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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Monsters Inc: M is for Monster (Little Golden Book)

Monsters Inc M is for Monster Little Golden Book review

Mike Wazowski teaches you the ABCs in M is for Monster, an adorable rhyming Monsters Inc. inspired Little Golden Book released in 2014! This is something that I had been meaning to get for a while, but was unintentionally put on the back burner (simply meaning, I forgot about it—Whoops!). Not too long ago though, I came across it again and didn't hesitate to snag it for my collection this time. As someone who's a big fan of the Pixar Little Golden Book series, and an even bigger fan of Monsters Inc., this was instantly dubbed a "must have" for me.

Each page is dedicated to one or more letters of the alphabet, of which the film's characters (and scenarios) are then tied in. For example, of course "B is for Boo" and "C is for Celia", but then there's also "P is for Paperwork" (featuring Roz) and "Q is for Quittin' Time" (hearkening back to one of Mike's quotes in the film). Plus, as mentioned, this is also a rhyming book, so there's that aspect too. It's simple, but it's all very cleverly written and everything flows nicely!

What's funny is that there is no real author credited anywhere in the book—only that it's written by Mike Wazowski! My wife and I had a good laugh about that. As far as the illustrations, what's neat is that they're actually done by Pixar artist Ricky Nierva (who was the lead character designer on Monsters Inc.). I find that so cool, especially considering he's one of my favorite artists there at the studio. The art in this book alone makes the purchase worth it; it's all so sweet and charming!

Monsters Inc M is for Monster Little Golden Book review

Let's take a peek inside at some of the 23 pages...

Monsters Inc M is for Monster Little Golden Book review
Monsters Inc M is for Monster Little Golden Book review
Monsters Inc M is for Monster Little Golden Book review
Monsters Inc M is for Monster Little Golden Book review
Monsters Inc M is for Monster Little Golden Book review
Monsters Inc M is for Monster Little Golden Book review

This is obviously aimed at very young kids (ages 2-5), but us older fans of Monsters Inc. can appreciate the tasteful illustrations and the memories associated with all of these classic and iconic characters. So go ahead and grab this one for your kids, but there's also no shame in just grabbing it for yourself as well—I can't recommend it enough!

You can pick this up on Amazon (direct link below) or Barnes and Noble for around $4. Digital Kindle and Nook versions are available as well. Let me know what you think down in the comments!


Friday, June 22, 2018

Incredibles 2: The Incredibile Tin Pullback

Incredibles 2 The Incredibile Tin Pullback toy

Currently available at the Disney Store and ShopDisney.com, here we have their exclusive Incredibles 2 Incredibile Tin Pullback toy car! If you've followed me here for a while, you probably know I'm a sucker for good ol' fashioned toys—especially tin toys (to this day, it's still a tradition for me to get some unique tin toy for Christmas each year). When I saw this tin Incredibile hit the Disney Store last month (a design I've loved since the first film; a total retro throwback to mid-century modern style, which fits this retro type toy), I snagged it without hesitation! I knew it would be a great little gem for play or display.

Like any simple pullback vehicle, just pull it back on any hard surface to wind up and watch it take off! And boy does it take off—this thing is speedy. Size is 1 3/4'' H x 2 1/2'' W x 6'' L and retail price is $9.95.

Incredibles 2 The Incredibile Tin Pullback toy
Incredibles 2 The Incredibile Tin Pullback toy

Incredibles 2 The Incredibile Tin Pullback toy

Whether you're a kid or a kid at heart, if you love The Incredibles films, you just might want to pick this up for your collection! Again, grab it at your local Disney Store or on the ShopDisney site HERE. Let me know what you think in the comments below! Do you plan on picking this one up?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Up: Carl & Russell Wooden Collectibles—Limited Edition

disney pixar up wooden collectibles

Welcome Wilderness Explorers to tonight's post!

