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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Toy Story: Mattel "Minis" Playsets (Andy's Room & Western Adventure)

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Hello everyone! I know I mentioned today's post here was supposed to be yesterday's post, so thanks for bearing with me. With the amount of photos this post has, as well as work I was doing on an extensive unboxing of these as well (which will be linked at the bottom), this one took a bit more time than I anticipated. Without any further ado, here we go!

I'm super thrilled to be giving you a detailed look at the brand new Toy Story "Minis" playsets, just released by Mattel! To catch up on my previous posts featuring more from this fantastic collection, be sure to check out the minis figure 10-pack HERE, blind packs series 1 HERE, blind packs series 3 HERE and the minis vehicle sets HERE.

Last week I received a message from one of my Twitter followers (thanks Nick!) letting me know these hit Amazon. I was so excited and ordered them within seconds. I received them Monday and have been working on getting this post done since! UPDATE: Tonight I found them at my local Toy R Us as well.

mattel toy story minis playsets

The two minis playsets we have here so far are called "Andy's Room" (based on, well, Andy's room in the original film) and "Western Adventure" (loosely inspired by Toy Story 3 with maybe a little bit of Woody's Roundup mixed in). Both sets are, of course, very small (measuring around 9" long and 4.5" tall) and retail for $14.99.

Let's take a closer look at each one!


Western Adventure Minis Playset
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First of all, again, the packaging here with these is so cute. I love the style! The minimal artwork is adorable and all the little details are great (for example, the eye patch alien behind the jail cell as seen below; could that mean a minis figure of that character is on its way soon??).

mattel toy story minis playsets western adventure

It pained me tearing the packaging up for my unboxing video, but I wanted to show you all the sets out of their boxes and in action! This particular set comes with the main buildings structure (featuring a gold-mine, sheriff's office and bank), a money railroad car (which opens up), two money bags, a piece of railroad track (which can snap into any side of the playset) and an exclusive lasso Woody minis figure (with removable hat). Check it all out!

mattel toy story minis playsets western adventure
 mattel toy story minis playsets western adventure
mattel toy story minis playsets western adventure

What's really neat, and for added fun, the minis "Western Train" vehicle (seen in my post HERE) can be combined with this set and connected to the money boxcar! Makes for a cool little expansion.

Open up the money car from the top and store the two plastic money bags inside. But watch out for the evil One-Eyed Bart and One-Eyed Betty! They're after the gold.

 mattel toy story minis playsets western adventure


Andy's Room Minis Playset
mattel toy story minis playsets andy's room

Now we're gonna take a look at the Andy's Room minis playset. Here you'll find Andy's signature cloud wallpaper, his desk and lamp, his orange "Hot Wheels" track, his iconic toy box, an exclusive Buzz Lightyear minis figure (the first one with his wings out to date) and the Red Baron "Hot Wheels" car for Buzz to ride in. 

The only bummer with this set is that I thought it came with an exclusive shark with Woody's hat figure (seen coming out of the toy box in the package above). It turned out to be just a cardboard display piece, but it makes me think that we could be getting an actual shark minis figure very soon! 

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If Woody starts getting jealous of Buzz and tired of his "flying", "laser", "quality sound system" and "impressive wing span", you can use the swiveling lamp on the desk to help knock him out the window!

mattel toy story minis playsets andy's room
mattel toy story minis playsets andy's room

"Fall with style" by sending Buzz and the Red Baron car down the "Hot Wheels" ramp! Also, Andy's toy box opens up and you can fit two to three minis figures inside.

mattel toy story minis playsets andy's room

I absolutely love the look of these sets and all the fun accessories and play features. Best of all? They both can connect (in more than one way) for maximum fun! I'm assuming more playsets are in development and I'm hoping for another release real soon. I'm sure we'll be able to connect any new sets to what we have here so far and I really look forward to expanding this little Toy Story playset world with new locations.

What could be next? Pizza Planet? Al's Toy Barn? Sid's Room? Zurg's fortress? Sunnyside Daycare? So many possibilities! Shout out your ideas/hopes for this series in the comment section below. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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Finally, here's my YouTube unboxing video! Check it out to see these in action and feel free to "like" and subscribe for more content. :) Thanks so much for the support!




