Friday, January 1, 2021

Events: The Disney Store Soul Merchandise Release—IN STORES NOW!

I'm a little behind the times here (since these Soul items dropped at the Disney Store and online in late November), but I couldn't miss doing this post even if it was late. If you've been following along with me for a while, you might know that I have a tradition here on my blog where I document the Disney Store merch release (the in-store setup) for every new Pixar film! I’ve been doing this since 2013– starting with Monsters University— and have loved archiving each display. It’s a bit of history to look back on! This tradition began years ago when I was searching online for pictures of older Disney Store merchandise/displays from some of my favorite Disney and Pixar films. I wanted to reminisce, but couldn't find hardly anything pre-Wall· I began doing this for myself and for anyone like me who may be looking for a post like this down the road (I know I can't be the only collector who enjoys looking back at old merch setups to remember what it looked like and what products were available). Maybe you're coming across this post years from now looking to take a trip down memory lane like I had been trying to do. Who knows?

This is the 10th post like this that I've done. So far since I started this blog, I've done this for Monsters University, Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, Cars 3, Coco, Incredibles 2, Toy Story 4, Onward and now Soul

Check it all out in more detail down below! 

Soul (I'd say for certain) holds the record for the smallest selection of merch available for a new Pixar film. I can't think of any other film that had less stuff than this (if anything, Up could maybe be a contender). Consequently, it's also the smallest display. It's understandable though (and I figured it would be the case), since Soul isn't really a very marketable film when it comes to toys and merchandise in general. Besides a couple plush, a few clothing items and an ornament, there's nothing much to report here if you've already seen what's available online. I'm actually surprised not even a classic style Disney Store figurine set was made! Honestly though, like I said with Onward, it's actually kind of nice to have a smaller and less overwhelming amount of merchandise—very manageable for us collectors.

I also want to note that there were a couple items that my Disney Store never got, such as the Mr. Mitten plush and Mr. Mittens (soul form) mug. I've included an image of both those items below (from their official listings on ShopDisney). You can see the full range of Soul products on ShopDisney HERE.

 So what are your thoughts!? Have you gone to your Disney Store yet to check all this out (or maybe already placed an order online)? What are your "must have" items or favorites in general? Looking forward to hearing what you have to say down below!

Next up will be merchandise for Pixar's summer 2021 film, Luca. I expect that merch to hit late April/early May (unless a shift happens with the film's release date).

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