Thursday, October 17, 2019

Toy Story 4: Complete 7" Action Figure Collection (by Mattel)

toy story 4 mattel action figure collection

After four movies over 25 years, there have been a lot of Toy Story action figures produced—but none quite like these! This year, Mattel introduced us to a new range of basic Toy Story figures in a brand new 7" size, mostly surrounding the characters of Toy Story 4. Let me tell you, this line is EPIC! This has to be my favorite action figure collection in years (probably since 2013's Monsters University figure range from Spin Master). I just love everything about these figures: I feel the larger size is unique and perfect for kids (with play and display value), the sculpts are wonderfully done with movie accuracy, the amount of articulation in each figure is impressive and the sheer variety of characters (a perfect mix of old and new) is pretty amazing and something I love to see in any figure assortment.

I'm going to be diving into the entire line here, which can get a little complicated (between single packs, retailer exclusives, multi-packs and so on), so bear with me! Hopefully this guide helps you with your collection as you go out on the hunt to find them all as well.

First off, we have the basic single packs. I love the card design and how they're packaged overall! Very striking. In the single packs, you can find Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Buzz Lightyear (with helmet), Jessie, Slinky, Rex, Bo Peep, Ducky, Bunny, Gabby Gabby, Tinny and Forky/Duke Caboom. Retail for each figure is $8.99.

Most of these can be found at your local Walmart or Target, with a couple exceptions. The Buzz Lightyear (with helmet) is one I've ever only seen online at Entertainment Earth or Amazon (in their exclusive packing, more on that later). The same goes for Gabby Gabby, as she also seems to be only available as a single figure online (again, Entertainment Earth or Amazon). You'll notice I've marked some as store exclusives below as well—like Tinny for example, who I've only ever seen in stores at Walmart.

Note: You'll notice I didn't collect the single pack versions of Buzz Lightyear (the regular one without the helmet), Woody and Bo Peep. That's because I opted in for one of the multi-packs that includes those same figures instead. Again, more on that below. 

toy story 4 jessie figure
toy story 4 jessie figure

BUZZ LIGHTYEAR with helmet
(Online Exclusive)
toy story 4 buzz with helmet figure
toy story 4 slinky figure

toy story 4 forky and duke caboom figure

toy story 4 rex figure
(Online Exclusive)

(Walmart Exclusive) 
toy story 4 tinny figure

toy story 4 bunny figure

toy story 4 ducky figure

Now onto the deluxe figures and multi-packs! I love that some of these sets include huge oversized figures (like Bullseye and the amazing one foot tall Benson with movable mouth) and vehicles (like Duke Caboom's Stunt Racer and RC). I should also note that the reason I'm keeping these all in the packaging is so that I can give them to my kids to open one day (our first baby isn't even born yet, so it'll be a couple years).

The Duke Caboom figure below (included with his stunt racer and launcher) is not the same figure as the one included with Forky above (this one's helmet is not removable, among several other minor differences).

toy story 4 duke with stunt racer toy story 4 duke with stunt racer
toy story 4 duke with stunt racer

(Walmart Exclusive) 
The "Special Movie Edition" Woody (with the scared expression) in this pack is unique and only available in this set with Benson. Aren't they both amazing?

toy story 4 woody benson 2-pack
toy story 4 woody benson 2-pack

(Online Exclusive)
The Woody included here in this 2-Pack is not unique and is the same Woody released in the other single and multi-packs.

toy story 4 woody bullseye 2-pack
toy story 4 woody bullseye 2-pack

(Target Exclusive)
toy story 4 RC figuretoy story 4 RC figure
toy story 4 RC figure

(Walmart Exclusive) 
This 3-Pack (obviously based on Toy Story 2) is the only set so far in this 7" line that is not inspired by Toy Story 4. Could that mean more figures are on the way based on the other films? Crossing my fingers! 

