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Monday, November 23, 2020

Toy Story Hot Wheels Premium Diecasts—RC Car & Pizza Planet Truck

Last summer, Mattel released these really cool Hot Wheels "Premium" Toy Story 1:64 scale diecast vehicles for adult collectors—RC Car and the Pizza Planet Truck! As much as I was excited to grab them for my collection though, they just never hit stores in my area for whatever reason. That is until just last month (over a year late) when I finally found them at my local Walmart! Good timing too, since I was literally about to break down and buy them on eBay.

From the packaging/presentation to the diecast themselves, I could not be happier with these and I love how they were created with collectors in mind. They're perfect little detailed replicas! I purchased both diecasts at Walmart for $4.47 each.

Take a closer look at both vehicles out of the packaging below! They may be very small (a little under 3" in size), but they pack so much attention to detail—especially the Pizza Planet Truck. I'm not even kidding when I say no detail was missed.

RC CAR

 
PIZZA PLANET TRUCK

Below you can see how I ended up displaying them! They were just the touch I needed to complete the look of one of my Toy Story shelves.

Be on the lookout at your nearest Walmart if you're looking to add either of these Hot Wheels cars to your Toy Story collection. If you'd rather just order them online, you can check out current eBay listings HERE or Amazon using the affiliate links I've included. Be sure to leave your thoughts and/or any question you might have down in the comment section! I'd love to hear what you guys think.

 

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Coco: Glow-In-The-Dark 6" Pepita Funko POP! REVIEW (BoxLunch Exclusive)

In celebration of Disney·Pixar's Coco's third anniversary (tomorrow—11/22), tonight I'm taking a quick look at the brand new 6" glow-in-the-dark Pepita Funko "POP!", a BoxLunch Exclusive! How epic is this? This is such a welcome addition to the line and I know she'll look perfect displayed next to the rest of my Coco Funko POP collection (seen HERE).

This POP is available right now at your local BoxLunch Gifts store or on their website HERE for $22.90. You won't want to miss this one. Take a closer look at this vibrant spirit guide by checking out my detailed in-box and loose photos down below!

Pepita has definitely been a favorite character of mine to photograph over the last couple years; I don't know what it is! I have several other toys of her and she's been incredibly photogenic every time I do a shoot—no matter what the product. This Funko POP proved to be no different. Just look how gorgeous! Her sculpt is perfect overall and she's a really decent size (a little bit larger than your standard Funko POP figure). She's totally worth the higher price tag.


And of course the awesome glow feature is just the icing on the cake. Wow!

What are your thoughts? Have you picked this up for your Coco/Funko POP collection or do you plan to? Again, I can't recommend it enough! Shout out any comments or questions you may have down below and be sure to stay tuned right here for more from my personal Pixar collection every week.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Onward: Willowdale College Pullover Hoodie (ShopDisney)

Here's another long overdue post I've been meaning to get to since February—this amazing Disney·Pixar Onward inspired Willowdale College pullover fleece hoodie from the Disney Store, an exact replica of the one Ian Lightfoot wears in the film! This was given to me by my friends over at Showcase Cinemas (back when I helped host the Pixar movie marathon event), so a huge thanks to them. It was such a cool surprise, especially since I had been eyeing this to buy for myself regardless. 

Unfortunately this hoodie has since sold out, but if you're able to track it down somehow, I highly recommend it. When my wife put it on to model it for my photos here (thank you for the help, Brita!), she exclaimed to me how soft and cozy it was. Then I had to try it on to feel it for myself—and she was right! This is one comfy sweatshirt. I'm very impressed with the quality; so much that I've been wearing it pretty much consistently all week.

 
Original retail price was $39.99. Here are some more official details taken directly from ShopDisney:
  • 'Lightfoot'' embroidered on front
  • Lined hood
  • Drawstring tie with metal grommets
  • Ribbed cuffs and hem
  • 60% cotton / 40% polyester

Did you pick this one up for your collection? What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear it down below!