Last summer during the 2017 D23 Expo, Disney & Pixar (with creative guidance from John Lasseter) debuted a new collection inspired by traditional Japanese wooden collectibles known as Kokeshi dolls. The collection began with three Disney Store D23 Expo exclusive sets: Buzz & Woody (which I picked up of course, see my full blog post HERE), Anna & Elsa and Moana & Maui—each set limited to only 300 units produced. 

A few months after that, ShopDisney.com released (to my surprise) two more wooden collectible sets: a Cars 3 one (featuring Lightning McQueen & Cruz Ramirez; see post HERE) and a Monsters Inc. one (featuring Mike & Sulley; see post HERE). I realized then that this collection was really becoming a thing and it seemed as though even more sets would be released in the future. Could every Pixar film be eventually represented? Time would tell. Now flash forward to early 2018, and once again we were treated to another two surprise sets of Pixar friends—this Up inspired Carl and Russell 2-Pack and one featuring Wall·E & Eve (which I'll be showing off soon). I was ecstatic! 

As usual, this set is a limited edition of only 400 and is sold only on the ShopDisney website HERE (not sold in stores). I LOVE the way these characters are stylized and they will display perfectly next to all the others. Just look at them! So simple, yet so effective. My hat goes off to the designer, Jen Tan (Creative Director of Consumer Products at Pixar), who created the signature look of each and every one of these wooden collectibles. She did a fabulous job. In fact, you can see the entire character lineup she illustrated on her Instagram HERE. The designs have even been utilized on shirts (one from last year's D23 Expo and a couple available now only to annual pass holders during  Disneyland's Pixar Fest).

disney pixar up wooden collectibles

As with the others in this collection, the packaging is clean and minimal—definitely marketing to adult collectors like myself (these are certainly not toys). You can tell right away from looking it it that this is a special item. The box is basically one big clear plastic case with a cardboard stand/ backdrop that can be easily removed (as seen below). The Disney Store logo is featured in the top left corner. The backdrop art is amazing and I love the style. I wonder who did it? It makes for a solid display piece in or out of the package.

disney pixar up wooden collectibles

Take a look at these guys out of the packaging! I'm obsessed; they're seriously just too cute.

disney pixar up wooden collectibles
disney pixar up wooden collectibles

These are maliciously designed, quality crafted and hand painted (made entirely out of solid wood; both are decently heavy for what they are). As far as their size, Carl is 4" tall and Russell is 3 1/2" tall. The dimensions of the packaging are 7 1/2'' H x 7 1/2'' W x 4 1/2'' D. Retail price for this set, like the others, is $59.95 (which yes, is extremely pricey, but hey, it's Disney and a limited edition—it's what I expect at this point).

Underneath them, you'll find the Disney/Pixar copyright and the limited edition number of 400. And maybe you're thinking this too, but I thought it was kind of funny that these Japanese inspired collectibles were actually made in China ;)

disney pixar up wooden collectibles

No limited edition item is complete without a certificate of authenticity! My edition number is 134/400. The certificate can be found under and within the cardboard base. Don't forget it!

disney pixar up wooden collectibles

As a big fan of Up, this is a most welcomed addition to my collection (especially since any new Up items are few and far between). I highly recommend it to any and all Disney collectors who love these classic characters! If you're interested in this set, I wouldn't hesitate too much. It's still in stock on the ShopDisney site HERE (which I'm really surprised about after all these months), but once it's gone, it's gone. Be sure to let me know your thoughts or any questions you might have in the comments below! 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Inside Out: Bing Bong "I Cry Candy" Men's Tee (Fifth Sun)

inside out bing bong cry candy shirt

"I cry candy! Try the caramel, it's delicious." Three years ago today, Pixar's instant classic Inside Out leapt off the screen and into our hearts. Can you believe how fast the time goes by? Tonight I'm celebrating its anniversary by taking a look at this colorful men's tee from Fifth Sun featuring everyone's favorite imaginary friend who likes to play—Bing Bong! Bing Bong! Another big thanks to my wife who surprised me with this (and a bunch of other Pixar shirts) for my birthday a few weeks back. Still more to come.

