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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Toy Story 4 PEZ Collection Review

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Toy Story 4 PEZ are here! I've been a pretty avid collector of Pixar related PEZ for about seven years now (see my PEZ label to the right of this page to explore) and was excited to see that a few new Toy Story designs were headed our way. Bo Peep is notably the newest here of these four (given that she's never been made in PEZ form), while Buzz, Woody and the alien are more retoolings of older releases. You can check out my original Toy Story PEZ post HERE (one of my very first posts on here ever).

In addition to these two collector sets, Woody, Buzz and Bo Peep have also been released individually (and can be found at stores like Five Below, CVS and other convenient/grocery stores). I opted to get these gift sets though so I could get the exclusive mini alien! The set with Buzz is the only way to get that one, so it only made sense.

Let's dive in to each of these further! Check out my detailed photos and additional thoughts below.


WOODY & BO PEEP
Woody is the exact same sculpt as the original, however his eyes have been repainted to look much more appealing (he looked a bit "dazed" in the initial release). Now his eyes are wide open instead of half shut. Bo, as mentioned, is brand new and looks great.

toy story 4 pez
toy story 4 pez


BUZZ LIGHTYEAR & ALIEN
Buzz is also basically the same as the original, but this time he's sporting a white stem instead of a green one (he also has an updated, glossier paint job and his teeth are now painted in). As far as the alien, it's essentially the original head sculpt now on a mini stem—and the classic Pizza Planet icon has been added! I'm so glad they included that detail on this version. It's a really nice touch that was missing when the alien was first released in 2014.

toy story 4 pez
toy story 4 pez
toy story 4 pez

All in all, they all look fantastic; both the PEZ dispensers themselves and the packaging! Though I wish we had a couple more new characters (Ducky, Bunny and Duke Caboom), it's fun to at least have Bo and some of the old designs/characters refreshed for 2019.  I purchased these sets at the PEZ Factory/Visitor Center in the next town over from me (in Orange, CT—it's a pretty awesome place to visit and they have a huge shop) for $4.99 each. You can also find them on the official PEZ online shop, eBay using this direct link and Amazon using the affiliate links below.

Let me know all your thoughts down in the comments! 

NOTE: The art for these sets was directed by Keith Fulmis, lead designer at Disney Consumer Products for PEZ.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Toy Story 4: Hallmark Itty Bittys Assortment

hallmark toy story 4 itty bittys

Back in 2014, Hallmark introduced their exclusive collection of cute stylized mini bean bag plush called Itty Bittys. Five years later and the line is still going strong with now hundreds of pop culture characters (from Disney to Pixar to Marvel to Star Wars to Harry Potter and beyond)! I think of them as kind of the Funko POPs of the plush world. I was so thrilled recently to see that new characters would be introduced to the line based around Toy Story 4 and even more thrilled to have had these sent to me by Hallmark to review! I'm very grateful and super excited to share my thoughts.

It's been a hot minute since we've had any Toy Story Itty Bittys (the 2015 Buzz and Woody were the last and only ones). It's fun to finally have some additional characters—both old and new faces! Here we have Jessie, Gabby Gabby (a brand new character from Toy Story 4), a Pizza Planet Alien (marked as a "Hallmark.com Exclusive"), Buzz Lightyear and Woody (both marked "Special Edition"). And for those wondering if these versions of Buzz and Woody are different from the originals...yes they are! In fact, they're brand new. I know at first glance they may look the same, but there are quite a few differences (namely size and materials used). I'll be posting a video soon comparing the four of them. 

Each Itty Bitty measures about 4"-5" in size, retails for $6.99 and is made up of a variety of soft fabrics/materials with some nice embroidered details. The beans/pellets inside the bottom half of the plush help give some weight to them so that they can stand on their own. And have I mentioned how absolutely adorable they are? Perfection. Take a closer look down below!


