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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Incredibles 2: Deluxe Figurine Set Review

incredibles 2 disney store deluxe figurine set

With each new Disney·Pixar film release, you can always expect a corresponding "Figurine Set" to hit Disney Stores soon before the film hits theaters. I've enjoyed collecting these over the years as they're a fun way to get a lot of nice looking characters for play or display...Incredible 2 was of course no different!

I have to say, the quality of the figures in these sets has greatly improved since they started all those years ago. These ones look absolutely stunning! The sculpts are spot on and the paint jobs look [for the most part] very clean and precise. They are, like usual, made from a PVC material and are about 2"-5" in size (Jack-Jack being the smallest and Mr. Incredible being the largest). This set is a huge leap forward compared to the original 2004 The Incredibles figurine set as these figures are much larger, have way cooler bases and have much more epic/creative action stances.

incredibles 2 disney store deluxe figurine set
incredibles 2 disney store deluxe figurine set

As far as the overall durability of these figures though, I can't promise they're "play proof". These figure sets do have a reputation for breaking relatively easily, but I have yet to experience that myself. For young kids who may be more rough with their toys, I can probably see the stands breaking off if tossed around too much. For kids who are a little older and adult collectors however, there shouldn't be a problem at all. Just be careful when pulling them out of the plastic packaging since they can be pretty secured in there.

This set comes with a really nice selection of characters from the film (ten in total): Dash (with awesome translucent "running on water" base; more so inspired by the events of the first film), Frozone (with a real slick ice slide base, also translucent), Elastigirl, Jack-Jack, Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl on Elasticycle (my personal fave—just look at that sculpt of her in action! Love the road base and the sculpted smoke near the tires), Screen Slaver, Violet (with a super sweet force field base), Edna Mode and The Underminer.

incredibles 2 disney store deluxe figurine set

Lets take a closer look at each one!

Dash
incredibles 2 disney store deluxe figurine set

Frozone
incredibles 2 disney store deluxe figurine set

Elastigirl (Mrs. Incredible)
incredibles 2 disney store deluxe figurine set

Jack-Jack
incredibles 2 disney store deluxe figurine set

Mr. Incredible
incredibles 2 disney store deluxe figurine set

Elastigirl on Elasticycle
incredibles 2 disney store deluxe figurine set
incredibles 2 disney store deluxe figurine set

Screen Slaver
incredibles 2 disney store deluxe figurine set

Violet
incredibles 2 disney store deluxe figurine set

Edna Mode
incredibles 2 disney store deluxe figurine set

The Underminer
incredibles 2 disney store deluxe figurine set

For fans of the film, young or old alike, I highly recommend this set. You'll love it, especially if you're trying to track down most of the core characters in one easy go-around. Once again though, I feel it was a missed opportunity to include some of the new, more unique characters from Incredibles 2 (couldn't they have added at least one of the new "wannabe supers" or one of the Devors?). It's interesting to me how there's (generally speaking) hardly any merch out there for any of those newcomers (really just a couple Funko Mystery Minis and that's it). What's going on with that?

Side Note: If you're throwing an Incredibles 2 themed birthday party and/or making a Incredibles inspired cake, these would make perfect cake toppers! Just putting that idea out there :)

incredibles 2 disney store deluxe figurine set

If you're looking to grab set for your collection, you can currently pick it up at your local Disney Store or online HERE for $24.95. Yes, the price for this one is a bit more than the Deluxe Figurine Sets of the past (which were usually $19.95); perhaps because the characters here are larger in scale/more detailed compared to previous releases? Or it just might be a general price increase for all Deluxe Figurine Sets moving forward. Either way, it amounts to $2.50 a figure, which isn't too bad.

So what do you think of these figures? Have you also had a positive experience with them? Who's your favorite one? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below and be sure to check back daily for more from my ever expanding Pixar collection! 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Monsters University: Complete Tsum Tsum Collection

monsters university tsum tsums

Let's hear a BIG roar because Monsters University Tsum Tsums are finally here! Released right around July 4th in the UK, these started hitting select Disney Stores in the US a couple weeks after that and finally on the US ShopDisney.com site last Monday (August 6th). Perfect timing with back to school time right around the corner! I've been hoping for MU Tsums for years, so I couldn't be more thrilled with this assortment.

