Thursday, August 25, 2016
"Gerald! Get off our rock! Off! Off! Off! Off! Off!" One of the most hilarious and most memorable moments from Finding Dory, featuring sea lions Gerald, Fluke and Rudder, is captured perfectly on this Disney Story exclusive cotton tee for adults.
People love them some Gerald. I haven't seen this much love out there for a side character (with no more than 90 seconds of screen time and no actual lines I might add) since...I don't know when! He is no doubt a fan favorite and with good reason; his goofy sounds, facial expressions and overall interactions with Fluke and Rudder get me every time.
This tee fits great and feels comfortable. If you have a special place in your heart for Gerald and his sea lion "pals", be sure to pick this up at your local Disney Store (or online HERE) before it's gone. Retail is $22.95.
Now shove OFF!
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
My Finding Dory books collection continues today with this interactive "An Ocean Adventure" board book featuring five fun character magnets that cling to the pages! Here kids can attach Bailey, Dory, Marlin, Nemo, Hank and Destiny to four colorful scenes to recreate their favorite movie moments or their own adventures.
Once again, there is some very basic wording on each page, though no author (or illustrator for that matter) is credited. I'm sure young Dory fans will find this entertaining, particularity during long car trips or any kind of travel. I loved stuff like this when I was a kid, so I couldn't resist picking it up for our future little ones!
Here's a peek inside- (note: for those who still have not seen the film and are avoiding spoilers, I would stop scrolling about here).
This is a very brief and very simple book, though it's very cute all the same. If you're interested in snagging this for your family's collection, be sure to pick it up wherever Finding Dory books are sold or on Amazon using the direct link below.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
With each new Disney·Pixar film release, there are always a few corresponding books that I consider staples in my collection. They are the automatic "must haves." For example, I consistently look forward to the Essential Guide books, Art of books, Little Golden Books, Ultimate Sticker books and Big Golden Books. With that said, what do you know...here we have the Finding Dory Big Golden Book from Randomhouse Publishing! This was released back in early May.
This book is 39 pages in length and is wonderfully adapted by author Bill Scollon. As usual with a lot of the Disney books these days, there is no specific illustrator credited; instead it just gives credit to the entire Disney Storybook Art Team. Nonetheless, the art style is fantastic... bright and universally appealing (basically what we're use to seeing in these Big Golden Books).
Compared to the other Finding Dory books I have, this is a more complete retelling of the film's story. Though it's still simplified and many parts have been cut out, this book covers significantly more than, say, the Little Golden Book. You will notice, however, that some side characters don't even make an appearance, such as the sea lions and Mr. Ray (although he does appear on the front cover).
Lets take a peek inside so you can have a feel for what to expect! Spoiler warning for those who haven't seen the film yet.
If you and your family loved Finding Dory, then you will love reading this fun, colorful adaptation together. Pick it up wherever Dory books are sold or on Amazon using the direct link below.
Monday, August 22, 2016
From Cars 2, here we have this year's Mattel 1:55 scale diecast release of Finn McMissile with Breather! I had been looking out for this for awhile and I finally found it just a couple days ago (at my local grocery store of all places...totally random). This deluxe size release is part of the 2016 "Oil Rig Getaway" sub-series (#6/8).
As shown in the screenshot above, Finn is seen this way near the beginning of the film after the big oil rig escape sequence. Finn "plays dead" and makes his underwater getaway by using his hidden submarine gear.
This is a really neat, well made, detailed diecast. If it looks familiar to you, that's because a similar release, Submarine Finn McMissile (seen HERE), was available back in 2011 (which was basically the same thing, minus the breather gadget).
This has been showing up sporadically in the US over the past few months (though it seems to just be getting to my area now). Your best bet is to check your local Target, Toys R Us or Walmart if you're looking to track this one down or visit eBay HERE or Amazon using the direct link below.
Best of luck on the hunt!
Sunday, August 21, 2016
"Heeeerrrreee's Brucie!!" Now sold exclusively at Disney Parks, here we have this fierce Finding Nemo inspired men's tee featuring the face of everyone's favorite Australian great white shark, Bruce! I picked this up during our most recent Walt Disney World vacation back in April.
You can find this there in Epcot (at Mouse Gear or the SeaBase Gift Shop) or in Animal Kingdom (at Island Mercantile or the merchandise cart near Finding Nemo: The Musical). If I'm not mistaken, I believe at saw it at the Disney Springs World of Disney store as well.
Note: I'm assuming this is also available in Disneyland/California Adventure, though I'm not sure. Let me know in the comments if and where you've seen it there!
There is also a kid's version of this same fun design, so be sure to pick that up too if you're looking to match with one of your little guys. Whether this shirt is for your next Disney vacation or just to have as a fun summer tee, if you love Finding Nemo, then this might be for you!