Monday, February 20, 2017

Monsters University: Disney Store Brock and Claire Mini Bean Bag Plush

monsters university brock claire plush disney store

This past Saturday I started my reviews of the 2013 Monsters University Disney Store mini bean bag plush (which began with Archie the Scare Pig). Today I'm continuing on with two more from the collection...Brock Pearson and Claire Wheeler! In the film, Claire is the president of the Greek Council, while Brock serves at the vice president. Both take part in emceeing the annual MU Scare Games.

These are both super cool and very unique plush. The only other products I have for either of these characters are the "monster mini" figures from Spin Master (seen HERE). Other than those figures and these plush, I don't believe there are any other items out there of Brock and Claire. That alone made these a must have for me. 

monsters university brock claire plush disney store

I always though Brock's preppy, over the top energy in the film was pretty hilarious and found his look to be pretty cool and much different than any of the other monsters seen on screen. I had to have this one! I'm indifferent about Claire honestly (as a character), but I couldn't have one without the other of course. Both plushies have very decent likenesses, details and embroidered features.The fabrics/materials used here are really nice and you can tell these are quality made overall.

Brock stands at 9" tall (including the horns) and Claire at around 10.5" tall. Both originally retailed for the standard mini bean bag plush price of $9.95.

That's it for these guys! If you're looking to add these to your collection, check out this direct link to current eBay listings (they're very easy to track down for surprisingly cheap). Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and thanks so much for dropping by! 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Toy Story 2: Disney Store 30th Anniversary Pin (Jessie & Bullseye)

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If you didn't know this already, this year marks the Disney Store's 30th anniversary! To celebrate this milestone, the Disney Store has a bunch of exclusive merch lined up— including 30 never before released limited edition pins commemorating Disney (mostly animated) feature films from 1988 through 2017. They are being released every Saturday for 10 weeks straight; the dates ranging January 28th through April 1st (as seen in the graphic below).

The pins come in sets of three for $19.99. Each pin represents a different movie which corresponds to a specific year (the pin sets are being released in [movie] chronological order). With that said, yesterday was the release of the week four pin set which includes Hercules (1997), Mulan (1998) and Toy Story 2 (1999). Today I'm taking a closer look at the Toy Story 2 pin, featuring Bullseye and Jessie, which I was able to get my hands on!


Disclosure: I didn't actually fork out for the full pin set just to get this one pin. One of my generous managers at the Disney Store I work at actually bought the set for herself, but didn't have any need for this Jessie one. Because she knows my love for Pixar, she gifted it to me! It was an extremely kind gesture and very much appreciated.

toy story disney store 30th anniversary pin jessie bullseye

On the back it you'll spot the "Disney Store Genuine Original Authentic" logo, the "Official Pin Trading 2017" logo, text reading "30th Anniversary" and the artist's signature (who is, in this case, Monty Maldovan). Of course the traditional Mickey Mouse icon pinbacks are included as well.

This is actually a really fantastic pin that I wouldn't have otherwise got. I really love the sparkly glitter accents behind the characters which, by the way, looks so much cooler in person! My photo unfortunately doesn't do it justice. I'm thrilled to have this as part of my small Pixar pin collection.

This whole set completely sold out yesterday (in stores and online), however eBay sellers have already begun listing it. Check out current listings right HERE if you're looking to add this pin/set to YOUR collection! 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Monsters University: Disney Store Archie the Scare Pig (Mini Bean Bag Plush)

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Today's the beginning of my detailed look at the entire 2013 Monsters University mini bean bag plush collection from the Disney Store...starting now with Archie the Scare Pig! Over the next couple weeks, I'll be showing you guys all the awesome fraternity, sorority and other mini MU plush that were released around the debut of the film. Note: if you missed my "medium core" Oozma Kappa plush post from back in November, check it out HERE. I also reviewed the medium Mrs. Squibbles plush HERE.