JESSIE
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hallmark toy story 4 itty bittys jessie
hallmark toy story 4 itty bittys


GABBY GABBY
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hallmark toy story 4 itty bittys gabby gabby


ALIEN (ONLINE EXCLUSIVE)
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hallmark toy story 4 itty bittys alien
hallmark toy story 4 itty bittys alien


BUZZ LIGHTYEAR (SPECIAL EDITION)
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hallmark toy story 4 itty bittys buzz
hallmark toy story 4 itty bittys buzz


WOODY (SPECIAL EDITION)
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hallmark toy story 4 itty bittys buzz
hallmark toy story 4 itty bittys buzz

Unfortunately I don't have a release date for these at the moment (they haven't appeared in-store or online quite yet), but I did hear it could be Monday the 20th. I'll update this post with a direct link to buy as soon as they drop.

I absolutely love these and you will too! Young or old, if you're a Toy Story fan, you will no doubt appreciate this assortment. I'm not sure I can even pick a favorite, but I will say I was the most surprised about Gabby Gabby! I knew Jessie and an Alien were coming, but when I opened the box these came in, I literally gasped and said "What?! Gabby Gabby??" My wife can attest, she said I looked like a little boy on Christmas morning. I guess these things really bring out the kid in me and I look forward to giving them to my future kids soon as well. They're perfect for cuddling!

I'm looking forward to hearing all your thoughts. Shout out your favorite characters and details in the comments below! Who would you like to see made next? Will you be picking these up for your collection? 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Toy Story 4: Pixar Studio Store Exclusive Character Silhouette Tee

Toy Story 4 Pixar Studio Store Exclusive Character Silhouette Tee

This minimalist Toy Story 4 character silhouette tee is available now exclusively at the Pixar Studio Store in Emeryville, CA! From left to right we have outlines of: Forky, Woody, Alien, Duke Caboom, Bo's sheep, Bo Peep, Hamm, Jessie, Rex, Ducky, Bunny, Buzz Lightyear and Gabby Gabby. So simple, yet so effective (exactly what's expected from the Pixar Studio Store at this point; they have a way of releasing products so minimal yet so desirable). Design by the extremely talented Eric Tan.

This black t-shirt has the character lineup on the front, a Toy Story logo style "4" on the sleeve and "Pixar Animation Studios Emeryville, CA on the back near the neckline. It's not quite as fitted as I like my shirts to be (it's a bit boxy), but I'll give it a pass this time given how cool the design is. Original retail price was $17.00.

NOTE: The Pixar Studio Store is only accessible to Pixar employees and their families/guests and is not open to the public.

Toy Story 4 Pixar Studio Store Exclusive Character Silhouette Tee

I feel so grateful to have this one! A big thanks to my friends over at PixarPost.com for snagging this for me while attending the recent Toy Story 4 event at Pixar last month.

Toy Story 4 Pixar Studio Store Exclusive Character Silhouette Tee

What are you thoughts? Shout them out in the comment section below! And here's your daily reminder: Toy Story 4 is now only 35 days away. CRAZY EXCITING!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Toy Story: "Little Green Men" Greeting Card (Art by Jerrod Maruyama)

jerrod maruyama pixar studios little green men card toy story

Disney freelance artist Jerrod Maruyama, one of my personal all-time favorites, has done a ton of amazingly cute work over the years—especially in the realm of Pixar. This design might take the cake for the most clever though! Sold exclusively at the Pixar Studio Store in Emeryville, CA, here we have one of Jerrod's more recent designs (titled "Little Green Men") featuring Toy Story aliens dressed up as different Pixar characters! I can't even guys, once again I feel incredibly lucky to have this one.

The card is 5" x 7" in size and is blank on the inside to write your own sentiments. Twenty costumed aliens are front and center representing every Pixar film/franchise with at least one character. From top to bottom (left to right) we have: standard LGM, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Mr. Incredible, Syndrome, Sulley, Boo, Carl, Russell, Wall·E, Mater, Lotso, Anger, Arlo, Remy, Flik, Nemo, Merida and Miguel! Appropriately so, this hit the Studio Store shelves around Halloween time last fall.

jerrod maruyama pixar studios little green men card toy story

On the back we have the Pixar Animation Studios logo (as usual) with a waving LGM replacing the "i" this time around.

jerrod maruyama pixar studios little green men card toy story

Once again, Jerrod has done a masterful job creating an adorable and extremely unique piece in that signature style of his I love so much. His creativity is so inspiring! Though it's small (if only there was a larger print of this available), I honestly might have to get this one framed— its just that good. If you love what you see and want to see more (plus all updates on upcoming releases), be sure to follow Jerrod across all his social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr & Dribbble).

