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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Cars 3: Blind Spot

pixar cars 3 blind spot mattel

Start your engines! Tonight I'm back for yet another brief Mattel Cars 3 1:55 scale diecast review. Check out this year's single release of Blind Spot, one of the many awesome demolition derby racers seen in the film! This character was also released last year in a 2-Pack with Pushover, but I was never able to find that set. Good thing both Blind Spot here AND Pushover were re-released in single packs! Now I have them both and my demolition derby cars collection is almost complete.

As shown in the screen shot above, Blind Spot makes a couple brief appearances during the Crazy 8 demo derby sequence AND later on in the film when the Thunder Hollow cars are seen at a bar watching McQueen's final race on TV. She (yes, this is a female car according the Cars Wiki page) sports the racing number 10.

pixar cars 3 blind spot mattel

Once again this is a vibrantly painted and perfectly detailed car. I love the unique hot pink and blue color scheme! You know I've loved collecting all the Thunder Hollow cars. They never disappoint.

pixar cars 3 blind spot mattel

Find Blind Spot in stores now (check your local Target and Walmart), or snag her online using the direct Amazon link below. What are your thoughts? Shout them out down in the comments!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Toy Story: Woody Journal

toy story woody journal disney store

Hey howdy hey and welcome to today's post! This Toy Story Woody journal is exclusive to the Disney Store/ShopDisney.com and has been available for the past couple months. I hadn't planned on getting it (just because I have so many journals at this point), but once it went clearance (AND with an extra 40% off + my cast member discount), I couldn't resist. Its original retail prince was $16.95, but I ended up paying only $4.75 for it. Steal of a deal if you ask me!

Though this journal has since sold out on the ShopDisney website, there's still a chance you can find it at your local Disney Store. At mine, we still have a bunch in the clearance section—so if you're interested, be sure to call yours to see if they still have any in stock!

Let's take a closer look below and I'll fill you in on all the details...

toy story woody journal disney store

This is a faux leather journal with stitched detailing around the edges and etched artwork on the front (Woody and the Toy Story logo), back (Woody's iconic sheriff badge star shape) and side (Andy's name spelled with his signature backwards "N"—as seen on the bottom of Woody's boot). Size is 6 1/2'' H x 5'' W x 1 1/4'' D. It's all done beautifully with an overall rustic/old west feel to it!

toy story woody journal disney store

The endpapers are brown and feature minimal designs of different types of cacti. The Toy Story logo appears at the beginning of the book, just before the journal pages.  

toy story woody journal disney store
toy story woody journal disney store

All the pages are lined and each spread includes a Woody's "Andy" boot sketch (left side) and Woody himself (right side).

toy story woody journal disney store toy story woody journal disney store

Everything here feels quality made and I can't recommend it enough for all you Toy Story mega fans/collectors out there like me! If you're in the market for a new journal, this might be the perfect one to write down all your thoughts, stories and creative ideas. Now excuse me, I have the sudden urge to go watch Woody's Roundup while eating a bowl of "Cowboy Crunchies."

What are your thoughts? Did you pick this journal up as well? Let me know down in the comments. Yee-haw!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Incredibles 2: "Junior Supers" Figure Collection (By Jakks Pacific) WAVE 2

junior supers incredibles 2 wave 2

Are you a collector of the Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" line by Jakks Pacific? Well then, you'll be excited to hear that a new wave with several new characters has just started hitting Target stores across the US! To read my full review of the first wave of Junior Supers, check out my original blog post RIGHT HERE.

I had no idea these were coming and was totally taken by surprise when I found them at Target a week or so ago. The new packs include Mr. Incredible & Edna Mode (unfortunately the Mr. Incredible figure is a straight repack, so you'll need to get him again in order to get Edna) and Fire Jack-Jack & Raccoon (both brand new figures). Additionally as part of this second wave, Elastigirl & The Underminer now come in a set, as well as gray suite Elastigirl & Dash—but all of those figures are re-releases without anything new. Obviously I only picked up the two sets with the new figures, but I included a photo at the end of this post showing the other two sets there on the pegs for your reference.

Each of these figures is between 1.5" tall (the raccoon being the smallest) and 3" tall (Mr. Incredible being the largest). They all have about five points or more of articulation (ball joints at the shoulders and swivel neck and legs; Mr. Incredible also has rotating wrists).

