Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Toy Story: On Ice and Burger King Lenny

Today we have two versions of Lenny from the Toy Story films! Lenny has never been released in the official Toy Story line, so in getting the character, you basically have these two main "round about" options. 

The first is the Toy Story on Ice Lenny. He's a bit larger than in the movie, but is still to pretty good scale and he actually works as binoculars (though he is not a windup toy and does not walk). He's apparently extremely rare and rarely appears on eBay (and when he does he an sell for well over $100). I don't know why he's so hard to find though! I just went to Disney On Ice near me a few months back and they had a TON there. That's where I got him and he was about $10.
The second one out there is actually just a Burger King kids meal toy from 1996. He's great though! He's not very hard to find and sells for about $15 or less on eBay. I got this very one in a kids meal back when they were selling at BK in '96. I remember I was hoping I would get him as the prize that day so I could get a Lenny in my collection! And it just so happened that I did.

He's a little small compared to the movie (so I think a perfectly scaled Lenny would be somewhere in between these two) but is a good representation of him. He winds up, walks like he does in the movie and his eyes bounce while he moves (video example below-sorry that it goes sideways). He does not work as real binoculars like the "On Ice" one does. 

The bottom line is that they are both good for different reasons. They both have their pros and cons. If you can, try to pick up one of each if you can't decide!

UPDATE: In addition to the two I have here, there was a Lenny that was released in the Toy Story and Beyond collection (seen here) that I don't own. His size is between the "On Ice" and the "Burger King" versions. A picture comparison of all three can be seen here on the Pixar Planet Forums.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Pixar Collection: Greatest Hits Soundtrack

Here is the Disney/Pixar "Greatest" soundtrack! It's a really fun collection of many of the classic and memorable songs/scores found throughout the films from Toy Story through Up (since it was was released in 2009 right before Up was released). If you have all the soundtracks, there is really no need for this. There are no exclusive or "lost" tracks here. But if you don't have all the soundtracks and just 25 of the best, this album is for you! 

 The music on this CD includes (not in the track order):  
  1. "You've Got a Friend in Me" from Toy Story, performed by Randy Newman
  2. "The Time of Your Life" from A Bug’s Life, performed by Randy Newman
  3. "When She Loved Me" from Toy Story 2, performed by Sarah McLachlan
  4. "If I Didn't Have You" from Monsters, Inc., performed by Billy Crystal and John Goodman
  5. "Real Gone" from Cars, performed by Sheryl Crow
  6. "Life is a Highway" from Cars, performed by Rascal Flatts
  7. "Our Town" from Cars, performed by James Taylor
  8. "Le Festin" from Ratatouille, performed by Camille
  9. "Down to Earth" from WALL•E, performed by Peter Gabriel
Film Scores:
  1. "Infinity and Beyond" from Toy Story, score by Randy Newman
  2. "A Bug’s Life Suite" from A Bug’s Life, score by Randy Newman
  3. "The Flik Machine" from A Bug’s Life, score by Randy Newman
  4. "The Cleaner" from Toy Story 2, score by Randy Newman
  5. "Monsters, Inc." from Monsters, Inc., score by Randy Newman
  6. "The Scare Floor" from Monsters, Inc., score by Randy Newman
  7. "Nemo Egg" from Finding Nemo, score by Thomas Newman
  8. "First Day" from Finding Nemo, score by Thomas Newman
  9. "Field Trip" from Finding Nemo, score by Thomas Newman
  10. "The Incredits" from The Incredibles, score by Michael Giacchino
  11. "McQueen and Sally" from Cars, score by Randy Newman
  12. "Wall Rat" from Ratatouille, score by Michael Giacchino
  13. "Colette Shows Him Le Ropes" from Ratatouille, score by Michael Giacchino
  14. "Define Dancing" from WALL•E, score by Thomas Newman
  15. "First Date" from WALL•E, score by Thomas Newman
  16. "Carl goes Up" from Up, score by Michael Giacchino

Monday, July 29, 2013

Cars: Radiator Springs Lightning McQueen

Today's post is another relatively new re-release from the Radiator Springs Classic collection exclusive to Toys R Us...Radiator Springs Lightning McQueen! He has been released MANY times since 2006 and is not a hard one to track down. This McQueen is seen in the last scene of the film when he comes back to Radiator Springs and visits with Sally by the Wheel Well Motel (see screen shot above).

