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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Toy Story 4: Hot/Cold Stainless Steel Tumbler (from Tervis)

toy story 4 stainless steel tumbler tervis

Looking for an awesome looking, high quality Toy Story 4 tumbler? Look no further than this one from Tervis! This is a double-walled, 18/8 stainless steel tumbler that is copper lined and vacuum insulated— that means it can keep HOT drink hot for up to 8 hours and COLD drinks cold for up to 24 hours. Not bad, huh?A big thanks to Disney·Pixar and Tervis for this gift!

This particular tumbler here is the 20 oz version (about 7" tall) and retails for $34.99. You can also buy this same design in a 30 oz size, which retails for $39.99. This is not dishwasher, microwave or freezer safe, so be sure to wash it out by hand with simple dish soap and water. The leak resistant & easy-close lid is, however, dishwasher safe.

toy story 4 stainless steel tumbler tervis

Once again, I love the stylized screen art here! The minimal, cartoony style is so effective and vibrant. If it looks familiar, that's because these are the exact same designs that are featured on the Happy Feet Zlipperz I showed off last night! As with the slippers, there is a huge variety of characters found here: Woody, Buzz, Bullseye, Bo Peep, Bo Peep's sheep, Forky, Duke Caboom, Dolly, Aliens, Jessie, Gabby Gabby, Ducky, Bunny, Combat Carl, Buttercup, Peas-in-a-Pod (even though they didn't appear in TS4), Rex, Hamm, Giggle McDimples and Mr. Potato Head.

toy story 4 stainless steel tumbler tervis
toy story 4 stainless steel tumbler tervis

And who's that? Here's that mystery Giggle McDimples-esque Pet Patrol dog character again! I'm so curious about this. How far into production did this character make it (before being deleted) in order for him/her to be included on some officially licensed merch like this? Below you can see the character concept artwork as found in The Art of Toy Story 4 book.

toy story 4 stainless steel tumbler tervis

You can pick up this tumbler on the official Tervis website HERE or Amazon using the link below if you're interested. I highly recommend it if you're in the market for a new tumbler and want yours to be fun and Toy Story themed! I've already brought mine to work and it's been a big hit. It's a real eye catcher.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Toy Story 4: Buzz Lightyear Mix-N-Match "Zlipperz" Set (from Happy Feet)

happy feet toy story 4 zlipperz

Back in June, I introduced you to Happy Feet—a slipper company known for their unique and innovative designs for kids and families (you may remember them from Shark Tank if you follow that show). One of their coolest products is what they call "Zlipperz", the first zip on, zip off interchangeable slipper. Four tops and two bottoms are included in a set, which gives you up to three potential design combos by mixing and matching the four tops. Such a fun and creative idea! There are a bunch of Toy Story 4 designs; this just happens to be the set that was gifted to me during the Toy Story 4 press event I attended in Walt Disney World. A huge thanks to Happy Feet for sponsoring this post!

The tops in this set are adorable and I love the stylized designs. The ones seen above are so fun because they include SO many of the film's main characters in such a vibrant way! If you look closely, you can spot Woody, Buzz, Bullseye, Bo Peep, Bo Peep's sheep, Forky, Duke Caboom, Dolly, Aliens, Jessie, Gabby Gabby, Ducky, Bunny, Combat Carl, Buttercup, Peas-in-a-Pod (even though they didn't appear in TS4) and even tiny slivers (along the edges) of Rex, Hamm, Giggle McDimples and Mr. Potato Head.

The most interesting thing to me is that the above design appears to include a deleted character (seen in the Art of Toy Story 4 book below) from the film— what seems to be, a dog friend of Giggle McDimples? A fellow Pet Patrol officer, perhaps? This change to the film must have happened late into production for the character to end up on an official licensed piece of merch. Do you have any insights?

happy feet toy story 4 zlipperz
happy feet toy story 4 zlipperz

Anyway, onto the next tops; a much more straight forward, yet awesome, design of Buzz Lightyear!

happy feet toy story 4 zlipperz

Here you can see a little bit more about how these work. It's really quite simple though...the tops just literally zipper on and off the bottoms! They are very easy to change whenever you're feeling like mixing it up.

happy feet toy story 4 zlipperz
happy feet toy story 4 zlipperz

The base of the slippers are soft, squishy and totally comfortable (made from a foam material that really is like walking on pillows). Underneath you'll notice that they have convenient rubber/non-skid bottoms as well.

happy feet toy story 4 zlipperz

Here's a little demonstration video showing how easy these are to use!


