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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Toy Story 4: Bounty Paper Towels

toy story 4 bounty paper towels

HAPPY TOY STORY 4 RELEASE NIGHT!

If you've been to literally any store lately, you've probably noticed the Toy Story 4 logo here and there and everywhere you look. So many brands have jumped on the chance to partner with Disney·Pixar to help promote this film, it's really something else! Even Bounty (the quicker picker upper) has released some fantastic paper towels featuring some really adorable limited time Toy Story 4 inspired prints. Let's take a look!

These took a while to hit my area, but I finally found them a few weeks back (on my birthday to be exact) at Stop & Shop— one of the main grocery store chains here on the east coast. Apparently you can also find them at Meijer stores and BJ's; possibly even Target or Walmart, though I haven't spotted them there yet. I would check any of your local grocery stores as you never know where they might be stocked!

toy story 4 bounty paper towels

This particular package I got comes with just two rolls, but there are bigger packs out there as well. Each roll has a different design; one featuring Jessie, Woody and Bullseye and one featuring several other new and classic characters (Alien, Bo Peep, Forky, Jessie, Slinky, Buzz, Ducky, Bunny and Woody) with some subtle carnival elements. I absolutely love the style of these prints! If you happen to know who the artist is, let me know as well so I can give the credit he or she deserves. They're almost too cute to even use!

DESIGN 1
toy story 4 bounty paper towels

DESIGN 2
toy story 4 bounty paper towels
toy story 4 bounty paper towels

That's about it! I really just wanted to make you all aware that these exist before they go away. If you have any little Toy Story fans at home, I'm sure they would love having one of these rolls in the kitchen to use while the excitement for the film is in the air! I believe there are even more designs out there included in other packages, so if you got one with anything different from what I have here, let me know down in the comments (and feel free to add a photo).

Have you picked these up or do you plan to? What are your thoughts? Shout 'em out! 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Piper Vinyl Figure Review (Funko Shop Exclusive)

pixar piper funko vinyl figure

There are few cuter things in this world than Piper, the title character and star of Pixar's 2016 short film (which debuted in front of Finding Dory in theaters). Piper instantly became one of my all-time favorite shorts and I am completely thrilled to finally have her represented in my collection as a collectible! On June 5th, Funko released this amazing vinyl figure on their "pop up shop" website, which is fourth in their Pixar short film limited edition vinyl figure series (following Bao, Knick Knack and Presto). I am so happy to see this line continuing strong!

The packaging, as usual, is designed with collectors in mind and is completely display worthy (featuring a sandy beach/ocean backdrop). On the back, it reads:
 "Piper" tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatching who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is, the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore."

The box is much smaller than I was expecting, measuring at about 6" wide and 5" tall. And what's that? She comes with a second little character? Yup, her tiny hermit crab friend that she meets during her adventure to find food! Such a fun and unexpected addition.

pixar piper funko vinyl figure
pixar piper funko vinyl figure

Now let's take a look at this amazing figure out of the package...

Piper is definitely the smallest vinyl figure yet, at only 2.5" tall x 2" wide, but that doesn't keep her from being the cutest. Her likeness here is 100% spot on, as if she jumped out of the TV and plopped herself on my shelf! The same goes for the hermit crab friend (who's only 1" tall)—so incredibly adorable! Funko really outdid themselves here; from the sculpt, to the paint application, to the packaging...it's all perfection.

pixar piper funko vinyl figure
pixar piper funko vinyl figure
pixar piper funko vinyl figure
pixar piper funko vinyl figure

If you and/or someone you know loves Piper, this is a must have and I can't recommend it enough! Lucky for you, if you haven't purchased it quite yet, it's still in stock on the Funko Shop website HERE. Hurry before the waves wash it away! Retail price is $15.00 (+$6.95 shipping).

I don't take any short film merch for granted, as it's a rare treat and we're so lucky these days to have more of it thanks to Funko. What are your thoughts? Did you pick this figure up or plan to? Who would you like to see next? I'm still holding out hope for Partly Cloudy and Day & Night! Looking forward to hearing what you think down below.

