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Friday, February 23, 2018

Toy Story: Pizza Planet Men's PJs (BoxLunch Gifts)

toy story pizza planet pajamas sleep pants

Ready for the coolest pair of pajamas I own? Check out this Toy Story Pizza Planet inspired men's sleep pant set from BoxLunch Gifts! The PJs look awesome, fit great and are super soft and cozy—but I have to say, the coolest part about them might be the box they come in! It's a legit small replica of what an actual cardboard Pizza Planet pizza box would look like. Total perfection.

As far as the pajamas themselves, you can expect a drawstring waist, single button closure, and pockets. Fabrics are listed as 60% cotton; 40% polyester. I'm telling you—they are ultra comfortable. Plus they're covered in the iconic Pizza Planet logo which is totally classic!  

toy story pizza planet pajamas sleep pants

The box is 8"x 8" and features the Toy Story logo printed on the back. These are officially licensed.

toy story pizza planet pajamas sleep pants

Check 'em out!

toy story pizza planet pajamas sleep pants
toy story pizza planet pajamas sleep pants

Every year since, well my whole life, it's been a tradition to get a new pair of pajamas on Christmas Eve from my grandparents. This past Christmas, I knew exactly the pair I would ask for! ;) Below is a picture I snapped right after I received them. I was so excited! These were released at the perfect time.

toy story pizza planet pajamas sleep pants

There you go everyone! That's all I have for you for today. You can pick these up at your local BoxLunch Gifts store OR online HERE for $29.90. I cannot recommend them enough to all of you Toy Story fans out there! There's no way you will be disappointed.

Let me know your thoughts or any questions you might have in the comment section below!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Cars 3: Herb Curbler (Faux Wheel Drive)

Cars 3: Herb Curbler (Faux Wheel Drive)

What's up Cars fans!? Tonight I'm posting a quick look at yet another sweet Cars 3 1:55 scale diecast from Mattel...this time it's Herb Curbler (No. 54), the "next-gen" racer for Faux Wheel Drive. Herb is the third Faux Wheel Drive sponsored racer we've seen in the films, superseding Johnny Blamer (original Cars) and Tommy Highbanks (stock car racer seen early on in Cars 3).

As shown in the screen shot above, Herb can prominently be seen during the climactic Florida 500 race!

Cars 3: Herb Curbler (Faux Wheel Drive)

Like all the other next-gen racers, this is one cool looking car. LOVE the colors. Really nice detailing. Not too much to report on here.

Cars 3: Herb Curbler (Faux Wheel Drive)

You might be able to still find Herb in stores now. Though this is a late 2017 release, he's still popping up here and there across in US (I found him only a couple of weeks ago at Walmart). There is also a version out there from a different case that comes with a collector card, so look out for that one as well.

Happy hunting! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Cars 3: Wind-Up Assortment (by Thinkway Toys)

pixar cars 3 wind-up toys thinkway

While I enjoy seeing new technology implemented into the latest toys these days, there's just nothing like keeping it simple sometimes. To quote The Incredibles, "there's no school like the old school." I love wind-up toys and find them fascinating; did you know that mechanical wind-up toys were the first automated toys designed (along with air and steam pressure) and that their origins can be traced all the way back to Greece in 400 BC? Yah, that's pretty neat. To this day, many toy companies are still using wind-up technology, finding new and creative ways to have fun with it. With that said, you know I had to pick up this Cars 3 wind-up assortment by Thinkway Toys!

I grabbed these last spring at Toys R Us (in fact, they're still available there on the shelf to this day—unfortunately it seems this line didn't do too well), so this post has been a long time coming. I'm excited to finally share my thoughts!

pixar cars 3 wind-up toys thinkway

There are four characters included in this lineup: Dinoco Cruz Ramirez, Lightning McQueen, Jackson Storm and Mater. As seen on the back of the package below (and in THIS official Thinkway Toys product summery), there was suppose to be six, but it appears two have been cancelled or delayed: Smokey and Miss Fritter. What a shame! I kept waiting for them to come out, but at this point I've lost hope.

Lightning McQueen, Jackson Storm and Mater can all be purchased individually. Cruz was suppose to be available as a single (seen HERE), but that never happened. So, as of right now, the best way to go about collecting these (if you want them all) is to get this "Wind-Up Buddy Pack" (which includes Cruz, Lightning and Jackson) and then Mater as a single.

The Buddy 3-Pack retails for $24.99 and the singles can be purchased for $9.99 each.

pixar cars 3 wind-up toys thinkway

These are pretty small (each car is about 3" in size), but they pack a lot of cute. I love the way they are stylized! The best part is that each character has movements/action specific to their personality.

pixar cars 3 wind-up toys thinkway
pixar cars 3 wind-up toys thinkway

Here are some loose shots and a description of each character's unique movements....

