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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Toy Story: Sheriff Woody Inspired Wallet (by Loungefly)

toy story woody loungefly wallet

Yee-haw, giddy-up partner! Loungefly, a lifestyle brand known for mixing pop culture with quality and creativity, has done it once again with this outstanding Toy Story wallet inspired by the rootinest tootinest cowboy in the wild wild west—Sheriff Woody! A big thank you to Disney·Pixar and Loungefly for this gift. I'm thrilled to share my thoughts and additional details with you.

This is a faux leather zip around wallet with debossed, printed and appliqued details to resemble Woody's iconic outfit. The entire wallet, despite being a mass-produced item, exudes quality and craftsmanship— as usual with any Loungefly product.  The wallet's measurements are W: 8" X H: 4". Retail price is $39.00.

From the front to the back, just look at those details! And it doesn't stop there; let's have a look inside...

toy story woody loungefly wallet
toy story woody loungefly wallet

Inside you'll find more storage than you'll even need! There are three large pouches for cash/receipts, one large zipper pouch for coins, a window slot for ID and seven additional slots for cards.

toy story woody loungefly wallet

And again, the details don't even stop there. Look at the fabric that lines each pouch (as well as the ID slot)—Woody/Western inspired minimal prints featuring his signature boot, his bandana and different styles of cactus! Love the neutral, muted colors.

toy story woody loungefly wallet

If you're interested in picking this up to go along with your Toy Story ensemble (perfect for "Disney Bounding"), you can find this on many websites including Loungefly's official online store, Her Universe and Amazon (affiliate link below). I highly, highly recommend it!

NOTE: More of a Buzz Lightyear kind of person? Then check out the Buzz version of this same wallet right HERE. There are many amazing other Toy Story wallets and backpacks by Loungefly as well, so be sure to explore their website for all their amazingly cute designs.

What are your thoughts? Do you have any products from Loungefly and/or any particular favorites? Let me know down in the comments!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Toy Story 4 Figural Bag Clip Mystery Pack Collection (from Monogram Collectibles)

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Last month, I gave you my detailed review of the adorable Toy Story figural bag clip collection from Monogram Collectibles (which I recommend checking out first HERE if you missed it). Now I'm absolutely thrilled and honored to review their follow-up assortment based on all the brand new characters from Toy Story 4! Another gigantic thank you to Monogram for sending this full case my way to share with all of you. You are going to LOVE these.

I'm so happy Toy Story 4 has gotten its own series. There are so many amazing new characters in the film and they all deserve to shine in Monogram's signature style! For everyone who was worried that no TS4 characters were represented in the last series, this is why. Surprise! Every single one of the new main characters is here and boy are they adorable.

toy story 4 figural bag clips monogram

If you're not familiar with what these are, here's a little overview. This is a blind bag (or mystery pack) collection made up of 3D foam, stylized characters (each figure is about 2.5" tall). Monogram has done this for hundreds of characters across all corners of pop culture! Sometimes they are released as keyrings and sometimes (like with this series) they are bag clips.

Anyway, onto this series as there's a lot to dive into! 11 characters to be exact (nine commons and two exclusives Exclusive A and Exclusive B).

toy story 4 figural bag clips monogram
toy story 4 figural bag clips monogram
toy story 4 figural bag clips monogram
toy story 4 figural bag clips monogram

Below you'll find close up pics of each character: Woody (Holding Forky), Buzz Lightyear (Flying Mode), Bo Peep, Forky, Combat Carl, Duke Caboom, Benson, Gabby Gabby, Giggle McDimples, Bunny (Exclusive A) and Ducky (Exclusive B). There are 24 blind bags included in a full case.

And for anyone interested, here's my full case breakdown (the selection of characters in each case varies):
  • Woody Holding Forky (x2)
  • Buzz Lightyear Flying Mode (x2)
  • Bo Peep (x2)
  • Forky (x3)
  • Combat Carl (x2)
  • Duke Caboom (x2)
  • Benson (x3)
  • Gabby Gabby (x1)
  • Giggle McDimples (x3)
  • Bunny (x2)
  • Ducky (x2) 
Interestingly enough, I got two each of the exclusives in this case! The last case I opened there was only one each of the exclusives, so this was a pleasant surprise. I never would have thought the rarest character in my case would be Gabby Gabby (with only one included)!

Woody (Holding Forky)
toy story 4 figural bag clips monogram

Buzz Lightyear (Flying Mode)
toy story 4 figural bag clips monogram
toy story 4 figural bag clips monogram

Bo Peep
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Forky
toy story 4 figural bag clips monogram

Combat Carl
toy story 4 figural bag clips monogram

Duke Caboom
toy story 4 figural bag clips monogram

Benson
toy story 4 figural bag clips monogram

Gabby Gabby
toy story 4 figural bag clips monogram

Giggle McDimples
toy story 4 figural bag clips monogram

Bunny (Exclusive A)
toy story 4 figural bag clips monogram

Ducky (Exclusive B)
toy story 4 figural bag clips monogram

Here they are all together. Are they not the cutest!? So colorful and so fun. And did you know? There's actually a San Diego Comic Con Exclusive 3-pack being released this month with an exclusive panicked expression Forky (LE 250; $25). Check that out HERE.

toy story 4 figural bag clips monogram

These can mostly be found at stores like Hot Topic and BoxLunch, as well as online shops like Amazon and Entertainment Earth. Retail price ranges anywhere between $4.99 and $6.90 each.

