Thursday, April 27, 2017

Finding Dory: Collectible Figure "Blind Bags" Series 4

Finding Dory Collectible Figure "Blind Bags" Series 4

At long last!! After months and months of constant searching, I finally found the Finding Dory SERIES 4 "blind bag" figures from Badai! It's about time. These have been showing up in parts of the US since January (and I've been on the hunt since then), but they have only now hit my area. I was able to find them at my local Toys R Us just a couple days ago and I totally lost my mind.

If you haven't seen the previous three series in this collection, be sure to check out my series 1, series 2 and series 3 posts. There are SO many amazing characters to collect! If you don't see your favorite character here in this series, it's definitely in one of those.

Finding Dory Collectible Figure "Blind Bags" Series 4

Speaking of characters, this series has some really unique and fun ones. The eight included this time around are: Bailey, Shuck, Gary, Little Dory, Tile Hank, Bill, Carol and Kathy.

Finding Dory Collectible Figure "Blind Bags" Series 4

Just like with the first three series, these are technically classified as "blind bags"—however each bag actually has a little window on the back so you can see who you're buying. I love that! I like that it gives you options; you can either live on the edge by not looking to see who you're getting (like a traditional blind bag) or you can cheat (like me) to make sure you get them all.

Finding Dory Collectible Figure "Blind Bags" Series 4

I personally like the best of both worlds. I like to make sure I have them all there at the store (I hate getting repeats), but then I open each of them without looking once I get home (so there's still a little element of surprise).

Let's have a closer look at each figure!

Little Dory
I absolutely love this "Little Dory" sculpt. It's just about perfect! I'm so happy she made the cut for this collection.

Finding Dory Collectible Figure "Blind Bags" Series 4 little dory

I was thrilled to see Bailey included in this series as well. Finally! For one of the main characters in the film, it certainly took long enough. By the way, what a great design they ended up with. He's exactly how I pictured he'd look in this style.

Finding Dory Collectible Figure "Blind Bags" Series 4 bailey

If you don't remember, Bill was one of the little crabs in the Open Ocean Exhibit who tells Dory that the blue tangs were taken out of the tank to be transferred to Cleveland (he was the one clipping the grass). Fun Fact: He's voiced by Pixar lucky charm John Ratzenberger (Hamm, P.T. Flea, Yeti, Mack, etc.) who has voiced a character in every single Pixar film to date.

Finding Dory Collectible Figure "Blind Bags" Series 4 bill

Carol was in the same scene as Bill above. She was the little crab (who seemed to be Bill's wife) who tells Dory that she could get back to quarantine by swimming through the pipes. Does anyone know who does her voice in the film? I presume it's a Pixarian...

Finding Dory Collectible Figure "Blind Bags" Series 4 carol

You wouldn't guess it by looking at this cute figure, but "Gary" here is actually the scary giant squid that chases Nemo, Dory and Marlin through the sunken ship yard. I'm so surprised they made this into a figure! I actually had hoped this one would be made, but never thought it would. And is it not hilarious that they named him Gary?

Finding Dory Collectible Figure "Blind Bags" Series 4 gary squid

Here's another one I hoped would be made, but thought it was just wishful thinking. It's Shuck (which was never said in the film), the loud mouth clam that Nemo and Marlin interact with while searching for Dory! "Ohhhhh Shelly!!" Here's another fun fact: this clam was voiced by the director of the film, Andrew Stanton.

Finding Dory Collectible Figure "Blind Bags" Series 4 shuck clam

Such a cool figure. This might be my favorite of this group. Look at that cool barnacle type texturing on the shell! I can't believe they actually made this one.

Finding Dory Collectible Figure "Blind Bags" Series 4 shuck clam

Tile Hank
This is the fifth version of Hank in this collection, following: Regular Hank, Black Hank, Coral Hank (blue) and Plant Hank (green). This one is based on Hank's first scene in the film when he camouflages with the tile wall in the quarantine office. This is such a cool one! Love the white, semi translucent plastic and the tile/checkered pattern on his front.

Finding Dory Collectible Figure "Blind Bags" Series 4 tile hank

Last but not least, we have Kathy! She's the buck toothed fish in Mr. Ray's class who says (in Finding Nemo) "Oh my gosh! Nemo's swimming out to sea!" In Finding Dory, she can briefly be seen in Mr. Ray's class once again and asks Dory about her family. She's another awesome addition!