Let's take a closer look at each 2-Pack below, in and out of the their packages!

MR. INCREDIBLE & EDNA MODE
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FIRE JACK-JACK & RACCOON
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junior supers incredibles 2 jack-jack raccoon
junior supers incredibles 2 jack-jack raccoon

I assumed Jack-Jack would be able to sit, but I honestly didn't think he'd be able to stand up on his own. I was proven wrong! All four of these figures stand up surprisingly great without any serious balance issues. From their looks to their stances, these are quality sculpts all around.

junior supers incredibles 2 jack-jack raccoon

As mentioned, below are the other two sets in the wave (the ones completely made up of repacks). Both of the Elastigirls and Dash have already been released in previous 2-packs, while the Underminer had only been available with the Tunneler Playset until now. Too bad any other new characters weren't included in this wave, but I do love the ones we got. Here's to hoping a Wave 3 will be happening soon.

junior supers incredibles 2 wave 2

Edna was on my short list of figures I had hoped to be released, so I'm really happy she was made! She is awesome. The fire Jack-Jack and raccoon set has to take the cake for me though...it's just such a fantastic 2-pack and the figures look so great! I especially love the translucent plastic used for Jack-Jack. Honestly though, this whole Junior Supers range is so well done. I adore the stylization.

Retail for each pack is $6.99. Find them at Target (in the Imaginext isle) or on Amazon using the direct link below! Again, these are quality, fun figures perfect for small hands and imaginative play. If you have a little Incredibles fan at your home, you won't wanna miss out on these ones!

Let me know your thoughts down in the comments. Are you collecting these? Who would you like to see be made if a Wave 3 happens? I'm still holding out hope for the "wannabe supers".... Voyd, Brick, Krushauer, Reflux, He-Lectrix, etc! Lastly, if you missed any of my previous Junior Super posts, check them all out below:

Friday, September 7, 2018

Coco: Skullectables Hacienda Playset

Coco Skullectables Hacienda Playset review

Hola amigos! Last November, I posted my video review of the Coco Skullectables Hacienda Playset by Mattel (which you can view HERE). I recently realized though that I never ended up writing an actual written review, which I had planned to go up the very next day! So here I am almost a year later with my full thoughts on this playset.

I love the Coco Skullectables line. I had so much fun and have so many memories collecting them last year and it bummed me out when the lineup didn't continue on! A "Series 2" and beyond would have had so much potential with all the fun, colorful and unique characters there are in the film. If you missed my original thoughts on the entire Mattel Skullectables blind bag and 3-Pack figure collection, check out my post from last fall HERE. All caught up? Moving on!

This playset is a fun and must have addition to your Skullectables collection. Not only is it perfect for play and/or display, but it also makes a nice storage container. Plus it comes with an exclusive translucent marigold colored Miguel figure, so you really can't go wrong here! This was originally available last year at Toys R Us for $19.99, but can now be found on Amazon on sale for only $13. If you never grabbed it, now's a great time.

First, check out the vibrant packaging before I bust it out! Nice graphics highlighting the different features are on the back.  

Coco Skullectables Hacienda Playset review
Coco Skullectables Hacienda Playset review

Here it is! The design is super neat with some nice details. The outside seems to be loosely based on the mansion of Ernesto de la Cruz in the land of the dead (seen HERE), with some touches inside based on the Sunrise Spectacular amphitheater. There is also something about the inside that reminds me of Ernesto's performance of "Remember Me" from early in the film, so in my mind it's kind of a hybrid of all three locations.

Its size is 10" tall x 7" wide (about 13" wide when opened up). 

Coco Skullectables Hacienda Playset review
Coco Skullectables Hacienda Playset review

Just lift up the gold toothed skull on the front of the playset to unlock! Then fold out the two sides, fold down the staircase and lift up the guitar for the full effect. Looks awesome, right? On the sides you'll notice "balconies" that act as storage compartments for 12 Skullectables, each with a peg to help the figures stand securely. The figures also look cool displayed on the steps.