★★★★★

pixar piper funko vinyl figure
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Monday, June 17, 2019

Toy Story 2: Al's Toy Barn Mug & Jumbo Pin (ShopDisney)

“Available at all Al's Toy Barn outlets in the Tri-county area.”

Al's Toy Barn got some love out of nowhere earlier this year! The Disney Store (and ShopDisney) released an exclusive range of products surrounding the iconic fictitious toy store from the Toy Story films (most prominent in Toy Story 2), Al's Toy Barn. As seen here, I purchased the mug and the jumbo pin, but there was also a "staff" t-shirt, a tote bag and a pen (included in the Pixar Business Pen Set which I reviewed HERE). Let's take a closer look at what I got! 

First off, we have an Al's Toy Barn mug featuring the instantly recognizable logo (at least to us Disney/Pixar fans) and signature deep "barn red" color. Simple, but I love it! You can totally imagine the store staff having one of these cups and sipping their morning coffee from it in the Toy Story world. For me, I'll be using it to house my Pixar Business Pen Set and will be displaying it on my office desk at work come tomorrow! Finally gonna get some Pixar represented there.

Details:
  • Dishwasher and microwave safe
  • Ceramic
  • 3 3/4'' H x 3 1/2'' Diameter (5'' W at handle)
  • Holds 12 oz.
  • Retail Price  $12.95
toy story al's toy barn mug

The second item I'm reviewing here is this Al's Toy Barn "Jumbo Pin"! This is another fun and super unique item inspired by what Al McWhiggin's name tag may have looked like while working there at the store. Such a brilliant idea! And for a pin, this thing is pretty big (it certainly earns the "jumbo" name). I'm not a big pin collector, but this was a real standout to me. And let me tell you, I just put it up on my Pixar pin board and it looks awesome. Highly recommend!

Details:
  • Metal / enamel
  • Enameled cloisonne  
  •  Goldtone finish
  • Mickey icon pinbacks
  • 2'' H x 3 1/4'' W
  • Retail Price $14.95 
toy story al's toy barn jumbo pin
toy story al's toy barn jumbo pin
toy story al's toy barn jumbo pin

As a long time fan of Toy Story (but especially Toy Story 2), these are some amazing items to have as part of my collection. I didn't really have much for Al's Toy Barn up until now. And honestly looking back, I should have gone for the shirt and tote bag too— but oh well! I would have totally gone for them if only these things really were just a buck, buck, buck. They're definitely not cheap, cheap, cheap.  

The last item out of these still in stock on the website is the mug, so get it HERE while it's still around! Let me know all your thoughts down below. Have you picked up anything from this assortment?

Friday, June 14, 2019

Toy Story: Pizza Planet Claw Tumbler with Straw (ShopDisney)

Toy Story Pizza Planet Claw Tumbler with Straw

Thirsty anyone? Then grab this spacetacular Toy Story tumbler with straw inspired by the iconic Pizza Planet Space Crane Game ("The Claaaawwwwww") from the original film! This was released earlier this year at the Disney Store (and ShopDisney.com) and is still available to purchase online HERE. It's fantastic— you know I love anything Pizza Planet, so I had to pick this up. And, for what's essentially just a cup, it's impressive that this is probably the most screen accurate space crane product I own. Perfect for practical use or display!

Here are all the official details you'll need to know:
  • Figural tumbler shaped like the rocket ship arcade game (made of plastic)
  • Includes (nonfunctional) joystick, buttons, and prize deposit
  • Reusable straw flares so it won't fall out
  • Silicone claw attached to straw
  • Not dishwasher or microwave safe
  • 8'' H x 4'' Diameter (at widest point)
  • Holds 20 oz.

Toy Story Pizza Planet Claw Tumbler with Straw
Toy Story Pizza Planet Claw Tumbler with Straw

This has been out for a while now, so definitely grab it before it's suddenly gone for good. This is such a fun tumbler for all Toy Story fans alike, whether you're young or young at heart! As mentioned, it's perfect to display along with the rest of your Toy Story collection or makes a great cup to sip from on Pizza night or while visiting the Disney Parks. Whatever floats your rocket! Retail price is $16.95.

