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Monday, April 23, 2018

Cars 3: Disney Store Reusable Tote Bag

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Hey everyone! To keep things real simple around here tonight, I just wanted to briefly document this Cars 3 reusable tote bag that was available last year (exactly around this time) exclusively at the Disney Store and ShopDisney.com. I know I should have posted on this a long time ago (since it's sold out at this point), but I guess there were just so many products to review last year that this one got pushed aside.

One of these bags always comes out right around the release of every new Pixar film and I always seem to go for them (I guess because they're pretty useful and super cheap). Like usual, this is a roomy medium sized bag (15'' H x 12 3/4'' W x 6 1/2'' D) with reinforced fabric handles and plenty of space inside for goodies. It's also eco-friendly, given that it's made from 80% recycled materials. Whether you're using this for shopping, as a gift bag or just as place to store your Cars 3 merch in (diecast vehicles and other toys), this bag can come in handy for any fan of the film.

Check out the other angles of the tote below! Cruz, Lightning and Jackson take center stage.

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These bags always have great designs and this one is no exception. Love the colors and minimal graphics!

cars 3 disney store resusable tote gift bag
cars 3 disney store resusable tote gift bag

I remember last year at my birthday party, this was used as a gift bag for some other presents—but it was also a gift in and of itself. I now use it to stuff a bunch of my Cars 3 toys in! If you're a Cars fan looking to pick this bag up for your collection, there is one on eBay right now for around $8. Retail was originally only $2.95.

Ka-Chow! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Wall·E & Eve Earth Day 2018 T-Shirt (BoxLunch Exclusive)

Wall·E & Eve Earth Day 2018 T-Shirt BoxLunch Exclusive

Happy Earth Day everyone! Yesterday here on the blog, I started my celebrating a little early by posting on the BoxLunch exclusive limited release Wall·E Funko "POP!" figure (see post HERE if you missed it) and also promised one more exciting item to come. Well, here it is! Check out this awesome Wall·E and Eve Earth Day men's tee, available now at BoxLunch (online and in stores).

For us Disney/Pixar fans, it doesn't get much cuter than stylized graphics of Wall·E and Eve holding hands atop of planet earth. So yes...I absolutely LOVE the design of this tee! But wait, there's more. Aside from the fact that dark grey tees are my favorite to wear, this shirt also feels great (super soft; 50/50 cotton poly blend), has a nice fit AND is made from 50% recycled materials. It literally has everything going for it.

Wall·E & Eve Earth Day 2018 T-Shirt BoxLunch Exclusive

If you need this in your life as much as I did, be sure to pick it up online HERE or in stores if you're lucky enough to live near a BoxLunch (unlike me). I can't recommend it enough for all you Wall·E fans out there, so my suggestion is to hurry and grab it before it's gone. I've been wearing mine all day today and I already feel like this is going to be one of my new favorite tees to throw on during the upcoming summer.

Retail price is $28.90, but remember: for every $10 you spend in-store and online st BoxLunch, they help provide a meal secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks. As they say, "get some, give back!"

Lastly, another HUGE thanks to my friends over at BoxLunch Gifts for sending this on over for me to photograph and review for you guys. They seriously have some of the best Disney/Pixar clothing and collectibles around (I'm talking really unique options), so if you haven't yet, definitely check out their site HERE and follow them on social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook...).

Wall·E & Eve Earth Day 2018 T-Shirt BoxLunch Exclusive
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Let me know your thoughts or any questions you might have in the comments below! 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Wall·E Funko Pop Review (2018 BoxLunch Earthday Exclusive)

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I don't think there could be a better way to celebrate Earth Day here on the blog this weekend than to share with you some of the AMAZING new Wall·E BoxLunch Exclusives available right now—starting today with this adorable limited edition Wall·E Funko POP! This special release just dropped on April 16th in stores and online and, as expected, Disney·Pixar fans (such as myself) have been going crazy for it! Everyone's favorite trash compacting robot has never looked cuter.

Besides the fact that this "POP!" is utterly adorable and perfect in ever way possible, it's extra cool because the vinyl figure himself is actually made from (in observance of Earth Day) 20% recycled material, while the box is 80% recycled material for conscious collecting! The blister/window box is PET material and is 100% recyclable. How cool right? I love the overall earthy look of the packaging—I usually open my "POP!" figures and toss the boxes (I know, some of you may say blasphemy to that), but I think I might have to keep this one.

Wall·E here is number 400 in the massive Disney/Pixar Funko "POP!" line. That's a lot of POPs. It's also crazy to think that the original Wall·E and Eve Funkos were numbers 44 and 45 and were only my second blog post ever—clear back on July 1st, 2013 (almost five years ago)! I was a man of few words back then (see what I mean by checking out that post HERE ;). Funko has come along way with their designs as well! They keep getting better and better.

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Let's take a closer look at this cutie out of the box!