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Monday, November 16, 2020

Cars: Sage VanDerSpin (Gask-Its)

 

Hello Disney·Pixar Cars fans and welcome back to the blog! For tonight's Mattel Cars 1:55 scale diecast review, I'm taking a look at the 2020 release of Sage VanDerSpin (No. 80)—the Gask-Its sponsored stock car racer who appeared in the original Cars (as seen in the screen shot above). "Now hold up now" is what you may be thinking..."this car's name is Rex Revler right"? Wrong. Mattel actually made a pretty big error here and released Sage VanDerSpin under the name Rex Revler, the Gask-Its sponsored racer from Cars 3 (and even used Rex's image on the cardback). Now sure, the two characters look very similar, but something like this shouldn't have gotten passed quality control at Mattel. 

I'm just so glad I noticed this mistake, because I realized [only recently] that I never got Sage VanDerSpin originally and needed to add him to my collection! I honestly thought I had all the Piston Cup Racers from the original Cars, yet here we are. It was perfect timing that Sage happened to be re-released this year and that I was able to find him right away, regardless of the packaging error.

Note: I also recently reviewed the Cars 3 next-gen Gask-Its racer, Dan Carcia (full blog post HERE). 

You may still be able to find this one at Target or Walmart, so be sure to check there if you're looking to add Sage VanDerSpin to your collection. I actually just found him at Target a couple days ago! If you'd rather just pick him up online, check out current eBay listings HERE or Amazon using the link below. 

Good luck on the hunt!

 

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Toy Story 4: Bo Beep with Cape—Mattel's 7" Action Figure Collection

Last year when Bo Peep was released as part of Mattel's award winning Toy Story 4 7" action figure collection, I always wished the figure included her cape and wondered why that detail was left out (Bo does wear it the majority of the film). Sure, the "True Talkers" version of Bo came with her cape, but I consider those figures separate from this line even though they are pretty much the same scale (in fact, I never even collected the "True Talkers" talking figures). All is right now, however, because Mattel has released Bo Peep again in new the "PIXAR" 2020 packaging—and this time her cape is included! The figure itself is the exact same figure that has been released previously, but I obviously couldn't pass this one up. 

Outside of the newly included cape accessory (which is removable, by the way), there's honestly nothing much else to report on here. I gotta say though—I love it! I've never spotted this one in stores, so I actually ended up snagging it on Walmart.com. If you're an avid collector of this line and want to add this version of Bo Peep to your collection, be sure to make your purchase right HERE on Walmart's website. The current price is $7.86.

And just FYI, Mattel has also re-released Buzz, Woody, Hamm, Zurg, the Aliens, Duke Caboom and Jessie in the new 2020 PIXAR packaging (in celebration of Toy Story's 25th anniversary). Hamm, Zurg and the Aliens had only previously been released in multi-packs or on Amazon in their exclusive closed-box style packaging, so it was nice to see them on the standard open blister style card. I found them at one of my local grocery stores of all places.

Let me know your thoughts down below!

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Toy Story: Alien Decoupage Christmas Tree Ornament (Hallmark)

Back in the fall of 2013, Hallmark began releasing some adorably stylized "shatterproof" decoupage Christmas tree ornaments at stores like Target, Walmart and [at the time] Toys R Us. Characters from all sorts of different properties were represented, but the majority were characters from Disney/Pixar/Star Wars/ Marvel films. The line—geared toward younger kids— proved to be super popular and has returned, as well as expanded, every year since! It's always so fun, come the beginning of November, when Target puts out their Christmas stuff and I get to see which new characters have been developed. This year there was only one new Pixar character, but it's a good one—a Pizza Planet Alien from Toy Story

This is the fifth Toy Story character to be released in this style of ornament. Before this there was Buzz & Woody (original and updated designs) and Jessie & Rex. As usual, it's perfection! I absolutely love this design and it fits in so nicely with all the others.