Have you picked this up? What are your thoughts? Let me know down in the comment section below and stay tuned for more from my Pixar collection daily!

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Toy Story: Woody + Buzz Lightyear "Vynl" Figure 2-Pack (by Funko)

Toy Story funko Woody + Buzz Lightyear "Vynl" Figures

I can't even tell you how many different stylized versions of Buzz and Woody figures I have, but what's one more set right? These new vinyl figures by Funko (as part of their "Vynl" line, appropriately named) were released just recently and are so cute that I couldn't resist! Funko debuted this "Vynl" 2-Pack collection in 2017, which is essentially a close cousin to their wildly successful "POP!" line. Here's the official description:

There’s no “i” in Vynl. because there’s always two of them! Funko is proud to introduce Vynl., a brand new line of stylized vinyl collectibles created with pop culture fanatics in mind! Vynl. will take a new approach to collecting by showcasing the intricate relationships between beloved characters through a playful new aesthetic and display-ready collector packaging. As this new line of figures is centered around character relationships, every Vynl. release will contain two figures in order to highlight the connection between both characters and play off of their respective storylines.

This is the first Pixar related "Vynl" set to be released.

Toy Story funko Woody + Buzz Lightyear "Vynl" Figures

This set retails for around $14.99 (it varies ever so slightly) and can be found at stores like Amazon (link below), Game Stop, Hot Topic, BoxLunch and Entertainment Earth (among others). They're about the size of a standard Funko "POP!" figure (about 4"-4.5" tall) and, like usual, stands are included.

I just love the style! This series is a bit more boxy and "straight lined" in their designs when compared to Funko "POP!" figures. Their faces are a bit more expressive (and cartoony) as well. Adorable and unique! Let's take a closer look at these cuties out of the box...

Toy Story funko Woody + Buzz Lightyear "Vynl" Figures
Toy Story funko Woody + Buzz Lightyear "Vynl" Figures
Toy Story funko Woody + Buzz Lightyear "Vynl" Figures

I can't recommend these enough to all you Toy Story fans out there. You won't want to miss out on these iconic characters (one of the best movie duos ever created) in one of their cutest forms to date. And of course they make the perfect shelf or desk display for adult collectors such as myself—very tasteful! Let me know all your thoughts below.

Toy Story funko Woody + Buzz Lightyear "Vynl" Figures
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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Pixar Business Pen Set (Disney Store)

disney store pixar business pen set

Early this year, the Disney Store and ShopDisney.com released a pretty exciting and unique array of Pixar related items—one of which being this "Pixar Business" Pen Set of 8! I enjoy seeing some of Pixar's less represented films get some love here, including Wall·E, Monsters Inc. and Ratatouille (as well as all three Toy Story films)! Whoever thought of putting the names/logos of iconic businesses seen in Pixar films on pens was genius. They know us fans go crazy for this kind of stuff. And we did, hence the fact that these sold out relatively quickly in-store and online.

You probably recognize all these Pixar businesses, but here's a rundown for you just in case: Al's Toy Barn (Toy Story 2), Buy n Large (Wall·E), Monsters Inc., La Ratatouille (Ratatouille), Sunnyside Daycare (Toy Story 3), Pizza Planet (Toy Story), CDA (Child Detection Agency; Monsters Inc.) and the Tri-County Landfill (Toy Story 3).

disney store pixar business pen set

The packaging is great all around, especially on the inside where you'll find a subtle Pixar ball printed behind the pens. I will say though, it's odd that on the back of the box (and along the sides) they included all the logos of the Pixar films represented here on these pens except for Wall·E.

disney store pixar business pen set

The pens themselves are plastic (very lightweight) and measure about 5 1/2'' L each. Original retail price for this set was $9.95. They certainly aren't the highest quality, but they write and work just as they should! Yes, a tad novelty, but they look amazing and all the logos and vibrant colors are so appealing. I'll actually be bringing these to my job soon to display (and use) on my desk, in a Pixar mug of course. It'll be fun to bring some Pixar into the workplace! It's perfect that these are "business" related.

disney store pixar business pen set
disney store pixar business pen set

Can you name any other Pixar businesses they they could have included? I was thinking of Insuricare from The Incredibles, Harryhausen's from Monsters Inc., Poultry Palace from Toy Story Toons: Small Fry, Dinoco from Cars, the Marine Life Institute from Finding Dory, Eggman Movers from Toy Story and, if you want a real deep cut reference, Brang from Inside Out.

