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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Mattel's PIXAR "Minis"—Series 1 Review (with Blind Bag Codes)!

Mattel Pixar "Minis" series 1 Blind Bag Codes

I finally found Mattel's brand new PIXAR "Minis"!! These were first revealed on February 22nd at Toy Fair 2020 (which I reported on from the event) and started hitting store shelves not even a week later. It look a couple extra months for them to reach my area, but I finally found them this week at my local Target! I was so extra excited, especially since I had been checking for these a couple times a week for a while.

If you're unfamiliar with Mattel's "Minis", let me share a little more about them. The line began with Toy Story "Minis" Series 1 blind bags (and a 10-pack) back in 2016 and, was so popular, it continued on up through Series 5 in 2018. Last year, after a bit of a hiatus, the "Minis" made a comeback in a new Toy Story 4 centric collection—which had three series of its own in 2019 featuring previously released characters and new ones from Toy Story 4 (which I'll be posting here soon)! Because of the success of these mini figures, Mattel has expanded the "Minis" style in 2020 to Onward (which I reviewed HERE), more Toy Story AND, as I'll be reviewing here today, a straight-up all inclusive "PIXAR"series featuring many iconic characters/duos from most of Pixar's films!


In this first PIXAR series, you'll find 12 fantastic characters: Lightning McQueen, Mater, Nemo, Dory, Wall·E, Eve, Sulley, Mike Wazowski, Arlo, Spot, Joy and Sadness. Each blind bag retails for $3.49.

As shown at Toy Fair, there are at least 20 more characters (across two more series, most likely) coming in the future: Merida, a bear triplet, Mr. Incredible, Syndrome, Remy, Chef Skinner, Jack-Jack, Elastigirl, Alpha, Dug, Heimlich, Flik, Ernesto de la Cruz, Miguel, Boo, Randall, Fear, Disgust, Kevin and Russell. Since there are always 12 in a series, who could the last four be? From what I've heard, it's possible that characters from Soul could be included in a future series later this year (but we shall see).

Mattel Pixar "Minis" series 1 Blind Bag Codes

If you've followed me on here for a while, you probably know I'm a sucker for anything and everything featuring the Pixar ball. With that said, I love how it's front and center here on the packaging! The stylized artwork and overall design of the bags is absolutely phenomenal. Few things scream Pixar more than the Luxo ball. So cute. 

BLIND BAG CODES—
What's really neat about any of the blind bags that Mattel puts out, is that you don't have to guess which character is inside if you know what to look for! There's a code (a series of numbers/letters) on the back of each bag near the bottom. The last letter in the run is what you're looking for as it will correspond to a particular character. For example, the bag I have down below (I circled what you want to pay attention to) is bag E. That means, yup, Wall·E is inside. It's that simple!


Since there are 12 characters, the letters I'm referring to range from A-L. Below is a detailed shot of each character and their corresponding letter! I hope this helps you out on your mission to get all or certain characters.

Each figure is about 1.5" in size. 

LIGHTNING MCQUEEN—A
Mattel Pixar "Minis" series 1 Blind Bag Codes

MATER—B
Mattel Pixar "Minis" series 1 Blind Bag Codes

NEMO—C

DORY—D
Mattel Pixar "Minis" series 1 Blind Bag Codes

WALL·E—E
Mattel Pixar "Minis" series 1 Blind Bag Codes

EVE—F
Mattel Pixar "Minis" series 1 Blind Bag Codes

SULLEY—G
Mattel Pixar "Minis" series 1 Blind Bag Codes

MIKE WAZOWSKI—H
Mattel Pixar "Minis" series 1 Blind Bag Codes

ARLO—I
Mattel Pixar "Minis" series 1 Blind Bag Codes

SPOT—J
Mattel Pixar "Minis" series 1 Blind Bag Codes

JOY—K
Mattel Pixar "Minis" series 1 Blind Bag Codes

SADNESS—L
Mattel Pixar "Minis" series 1 Blind Bag Codes

I would love to meet the artist/design team behind these figures. They're perfect! It's really hard to choose, but I'd say my favorites are Mike & Sulley and Wall·E & Eve (although, admittedly, I do already have similar mini figures of these characters in my collection). For ones that I love simply because I don't have any like them, I'd have to say Arlo & Spot and Joy & Sadness. They're all really great though and look particularly awesome when displayed all together.

Who are your favorites? Have you picked any up yet or plan to? Who's on your must-have list? Let me know all your thoughts and any questions you might have in the comment section below. Most importantly, have fun collecting and stay safe out there!

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