If you've handled one of these before, then you know these decoupage ornaments are very lightweight, glossy and come ready to hang. This one stands at a little over 3" tall and retails for $7.00. If you're interested in picking this up for your (or your little one's) Christmas tree, be sure to head to your nearest Target soon before they sell out. You can also snag it online HERE if you'd rather just have it shipped to you. I'm saving this (and all the decoupage ornaments) for when we set up Aidan's own little Christmas tree in his room next year! 

Side Note- As a massive Star Wars fan, I've also been collecting all of those characters from this line as well. Check them out HERE and HERE as featured on my Star Wars collection Instagram page. A "Baby Yoda" one from The Mandalorian also just came out, so you know I had to grab that one!

Be sure to view all my previous posts on this ornament collection HERE. The only Pixar ones I'm missing now from past years (before I started collecting them) are Mater from Cars, Sulley (regular Monsters Inc. version) and Joy, Sadness, Disgust & Anger from Inside Out. I still hope to track them down somehow. 

Let me know your thoughts or any questions you might have down below!

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Cars 3: Track Damage Cruz Ramirez

Before I've even finished collecting at the 2020 Mattel Cars diecasts, the first case of 2021 is already showing up—and I was lucky enough to find it today at Walmart! Almost the entire case was made up of re-releases, but I was thrilled about one new release in particular...Track Damage Cruz Ramirez! You know I snatched it up right away.

The first thing you might have noticed is that Mattel has changed up the packaging design for this upcoming year; not drastically, but they have certainly updated the look. The background is no longer a blue desert and they've added a "NEW for 2021" graphic for all the new releases (like this one), but the most notable difference is that the different themes/categories we've grown used to over the years are now gone. Now it just says "METAL" in the top left corner (I guess if there was any confusion over if these toys are metal or plastic?). Overall, I think the new design looks pretty fresh.

Ever since I saw Cars 3, I thought a track damaged Cruz Ramirez would make an awesome diecast and hoped one would get released someday—and I was right! I'm so happy Mattel went ahead and made this scene-specific variant. I do wish they gave her a new, determined expression, but her standard smile is just fine I guess. As shown in the screen shot above, Cruz's side appears damaged this way after Jackson Storm slams her into the wall during the last few moments of the climatic Florida 500 race. 

Be sure to keep a lookout for this track damage Cruz and the rest of the new 2021 diecasts at your local Walmart and Target. I can't wait to see what other new releases 2021 will bring! Let me know if you have any comments or questions down below. 

Happy hunting!

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Cars: Fillmore (w/Organic Fuel & Bumper Sticker)—"Welcome to Radiator Springs"

A couple months ago, I posted about some new Target exclusive Mattel Disney·Pixar Cars diecasts that were released as part of an unexpected (at least to me) "Welcome to Radiator Springs" series. At the time, there was six single cars in this little side-series (each of which comes with a brand new/unique bumper sticker and most with a little neat character specific accessory): Radiator Springs Lightning McQueen (with video phone), Blowing Bubbles Mater (with hay bail), Sally with Tattoo (with dinner table), Ramone (with oil can), Doc Hudson (with Piston Cup trophy) and Sheriff (no accessory). You can see them all HERE. A "Welcome to Radiator Springs 4-Pack" (with Sarge w/traffic cone) was released at that time as well.

Anyway, a week or two ago, I found one more unexpected "Welcome to Radiator Springs" diecast that was not part of the initial assortment—Fillmore with bumper sticker and organic fuel gas can accessory! This was such a surprise since I hadn't heard anything about it. Though I have plenty of Fillmore diecasts in my collection, I don't have any with an organic fuel gas can. So yah, I totally had to get this. There was a "chase" lenticular eyes version of "Fillmore with organic gas cans" released many years ago (seen HERE), but I was never lucky enough to find that one. This gas can accessory is not the same as that old release, but hey, it's something and I love it! This will go great with the Fillmore's Taste-In Precision Series playset

Note: A Luigi and Guido (with tires) 2-Pack has also been released in this second "Welcome to Radiator Springs" wave along with Fillmore, but I've yet to spot that one in stores.