The six monstrously cute characters included in this lineup are MU Mike Wazowski, MU Sulley, Randy Boggs, Art, Sherry Squibbles (Squishy's Mom) and Squishy. The details and embroidered features here with these are as adorable as ever! They're just as I always pictured they would look. I love the fabrics and materials used (especially the hair on Art), Mike's tiny MU hat (notice the corner of the brim has a little chunk out of it just like his hat in the film?), his and Sulley's MU jackets and Squishy's Oozma Kappa shirt.

These plushies are part of the Tsum Tsum "mini" collection and are the standard 3 1/3" size. Like usual, they're super soft and retail for $5.95 each.

Take a closer look at each one below!

MIKE WAZOWSKI
monsters university tsum tsums mike

SULLEY
monsters university tsum tsums sulley

RANDY BOGGS
monsters university tsum tsums randy

ART
monsters university tsum tsums art

NOTE: One year ago, I posted on the Japan exclusive Ms. Squibbles with micro Squishy Tsum set (which was released last year in celebration of Mother's Day). This new version of Squishy's mom might seem the same as that one at first glance, but they're actually quite different when you compare them side by side. This new one has rosy cheeks, a bit more of a muted pink color scheme, a larger side horn, and a totally different take on the design of her signature floral housecoat (among other differences).

SHERRY SQUIBBLES (SQUISHY'S MOM)
monsters university tsum tsums sherry

SQUISHY
monsters university tsum tsums squishy
monsters university tsum tsums squishy

Mike, Sulley and Art are my top three favorites here, but they're all so cute! I do wish they would have finished off the OK fraternity by adding Terry & Terri and Don though, but the set is what it is and I'm grateful for who we got. I'm just glad Art (one of my absolutely fave characters in the film) made the cut!

If you're wanting to add these to your Disney/Pixar Tsum Tsum collection, call ahead to your local Disney Store to make sure they have them in stock. The one I work at never actually got them, so you'll just want to confirm before making the drive over. You can always just pick them up online as I did (right HERE on ShopDisney.com), but the only bummer is that Mike has already sold out.

I can't recommend this set enough for all you Monsters University fans out there! Have you picked any of these up? Which one do you like best? Shout out your thoughts down below.  

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Incredibles 2: Pixar Studio Store Exclusive Notebook (+ Bonus Note Card)

pixar studio store incredibles 2 notebook

Ready for something incredible? This simple yet striking Incredibles 2 icon notebook is available now exclusively at the Pixar Studio Store in Emeryville, CA! This is a classic style hardcover journal with 192 ivory lined pages, elastic band closure and a ribbon bookmark. There's even an interior gusseted pocket on back inside cover to fit additional notes. It measures 5.5" x 8.5" in size and retails for $17 there at the studio (again, this store is not open to the public).

I love any and all merch from the Studio Store and this one is no exception! Such a rare treat. I was so excited to get this as a surprise recently from my good friend and supporter, [Disney freelance Artist] Jerrod Maruyama, and I can't thank him enough! He's seriously the best. Make sure you check out his art (though you probably already know it if you're a big Disney fan) and give him some support as well.

pixar studio store incredibles 2 notebook

On the back you'll notice the "Pixar Animation Studios" embossed lettering and the company which produced the notebook—Spector & Co. They have some fantastic basic colored journals of this same style on this site HERE! Really nice stuff and I feel lucky to have this in my collection.

pixar studio store incredibles 2 notebook
pixar studio store incredibles 2 notebook

As a bonus item today, I also wanted to share this Incredibles 2 note card featuring the epic graphic art of Eric Tan! I absolutely love this. I'm especially excited to have this art in card form, since I wasn't able to get (and don't have the space for) a full size print of it. This was also sent to me by Jerrod (thanks again my brotha) and is another item you can find right now only within the Studio Store.

