Thursday, October 10, 2019

Cars 3: "Fan Favorites" Team 95 and 51 Maddy McGear

Cars 3 "Fan Favorites" Team 95 and 51 Maddy McGear

As part of Mattel's new Cars 3 Target exclusive "Fan Favorites" sub-line, here we have the 1:55 scale diecast of Team 95 and 51 Maddy McGear! This little secondary collection is made up of both canon and non-canon versions of some of our favorite characters (as usual, I collected only the "canon" characters—or in other words, the ones that actually appeared on screen in the film). Other than Maddy here, this wave also features:
  • Team 95 Mater (Canon, I'll be reviewing that one soon as well) 
  • Dinoco Cruz Ramirez with tool cart (Canon)
  • Team 51 Ramone (Non-Canon
  • Team 95 Sarge (Non-Canon)
  • Team 95 and 51 Sheriff (Non-Canon)
As shown in the screenshot above, Maddy is briefly seen like this in a still image during the film's end credits showing off her fandom for McQueen and Cruz by wearing both a 95 and 51 hat. So yes, this diecast is canon—just barely!

Note: See my review of the standard diecast version of Maddy HERE.

Cars 3 "Fan Favorites" Team 95 and 51 Maddy McGear

You can also find this "Fan Favorites" version of Maddy in a Target exclusive 4-pack (seen HERE). Pick up this and any of the "Fan Favorites" collection at your local Target today! They're all still pretty easy to find in stores, but I've also included a direct Amazon link below for your convenience.

Happy hunting!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Cars 3: Xanadu Bumpers

Cars 3 Xanadu Bumpers

Welcome back everyone! Tonight I'll be briefly documenting another new Cars 3 Mattel 1:55 scale diecast—an old school Volkswagen Beetle by the name of Xanadu Bumpers. She is part of the 2019 "The Cotter Pin" sub-series.

Now onto her appearance in the film. As shown in the screenshot above, Xanadu can be spotted very briefly (and only from the back) during the Cotter Pin Bar scene. She is watching the band perform just as Lightning and Smokey roll in.

Cars 3 Xanadu Bumpers

With such a unique name such as "Xanadu", I figured this had to be a reference to some Pixar employee. I did some digging and sure enough that's the case! This character appears to be named after Xanadu Bruggers, who was employed at Pixar in various roles from 2014-2019. 

You can find Xanadu on shelves right now, so I'd suggest checking your nearest Target or Walmart for availability. If you'd rather just snag her online, I've provided the Amazon link below as usual. Happy hunting! 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Cars 3: Hot Rod Junior Moon

cars 3 hot rod junior moon

Tonight I'm taking a look at another Cars 3 1:55 scale diecast from Mattel...Hot Rod Junior Moon! This brand new release just hit shelves a few weeks back and even sports the clean new "blue desert" 2020 packaging. It is part of the "Ramone's Body Shop" sub-series.

Despite what you might think when initially seeing this release, this diecast is actually canon! At first I thought it was totally made up my Mattel, but then realized that Junior Moon IS actually seen with this "hot rod" paint job in Cars 3—during the end credits as shown in the screenshot above. Pretty cool and very subtle! A "hot rod" Smokey was also released in this same case (seen HERE), however that design was never seen in the film and therefore is not canon.

cars 3 hot rod junior moon diecast

You can find Hot Rod Junior Moon currently at your local Walmart, Target or Amazon using the link below. As usual, happy hunting and let me know your thoughts down in the comments! My question for you is, could a "hot rod" Louise Nash and River Scott be on the way?

Monday, October 7, 2019

Cars 3: Shannon Spokes

cars 3 shannon spokes diecast

Welcome back Cars fans! Tonight I'm taking a brief look at the Mattel Cars 3 1:55 diecast of Shannon Spokes— who finally, after two years, is available as single-pack release (previously only available in multi-packs)! I've been waiting for this to happen ever since I saw her included as a "First Look" in THIS 2017 Piston Cup Race 5-Pack, since I didn't want to fork out for the other four cars in the set that I already had. This release of Shannon is part of the 2019 "Florida 500" sub-series.

Note: Shannon was also released this year as a metallic "Scavenger Hunt" diecast, seen HERE

As shown in the screenshot above, Shannon Spokes can be seen interviewing Lightning McQueen during the film's opening "Run that Race" montage. She is an on-the-track reporter in the Piston Cup Racing Series.

cars 3 shannon spokes diecast

FUN FACT: Her name is based on Shannon Spake (who also voices her in the film), a NASCAR correspondent and college football and basketball reporter for Fox Sports.