Finding Dory Collectible Figure "Blind Bags" Series 4 kathy

Overall, I absolutely love these sculpts and the stylized design of each figure. I also love how this series is primarily made up of really obscure side characters who you only see briefly in the film. Way to go Bandai! Like usual, they're made of a hard plastic, are about two inches in size and do not have any articulation. Retail price is $2.99 (which varies slightly depending on where you purchase them).

Wishing you the best of luck out there if you're looking to track these down! Be sure to check out my video unbagging below and stay tuned for my upcoming review of Series 5 right here (sneak peek in my video).

UPDATE 3/29/18: Series 5 finally added! Full post HERE.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Video: Bandai Finding Dory "Blind Bag" Series 4 Opening!

Today's post is a video unbagging of the long awaited Bandai Finding Dory collectible mini figures—SERIES 4! I finally found them after all these months and I'm so excited to share my thoughts on them with you. Look for my full blog post with many more details tomorrow!

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Events: Disney World Vacation 2016 (Part 7)

meadow trading post buzz keychain

NOTE- If you're interested in reading up on any of our previous days, you can still check out PART 1, PART 2, PART 3, PART 4, PART 5 and PART 6.

It's hard to believe I've made it to my final 2016 Disney World trip write-up! With only three days left until this year's WDW vacation, I'd say this is cutting it pretty close. Nonetheless I'm excited to finally share with you the last day of our epic seven day Disney experience, dating all they way back to last April...

Friday April 22, 2016 to be exact. This day began early getting our things packed up checking out of our resort (never the best moment in a Disney trip, so let's not dwell on it ;). The first thing on our agenda was tracking down the mini Buzz Lightyear keychain (shown above) which I had seen on the Shop Disney Park app. Every place that said they had it, actually didn't! I finally found it in stock at the most random place possible: the Meadow Trading Post gift shop at Fort Wilderness (see my full post HERE).

disney world adventureland

Our lunch reservation was at Liberty Tree Tavern (a childhood fave of mine), so we headed over to the Magic Kingdom for one last go-around there. We stopped by some rides in Adventureland on our way, including Pirates of the Caribbean again!

NOTE- My shirt of the day was my 2015 Disney Store Toy Story 20th anniversary tee. Full post right HERE.

disney world adventureland pirates
 liberty tree tavern disney world 2016

Lunch was absolutely incredible and even better than I had remembered it. I feel like they've really stepped up their game there over the last few years. If you're considering booking lunch or dinner here, DO IT. I don't think you could possibly be disappointed.

liberty tree tavern disney world 2016

First of all, the rolls and honey butter (yes you can request HONEY BUTTER), are to die for.

liberty tree tavern disney world rolls honey butter

I got the Pilgrim's Feast (which, after just looking it up, unfortunately doesn't seem to be on their lunch menu anymore!): Traditional Roast Turkey served with Herb Bread Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, a Garden Vegetable (green beans) and Cranberry Sauce ($19). WOW.

Brita kept it pretty light again and got the [also delectable] New England Clam Chowder ($8.50). 

liberty tree tavern disney world pilgram's feast

Our dessert of choice was the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake (Vanilla Cake with Gooey Toffee Filling, Caramel Sauce, and Vanilla Ice Cream—$7.50). This had to be one of the best (if not THE best) desserts all week. Totally out of control.

liberty tree tavern disney world ooey gooey toffee cake

A lot of this day was spent just soaking in our last moments, taking lots of pics and re-riding many of the classic rides.