Not sure if the Fillmore is any different than previous releases, but he sure looks fresh, bright and extra vibrant. Any thoughts on that? I'm sure one of my readers has compared this Fillmore to the other previous versions. I'd love to hear any insights you have down in the comment section. 

You can still find this Fillmore and essentially all the "Welcome to Radiator Springs" diecasts at your nearest Target, so be sure to get them while you can! If you'd rather snag this one online, I've included an Amazon affiliate link below. You can also check out current eBay listings HERE.

Good luck on the hunt! Let me know if you have any questions.


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Cars 3: Hydraulic Florida Ramone

Time for another quick Disney·Pixar Cars review! Here we have Hydraulic Florida Ramone, one of the latest 1:55 scale diecast releases from Mattel. This one was released just a month or two ago as part of the 2020 "Florida 500" sub-series and I was thrilled to have found it at Walmart a couple weeks back. 

If this diecast looks familiar, it's probably because the regular version of Florida Ramone was released back in 2018. This new 2020 version has raised hydraulics and an added paint gun on his side—right out of the moment from Cars 3 when Ramone gives Cruz her "95" racer paint job (screen shot above).

If you're looking to add this new Hydraulic Florida Ramone to your collection, you should still be able to track one down at either Walmart or Target. If you'd rather just purchase the diecast online, be sure to check out current listings on eBay or Amazon using the direct affiliate link below. 

Happy hunting! 

 

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Cars 3: Dan Carcia

Now I know what you're thinking: "another next-gen car?!". Yup and there's still more where this came from! Today I'm taking a brief look at yet another awesome Cars 3 1:55 scale diecast from Mattel...Dan Carcia, the next-gen racer sponsored by Gask-Its. (No. 80)! This single carded release hit shelves back in May as part of this year's 2020 "Next-Gen Piston Cup Racers" sub-series, but Dan was originally available in 2018 in an Amazon exclusive 10-pack. Since I never forked out for that set, I'm thrilled that he was finally released individually! 

In Cars 3 (as shown in the screen shot above), Dan replaces the Gask-Its [stock car] racer Rex Revler (who, in turn, had replaced Sage VanDerSpin from the original Cars) and competes in the climatic Florida 500 race. Once again, this is one cool looking next-gen racer and Mattel did an excellent job making this diecast as movie accurate as possible.

 

FUN FACT: Dan is named after Pixar employee Daniel Garcia.

You may still be able to find this one at Target or Walmart, so be sure to check there if you're looking to add Dan Carcia to your collection. I actually just found him at Walmart a couple weeks back! I was so thrilled to finally find him since there are now only a couple characters I need in order to complete the 2020 lineup.

If you'd rather just pick him up online, check out current eBay listings HERE or Amazon using the link below. Good luck on the hunt!

 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Cars 3: Aaron Clocker

 

Welcome back Cars fans! Tonight I'm taking a quick look at yet another awesome Cars 3 1:55 scale diecast from Mattel...Aaron Clocker, the next-gen racer sponsored by Re-Volting (No. 48)! This single hit shelves back in April as part of this year's 2020 "Next-Gen Piston Cup Racers" sub-series and is the first ever release of this character.

In Cars 3 (as shown in the screen shot above), Aaron replaces the Re-Volting [stock car] racer T.G. Castlenut (who, in turn, had replaced Davey Apex from the original Cars) and competes in the climatic Florida 500 race. Once again, this is one cool looking next-gen racer and Mattel did an excellent job making this diecast as movie accurate as possible.

FUN FACT: Aaron is named after Pixar employee Aaron Conover.

You may still be able to find this one at Target or Walmart, so be sure to check there if you're looking to add Aaron to your collection. I actually just found him at Walmart a couple weeks back! I was so thrilled to finally find him since there are now only a couple characters I need in order to complete the 2020 lineup.

If you'd rather just pick him up online, check out current eBay listings HERE or Amazon using the link below. Good luck on the hunt!