Note: Zurg here is the only new figure in this set; the Buzz is the exact same as the single pack Buzz and the alien is the same as the one included in the Amazon 3-Pack below. 

toy story zurg figure 3-packtoy story zurg figure 3-pack

Lastly, we have the Amazon exclusive figures—and this is where it gets a little confusing. Essentially all the single pack figures above were also released (for some reason) in special Amazon exclusive Toy Story 4 boxes (which look like the one seen below). Additionally, some characters were released only in this exclusive packaging and were never released on the standard basic card in stores; that being the Pizza Planet Aliens (3-Pack) and Hamm (toy coins included). 

And remember I told you earlier that I opted out of getting the Buzz, Woody and Bo single pack releases in favor of a multi-pack? That's because the Amazon exclusive "Adventure Pack" seen below is the only way currently to get Giggle McDimples in this scale! Giggle is not included with the single pack release of Bo Peep.

ALIENS 3-PACK—$12.99
toy story 4 aliens figures
toy story 4 aliens figures

toy story 4 hamm action figure
toy story 4 hamm action figure

toy story 4 action figures multi-pack
toy story 4 action figures giggle mcdimples

To wrap things up, you'll also find a couple other bigger multi-packs out there (like the Target exclusive RV Friends 6-Pack and the Kohl's Exclusive Woody & Buzz Lightyear Arcade 2-Pack). I didn't purchase either of these, however, since there are no exclusive figures included in either set (the Arcade pack does have a couple of small exclusive accessories though, like a shooting Space Ranger blaster and a lasso for Woody).

toy story 4 RV figure set

This Kohl's Exclusive "Antique Shop" 8-Pack is one I will be getting (sorry wallet), as it includes two exclusive Combat Carl figures! They are must haves in my opinion. So if you haven't started collecting any of this line yet, this is a great pack to get started with! Stay tuned for more on this set as soon as I decide to go and make the purchase.

toy story 4 antique shop gift set

Well there you go everyone...the complete collection! Yes, this line is a little bit complex (especially if you're trying to get all the characters, since getting some repeats is necessary), but it's all totally worth it. Anyway, I hope this helped you understand this assortment in full detail! I did my best to explain it all, but if anything just didn't make sense, feel free to comment any questions you might have down below. Most importantly, have fun and happy hunting!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Cars 3: Motor Turner

cars 3 motor turner

Tonight I'm continuing on with my Cars 3 Mattel 1:55 scale diecast documentation with another brand new character...Motor Turner! Motor was released earlier this year in the 2019 packaging and just recently again on this new "blue desert" 2020 card. I was able to find this one at Target just a few weeks back, which I was happy about since I never found the initial release. She is part of this year's "Thunder Hollow" sub-series.

As shown in the screenshot above, Motor can be spotted briefly in the crowds during the Thunder Hollow Demolition Derby scene (right after Lightning McQueen accidentally reveals himself).

cars 3 motor turner

Note: Does Motor look familiar? That's because she uses essentially the same mold and is the same model as Bill Revs (who I just recently reviewed HERE).

If you're still looking to add Motor Turner to your Disney·Pixar Cars collection, be sure to check your local Target or Walmart for availability—or you can always spend just a couple bucks more and snag her on Amazon using the direct link below.

Happy hunting!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Cars 3: Mater with #95 Hat

mater with 95 hat diecast

In the last 13 years, Mattel has released more versions of Mater than I could ever what's one more? Today I'm looking at the new Cars 3 inspired 1:55 scale diecast of "Mater with #95  hat", part of the 2019 "Florida 500" sub-series.

In the film, Mater is actually never seen wearing this 95 hat (which you would think would have been during the Florida 500 race as the series name suggests). However, as shown in the screenshot above, Mater is seen next to the hat as he puts it on top of a car junk sculpture he makes in his junkyard. This moment is right before Mater gets a late night "FaceTime" call from McQueen; so all in all, you could say that this diecast is half-canon. 

mater with 95 hat diecast

As with most of the newest Cars diecast releases from Mattel, you can find this one currently at Walmart or Target—though of course availability does vary by location. If it's easier for you, I've also included a direct Amazon link below.