Finally, you can check out my full blind bag opening video below on my YouTube channel! Be sure to give it a watch and a big thumbs up if you enjoy it. Feel free to subscribe while you're there! ;) Which character is your favorite design? Mine might have to be Woody holding Forky or Duke Caboom. Have you picked any of these up yet? If so, who did you get? Can't wait to hear all your thoughts down below.

Thank you again to Monogram Collectibles! If you like what you see, be sure to follow them on Instagram and Twitter for all their latest reveals and updates.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

The Art of Toy Story 4 Book Review


It's my favorite time of year—another Pixar film, another "Art of" book from Chronicle Books publishing! The Art of Toy Story 4 is the 21st Pixar release in this acclaimed, bestselling "Art of" series (which began in 2001 with Monsters Inc.), all of which I've reviewed right here in years past. I've collected these books for a long time now and always look forward to them! I'm glad to see the series still going strong and popular within the Disney/Pixar/Animation fan community. A huge thanks to Chronicle Books for sending me this copy!

First of all, if you're not familiar with this series, these books are essentially the definitive source for all officially released Pixar concept art and "making of" content (storyboards, colors scripts, lighting studies, character/environment layouts, pencil sketches, digital renderings, research photographs, deleted scenes/concepts and so much more— as well as a sprinkling of quotes, stories and insights from the creators); an amazing look into the creative process and development from the team of artists at Pixar!

Note: There are also "Art of" books for films from other studios as well, including Lucasfilm, Disney Animation, Dreamworks and more.

The Art of Toy Story 4 Book Review

The front and back covers feature some of the vibrant art you'll find within these pages. Really gorgeous stuff. The front cover makes me wish we had a moment like that in the film though—it would have been nice to have a callback to when Bo Peep would get Woody's attention by hooking him with her staff.

The Art of Toy Story 4 Book Review

As usual, remove the slipcover to reveal the sturdy hardcover book itself and the film's embossed logo. Loving the deep red this time around.

The Art of Toy Story 4 Book Review

Now we'll open things up to give you an exclusive peek at some of the opening pages!

The Art of Toy Story 4 Book Review
The Art of Toy Story 4 Book Review

The foreword this time was written by Annie Potts (voice of Bo Peep), who shares how she got involved with the original film back in 1994 and what Toy Story and Pixar Studios mean to her. It's all beautifully stated!

The introduction was written by Josh Cooley (the film's director), who shares some really down to earth insights about why he wanted to tell this story after a perfectly wrapped-up trilogy. He discuses "trusting the process", "trusting the people you work with" and "touching on universal truth" when crafting stories. He seems like a really cool dude who I'd love to just sit down and have a chat with.

The Art of Toy Story 4 Book Review

Continuing on, below is a peek at some of the other many, many pages of colorful art you'll discover inside! I'm not wanting to show a lot here (I don't want to to give anything away that might spoil the film if you by chance haven't seen it yet), but here's at least a little sampling of what you can expect.

Note: There's a miniature storybook insert of Gabby Gabby's book from the film included inside! What a cool detail right? Don't miss it.

The Art of Toy Story 4 Book Review
The Art of Toy Story 4 Book Review
The Art of Toy Story 4 Book Review The Art of Toy Story 4 Book Review

The book closes out with some acknowledgments (special thanks) by the producers of the film, Jonas Rivera and Mark Nielsen.

Some of my favorite parts of this book are the small tidbits here and there regarding abandoned concepts, ideas and scenes. As director Josh Cooley states in his introduction, "We went down a LOT of different story paths over the years (we could fill a twenty-volume set of Toy Story 4 'Art of' books with all the material created for the different versions of the film." What a tease! As a massive Toy Story fan, that stuff fascinates me more than anything. One of my only [small] complaints here is that I wish there was more of that content. Much of the art (while stunningly beautiful) basically just mirrors the final images and characters seen in the film. I'd say 90% of the art is from once the story and world were very much established.

For example, there is one particular deleted scene included here in storyboard form that I loved seeing. Honestly, I really wish it was left in the film! It's more of a moment, but it's a flashback to when Bo's lamp was first brought into Andy's room and plugged in next to Molly's crib. Woody looks up at Bo and Bo looks back at Woody and it's love at first sight. It's beautiful and I wish I could have seen that play out on screen. Perhaps the blu-ray will feature that clip and more of an explanation on why it was cut.

Speaking of explanations, that's one more thing I would have liked to see more of here. I would have enjoyed a bit more text and behind the scenes insights from the creators explaining the creative process and why certain decisions were made. Other those couple minor nitpicks though, this is an incredible book and a most welcome addition to the collection! It's absolutely a must have for Toy Story fans.