The Zlipperz sets retail for $28. You can purchase this one (and many other designs) on the Happy Feet website HERE. They're available in toddler, men and women sizes—so much fun for the whole family! I can totally recommend these. And remember, Happy Feet also produces TONS of other Disney and non-Disney designs as well. If you like what you see, I suggest exploring their site HERE.

What are your thoughts? Have you picked up any slippers (or Zlipperz) from Happy Feet?

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Up: Young Carl & Ellie Funko "POP!" 2-Pack (SDCC 2019 / BoxLunch Exclusive)

up carl and ellie funko pop review

Last month (July 18th) Funko released a bunch of Funko "POP!" vinyl figures exclusive to San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) and select retailers—each dubbed "2019 Summer Convention Limited Edition". One of the absolute best, not to mention most popular, sets released was this Up inspired Young Carl & Ellie 2-Pack; an absolute dream for us Pixar fans/Funko collectors! This was available at SDCC and BoxLunch Gifts (in-store and online). What was crazy is that it was so incredibly popular, that it sold out online within mere minutes! I jumped right on it when the link dropped and even I missed out on it. Crazy!

I wasn't about to pay nutty scalper prices, so I put it out there on Instagram that I was looking for help. I'm so grateful for a buddy of mine on there (THANK YOU AGAIN JUSTIN!) who answered the call and helped me get one at his local BoxLunch store the next morning! That was incredibly generous. He shipped it right to me and, well, here it is! My review.

Let's start with the box. It's fantastically designed and completely captures the heart, innocence and adventurous nature of these two characters. I especially love the grape soda pin design used for the backdrop of "2 Pack" in the upper right corner. I don't keep my Funko POP! boxes (space issues), so this one was a real tough one to throw away.

up carl and ellie funko pop review

And here they are out of the box! Are these not the cutest?? I can't even. I love the goggles on Carl, the "Spirit of Adventure" balloon and his adorable airplane flying pose—just like in the film! It's also pretty adorable that they included his teeny tiny grape soda "Ellie Badge"; although it's not entirely movie accurate since by the time Ellie gives that to him, he had already lost his balloon. Great detail nonetheless! I'm just so impressed with how detailed these Funko POP! sculpts have become, just look at Carl's hat for example.


YOUNG CARL
up carl and ellie funko pop review
up carl and ellie funko pop review

Young Ellie is equally adorable. Her holding the iconic "My Adventure Book", as well as her movie accurate pink bow, outfit, freckles and missing tooth, are all perfect details.

YOUNG ELLIE
up carl and ellie funko pop review
up carl and ellie funko pop review

As mentioned, this sold out very quickly—so unfortunately eBay is really the only way to go at this point! I can't recommend it enough though if you can swing it. You can check out current listings HERE using this direct link (sets are currently selling for around $70). Original retail price was $30.

Let me know your thoughts down below! Were you able to snag one of these 2-Packs? Which one is your favorite? Stay tuned as I'll be posting about the other Pixar SDCC Funko exclusives right here soon.

Note: Remember Vinylmations? Check out a similar 2-Pack that I got years ago HERE if you love young Carl and Ellie.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Toy Story 4: Pizza Planet Mug with Forky

toy story 4 forky mug

Trash?

While attending the Toy Story 4 press event in Walt Disney World last month, I stumbled upon this amazing Pizza Planet mug with included Forky stirrer at my resort gift shop! I had to get it as a souvenir to remember my trip by. Since then though, it's actually gotten a wide release at Disney Stores nationwide—as well as ShopDisney.com! So if you're interested in getting this for your collection, you're in luck as it's very easy to find at this point.

Both the mug and Forky are ceramic and both are dishwasher/microwave safe. Here are some additional details you might want to know:
  • Size of the mug: 4 1/2'' H x 5'' W (at handle) x 3 1/4'' Diameter
  • Holds 12 oz.
  • Size of Forky: 4 3/4'' H x 1 1/2'' W x 1'' D
  • Dimensional lip
  • Contrast handle and interior
toy story 4 forky mug

The Pizza Planet mug is cool enough on its own, but the Forky "figural spoon" (as they call it) that can hang over the side is what seriously sells it! So clever and unique; this was an instant must-buy as soon as I saw it. Not only is the mug practical to drink from, but completely display worthy as well. I'll be adding this to my Toy Story 4 shelf!

toy story 4 forky mug

Here's the full Forky stirrer, complete with rainbow detail on his stick foot! I love his minimal stylization—he looks completely adorable.

toy story 4 forky mug

My only wish is that something like this actually happened in Toy Story 4. I would have loved to see a quick glimpse of Pizza Planet from the outside (even just driving past it during the road trip) or even just Forky hiding in a Pizza Planet cup like this in the trash. From what I remember, it never happens (unless it's a blink and you miss it moment)! Oh well, at least this set is awesome regardless.