In the film, Archie was originally [rival school] Fear Tech's mascot; that is until Sulley stole it and made it MU's own (with the help of Mike, who got no cred I might add). I've always been a fan of this hilarious side character. Though he doesn't get more than a few brief moments of screen time, his completely goofy look and little pigs sounds never fail to crack me up. This plush was a must have for me!

disney store monsters university archie pig mascot plush

Here are some of the details—
  • He's super soft 
  • Is 7" long and about 5" tall 
  • Has embroidered Features 
  • Nice character likeness/movie accurate details
  • Mini bean pellets inside 
  • Original retail of $9.95 
There you go! That's this guy in a nutshell. If you wanna pick this one up for your collection, be sure to check out this direct link to current eBay listings or Amazon using the link below.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Toy Story: Mattel "Minis" Figures with Vehicles (Train, Spaceship, Pizza Planet Truck & RC)

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The adorable Toy Story "Minis" collection continues with these brand spankin' new vehicle sets from Mattel! If you haven't checked out my previous posts on this popular series, be sure to catch up HERE (for the 10-pack), HERE (for the blind packs Series 1) and HERE (for the blind packs Series 3).

Each of these Toy Story inspired vehicles include one exclusive figure. We have the Western Train with [pointing finger] Woody, Spaceship with [aiming laser] Buzz Lightyear, Pizza Planet Truck with [new design] Alien and RC with [remote control] Woody. I was able to find all four at Toys R Us earlier this week for $5.99 a piece.

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When they say mini, they mean mini. There are very small figures that stand just over an inch tall, are made of hard plastic and have very limited articulation (as in most of their heads and turn, but that's about it). Their vehicles are also very tiny (at around 3" in size) and feature rolling wheels.

Let's look a bit closer of these guys out of their packages!

Woody with Train
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This Woody is just a tad different than the previously released standard Woody. This one is pointing his finger and has a more stern expression. His hat is removable. 

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 Alien with Pizza Planet Truck
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This alien is also very similar to the original, but if you compare the two, you'll notice this one is an entirely new sculpt. His eyes, mouth and belt are different and his arms are in a different position.  

mattel toy story minis vehicles pizza planet truck alien

Woody with RC
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Again, this Woody is all new. Of course the main difference here is that he's holding RC's remote control, but his facial expression also differs from the two other versions. Like usual, his hat is removable.

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Buzz with Spaceship 
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This Buzz is, again, brand new. His stance and facial expression (with the one eye closed) are as if he were aiming his laser. Pretty neat! He also has a blue belt, which seems to be the utility belt that the deluded Buzz in Toy Story 2 wore. I'm not sure if that's what they were going for (since his packaging shows Andy's room), but that's my best guess.

mattel toy story minis vehicles buzz spaceship


I was so excited when I finally spotted these at the store on Tuesday. There was only one of each pack, except the Buzz with spaceship (there were three of those). At first I didn't see the train and I was bummed I was going to have to settle for three out of the four, but then I found it laying on the shelf elsewhere behind a few things!

If you or your little ones are into collecting this series, I can't recommend these enough. They look so cute and awesome (not to mention the added play value)! I'm a sucker for anything related to Pizza Planet Truck merch, so that has got to be my favorite. What's yours?

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Be sure to check your local Toys R Us today for availability. Best of luck on the hunt!

UPDATE: My detailed YouTube video review is now up as well. Check it out below and feel free to "like" subscribe if you haven't already ;)


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Best Disney Tsum Tsum Display Shelf— At Least For Me!

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The Tsum Tsum craze is stronger than ever. More and more Disney collectors are getting caught up in all the stackable cuteness— and I'm one of them! From plush, to vinyl figures, to blind packs, to clothing, to just about anything you can think of (heck, even lip balm), Tsum Tsum products are everywhere now. That leads many to wonder, "what is the best way to display my Tsum Tsum collection?" (specifically the mini plush). That is a great question with many answers.

There are a lot of awesome Tsum Tsum displays out there (just Google it, you'll see). I've seen some very effective basic ones as well as some extremely creative methods. Cube shelves, book shelves, custom shaped shelves, corner shelves, shadow boxes, nets, cubbies, etc... I've seen them all and they're all great options! Really it comes down to you and the the style/look you're going for.

best tsum tsum display shelf

Over the past couple years I thought a lot about how I personally wanted to display my Tsum collection. Well, I finally got my answer just a few days ago while I was browsing my local Target. I stumbled upon this large mesh metal circle shelf and knew right off the bat that it would make a perfect Tsum display shelf—and I was right! It's like it was made for Tsum Tsums. Come to find out, after searching the web, I'm definitely not the first one to have this idea. But hey, I'm excited to share it with you in case this is new to you as it was to me.

