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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Toy Story 4 "Minis" Buzz Lightyear's Star Adventurer Playset

Toy Story 4 "Minis" Buzz Lightyear's Star Adventurer Playset review

Following yesterday's post, my coverage of the Toy Story 4 "Minis" collection from Mattel continues tonight with this brief look at the Buzz Lightyear's Star Adventurer Playset! I'm all about elevating mini figures with playsets to take the fun to the next level, so I was all about this one from the beginning. Plus it comes with an exclusive "Star Adventurer Buzz Lightyear" figure—admittedly not much different form the other Buzz minis, but an exclusive nonetheless. This set was released last April and originally retailed for $19.99.

I haven't taken mine out of the package (saving it for my son who will open it in a year or two when he's old enough), but I did have a chance to play with it out of the box last spring when my nephew got it for his birthday.

Toy Story 4 "Minis" Buzz Lightyear's Star Adventurer Playset review

The design is pretty neat. I like how it looks like Buzz's Star Command spaceship on the outside and that it's inspired by the iconic "Grand Basin Days" carnival on the inside. Play features include a spinning Ferris Wheel, a cotton candy cart with spinning cotton candy and a spinning "Star Adventurer" carnival game blaser. So yah, really just a bunch of spinning. Dizzy yet?

There is room for about 15 or more mini figures inside. Note that there are some some decals (stickers) that need to be applied as well.

Toy Story 4 "Minis" Buzz Lightyear's Star Adventurer Playset review

My thoughts: If you go into buying this with the intent of using it as a display for your mini figures and/or a storage case, I think it looks great and is very effective. However, as a "playset", there aren't too many exciting play features and it's also not very sturdy (doors continue to close if not balancing in the right position and the whole thing is so lightweight that the playset would have a tendency to fall over during play if not really careful). Most of the mini figures also fall out of the Ferris Wheel when you try to rotate it as well. So yah, it might be a little frustrating for kids to play with to be honest, but I think it makes a fantastic display for your minis if that's what you're after! It's also essential that you collect more mini figures to use with this as it would get boring real fast using only the included Buzz. The more minis the better!

What are your thoughts? Did you pick this up for your collection? If so, what has been your experience, especially with your little ones? I think it's good, but not great. It's totally worth getting if you're a "Minis" fan/collector like I am (again, this makes for a cool way to display your figures), but I just think everything could have just been made a bit sturdier. Let me know what your think and any questions you might have down below!

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Toy Story 4: "Minis" Ultimate New Friends 10-Pack

Toy Story 4  "Minis" Ultimate New Friends 10-Pack

I'm back with some more Mattel Toy Story "Minis"! This time around I'm finally getting to the wonderful collection of Toy Story 4 characters from last year starting with this "Ultimate New Friends 10-Pack". If you're unfamiliar with Mattel's "Minis", let me share a little more about them. The first Toy Story "Minis" (Series 1 blind bags, vehicles, playsets and a 10-pack) were introduced/released back in 2016 and, ended up being so popular, that they continued on up through Series 5 in 2018. Last year around this time, after a bit of a hiatus, the "Minis" made a comeback in a new Toy Story 4 centric collection—which ended up having three series of its own throughout 2019 featuring previously released characters and new ones from Toy Story 4. 

I'll be posting on Series 1 and the rest of the Toy Story 4 blind bags soon, but I wanted to begin here with this 10-Pack (which I consider a starter set). All of these same characters except for two (Tinny and Bo's sheep) were also released in the Series 1 blind bags as well, so I purchased this 10-Pack first and then filled in the gaps (figuring why not start here and get all the same characters plus the exclusives while I'm at it?). It just makes sense, it would be silly for me to start the other way around.

Toy Story 4  "Minis" Ultimate New Friends 10-Pack

This pack includes Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep, Bo Peep's sheep (Billy, Goat and Gruff), Ducky, Bunny, Gabby Gabby, Duke Caboom, Benson and Tinny. Up until this year, the sheep were only available in this set (they're just now being released in a new wave of blind bags) and Tinny remains an exclusive "First Look" here. Retail price is $29.99 and can still be found at Target or Amazon using the link below (currently on sale :). Each character is adorably stylized and stands at about 1.5" tall.