Dinoco Cruz Ramirez 
While Cruz doesn't move fast when wound up, her feature is pretty cool. Place her on top of a table or any flat surface and she will sense the edges and not fall off! I tested this out and it works perfectly.

pixar cars 3 wind-up toys thinkway

Lightning McQueen 
When Lightning McQueen is wound up, he moves forward pretty fast, pops a side wheelie, turns and zooms forward again—all while his eyes move up and down! 

pixar cars 3 wind-up toys thinkway

Jackson Storm
Jackson Storm is the fastest of the bunch (which makes sense). When wound, he races forward, then takes a sharp 90 degree spin and continues straight again.

pixar cars 3 wind-up toys thinkway

Mater
Mater's feature is pretty unique since he moves forward by essentially "walking" instead of driving!  Picture his front left and right tires moving up and down like feet, while is back tires move him slowly forward. It's too cute!

pixar cars 3 wind-up toys thinkway

You can see all these in action (as well as the cancelled Miss Fritter and Smokey cars), in THIS OFFICIAL Thinkway Toys YouTube video! I've tested them all out and their actions all work flawlessly. My only real complaint is the price; these things should NOT be $10 each (they're more like a $4.99 range toy). Luckily I got these as a gift, or else I would have been hesitant to even pick them up. I believe they're on sale though currently at Toys R Us, so now might be a good time to snag them if you haven't already. They can purchased in stores or on the Toys R Us website HERE.

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Cars Land "Cutest Little Town in Carburetor County" (Art by Jerrod Maruyama)—Deluxe Print!

disney cars land art print jerrod maruyama radiator springs

Last summer, Cars Land celebrated its 5th anniversary and with that came a bunch of new prints by various artists to commemorate the occasion. One of them (my personal favorite) was this piece by Disney freelance artist Jerrod Maruyama titled "Cutest Little Town in Carburetor County"! If you follow my blog here, you may remember that I already reviewed this art last fall—though that was the 5"x7" postcard size. Here we have the full 14"x18" Deluxe size matted print...something I just couldn't resist any longer!

For my full thoughts on this adorable art (no need to repeat myself here), check out my ORIGINAL POST.  

disney cars land art print jerrod maruyama radiator springs

I almost picked this up when visiting Cars Land last year, but decided against it since I was already given the brilliant postcard (signed by Jerrod and all). It wasn't until a recent sale on the ShopDisney site that I finally just decided to go for it, since I couldn't stop picturing it on my wall next to my Jerrod Maruyama "World of Pixar" piece. I was able to snag this one for just $22! Regular retail price is $39.99.

Below you can see it all framed and hung up in my home office; just as I pictured! That side of my bookcase is becoming my Jerrod Maruyama art gallery. And here's a hint—I'll be showing off another one of his pieces right here later this week, so stay tuned.

Note: I picked up the the simple black 14"x18" frame at Michael's craft store. The size of the print without the matte is 11 2/5'' H x 9'' W.

disney cars land art print jerrod maruyama radiator springs

Correct me if I'm wrong, but you should be able to find this still at Disney's WonderGround Gallery (Disney Springs and/or Downtown Disney) and at Ramone's House of Body Art in Cars Land. It's also still available on the ShopDisney site HERE, so snag it while you have the chance.

If you're unfamiliar with Jerrod's work, be sure to check out his blog HERE. If you like what you see (how could you not), you can also follow him on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr, Dribbble and Twitter. As you can see, Jerrod specializes in all things cute and is quite the master. Feel free to reach out to him or myself if you have any questions or comments!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Video: Toy Story Mattel "Minis" Blind Packs (NEW Series 5!!)



Tonight, as a followup to last week's post on the Mattel Toy Story Minis (Series 5), I've posted my video unbagging of all the new characters! Please enjoy, be sure to like and subscribe to my YouTube channel and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

I'll be back tomorrow with a brand new post—so stay tuned! 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Monsters University: "Cute-Ma Kappa" Pink Mike Wazowski Plush

monsters university pink mike wazowski plush disney store japan
"Let's hear it for Oozma Kappa—the most adorable monsters on campus."

Ready for something monstrously unique? Check out this OFFICIAL Disney Store Japan exclusive "Cute-Ma Kappa" Mike Wazowski plush! This was originally available in early 2015, though I just picked it up on eBay this past fall. It's something I've been meaning to show you guys for months now, so I'm excited to do this post!

