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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.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Toy Story: Flannel Logo Shirt & Sheriff Woody Hat (by Cakeworthy)

toy story flannel shirt cakeworthy

You know what that chilly breeze outside means? Fall is in the air here in Connecticut and I'm so ready for my favorite time of year! Thanks to Cakeworthy, I now have this stylish new flannel long sleeve shirt to wear this season and show off my love for Toy Story at the same time. How cool is this design? I really love the autumnal yellow with the navy blue and red colors—not to mention the striking pencil sketch style Toy Story logo on the back and characters down the sleeve. So unique!

I'm pretty picky when it comes to flannels (and button-up shirts in general), so I was impressed with how much I like the fit of this one. It's pretty soft (100% cotton) and has a decently slim cut, which I prefer. Everything here honestly works perfect for both men and women and the shirt is listed as a unisex fit. As far as the mentioned characters, a Pizza Planet Alien, Hamm, Rex, Slinky and Buzz are featured down the left sleeve. The minimal sketches are both tasteful and playful. 

toy story flannel shirt cakeworthy
toy story flannel shirt cakeworthy
toy story flannel shirt cakeworthy

You might have noticed that awesome Sheriff Woody snapback hat I'm wearing in the first photo as well. Once again, a big thank you to Cakeworthy for the gift! The yellow plaid and cow print design is of course inspired by Woody's signature shirt and vest; and then you have his iconic Sheriff badge and name written in rope! Fantastic design overall—I think a lot of adult fans will absolutely love this one. Again, I'm picky when it comes to hats (I've never owned a flat billl before) and even I really like how it fits!

Note: There is an adjustable plastic backstrap. One size will fit most (also listed as unisex). 

toy story woody hat cakeworthy

You can pick up the flannel on Cakeworthy's site HERE or ShopDisney.com HERE for $49.95. Same thing for the hat, you can purchase it at Cakeworthy HERE or ShopDisney.com HERE. I can highly recommend both if they're your style! Be sure to leave your thoughts down below and check out the rest of Cakeworthy's fun Toy Story collection HERE.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Toy Story 4: Build-a-Forky Fridge Magnets + Ducky & Bunny Patch (D23 Expo 2019)

d23 expo forky magnet set and ducky & bunny patch

Hi everyone! Tonight I'm here with another quick post to document some more cool Toy Story 4 freebies I was able to pick up at the D23 Expo last month: a super cute Ducky & Bunny adhesive patch AND a Build-a-Forky magnet sheet featuring seven punch out magnet pieces (celebrating the upcoming home video release). These were given out in and around the Pixar booth if you happened to be there at the right time and talk to the right person.

From what I'm seeing people say, the Forky magnet set is also being handed out at Disney Store locations nationwide (to guests who participate in certain events or pre-order the Blu-ray). If you're interested in getting it for yourself, be sure to talk to your local Disney Store to see if they have this promotional item available. And don't forget, Toy Story 4 will be available to own digitally on October 1st and on Blu-ray/DVD October 8th! That's just right around the corner. SO exciting!

d23 expo disney store forky magnet set

I gave the Forky magnet set to my nephew Noah (he LOVES the character) and we had so much fun punching out the pieces and arranging them on the fridge there at my sister's house. We made happy Forky, mad Forky and...let's just say you can get pretty creative—and we did. It got pretty weird! Good times, good laughs.

d23 expo disney store forky magnet set

Were you able to get these while attending the expo? If not, there are a few listings on eBay currently for both the magnet set and the patch. Let me know your thoughts on these down below!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Toy Story 4: Forky Costume Review (by Disguise)

toy story 4 disguise forky costume review

"I'M TRASH!"

With Halloween right around the corner, it's time to start making some final decisions on costumes...and I'm sure TONS of kids (and even some adults?) are going to want to be everyone's favorite trash-turned-toy spork, Forky from Toy Story 4! If so, this right here is the costume to pick up. A big thank you to the costume masters themselves, Disguise, for sending this over to review!

