Monday, December 9, 2019

Toy Story 4: Hallmark Jessie & Rex Decoupage Ornaments (Target Exclusives)

toy story 4 target decoupage ornaments

Back in the fall of 2013, Hallmark began releasing some adorably stylized "shatterproof" decoupage Christmas tree 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. I had a feeling we'd see some new Toy Story characters this year...and what do you know!? Today I'm taking a look at the newly released Toy Story 4 Jessie and Rex ornaments.

There haven't been any new Toy Story characters in this line since the original Buzz and Woody, so these two make fantastic additions to the collection. Jessie looks absolutely adorable and I don't know if Rex (one of my all-time favorites) has ever looked cuter! I just love the style of these little guys. Both of these are very lightweight, stand at about 4" tall, retail for $7.00 and are Target exclusives. You can buy them in stores or online right now.

Take a closer look below!

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toy story 4 target decoupage ornaments rex
toy story 4 target decoupage ornaments rex

Also released this year were new versions of both Buzz and Woody. Since I already have the originals, I didn't feel the need to purchase these ones as well—but I still wanted to document them here. They are very cute (I honestly probably like these new designs better than the first edition versions), so definitely snag them before they're gone if you're interested! These ones are available at Target as well, but are not Target exclusives. They have been spotted elsewhere, like at Five Below (for just $5).

One thing I have to note is that I'm shocked they didn't make Forky in this decoupage style! He would have looked perfect and would have been super popular this year, I'm sure.

toy story 4 buzz and woody decoupage ornaments

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

Be sure to view all my previous posts on this ornament collection HERE. The only Pixar ones I'm missing now from past years (before I started collecting these ornaments) 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. 

disney target decoupage ornaments
Target Christmas Ornament Section 2019

I've been saving all these over the years to decorate a Pixar/Star Wars Christmas tree for my son Aidan one day. I thought his own little tree with these would look really cute in his room—that is if he's into what I'm into ;) By the way, we're now five days past his due date so he's gotta arrive any day now!

As usual, please leave any comments or questions you might have in the comment section down below. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Pixar Studios Short Films Tsum Tsum Set (D23 Expo 2019 Exclusive—LE 1000)

pixar short films tsum tsums 2019 d23 expo

Two years ago, at the 2017 D23 Expo, ShopDisney released a convention exclusive Tsum Tsum boxed set featuring the first ever Pixar Short Film inspired Tsums (view blog post HERE). As a fan/collector of Tsum Tsums and all Pixar Short Film related merch, I was absolutely thrilled about this release. Flash forward to this year's expo back in August and, to my surprise, a SECOND Short Films Tsum Tsum boxed set was released and once again only available at the convention's Disney Store. The news of this set dropped the night before the expo started (while I was in the car driving there with my friends, actually) and I knew right away that I would not be leaving the expo without it. We had already planned to camp out overnight in order to make it into the Disney Store there to buy merchandise, but now there was no question.

Long story short, we did end up staying in line all night long, we did make it into the Disney Store early the next morning and we did buy all the merch we were hoping for! This was my personal #1 must-have and I'm excited to finally have the chance to review it here today.  

pixar short films tsum tsums 2019 d23 expo

The release of this previously unannounced set was an extra cool surprise, not only because we get more amazing Pixar Short Film inspired Tsum Tsums to go with the first set, but because the Tsum Tsum line hadn't seen a U.S. release in quite some time (the last Pixar related release was Monsters University last August). This was such a fun and unexpected little comeback for Tsums, as brief as it was. As a long time Tsum Tsum collector, it was just so nice to see a new Pixar release for the first time in over year.