Remember the scene in Monsters University when Oozma Kappa is pranked by the ROR fraternity who dumps colorful paint, flowers, glitter and stuffed animals on them? It's completely hilarious and memorable, so I'm sure you do. Well this plush is straight out of that moment! As shown in the screen shot below, the photo of [the dubbed] "Cute-Ma Kappa" (with a pink Mike front and center) is then spread throughout the school newspaper and posted all over the campus quad (even on t-shirts). Humiliating right?

monsters university pink mike wazowski plush disney store japan

I was lucky enough to get this plush new with tags. It's not the easiest one to come by these days! The size is 13" tall (toes to top of horns) and 18" wide (fingertips to fingertips). He's nice and soft with some great embroidered details.

monsters university pink mike wazowski plush disney store japan
monsters university pink mike wazowski plush disney store japan

There was also originally suppose to be a Cute-Ma Kappa Sulley plush released as well (as seen HERE), but it seems that one was canceled. What a shame!

If you're looking to add this one to your Disney/Pixar plush collection, be sure to check eBay periodically. Listings do pop up every once in a while! I snagged this one for $17 and free shipping, so prices don't get too outrageous.

Let me know your thoughts and/or any questions you might have in the comment section below!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Cars 3: Terry Kargas (TripleDent)

pixar cars 3 terry kargas mattel

I know I've been posting a lot of cars lately (don't worry—I have lots more to share from other films), but bear with me. This one is extra cool since this isn't just your average background race car seen in Cars 3. He's also an Easter egg! Tonight I'm taking a look at the Mattel 1:55 scale diecast of Terry Kargas—AKA the TripleDent racer (No. 31)! He's a stock car seen at the beginning of the film before being replaced by the next-gen racer.

If you're not catching what the reference/Easter egg is here, think back to 2015's Inside Out. Remember the gum commercial joke with the catchy jingle? "TripleDent Gum will make you smile, TripleDent Gum it lasts a while, TripleDent Gum will help you mister, to punch bad breath right in the kisser. TripleDent Gum!" There you go... the sponsor TripleDent is the Easter egg here (only in this instance it's not gum– it's "Spearmint Flavored Dent Fillers"). So clever! 

pixar cars 3 terry kargas mattel

As a Pixar mega fan, I love the whole Easter egg hunt when it comes to each film. It's so cool to have one of them represented here on this diecast! If it wasn't for that, he would just be a normal racer; but the fact that the sponsor here is a reference to Inside Out takes the coolness factor up a notch or two.

pixar cars 3 terry kargas mattel

Find Terry in stores now! Though this is a late 2017 release, he's still popping up in stores across in US (I found him not too long ago at Walmart). There is also a version out there from a different case that comes with a collector card, so look out for that one as well.

Happy hunting! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Cars 3: Chase Racelott (Vitoline)

Cars 3: Chase Racelott

Hey everyone! It's real late here, but I definitely wanted to fit in today's post. I'm going to keep things short and simple tonight with another Cars 3 Mattel 1:55 scale diecast review! Here is Chase Racelott, or better known by his sponsor Vitoline (No. 24). Chase is a sleek "next-gen" racer who supersedes James Cleanair (Vitoline racer in the original Cars) and Brick Yardley (who appears in some early scenes in Cars 3).

Other than obviously being seen on the racetrack early in the film and at the Florida 500 race, Chase is actually also featured briefly in a RSN (Racing Sports Network) interview. He's the one who says "Let me put it this way. I'm not losing any sleep wondering where Lightning McQueen is"—as shown in the screen shot above. He also congratulates Cruz on her big win saying "You really had it rollin' today." It's cool that this racer has more screen time (compared to the usual blink and you miss it moment) and even some lines of dialogue!

FUN FACT: This car is voiced by (and named after) real life NASCAR driver Chase Elliott.

Cars 3: Chase Racelott

I totally LOVE the green colors and shiny/metallic graphics on this one. What a gorgeous and vibrant looking diecast! 

Cars 3: Chase Racelott

I found Chase at Walmart a few weeks back, so keep checking your local stores (Target and Toys R Us are always good options too) if you're looking to add this car to your collection! If you'd rather just spend a few more bucks and pick him up online, I included an Amazon link below as well.

Happy hunting!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Cars 3: Pat Traxson

pixar mattel cars 3 pat traxson

Happy Valentine's Day Cars fans! Thanks for dropping by. Today I'm taking a look at another Mattel Cars 3 1:55 scale diecast...Pat Traxson! I was finally able to find this one (at Kmart of all places...I know right?) just last week. I was super excited! That means I only have seven more diecasts to go to finish up 2017.

As shown in the screenshot above, Pat is an official Piston Cup pace car. He's seen most prominently during the film's final race (the Florida 500). If you remember, he's the pace car that Cruz has to beat out when coming out from the pits for the first time! Such a cool moment.

pixar mattel cars 3 pat traxson

Looks great! It's awesome to have a new version of a pace car (following Charlie Checker from the original Cars). I really dig the design!

pixar mattel cars 3 pat traxson

If you're still needing to add Pat Traxson to your collection, be on the lookout at your local Walmart, Target, Toys R Us and Kmart stores (even though he's from last year, he's obviously still popping up since I just found him).  If you'd rather just snag him online, you can always check current eBay listings HERE or Amazon using the link below.