Let me know all your thoughts down below! Did you pick this set up for your collection?

Monday, June 3, 2019

Toy Story 4: Boys' Duke Caboom T-Shirt (From Target)

toy story 4 Boys' Duke Caboom T-Shirt (From Target)

CABOOM! If your little guy is already a fan of Duke Caboom (the most spectacular daredevil Canada has ever seen), you'll most certainly wanna snag this Toy Story 4 Duke Caboom boys' tee available at Target now! My nephew Noah loves the character and the film isn't even out yet (kudos to the marketing team). He had to get this shirt to wear to the theater on opening day and I just had to document it here. Figured some of you may be interested!

There are a ton of Toy Story 4 kids' tees out there (especially at Target), but this one is a real stand out. Such a fun and colorful design. You can pick this up currently at your local Target or on their website HERE for $10.99. Sizes range from XS to XL.

toy story 4 Boys' Duke Caboom T-Shirt (From Target)

Which new character are you most excited to see in Toy Story 4? Duke? Forky? Ducky? Bunny? Gabby Gabby? Giggle? Benson? So many good ones. Let me know all your thoughts down below!

toy story 4 Boys' Duke Caboom T-Shirt (From Target)

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Toy Story 4: Pixar Studio Store Exclusive Woody & Forky Tee (Art by Jeff Pidgeon)

Toy story 4 Pixar Studio Store Exclusive Woody & Forky Tee

For those who enjoy seeing my Pixar Studio Store exclusive t-shirt collection, I have one more for you—and this just be my favorite one yet! Here we have a Toy Story 4 inspired tee featuring a silhouetted, minimal design of Woody and Forky holding hands. I love their friendship already and I know it will be a special part of the film! The awesome art here is by Pixar veteran Jeff Pidgeon, long time Pixar story artist and voice of the squeeze toy aliens. Original retail price was $17.

NOTE: As a reminder, the Pixar Studio Store is only accessible to Pixar employees and their families/guests and is not open to the public. A big thanks to a friend of mine who was kind enough to send this to me!

Toy story 4 Pixar Studio Store Exclusive Woody & Forky Tee

This black, men sized shirt has a Toy Story logo style "4" on the sleeve and "Pixar Animation Studios Emeryville, CA" on the back near the neckline. Very classy. And unlike the last one I got (which you can view HERE), this one has that athletic fit that I prefer! The fit is perfect and just how I like my t-shirts (more narrow, less boxy). I'll be wearing this one a ton, I know it already.

Toy story 4 Pixar Studio Store Exclusive Woody & Forky Tee

I'm super grateful to have this shirt as part of my collection! What are you thoughts? Shout them out down below.

Lastly, I just wanted to say only 19 DAYS until Toy Story 4! That is just nuts, after all these years of waiting. This is also a great time to make the announcement on here that this Friday (June 6th), I'll be heading to Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL for the Toy Story 4 press junket for social media influencers! We will be having a private screening of the full film on Saturday, as well as a celebratory lunch and dinner in the parks, viewing a showcase of the latest and upcoming TS4 products, attending an after hours experience in Toy Story Land and so much more. I will be in the parks from Friday to Sunday, so if anyone will be down there at the same time, let me know and we can meet up! Be sure to follow along on my adventure on Instagram (mostly through stories) and Twitter. I could not be more honored, grateful and excited!

Toy story 4 Pixar Studio Store Exclusive Woody & Forky Tee
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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Toy Story Figural Bag Clip Mystery Pack Collection (from Monogram Collectibles)

monogram toy story figural bag clips blind bags

Monogram Collectibles makes the cutest 3D foam figural keyrings and bag clips out there, so you can imagine my excitement when they revealed that a full set of Toy Story characters was on its way! This is Series 22 of their Disney blind bag assortments and I could not be more excited to share each character with you today in more detail. A HUGE thank you to Monogram for sending this case my way to unbox and review! 