At this point, it may be difficult to spot Shannon in stores, but you can always check your nearest Target or Walmart just in case. If you'd rather just make things easy and pick her up online, you can use the direct Amazon link below. As usual, happy hunting! Let me know if you have any questions.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Cars 3: Jen Tansedan

Cars 3 mattel Jen Tansedan

It's time for another look at one of this year's brand new Cars 3 Mattel 1:55 scale diecast characters... Jen Tansedan! The one I have here, which I found at my local Walmart not too long ago, is carded on the new 2020 packaging; however, she was released earlier on in the summer in the 2019 packaging as well (seen HERE). Jen is part of the 2019 "The Cotter Pin" sub-series.

As shown in the screen capture above, Jen Tansedan can be spotted in a couple brief shots during the Cotter Pin bar scene.

Cars 3 mattel Jen Tansedan

The coolest thing about this car is actually her name! Jen Tansedan is a reference to Jen Tan, Creative Director at Consumer Products at Pixar. She's someone I look up to and admire a ton, so this car is a special one to me in that sense. It's also super clever that the character is literally a tan Sedan...kudos to whoever named/designed this character! And congrats to Jen, who's now part of the elite group of Pixarians whose name's been "carified".

You can find this diecast right now at your nearest Target, Walmart or Amazon using the direct link below. Happy hunting!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Cars 3: Jet Robinson

pixar cars 3 jet robinson

Hey Disney·Pixar Cars fans! I'm finally back with another Mattel Cars 1:55 scale diecast review for you. I know I always say this, but man do I have a lot of these from over the last two years to still post here on the blog. There's just been so much going on, but I do hope to get more of my diecast collection documented on here over the next few weeks.

Today I'm taking a very quick look at Jet Robinson, one of the first characters to be released this year. As seen in the screenshot above, Jet can be spotted very briefly (and only from the back) during the flashback to Doc's prime racing days in Cars 3. It appears he's from Myrtle Beach in South Carolina and was sponsored by Southern Gold and Make Way. His racing number is 17.

Lastly, Jet here is part of the 2019 "Doc's Racing Days" sub-series. And just FYI, he was also available in a 2-Pack with Doc (or should I say, "Dirt Track Fabulous Hudson Hornet"), as seen HERE.

Well that's about it—told you it would be quick! I will say, it's awesome to have another unique, never-before-released character in my collection. What are you thoughts? Did you add Jet to your Cars 3 collection? Let me know down below. 

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Toy Story: BoxLunch Exclusive Ducky & Babyface Enamel Pins (by Loungefly)

boxlunch loungefly toy story mutant toy pins

Don't worry, these pins aren't cannibals. Your other pins are safe! Check out these brand new BoxLunch exclusive Toy Story enamel pins by Loungefly—Ducky and Babyface, two of the most iconic mutant toys seen in Sid's room. Leave it to BoxLunch to release (yet again) such a unique set of items based on characters we never see in merchandise! As mentioned before, I'm not a big pin collector; but once in a while some pins come out that are just too good to pass these here! They were a must have.

First off, let's take a closer look at Ducky (no, not Ducky from Toy Story 4). He looks amazing and it's so cool to have him in pin form! The only other piece of Ducky merch I have is a figure from THIS 2001 gift pack. I believe that was the first and last time anything Ducky related was ever released— until now. Crazy! The pin measures 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" in size and retails for $8.90.

boxlunch loungefly toy story mutant toy pins ducky

Next up is Babyface, the first of Sid's mutant toys we meet and arguably the most memorable. This design just sticks in your head forever! Though this character has seen its fair amount of merch over the years, I'm pretty sure this is the first ever officially licensed pin. It looks great! The pin measures about 2" wide and also retails for $8.90.

boxlunch loungefly toy story mutant toy pins ducky

Here's just a quick peek at the backs of the pins.

boxlunch loungefly toy story mutant toy pins

Both of these pins are on sale right now for 25% off (or $6.67 each). Get them while you can at this awesome price and before they sell out! You won't want to miss them for your collection. You can purchase Ducky online HERE and Babyface HERE.

Shout-out to Loungefly for doing such a solid job with these. Now here's the big question though; will the rest of Sid's mutant toys get this same pin treatment? I feel like they HAVE to release the rest of them now! Shout out your thoughts below. Would you love to see pins made of the remaining mutants?

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Toy Story: Buzz Lightyear Mini Backpack (by Loungefly)

toy story buzz lighyear loungefly backpack

To infinity...and beyond! If you're much of a fan/collector of Disney and Pixar merchandise, you probably know the company Loungefly by now (or at least have seen their products unknowingly). If not, here's the rundown: Loungefly is a premiere contemporary accessory company (owned by Funko), maker of  pop-culture focused, officially licensed backpacks, handbags, wallets, pins and so much more. Their Disney items are the real standouts, but the also have products related to Hello Kitty, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Pokemon and the like. One of their coolest bags ever, released earlier this year, is this Toy Story Buzz Lightyear inspired backpack! A huge thanks to Loungefly for the gift; I'm thrilled to be able to share this with you in more detail.