Happy hunting! 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Toy Story: Mattel "Minis" Blind Packs (NEW Series 5!!)

mattel toy story minis series 5 blind bags

Alrighty guys—after a month of searching around in my area, I finally found SERIES 5 of the Mattel Toy Story "Minis" blind packs today at Walmart! It's about dang time they hit the east coast. I've received several emails regarding these lately and when I would be posting on them, so I'm thrilled to finally be able to give you my full detailed review!

It's been almost a whole year since Series 4 was released (check out my post from last April HERE), so I was beginning to worry that the line would not be continuing on. I'm so happy it's back with hopefully even more on the way! If you're unfamiliar with this collection of Toy Story Minis, the line launched back in the summer of 2016 and has proved to be pretty popular with fans. If you'd like to catch up on all my previous posts from this awesome collection before continuing on with this new series, be sure to follow the links below:
All caught up? OK perfect...To infinity and beyond!

mattel toy story minis series 5 blind bags

This series includes 12 characters total (though many of them have been previously released). The ones that are NEW to this series are: Woody (new variation), Buzz Lightyear (new variation), Ken, Barbie, Mr. Pricklepants, Rex as "Partysaurus Rex"and a fully new Blue Flame Jetpack Buzz Lightyear (which is this series' "Special Edition")! They're the ones I'll be taking a look at today.

Hamm, Slinky, Lotso, Jessie and the Alien have all been released several times previously.

mattel toy story minis series 5 blind bags

And guess what! I'll save you the trouble of trying to feel for which character is which. Here are ALL the blind bag codes (which are printed on the bottom right corner of each bag, as seen in my photo below)!

A6: Alien
B6: Lotso
C6: Rex as "Partysaurus Rex"
D6: Blue Flame Rocket "Special Edition" Buzz Lightyear  
E6: Hamm
F6: Slinky
G6: Jessie 
H6: Woody
I6: Buzz Lightyear 
J6: Barbie 
K6: Ken
L6: Mr. Pricklepants

mattel toy story minis series 5 blind bag codes

I hope that helps! Now lets take a closer look at each character.

Woody (NEW Series 5 Version)
This new variation of Woody, though similar to the other versions, is the first to have both arms up with the hands in a "quick draw" pose. Like usual, his hat is removable.

mattel toy story minis series 5 blind bags woody

Buzz Lightyear (NEW Series 5 Version)
This Buzz is almost identical to the Buzz that came with the spaceship vehicle. The only difference is that this Buzz is without the blue belt (which technically makes this one new).

mattel toy story minis series 5 blind bags buzz

Ken
Now onto the fully new characters...check out this Ken in his "animal lovin" outfit! Completely awesome and hilarious. I don't have hardly any Ken merch, so this is a most welcomed addition.

mattel toy story minis series 5 blind bags Ken

Barbie
Same goes for Barbie! I don't have much merch of her character represented in my collection. This mini is so cute!

mattel toy story minis series 5 blind bags barbie

Mr. Pricklepants
Mr. Pricklepants is one of my favorite Toy Story side characters. His thespian demeanor is hilarious. It doesn't get much cuter than this little mini here!

mattel toy story minis series 5 blind bags pricklepants

Rex as "Partysaurus Rex"
OK I'm so surprised they released this one! Partysaurus Rex is one of my favorite Toy Story Toons, but it's not very known to the general public. This mini is completely adorable—a must have!!

mattel toy story minis series 5 blind bags partysaurus rex

Blue Flame Jetpack Buzz Lightyear 
(NEW Series 5 Special Edition!)
This Buzz sports a totally new facial design (love the new mouth) and some awesome translucent blue flames blasting from his jetpack! This one, it seems, is based off of Buzz's flying scene from the very beginning of Toy Story 2. Love it!

mattel toy story minis series 5 blind bags special edition buzz lightyear
mattel toy story minis series 5 blind bags special edition buzz lightyear

Once again, these are MINI figures; like seriously mini. They stand just over an inch tall, are made of hard plastic and have very limited articulation (as in most of their heads and turn, but that's about it). Retail price for each figure is $2.88.

mattel toy story minis series 5 blind bag codes

There we have it folks! If you're interested in tracking these down for yourself, be sure to check you local Walmart (that's where I found them and where reports across the US are coming from). Let me know your thoughts below (I love to hear which ones are your favorites) and shout out who you'd like to see made next in this line!

Until next time...

UPDATE: There is also currently a new 10-pack of Toy Story Minis on the ShopDisney site, which has a "first look" Babyface figure!! I really hope that Babyface gets released as a blind bag soon as well (so I don't have to pay $22 for one figure).

mattel toy story minis babyface figure

UPDATE 2: Added my blind bag opening video below! Visit my YouTube channel HERE and be sure to like and subscribe.