I can highly recommend this for all you Toy Story fans/collectors of any age! These mini figures are great for play or display. Look for more on the rest of the collection right here soon and be sure to leave your thoughts and/or any questions you might have down in the comment section.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Toy Story: Baby Boys' Disney·Pixar 2-Piece Rompers Set Beige/Gray (Target)

Baby Boys' Disney·Pixar 2-Piece Rompers Set Beige/Gray

Howdy, all! This incredibly cute Toy Story inspired baby boy romper set was gifted to us last December by our good friends T.J. and Julie over at PixarPost.com to celebrate the birth of Aidan—such a thoughtful present that we've finally been able to enjoy more fully now that these fit him! This set was available at Target last year (unfortunately it's unavailable at this point) and is size 3-6 months. At the time of receiving these pieces, that seemed so far off...and yet here we are as if time just suddenly skipped ahead somehow! Pretty unbelievable that Aidan will be six months at the end of next week already.

Our friends must know us really well, because these rompers are so up our alley in terms of style. The neutral beige/gray fabrics with pops of color in the characters are just perfect. And that art! It's too cute. What makes it extra cool is that these are the same designs that are featured on the Freshly Picked Toy Story moccasins we got last June! I hadn't even thought of pairing them with these until now; that'll make such a cute little ensemble. I still wish I knew who the artist is behind all these characters, so if you have any insights, be sure to let me know so I can give them proper credit here.

Baby Boys' Disney·Pixar 2-Piece Rompers Set Beige/Gray
Baby Boys' Disney·Pixar 2-Piece Rompers Set Beige/Gray

Here's the second outfit as part of this 2-pack. I love the pocket style romper with Woody, Bullseye, Buzz Lightyear and an alien popping out of them. Aidan doesn't have any other outfits like this, so it's a real standout!

Baby Boys' Disney·Pixar 2-Piece Rompers Set Beige/Gray
Baby Boys' Disney·Pixar 2-Piece Rompers Set Beige/Gray
Baby Boys' Disney·Pixar 2-Piece Rompers Set Beige/Gray

One last huge thank you to Pixar Post for sending these rompers over to us for Aidan. He obviously doesn't know these characters yet, but he will! It's really more of a joy for me more than anyone to see him wearing these little Toy Story outfits (a dream come true for this Pixar loving dad). We're making some amazing memories (and taking plenty of photos) that will last a lifetime; and one day, I'm sure Aidan will love looking back at these times as well. I'll be able to say, "see you've been a Toy Story fan ever since just a few months old!" ;)

What are your thoughts? Do you have a favorite piece? Let me know any comments and/or questions you may have down below.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Cars: T.J. Hummer (Deluxe)

Cars diecast T.J. Hummer (Deluxe)

Just re-released from Mattel, here we have the "Deluxe" size T.J. Hummer 1:55 scale diecast from the original Cars! This character hasn't hit shelves in many years, so it's pretty cool to finally have him back. I have the small (standard single card), off-scale version of T.J., but I had never gotten the improved Deluxe version—that is until now! This one is a much better, more movie accurate scale compared to the standard version I have (see the two compared in THIS image). I'm happy to have it now as part of my collection!

As shown in the screen shot above, T.J. Hummer is a character seen during the end credits of the original Cars. During the credits, Sarge is seen in charge of a new boot camp for troubled young SUVs—T.J. being one of them. He's the one who complains "I've never been off-road!" See also my reviews on Charlie Cargo, Murphy and Frank Pinkerton. The camp is now complete!

Cars diecast T.J. Hummer (Deluxe)
Cars diecast T.J. Hummer (Deluxe)

I was lucky enough to find this T.J. at my nearest Target just a couple days ago, so check yours (or your local Walmart) for availability! I've also included an Amazon link below for your convenience. Let me know your thoughts and/or any questions you might have down in the comment section.

Happy hunting!

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Events: My Disney·Pixar Onward Themed 30th Birthday Party!

disney pixar onward birthday party

This past Wednesday (May 27th), I celebrated my 30th birthday! It's still hard to believe. The theme I ended up going for this year was Pixar's latest film Onward—we called it "30 & Onward", which I thought was pretty perfect. It was kind of a semi-surprise, since my wife and I had discussed using this idea for my party, but I wasn't sure if she was going to be able to find any party supplies due to all the shutdowns and slow shipping speeds. Well, with a little magic (and help from my mom as well), they pulled it off together in an even bigger way than I ever expected!

