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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Soul: Joe Gardner & 22 Action Figure 2-Pack (Mattel's 7" Collection)

 *Gifted/Free Product* A big thanks to Mattel for sending this my way!

Mattel's signature 7" action figure line continues under the overarching PIXAR banner with a brand new release inspired by Soul—Joe Gardner (Jazz Performance Suit) & 22! At the start of last year, Mattel began expanding their awesome Disney·Pixar 7" action figure collection (which began in 2019 with Toy Story 4) to other Pixar films—such as Monsters Inc., The Incredibles, Wall·E, Onward, Coco and Brave (with hopefully more to come). I'm thrilled that Soul is now represented in this line, though I would have loved if a few more of the main characters were included. I'll take what I can get though and this is a wonderful set of figures. They look absolutely fantastic! 

I saw these figures in person for the first time clear back in February last year at the 2020 New York Toy Fair and I was looking forward to them even back then. At the time, they would have been released within just a couple months later since that was before the film and merchandise got pushed back.

Joe is actually almost 8" tall, so it's one of the taller figures in this line for sure. He has some really nice articulation, an extremely well done sculpt/character likeness and a removable hat. 22 stands at about 2" tall and looks outstanding as well. I love her little stand (to give her a floating effect and displayability) and her translucent/sparkly sculpt. It's all so well done.

 As with the rest of Mattel's 7" figure line, this figure is perfect for play or display. No matter your age—if you're a kid or an adult collector—if you love Soul, you'll definitely want to pick this one up! This 2-pack is hitting Target stores right now (online HERE) or you can purchase it on Amazon using the direct affiliate link below. Retail price is $9.99. 

Let me know your thoughts or any questions you might have down in the comments and be sure to stay tuned for more from my Pixar collection right here each week!

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Pixar Soul "Minis" Complete Collection by Mattel (w/Blind Bag Codes)

Welcome back to the blog, everyone! In the summer of 2016, Mattel introduced us to their Toy Story "Minis" blind bag collection; a collection of mini figures so cute and so popular that the line is still continuing on today with many new characters still set to be released in 2021. What's been incredibly exciting is that the Minis have also expanded beyond the Toy Story franchise with last year's Onward and "PIXAR" series—and now we can add Soul to the mix as well with this recently released fully Soul themed blind bag assortment! A huge thank you to Mattel for gifting me this complete set to help celebrate the film's release on Disney+.

These blind bags are just starting to hit Target stores ($3.49 each), so be sure to check your nearest location for availability. If you'd rather just pick up these Minis without doing the blind bag thing, you're in luck. The exact same 12 figures are available on ShopDisney in this Heart 'N Soul 12-Pack HERE for $29.99 (which is actually a really good value price)!

First up, as usual, I just have to give some praise to the bag design here. It looks absolutely fantastic—really eye-catching! I especially love the overall color scheme.

This series features 12 awesome characters from the film in Mattel's signature Minis style: Soul Joe Gardner, 22, New Soul, Earth Joe Gardner, Soul Moonwind, Earth Mr. Mittens, Terry, Earth Moonwind, Dorothea Williams, Miho Akagi, Curley Baker and Soul Mr. Mittens. Young fans will love playing out their favorite movie moments and adult collectors will enjoy displaying the figures.

BLIND BAG CODES—
What's really nice about any of the blind bags that Mattel puts out is that you don't have to guess which character is inside if you know what to look for! There's a code (a series of numbers/letters) on the back of each bag near the top left corner. The last letter in the run is what you're looking for as it will correspond to a particular character. For example, the bag I have down below (I circled what you want to pay attention to) is bag A; that means Soul Joe Garder is inside. It's that simple! No more awkwardly standing their in the store feeling the bags for minutes on end.

Since there are 12 characters, the letters I'm referring to range from A-L. Below is a detailed shot of each character and their corresponding letter! I hope this helps you out on your mission to get all or certain characters. 

Each figure is about 1.5" in size.

 A— Soul Joe Gardner 

B— 22

 

  C—New Soul

D—Earth Joe Gardner 
 
 
E— Soul Moonwind 
 
 
 F— Earth Mr. Mittens
 

G— Terry

H— Earth Moonwind

I— Dorothea Williams
 

 J— Miho Akagi

K— Curley Baker

L— Soul Mr. Mittens

 
Like I've mentioned before, I would love to meet the artist/design team behind these figures. They're perfectly done as usual! It's really hard to choose, but I'd say my favorites are any of the soul characters because of their translucency and neat iridescent paint application (Terry and the New Soul are standouts to me though). I also have to give an honorable mention to Curley Baker, since I love that he comes with a little drum set accessory. They're all really great though and look particularly awesome when displayed all together.