Bing Bong certainly makes an impression in the film and is, in my opinion, one of the most memorable Pixar characters to date. He's one of my personal all time favorites! So much of the heart of the film can be traced back to this odd yet lovable cotton candy, part cat, part elephant, part dolphin hybrid. I'm excited to finally have him on a shirt after all these years! I'm going to rock this my next Disney trip. An awesome suggestion Fifth Sun gave me was to wear this to the brand new Bing Bong's Sweet Stuff Confectionery at Pixar Pier!

inside out bing bong cry candy shirt

My wife ordered this shirt from the Fifth Sun website for $19.95, though it can also be found at Hot Topic HERE, Amazon using the link below and also some smaller sites as well. It seems to be a pretty popular design! And for good reason—the Bing Bong and candy graphic here is pretty adorable. I always wonder who the artist is who designs these types of t-shirts as I'd love to give them credit.

If you love Bing Bong, this is the tee for you (especially if you're a Disney/Pixar t-shirt collector)! It's 100% cotton and feels and fits great. I really like the charcoal gray color too. I don't think anyone would be disappointed here. Let me know your thoughts down in the comments! And if you have any special memories you'd like to share in regards to Inside Out in general, I'd love to hear them.

Catch you tomorrow for another post right here! Be sure to check back daily for more from my ever expanding Pixar collection.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Incredibles 2: "Mini Supers" Connectible Mini Playset (By Jakks Pacific)

incredibles 2 mini supers playsets jakks pacific

Clear back in April, I posted on and reviewed the full Incredibles 2 "Mini Supers" blind box line from Jakks Pacific—which I found to be a pretty neat collection of stylized mini figures (read my full thoughts in my original post HERE). Of course as someone who loves displaying mini playsets as much as the mini figures themselves, I had to get the three playsets that go along with this "Mini Supers" lineup: the Lab Assault Playset, the Drill Attack Playset and the Frozone Playset (all based on the film's opening action sequence featuring the Underminer). Today I'm finally gonna take a detailed look at each one of these in and out of the package!

Speaking of the packaging, it's simply awesome. I'm such a huge fan of that extremely stylized artwork by Eric Tan, which you know by now has been used a ton on other Incredibles 2 products and heavily in the film's marketing. I just noticed though, that the figures in this collection are most definitely based on that art! Seriously, how did let that slip past me? These figures and sets perfectly capture, as does the artwork, the mid century modern feel of the Incredibles world.  

incredibles 2 mini supers playsets jakks pacific

OK, let's start things off with the Lab Assault Playset with Elastigirl...

LAB ASSAULT PLAYSET
Feature: Press the boiler flames down and then again five more times. The main boiler tank will move ever so slightly with each push until it pops up simulating destruction in the Underminer's Tunneler boiler room. It's not the most exciting gimmick, but it's a little something.

The Elastigirl figure is exactly the same as the blind box version. Once again, the figures are about 2" in scale.

incredibles 2 mini supers playsets jakks pacific
incredibles 2 mini supers playsets jakks pacific
incredibles 2 mini supers playsets jakks pacific

 DRILL ATTACK PLAYSET
Feature: Use your finger to rotate the plate on the back of the playset and that will make the drill spin. Again, not terribly exciting, but a simple action feature nonetheless.

The Mr. Incredible figure is also the same exact one that can be found in the blind boxes.

incredibles 2 mini supers playsets jakks pacific
incredibles 2 mini supers playsets jakks pacific
incredibles 2 mini supers playsets jakks pacific

FROZONE PLAYSET
Feature: How it's suppose to work is that you set Frozone atop his ice slide and then press the fire hydrant to drop him down. He's suppose to slide to the edge and then stop. That's when you press the hydrant again to send him launching off the base into a flip. Here's my deal though—I have done this well over 200 times (no exaggeration; wasted at least an hour today) and he either goes too fast/far and goes off the bottom of the base on his own, or just straight up falls off the sides. Never once did he stop where he's suppose to. 