There have been other Toy Story characters released in past Disney series, but this is the first series dedicated entirely to the TS films. Here's the breakdown of other TS characters released over the years and their corresponding series:
  • Buzz Lightyear (Series 4)
  •  Woody and an Alien (Series 5)
  • Lotso, Jessie and Rex were in (Series 6)
  • Hamm, Wheezy and Army Man (Series 8, which I purchased and reviewed HERE)
  • Zurg (Disney Villains Series)
And if this wasn't exciting enough, a Toy Story 4 specific series is right around the corner as well! I'm hoping to get that collection to share with you as soon as it hits (no release date yet). 

monogram toy story figural bag clips blind bags

Anyway, onto this series as there's a lot to dive into! 11 characters to be exact (nine commons and two exclusives—Exclusive A and Exclusive B, which are only one each per case)...

monogram toy story figural bag clips blind bags
monogram toy story figural bag clips blind bags

Here we have: Buzz Lightyear as Mrs. Nesbit, Woody (with Bo Peep's kisses), Bo Peep, Jessie, Bullseye, Buttercup, Trixie, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, Baby Face (Exclusive A) and a Glow in the Dark Alien (Exclusive B). Each figure is about 2.5" tall.

And here's my full case breakdown for anyone interested:
  • Buzz Lightyear as Mrs. Nesbit (x2) 
  • Woody (x2)
  • Bo Peep (x3)
  • Jessie (x2)
  • Bullseye (x3)
  • Buttercup (x3)
  • Trixie (x3)
  • Slinky (x2)
  • Mr. Potatohead (x2)
  • Baby Face (x1)
  • Glow in the Dark Alien (x1)
monogram toy story figural bag clips blind bags
monogram toy story figural bag clips blind bags

Take an up-close and personal look at each character below! These are some of the cutest renditions of these characters that I've ever seen; this company has such a unique and iconic style. I absolutely LOVE what they did with Woody by giving him that smug face and Bo Peep kiss prints (straight from the end of the first film). There have been a lot of products of Woody since 1995, basically every variant you could ever think of, but I believe this is the first to utilize this idea/movie moment. Way to go Monogram! So clever.

I also love how Mr. Potato Head is featured here, since you don't get much of him outside of the actual Potato Head toys from Playskool (because of rights issues)—he might actually be my favorite with Woody with kisses and Slinky rounding out my top three! How could I really choose though, they're all amazing. You can't go wrong with anything Nesbit Buzz related! And Sid's iconic mutant toy Baby Face? Seriously amazing! Another unique choice of a character you rarely see. Lastly, I couldn't not mention how cool the glow in the dark alien is. That one is a must!


Buzz Lightyear (Mrs. Nesbit)
monogram toy story figural bag clips blind bags

Woody (with Kisses)
monogram toy story figural bag clips blind bags

Bo Peep
monogram toy story figural bag clips blind bags

Jessie
monogram toy story figural bag clips blind bags

Bullseye
monogram toy story figural bag clips blind bags

Buttercup
monogram toy story figural bag clips blind bags

Trixie
monogram toy story figural bag clips blind bags

Slinky

Mr. Potato Head
monogram toy story figural bag clips blind bags

Baby Face (Exclusive A)
monogram toy story figural bag clips blind bags

Glow in the Dark Alien (Exclusive B)
monogram toy story figural bag clips blind bags
monogram toy story figural bag clips blind bags

These can mostly be found at stores like Hot Topic and BoxLunch, as well as online shops like Amazon and Toy Wiz. Walmart's website has them as well, but I'm not sure if they can be found in actual Walmart stores. Retail price ranges anywhere between $4.99 and $6.90 each.

Finally, you can check out my full blind bag opening video below on my YouTube channel! Be sure to give it a watch and a big thumbs up if you enjoy it. Feel free to subscribe while you're there! ;) Which character is your favorite design? Have you picked any of these up yet? If so, who did you get? Can't wait to hear all your thoughts down below.

Thank you again to Monogram Collectibles! If you like what you see, be sure to follow them on Instagram and Twitter for all their latest reveals and updates.