This is a simple two piece costume set featuring a soft, 100% polyester jumpsuit (with foam faux buttons and velcro fasteners down the back) and a classic plastic half mask with adjustable strap. I love how they gave the chest/arms that printed texture to give off that pipe cleaner look—and of course they wouldn't miss the rainbow detail on his popsicle sticks.

toy story 4 disguise forky costume review

Since I wasn't about to squeeze into this costume to model it for you all, I ordered a size S (4-6) for my six year old nephew Noah to keep and it fits him perfectly. I knew he'd be SO excited for this since he's the world's biggest Forky fan! Below are the different sizing options:

·Boys XS (3T-4T)
·Boys S (4-6)
·Boys M (7-8)

toy story 4 disguise forky costume review

Here he is, standing right by his favorite thing in the whole wide world...TRASH! Carry me?

toy story 4 disguise forky costume review

Even though Noah isn't planning on being Forky for Halloween (that honor actually goes to Duke Caboom, who he also loves), this is still the perfect costume to have handy in his dress up trunk. He's been having so much fun wearing it around the house (especially while playing Toy Story) and quoting all his favorite lines.

toy story 4 disguise forky costume review

Retail price ranges from $25-$40. You can find this costume right now at many different retailers, including (but not limited to): Target, ShopDisney and Amazon (using the link below). Be sure to check out the official Disguise page HERE and explore their many other hilarious and fun kid/adult Toy Story themed costumes HERE!

Does this costume crack you up as much as it does me? Did you ever think that a spork would become a popular Halloween costume one day? Leave all your thoughts and any questions you might have in the comments below. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Toy Story 4: D23 Expo Exclusive "Forky Asks A Question" Lithograph


Debuting exclusively on Disney+ upon launch (November 12th), get ready for the Toy Story 4 inspired mini series Forky Asks A Question! If you thought Forky was hilarious and wanted to see more of him, you're in luck. These [approx.] four minute episodes will explore life after TS4 in Bonnie's room, with specific focus on Forky learning the ways of the world from all our favorite Toy Story pals.

I was lucky enough to see a full episode of Forky Asks A Question at this year's D23 Expo a couple weeks back and let me tell you...it's so funny and charming! You will love it. It seems each episode will follow the same formula, which is essentially Forky asking one of the original toys a "simple" life question; for example, the episode I saw featured Forky asking Hamm "What's money?"—and as you can probably imagine, Forky gets pretty distracted as Hamm tries to explain.

toy story forky asks a question d23 expo lithograph print

Also there at the expo, attendees could get their hands on an exclusive lithograph print and have it signed by the filmmakers! While I didn't have the opportunity to get any autographs, I was able to obtain the print thanks to my good friend Jeff (from This Day in Pixar). What's cool is that the print, seen above, features the first official still from the series and a peek at another episode! This image has not been released in any other way. Super cool right?

I'm especially excited to see this Rex centered episode, since he's always been one of my favorite Toy Story characters. My question for all of you is: what question will Forky ask Rex? Shout out your ideas and predictions down below! Can't wait to hear your thoughts.

If you're interested in grabbing one of these for your collection, be sure to check out eBay using this direct link to current listings (there are a couple on there right now).

Monday, September 9, 2019

Toy Story 3 Bandit Aliens Bag Clip/Charm

toy story 3 eye patch aliens bag clip keychain

OooOOOoooOoooo... "Hate to leave early, but our ride is here!"

Inspired by the classic opening sequence of Toy Story 3, check out this awesome and totally unique bag clip (or charm, whatever you want to call it) from Cakeworthy— featuring adorable art of the three bandit aliens with their signature eye patches and pink Barbie Corvette! This is a hefty polyurethane charm that measures 2.75 x 4.5" and includes solid "gold" metal hardware with both a keyring and clasp. It's absolutely perfect for anyone looking to add some fun, color and Pixar love to any purse, keychain or backpack!  