What are you thoughts? Which alien is your favorite? Shout it out down in the comments below! 

jerrod maruyama pixar studios little green men card toy story
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Pixar Studio Store Exclusive Keychain

pixar studio store key chain

Hey all! Just a quick post tonight to document another amazing Pixar Studio Store exclusive item I was gifted recently— this "Pixar Animation Studios" metal keychain! I love anything featuring the company logo and Luxo Jr./the Pixar ball (two of Pixar's biggest icons), so this minimalist keychain is perfect for me. And you wouldn't know it just from the pic, but it even has a rotating center you can spin around. A nice added touch! Not to mention this thing has a solid weight to it and you can tell it's really well made. As my mother in-law said when she saw this, "it's handsome" (which I thought was a very appropriate word choice).

This keychain joined a couple other Pixar keychains on my key ring today. I still have the Monsters University class ring (one of my all-time favorites; it's been on my key ring since 2013) and my Disney Parks Ratatouille keychain (which has been on there since 2016). It's nice to have a new addition.

Let me know your thoughts down below and be sure to check back daily to see more items in my collection!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Toy Story 4: Pixar Studio Store Exclusive Stickers!

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I feel so lucky to have been gifted these two brand new Toy Story 4 stickers—sold now exclusively at the Pixar Studio Store! I could not wait to document them here on the blog and share them with all of you.

First off we have the Woody and Forky one. This was designed by my friend Jerrod Maruyama (I bet you could have guessed that just from the style) and is beyond cute! When Jerrod first revealed it on his Instagram not too long ago, I just knew I had to have one somehow. I'm super grateful.

toy story 4 stickers jerrod mauyama

Now as far as the Bo Peep and Sheep one, I still have yet to track down who the artist is! This one is also very cute, albeit a completely different style. If you know who the artist might be, let me know and I'll be sure to update this post.

Each sticker measures just over 3" in size.

pixar studios store sticker bo peep

Stay tuned to my Instagram and Twitter feeds soon as I may just have a few more of these that I'll be giving away ;) You won't want to miss out! Let me know all your thoughts down below. Oh and by the way, Toy Story 4 is only 38 days away. Just throwin' that out there.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Toy Story 4 Movie Theater Standee—At Movie Theaters NOW!

toy story 4 movie theater standee display

Hey all! Tonight's just a quick post, but something I found really cool. This giant cardboard Toy Story 4 movie theater standee is now popping up at cinemas nationwide! I saw it recently when my wife and I went to the movies and I just had to document it. The display features some old friends (Woody, Buzz and Bo Peep), but mostly highlights many of the film's brand new characters: Ducky, Bunny, Forky, Giggle McDimmples, Duke Caboom and Gabby Gabby!

June 21st can't come soon enough. Only 41 days to go!!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Events: Toy Story 4 Books—NOW AVAILABLE!

toy story 4 book release

Heyyyy howdy hey! Can you believe we're just over a month away from finally watching the next Toy Story film? After nearly five years since the initial announcement, it seems pretty unreal. And now that we're that much closer, more merchandise and movie tie-ins continue to POUR out! Following my posts on the Disney Store's merch release and the general toy release, today I'm checking out the Toy Story 4 books release—now available in-store and online as of yesterday (5/07/19)!