This set a limited edition of only 1000 and includes seven characters from seven Pixar Short Films: Bao from Bao, Dante from Dante's Lunch, Geri from Geri's Game, Sanjay from Sanjay's Super Team, Knick the snowman from Knick Knack, Tinny from Tin Toy and Bambino from La Luna! Original retail price was $54.95.

pixar short films tsum tsums 2019 d23 expo

How adorable are these?! As far as Tsum Tsums go, they don't get much cuter. Like usual, my favorite details are the little film inspired details on their sides and underbellies, like the chess board on Geri, the stars on Bambino and the accordion underneath Tinny. I also think it's funny that they gave Geri some redness on his nose, just like the character has in the short. Such a specific little touch!

pixar short films tsum tsums 2019 d23 expo

Take a closer look at each one below!

pixar short films tsum tsums 2019 d23 expo

pixar short films tsum tsums 2019 d23 expo

pixar short films tsum tsums 2019 d23 expo
pixar short films tsum tsums 2019 d23 expo
pixar short films tsum tsums 2019 d23 expo

pixar short films tsum tsums 2019 d23 expo
pixar short films tsum tsums 2019 d23 expo

pixar short films tsum tsums 2019 d23 expo
pixar short films tsum tsums 2019 d23 expo

pixar short films tsum tsums 2019 d23 expo
pixar short films tsum tsums 2019 d23 expo

pixar short films tsum tsums 2019 d23 expo
pixar short films tsum tsums 2019 d23 expo

One thing I have to note; I thought Dante from Dante's Lunch was a funny one to include here, since I never really considered that an official "Pixar Short Film" (I always thought of it more as a teaser). Maybe the title character from Lou or one of the aliens from Lifted would have been a better choice? Regardless, it's a super cute Tsum, I just had to throw that out there. Let me know if you agree! Do you consider Dante's Lunch an official short?

Last question—which one is your favorite from this set? I think I'd have to say Tinny, but the snowman from Knick Knack is a close second. And, though he's certainly not the cutest one, I do have to give a shout out to Geri from Geri's Game because there is virtually no merch out there for that film outside of a couple pins! This Tsum Tsum is literally my first and only piece of Geri's Game merch I own after 21 years.

If you're looking to add this set to your collection, you can grab it on eBay using THIS DIRECT LINK. Let me know all your thoughts down in the comments!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Cars 3: Kiel Motorray

Cars 3 Kiel Motorray

Hi everyone! I'm back and ready to document yet another 2019 Cars 3 Mattel 1:55 scale diecast...Kiel Motorray! This car was released back in the early spring (in single cases F & E) as part of this year's "Florida 500" sub-series.

As shown in the screen shot above, Kiel is a Mini Cooper seen very briefly (and only from the back) as Cruz exits the Florida Speedway after being dismissed by Sterling. She can be spotted driving next to Steve Hearsell, who I reviewed yesterday. Though this one isn't quite as unique or exciting as other recent releases, I do really like the overall look of Kiel. I especially appreciate the little details, like the luggage rack that helps set this Mini Cooper apart from ones released previously.

Cars 3 Kiel Motorray

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

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Cars 3: Steve Hearsell

Cars 3 Steve Hearsell

Hey Cars fans! Tonight I'm going to be briefly documenting yet another 2019 Cars 3 Mattel 1:55 scale diecast...Steve Hearsell! This unique character was released back in the early spring (in single cases F & E) as part of this year's "Florida 500" sub-series.

As shown in the screen shot above, Steve is a hearse seen very briefly (and only from the back) as Cruz exits the Florida Speedway after being dismissed by Sterling. He's driving next to Kiel Motorray, who I reviewed HERE. I believe this is the only hearse style vehicle in the Cars universe that we've ever gotten as a diecast, so that makes this release that much more exciting.
Cars 3 Steve Hearsell diecast

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! Let me know your thoughts down below.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Toy Story Tiny Big Feet Complete Collection

toy story tiny big feet collection

The Disney Store/ShopDisney exclusive "Tiny Big Feet" collection, which began around this time last year, really took off in 2019 with the release of many, many Disney/Pixar characters—the bulk of which (19 to be exact) were from the Toy Story films! Today I'm taking a look at the complete Tiny Big Feet Toy Story line, which was released gradually over the course of the first six months of the year.

Now normally I would take a detailed photo of each plush, but at this point I just wanted to get this assortment documented here as part of my collection and give you a brief rundown. Time is limited this week with our first baby right around the corner and things won't get any less busy! He's due on Thursday, so you can imagine we're incredibly excited around here.