 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Cars 3: Jonas Carvers

Welcome back to the blog! Tonight I'm taking a quick look at yet another awesome Cars 3 1:55 scale diecast from Mattel...Jonas Carvers, the next-gen racer sponsored by No Stall (No. 123)! This single hit shelves back in late winter/early spring as part of this year's 2020 "Next-Gen Piston Cup Racers" sub-series and is the first ever release of this character.

As shown in the screen shot above, Jonas can be seen during the film's climatic Florida 500 race. He replaces the No Stall racer [stock car] Todd Marcus (who also appeared in the original Cars). Once again, this is one cool looking next-gen racer and Mattel did an excellent job making this diecast as movie accurate as possible.

FUN FACT: Jonas is named after Cars 3 character modeling and articulation leader Jonas Jarvers.

You may still be able to find this one at Target or Walmart, so be sure to check there if you're looking to add Jonas to your collection. I actually just found him last week at my local Rite Aid pharmacy of all places! I was so thrilled to finally find him since there are now only a couple characters I need in order to complete the 2020 lineup.

If you'd rather just pick him up online, check out current eBay listings HERE or Amazon using the link below. Good luck on the hunt! (note: there is also a special metallic edition hitting now as well).

 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Cars 3: Vandon Kerr

 

If you're a Disney·Pixar Cars fan/collector, you're in the right place. Tonight I'm taking a quick look at another Mattel 1:55 scale diecast—Vandon Kerr from Cars 3! He was released last year and is a part of the 2019 "The Cotter Pin" sub-series. As shown in the screen shot above, Vandon is background character briefly seen talking to Bill Revs during the Cotter Pin Bar & Grill scene.

Fun Fact: Bill Revs is named after Pixar employee Brandon Kerr

I never found Vandon in stores last year, so I finally ended up just buying him on eBay last week for a decent price (around $12). If you're still looking for this diecast for your collection, you can out current eBay listings right here. Let me know your thoughts down below and happy hunting!

Monday, October 12, 2020

Cars 2: WGP Globie

Here's one of the most unique Disney·Pixar Cars diecasts Mattel has released over the past few years—WGP Globie from Cars 2! This 1:55 scale diecase was released last year as part of the 2019 "WGP" (which stands for World Grand Prix, of course) sub-series and is a deluxe sized "Super Chase". Super Chase cars are extremely difficult to find in-store as there are no more than 4,000 units produced of them worldwide. I ended up getting Globie on eBay recently and paid around $25.

What's so interesting about Globie is that this "character" is not a character at all, but rather the World Grand Prix mascot seen throughout the film on all the WGP publicity and marketing (essentially a car-ified globe). As shown in the screen shot above, Professor Z actually lands on a large inflatable Globie after his attempted escape from Holley Shiftwell out a second story window (which, I believe, is what this diecast is based on—but of course this little car isn't anywhere close to being in scale with that one).

 
Check it out all unboxed below! I absolutely love it and think it's such a fun, creative and well-executed idea for a diecast that mixes things up a little bit. There's never been anything like this in Mattel's Cars diecast line before.

 
If you're looking to add Globie to your Cars collection, your best bet is picking it up on Amazon using the affiliate link below or on eBay HERE. You'll find that prices are very reasonable for a Super Chase release. Let me know your thoughts and/or any questions you might have down in the comments! Do you think Globie is a must-have for Pixar Cars collectors?

Friday, October 9, 2020

Monsters, Inc. Inspired "Scream Team" Baby Onesie (A BoxLunch Exclusive)

 
 "You and I are a team. Nothing is more important than our friendship." -Mike Wazoswki, Monsters, Inc. 

ROOOOAAARRR! Check out this absolutely scare-riffic "Scream Team" baby onesie (or "infant bodysuite") inspired by Monsters, Inc.! I ordered this clear back in March from BoxLunch and have been looking forward to when Aidan could fit into it so I could share the cuteness with all of you. Monsters, Inc. is one of my wife's all-time favorite Pixar films (as is mine), so it wasn't hard to convince her that this was a must have for Aidan (who's just about 10 months old already—unbelievable). 