A big thank you to Cakeworthy who gifted this to me during my recent Walt Disney World Toy Story 4 press event. I'm super grateful to have this, considering it sold out pretty quick. You can visit the original product page HERE and add your email if you'd like to be notified when/if this becomes available again. You can also keep checking eBay for any listings that may pop up. Original retail price was $11.95.

toy story 3 eye patch aliens bag clip keychain

What do you think of this awesome clip? If you're not familiar with Cakeworthy, be sure to explore their website HERE as they have several other really cool Toy Story pieces. Shout out your favorites below!

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Toy Story: Disney Parks Slinky Headband

disney parks toy story land slinky headband

Golly bob howdy! When Toy Story Land opened at Hollywood Studios on June 30th last year, of course there had to be some new unique, exclusive merch for guests to go crazy over. This adorable Toy Story inspired plush Slinky headband was one such thing and an instant hit! It didn't take long for this to be the trendiest new accessory to sport in your latest Instagram photo. Even now, from what I can tell, it's a pretty popular item.

This is a plush covered headband with a super soft Slinky plushie perched atop (though his eyes, nose, spring and tail are all plastic). One size will fit most, but the exact measurements are 8 3/5'' H x 12'' W x 2 5/6'' D. It's doggone cute for sure! Who doesn't love Slinky?

disney parks toy story land slinky headband

When my wife and I visited Disney World last fall, I spotted this at a couple locations within Hollywood Studios. First I saw it at the Beverly Sunset gift shop (which at the time was all Pixar toys, but probably not anymore since that store switches themes often). Below you can see my wife Brita modeling it! <3

disney parks toy story land slinky headband
disney parks toy story land slinky headband

Then of course it was all over the place in Toy Story Land as well. Below you can see it available at the Play Family Campus stand. Retail price was (and I believe still is) $27.99—which is pretty expensive if you ask me, but hey, that's Disney for you.

disney parks toy story land slinky headband
disney parks toy story land slinky headband

I was excited when I was gifted one (thank you Disney Parks!!) when I attended the Toy Story 4 press event back in June! I had to throw it up here on the blog to share with you all, even though I'm a little late to the party.

Let me know what you think below! Did you pick this up or plan to grab one for your next trip to Disney World or Disneyland? Just throwing it out there, this would be perfect for anyone Disneybounding as Slinky.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Cars: "Race Around Radiator Springs" Motorized Track Set & Piston Cup Race 5-Pack REVIEW

Cars "Race Around Radiator Springs" Motorized Track Set review

Ka-Chow!! Did you know that 9/5 (September 5th) is Lightning McQueen Day? Well it sure is! Get it? Because "95" is McQueen's racing number? This is legit, I swear I didn't make this up. Anyway, I'm here to celebrate everyone's favorite hotshot race car in style thanks to a generous gift from Mattel! I was sent the brand new Disney·Pixar Cars "Race Around Radiator Springs" motorized track set AND a new Piston Cup Race 5-Pack featuring a "First Look" Next-Gen Leak Less. I'm super pumped to give you all a detailed look!

I'm going to start with the Race Around Radiator Springs track set because this thing is simply epic. At 3' long and 26" wide, this is definitely one of the larger Cars track sets Mattel has produced. While there have been plenty of playsets that make up the iconic town of Radiator Springs over the last 13 years (Original 2006 collection, Story Sets, Precision Series and many more), this is the first time ever that the town has been released with a motorized booster feature. Super cool! I mean, look at the kid on the back of the package. He's having the best time of his life.

Cars "Race Around Radiator Springs" Motorized Track Set review

Last night I dumped the many pieces onto my kitchen table and got to work. Between adding the batteries (four D batteries and a screwdriver required, not included), attaching the decals/stickers (not my favorite part) and assembling the track set, it took me about 45 minutes. Be sure to plan on assembly taking at least that long. It was pretty fun putting it all together though and made me feel like a kid again. The instructions were pretty easy to follow and I only felt a little lost once or twice.

