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Pins were collectible items in Club Penguin. Every two or three weeks, a new pin was hidden somewhere on Club Penguin Island, and once gone, old pins would never return (although there were a few exceptions). Then, the player could select a pin from their inventory and it would appear on the top left hand corner of their player card. To find a pin, messages from the Ultimate Safe Chat allowed players to ask "Where is the pin?" or "Where did you find that pin?". Some pins were themed for an event that is coming up or going on. In the Yearbooks in the Book Room, if you clicked in the right places, you would be able to view one pin that was hidden for that certain month (except for the 2006-2007 Yearbook). Pins could be seen in the back of a Stamp Book.
In February 2008, Screenhog listed some guidelines on how pins were hidden. Some rules included: pins never being hidden in the exact same spot, they would never be hidden in a room that had a pin hidden in it less than a two months ago, and so on. However, some of these rules have been broken and no longer apply.
Until December 13, 2012, a pin would be obtained by walking on top of it, where a popup window asks if they would like to pick it up. Since then, the popup box has become visible by clicking the pin. The first pin that could be obtained this way, not from a certain event, was the Snowflake Pin.
In addition, throughout the years, several other pins were obtained through certain activities, such as the Christmas Tree Pin, that was available by donating 50 coins to the Club Penguin Times, or the Recycle Pin, which was available after completing the Recycle Hunt.
- Main article: List of pins
- Main article: Flag
Flags were very similar to pins in that they were displayed in the upper left corner of a penguin's player card. Originally, flags were only available to members on Club Penguin, however they were later released to be available to both non-members and members. Flag pins were bought at the very end of every Penguin Style catalog for 20 coins each. Flags were slightly larger than most pins and were a rounded version of a countries' flag. Together with the Rockhopper's Key Pin and Moss Key Pin, they were the only pins that were permanent.
- Screenhog made the pins for the first 3 years.
- Uniquely, the Music Note pin was not visible in the room like all other hidden pins. Instead, players had to stand near the wall above the stage in the Pizza Parlor to obtain it.
- The Christmas Tree Pin was the only pin to be obtainable from the Club Penguin Times.
- Pins around 2007 could change its location each time the player joined the room.
- The first pin that required an additional method for obtainment was the Cactus pin. During the Winter Fiesta 2007, players had to move their cursor over the piñata in the Coffee Shop twice for it to fall out. After the party ended, the pin was placed in the spot where it would have landed during the party.
- On June 10, 2009 in the What's New Blog, there was a vote for the next pin; the one chosen was a Beach Umbrella Pin.
- Although almost all pins never returned, the Ruby Pin, Toothbrush Pin, Mermaid Shell Pin, Round Ruby Pin, and Enchanted Feather Pin have returned.
- The Snowflake Pin was the first pin that could be obtained by just clicking on them instead of walking onto the pin.
- Starting from the Prehistoric Hammer Pin, pins could only be obtained by clicking.
- Since September 2014, pins were given a shine so that they resemble more lifelike metallic badges (with the exception of the Beach Day Pin).
- Since the release of the Puffle Guide Badge Pin, some pins have been available on the Club Penguin app.
- The Puffle Party 2016 had the most party-only pins, with twelve.
- Prior to the Globe Pin, a new pin would always be hidden every two weeks. However, said pin was hidden for three weeks due to updates in Club Penguin only happening twice a month from May 2016 onward. As a result, new pins were hidden at the same time as new Penguin Style and Furniture & Igloo Catalogs were released or when new parties started, which were always either two or three weeks apart.
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