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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Mattel Toy Story Minis Blind Bags (2020 Series 1—"Andy's Toy Box")

Mattel Toy Story Minis 2020 Series 1—"Andy's Toy Box"

When attending New York Toy Fair earlier this year, one of the best reveals for me was at Mattel—the continuation of their popular Toy Story "Minis" collection! I was absolutely thrilled about and surprised by some of the cool and unique new characters that would be coming out in 2020; like Transitron from Toy Story of Terror, Sid's mutant toy Janie Doll from the original Toy Story, Captain Suds from Partysaurus Rex, Karen Beverly from Toy Story 4 and SO many more. I've been collecting the Toy Story minis since they began in 2016, so I'm very happy to see the line continue to expand all these years later.

Last year, when the minis returned after a little hiatus, the line was branded and centered around Toy Story 4 and its characters (there was "series 1", "series 2" and "series 3" in 2019). This year, the series are unnumbered and are themed around the individual films. For example, this first series of 2020 (known as "Andy's Toy Box" due to its in-store display seen below) is focused solely on the original Toy Story. The next series will be Toy Story 2 centered, the one after that will be Toy Story 3 and so on.


This first 2020 series began hitting stores clear back in February. However, it never ended up hitting the mainstream stores (Target & Walmart) and was only ever found throughout the U.S. at Dollar Tree, Kroger/Smith's and Rite Aid stores of all places. Well, I don't have Kroger stores near me and they never arrived at any of my local Dollar Tree or Rite Aid stores, so that made the hunt for these minis very frustrating. Come August (after searching high and low for six months), I almost gave up on finding them in-store and thought about paying crazy scalper prices on eBay. I'm SO glad I didn't! Thankfully, someone on Instagram reached out to me just a few days ago and let me know that Five Below stores were now getting this series in. I went immediately to check it out and, well, the rest is history! I was so incredibly excited to finally see this series on the shelf after all this time (and for only $1.99 each).

Mattel Toy Story Minis 2020 Series 1—"Andy's Toy Box"

With that long story out of the way, let's take a look at packaging. I'm so impressed with it—it's seriously perfect for us Toy Story fans/collectors! I love the way it utilizes Andy's iconic cloud wallpaper design.

This series is a mix of new and previously released characters (so of course I only got the few that I didn't have). Below is the full list, as well as the blind bag codes, to help you find exactly who you're looking for (the blind bag code/letter is printed on the back of each package):
  • A- Black & White Woody (technically NEW—it's an updated version/repaint of the 2016 Black & White Woody; this new one has slightly different coloring and more of a shiny finish)
  • B- Translucent Glitter Alien (NEW)
  • C- Rocky (NEW)
  • D- Babyface (NEW to blind bags; originally only available in THIS 2018 ShopDisney exclusive 10-Pack)
  • E- Hamm (REPACK)
  • F- RC (REPACK)
  • G- Buzz with The Big One rocket (technically NEW—it uses the same sculpt as the 2017 version, but now with an updated face)
  • H- Bo Peep's Sheep (REPACK)
  • I- Lenny (NEW)
  • J- Janie Doll (NEW)
  • K- Bo Peep (REPACK)
  • L- Roaring Rex (NEW)
  • N- Woody (REPACK)
*there is no letter M in this series

Mattel Toy Story Minis 2020 Series 1—"Andy's Toy Box"


Check out the seven minis I picked up in more detail below! I'm grateful I was able to find exactly who I needed.

Black & White Woody (2020 version; Shiny Finish)
*only one per case
Mattel Toy Story Minis 2020 Series 1—"Andy's Toy Box"

Translucent Glitter Alien 
Mattel Toy Story Minis 2020 Series 1—"Andy's Toy Box"

Rocky
Mattel Toy Story Minis 2020 Series 1—"Andy's Toy Box"

Babyface
Mattel Toy Story Minis 2020 Series 1—"Andy's Toy Box"

Buzz with THE BIG ONE rocket

Lenny
Mattel Toy Story Minis 2020 Series 1—"Andy's Toy Box"

Janie Doll
Mattel Toy Story Minis 2020 Series 1—"Andy's Toy Box"

Roaring Rex
Mattel Toy Story Minis 2020 Series 1—"Andy's Toy Box"

The coolest characters here, to me, are definitely Sid's mutant toys. I think this is the only piece of merch I own of Sid's Janie Doll and anything Babyface is very scarce and always welcome. They all look seriously amazing though! What are your thoughts? Who are your favorites? I'd love to hear what you have to say down below. Are you an avid collector of the Toy Story Mattel Minis like I am?

Now the hunt begins for the next series (Toy Story 2), which seems to just be hitting some locations now. Hopefully it won't take me six months this time, right? Stay tuned to my social media pages for up-to-date findings/coverage and best of luck on the hunt!

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