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Rotating dance floor! Manually turn the dial for spinning action. Here you can see Hector and Miguel preforming Un Poco Loco. ;)

Coco Skullectables Hacienda Playset review

Lift the white tab there on the front ledge to send a character flying out a secret trap door (or trap window?) in the back!

Coco Skullectables Hacienda Playset review
Coco Skullectables Hacienda Playset review

Here's the whole Skullectables collection displayed! Epic. There are many ways to arrange the figures—kids will have fun using their imaginations. Below I attached my original video from last year so that you can see all this in action, as well as a link to purchase on Amazon.

Let me know all your thoughts down in the comments! Did you pick this up? Which characters did you want to see in this line if the collection hadn't been cancelled?

Coco Skullectables Hacienda Playset review



Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Incredibles: Little Golden Book Review

pixar the incredibles little golden book

After almost 14 years, Disney·Pixar's The Incredibles—for the first time ever— has finally gotten the classic Little Golden Book treatment! As a collector of Pixar Little Golden Books (I have them all at this point), this was a long time coming. It never felt right that The Incredibles was virtually the only Pixar film not to be represented in the lineup (for whatever reason), so I'm thrilled the gap in my collection is finally filled.

Up until this point, the only Little Golden Book release inspired by the original Incredibles was one that came out back in 2005 based on the DVD short film Jack-Jack Attack. For all these years, that one filled the void by default. Now we have the real deal and it does not disappoint! This was released just yesterday.

The story of The Incredibles was adapted here by John Sazaklis (who does a fabulous job at condensing the film's complex story for little ones) and was illustrated by Don Clark. I have to say, these illustrations have to be some of my favorites from any Little Golden Book ever—the cover design alone is without a doubt the most striking! Just WOW. Where can I get myself that as a full size print? Clark's style fits perfectly with the timeless charm of Little Golden Books. The art is mostly the reason I love collecting these books, so I'm glad they nailed it here by hiring the right guy. Amazing work Don!

Let's take a look inside for your exclusive sneak peek...

pixar the incredibles little golden book

The first Little Golden Books were published back in 1942, so needless to say, this collection has really stood the test of time. Hundreds of titles later and it's still going strong! I love how even the modern Little Golden Books (like this one here) tap into the nostalgia of their old time publications and are still created in a similar, [now considered] "retro", fashion.

pixar the incredibles little golden book
pixar the incredibles little golden book
pixar the incredibles little golden book
pixar the incredibles little golden book
pixar the incredibles little golden book
pixar the incredibles little golden book
pixar the incredibles little golden book

This hardcover book is the standard Little Golden Book size of 8" tall x 6.5" wide, is 24 pages long and retails for $4.99. If you and/or your tiny super heroes at home are big fans of The Incredibles, you'll certainly want to pick this up for your collection. It's perfection! I picked mine up at Barnes & Noble (it's in stores and online), but you can also find it on Amazon using the link below. It's also available digitally, but I'm all about hard copies.

What are your thoughts? Anyone else out there as excited as I am about this release? Shout it all out down in the comments and hopefully we can get a conversation going.

Stay tuned for more right here soon!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Incredibles 2: Jumping Incredibile Toy Review

jakks pacific incredibles 2 jumping incrediblie

In honor of Incredibles 2 returning to theaters during this Labor Day weekend, today I'm taking a look at a continuation of the Jakks Pacific 4" action figure line (which I reviewed a little while back HERE) with this amazing Jumping Incredibile vehicle! This is a super fun toy and a great addition to the line.  

It was awesome to see Mr. Incredible's iconic Incredibile car back for Incredibles 2 and I'm thrilled to have it in toy form after all these years! I never got one back in the original 2004 figure line, so this was a long time coming. This new incarnation of the car measures 12" long x 5" wide x 3.5" tall (7" tall when popped up) and retails $24.99.