The card is 5" x 7" in size and is blank on the inside to write your own sentiments. Pixar's logo can be found on the back (minimal like usual) with the Incredibles 2 'i" icon brilliantly in the place of Pixar's "i." Classic.  

pixar studio store incredibles 2 eric tan art notecard
pixar studio store incredibles 2 eric tan art notecard

What do you think of the journal and note card? I'm so grateful to have some of this Pixar Studio Store merch and happy that I can document everything on here for all you to discover. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts down below!

Stay tuned right here for even more from my ever expanding collection of Pixar toys, art and collectibles.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Cars Land 2018 "Limited Release" Buzz & Woody Pin Set

Cars Land 2018 "Limited Release" Buzz & Woody Pin Set

Released July 15th, this amazing exclusive Cars Land Buzz and Woody pin set is available right now at Disney California Adventure as a limited release! A big thanks to my friend Paulina (heartdisney) for picking this up for me recently at, I believe, the "Knick's Knacks" shop at the entrance of Pixar Pier. Retail is $19.99.

Buzz and Woody, of course, appeared in car form during the end credits of the original Cars (one of my favorite moments; "Toy Car Story"—watch the clip HERE). And during the past few months of Pixar Fest at DCA, they have stood by the entrance of Cars Land to greet guests! How incredibly cool is that?! I so wish I could be there.  

Cars Land 2018 "Limited Release" Buzz & Woody Pin Set

Like I always say, I'm not much of a Disney pin collector—but sometimes there's a set too cool and unique to pass up! This was one of them. Plus I like anything "limited release" (not sure how many pieces this set is limited to though).

I couldn't be happier with this purchase! Could they release more of these sets based on the other Pixar car spoofs like Monster Trucks, Inc., and A Bug's life? Count me in if they do! Let me know your thoughts down below. Were you able to snag these pins for your collection? If not, you can always check current eBay listings HERE.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Coco: Complete Tsum Tsum Collection PAGE UPDATE

coco ernesto skeleton tsum tsum

Today's blog post is an exciting page update to my original Coco Tsum Tsum collection post! Check it out HERE for my thoughts on/where to buy this Skeleton Ernesto de la Cruz.

Tracking down this one has been a long time coming. Collection complete.  


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Incredibles 2: Costumed Action Figures Assortment – Elastigirl, Edna & Violet (by Jakks Pacific)

Incredibles 2 Costumed Action Figures Dolls

From Jakks Pacific comes these three super awesome Incredibles 2 "Costumed Action Figures" (yes, I know they're dolls ;), featuring Elastigirl (12" tall; 11 points of articulation), Edna Mode (7.5" tall; 5 points of articulation) and Violet (11" tall; 11 points of articulation)! Both supers have removable adhesive masks and Edna has removable glasses; each figure retails for $14.99 and features rooted hair, lens eyes, and shiny full fabric fashion costumes.

Well done Jakks Pacific! I'm impressed by these. The likenesses are really quite good for this style doll and I was also very impressed by their poseability and to see how well they stand up on their own. For being so tall and lanky, I suspected Elastigirl and Violet would have trouble standing up without stands. I was proven wrong! After less than a minute of trying, I was able to pose them in a way where they stood up just fine without any kind of support (though if you're going to display them long term, I would still highly recommend buying some doll stands).

Incredibles 2 Costumed Action Figures Dolls

Let's take a closer look at each character out of the package!

ELASTIGIRL
Incredibles 2 Costumed Action Figures Dolls

The masks fit the curvature of the faces just perfectly and can easily be removed by just popping them right off. I do wonder how the stickiness will hold up over time though?

Incredibles 2 Costumed Action Figures Dolls

EDNA MODE
Incredibles 2 Costumed Action Figures Dolls

Edna's glasses, as mentioned, can be removed. I didn't however, just because I wanted to keep her hair and everything perfectly intact and it felt like I might mess something up if I did. They don't come off quite as simply as the masks. I also have to wonder why they chose Edna's iconic outfit from the first Incredibles and not one of her new looks from Incredibles 2?