How I've learned to come to play with mine is, once I press the button sending Frozone down, I try to press the hydrant again for the flipping action real quick as the figure approaches the launch area. It's a window of about a half a second, but I can kind of get him to flip/launch off that way. I thought this playset would be my favorite one (since it should be the most interactive), but it turned out to be more frustrating than anything. Bummer! Not sure why mine doesn't work as it's suppose to. It just comes down to the fact that Frozone goes a bit too fast down the slide. His sled or the slide is just too slick.  

incredibles 2 mini supers playsets jakks pacific
incredibles 2 mini supers playsets jakks pacific

Something positive I did want to note is that, while this Frozone figure is mostly the same as the blind box version, this one adds a little snow on his ice sled under his knee! See what I mean by comparing this one to the blind box one HERE. A nice little touch that's simple enough (most people probably won't even notice), yet still makes him different. I wish the Mr. and Mrs. Incredible figures from these playsets had some kind of exclusive detail like this.

incredibles 2 mini supers playsets jakks pacific

And here they look all together side by side! They don't "snap" into place, but rather just kind of slide in next to each other. This can be a little inconvenient while playing (since they can easily shift away from one another), but that's a mild complaint. On the flip side, if they're just staying stationary and being used for display, they look so totally wicked joined together! Love how the two city bases/ backdrops flow seamlessly from one to the next. The depth given to Forzone's ice slide is really cool as well (how the art on the backdrop leads right into the tangible playset slide).

incredibles 2 mini supers playsets jakks pacific

My final verdict with these is that they're not the most fun playsets (I mean, some kids with some great imaginations I'm sure will find enjoyment out of playing with them), but they make for SUPER cool display pieces for all your "Mini Supers" figures. For that alone, I recommend these. I wonder if there will be a wave two, and if there is, which playsets and figures would you like to see?

Each set measures about 5" long x 3.5" tall and retails for $9.99. Find them at Target, Walmart, Toys R Us (if any are still open near you) or Amazon using the links below. And be sure to share your experience with these or any thoughts/questions you might have down in the comments.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Finding Dory: "New Rule No Talking" Hank & Dory Men's Tee (Fifth Sun)

finding dory hank "no talking" tee shirt fifth sun

If you can believe it, today marks two years already since Finding Dory arrived in theaters! To celebrate, I'm taking a look at a new tee from Fifth Sun that I just received for my birthday a few weeks back. A big thanks to my wife for surprising me with this shirt and a bunch of others that I'll be reviewing right here soon! Always fun to have a fresh new selection of Pixar tees.

This men's t-shirt, of course, features fantastically stylized screen art of Hank (everyone's favorite cantankerous "septepus", one of my personal standouts from the film) and that forgetful blue tang Dory (complete with that signature coffee pot). Hank's hilarious line  "New Rule No Talking" is also front and center.

Retail for this shirt is $19.95 and can be purchased on Fifth Sun's official site HERE. Like with all the tees I've gotten from there, this one is also a quality soft material (not too thick or thin; 60% cotton, 40% polyester blend) and fits well (not too tight and not too boxy). Very comfortable.

If you're a fan of Finding Dory, you might want to pick this up for your collection. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! Lastly, I wanted to wish you all a happy Father's Day and hope you've enjoyed your day celebrating the fathers, grandfathers, father figures and future fathers in your life.

finding dory hank "no talking" tee shirt fifth sun
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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Toy Story: Shanghai Disney Exclusive Buzz Lightyear Sticker (Art by Jerrod Maruyama)

Shanghai Disney Exclusive Buzz Lightyear Sticker by Jerrod Maruyama

My Disney Store manager recently got back from a trip to Shanghai Disney Resort (so awesome right?) and she was nice enough to think of me by bringing me home this ADORABLE Toy Story Buzz Lightyear sticker! I had never seen this before, so it was such a fun little surprise. And not only that, but this art is done by my good friend and supporter Jerrod Maruyama—something my manager had no idea about! It was cool to tell her that my connection with this sticker extends beyond the fact that it's Toy Story related. How cool is it that Jerrod's work can be found all the way across the world in China?