If you're looking to get into this industry (or perhaps you already are), this is a great learning tool; for everyone else, it's just a feast for the eyes. There are so many details in this book that you really could look through and study it for hours (and I'm sure I will). If you're interested in adding this to your collection, I recommend picking it up at Barnes & Noble or on Amazon using the direct link below.

And there you go! That's my review, which is just a small taste at what you can expect inside. Per usual, this is a really beautiful tribute to the incredibly talented artists who worked so hard at making the film what it is today, yet who too often go unnoticed. Do you have a favorite Pixar artist whose work you look forward to seeing?  Let me know all your thoughts on this book and any questions you might have down in the comments.

Size: 11.4" x 9.4"
Pages: 160
Retail Price: $40 (though it's always on sale for less, usually around $26)
Original Release Date: May 7th, 2019
My Rating: 8/10

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Toy Story 4: Bo Peep and Sheep Table Lamp Review

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For almost 25 years, fans and collectors of Toy Story have hoped for a real life version of Bo Peep's lamp. Well, for the most part, that dream has finally been realized thanks to the release of Toy Story 4! This real working lamp (by Ukonic) has recently been released exclusively at Target stores.

Sure, this isn't a perfect replica in terms of make or scale, but it certainly carries the right aesthetic. As far as straight looks go, they really got it right; however it's much smaller than it should be and is almost entirely made of plastic instead of porcelain. I also wish this Bo and her Sheep were based on the original designs from the first film instead of their TS4 updated looks, but that's just me being an old school, nostalgic fan who still feels a slight disconnect with their change of appearance. Beggars can't be choosers though, so I'm grateful for what we do have! It's probably as close as we'll ever get.

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When you find this at the store, you'll find that it's wrapped in plastic for protection. I was glad to see that as this kind of thing scuffs up easily. 

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As the tag says, Bo Peep is a detachable [plastic] figurine with included stand.

toy story 4 bo peep lamp target

Look at this beauty! It really does look nice and photographs gorgeously. I know a lot of you are here just to see how it measures up compared to Thinkway's Toy Story Collection doll, so here are the size details: Again, it's pretty small and is not movie size. The official [lamp and base] measurements are 14 inches (H) x 9.4 inches (W) x 9.4 inches (D).

The sheep themselves (not removable) are about 4 inches (W) x 3.5 inches (H). Bo Peep on her own (once she's removed from the lamp base, more on that below) is 9 inches (H). To put it in perspective, Bo's much more in line with Mattel's 7 inch action figure assortment than she is any of the full scale dolls. In fact, when I compared her to the Bo action figure, they're almost the exact same size. So if anything, this would go perfectly with your Toy Story 4 action figure collection!

toy story 4 bo peep lamp target
toy story 4 bo peep lamp target

Bo and the sheep (or should I say Billy, Goat and Gruff) are molded out of solid plastic without any articulation (which also means her staff is not removable). I also have to note that the paint job is done much better than I thought it would be! Often times the paint can get a bit sloppy on items like this.

toy story 4 bo peep lamp target

The lampshade feels like a heavy cardstock/fabric hybrid.  

toy story 4 bo peep lamp target
toy story 4 bo peep lamp target
toy story 4 bo peep lamp target

Here's how it looks when Bo is removed from the base. As you can see, there are two metal pegs that help her stand.

toy story 4 bo peep lamp target
toy story 4 bo peep lamp target

You can get a better sense of scale here when compared to my hand.

toy story 4 bo peep lamp target

I really like how an extra stand (with those same metal pegs) is included for when Bo is removed from the lamp base. This is great for play or display, since she would not be able to stand on her own otherwise, and was a smart choice to avoid frustration. Also, both the figure stand and lamp base are covered with a felt type material underneath so that they don't scratch up any furniture or floors—another smart choice.

toy story 4 bo peep lamp target
toy story 4 bo peep lamp target

Here's the Bo figurine on her own! For a cheaper decorative item, she actually looks fantastic.

toy story 4 bo peep lamp target
toy story 4 bo peep lamp target

Last but not least......the full effect! So pretty right? Despite the smaller scale, this really does look like it came right out of the film. As far as a light bulb, it does not come with one—so make sure to get one with a warmer (rather than a cooler) color temperature for the most film accurate look. The bulb base size is a Candelabra Edison screw base E12 and must not exceed 25 watts. After one or two failed attempts to get the proper bulb, I found the perfect one at my local Walmart. Check it out HERE. Of course many other bulbs will do, but I wanted to share what I found just make things easier for everyone. Hope it helps!

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Overall, I'm very happy with this. It's a pretty awesome piece with a surprising amount of detail, not to mention a long time coming! For all you Toy Story fans/collectors out there, I'd say this is a must have as you never know if we'll ever get something like this again. I can see this becoming very hard to find not too long from now, so pick it up at your local Target (or online HERE) while you can! Retail price is $39.99, which I feel is very fair.

What are your thoughts? Will you be picking this up for your collection? Or maybe to decorate your little girl's room? Either way, this is a great item for kids and adult collectors alike. Highly recommend!