Incredibles 2 Costumed Action Figures Dolls

VIOLET
Incredibles 2 Costumed Action Figures Dolls

I like how flawlessly they captured Violet's hair color. It's dark, dark blue (almost black, but with still a visible blue tint—just like in the film). Most times when you see merch of Violet, her hair is either too blue or too black. Good work here! 

Incredibles 2 Costumed Action Figures Dolls

A big thanks to my friends over at Jakks Pacific for sending these over for me to review! Honestly, I don't ever get these types of dolls on my own, so it was a fun to mix it up a little and share my thoughts on them with you guys. Hopefully this review helps you out! And if you're interested in this collection, remember that there are also a few others that I didn't show here:
Note: The only main character not represented in this range (for some reason) is Dash.

Find them at Walmart, Target or Amazon using the links below and be sure to leave YOUR thoughts down in the comments!

Incredibles 2 Costumed Action Figures Dolls

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Monsters Inc.: Funko "POP!" Collection (2018 Series)

monsters inc 2018 funko pop box

My blog post on the original wave of Monsters Inc. Funko "POP!" figures was one of my very first posts ever written—we're talking clear back in the summer 2013 (see it HERE; it included Mike, Sulley, Boo in Monster Costume and George Sanderson). As you probably noticed, my write-ups and photos have vastly improved since then; and you can see from this new 2018 wave of Monsters Inc. characters that Funko has come a long way in terms of detail and quality as well!

This wave started hitting shelves a couple months back (early May, I believe) at all your normal "POP!" retailers such as Hot Topic, Game Stop, Barnes & Noble, BoxLunch, Amazon and more. And to get straight to the point, this HAS to be one of my favorite groupings of POPs ever made! I'm sure the fact that Monsters Inc. is my second favorite Pixar film has something to do with it as well, but I'm trying not to be biased. ;) A big thanks to my aunt for hooking me up with these for my birthday!

First take a look at these in their boxes...

monsters inc 2018 funko pop box

...and now out! Just look at them though. Sulley looks outstanding, Boo is shamelessly adorable, Roz is an all time fave of mine and the Harryhausen Sushi Chef is just an amazingly random character that works so surprisingly well here! It makes me laugh, out of all the Monsters Inc. monsters, the octopus chef was chosen (who's in the film for a few seconds). "There's a kid here! A human kid!!"

Just a heads up, one POP that I didn't get (since I don't really feel the need to spend money on variants) was the Amazon Exclusive flocked (fuzzy) version of Sulley.

SULLEY (#385)
monsters inc 2018 funko pop sulley
monsters inc 2018 funko pop sulley

BOO (#386)
monsters inc 2018 funko pop boo
monsters inc 2018 funko pop boo

ROZ (#387)
monsters inc 2018 funko pop roz
monsters inc 2018 funko pop roz

HARRYHAUSEN'S SUSHI CHEF (#388)
monsters inc 2018 funko pop chefmonsters inc 2018 funko pop chef

I just can't get over the detail here with these. Each one is stylized/sculpted perfectly and I wouldn't change a thing. First of all, I love how they've started including little mouths on the characters (I know some people don't dig it, since it was Funko's signature style to be mouthless, but I like it). It just adds so much more charm and personality! Second, the fact that Boo is holding "Little Mikey" is a brilliant detail and it melts my heart (I'm so glad they included a stand with her too). Third, one word, ROZ. All of her. Her glasses, her detailed clipboard, her mole...everything. One of my favorite Pixar characters is now one of my all time favorite Funko POPs. She's watching, always watching.

I could go on and on about everything I love about these, but I'll leave it at that. You get it—they obviously have my highest recommendation! If you're any kind of Monsters Inc. fan/collector, you won't wanna miss out on these. You can purchase them using my Amazon links below (retail price is typically around $10-$12) and be sure to leave me all your thoughts down in the comments!

Who is your favorite and who would you like to see be made in the future?