For obvious reasons, we decided to have the full party outside. It was a gorgeous day though and I'm so glad we did! I went rollerblading around the town where I grew up (which was my first time in a while; very nostalgic for me) while my wife Brita and mom set everything up. It was so exciting coming home to see all the party magic they created! I wasn't expecting them to go this all out.

disney pixar onward birthday party

I loved the color scheme of this party, different than anything I've done for any of my birthdays! There were essentially only Onward plates, napkins, balloons and a banner out there to purchase, so they color coordinated with those to tie in the generic tablecloths, napkins, cups, hats, party blowers and utensils which brought it all together. It looked grand and glorious! Really eye-popping.

Let the quest begin!

disney pixar onward birthday party

The Onward plates and napkins can be purchased at Party City HERE. I'll include an Amazon link below as well.

disney pixar onward birthday party

The party hats that my mom was able to find were striking. They were absolute perfection! The colors matched everything to a T (almost like they were made for this) and they had a really unique shine to them. They reminded me of some kind of magical gems or something when paired with this theme.

disney pixar onward birthday party
disney pixar onward birthday party
disney pixar onward birthday party
disney pixar onward birthday party

The minimal art on the balloons was so awesome!

disney pixar onward birthday party
disney pixar onward birthday party

My family starting to gather, waiting for dinner.

disney pixar onward birthday party
disney pixar onward birthday party
disney pixar onward birthday party

Brita had the idea of hanging up my Onward fleece blanket on my parents playground. It was a great touch!

disney pixar onward birthday party
disney pixar onward birthday party

My Willowdale College hoodie even made an appearance. Another solid detail bringing the world of Onward to my childhood backyard!

disney pixar onward birthday party
disney pixar onward birthday party

Kudos to my mom who spent who knows how long printing and working on this custom "Happy 30th Birthday Dan" banner! I felt very loved <3

disney pixar onward birthday party
disney pixar onward birthday party
disney pixar onward birthday party

Here are the classic party snacks (potato chips, onion dip and M&Ms are the tradition in my family) and festive purple punch to match the theme! That was another fun idea from Brita—delicious too!

disney pixar onward birthday party
disney pixar onward birthday party
disney pixar onward birthday party

This super sweet "Quest Seeker" banner can be purchased at Party City as well!

disney pixar onward birthday party
disney pixar onward birthday party
disney pixar onward birthday party

So happy to have my little Aidan with me on my 30th birthday! Last year on this very day was the day we announced our pregnancy to the family, so it was surreal having him here now and already such a big boy!

disney pixar onward birthday party

Brita found some perfect wrapping paper at Target that totally matched the Onward colors and magical esthetic. My ShopDisney reusable tote was used for some presents as well! 💜💙


We had shish kebobs for dinner which were deliciously outstanding and the perfect summer meal!


Present stash! A huge thanks to all my family for all the thoughtful gifts!

disney pixar onward birthday party

Some of my nieces and nephews made some seriously cool and creative cards...like the wizard staff with phoenix gem below!

disney pixar onward birthday party

I love the references to the giant cheese puff and gelatinous cube in this one made by my nephew Nathan. Wilden Lightfoot's legs as the "H" at the top in "Happy Birthday" was genius!

disney pixar onward birthday party
disney pixar onward birthday party
disney pixar onward birthday party
disney pixar onward birthday party

Oh my mom and her brilliant themed packages 😍 You'll be seeing more of these (and many more) items soon!

disney pixar onward birthday party
disney pixar onward birthday party

Even the box to my new speakers got a little Onward touch.

disney pixar onward birthday party

The sunset toward the end of the party was absolutely stunning! And notice how it's almost the same colors as the sunset seen on the Onward teaser poster? Meant to be!

disney pixar onward birthday party

I mixed things up a bit with my cake this year and had individual homemade strawberry shortcakes! I can't even tell you how tasty this all was. It's definitely going to be my new tradition year after year from now on!

disney pixar onward birthday party
disney pixar onward birthday party
disney pixar onward birthday party
disney pixar onward birthday party
disney pixar onward birthday party

Lastly I had to share this rootin' tootin' Toy Story card my mother in-law sent me! Totally nailed it.

toy story woody birthday card toy story woody birthday card

Well everyone, I think that's it for this year! Another amazing Pixar inspired party for the books (if you want to see any of my previous years, you can explore the "Birthday Party" label to the right of this page). I have to give one last HUGE THANK YOU to my wife, parents and all my family who made this day so extra special! I couldn't have asked for a better start to this new decade.

Onward and Upward!