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Monday, July 16, 2018

Disney·Pixar Bao Plush Review (+Bonus Bao Wooden Postcard)

disney pixar bao plush toy

Are you one of the millions whose heart was touched by Disney·Pixar's latest short film Bao? Then boy do I have something for you! I personally really connected with the short I couldn't wait to get my hands on this plush toy based on the film's star—the utterly adorable dumpling. A little while back, I had seen some images of this plush floating around the web, but without a release date or where it would be available. Then just over a week ago, it showed up seemingly out of nowhere as a BoxLunch Gifts/Hot Topic exclusive!

I purchased mine here on the BoxLunch website, but they sold out real quick (like within a day or two). I'm sure it can still be found in stores at many BoxLunch brick and mortar locations though. Call yours to find out! If you don't have a BoxLunch near you, no worries as Hot Topic's site just recently listed it too and it's still in stock (I believe you can find them at actual Hot Topic stores as well). Retail price is $14.90. Hurry before it's gone again!

disney pixar bao plush toy

This plush is by Just Play Toys, who really did one heck of a job bringing the dumpling to life in the cutest and cuddliest of ways. He's soft (100% polyester with embroidered features) and roughly 5 1/2" tall. Don't you just want to eat him up? ;)

As you know, any products released based on any of the Pixar shorts is a rare and welcomed treat—especially plush, though they're usually exclusive to the Pixar Studio Store (not opened to the public). It's so cool that this one got a wide release at a mainstream store!

The other Pixar short film plushies I've acquired so far are: Stu from Lifted, Gopher from Boundin', Alec the bunny from Presto, Bambino from La Luna, Bird from For the Birds, Sanjay from Sanjay's Super Team and the Jackalope/lamb 2-pack from Boundin'. I guess you can also count the two Toy Story holiday special plush that were also released by Just Play Toys—Angel Kitty from That Time Forgot and Mr. Jones from Toy Story of Terror. Some I haven't been able to get my hands are the Knick Knack plush and the Piper plush, which are both elusive and near impossible to track down. I haven't given up all hope quite yet though!

disney pixar bao plush toy

BAO WOODEN POSTCARD
As a bonus item today, I also wanted to share with you all this amazing Bao 5x7 wooden postcard which is an exclusive to the Pixar Studio Store! This was sent to me recently by my good friend and generous supporter Jerrod Maruyama.What an awesome surprise!

The postcard features, what seems to be, concept sketches from the film of the dumpling and his mother doing some relaxing tai chi. If you by chance know who the artist is who did this, please let me know (unfortunately no one is credited on the card).

Off to the side are some Chinese characters, which translate into mother (母) son (子) same (同) heart (心). Super touching right? <3

disney pixar bao wooden postcard

On the back you'll find the film's logo and "Pixar Animation Studios · Emeryville, California". Minimal and tasteful.

disney pixar bao wooden postcard

Let me know your thoughts on both the plush and the postcard! What did you think of the short? Looking forward to the conversation down below.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Pixar Animation Studios Magnet (Studio Store Exclusive)

Pixar Animation Studios Magnet

This small 3" ceramic magnet features an illustrated imprint of the famed gates at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, CA! This is an exclusive to the Pixar Studio Store, a small employee gift shop located within Pixar's Steve Jobs building (right when you walk into the main atrium)—not open to the public. 

A big thanks, once again, to my friend [Disney artist freelance artist] Jerrod Maruyama for picking this up for me during a recent visit of his! I love rare and unique little items like this. It's simple, tasteful and old school (like a magnet my grandparents would have had on their fridge; I say that in the best of ways). I didn't see this during my visit last November, so it may be relatively new there to the store. This was such an awesome surprise and yet another thing I was totally unaware of.

Pixar Animation Studios Magnet

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Incredibles 2: Funko POP! "Rides" Elastigirl on Elasticycle Review

Incredibles 2 Funko POP! "Rides" Elastigirl on Elasticycle

Ready for one of THE COOLEST Funko POP! figures ever? Ok, that's totally subjective, but this thing is amazing and definitely one of my personal favorites in my entire Funko collection. Here we have the Funko "Rides" Incredibles 2 Elastigirl on Elasticycle— No. 45 in the "Rides" series!

As I've mentioned before, the Elasticycle chase sequence in the film was one of my favorite scenes; so any merch that reminds me of that amazingness is a must have for me. This isn't just any Elasticycle toy though; this collectible is stylized in such an insanely awesome way that I kind of don't even know where to begin. I think I'm just going to let my photos below do the talking.