It was fun going to Barnes & Noble last night to see everything they had available thus far (as seen in my pic above). I had to document it all here! This isn't everything that has come out of course, but it's what my local store had in stock. Be sure to check out Amazon.com HERE for the full gamut of titles—with still more to come! Standouts for me include the usual (pretty much the same year after year): the "Art of" book, "The Official Guide" (which use to be known as"Essential Guide"), the "Little Golden Book" and the "Movie Storybook". I'm also extremely excited for Toy Box Words to Play By (illustrated by my friend Jerrod Maruyama), Andy's Room and Beyond and Forky in Craft Day. I look forward to reviewing all those and more in the coming weeks and months! Stay tuned.

toy story 4 book release

Note: Remember, if you're avoiding any spoilers or plot points not seen in the trailers, avoid opening these at all cost (mostly the storybook, golden book and novelizations). If you don't care about spoiling the story/ending, go ahead and have fun reading these now. I for one will be waiting until after I see the film so I can go in as fresh as possible. I don't want any twists or turns ruined! We're so close at this point...I can make it. I will say, it's crazy that they release the whole story so far ahead of time though, especially after years of secrecy!

toy story 4 book release

And here's a little glimpse of another section of Barnes & Noble, which had a fun table display set up with additional products.

toy story 4 book release

The toy area also had some additional Toy Story 4 toys since the last time I was there.

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Lastly, I went to Target tonight and stumbled upon several other books that I hadn't found at Barnes & Noble quite yet—check 'em out! There's the Coloring and Activity book, The Toys Are Back book with sounds, the Read-Along Storybook and CD, the Magic Ink Pictures book and Super Coloring and Sticker Activity Book.

toy story 4 book release

As usual, I gotta know...what are your thoughts on all these new Toy Story 4 books?! Will you be reading them before the film or will you wait until after? Which ones have you purchased/plan to purchase? Let me know in the comments below.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Presto: Alec Azam Vinyl Figure Review (Funko Shop Exclusive)

pixar presto funko vinyl figure

*drum roll please* Introducing... Presto DiGotagione and his hat of wonder!

Straight out of the 2008 classic Pixar Short Film, Presto, comes this Funko Shop Exclusive vinyl figure of the film's rabbit star, Alec Azam. This figure is the third in Funko's new line of limited edition vinyls based on Pixar Short Film characters—which started with Bao last summer (seen HERE) and then Knick Knack in the winter (seen HERE). As a huge fan of the Pixar shorts (and a collector of any merch that is short related since it's few and far between), this collection has been a dream come true so far. I can't wait to see if it continues and who could be next!

One of the coolest aspects of these figures so far has been their collectible packaging. This time around, Alec here comes in a fantastic magician top hat inspired window box with the film's iconic logo! How cool, right? Though I currently display this figure outside its box (for the shelf space reasons), the package is something I certainly can't throw away.

pixar presto funko vinyl figure

The likeness of the figure is pretty spot on. Admittedly, the sculpt isn't perfect, but I also can't really put my finger on what I would change. I do feel some whiskers would have been a nice added detail! Overall though, I'm happy with this release and it looks great displayed with the rest of the collection. 

I know a lot of Funko collectors out there (outside of the Pixar fan community) were confused by this release and didn't really know who he was or what to make of it, but I'm one of the few diehards that was super pumped for this one. I was there on the Funko Shop website on its release date (3/20) right at the 2PM drop time to snag it! Usually these "pop up" releases sell out extremely fast (sometimes within a minute or two), but this one has hung around and is STILL available. Sorry Alec, you just haven't been very popular.

pixar presto funko vinyl figure

Alec measures just over 4" tall and is about 3.5" wide. Only his head is articulated (which can rotate a full 360°). Retail price at the Funko Shop is $15.00 + $6.95 for the shipping. And as mentioned, this is a limited edition— however I'm not sure how many pieces this figure was limited to. Anyone have that info? 

pixar presto funko vinyl figure

Here's a little peek inside the hat box. Love the moon and stars detailing! Magic.

pixar presto funko vinyl figure

To round things out, this set even comes with a collectible card version of the Presto poster seen in the film! Here is what the card looks like on the back.

pixar presto funko vinyl figure

Well folks, that's about it I think! I'm so happy to have this as part of my collection and excited for which characters could be made next. Who's on the top of your list for short film characters to be made? For me, I'm still crossing my fingers for Partly Cloudy and Day & Night. They would be so unique! But of course, I'd like all of them please. ;) 

Purchase Alec Azam on the Funko Shop HERE or on eBay HERE using this direct link to current listings. Shout out your thoughts down below!

pixar presto funko vinyl figure
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