Who are your personal favorites? Have you picked any up yet or plan to? Who's on your must-have list? Let me know all your thoughts and any questions you might have in the comment section below. Most importantly, have fun collecting and stay tuned for more from my Pixar collection right here soon! 

UPDATE: Visit my YouTube channel HERE to watch me open up the blind bags.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Toy Story: 25th Anniversary Light-Up Space Crane Snowglobe (ShopDisney—Limited Edition)

 
 
Alright, double prizes!  

This past November marked the 25th anniversary of the original classic, my personal favorite Pixar film, Toy Story. With that came some really cool commemorative merch—including this absolutely stunning ShopDisney Exclusive Limited Edition Light-Up Space Crane Snowglobe! It seriously makes an amazing display piece in my Pixar home office and I'm thrilled to have this iconic moment captured here in snowglobe form. You know I love anything Pizza Planet!

This is a resin/glass, fully sculpted snowglobe with a light-up jet ''booster'' base; limited edition of only 2,500 made. And that's not all—shake it up to see a floating squadron of Aliens (rather alien shaped glitter) surrounding Buzz and Woody! The globe measures about 10" tall x 5.5" wide and requires 3 x LR44 batteries. Original retail price was hefty $149.99, but oh so worth it.

Take a look at all the wonderful details down below! There's honestly not one negative thing I can say about this; it's beautifully made, the character sculpts are spot on and everything looks and feels quality overall. I loved the look of it online, but seeing it in person is something else.

It's hard to tell as it was difficult to photograph the little alien shaped glitter (it moves very quickly once tipped or shaken), but you can kind of see it in the photo below. It's a fun little bonus.

The light-up feature is where it's at though—check out how amazing it looks! That is the icing on the cake and takes this globe to a whole other level. 

 
This snowglobe has long since sold out on ShopDisney.com, so unfortunately, your best bet to track one down is on eBay (see all current listing HERE). I'm super grateful to my parents who got me this for Christmas a few weeks back. It will definitely end up being one of my most "prized" pieces! Here's where I made room for it on one of my home office desk shelves:

 
What are your thoughts? Did you purchase this for your collection? Be sure to let me know what you think and/or any questions you might have in the comment section below.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Cars 3: Will Rusch

Welcome back to the blog! Just a couple days ago, I mentioned that I feel like I've posted on a seemingly endless amount of next-gen racers since the release of Cars 3 back in 2017—whelp, I'll say it again cause I got yet another one for ya tonight. Just yesterday I found this brand new 2021 release of Will Rusch (the Vinyl Toupee sponsored racer; No. 76) at my nearest Target! As usual, this is a 1:55 scale diecast from Mattel.
 

This is the very first time this character has ever been released, so it actually is a pretty exciting one (plus he's particularly cool looking). As shown in the screen shot above, Will can be seen during the film's climatic Florida 500 race. He replaces the Vinyl Toupee sponsored racer [stock car] Rev Roadages.

There are 34 next-generation racers total and, after a little research, it looks like I do have most of them at this point (it appears I'm just missing six). If I'm able to get the remaining racers this year, it'll have been four years in the making to complete the whole next-gen lineup.

Since Will is just hitting shelves now, be sure to check your nearest store (Target or Walmart) if you're still looking to add this one to your collection! If you'd rather simply purchase him online, keep your eyes peeled on Amazon or eBay using this direct link

Best of luck on the hunt! Let me know if you have any questions.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Toy Story: Buzz & Woody Q-Fig Max Figurine by QMx (Disney Store/ShopDisney Exclusive)

Ready to take your Toy Story collection to new heights? Check out this infinitely adorable Toy Story Buzz & Woody "Q-Fig" figurine by QMx—a Disney Store/ShopDisney exclusive celebrating the film's 25th anniversary! This is such a cool item I was lucky enough to receive for this past Christmas. I absolutely love it. 

You might think this is a larger item, but actually this little collectible is only about 4" tall and roughly 4" wide. Honestly though, as someone who's running out of space to display new pieces anyway, I appreciate how compact it is while still packing a ton of amazing detail and fun stylization. I was drawn to the design immediately and knew right away that this was one of those "must-haves". Kudos to the team that brought this one to life! 