Check it out in the package...

Incredibles 2 Funko POP! "Rides" Elastigirl on Elasticycle
Incredibles 2 Funko POP! "Rides" Elastigirl on Elasticycle

...And out!

As an adult collector who loves a good display piece, this POP! delivers in every way. From the clear display stand to the character's incredible design (LOVE that action pose) to the clean paint application...this thing has it all. Kind of obsessed.

Incredibles 2 Funko POP! "Rides" Elastigirl on Elasticycle

So photogenic! Why does the Elasticycle always look so good is photos, no matter what the product?

Incredibles 2 Funko POP! "Rides" Elastigirl on Elasticycle
Incredibles 2 Funko POP! "Rides" Elastigirl on Elasticycle

This is the very first Pixar Funko Rides product to actually be released. There was suppose to be a Toy Story RC and Woody (seen HERE), but it never saw the light of day. I wonder why? Anyone here know any info?

To finish up with some of the details here with this one, the figure's size is 4 3/4" x 4" and retail price ranges from $24.99 (GameStop) to $32.50 (Hot Topic). You can find it at other places I'm sure as well. I'm not sure why Hot Topic upped the price so much, so unless you have Hot Cash to spend, I'd recommend snagging this at Game Stop (online or in store) or Amazon using the link below. Heck, even eBay has fair prices in the $25 range. To be honest though, for the size (which is pretty small) this should have been an $18-$20 POP!, but that's my only little complaint. Everything else is perfection! Five stars.

What do you think of this Ride? Shout out your thoughts down in the comments and let me know if you've picked this one up for you collection or plan to! 

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Incredibles: Edna Mode Itty Bitty

incredibles hallmark edna mode itty bitty

NO CAPES.

Remember back in February when I posted on the Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl Hallmark Itty Bittys? Well I'm finally here with the third and final release from that Incredibles lineup—Edna Mode! She was released just last month as both a "Limited Edition" and an "Online Exclusive."

This Itty Bitty is inspired by Edna as seen in the first Incredibles (notice she's wearing her classic outfit). Her look is captured in a pretty cute way here in the signature Itty Bitty style us fans know and love! Perhaps this isn't my favorite rendition of the character in product form (I think there could have been a little push to make her face even cuter; I can't quite put my finger on it), but she's just cute enough. Plus as an Edna lover in general and an avid Pixar Itty Bitty collector, how could I ever pass this up?

incredibles hallmark edna mode itty bitty

Edna is the traditional Itty Bitty size of about 4" H x 3" W x 2.25" D. Retail is $7.99. She's made of a variety of soft fabrics with some nice embroidered details (I kinda like how the glasses are a separate piece of fabric that is sewn on). The beans/pellets inside the bottom half of the character helps give her some weight so that she can stand on her own as well.

incredibles hallmark edna mode itty bitty

Overall I'm happy with this release and, the important thing is, she looks terrific next to the other supers! What do you think? Will you pick one of these up? If you're interested in grabbing one of these for your collection, visit the Hallmark site HERE. I recommend doing the FREE Ship to Store. Remember, she is a limited edition, so be sure to snag her sooner than later.

See you right here tomorrow with yet another item from my ever expanding Pixar collection! 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Disney·Pixar Bao Apple iOS Sticker Pack NOW AVAILABLE!

pixar bao itunes apple stickers

Ever feel the need to express yourself by means of an adorable illustrated dumpling child? Well now you can, thanks to the Disney·Pixar Bao Sticker Pack available in the Apple App Store for IOS users! These became available last week and, unlike the previously released Pixar stickers, these are do not have any motion/animation to them. They're just cute little images meant to be dragged and dropped into your texts to add some Disney magic to your conversations. With 24 stickers to choose from, there's one for just about any emotion or scenario!

• Hi                              • Hearts                               • What
• OK                            • Don't Wanna Move         • Huh?
• Thank you               • Hot                                    • Don't Wanna Explain
• Hungry                    • No Comment                   • Angry
• Happy                      • Shrug                               • Poke
• Hearts                     • Pull                                    • Is That So?
• Laugh                      • Bye                          
• Steamy                    • Scared                      
• Crying                     • Life is So Tough        

Remember, you can even resize and rotate the stickers (using two fingers in the classic touch screen manner), stack them and place them on photos/iMessages within the thread.

pixar bao itunes apple stickers
pixar bao itunes apple stickers

I'm not sure who the artist behind these stickers is, so please let me know if you're aware! I always like to give credit when I can when it comes to art like this. You may have even noticed that these images have also been used on some Bao apparel at the Disney Store (see THIS shirt and THIS one). It's crazy to see how much love Bao is getting in the consumer product department! Much more than usual for a Pixar short. I love it.