Let me know your thoughts down in the comments. Do you have a favorite version of Mater released over the years? Good luck and happy hunting!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Cars 3: Bill Revs

From Cars 3, tonight I'm taking a quick look at yet another recently release Mattel 1:55 scale diecast...Bill Revs! He is a part of the 2019 "The Cotter Pin" sub-series.

As shown in the screen shot above, Bill is an orange American family wagon briefly seen talking to Vandon Kerr (who I'll also be reviewing soon) during the Cotter Pin Bar & Grill scene. Apparently, he can also be spotted earlier in the film as well, during the Thunder Hollow demolition derby sequence.

Fun Fact: Bill Revs is named after long-time Pixarian (animator and technical director) Bill Reeves.

If you're still looking for this diecast for your collection, you can still sometimes spot him at either Target or Walmart. I've also included an Amazon link below (as usual) for your convenience. Happy hunting!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Cars 3: "Fan Favorites" Team 95 and 51 Maddy McGear

Cars 3 "Fan Favorites" Team 95 and 51 Maddy McGear

As part of Mattel's new Cars 3 Target exclusive "Fan Favorites" sub-line, here we have the 1:55 scale diecast of Team 95 and 51 Maddy McGear! This little secondary collection is made up of both canon and non-canon versions of some of our favorite characters (as usual, I collected only the "canon" characters—or in other words, the ones that actually appeared on screen in the film). Other than Maddy here, this wave also features:
  • Team 95 Mater (Canon, I'll be reviewing that one soon as well) 
  • Dinoco Cruz Ramirez with tool cart (Canon)
  • Team 51 Ramone (Non-Canon
  • Team 95 Sarge (Non-Canon)
  • Team 95 and 51 Sheriff (Non-Canon)
As shown in the screenshot above, Maddy is briefly seen like this in a still image during the film's end credits showing off her fandom for McQueen and Cruz by wearing both a 95 and 51 hat. So yes, this diecast is canon—just barely!

Note: See my review of the standard diecast version of Maddy HERE.

Cars 3 "Fan Favorites" Team 95 and 51 Maddy McGear

You can also find this "Fan Favorites" version of Maddy in a Target exclusive 4-pack (seen HERE). Pick up this and any of the "Fan Favorites" collection at your local Target today! They're all still pretty easy to find in stores, but I've also included a direct Amazon link below for your convenience.

Happy hunting!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Cars 3: Xanadu Bumpers

Cars 3 Xanadu Bumpers

Welcome back everyone! Tonight I'll be briefly documenting another new Cars 3 Mattel 1:55 scale diecast—an old school Volkswagen Beetle by the name of Xanadu Bumpers. She is part of the 2019 "The Cotter Pin" sub-series.

Now onto her appearance in the film. As shown in the screenshot above, Xanadu can be spotted very briefly (and only from the back) during the Cotter Pin Bar scene. She is watching the band perform just as Lightning and Smokey roll in.

Cars 3 Xanadu Bumpers

With such a unique name such as "Xanadu", I figured this had to be a reference to some Pixar employee. I did some digging and sure enough that's the case! This character appears to be named after Xanadu Bruggers, who was employed at Pixar in various roles from 2014-2019. 

You can find Xanadu on shelves right now, so I'd suggest checking your nearest Target or Walmart for availability. If you'd rather just snag her online, I've provided the Amazon link below as usual. Happy hunting! 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Cars 3: Hot Rod Junior Moon

cars 3 hot rod junior moon

Tonight I'm taking a look at another Cars 3 1:55 scale diecast from Mattel...Hot Rod Junior Moon! This brand new release just hit shelves a few weeks back and even sports the clean new "blue desert" 2020 packaging. It is part of the "Ramone's Body Shop" sub-series.

