Monday, May 31, 2021

Mattel Pixar Minis Advent Calendar Review!

Ho, ho, ho...Merry Chri—wait. OK what am I doing in May reviewing a Christmas themed item? Good question. Well this Pixar Minis Advent Calendar has been on my radar to get since it hit Amazon last year and I finally went ahead and got it just recently (for my birthday, in fact). The reason I finally broke down and ordered this is—well, there are three reasons: Elastigirl, Mr. Incredible and Angel Kitty minis! 

As you may already know if you follow my content closely, I'm a huge fan and collector of Mattel's Pixar Minis line. I've collected them ever since they debuted in 2016 as Toy Story Minis and have enjoyed seeing the collection continue on and expand to ALL Pixar over the years. Though I already have the majority of the minis included with this calendar (Mike, Sulley Joy, Sadness, Nemo, Dory, Wall·E & Eve were already available the Pixar Minis blind bags Series 1; Tinny was included in a Toy Story 4 Ultimate New Friends 10-Pack; Ian & Barley were part of the Onward specific series), there are a few here that caught my eye that I don't have (the three being, as mentioned above, Elastigirl & Mr. Incredible from The Incredibles and Angel Kitty from Toy Story That Time Forgot).

So why would I pay almost $30 for just three minis that I don't already have? Let me explain. Let's start with Mr. Incredible. Mr. Incredible WAS released as a single blind bag last year in Pixar Series 2, but that series still hasn't hit the US yet and so I never got him. I felt this was a great way to secure him just in case. 

Next up, Elastigirl (or Mrs. Incredible). Elastigirl was suppose to be released last year in Pixar Series 3 blind bags (as seen at Toy Fair last year in THIS image I took), but that series was never produced as planned. I'm not sure if it's been just delayed or cancelled altogether, but the series was never released anywhere. So currently, this is literally the ONLY way to get the Elastigirl mini—a reason in itself to get this calendar for us diehard completists. 

And lastly, we have the Angel Kitty mini. Angel Kitty was also suppose to be released last year in a Toy Story minis series based on the Toy Story shorts and TV specials (seen HERE in my video), but that wave was also delayed or completely cancelled. So as with Elastigirl, this is the ONLY way to get the Angel Kitty mini (who, by the way, is different from the Toy Story Buddy Packs figure of the character from 2016).

For the longest time I held out hope that those delayed series would see the light of day and that I could just get these few characters then. But at this point, I've pretty much lost all the hope I had and finally decided to just go for this set in order to get them; even if through kind of a round about (and pricey) way. No regrets here though, I'm so glad I finally have these long awaited characters.

The advent calendar also comes with a cute mini Christmas tree accessory (it's the last door you open; so the door for Christmas Eve if you're opening this properly throughout December leading up to Christmas). I do wish the tree had something more "Pixar" about it (like a Luxo ball ornament and/or tree topper or something), but honestly there isn't anything Pixar (or Toy Story about it). It's still cute though.

Here are the rest of the minis that come with this set. Since I already have them and reviewed them in previous posts, I won't be going into any more detail here. I still wanted to document them though.

And here's a closer look at the 11 really cute stickers that come inside! I absolutely love all the iconic Pixar props/imagery here and the minimal art style. These will come in handy in the future, no doubt. You can also cut out the wreath on the back of the box and put the stickers on the little designated spots on that as well.   

To wrap things up, speaking of the box, I have to mention the packaging. It's absolutely genius. Seriously, the Pixar themed stockings and all the little Pixar touches around the front and back are brilliantly designed and completely adorable. My hat's off to the design team with this one! Mattel has done it again.

Well I think that's all I got! If you're looking to add this to your Pixar Minis collection, you can snag it on Amazon using the link below. Retail price is $29.99, but it constantly fluctuates (I've seen it as low as $22). Don't miss my YouTube unboxing as well—and be sure to like and subscribe to my channel for more content like this! Comment below with any thoughts or questions you may have.

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