Retail for this pack is $1.99. If you love Pixar's latest short film Bao as I do, then downloading these to your iPhone is a no-brainer! You'll have fun. I know I'll be getting some good use out of these (especially when texting my wife). Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pixar-stickers-cars-3/id1224337278?mt=8 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Disneyland Pixar Character Push Pen

disney pixar ball character pen disneyland

This awesome Pixar inspired pen became available last month at the Disneyland Resort parks, just in time for the grand opening of Pixar Pier! Another huge thank you to my thoughtful and generous friend Paulina who sent this over to me recently as a little surprise. I absolutely love it! 

The screen art on the pen features a bunch of the classic (and most beloved) Pixar pals/duos. All my faves! There's Dory, Nemo, Buzz, Woody, WALL·E, Eve, Dug, Russell, Mike and Sulley. The pen is of course also topped with, and this is my favorite aspect, the famed and iconic Pixar Ball! Just give it a push to activate the pen. As a huge Pixar Ball collector (I think this is the 11th that can be found on display in my home office), this was a most welcomed acquisition.

disney pixar ball character pen disneyland

This pen was purchased at the Pixar Pier "Knick Knacks" gift shop, but was also spotted at the Elias & Co. store there in California Adventure as well. Let me know if you've seen it anywhere else to help people on here find it that much more easily! Retail is $7.99.

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If you're able to visit Disneyland anytime soon, I deem this a must have for all you Pixar mega fans out there. Be sure to let me know your thoughts and/ or any questions you might have in the comments below!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Incredibles 2: Jakks Pacific 4" Action Figure Collection Review

Incredibles 2 Jakks Pacific 4" Action Figure Collection Review

Hey everyone! Sorry for the delay in getting a post up the last couple days. My work schedule and the holiday kept getting in the way and I've had little time to work on all the photos required for today's epic post (though I have been able to fit in a little here and there). Between this morning and tonight though, I should finally be able to finish up with all my thoughts and show you what I've been working on!

Today I'm taking a detailed look at the Incredibles 2 basic 4" figure line by Jakks Pacific. In this first wave (hopefully there's going to be more), there's Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, a Dash & Jack-Jack 2-Pack, Violet, Frozone and a Mr. Incredible & Elastigirl (new super suite) 2-Pack. Each figure is 4" tall or under, has five points of articulation (arms, legs and head; Mr. Incredible is the only exception as he has seven points—the two additional points are at his elbows) and retails for $7.99. Find them at Walmart or Target!

Let's take a closer look at each one and discuss both the good and what could have been improved. 

MR. INCREDIBLE
Mr. Incredible is a good figure overall. He's got those extra two points of articulation (seven total, as mentioned), is considered "super poseable" and stands well on his own. His likeness is good, but not great. From what I noticed while choosing one at the store, sometimes the paint application can be a bit sloppy on the eyes (which can make him look a bit wonky), so make sure to look through, compare and grab the best one.

Incredibles 2 Jakks Pacific 4" Action Figure Collection Review
Incredibles 2 Jakks Pacific 4" Action Figure Collection Review
Incredibles 2 Jakks Pacific 4" Action Figure Collection Review


ELASTIGIRL
I really like the Elastigirl figure. I think the likeness to her character is a step up from Mr. Incredible and she also stands well on her own (though she does lean a little bit to the right). The included stretched arm accessory was a great touch and can be easily swapped out with her regular arm. It looks pretty cool!
   
Incredibles 2 Jakks Pacific 4" Action Figure Collection Review
Incredibles 2 Jakks Pacific 4" Action Figure Collection Review
Incredibles 2 Jakks Pacific 4" Action Figure Collection Review
Incredibles 2 Jakks Pacific 4" Action Figure Collection Review


DASH & JACK-JACK 2-PACK
Dash and Jack-Jack are both excellent figures. No real complaints here! Both likenesses are real good and they both stand well on their own (I didn't think Jack-Jack would, but I was impressed that I could stand him up without much difficulty). The paint application on these ones, from what I've seen, is pretty consistently spot on. Be aware though that these are both pretty darn small (we're talking about 1.5" tall for Jack-Jack and 2.5" tall for Dash).