The first wave of Toy Story Tiny Big Feet (inspired by the original film) was released on February 23rd (the start of the "Road to Toy Story 4 Event") and included Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Rex and [Classic] Bo Peep. The next few waves were as follows:
  • Wave 2 (Toy Story 2 themed) released on March 23rd and included Hamm, Wheezy, Stinky Pete, Bullseye and Jessie 
  • Wave 3 (Toy Story 3 themed) released on April 27th and included Lotso, Trixie, Buttercup and Mr. Pricklepants 
  • Wave 4 (Toy Story 4 themed) released on May 25th and included Duke Caboom, Gabby Gabby and [TS4] Bo Peep
  • Wave 5 (Again, Toy Story 4 themed) released on June 22nd and included Ducky, Bunny and Giggle McDimples 
I have to note, anyone else think it's odd that Forky's missing? He would have looked so great in this style! 
toy story tiny big feet collection

Each micro plush sits at about 3 3/4" tall and retails for $5.95. They're adorably stylized, soft, squeezable and feature some nice embroidered details. I've mentioned this before, but I wasn't originally ever going to collect the Tiny Big Feet plush when they were first released last fall. But once I couldn't resist Sulley from Monsters Inc., that was it! I had to collect all of the Toy Story related ones as well. It's a slippery slope.

These are perfect for young kids, from baby to toddler. They also make a cute little display item for collectors/older kids as well. Let me know all your thoughts down below! Did you collect any of the Tiny Big Feet plush this year? Which ones are your top faves? 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Coco: "Shufflerz" Collection

disney pixar coco shufflerz

Earlier this year, the Disney Store/ShopDisney introduced a fun new collection of stylized, walking wind-up toys called "Shufflerz" (which began with Toy Story characters; more on those soon). Then come August, at this year's D23 Expo, an exclusive 3-pack of Coco Shufflerz was released and only available at the convention's Disney Store! I had no idea these were coming, so it was certainly a pleasant surprise for Coco fans such as myself. I couldn't resist purchasing the set! A few weeks later, three additional wide-release single-pack versions of the characters were released at Disney Stores nationwide and— so you know I had to get those as well.

First off, I'll be taking a closer look at the characters included in the D23 Expo 3-pack: Dante (regular), Miguel (skeleton) and Ernesto (with guitar)! These guys look SO cute. What's unique about Shufflerz is that, rather than having a traditional wind-up key to twist, you wind them up by simply pressing them down repeatedly (around 10 times or so). From there, watch them "shuffle"!

The 3-pack retailed there at the Expo for $39.95. Each character is about 3 1/2'' tall.

disney pixar coco shufflerz dante

disney pixar coco shufflerz miguel

disney pixar coco shufflerz ernesto

Below are the three wide-release versions of the characters, which mix things up just enough to make them fun additions to the assortment: Dante (alebrije), Ernesto (no guitar) and Miguel (regular—with guitar). I'd say the standout of these three is definitely the ultra-vibrant Alebrije Dante! He's essentially just a repaint (with added wings) of the regular Dante, but he looks so awesome regardless. 

Retail for each of these Shufflerz is $12.95 (currently on sale for only $6.00).

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disney pixar coco shufflerz ernesto

disney pixar coco shufflerz miguel

And lastly, here's a look at the back of the box for one of the single-pack releases...

All in all, I love these! Shufflerz are fun little twist on the classic wind-up toy. As someone who enjoys wind-up and other traditional, simplistic toys, these were right up my alley. My only complaint would be that I wish (for the wide-releases) that they had created other characters instead of adding repeats. For example, Hector would have been a fun addition instead of a second Ernesto that's already so close to the initial D23 release. That's a minor gripe though, the characters we did get are very well done. Highly recommended! 

If you'd like to add any of these to your collection, you can purchase the D23 Expo set on eBay right HERE and the standard releases HERE. Let me know your thoughts down below! Which one is your fave?