If you can't make it to the Disney Parks anytime soon, you can also purchase this right from the Shop Disney Parks app. And remember: Fish are friends. Not food.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Who can resist a cuddle party? And especially one with cute baby otters? Exactly. That's why my wife Brita and I just had to get this "ott-orable" girls Finding Dory summer sleep set for one of our future little ones (hey- no shame in planning ahead, right?). This is sold exclusively at the Disney Store and is currently on sale for just $7.99!
We love this scene in the film and it couldn't be represented any cuter here on these PJs. The otter screen art, the cool color scheme and the cozy cotton short bottoms/short sleeves make this the perfect summertime sleepwear for any little fan of Finding Dory. You can pick this up in sizes 2-10.
Find it at your local Disney Store today or online HERE.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Ready for some more fun in the tub? From Bandai, here we have their fantastic collection of four swimming Finding Dory bath toys featuring Dory, Nemo, Bailey and Hank!
These simple plastic "wind-up" swimming fish are about four to five inches in length and work without any batteries. Just pull back on the string, place in the water and watch them take off- each with a unique swimming movement! They're ideal for the bath or the pool and are recommended for kids ages 18 months+.
Let's take a closer look!
For the most part, these work pretty well. Since they're intended for very young kids, I can't really have any complaints (though if anything, I would have liked to see the swimming action last longer than just five seconds). Some swim better than others (with my experience, Hank is the weakest swimmer), but all in all they seem nicely made and do what they're suppose to do.
Note: These aren't suppose to swim perfectly or realistically. If you're expecting these to move like, say, RoboFish, you'll probably be disappointed. Again, these are very basic wind-up style toys. You can see them in action on YouTube HERE so you can see exactly what you're in for (unfortunately, I haven't had time yet to film my own video).
I took these out to the pool today to test them out with some of my nieces and nephews and, once again, they had so much fun. They were an absolute hit! I can honestly recommend these and think your little Finding Nemo/Dory fans will have a blast with them during bath time.
You can find these at Target, Walmart, Toys R Us or Amazon using the direct links below (retail price for each is $6.99). A huge thanks to Bandai for sending them over for me to review! Very much appreciated.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
"I was the fastest one out there. Course, I was the ball. You see, I...was the ball." -Mike Wazowski, Monsters Inc.
Currently sold exclusively at the Disney Store, here we have their [relatively] new Monsters Inc. Mike Wazowski bouncy ball! This bright green "super bounce" ball measures about 8.5 cm in diameter (fits perfect in the palm of your hand) and retails for $5.95. Kids will have a screamingly good time!
I grabbed this today in the "souvenir" section (that's what Disney calls its smaller, less expensive items) of the Disney Store (right by the checkout, or in Disney terms, the "box office"). It's not currently available online though, so dropping by your local store is your best bet if you're looking to grab this. I couldn't resist, given that Mike Wazowski is one of my all time favorite Pixar characters!
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Summer is [sadly] quickly coming to an end! So we've been trying to get in as much fun in the sun and pool time as possible over here. In preparation for today's post, I finally busted out and opened my Finding Dory Dive & Catch Game during today's swim. This is the third and final (following the Pool Shooter Hank and Dive Characters 3-Pack) Dory water toy that I picked up from the company Swimways.
Like the Dive Characters pack, this is another fun set of sinking water figures for kids to dive for and retrieve in the pool (they make good bath toys too). This time we have a net in the likeness of Nemo's school teacher Mr. Ray and five characters as seen in his class: Dory, Nemo, Sheldon, Pearl and Kathy. Help Mr. Ray scoop them all up!
Mr. Ray and Sheldon are made of a hard plastic, while all the other characters feel a bit softer. I love their adorable stylized look!
One of the main reasons I had to pick this set up was to get Kathy. Kathy is the hilarious bucktooth fish in Mr. Ray's class who says [in Finding Nemo] "Oh my gosh!! Nemo's swimming out to SEA!" She also has a line or two in Finding Dory as well.
I believe this is the first (and only) toy representation of her ever made, so she was a must have for me.
My nieces and nephews seemed to have a lot of fun with these today. Here they are :)
|My nieces Felicity and Kami and my Nephew Nathan|
This was released clear back in February, but I still see it on store shelves here and there (try your local Target and/or Toys R Us). You can also pick it up on Amazon using the direct link below. This is a really fun set that your kids will most certainly enjoy! A+
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
This shirt puts the "unique" in Uniqlo. I haven't seen anything out there like it! For a Pixar diehard such as myself, it took only a matter of about five seconds to see this and buy it. There was no question, especially since I've been looking out for a cool Luxo Jr. tee for some time now.
Here's a closer look at the little Luxo Jr. and ball patch on the sleeve (nice touch)...
And this Disney·Pixar logo is on the back near the neck line.