Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Toy Story: Vinylmation Series 2

For a "back to school" present, my parents just hooked me up with this complete set of the brand new Toy Story Series 2 "blind box" Vinylmations! I'm extremely excited, especially since we won this on eBay for only $83. It was such a steal of a deal!

The Toy Story Series 1 Vinylmation was the very first series I started collecting (back in 2011), so I guess you could say I've made it full circle.

This series is made up of eight (rather than 12 like in the first series) brilliantly designed characters representing all three Toy Story films: Woody's Roundup Marionette Woody & Jessie, Mrs. Nesbitt Buzz, Trixie, Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head, Dolly and (the chaser) Twitch.

Check out detailed images of all eight characters below:

Woody's Roundup Marionette Jessie (by artist Maria Clapsis)

 Woody's Roundup Marionette Woody (by artist Maria Clapsis)

Mrs. Nesbitt Buzz (by artist Thomas Scott)

A really cool detail with this Buzz is that his left arm is "invisible"/transparent to represent his broken off arm during this scene in the film- which he also comes with (and can hold). Additionally, his helmet can be removed, which I thought was a neat touch.

Trixie (by artist Ron Cohee) 

Mr. Potato Head (by artist Ron Cohee) 

Mrs. Potato Head (by artist Ron Cohee)

Dolly (by artist Ron Cohee)

Twitch (the chaser, by artist Ron Cohee)

 Technically, there is a ninth in this series which is the "variant." The variant in a series is extremely rare and is always a variation on a character already included in the series. For example, the variant in this series is Mr. Potato Head with his "Picasso" face (seen HERE) and sells for well over $100 online.

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 There we have it! The amazingly vibrant Toy Story Series 2 Vinylmations together in all their glory.

Also, be sure to check out my interview with one of the fantastic artists of this series, Ron Cohee, about the making of Vinylmations and his career as a Disney artist.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cars: Jonathan Wrenchworths

Here we have last year's re-release of Jonathan Wrenchworths from the original Cars! This is a 1:55 scale diecast car from Mattel and was part of their 2013 "Rust-eze" sub-line (#4/8).

Just like Vern the taxi (see the post from just last week), Jonathan can only be seen in the film from the back (during the Rust-eze medicated bumper ointment commercial, screenshot above). This character's release as a diecast was the first time his front/face was revealed.

He was originally available in the "Final Lap" series from a few years ago.

This car has some fantastic details with all that realistic looking rust and grime. It's really well done! If you're looking to add Jonathan to your collection, you can find him on Amazon or eBay using the link below:
Cars: Jonathan Wrenchworths

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Cars: Al Oft the Lightyear Blimp

Here we have last year's re-release of Al Oft the Lightyear Blimp from the original Cars! This is a 1:55 scale "Deluxe" size vehicle from Mattel and was part of their 2013 "Piston Cup" sub-line (#9/18).

As shown in the screen shot above, this Lightyear Blimp was seen several times in the film, floating high above the crowds during the Piston Cup race sequences.

Here's a little about Al Oft (from the Pixar Wiki site):
Al is high on life. As an endorsement billboard in the sky for the Lightyear Tire company (proud sponsor of the Piston Cup), he loves to provide those grand images high above the track. He's just happy that his job sends him to great sporting events, because he always has the best seat in the house!

This Lightyear Blimp/Lightyear Tires is one of Pixar's more obvious "Easter Eggs", of course referencing Buzz Lightyear from to Toy Story films. 

This character has been released many times over the years so he's pretty easy to track down online. You can pick him up on Amazon or eBay using the link below:
Cars: Al Oft the Lightyear Blimp

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Pixar Collection: Vinylmation Villains-Series 5 (Pixar) UPDATE

Today's post is another fun update to my Vinylmation Villains (Series 5, Pixar themed) collection! Be sure to visit the original post HERE to read more on Thumper (aka the crazy grasshopper from A Bug's Life).

Friday, September 26, 2014

Cars: Stu Bop the Jet

Here is Mattel's 1:55 scale "Deluxe Size" diecast of Stu Bop the Jet! He was released quite a few years back and was featured in both the Disney/Pixar Cars and Take Flight series.

Nope, this is not a Planes character. As shown in the the screenshot above, Stu can be seen in the original Cars flying over the Los Angeles International Speedway- right before the final Piston Cup race begins (he's the jet on the left). Stu also appeared in the "Mater's Tall Tales" Cars Toon: Moon Mater.

This is a really cool looking character that I would definitely recommend adding to your Cars & Cars 2 collection, if you haven't already. You can purchase him on Amazon or eBay using the link below:
Cars: Stu Bop the Jet

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cars 2: Holley Shiftwell with screen (2013 Version)

From Mattel's 2013 Cars 2 series, here we have Holley Shiftwell with screen! This is a 1:55 diecast car and was part of the "Palace Chaos" sub-line (#1/9).

This version of agent Shiftwell includes her pop up "holographic" computer screen that she utilizes several times during film. The screen features the image of Mile Axlerod's engine, is a translucent plastic and is non-removable.

If you missed Holley Shiftwell with screen originally, no worries. She is just now being released again in this year's 2014 series. However, she does feature a different image on the screen and a different facial expression, so keep in mind that the latest release is not exactly the same one shown here. 