I mean really though, this backpack actually speaks for itself. It's absolutely incredible! And the thing about Loungefly is that, even though they are a bit pricey, you know you're getting top quality in every aspect with them. The faux leather material, the hefty zippers, the appliqué's all top-notch. Buzz's iconic design (essentially his chest and torso) is captured perfectly here! What I also love is that this backpack could easily be for both men and women.

toy story buzz lighyear loungefly backpack review

Looking at the sides, you can see Buzz's "Space Ranger" icon and laser button—both of which are featured on the toy's arms in the films; such a nice touch.

toy story buzz lighyear loungefly backpack review

Complete measurements for the backpack are 9"W x 10"H  x 4.5"D. So yah, it's pretty small, but I really like the compact size. It's really the perfect size for a day at the Disney Parks to keep some small personal items in that you might need throughout the day. I'm so excited to wear it during my next trip!

As you can see, it features adjustable padded shoulder straps and a top carry handle for your convenience.

 toy story buzz lighyear loungefly backpack review
toy story buzz lighyear loungefly backpack review

By the way, you think the outside is out of this world? Just check out what Loungefly did with the inside (of both the small front pouch and main compartment)'s lined with a Pizza Planet Alien (or Little Green Men or "LGMs") patterned fabric! How amazing? 

I also like the simple Disney·Pixar / Loungefly logo label plate on the front corner. It adds a real classy aesthetic.

toy story buzz lighyear loungefly backpack review
toy story buzz lighyear loungefly backpack review

If you're a Buzz Lightyear fan, this is the backpack for you— no doubt. I can't recommend it enough! And guess what? If you want to complete the look, you can also check out the matching wallet HERE. You can find this backpack at the Disney Parks at various locations, or Loungefly's official site HERE. Retail price is $70.

Let me know your thoughts below. Have you picked this up for your collection? What's your favorite Disney Loungefly item? There are SO MANY amazing designs! If you haven't yet, please be sure to explore their website, especially their Toy Story items. You'll be blown away.

NOTE: BoxLunch Gifts also has some really cool exclusive Loungefly designs currently. Check them out HERE.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Toy Story 4: Forky Talking Action Figure (by Thinkway Toys)

forky talking action figure thinkway review

Hey everyone! Back in April, I posted a one-stop guide to all the different Forky toys to help collectors decide which one was the one for them (see guide HERE). As far as my personal collection, since I wasn't about to purchase every Forky toy ever made (there are just too many of them), I had to narrow down my top favorites—one of them being this 8" tall Forky Talking Action Figure by Thinkway Toys! Thanks to my friends over at Thinkway and Disney Consumer Products, I finally have this one to review for you in more detail.

This is a good mid-sized Forky with sounds, wheels, silly wobbly movements and actual googly eye style eyes. Thinkway did a really great job capturing his quirkiness and likeness! Of course at 8" tall, he's not a movie accurate size, but it's a great option if you wanted a larger Forky (but not the largest) to play with or display.

forky talking action figure thinkway review forky talking action figure thinkway review

Press the button on the side of his "dough" base to hear 15 sayings:
  • "Sooo... what should we do today? Hop in a trash can maybe? That might be niiiceeee..."
  • "Oh I love being in the trash. It's warm, cozy, kind of stinky and SAFE." 
  • "Wait! I have feelings!" *giggles*
  • "Being a spork and alive is really fun!"
  • "Do doo doo doooo..." 🎵
  • "I got a question, why am I here at all?"
  • "Bla, bla. bla, bla, bla, bla..."
  • "You're not making any sense."
  • "Carry me?" 
  • "Bum ba ba da ba" 🎵 
  • "Who are you? I mean, what are you?" 
  • "You're just like me...TRASH!" 
  • "I'm NOT a toy. I am a spork." 
  • "I'm uhhh...Forky?"
  • "I was made for soup, salad, maybe chili and then the trash!"
See the video I posted on Twitter HERE to hear some of these sayings and get a sense of how this toy moves. As you can tell, his sound system is loud and clear featuring Forky's original voice actor, Tony Hale.

forky talking action figure thinkway review

Here's Forky unboxed! Looking great huh? While the rainbow sticker on his Popsicle stick was a nice touch, this version of Forky doesn't have "Bonnie" written on the bottom of his sticks or the Pizza Planet logo on the back of the spork itself—two small details that the Disney Store version got right (which I'll also be reviewing soon). So yah, I wouldn't say this is the definitive Forky, but it's definitely one of my favorites regardless.

forky talking action figure thinkway review
forky talking action figure thinkway review
forky talking action figure thinkway review

One thing I wish here with this one is that rolling Forky along would actually trigger the wobbling movements as the packaging suggests. While he can wobble side to side (and his arms wobble up and down), this does not really happen by rolling him. You need to manually wobble him yourself while pushing to get any of that wacky movement. It's also not a "pull-back" toy, so don't expect that either. That's really my only main nitpick though. Other than that, this Forky is super fun and feels sturdy/quality made overall (yet very lightweight)—perfect for kids ages 4+.