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Wall·E is one of my favorite Pixar films, so this was an essential one to get for me. It doesn't get much more iconic than Wall·E holding the plant in the boot, so that was an amazing design choice here—one I hadn't even considered until I saw it! And like the character himself, I love this figure's expressiveness. They really captured his innocent and curious nature with so few details.

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Unfortunately since I started this post, this figure has sold out online (and is most likely sold out in stores as well—though it doesn't hurt to check). Your best bet in snagging one at this point is by visiting THIS direct link to current eBay listings and seeing if you can get one for a decent deal. I wish you the best of luck on the hunt!

Lastly, A HUGE thanks to my friends over at BoxLunch Gifts for sending this on over for me to photograph and review for you guys. They seriously have some of the best Disney/Pixar clothing and collectibles around (I'm talking really unique options), so if you haven't yet, definitely check out their site HERE and follow them on social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook...).

I hope you've enjoyed this detailed look! Stay tuned to tomorrow as I have one more exciting Earth Day item to share with you... :) In the mean time, go ahead and shout out any of your thoughts or questions in the comments below! I'd love to hear any additional insights you might have.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Cars 3: Strip Weathers AKA "The King" & Jeff Gorvette 2-Pack

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What's going on Cars fans!? Here's another 2017 Cars 3 Mattel 1:55 scale diecast review for ya'll...this time it's a 2-pack featuring Strip Weathers (AKA "The King") and the Cars 3 version of Jeff Gorvette! This set hit shelves last fall (around late September) and ended up being one of the rarer releases of the year. I actually never found this one at any normal stores in my area; luckily it was available at the Pixar Studio Store when I visited there in November though, so I picked it up there!

The King, of course, is a returning character from the original Cars. Everyone knows him! He has a couple brief appearances in Cars 3 (as Cal Weathers's crew chief during the opening race and then after the Florida 500 race at the end of the film—as shown in the screen shot above) and essentially just one line from what I remember ("Good comeback Cal."). Jeff Gorvette, who was a World Grand Prix racer seen in Cars 2, has a brief cameo near the end of Cars 3 (you can see him being interviewed just before the Florida 500—also shown in the screen shot above). If you remember, he shouts over to Lightning "Hey McQueen! Win one for us old guys." He's really the only reference to the events of Cars 2 in the entire film! 

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Now as far as the diecasts, they're pretty basic. The King is literally the same as he's been in every one of his releases since 2006. I would liked to have seen at least a different facial expression or even a crew chief headset to mix things up. Oh well! Jeff Gorvette, however, is all new and has a completely new flame job look for Cars 3. This Jeff was never released as a single, so this 2-pack is currently the only way to get him. He looks pretty neat!

FUN FACT: Both of these characters are based on and voiced by real life former NASCAR drivers—"The King" is voiced by the legendary Richard Petty (who also has the nickname of "The King"), while Jeff Gordon (who I guess is also considered legendary at this point) lends his voice to Jeff Gorvette.

And here's a closer look at both of them out of the package !

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Cars 3: Strip Weathers AKA "The King" & Jeff Gorvette 2-Pack

Jeff Gorvette
Cars 3: Strip Weathers AKA "The King" & Jeff Gorvette 2-Pack

If you're still trying to track these down for your Cars collection, be sure to check eBay (direct link HERE) or Amazon using the link below. Those are your best bets at finding this set at this point.

Happy hunting! Contact me if you have any questions or comments.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Events: The Disney Store Incredibles 2 Merchandise Release—IN STORES NOW!

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Cue the theme music! Merchandise for Incredibles 2 has officially hit Disney Stores nationwide as of this past Saturday (April 14th)—a full two days earlier than the planned street date of April 16th. I already gave my full thoughts and overview on this massive range of products in Saturday's post (right after all the merch went up for purchase on ShopDisney.com), but here I wanted to document the incredible in-store display! I was able to check it all out when I went into work today. It's one thing seeing all this stuff individually on the website; it's another to see it all displayed together in a giant themed section of the store. Totally magical!

I always like documenting the in-store setups here and giving you a peek at what's available whenever new Pixar merch hits...this time would be no different! This tradition began years ago when I was searching online for pictures of older Disney Store merchandise/displays from some of my favorite Disney and Pixar films. I wanted to reminisce, but couldn't find anything...so I began doing this for myself and for anyone down the road who may come across this post. So far since I started this blog, I've done this for Monsters University, Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, Cars 3 and Coco. It's a bit of history! Maybe you're coming across this post years from now looking to take a trip down memory lane like I had been trying to do. Who knows?

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Continuing on, everything you see here is also available online. It's nothing new if you've seen what's on ShopDisney already. In fact, the website has even more than what you see above and below (customizable tees/mugs/cell phone cases, pins, Legos, adult costumes, etc.).

Check it out! Full, in-depth reviews on a bunch of this stuff will be posted right here within the next month or so.