In the mean time, you can pick up this release of the character on either Amazon or eBay using the link below:
Cars 2: Holley Shiftwell with screen

UPDATE: I have found and posted about the the 2014 version of Holley with screen. Visit the post HERE

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cars 2: Celine Dephare

From Cars 2, here we have another very minor character, Celine Dephare! This is a 1:55 scale car from Mattel that was only available at Kmart in the Summer of 2012. Since then, she has not had any re-releases.

At the time, this was a difficult car to track down. Not only was she an exclusive to Kmart, but she was a "chase" car as well (which means a limited quantity of this character made).

As seen in the screen shot above, Celine was the strange car selling headlights at the Paris black market, Marché Aux Pièces, that startles Mater and scares him away. She is the only car seen throughout the Cars films that has eyes in the headlights, rather than in the windshield. This was a direct reference to John Lasseter's original feelings on the design of the cars, that it was more appealing to have the eyes in the windshield.

Since this is the only character with headlight eyes, it makes for a very cool and one of a kind diecast car to add to your collection. The details on this one are fantastic as well- check out all the dirt, rust and grime! It's really a very well done release.

If you missed picking this one up, you can still find it online on Amazon or eBay using the link below:
Cars 2: Celine Dephare

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cars: Vern

From the original Cars, here we have Mattel's 1:55 scale diecast release of Vern (of Vern's Taxi Service). This particular release was a 2013 re-release of the character and was part of the "Rust-eze" sub-line (even though he has nothing to do with Rust-eze in the actual movie).

As seen in the screenshot above, Vern can be seen entering the big Piston Cup race near the end of the film. I have to say, this was another funny choice for a diecast release because, not only is he only seen ever so briefly on film, but you only see him from the back! The character's release as a diecast was the first time his front/face was revealed.

Because even the background cars in the film have back stories, here's a little info about Vern from his  Pixar Wiki page:  
"Vern is the owner and sole employee of Vern's Taxi Service in Sonoma. He guides tourists through the beautiful gourmet oil country, and after a day of tasting all Northern California has to offer, he guides them safely back to their quaint G & B's - that's "garage and breakfasts."

As mentioned, Vern here is a re-release. He was originally available in Mattel's "Final Lap" series and then the "Lenticular Eyes" series from a few years back. 

If you're looking to add Vern to your collection, no worries. While he's not found in stores at this point, you can find him for a great price on either Amazon or eBay using the link below:
Cars: Vern

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pixar Collection: Vinylmation Villains-Series 5 (Pixar) UPDATE

Today's post is another update to my Pixar Villains Vinylmation collection...Mor'du from Brave! Visit the original post HERE to view more details.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pixar Collection: Mini Figurines (by Thinkway Toys)

Just released by Thinkway Toys, here is the brand new assortment of Disney/Pixar "Mini Figurines"-a Toys R Us exclusive!

These adorable and stylized mini figures come in a starter/value 8-pack gift set, but are also all available as individually packed figures. The 8-pack retails for $26.99 and features: Wall-E, Eve, Dory, Nemo, Mrs. Incredible, Mr. Incredible, Dash and Crush. The single packs retail for $4.99 each, so you actually save quite a bit by starting with the 8-pack, rather than trying to buy them all individually (if, of course, you do plan on buying them all). These figurines are very small and only stand at about 1.5-2 inches tall. 

Wall-E, Eve, Dory, Nemo, Mrs. Incredible, Mr. Incredible, Dash and Crush

Like Syndrome (shown below), there are a few characters not included with the starter gift set. These ones are only available individually. As seen on the back of Syndrome's package, there are also three others that aren't out quite yet, but assumed to be released in the next wave: M-O, Edna and Bruce. Those will be posted right here as soon as I'm able to track them down!


As of now, there are 12 figures to collect total, but I'm not sure if Thinkway has any plans to continue this line into the future. I sure hope so! I would like to see more of these, featuring characters from some of Pixar's other films.

All in all, this is a fantastic and cute assortment that I can't recommend enough for anyone (kids and adults alike) who consider themselves big Disney/Pixar fans. They're of course aimed for young kids (ages four and up), but are also cool enough to be proudly displayed by adult collectors. Head to your local Toys R Us to find them or search for them online at, or

Yes, my phenomenal wife hooked me up again and was loving enough to pick me up this set, even though it was supposed to be a Christmas present! My post wouldn't be complete without another shout-out and huge thanks to her. She's so thoughtful!

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to visit my homepage daily as more items from my Pixar collection will be added soon.

Note: Be sure to check out my recently posted "Cuddle N Talk Nemo", also from this new 2014 Toys R Us exclusive Disney/Pixar Thinkway Toys collection. 

UPDATE 12/06/14 -

The last three mini figures from this series has been added to my collection; M-O from Wall-E, Edna from The Incredibles and Bruce from Finding Nemo! If it wasn't for my good friends T.J. and Julie from, I would still be driving myself crazy looking for these. A big thanks to them for sending these over to me and for always helping me with my collection whenever they can.

As with the other "mini figurines", these are fantastically designed and stylized. They really are quite adorable, not to mention sturdy and well made for very young kids to play with. Check them out in more detail below:




They're we have it! This collection of great mini figures is now complete - for now- but I'm really hoping for more in the future. What are your thoughts? Any particular figure stand out to you as a "must have" favorite here? Any characters you hope to see in a future wave 2 of this series?  Comment below!