Again, you can find this currently at the Disney Parks, your local Disney Store or ShopDisney.com HERE for $19.95. Get it while you can, and remember, don't let Forky throw himself away! Be sure to share your thoughts down below.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Toy Story 4: Signature Collection Ducky & Bunny Review (from Thinkway Toys)

toy story 4 thinkway signature collection ducky and bunny

In late 2009, leading up to the release of Toy Story 3 in theaters, Thinkway Toys had serious Toy Story fans/adult collectors in mind when they launched their "Toy Story Collection" line of full scale replicas (later renamed "Toy Story Signature Collection"). Each toy came complete with a certificate of authenticity, was designed using Pixar's own digital data used for the films and was promised to be the most authentic, movie accurate version of the character out there (which turned out to be more or less true for the most part).

The line ran from the end of 2009-2011 and featured 14 characters from the first three Toy Story films (seen HERE). For a while there, it was a dream come true for Toy Story fans such as myself as we got amazing new versions of characters we hadn't seen for a decade...but of course it didn't last forever and us diehards were super bummed when the assortment didn't continue on. Well, flash forward to eight years later and the Toy Story Signature Collection (TSSC) is back featuring several new characters from Toy Story 4! Collectors rejoice.

Now that Toys R Us is gone, this new wave is now exclusive to Target stores and features Ducky, Bunny, Bo Peep with Sheep and (coming later this year) Duke Caboom! Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie, Bullseye, Green Army Men and the Aliens were re-released as well (but are virtually the same as the original releases). Today I'm taking a detailed look at Ducky and Bunny specifically and will explain why I feel these are the best versions of the characters you can buy.


BUNNY
Let's start with Bunny. To me, Thinkway Toys totally nailed it here; it's just undeniably the most movie accurate out of all the Bunny plush out there! His face, his soft plush material, his shape, his size, his colors...it's all just spot on to me. And he even has his whiskers, velcro on one hand (to attach to Ducky) AND a plastic hook on his head—three details the Disney Store version failed to get right. Sure, if you really want to get picky and compare this toy to the one in the movie, it's not 100% perfect (but I feel it's the closest we'll get).

toy story 4 thinkway signature collection ducky and bunny
toy story 4 thinkway signature collection ducky and bunny

His plastic eyes with the clear, glittery purple irises look amazing (some versions out there have the purple either stitched or painted). These ones are movie accurate, as well as his blue plastic (not plush) nose.

toy story 4 thinkway signature collection ducky and bunny

For both Bunny and Ducky, I love the carnival inspired packaging and how the "Star Adventurer" game is featured. Great work on the designs!

toy story 4 thinkway signature collection ducky and bunny

Now as far as the talking feature goes, it's loud and clear! His voice is right out of the film and sounds great, not to mention he apparently has over 50 sayings. Just press the button on his chest or squeeze him to make talk. It's amazing how much better his voice sounds when compared to the Disney Store version, which is very muffled and mostly made up of grunts and silly sounds (rather than words and phrases). 

Here's some of what he says:
  • "I want your honest opinion. I look good in green fur, right?" 
  • "Hehe Thanks, pal."
  • "Don't worry! You are adorable...in your own way."
  • "You haven't seen my friend Ducky have you?"
  • "He's yellow and fluffy, but not as fluffy as me of course."
  • "Ducky and I go back a long way."
  • "Me and him have like this special bond, you know?"
  • "Oh yah! We're the best buddies there are! When we're not fighting."
  • "And sometimes, we don't even know why we argue."
  • "You have a kid?! Like a kid kid?"
  • "No way! Wow!"
  • "You are a very lucky toy."
  • "Have you heard? There's a stealth mission coming up."
toy story 4 thinkway signature collection ducky and bunny
toy story 4 thinkway signature collection ducky and bunny

The only main thing I'd say is not the most movie accurate is Bunny's ear length. They should be a bit longer, but that's a small nitpick. Again, I do love that plastic hook detail! Remember this is part of his design, so don't remove it.

toy story 4 thinkway signature collection ducky and bunny

Bunny requires/includes 2 AA batteries (the compartment can be found under his foot). I was actually surprised to unbox this to find that he has hard plastic under his feet! This, of course, is also not movie accurate, but I really like it so that he stand and be displayed on his own (something that wouldn't usually be possible with a plush like this). I can see though that it could bother someone who wanted a full plush toy here; if that's the case, there are plenty of other versions out there that don't have these plastic feet. 