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the disney store incredibles 2 merchadise release 2018
the disney store incredibles 2 merchadise release 2018
the disney store incredibles 2 merchadise release 2018
the disney store incredibles 2 merchadise release 2018
the disney store incredibles 2 merchadise release 2018
the disney store incredibles 2 merchadise release 2018

Here's a separate mini section of the merch near the front of our store.

the disney store incredibles 2 merchadise release 2018
the disney store incredibles 2 merchadise release 2018

If you haven't yet, visit my post on the Incredibles 2 Target/Walmart "in-store" release HERE and my write-up on what can be found currently at Toys R Us HERE (which has been updated recently). I'm glad I'm able to preserve what it all looks like there at these places before the stuff starts flying off the shelf (or goes to clearance) and ultimately sells out.

Have you been to the Disney Store to view/buy Incredibles 2 merchandise yet? What have you picked up or plan to? Let me know your standouts and overall thoughts in the comments below!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Pixar A POP-UP CELEBRATION Book Review

Pixar A POP-UP CELEBRATION Book Review

"Dedicated to all the dreamers, storytellers, and magic makers at Pixar Animation Studios." -M. R. (Matthew Reinhart)

Are you all ready for a peek inside one of THE coolest Pixar books ever created? Today I'm taking a detailed look at Pixar: A Pop-Up Celebration by author and artistic genius Matthew Reinhart! This book is jammed packed with so much goodness that I don't even know where to begin. Here goes nothing.

Released on November 21st just last year (I know this post is a long time coming), this book not only gives you some of the most intricate and stunning pop-up scenes I've ever witnessed, but also beautifully summarizes (in just five short paragraphs) Pixar's early history, their creative process, the software they use and where the studio has been/is currently located today. And what's seriously awesome, is that this book covers every one of their 19 feature films (Toy Story all the way through Coco) AND theatrical short films (The Adventures of Andre & Wally B. through last year's Lou) to date. You won't believe how much was crammed into this thing!

Pixar A POP-UP CELEBRATION Book Review

The book is 10 pages long and is organized into five 2-page spreads (as seen on first two pages below—I'll be calling them "sections"). Each section features up to four flaps— each flap dedicated to a single Pixar film (denoted by renditions of the films' iconic teaser posters). Open each one up to reveal an impressive pop-up display of an iconic moment! Naturally, everything is presented in chronological order.

The theatrical shorts are featured on "filmstrip" pull down tabs. Just gently pull down each one for the reveal! Even some aspects of Pixar's early history (Pixar Image Computer) and creative process (storyboards) were created in 3D/pop-up form here to help fill out each page. It's all just too neat!

Here's the next best part; just like Pixar's films, there are TONS of Easter eggs hidden throughout this book. Be on the lookout for the Pizza Planet truck, the Pixar ball, A113 (which I found at least three times. Hint: Check the Wall·E, Inside Out and Finding Dory flaps), a bunch of Hidden Mickeys and so much more! Keep an eye out for subtle references to John Lasseter, Randy Newman and some cross references to other Pixar films/imagery as well (not to mention lots of little details from the actual movie moments the pop-ups are based on). Man I want to go into all the details with you, but I want you to experience all that on your own! I don't want to spoil everything here, so let's just say don't forget to study each pop-up very closely. Tell me what YOU have found in the comments below!

And here's your exclusive look inside... just look at that Luxo. Jr. lamp and ball right off the bat! Wow. From the second I opened this up, I knew I was in for a treat.

SECTION 1
1984-1999
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SECTION 2
2001-2006
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SECTION 3
2007-2010
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Pixar A POP-UP CELEBRATION Book Review


SECTION 4 
2011-2015
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SECTION 5 
2015-2017
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I can't even describe how much I respect the thought and care that went into each pop-up scene (and the book as a whole for that matter). I just adore everything about this release—from the gorgeous art style to the intricacy of each page— I'm so unbelievably impressed! It's so happy, so vibrant and perfect for kids and adults alike. No one is too old for this. I mean, who wouldn't have fun seeing all their favorite Pixar moments pop out of a book right in front of their eyes? Even just the way each scene is engineered to expand and pop out perfectly as you open them is so fascinating. It just baffles me how these things are constructed.

Lastly, I really appreciate all the small details that were put into this for Pixar mega fans such as myself. This could have been overly simplified and made with only children in mind, but this creator went above and beyond to please us diehards (I even learned a thing or two!). You can tell Reinhart did his research and is also passionate about the studio. Younger kids and casual fans will no doubt enjoy this on the surface, but it's those little touches and deeper references that took everything to the next level for me.

Pixar A POP-UP CELEBRATION Book Review

As someone who's loved pop-up books since childhood, I knew right away that this was a must have. A big thanks to my parents for snagging this for me for this past Christmas! If you'd like to add this to your Disney·Pixar library (which I obviously recommend if you couldn't tell), be sure to pick it up at Barnes and Noble, Amazon (direct link below) or wherever books like this are sold. Retail is $65, but you can usually find it on sale for around $40 (which is much more reasonable).

Shout out any thoughts or questions you might have in the comment section at the bottom of this page. Looking forward to hearing from you!