Stickback pin style with rubber stopper
  • Dimensions: 1 1/2" wide x 1" - 1 1/2" tall

* We promise we didn't make more. Anybody who picked up a set at Minecon 2013 - your pins are just as rare as they were in November. The edition size remains 4000. If you attended the con, the pin in your bag had an edition size of 7500, one for each attendee.