Lastly, Bunny is 16" tall, about 10" wide and retails for $59.99. Yes, that's pricey, but that's just the Thinkway Toys TSSC for you. Expect high prices; these are deluxe film replicas after all and are extremely well made!

toy story 4 thinkway signature collection ducky and bunny



DUCKY
For Ducky, I'm going to echo a lot of what I said about Bunny. He's just about perfect! He's soft, squishy and looks completely movie accurate. He's made of all the right materials (again, love the sparkly eyes), is the right shape, the right colors and the correct size. 

toy story 4 thinkway signature collection ducky and bunny
toy story 4 thinkway signature collection ducky and bunny

I love the fluffy hair atop Ducky's head. So well done and looks straight out of the film! As mentioned earlier, Ducky also has velcro on his hand to attach to Bunny.

 toy story 4 thinkway signature collection ducky and bunny

Just a reminder, both Bunny and Ducky come with certificates of authenticity—just like the original TSSC characters did! These can be found inside the base of the boxes. Don't forget them if you're going to be throwing this packaging away.  

Speaking of the packaging, I have to give it another shout out. Once again, great designs! Really captures the fun of carnival games (and of Toy Story 4 in general).

toy story 4 thinkway signature collection ducky and bunny

I was super excited to see that Ducky's legs/feet are soft yet sturdy enough that he can stand on his own too! Only he doesn't have any plastic under is feet, which is nice. His battery pack can be accessed via a velcro pouch underneath him. Like Bunny, he requires 2 AA batteries (included). 

His voice sounds excellent as well— a "quality sound system" if you ask me (; Here are just a few of his "over 50 sayings":
  • "You know what I like about me me? Me!"
  • *beatboxing sounds*
  • "Another exciting day at the carnival!"
  • "Hey buddy! How are you?"
  • "Hm hm...uh huh...sounds good!"
  • "Uh oh, are you alright? What happened?" 
  • "You look kinda different! Did some of your fur rub off?"
  • "Oh interesting! Well it's all good. You still look very nice!"
  • "Hey! Do you have any plans for today?"
  • "Oh ok, sure. Whatever you say."
  • "You and me, we make a great team. Did I already say that? Man!"
  • "Man I love me some balloons!"
  • "Step right up man! Win yourself a prize."
toy story 4 thinkway signature collection ducky and bunny

Ducky is about 11" tall and roughly 8.5" wide. He retails for $42.99. Again, pricey, but completely worth it.
 
toy story 4 thinkway signature collection ducky and bunny

Well everyone, I think those are all of my detailed thoughts surrounding these guys! If I had just one last "criticism", it would be that I wish they included some of their classic quotes from the film. They have so many hilarious and amazing lines and I don't think there is one featured here with either of these guys. So yah, just a bit of a missed opportunity I feel. Also, it would have been cool if they had an interactive feature where they could talk to each other...but really, that's it! Other than that, these are incredible and do not disappoint. I can't recommend them enough!

These are Target exclusives and can still be found there at the store (I had to ask a worker at mine to get them from the back for me though, so definitely ask if you don't see them on the shelves; distribution has been a bit wonky). You can also still get them online (HERE for Bunny; HERE for Ducky).

thinkway toys ducky and bunny signature collection
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What are your thoughts? Have you picked these up for your collection? Do you feel these are the best versions of the characters you can buy? I'd love to hear what you think! And stay tuned as I'll be reviewing the rest of the Toy Story 4 Signature Collection characters right here soon.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Incredibles 2: Hallmark Decoupage Ornaments (from Target)

incredibles 2 hallmark target decoupage ornaments

Back in the fall of 2013, Hallmark began releasing some adorably stylized "shatterproof" decoupage Christmas ornaments for kids at stores like Target, Walmart and [at the time] Toys R Us. Characters from all sorts of different properties were represented, but the majority were characters from Disney/Pixar/Star Wars/ Marvel films. The line proved to be super popular and has returned, as well as expanded, every year since! It's always so fun, come around November, when Target puts out their Christmas stuff and I get to see which new characters have been developed. Who will it be this year? I'm really hoping for some more Toy Story faces. 