First off, check out the sweet packaging (thought it was neat how it opens).

And here it is unboxed! For those wondering, the figurine is not resin, glass or ceramic—it's simply a PVC materiel, but I'd still consider it fragile (despite featuring toy characters, this really isn't a toy). For the adult Toy Story fan like me, I gotta say this is absolute perfection! It certainly reminds me of a much smaller version of the big ol' Buzz & Woody light-up sculpture I have. 

Take a closer look! Retail price is $39.99. Yes, that may seem a bit much for something this small, but trust me when I tell you it's so worth it. I'm so excited to finally have some time this week to find the perfect place to display it.

Let me know your thoughts below! Did you pick this one up for your Toy Story collection? Any other Pixar duos you'd like to see made in this Q-Fig style? Right now on ShopDisney, you can also find a Sorcerer Mickey Q-Fig and a Hocus Pocus Q-Fig.

Stay tuned for much more from my personal Pixar collection right here soon!

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Cars 3: Caleb Worley

Hey all! Not gonna lie, I love when I've just found a bunch of new cars and get to share them on here. It seemed to have been a while (releases really died down toward the end of 2020), but with the new year usually comes a plethora of new diecasts and an updated packaging design—and that's proven true once again. 2021 is starting off strong! Anyway, tonight I'm sharing another really neat brand new Cars 3 1:55 scale diecast from Mattel...Caleb Worley! This character just hit shelves not too long ago as part of the 2021 Singles Case C.

As shown in the screenshot above, Caleb can be spotted very briefly (honestly you can barely see him and he drives by in a blur) in Cars 3 during the Thomasville Speedway race flashback. He is one of the old school Piston Cup racers (No. 3) from Doc's racing days in the 1950's and is sponsored by All Good Auto Parts, King Bowling Alley, Re-Volting and Dinoco.

I really dig any and all retro style Cars characters, so this one was a big win for me. I hope there are more cars from "Doc's Racing Days" coming later this year! Do you know of any? 

You can find this diecast right now at your nearest Target or Walmart (I found it at Target just yesterday). If you're having trouble tracking him down or would just rather pick him up online, be sure to keep your eyes peeled on Amazon or visit this direct link to current eBay listings.

Happy hunting! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Cars 3: J.D. McPillar

Hey everyone! I'm back once again this week with another quick look at one of the latest Cars 3 1:55 scale diecasts from Mattel...J.D. McPillar, the next-gen Tow Cap sponsored racer (No. 4)! This single was just released as part of one of the first cases of 2021, but the character was originally available as part of a rare 2018 Target exclusive "Next-Gen" Racers 4-Pack (which also included Barry DePedal, Steve "Slick" LaPage and Flip Dover). I'm glad he finally ended up getting a single release since I never found that 4-Pack!

As shown in the screen shot above, J.D. can be seen up close and personal during the film's climatic Florida 500 race. He replaces the Tow Cap sponsored racer [stock car] Jack DePost.

I've honestly lost track of how many next-gen racers there are, how many I still need to purchase and how many still need to be made. It's not a bad thing, but I feel like these releases have been going on for forever—just when I think I have them all, another one comes out! Out of curiosity, I definitely need to assess my collection of next-gens and see where I'm at.

I just found this one at Target today, so be sure to check your nearest store if you're still looking to add this one to your collection! If you'd rather simply purchase him online, keep your eyes peeled on Amazon or eBay using this direct link

Best of luck on the hunt! Let me know if you have any questions.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Cars: Lizzie (w/Radio & Bumper Sticker)—"Welcome to Radiator Springs"

*Much of the info here is lifted from yesterday's post*

Late this past summer, I posted about some new Target exclusive Mattel Disney·Pixar Cars diecasts that were released as part of an unexpected (at least to me as they weren't on the official 2020 poster) "Welcome to Radiator Springs" series. At the time, there were six single cars in this little side-series (each of which comes with a brand new/unique bumper sticker and a neat little character specific accessory): Radiator Springs Lightning McQueen (with video phone), Blowing Bubbles Mater (with hay bail), Sally with Tattoo (with dinner table), Ramone (with oil can), Doc Hudson (with Piston Cup trophy) and Sheriff (the only one with no accessory). You can see them all HERE. A "Welcome to Radiator Springs 4-Pack" (with Sarge w/traffic cone) was released at that time as well. 

