Sunday, September 25, 2016
Today's blog post is a video update featuring the Disney Store Finding Dory "Feature Dory" plush! View the unboxing above and be sure to check out my original post HERE for additional details.
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Friday, September 23, 2016
Here we have a [relatively] new addition to the Disney·Pixar Toy Story Tsum Tsum collection, this really cute Toy Story 3 inspired Peas in a Pod 3-Pack! This is an online exclusive, released on the DisneyStore.com early last month on August 2nd. Being a pretty avid collector of Pixar Tsums Tsums and a lover of all things Peas in a Pod, this was a must have for me.
This is a fun little set featuring three normal sized mini Tsums Tsums (about 3.5" in size each) housed in a plush pea pod (about 9.5 in size). The Tsums themselves can be removed and stacked like usual. I really love how each one is unique with a different facial expression! DID YOU KNOW? Though it's never stated on screen in the film, the peas are named Peatey, Peatrice, Peanelope.
As you may recall, a single mini Tsum of all three peas was released in the initial Toy Story collection back in 2014 (seen HERE), but this set was unique enough for me grab as well. You can't have to many Peas in a Pod!
Be sure to pick this up online HERE while it's still available. Retail is $26.95.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Hey everyone! So my new computer is in and everything with the set up has gone very smoothly. I can't tell you how nice it is to be able to get my stuff done on here without so many issues (and everything is so much faster). Since I've gotten so behind in my YouTube videos lately, I figure this; in the next couple weeks, I'll be using a lot of my time creating new product demonstration videos, so some days (like today) I'll replace a standard blog post with a video review update. It's almost impossible for me to get to both in a day, so I'll be picking and choosing.
In today's video update, I'm featuring yesterday's Disney Store Finding Dory snowglobe so you can see it in action! I'll be adding the video to the original post as well. Hope you enjoy!
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Hank and Dory: The coolest septopus and blue tang duo to ever hit the silver screen. These characters and their interactions were so much fun to watch in Finding Dory that I couldn't resist this fantastic Disney Store exclusive snowglobe (in fact, I got this for my birthday back in May before I even saw the film- I just knew it would be great). It captures their first meeting and overall adventure in the Marine Life Institute perfectly!
I'm so happy to see the Disney Store snowglobes making a comeback. They used to be commonplace with each new Disney/Pixar film, but there hasn't been a Pixar themed snowglobe release since Brave in 2012. I hope this is the start of a resurgence.
Taking a look at the outer box; it's pretty neat, showing off the globe from all angles.
Now for the unboxing. This is a wonderfully sculpted and finely detailed snowglobe. The character likenesses are spot on and the paint application is almost flawless. Though some people have claimed this is made of plastic or rubber, it's actually a coated resin material with the globe itself, of course, being glass (so yes, the entire sculpt is very breakable). I love the addition of the metal Finding Dory logo plaque on the front there as well- nice little touch.
The entire snowglobe is about six inches high with an eight inch diameter.
Part of the fun of Disney snowglobes is their features (some play music, some light up, etc.). This one includes an automated blower inside the "coffee pot" so that the glitter twirls around on its own without shaking! You can see the ON/OFF switch on the back there (requires 3 AA batteries, included).
If you're a fan of the film, you can't go wrong with this display piece for your collection. Highly recommended! See it in action in my YouTube video below:
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Swigglefish are back in a brand new "wave" (Get it? Like the ocean?) of characters! Bandai Toys released the initial collection back in May and, as promised, additional characters are now hitting shelves (with even more on the way later this year). To view my full write-up and overview of the line thus far, check out my original post right HERE. This collection has been one of my Finding Dory favorites, so I'm very happy that it's continuing.
To catch you up, here's some info on exactly what these are. These are the only Finding Dory figures that have "motion outside of the ocean" (As Bandai has stated). Each plastic "fish" (even though they're not all technically fish) has a wheel underneath which triggers a unique "swimming" movement when the character is rolled along a hard surface. They "swim" and they "wiggle"...you get it! They are about three to four inches in size. Note- these are not intended for water use.
In this new trio released a few weeks back (which I found these at Toys R Us for $6.99 each), we have a new version of Dory (with tag), a new version of Hank (camouflaged black, also semi-translucent) and Mr. Ray. They all look awesome! And yes, this character selection is very reminiscent of what Bandai included in the second series of Finding Dory blind bags. Lets take a closer look at each one below-
Dory (with tag)
Hank (Black Camouflage)
Here's the new cardback featuring wave two characters-
According to the Bandai press release from earlier this year, there will be 18 Swigglefish figures launched in 2016. With these three added to the collection, that makes 12 so far. Wave three is set to hit soon and will include Crush, Baby Dory and "Tile" Hank. If the plan for 18 this year still stands, that means there are still three unknown characters set to be released in a wave four! Who could they be? Who would you want to see included? Stay tuned right here for more info soon.
Also, look for a video on my YouTube channel of these in action next week and feel free to subscribe! It will be posted as soon as my new computer comes.
Friday, September 16, 2016
Only three days (ish) until my new computer comes! I seriously cannot wait guys and I look forward to giving you more content than ever before. This is the first post I've been able to get to all week, due to the aforementioned technical difficulties, so I'm thrilled that my current computer is cooperating today (again, barely).
Clear back in March of this year, I purchased and posted about the 2001 Hasbro Andy's Room Figure Gift Pack from the "Toy Story and Beyond" line of toys. I'm happy to report that I finally tracked down the [even cooler] second set in this series, the fantastic Sid's Room Figure Gift Pack! This one was much harder to find (at least for an affordable price), but after searching and waiting for months, I prevailed. I knew one would pop up on eBay eventually (I ended up paying around $40).