Slideshow/Event: California Adventure 2013 (A Bug's Land and Monsters Inc: Mike and Sulley to the Rescue)

Here's another slideshow from our trip to Disney Land and California Adventure this past April 2013! Even though it was meant more for younger kids, we loved A Bug's land! We loved all the detail and how it really captured the feeling of the movie. I loved searching the area for every main character (as there were sculptures placed all around-you'll see in the pictures. The only one that I couldn't find represented was Princess Atta!) and had a surprising fun time on Heimlich's Chew Chew train haha! It's Tough to be a Bug is a classic show we still enjoy and I loved the miniature (or rather full size) ant island while waiting in line there! 

The Monsters Inc Ride, Mike and Sulley to the Rescue, was also great fun! I loved how well Pixar was represented there at DCA. It was such an amazing trip...we can't wait for Disney World FL 2014.


Slideshow/Event: California Adventure 2013 (Cars Land)

Here's a slideshow I pit together of our trip to Cars Land this past April 2013. We had such an amazing time there and at all of Disney Land and California Adventure that week. The amount of detail there at Cars Land (like all of the Disney attractions) is incredible and it felt like you were really visiting Radiator Springs straight from Cars! 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Cars: Dinoco Chick Hicks

In the original Cars, Lightning Mcqueen has a dream (well, nightmare), about Chick Hicks winning the Piston Cup and becoming the new face of Dinoco- blue paint job and all.

We have hear a new, but technically old car. This is a new re-release of Dinoco Chick Hicks found only at Toys R Us and part of the Radiator Springs Classic collection. He has been released multiple times since the original "Desert" series and this is the latest. If you missed this one before, now's your chance to snag it for your collection!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Cars 2: Darrell Cartrip with Headset

Here is Darrell Cartrip with Headset from Cars 2! He is seen in both Cars films but this diecast is specific to his appearance as a World Grand Prix commentator. You can spot him just right before the Tokyo race (screen shot above). This is a Mattel 1:55 scale diecast.

He's pretty new and you should be still able to spot him in stores! Found mine at Target so go check around if you're still on the hunt for him.

Up: Grape Soda Bottle Top Pin ("The Ellie Badge")

Today I present a meaningful Pixar Collectible..."The Ellie Badge" replica pin from Up! I love what this iconic badge represents throughout the film. It truly plays such big part in some of the most touching scenes in the the movie. There are not a whole lot of Up collectibles out there compared to some of the other Pixar films, so when I saw this, I jumped at the chance to get it (plus I love when "props" from Pixar films become available in real life). 

This particular pin with this collectible box was exclusive to Disney Movie Rewards when the film was just being released on Blu -Ray and DVD. You can still find it on eBay periodically and it sells between $20-$55. The pins themselves are easily found though and for much cheaper on eBay and in the Disney Parks—just without this box. They are on just a standard Disney Pins black backing. Those ones sell for about $10-$12. Good luck on the hunt, this is a must have for any Pixar fan! 

Friday, July 26, 2013

About Me: Interview

Today I was given the opportunity to answer some questions about my love for Pixar! Al of (which is a great blog by the way) contacted me seeing if I was willing to participate in his weekly interview called the "Luxo Limelight." Of course I jumped at the chance and I'm now featured in Issue #8! So head over there to learn even more about me as a Pixar fan and what it means to me!

Cars 2: Franca

One of the latest Cars 2 diecasts! In the film, Franca is found in the Italian Festival scene (where Mcqueen talks to Mama and Uncle Topolino). She ends up being Luigi's dance partner while Francesca (the blue car of the same style, also just released as a "chase" diecast, dances with Guido.

If you haven't found her yet, keep a look out! I still see her now and then.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Pixar Collection: "The Pixar Storyline" Art Piece by Daniel Arriaga (UPDATED)

 "The Pixar Storyline" Art Piece print by Daniel Arriaga

Years ago (right around summer 2011), I saw this amazing art piece as someone's avatar on a Pixar site fan forum. I had no idea if it was fan made or an official piece of Disney·Pixar art. I also had no idea who the name of the artist was and no idea what the name of the print was called. It just said "Danny" in the corner. It was many months later of searching that I finally came an image on Google and it led me to a page with official info! It turned out to be a pretty limited (1000 reproductions made) and official Disney Fine Art print by Pixar character artist/set designer Daniel Arriaga! It's called "The Pixar Storyline." A certificate of authenticity was included.