Flash forward to early fall and a second "Welcome to Radiator Springs" wave hit with three additional characters—which was just as surprising as the first! It featured Fillmore (with organic fuel gas can), Lugi & Guido 2-pack (with tires) and this here Lizzie (with radio)! I was able to find these at Target a little while back. Now I certainly didn't need to pick up yet another Lizzie diecast, but I'm a sucker for any kind of extra accessories for world-building. This radio was only ever released in THIS 2016 "Radiator Springs Friends" 11-Pack and was not included with the Precision Series Lizzie's Curios Shop playset.  

I'm so happy Mattel decided to re-release this radio in a $4 single pack for all of us collectors (that includes me) who didn't fork out for that $40 11-pack four years ago. I was sure tempted and almost bought it several times, but never actually did. I guess you could say my patience paid off, though I honestly never expected to see this radio make a comeback (especially outside of a multi-pack). It was such a pleasant surprise! Now my Precision Series Radiator Spring Curios Shop playset will feel that much more complete/movie accurate when I set it up for display. To me, this is an essential component.

You can still find Lizzie with radio, and essentially all the "Welcome to Radiator Springs" diecasts, at your nearest Target—so be sure to get them while you can! If you'd rather snag this one online, I've included an Amazon affiliate link below. You can also check out current eBay listings HERE.

Good luck on the hunt! Let me know if you have any questions. 
 

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Cars: Luigi & Guido (w/Tires & Bumper Sticker)—"Welcome to Radiator Springs"

Late this past summer, I posted about some new Target exclusive Mattel Disney·Pixar Cars diecasts that were released as part of an unexpected (at least to me as they weren't on the official 2020 poster) "Welcome to Radiator Springs" series. At the time, there were six single cars in this little side-series (each of which comes with a brand new/unique bumper sticker and a neat little character specific accessory): Radiator Springs Lightning McQueen (with video phone), Blowing Bubbles Mater (with hay bail), Sally with Tattoo (with dinner table), Ramone (with oil can), Doc Hudson (with Piston Cup trophy) and Sheriff (the only one with no accessory). You can see them all HERE. A "Welcome to Radiator Springs 4-Pack" (with Sarge w/traffic cone) was released at that time as well. 

Flash forward to early fall and a second "Welcome to Radiator Springs" wave hit with three additional characters—which was just as surprising as the first! It featured Fillmore (with organic fuel gas can), Lizzie (with radio) and this here Lugi & Guido 2-pack (with tires)! I was able to find these at Target a little while back. Now I certainly didn't need to pick up yet another Luigi and Guido, but I'm a sucker for any kind of extra accessories for world-building. I know I have a similar, if not the same, tire stack (came with THIS Pit Crew Member Guido from 2015), but can you really have too many of them? This is the world of Cars we're talking about after all.

 
Sure, not the most exciting release (or blog post for that matter), but I had to document it. You can still find this 2-pack, and essentially all the "Welcome to Radiator Springs" diecasts, at your nearest Target—so be sure to get them while you can! If you'd rather snag this one online, I've included an Amazon affiliate link below. You can also check out current eBay listings HERE.
 
 Good luck on the hunt! Let me know if you have any questions.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

BoxLunch Disney·Pixar Soul Haul—PJs, T-Shirt, Socks & Funko POP! (BoxLunch Collective)

*Gifted/Free Products*

Wow, it's already been almost a year since I became a part of the "BoxLunch Collective" Brand Ambassador Program! As a reminder, what that means is that I have the regular opportunity to rep some of BoxLunch's latest Pixar products for free here on my blog/social media when I apply and get accepted to a campaign I'm interested in. Last year I participated in their Onward campaign and this time (for my second BL Collective collaboration) I have a few awesome items from their Disney·Pixar Soul collection! A huge thanks to BoxLunch for sponsoring this post.
 
This is such a fun selection of merch. And now that I've actually seen the film, I appreciate it that much more! I was sent the following Soul inspired products (click on each item to purchase online from the BoxLunch website):


I honestly have no negative critiques on any of this. It's all great stuff and everything feels quality overall! The socks and pajamas are soft and comfortable, the t-shirt fits perfectly and you know how much I love Funko POPs. I should also mention that I really like all the minimal graphics as well—it's all pretty simple and nothing feels too over the top (just how I like it). 

What do you think? Do you plan on picking any of these items up for your collection? What did you think of Soul? Let me know down in the comments below!