Mr Yac wrote:
Layouts? What do you mean by that? Are they in a box or are you able to feel the package? I have never bought mystery minis or even seen them in the stores before.
some sets have the same figures in the same positions in the box, so if you find Ren & Stimpy at one store if you find another untouched case Ren & Stimpy would be in the same positions in the new box as well.
And then to expand on that while layouts are great and a huge help even if a case looks fresh/untouched it's always possible that the employees took the minis out and put them back in a random order. Around me, that doesn't happen to often as it's extra time/work for the associates. Though there are several times where they take all of the minis out of the box and put them on a different shelf.
So that's where scales come in, get yourself a scale capable of measuring in .01g increments or finer (Amazon about $10 pays for itself in the first series you buy) where you weigh the boxes. Eventually the community gets enough data to say FigureA weights in at XX.z while FigureB weights in at YY.x (on average, there is always a little variant between each mini, their box, bag, air, etc.) but it at least helps. Reason you want one that goes down to .01g increments is in a series there may be 3-5 figures that are all within 1gram of each other. It's not sure proof but combined with knowing layouts it helps a lot in trying to avoid doubles.