Because of the price, I never expected to get it, but Christmas 2011 I got a HUGE surprise from my wife (then fiance) Brita! I was SO excited and to this day it's still my favorite piece of Pixar art I've seen representing each of the first 11 movies. I just love the minimal style, the colors and designs. The feel of each film is captured perfectly. It's not framed yet but it will looks even cooler once it is!  
 "The Pixar Storyline" Art Piece print by Daniel Arriaga
 "The Pixar Storyline" Art Piece print by Daniel Arriaga
 "The Pixar Storyline" Art Piece print by Daniel Arriaga
 "The Pixar Storyline" Art Piece print by Daniel Arriaga

UPDATE 8/26/17- 
After all these years of this amazing print sitting in its poster tube, it's now framed and hung proudly front and center on my new Pixar home office wall! Check it out...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Cars: Donna Pits

Today we have a brand new re-release of Donna Pits! She was originally released in the "Final Lap" series. She is seen in the first Cars movie inside the Rust-ezes sponsor tent (next to Fred...screenshot above).

Cars 2: Stunt Ramp Getaway Track Set

 Here is the Cars 2 "Stunt Ramp Getaway" track set from Mattel! There are five other track sets total (Tokyo Spinout, Cliffside Challenge, Spy Jet Escape, Barrel Blowout and Big Bentley Breakout) and they all connect to create a fun chain reaction! Once I post about each set, I will do a final post with all of them together. 

 This set comes with two cars (plastic, not diecast but this set is meant to also use with the diecast collection): Rod Torque Redline and Acer. 

 Acer is more of an accessory though. He's hollow and is used mainly for launching off the platform as Rod jumps through. 

 And here is the assembled track (just take about five mins) and a brief video showing it in action! 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Cars: Cars Toons Mater's Tall Tales

Here is a fun Blu Ray...Mater's Tall Tales! A great addition to the Cars world for any of you Cars fans. I really love how Pixar has been doing the "Toons" (Cars Toons, Toy Story Toons and hopefully they'll start doing MU or MI Toons!) to continue the stories of well loved characters without having to make another full length film. This Blu Ray includes 9 short films (see below for which ones) with 2 being new and exclusive to this set.


There are two other Cars Toons currently out there not included here. There is (my personal favorite) "Time Travel Mater" (which can be found on the Pixar Shorts Volume 2 Blu Ray) and also "Air Mater" (which can be found on the Cars 2 Blu Ray).

Monday, July 22, 2013

Cars 2: Victor Paveone

Here is Victor Paveone from the new 2013 series of cars in the "Palace Chaos" category (found in the newest case H). Victor is seen at the World Grand Prix race in London in the main stand near the Queen (screen shot above):
Fun Fact: He is named after Pixar animator Victor Navone!

Cars: Nick Stickers

 Here is Nick Sticker from the original Cars! He was seen briefly in the end credits epilogue (screen shot above).

 This Nick Stickers is a re-release and is part of the Toys R Us exclusive "Radiator Springs Classic" collection. The Original release was part of the "Final Lap" collection.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Cars 2: Quick Changers Karate Fin McMissile

Today we have the Finn McMissile with Karate wheels from the "Quick Changers" line! The Quick Changer cars is a series of plastic (not diecast) cars that "change" as you press a button on the back of the car. With this Finn, his tires and eyes slant to give the effect of a "karate" pose as seen in Cars 2 (screen shot above).

I have not collected all the quick changers cars but just some that stood out to me. The quick changers line also has some other cool sets such as the Oil Rig Playset (see my post about that in the Cars tag or July 2013 archive) and Crabby the boat (from Cars 2).

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Cars: Jay Limo

Today we have Jay Limo from Cars (obviously a parody of Jay Leno). The car is seen on his talk show during the montage when Lightning goes missing. Jay says "I don't know what's harder to find; Lightning McQueen or a crew chief who'll work with him!" (screen shot above).

This version of Jay Limo is part of Lenticular eyes series and is number 122. He was also released with fixed eyes in the Final Lap series.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Cars: Hydraulic Ramone

In this second post documenting my Pixar Cars collection, we have Hydraulic Ramone from the Supercharged series! This version of Ramone can be seen during the "cruising down main street" scene (with the "Sh-Boom" song when the town's neon lights get fixed) in the first Cars movie  (screen shot below):

Although this version of the character is called "Hydraulic" Ramone, his hydraulics are not actually extended.