In my opinion, Buzz has never looked cuter. And I love his iconic space ship packaging with a little bit of a playful twist—notice the letters that spell out "Buzz Lightyear" and "Space Ranger" are all a tad askew? Such a subtle, cute idea. There's also the Shanghai Disney Resort logo off to the side which is nice to have on there as it denotes its exclusivity. The stickers is about 4" in size.

I'm not sure where this can be found there at the resort or how much it costs, but I absolutely wanted to share this with you and document it here so you know of its existence! Let me know your thoughts on it in the comment section below.

If you like what you see and want to check out more art from the talented Jerrod Maruyama, be sure to visit his blog HERE and follow him all over social media (Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr & Dribbble). If you have any questions or comments on his illustrations, you can reach out to him on any of those outlets.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Incredibles 2: "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset (By Jakks Pacific)—REVIEW

 Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset Jakks Pacific

Welcome everyone to my fourth and final review from the Jakks Pacific Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" collection. This time around I'm taking a look at the biggest playset in the series—the Hyrdroliner! I saved this one for last, not only because of its massive scale, but also because I wanted to know more about this scene in the film since there are a lot of story points (or lack thereof) incorporated into the features here. I didn't want to guess on how this all ties into the film, but now having seen the movie last night, I'm ready to dive in. With that said, I can't talk about some of these features without discussing some of the story, so I would wait until you've seen the film before reading on. SOME BIG SPOILERS AHEAD. Ready? It's showtime.

The Hydroliner yacht is the location for the film's epic conclusion (which is why it's not really seen at all in any of the trailers or marketing). Honestly though, besides the fact that this is a cool looking boat with the Incredibles logo on it, it actually has little to do with what happens in the movie (and doesn't look too much like the yacht's design from the film either). For example, this toy has the Incredibles "i" icon all over the place (which made believe it belonged to the Parrs in someway before I saw the movie), but that is not present in the film and is certainty not the case. The ship's registration code on the side of this toy, CA 1132 IN (that famous Pixar A113 Easter Egg), is also not present there in the film (however A113 does appear, just not on the boat). A water escape craft is also included here, as well as a firing canon, life preserver, a trap door and a giant stretching arm—NONE OF WHICH are actually in the film.

Now of course that doesn't detract from the fact this is still a fun toy. It's huge with a lot of space to play. Even though the action features don't really connect to the movie, they're still fun and add a lot of play value for the kids. And it does look really neat, regardless.

 Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset Jakks Pacific
 Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset Jakks Pacific

Let's tear this thing out of the package and check out all the features and all the included accessories! This ship comes with two missiles (only one canon though, so I suppose the other is for if one gets lost?), a life preserver and an exclusive "hypnotized" Elastigirl. The figure, while cool and different, also makes little sense in the context of the film. She would have to have a pair of Screen Slaver goggles on in order to be hypnotized and this figure is just wearing her traditional mask. I get what they were going for though.

 Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset Jakks Pacific

And I'm assuming the figure's blue semi-translucence legs are suppose to represent when Elastigirl is being held hostage in the room with below freezing temperatures? That's what I think the makers were going for. More on that below. 

 Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset Jakks Pacific

Here's the bottom of the craft where you can see the rolling wheels attached the the boat's "Hydrofoil". I'm glad a rolling feature was included! The wheels aren't rubber, but they're on the softer side (to reduce any scuff marks) and have a decent grip to them. Everything about this toy feels very sturdy and well made.

Note: Though this is a "boat", this toy does not float and is not designed for use in real water—just pretend!

 Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset Jakks Pacific

And here we have the spacious top deck with rotating/firing missile launcher.

 Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset Jakks Pacific
 Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset Jakks Pacific

The big round door on the side of the yacht can open up to reveal a Jet Ski style watercraft for quick escapes! Holds one figure.

This feature was a little bit of a let down since the packaging makes it seems like the craft actually launches from the yacht (I mean, I don't think I'm misinterpreting it— the feature is called "Watercraft Launcher"). The only way it "launches", is if you manually open the doors and roll it out. It would have been much cooler it this was a spring loaded feature where it could be launched out with the touch of a button.

 Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset Jakks Pacific
 Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset Jakks Pacific

Moving onto the back (rudder can move back and forth; life preserver can be stored atop—just press it into the pegs) and the reverse side of the boat...

 Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset Jakks Pacific
  Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset Jakks Pacific
 Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset Jakks Pacific

I really like how the other side's panels lift up so that you can have access to all that play space within the middle and lower decks! In the pics below, you can better see how the watercraft is stored on its tracks when not in use. And notice the inside walls/panels have some molded detailing as well (you can spot a fire extinguisher, clock, hose, etc.). Nice touch. And this might be obvious, but I found that these areas also make for great storage to store your Junior Supers figures.

 Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset Jakks Pacific
 Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset Jakks Pacific

This also gives you easier access to the ship's main control bridge with a rotating steering wheel.

 Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset Jakks Pacific
 Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset Jakks Pacific

This giant extending arm feature (which I guess is somehow suppose to represent Elastigirl) was a strange choice. It's not like Mrs. Incredible becomes giant at any point (now I can't say the same thing for Jack-Jack ;) and an arm like that is definitely not a part of the actual boat in the film. Very odd! Either way, the point of it is, you can manually move the arm around and extend it to snatch up the bad guys (or save the good guys). 

 Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset Jakks Pacific

And right below the arm is a trap door! No playset like this is complete without some kind of trap door. Classic.

 Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset Jakks Pacific

Here's another intriguing feature. On the package, this is called a "rotating cooling chamber." My guess is that this is suppose to be somewhat like the aforementioned freezing room where Evelyn Deavor holds Elastigirl hostage and hypnotizes her? If it is, I don't believe that room was on the yacht, but I've only seen the movie once so correct me if I'm wrong.

 Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset Jakks Pacific

Below you can see that I added Elastigirl to the chamber. The front molded plastic piece is meant to resemble the Screen Slaver goggles.

 Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset Jakks Pacific

Here's one of my favorite features (and this one, for the most part, actually makes sense in the context of that final big scene). Open the doors on the front of the boat and you can fold out an ice slide made by Frozone to help stop the boat from crashing into land! Pretty cool stuff. Love the blue ice looking translucent plastic used here.

To see all these features in action, check out this brief YouTube video (official Jakks Pacific commercial).

 Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset Jakks Pacific

Here's a closeup of that "A113" Easter Egg, which again, never actually appears on the boat in the film (from what I could tell—I was specifically looking out for it, but I may have missed it). This boat is actually called the "S.S. Everjust" and is owned by the Deavors.

 Incredibles 2 "Junior Supers" Hydroliner Playset Jakks Pacific

And lastly, this thing measures about 17" L x 12" H x 5.5" W and retails for $39.99. If you'd like to purchase the Hydroliner for your collection of Junior Supers (which I totally recommend, being a playset fan and all), it can be found at Target (in the Imaginext isle), ShopDisney.com, Toys R Us (if you still have one open near you; I know these can still be found at my local Toys R Us for the time being) or on Amazon using the direct link below!

If you have a little Incredibles fan at your home, you won't wanna miss out on this or really anything from this fun, amazingly stylized and adorable line of toys! I really hope it continues in the near future with even more Junior Supers figures, vehicles and playsets. Another HUGE thanks to Jakks Pacific for sending this over.

Let me know your thoughts down in the comments!