Once again, this is a really nice bunch of figures overall. I always enjoy going back to some of the old items that I missed out on back in the day. This set is particularly special, since there are very, very few products out there based on any of Sid's mutant toys. These are the only toys I have of Legs, Roller Bob, Ducky and Hand-in-the-Box (and I believe they're the only officially licensed versions of these characters out there). I'm excited to finally have them, as well as additional versions of Baby Head (or "Baby Face" as I call it) and Buzz with rocket, represented in my collection!
Lets take a closer look at each of the six mini figurines! Each character stands at about 2"- 3.5" tall and is made of a PVC plastic. Keep in mind that none of the figures are posable or have any kind of articulation.
Buzz Lightyear (strapped to THE BIG ONE)
This is a great gift pack for kids to play with, as well as for older collectors to display! Man, I would have loved to see the other mutants include as well, such as Jingle Joe, Rockmobile, the frog, walking car and pterodactyl head Sally...but oh well; it's still a pretty sweet selection here. If I've piqued your interest in tracking this down, keep a look out on eBay using this direct link (there aren't any complete sets currently listed, but one shows up every month or so).
Have fun! Let me know what you think in the comments below.
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Sunday, September 11, 2016
From Zuru, here we have their amazing collection of Finding Dory inspired Robo Fish! The initial wave of characters, including Nemo, Marlin, Dory and Bailey (as well a couple playsets which I'll also be showing here soon) was released back in late April/early May. More recently, "Little Dory" (aka toddler Dory or baby Dory) was added to the assortment. It's really a very cool line of toys! I'm hoping for even more characters in the future.
How they work-
Each plastic character is battery operated (batteries and extra batteries included) and water activated. As soon as the fish hits the water, the carbon sensors will kick in and trigger the lifelike swimming movement. On the flip side, the fish will stop moving when taken out of the water. No need for any kind of ON/OFF switch! It's really neat how it all works.
If any of the fish swim for an extended period of time, they will "fall asleep." Just tap the container, whether it be a fish tank, bowl, etc., to start the motion up again. Each character is right around three to four inches in size and retails for $11.99 (Bailey being the exception; he is about seven inches long and retails for $18.99).
Check them all out in more detail below!
Swimming Little Dory Robo Fish (NEW!)
Swimming Dory Robo Fish
Swimming Marlin Robo Fish
Swimming Bailey Robo Fish
You may have noticed that I didn't include Nemo in this post- keen eye. That's because Nemo was also released as a pack-in with the Marine Life Institute playset, which I purchased and will be showing here soon, so I opted out of getting the single pack release (since they're exactly the same).
I was testing these guys out and recording videos of them in action last night and I'm happy to report that they work really well. As soon as my new computer comes, I'll have the completed video up on my YouTube channel. Stay tuned for that!
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Thursday, September 8, 2016
For those following along, you've probably heard me talk about my computer problems time and time again. Well here's pretty much the final update: yesterday (after crashing several times) my computer eventually just wouldn't turn on and so I had to forgo this post (in its defense, it is almost 10 years old). The good news? That forced me to finally give in and order a new one! Tonight my current computer happens to be working again (barely), but who knows for how long. Basically I just wanted to let you all know that until my new iMac comes (around the 19th), my posts might be inconsistent- depending on if my computer feels like turning on or not.
Anyway, lets move onto why you're here. Today we're taking a detailed look at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) exclusive Cars Precision Series Dirt Track Fabulous Hudson Hornet 1:55 diecast from Mattel! Phew, that was a mouthful.
To be honest, when I first heard about this, I wasn't very interested at all (since I already have several versions of this character)...but then I saw the display/accessories included inside the unique collector's packaging and I was sold. I am so glad I changed my mind.
Now for the unboxing. Before you get to the diecast itself, you first have to get through three layers of packaging- starting with the outer box seen above (which is a pretty standard Precision Series design). Another box, enclosed with the awesomely designed slip cover seen below (featuring a collage of "historical" Hudson Hornet newspaper articles as seen in the original Cars), is housed inside.
Here's the box once the newspaper slip cover is removed (which is actually magnetized shut). Open it up and...
Bam! There is the famed Fabulous Hudson Hornet in all his glory. The fantastic checkered floor base/trophy case display is made from both high quality cardboard and acrylic materials (no actual wood or glass) and is attached to the inside of the box with velcro (easily removable). Doc Hudson on the other hand is attached to the base with screws, so you'll need to use a screwdriver to remove him completely.
This is probably one of the coolest looking Cars items in my collection. Yah the car itself is neat enough, but what really makes this set phenomenal is the way it's presented! Mattel really went all out with this one.
As usual with the Cars Precision Series diecasts, the front hood opens to reveal the engine and there are no paper stickers. Everything is painted on with a precise attention to detail. I especially love the "dirt" effect around the tires!
The trophy case window (also magnetized) can be lifted up and the Piston Cup tri-stand, as well as the three individual Piston Cups, can be removed (all plastic). Wow, just look at that detail... even down to the tiny movie accurate text on each cup which reads "Hudson Hornet Champion 1952" (or 1953 or 1954 depending on which trophy).
There you go folks. An absolute must have for serious Disney·Pixar Cars collectors. This originally retailed at the convention for around $25, but with eBay and Amazon being your main buying options at this point, expect to pay somewhere in the $40-$50 range (which isn't bad for a SDCC exclusive).
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!