Friday, November 22, 2019

Disney Store Toy Story 4 Opening Ceremony Key

Disney Store Toy Story 4 Opening Ceremony Key

First off, I just wanted to say happy 24th anniversary to my favorite Pixar film of all time—the one that started it all the original Toy Story (released this day in 1995)! Ok, now onto today's post...

Have you ever participated in the Disney Store's "Opening Ceremony"? If not, I highly recommend it— if you and/or your kids are willing to show up bright and early to your local Disney Store of course. If you are the first in line, you (or your kids if you have them), can assist one of the cast members by helping them turn the giant Disney Store key to "unlock" the store. The ropes drop and the magic begins! There's a little more to it than that, but you get the idea. At that point, the store is officially opened! The best part though is, if you're the helper, you receive a collectible miniature version of their classic green opening ceremony key (which looks like THIS).

Once in a while, the Disney Store will offer a unique opening ceremony key that Disney collectors young and old will seek after. For example, this year there was an Aladdin themed key in May to coincide with the release of the live-action film, a Donald Duck inspired key in June celebrating his 85th birthday, and, you guessed it, a Toy Story 4 inspired key released on July 13th for "Collector's Day"! This key was available (for free!) to the first 150 guests who made a $10 purchase that day at any given Disney Store. I'm not usually a collector of these keys, but how could I not go for a Pixar themed one?

I love the Woody inspired pattern and the Luxo lamp/ball where the castle usually is. Such a clever design! Since I wasn't able to make able to make it to the the Disney Store that day, I have to give a huge thanks to my friend and fellow cast member Gabby, who was able to help me out and hook me up. She's the best!

Were you able to get one of these keys? If not and I've piqued your interest, you can always check eBay using THIS direct link. Let me know your thoughts below!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Disney Parks Pixar Ball Mug Review

disney pixar ball mug

There are certain items that come out every now and then that are absolute MUST HAVES for Pixar fans—and this giant Pixar ball mug is one of them! Released earlier this year at the Disney Parks (and then at the Disney Store/ShopDisney for a brief time), this mug immediately caught the attention of thousands of Pixar fans (and Luxo ball lovers) such as myself who couldn't wait to add this to their personal collection. Did I need another mug? Absolutely not, but come on. It's a Pixar ball mug. If you know me then you know I love to collect anything featuring the iconic Pixar ball. I had to make some room for this one.

This is a very large, very round 32 oz. ceramic mug, perfect for your morning hot chocolate or coffee. I'd say it's even big enough to use as a bowl to eat soup from! Whether you're thinking about getting this for practical reasons or for a shelf display piece, I can't recommend it enough. It's solid (very well made), dishwasher/microwave safe and measures 4 1/2'' H x 7'' W (at handle) x 4'' Diameter. Original price was $22.99.

disney pixar ball mug

Even though this is sold out on the ShopDisney website (not sure if it's still available in stores or at the Disney Parks), you can still find it through other online sellers such as Amazon (link below), eBay and Magical Ears Collectibles. So if you haven't yet, bounce on over to any of those sites and make the purchase. It's worth every penny!

Let me know all your thoughts in the comment section down below. Will you be adding this to your Christmas list this year?

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Toy Story 4: Bo Peep Talking Action Figure (ShopDisney)

disney store toy story 4 bo peep talking action figure

Welcome to today's review! If you remember, back in April I created a guide to all the Toy Story 4 Bo Peep doll/toy releases out this year to help my fellow collectors decide which one is the best one for them. For me personally, I decided that the Disney Store/ShopDisney version has the most to offer in the "movie accuracy department", so I decided to go for that one. She's definitely my favorite version out there! However, she isn't 100% perfect, so ultimately the best version of "Adventurer Bo" (in my opinion) is possibly achieved by combining elements of this one and one of the Thinkway Toys versions...but more on that later! To start things off, I'll be focusing in on just this one and why it's my overall favorite. 