Incredibles 2 Jakks Pacific 4" Action Figure Collection Review
Incredibles 2 Jakks Pacific 4" Action Figure Collection Review
Incredibles 2 Jakks Pacific 4" Action Figure Collection Review


VIOLET
Overall, I think Violet is a really cool looking figure— good sculpt, look-wise. However she's the one I've had the most issues with. First of all, I could not stand her up on her own (I tried a good 10 minutes), which was pretty frustrating. Plus she doesn't have any holes in her feet, so I couldn't attach her to an action figure stand even if I got one. I wish she came with her own stand, or better yet, that she could just stand up on her own. The other thing is her left leg kept popping out. I don't know what the problem is there or if anyone else has had that issue. Maybe it's just mine.

Incredibles 2 Jakks Pacific 4" Action Figure Collection Review
Incredibles 2 Jakks Pacific 4" Action Figure Collection Review
 
I'm not sure why her hair was painted bluish/purple (since it should be black), but that's more of an observation than an actual problem. That doesn't really bother me. I also like her force field accessories and how you can attach them or split them in two (just like in the film). There's a lot to like about this figure...if only she could stand up.
 Incredibles 2 Jakks Pacific 4" Action Figure Collection Review
Incredibles 2 Jakks Pacific 4" Action Figure Collection Review
Incredibles 2 Jakks Pacific 4" Action Figure Collection Review


FROZONE
Frozone could be my favorite of the bunch. He has a great sculpt (I like his stance with the arm out like he's using his ice power), a solid paint job and his signature ice sled as an accessory/display stand.

Incredibles 2 Jakks Pacific 4" Action Figure Collection Review
Incredibles 2 Jakks Pacific 4" Action Figure Collection Review


ELASTIGIRL & MR. INCREDIBLE 2-PACK
Lastly, there's this really cool figure 2-Pack ("The Ultimate Team") which includes a metallic painted version of Mr. Incredible (he's the same sculpt as the single pack release) and Elastigirl in her shiny, newly designed super suite (also a metallic paint job and also the same sculpt as the single Elastigirl release). This pack is a Target exclusive (find it in store or online HERE) and retails for $14.99.

Incredibles 2 Jakks Pacific 4" Action Figure Collection Review
Incredibles 2 Jakks Pacific 4" Action Figure Collection ReviewIncredibles 2 Jakks Pacific 4" Action Figure Collection Review

In the end, this is a super collection of basic poseable action figures. As shown in my pic below, you can see they look awesome all together. Though I expressed a couple small problems, I can still totally recommend these as quality figures! Jakks Pacific really did a good job. I'm a sucker for small scale figure collections like this, so I always knew these would be a must-get for me as soon as I saw them revealed at this past Toy Fair. Now I just hope we get a second wave with some more unique characters! Screenslaver? Void? Brick? Krushauer? He-Lectrix? Screech? Edna? So many possibilities. Who are your top choices?

Let me know all your thoughts and/or any questions you might have down in the comments!

Incredibles 2 Jakks Pacific 4" Action Figure Collection

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Incredibles 2: Pixar Studio Store Exclusive Dash T-Shirt

pixar studio store incredibles 2 dash tee shirt

Following yesterday's post, here's yet another AWESOME Pixar Studio Store exclusive item sent to me by my good friends over at PixarPost.com (a huge thanks to them :)—check out this dashing burgundy Incredibles 2 inspired men's tee featuring the speedster of the Parr family, the energetic Dash! It wasn't quite in my plan to post on this shirt today, but I actually ended up wearing it to see Incredibles 2 this morning (finally got to see it for a second time and was able to show it to my wife) and figured there was no better time to snag some pics.

The amazingly stylized Dash screen art here was done Stéphane Kardos, director of character art at Disney Consumer Products! How cool is it, right? If you like what you see and would like to see more of Stéphane's work, be sure to check out his site HERE, his Twitter HERE and his Instagram HERE.

On the back near the neckline (as usual with these Studio Store tees), it reads "Pixar Animation Studios Emeryville, CA." That little touch never gets old!

pixar studio store incredibles 2 dash tee shirt

I love this shirt! It looks cool as heck, it's soft and fits great (not to mention it's totally my favorite color to wear). If you happen to have the opportunity to shop at the Studio Store in the near future, be on the lookout for this one. Highly recommended! Let me know any thoughts you might have down in the comments below.