Despite what you might think when initially seeing this release, this diecast is actually canon! At first I thought it was totally made up my Mattel, but then realized that Junior Moon IS actually seen with this "hot rod" paint job in Cars 3—during the end credits as shown in the screenshot above. Pretty cool and very subtle! A "hot rod" Smokey was also released in this same case (seen HERE), however that design was never seen in the film and therefore is not canon.

cars 3 hot rod junior moon diecast

You can find Hot Rod Junior Moon currently at your local Walmart, Target or Amazon using the link below. As usual, happy hunting and let me know your thoughts down in the comments! My question for you is, could a "hot rod" Louise Nash and River Scott be on the way?

Monday, October 7, 2019

Cars 3: Shannon Spokes

cars 3 shannon spokes diecast

Welcome back Cars fans! Tonight I'm taking a brief look at the Mattel Cars 3 1:55 diecast of Shannon Spokes— who finally, after two years, is available as single-pack release (previously only available in multi-packs)! I've been waiting for this to happen ever since I saw her included as a "First Look" in THIS 2017 Piston Cup Race 5-Pack, since I didn't want to fork out for the other four cars in the set that I already had. This release of Shannon is part of the 2019 "Florida 500" sub-series.

Note: Shannon was also released this year as a metallic "Scavenger Hunt" diecast, seen HERE

As shown in the screenshot above, Shannon Spokes can be seen interviewing Lightning McQueen during the film's opening "Run that Race" montage. She is an on-the-track reporter in the Piston Cup Racing Series.

cars 3 shannon spokes diecast

FUN FACT: Her name is based on Shannon Spake (who also voices her in the film), a NASCAR correspondent and college football and basketball reporter for Fox Sports.

At this point, it may be difficult to spot Shannon in stores, but you can always check your nearest Target or Walmart just in case. If you'd rather just make things easy and pick her up online, you can use the direct Amazon link below. As usual, happy hunting! Let me know if you have any questions.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Cars 3: Jen Tansedan

Cars 3 mattel Jen Tansedan

It's time for another look at one of this year's brand new Cars 3 Mattel 1:55 scale diecast characters... Jen Tansedan! The one I have here, which I found at my local Walmart not too long ago, is carded on the new 2020 packaging; however, she was released earlier on in the summer in the 2019 packaging as well (seen HERE). Jen is part of the 2019 "The Cotter Pin" sub-series.

As shown in the screen capture above, Jen Tansedan can be spotted in a couple brief shots during the Cotter Pin bar scene.

Cars 3 mattel Jen Tansedan

The coolest thing about this car is actually her name! Jen Tansedan is a reference to Jen Tan, Creative Director at Consumer Products at Pixar. She's someone I look up to and admire a ton, so this car is a special one to me in that sense. It's also super clever that the character is literally a tan Sedan...kudos to whoever named/designed this character! And congrats to Jen, who's now part of the elite group of Pixarians whose name's been "carified".

You can find this diecast right now at your nearest Target, Walmart or Amazon using the direct link below. Happy hunting!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Cars 3: Jet Robinson

pixar cars 3 jet robinson

Hey Disney·Pixar Cars fans! I'm finally back with another Mattel Cars 1:55 scale diecast review for you. I know I always say this, but man do I have a lot of these from over the last two years to still post here on the blog. There's just been so much going on, but I do hope to get more of my diecast collection documented on here over the next few weeks.

Today I'm taking a very quick look at Jet Robinson, one of the first characters to be released this year. As seen in the screenshot above, Jet can be spotted very briefly (and only from the back) during the flashback to Doc's prime racing days in Cars 3. It appears he's from Myrtle Beach in South Carolina and was sponsored by Southern Gold and Make Way. His racing number is 17.

Lastly, Jet here is part of the 2019 "Doc's Racing Days" sub-series. And just FYI, he was also available in a 2-Pack with Doc (or should I say, "Dirt Track Fabulous Hudson Hornet"), as seen HERE.

Well that's about it—told you it would be quick! I will say, it's awesome to have another unique, never-before-released character in my collection. What are you thoughts? Did you add Jet to your Cars 3 collection? Let me know down below.