So, what is the difference? Naturally blind bags are normally smaller items. They are also normally cheaper and are more kid friendly for both reasons. Because the audience for blind bags is typically younger, you are more likely to find toys or collectables you can play with delivered in a blind bag versus a blind box.
Blindboxes are typically more collectable in nature and sit on your shelf or desk versus filling in the bottom of a child’s toy box. But that is a generality for sure– many blind boxed collectables are also suitable for play but you will often see the 13+ or 15+ age recommendation on them due to the fact they are not suitable to be put in ones mouth.
So blind boxes are for collectors and blind bags are for kids would be a fair blanket statement to make, but only with the qualifier that there are definitely many exceptions to that rule.
Some boxed examples breaking the rule…
The IWG Airborne series is blind boxed (not bagged) and is both inexpensive and something one would play with. They are animal figures with parachutes you can toss in the air to watch float down to the ground. The series contains several designs and glow in the dark versions of many such designs making them fun to collect.
The SuperBastard series is blind boxed (not bagged) and is also inexpensive and something one would play with. They are paper-based figures that twist so you can change the head, body and bottom half of the forward facing figure. They are more adult in their theme but would certainly appeal to a teenager.
Some bagged examples breaking the rule are harder to come by…
The Skele-Trek series is blind bagged (not boxed) and is moderate in price. They are little figures that would sit on your desk or shelf (they have stands but they are not permanently attached so they could still be played with).
We discussed the Figural Foam Keyrings in another article as a relatively expensive blind bag (though arguably worth the price) but keychains are more likely to be delivered via a bag than a box (but again not always).
Pins often come bagged, but depending on the number contained may be fairly expensive and yet qualify as something that may be for kids (like Disney Trading Pins) or not (like Kidrobot Pricks).