Retail price is $29.99. You can pick this up at your local Target (online HERE) or Amazon using the direct link below. What are your thoughts? What's your favorite Forky toy out there so far? Let me know what you think and any questions you might have down in the comments.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Toy Story 4: Giggle McDimples Pet Patrol Playset Review

toy story 4 giggle mcdimples toy playset
"Officer Giggle McDimples. I run Pet Patrol for Miniopolis, yah search and rescue. Ants, caterpillars, miniature poodles, spiders..."

As seen in Toy Story 4, here we have Giggle McDimples and her Pet Patrol Playset! Mattel did an amazing job replicating the exact toy we see in the film, down to almost every miniature detail (view clip HERE and see for yourself). I was so thrilled to see this was being made and had to get it for my Toy Story replica collection! 

Unfortunately, the packaging got a little destroyed in the mail coming from Amazon, hence why my photos show the cardback a bit crinkled. Other than that, the quality of the product is top-notch. 

toy story 4 giggle mcdimples toy playset

Now that it's out of the package, here's the outside of the playset when it's closed...

toy story 4 giggle mcdimples toy playset

...and here it is opened up! I love all the bright colors and the classic 80's/90's "Polly Pocket" inspired feel. Everything gets stored inside and is very small and compact.

toy story 4 giggle mcdimples toy playset
toy story 4 giggle mcdimples toy playset

You can spin Giggle's patrol car around her driveway, just like in the movie! Grab hold of the middle fountain and spin away. And yes, her front gate even opens just as it should.

toy story 4 giggle mcdimples toy playset
toy story 4 giggle mcdimples toy playset
toy story 4 giggle mcdimples toy playset
toy story 4 giggle mcdimples toy playset

As far as size, from looking at photos and the video clip, both this playset and Giggle herself seem completely movie accurate. The playset measures about 5.5" tall and Giggle measures 1.25" tall.

Literally the only aspect of this set that is not movie accurate is that Giggle doesn't have a rotating head to reveal her sunglasses look. Other than that, everything here is pretty perfect. I can highly recommend this to all Toy Story collectors, young or old. It's a must-have.

As mentioned, I ordered this from Amazon for its retail price of $14.99. I've actually never seen this in stores, so that's how I recommend buying. I've included the direct link below if you're interested! Let me know all your thoughts down in the comments.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Toy Story 4 At Disney Store Times Square

disney store times square toy story 4

Hey all! Last Thursday, I took the train into NYC to attend the 2019 TTPM Holiday showcase. While I was there in the city, I couldn't help but seek out and pop into the giant, two story Disney Store in Times Square since it wasn't too far from the event! Though they didn't have any exclusive Toy Story 4 merch to buy (it's all the same stuff you've seen at your local Disney Store and online), their unique TS4 stage set was on point and I just had to document it.

For example, how fun is this giant Forky?! Check him out below as well as the other oversized display pieces, like Sheriff Woody, Peas in a Pod and a Bucket O Soldiers. I guess when you have a larger than life store, you need some larger than life characters!

disney store times square toy story 4 forky
disney store times square toy story 4
disney store times square toy story 4

Don't forget to pre-order Toy Story 4 HERE (or at you nearest Disney Store) and get this FREE lithograph set; available digitally on October 1st and on Blu-ray/DVD on October 8th.

disney store times square toy story 4
disney store times square toy story 4
disney store times square toy story 4

With Halloween right around the corner, of course all the Toy Story 4 costumes were out on display as well.

disney store times square toy story 4
disney store times square toy story 4
disney store times square toy story 4 forky

I had to take a pic of this super cute window with the Buzz and Woody silhouettes, which is right by the escalator...

disney store times square toy story window

And this art featuring Buzz, which is near the ground level checkout.

disney store times square toy story buzz

Well, that's about all I wanted to say! I'm keeping things short and sweet tonight— mostly I just wanted to preserve what this Disney Store looked like there with their Toy Story 4 section and share all the epicness with you. I'll catch you here again real soon with another review! Stay tuned.

Have you been to the Disney Store Times Square? Shout out your memories/experiences down below.