This one is not battery operated, hence no lights, sounds or remote control features; so if you're looking for something like that, check out the Disney Store's RC Incredible HERE (I think Jakks Toys has one coming out soon as well, so stay tuned for that). This one does have a real neat "jumping" action feature, however! More on that below, but first check out the car in its colorful packaging.

jakks pacific incredibles 2 jumping incrediblie
jakks pacific incredibles 2 jumping incrediblie

Here it is out of the box. Push the vehicle down to lock the spring loaded hydraulics in place, then push the car to activate the pop-up "jump" feature (which will happen once it starts rolling for a few moments)! It works really well and is loads of fun. I played with this with my five year old nephew and he could not get enough. 

jakks pacific incredibles 2 jumping incrediblie
jakks pacific incredibles 2 jumping incrediblie

The roof is removable and the car can fit two 4" figures.

jakks pacific incredibles 2 jumping incrediblie
jakks pacific incredibles 2 jumping incrediblie

If you or your little one is a collector of Incredibles 2 toys (especially the 4" figure assortment), then you'll certainly want to pick this up. You can't really go wrong! It's just simple fun, adding some much needed action to your action figure line.

This car was released in the initial wave of Incredibles 2 toys back in the early spring, but it can still be found easily at either Walmart or Target. If you'd rather just pick it up online, I've included an Amazon link down below (seems to be on a pretty good sale right now). Lastly, a big thank you to Jakks Pacific for sending this over to me—it without a doubt gets two thumbs!

Let me know all your thoughts down in the comments. 

jakks pacific incredibles 2 jumping incrediblie


Friday, August 31, 2018

Bao Vinyl Figure Review (Funko Shop Exclusive)

pixar bao funko vinyl figure review

One of my most anticipated releases all summer, here we finally have the Funko Shop exclusive Bao Vinyl Figure! This adorable dumpling released last Wednesday the 22nd (which happened to also be our country's "National Bao Day"; yes, that's a thing now, in honor of the delicious Chinese steamed bun) exclusively on the Funko Shop website. "Pop Up Shop" Funko products are usually a surprise release every Wednesday, are limited in quantity and sell out VERY FAST (sometimes in just several minutes). This Bao figure sold out in about 12 minutes, which was a bit longer than usual.

Unfortunately I had no idea this was dropping on the site that morning and missed it by just a couple minutes! By the time I saw the page was live, he was sold out. After waiting all summer and wondering when it would hit the site, you can see how I'd be super bummed (especially since resellers on eBay charge an arm and a leg for these types of releases). This story ends well though as that very same night I was contacted by a representative from Funko who had set a few aside and wanted to send me one! A HUGE thank you to that Funko rep for this amazing gift. I feel so lucky and grateful! This figure is everything I was hoping it'd be. 

pixar bao funko vinyl figure review

First I need to talk about the collectible packaging, modeled directly after the bamboo steamer basket (the traditional way of cooking bao) seen in the short film! From the window in the front (totally cute to see him peeking out), to the printed basket textures, to the film's logo— everything with the box is just perfect. Funko certainly kept serious collectors in mind as they designed all this.

pixar bao funko vinyl figure review

OK, lets open this guy up and take a look at him out of the "basket" and all his plastic protection.

pixar bao funko vinyl figure review
pixar bao funko vinyl figure review

And I have to note, even a graphic of a piece of lettuce can be found inside at the bottom of the box (again, just like in the film)! Lettuce is traditionally used at the bottom of the steamer basket when cooking bao to prevent the dumplings from sticking. Such a great detail.

pixar bao funko vinyl figure review

Now that he's fully removed from the packaging, just look at how cute and realistic he is. It's literally like he jumped out of the screen and into my hand! Compare with THIS screenshot from Bao. I'm glad Funko realized that there was no need for additional stylization since his design was already this chub and adorable in the film. I cannot picture Funko (or any company) doing a better job. Both the sculpt and the paint job are exquisite. 

Even his back...look at that little baby dumpling bum. It just cracks me up (wink;) and melts my heart at the same time!

pixar bao funko vinyl figure review
pixar bao funko vinyl figure review

This figure measures just 3" tall x 2.5" wide and is very lightweight. The basket box is 5" tall with a 5" diameter. Original retail price was $15.

If you're a fan of this ambitious short film, I cannot recommend this figure enough if you're able to get your hands on it. Such a unique little treasure. If you weren't able to snag it on the Funko Shop website, be sure to check out THIS DIRECT LINK to current eBay listings. (it looks like they're selling between $60 and $70 right now).

Let me know all your thoughts down below! Were you able to pick one of these up for your collection? Looking forward to hearing your own review in the comments.

pixar funko bao figure
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