The onesie is navy blue with the classic Monsters, Inc. icon front and center. It's super simple, soft and feels cozy/well made (60% cotton; 40% polyester). And since Aidan has been known to do a bit of screaming these days, the "Scream Team" text is fitting for him at this stage. I absolutely love it! Aidan's my little scarer in training.

Original retail price was just $14.90, but it has unfortunately since sold out on the BoxLunch website. You never know what items might make a comeback soon though, so keep your eyes peeled on BoxLunch's website if you're interested in picking one of these up.

Be sure to let me know your thoughts and/or any questions you might have in the comment section down below!

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Toy Story Bucket O Soldiers (Disney Parks Exclusive w/ Injured Soldier)

Hey everyone and welcome—Tonight I'm taking a look at the Disney Parks exclusive Toy Story Bucket O Soldiers set (available in both Disneyland and Disney World, as well as the Downtown Disney/Disney Springs areas)! I had been eyeing this for years now for really one main reason: it comes with an exclusive "injured solider", directly from the moment in the original Toy Story when Andy's mom steps on one of them during the troops' birthday party reconnaissance mission. This is the only time a figure based on that injured soldier has ever been included in a Bucket O Soldiers set.

I had passed on getting this during our last few Disney trips, but when I remembered it recently, I decided to go for it before it's no longer available. Luckily it's still being sold at the parks and I'm grateful that my good (and very helpful) friend Paulina was willing and able to snag it for me! A huge thanks to her.

I've gotten several Bucket O Soldiers sets over the years, but this is certainly my favorite one yet and the most movie accurate out of the ones that I own. I have the the original 1995 version (which I honestly loved at the time as a kid, but looking back, the soldiers are a really dark green and don't resemble the movie's green army men character models much at all—they're almost too real looking in a sense) and the 2009 "Toy Story Collection" version (which leaned too heavily the other way and were a bit too cartoony/stylized, not to mention the big TOY STORY COLLECTION logo slapped on the front of the bucket which I never loved—that set also didn't include a Sarge). 

As an example, below you can see one of my 2009 "Toy Story Collection" army men (left) compared with one from this Disney Parks set (right). See what I mean about the TSC one being too stylized? It looks too chunky, while the Disney Parks version is much thinner and more angular—looking much more like the film version. I also like how this bucket doesn't have any added logos on it, which makes the packaging itself more film accurate as well. 

 
Note: Later versions of the "Toy Story Collection" Bucket O Soldiers, including the re-release just last year, did correct the overall look of the army men and ended up including Sarge and a more film accurate selection of poses/variations.
 
Anyway, enough talk of comparisons for now...let's get back to reviewing this excellent Disney Parks Bucket O Soldiers! Here are all the different army men variations that come with this set (75 soldiers total):

The eight standard poses... 

  • Saluting with binoculars (Sarge)— x7 
  • Bazooka— x10
  • Gun up— x10
  • Laying down— x10
  • Pistol out— x7 
  • Holding gun standing— x7
  • Rocket launcher—x10
  • Holding gun kneeling— x10

One injured soldier...

*Again, the main reason I got this set. It's essentially a perfect replica!

And three paratroopers (notice all three soldiers are slightly different—great touch!).

Literally the only things that this set is missing is more of the metal detector soldiers (there's just one here, which is the injured one) and the medic trooper (who's never been made). If those were included, I would have given this entire set a 10/10 for movie accuracy! Even the paratroopers are exactly how they should look (not the case with the Toy Story Collection version I have). As you can see below in my recreated shot, all the poses seen during the army man sequence in Toy Story are here. I absolutely love that!

If you're a diehard Toy Story collector looking for the most movie accurate Bucket O Soldiers set, I'd say this is it. It includes close to everything I ever wanted in one of these and the army men themselves look incredibly spot on! Retail price for this set is $17.95. 

What are you thoughts? Which Bucket O Soldiers set is your favorite from over the years? Which do you believe is the most screen accurate? I'd love to hear from all you fellow Toy Story fans/collectors and get a conversation going down below!

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