I won't spend much time talking about the packaging, since it's pretty simple, but I did want to say that I really do love the design (just as I did with their version of Forky, which I also reviewed this week). I like how the packaging essentially includes elements of Bo's outfit, like the light blue color, the flower button in the top corner, the lace detailing around the window, the pink ribbon down the sides and the pink polka dot backdrop. Solid work!

 disney store toy story 4 bo peep talking action figure
disney store toy story 4 bo peep talking action figure

What's neat about this Bo is that, thanks to new "Toy Detector" technology, it interacts (or "activates phrases") when placed near any of the other new ShopDisney full scale Toy Story Interactive Talking characters (namely Forky, Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie, Rex and Bullseye). I haven't been able to test this feature yet, but I'll be sure to update this post with my thoughts as soon as I do.

Note: Turn the interactive feature on by switching Bo's "on switch" upward (found on her back under her shirt, indicated by an "I"). Requires 3 x LR44/AG13 button cell batteries, included.

disney store toy story 4 bo peep talking action figure

Press the button on Bo's upper back to activate her talking feature. Here are her 11 phrases:
  • You know, kids loose their toys every day.
  • *giggles* Oh you're kidding...I didn't know that! 
  • *laughs*
  • I'm getting my sheep back. 
  • Oh I can't believe it! 
  • Oh my goodness, look at you! I never thought I'd see you again! 
  • Oh there's someone I want you to meet! 
  • Billy, Goat and Gruff.
  • Where ya headed? 
  • Yup! Sold to the antique store and now I'm here! 
  • You know how it goes...their little girl grew up, didn't need me anymore, so...
I love how they're all actually lines from the movie in the original voice! So many times with these types of talking toys, they include phrases that are never heard in the film. I also have to note that the sound here with this one is perfection—loud and clear! Much better than [Disney Store] Forky's sound/speaker system.

disney store toy story 4 bo peep talking action figure

Here she is out of the box! She looks absolutely fantastic—and stands well on her own too (after some proper posing of course). Other than the fact that her face looks great (probably the hardest part to get right), this Bo Peep includes three main details that elevated her above the Thinkway Toys versions for me:
  •  Her cape/skirt is reversible (and has the movie accurate polka dots—I just don't know how on earth the Thinkway version missed this crucial detail?? Theirs is solid blue on both sides).
  • The molded "twine" on her staff is painted/more detailed (the Thinkway version left the twine unpainted; it's all just solid blue, which was a bit lazy).
  • Her hair bow is fabric and removable (Thinkway's version is plastic and not removable).
disney store toy story 4 bo peep talking action figure
disney store toy story 4 bo peep talking action figure

Bo Peep's cape can be be removed and become her skirt (the flower button is a nice snap fastener, rather than velcro). Overall all the fabrics/materials used here feel quality made and the outfit looks totally accurate to the film; I do feel the creators put in the effort here to make this the best Bo they could. You can tell they care! Bo stands at 14" tall, which is her movie accurate height.

Another cool thing about this Bo (which I wasn't expecting) is that her arms/legs are a softer plastic, with the metal joints hidden underneath; so you can bend her arms/legs (you'll feel it clicking into position when you bend them) without seeing any distracting articulation points. Gives off a clean look!

disney store toy story 4 bo peep talking action figure

I mentioned at the top of my post that I feel you can create an almost the definitive Bo by combining this one with another. What I meant was you could take the cape and staff of this Disney Store Bo and add it to the Thinkway Toys Deluxe Talking Action figure (since, admittedly, I think the face of the Thinkway version is just a tad better/more screen accurate). Though now that I think about it, the only problem then is that her bow would be plastic and not fabric and her joints would show. Oh well! I guess as usual, there's pros and cons and maybe no such thing as a 100% accurate Bo Peep right now. But hey—that's really just a nitpick. I still feel overall this one does get the closest and has the most good going for it! It's like 99.5% there, I just think that she would be completely spot on with the head of the Thinkway version (that's just me, but this one is certainly close enough and still very well done).

What do you think? Which one is your favorite Toy Story 4 adventurer Bo Peep? I would love to hear your thoughts down below! And if you're interested in picking up this version for your personal collection, you can snag her at your nearest Disney Store or HERE for $32.95 (currently on sale). It has my high recommendation!