Cars "Race Around Radiator Springs" Motorized Track Set review
Cars "Race Around Radiator Springs" Motorized Track Set review

This morning when I woke up, I was in the Lightning McQueen Day spirit—like a little boy on Christmas morning—so I got right back to work taking some photos and videos of the entire set assembled and in all its glory. Got it all done before I had to leave for my "real job."

Here it is! Let's check out some of my favorite details...

Cars "Race Around Radiator Springs" Motorized Track Set review

First off, gotta appreciate that classic figure 8 style track.

Cars "Race Around Radiator Springs" Motorized Track Set review
Cars "Race Around Radiator Springs" Motorized Track Set review

I love how the motorized booster/battery compartment is cleverly disguised as the Cozy Cone Motel. Very nicely thought out.

Cars "Race Around Radiator Springs" Motorized Track Set review

On the on/off switch, you'll notice there are two speeds: fast and faster! Unless I'm sending the cars to the outside lane, I prefer using the "fast" (or regular) speed to avoid cars from flying off the track. And yes, you can add multiple cars on at once (comfortably up to four)—otherwise it wouldn't be a race, right? 

Cars "Race Around Radiator Springs" Motorized Track Set review
Cars "Race Around Radiator Springs" Motorized Track Set review

This road stemming off from the main track can be attached to other compatible Cars track sets from Mattel.

Cars "Race Around Radiator Springs" Motorized Track Set review

It's not Radiator Springs without Flo's! Gotta fuel up for the big race.

Cars "Race Around Radiator Springs" Motorized Track Set review
Cars "Race Around Radiator Springs" Motorized Track Set review

The red "Luigi's Tires" device below is used to make the cars switch lanes (from the inside to the outside lane or vice versa). If you've ever had any previously released Cars track sets, you know this is a pretty standard feature that adds a little more excitement to play. 

Cars "Race Around Radiator Springs" Motorized Track Set review

Speaking of Luigi's Casa Della Tires, glad to see the shop represented here as part of the set. Of course there are many RS shops that aren't included here (like Ramone's House of Body Art, Sarge's Hut, Fillmore's Taste-In, Doc's Clinic, Mater's Junkyard, the Courthouse, etc.), but the three buildings Mattel chose to include as part of this particular set (Sally's Cozy Cone, Flo's V8 Cafe and Luigi's Casa Della Tires) are nicely incorporated and well designed.

Cars "Race Around Radiator Springs" Motorized Track Set review
Cars "Race Around Radiator Springs" Motorized Track Set review

Including the leaning tower of tires was a good touch!

Cars "Race Around Radiator Springs" Motorized Track Set review

And here's the Lightning McQueen vehicle that's included with this set (which is plastic, not diecast metal). He's ready and waiting on the auto lift to get some new tires!

Cars "Race Around Radiator Springs" Motorized Track Set review

Below is one of my favorite details; a nice little nod to the abandoned town buildings that you never see get any love! "LubeORama" (a cars version of a cocktail bar) and "The Oil Pan" are the two featured here.

Cars "Race Around Radiator Springs" Motorized Track Set review

Well that's pretty much it! I think I covered it all. Again, this set is super fun and I'm sure kids will have a blast playing with it for hours on end. You can find it currently at your local Target (online HERE) OR on Amazon using the direct link below for just $39.99. The perfect Christmas gift perhaps?

Cars "Race Around Radiator Springs" Motorized Track Set review

To see this track set in action, you can view Disney·Pixar's official unboxing video HERE (on the new Pixar Cars YouTube Channel) or my brief demonstration video I threw together this morning on my YouTube channel below. You can even check out the brand new Pixar Cars diecast


And lastly, here's the super sweet Piston Cup Race 5-Pack featuring "First Look" Next-Gen Leak Less #52—never before released! Also included in this pack is Danny Swervez, Rust-Eze Lightning McQueen, Jackson Storm and Chase Racelott. This can also be currently found at Target if you're looking to add this to your collection.

pixar cars mattel piston cup 5-pack 2019
pixar cars mattel piston cup 5-pack 2019

Let me know all your thoughts down below! Happy #95LMQDAY.