The Haunted Mansion is always a re-do.

the haunted mansion disney world

By the way, in Memento Mori (The Haunted Mansion gift shop) be sure to stare into this mirror hanging on the back wall...if you wait long enough you might see a creepy face appear. Spooky!! 

haunted mansion Memento Mori mirror

We made our way through Fantasyland and over to Tomorrowland again for another round of Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin.

buzz lightyear's space ranger spinbuzz lightyear's space ranger spin

On our way out of Buzz Lighyear's, a cast member hooked us up with stickers! Even as a cast member myself (who hands out stickers every day at the Disney Store), moments like this in WDW are still magical and bring out the kid in me. Love it!

buzz lightyear's space ranger spin stickers

 Ha! Kind of loved this shirt.

mr. potato head angry eyes tee shirt

We took the boat over to the Polynesian again since we were craving their famous "POG Juice" (Passion, Orange, Guava). I literally can't get enough of it when I'm there. I've been a fan since I was a little kid!

polynesian "POG Juice" (Passion, Orange Guava)
polynesian "POG Juice" (Passion, Orange Guava)

Like our previous day, we were ALL over the place this day. We took the monorail back to Epcot, did a few things there and I got another one of the Finding Nemo Character Connection Pins. This time I got Chum, which was one of the chasers!

We walked from Epcot, through the Boardwalk Resort (lots of fond memories of staying there with my cousins year to year as a teenager) and over to Hollywood Studios. It's quite the distance, but it's a beautiful walk we always have to fit in.

One of the things I had hoped to do all week was the Toy Story character meet and greet area (Woody's Picture Shootin' Corral) at Hollywood Studios in Pixar Place...and I finally got to do it! This was my very first time actually going in there believe it or not. The lines are always super long (which is why it took me this long to bite the bullet), but it was a total blast.

Little did I know that there are so many awesome photo ops while waiting in line to make the time pass quicker (based on scenes from both Toy Story 1 & 2). So much fun! Check out all seven of the photo areas below.

Woody's Picture Shootin' Corral Hollywood Studios

Andy's Bed
Woody's Picture Shootin' Corral Hollywood Studios

Space Crane
Woody's Picture Shootin' Corral Hollywood Studios
Woody's Picture Shootin' Corral Hollywood Studios

Sid's Room
Woody's Picture Shootin' Corral Hollywood Studios
Woody's Picture Shootin' Corral Hollywood Studios

 BIG ONE Rocket
Woody's Picture Shootin' Corral Hollywood Studios

Woody's Picture Shootin' Corral Hollywood Studios

Woody's Roundup
Woody's Picture Shootin' Corral Hollywood Studios

Airport Baggage
Woody's Picture Shootin' Corral Hollywood StudiosWoody's Picture Shootin' Corral Hollywood Studios

At the end, you [of course] get to meet your favorite toys from Andy's toy box, Buzz Lightyear and Woody! They were a lot of fun to interact with. It was a rootin' tootin' good time!

By the way, does anyone know if any other characters besides these two ever show up there for photos?

Woody's Picture Shootin' Corral Hollywood Studios

As we exited the coral, the green army men were up to their usual hilarious antics and wanted to take some pics with us (one of them liked my shirt). You can't get enough of those guys!

pixar place green army man

As people started gathering for the Star Wars fireworks show, that meant NO WAIT times for us! Don't you love when that happens? Toy Story Mania was totally empty, so I had the rare opportunity to walk through the normal (non-fast pass) line to get detailed pics. I never get to do that! So many awesome giant props in there that I've missed seeing in person over the years.

toy story mania line
toy story mania line

I won't say who won again, but you know. ;) 

toy story midway mania

Star Tours was also totally empty! And we got to choose which row to sit in since we were the only ones in there for the most part. It was fun being able to catch all the action from the first row, since I feel like we always get put in the back. It was a nice change of view.

star tours hollywood studios

Love these minimalistic planetary travel posters that are on the walls as you exit. Such a cool style!

star tours hollywood studios travel posters

We finished up our night and vacation with a literal bang as we watched the amazing "Symphony of Stars" Star Wars firework show. Watching fireworks synced to Star Wars music never gets old and I can't wait to experience their newest version, "A Galactic Spectacular" during our trip this upcoming week.

Symphony of Stars Star Wars firework show

Well guys, that's all I got. It's been quite the rundown over the past year as I've documented this trip! It's been so fun reliving all these memories in my mind as I've typed up these posts and I hope you've had some fun reading about our days as well. Maybe you've even learned or new thing or two!

And for those two or three dedicated readers or actually stayed with me through all seven posts, thank you!! Your support and comments mean so much.

disney parks merchandise haul

Oh and the best thing about driving down? No need to worry about getting all the souvenirs we bought on the plane ;)

Bring on the next trip!