Anyway, right now I'm gonna take a look back at the Pixar characters released last year for Incredibles 2...Edna Mode and Violet! I never got around to reviewing these (whoops), so I figured "Christmas in July" was the perfect time to do so at this point. Less than 5 months now until Christmas, which is crazy! 

Both of these are darling and I was excited to see both these characters made, especially Edna! Love that character. They look great and fit perfectly with all the other characters released over the years. I was surprised though that Mr. Incredible or Elastigirl weren't made, they would have been perfect in this style too! 

Take a closer look down below...


EDNA MODE
incredibles 2 hallmark target decoupage ornaments

VIOLET
incredibles 2 hallmark target decoupage ornaments

Again, I really love the designs and figure they'll be perfect for a separate, smaller Christmas tree in our kids' bedroom someday! They're all very lightweight too, which is nice. Each one is about 4" in size and retails for $7.

The only ones I'm missing now from past years (before I started collecting them) are Mater from Cars, Sulley (regular Monsters Inc. version) and Joy, Sadness, Disgust & Anger from Inside Out. I still hope to track them down somehow. If you're looking to add any of these to your collection, be sure to check eBay and Amazon as I saw many of them on there recently. And as usual, make sure to leave any comments or questions you might have down in the comments!

See my previous posts on all of them shown below, HERE.

pixar hallmark target decoupage ornaments

Side Note- As a massive Star Wars fan, I've also been collecting all of those characters from this line. Check them out HERE and HERE as featured on my Star Wars collection Instagram page.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Toy Story 4 Toddler Tee (from Target)

toy story 4 toddler tee target

With Toy Story 4 in theaters, there's of course a TON of Toy Story baby/toddler/kids clothes in stores right now. Target especially has some really cute stuff! While I can't get all of it (I would if I could ;), once in a while I can't resist picking up a particular design...like this one here! And for just $7.99, how could I not? I like how 90's it feels—it looks like something I could have worn as a kid when the original film came out. I found the colored text Toy Story logo unique and the screen art of the characters super cute. Love the mix of old and new friends!

I got this for our baby boy who's due in December. 18M was the last size they had in stock, so I snagged that one, but it's also available in 12M, 2T, 3T, 4T and 5T. You find it still in stores or online HERE. Material is a 60% Cotton, 40% Polyester blend, which feels soft and cozy.

toy story 4 toddler tee target

Anyway, I just wanted to share this real quick in case any parents on here are interested as well! Let me know any comments or questions you might have below. Thanks for dropping in!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Toy Story & Incredibles 2 Novelty Shades Review (by Sun-Staches)

disney sun-staches toy story

Sun-Staches, known for their fun and transformative costume/novelty shades, has sent me an awesome selection of some of their most relevant ones to share with all you (a BIG thanks to them)! Here we have Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Mr. Incredible and Dash sunglasses—perfect for birthday parties, vacations (the beach, poolside, etc.) or really any outdoor summer imaginative play. One size fits most, which means adults can join in on the fun as well!

These shades are both hilariously fun (with those super silly designs), but also practical as they have 100% UV protection shatter resistant lenses. Retail price for each pair is $10.99.

disney sun-staches toy story

My nephews are big Toy Story fans, so I was excited to surprise them this week with these pairs to have fun with during our vacation in New Hampshire! We had a blast taking these photos while hanging out by the lake. My nephew Noah especially loves Buzz and was even wearing his Buzz Lightyear swimsuit and rash guard at the time—so these shades really helped complete the ensemble, wouldn't you say?

My favorite detail is the Woody temples, patterned after his classic checkered shirt!

TOY STORY— WOODY & BUZZ LIGHTYEAR
disney sun-staches toy story
disney sun-staches toy story disney sun-staches toy story
disney sun-staches toy story

And here we have my brother in-law Darin and nephew Nathan riding the super fast kayak-mobile. They're ready to save the day in their Mr. Incredible and Dash shades!

INCREDIBLES 2— MR. INCREDIBLE & DASH
disney sun-staches incredibles
disney sun-staches incredibles

You can snag these on the official Sun-Staches website HERE. And while you're browsing, look out for TONS more from other Disney/Pixar properties including Monsters Inc., Inside Out, Finding Dory, Cars, The Lion King, Frozen, Marvel and much more (not to mention lots of designs from non-Disney properties as well).

Be sure to let me know your thoughts down below. Which pair is your favorite? Have you added any Sun-Staches shades to your collection? Do you remember when Sun-Staches were featured on Shark Tank? If you like what you see and want the latest updates, you can follow Sun-Staches on Instagram HERE.

disney sun-staches toy story buzz lightyear
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