Since I exclusively collect Pixar Tsum Tsums, I only have around 50 currently (though I'm sure that will change big time this year). This shelf can comfortably fit, according to my calculated guess, around 120; so that gives me plenty of room to grow! I cannot wait for this to be filled to the brim. It will look adorably perfect.

The shelf is 25" H x 25" W x 5" D in size. It's very easy to hang (comes with two screws) and retails for $29.99. If this has got you interested, be sure to pick it up at your local Taget store (seems they've been around since last year) or online right HERE!

how should I display my tsum tsum collection

For me and the amount of Tsum Tsums I have/plan on having, this is the definitive way to display my collection. I'm excited to hang it up in my kids' room (or office or playroom...wherever it might end up) someday. Until then.

How do you display your Tsum Tsum collection? I'd love to hear, or even better, I'd love to see! Shout it out in the comments below and feel free to share any pics you might have.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Pixar Valentine For You

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Happy Valentine's Day 2017 from Dan the Pixar Fan and all the Pixar couples! Hope your day is filled with love (and chocolate). Thank you all for your continued Support!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Cars: Artie and Brian Fee Clamp 2-Pack

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Now here's a release I got very late in the game last year...this Disney·Pixar Cars Artie and Brian Fee Clamp 2-pack! This set was available around last May, but it never showed up in my area. In the end I finally had to resort to Amazon (well, my mother in-law did, who got this for me for this past Christmas). As usual, these are 1:55 scale diecast vehicles from Mattel and are part of the 2016 "LA Speedway" sub-series (#10/11 and #11/11).

As shown in the screenshot above, both Artie and Brian are directors for the RSN Racing Network. They can be briefly seen [a couple of times] during the film's final climatic race at the Los Angeles Speedway.

pixar cars artie and brian fee clamp

Though I already have an Artie diecast (seen in my post from years ago HERE), the version I have has lenticular eyes. With that said, it was pretty easy justifying getting another one here with this set, since this version has standard "fixed" eyes (plus the coloring is a tad different, the windows are darker and the mold is now a unibody). Brian Fee Clamp, however, is a brand new never before released character.

Interestingly, Brian Fee is being released AGAIN this year as a 2017 "Deluxe" size single. That was a quick re-release.

Let's take a closer look at these guys...

Artie
pixar cars artie and brian fee clamp

Brian Fee Clamp
pixar cars artie and brian fee clamp

Fun Fact: "Brian Fee Clamp" is named after Cars 3 director Brian Fee! Brian has been in the art department at Pixar since work began on the original Cars.

Having trouble finding this 2-pack in your area as well? No worries. You can always check out current eBay listings HERE or Amazon using the direct link below. Have fun on the hunt!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Cars 2: Towga Gremlin

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Today I'm taking a closer look at Towga Gremlin from Cars 2...yet another 1:55 scale diecast from Mattel! This was one of the last ones I needed from last year (release was around September) and I finally just acquired it. Woo-hoo! He is part of the 2016 "Oil Rig Gettaway" sub-series (#5/8).

As shown in the screen shot above, Towga is one of the Lemons seen trying to kill Finn McMissile at the beginning of the film (right next to Jerome Ramped and Stefan Gremsky). He actually sports the same awesome blow torch and goggles getup as Stefan, who is ultimately pretty much the same diecast sculpt (just a different color scheme).

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cars 2 towga gremlin
cars 2 towga gremlin

As an added detail, Towga's goggles lift up! Cool little touch.

cars 2 towga gremlin

This is another awesome looking "Lemon" diecast for scene building. I really like his brown and orange colors, which is different from all the other Lemons released thus far. The rust, scrapes and dirt details here are top notch once again. Nicely done.

If you still need to find this one for your collection, be sure to check out eBay HERE or Amazon using the direct link below. Happy hunting to all my fellow Cars collectors!