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And Buzz Lightyear makes 3

I happened to a Disney Store in San Francisco a few weekends ago, and they were all set of the holidays. They were filled to the brim with all of the different Toybox series (Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars). I decided to start by finishing my collection of Pixar with Buzz Lightyear.

This is a great looking figure. He is not too far off from his movie version. He was fairly exaggerated in his original design, so it was not a stretch to make him into this Infinity style.

His accessory is his jetpack. Not what most would think of as an accessory, but it is quite a cool piece.

There are wings that fold out in either side. The movement is quite nice and fluid.

Take off the pack, and he has his batteries tucked in back there. He also has the switch. Oh how I loved Spanish speaking Buzz in the movie.

On the back of the jetpack, there is a flip out clip. There is no mention of this feature or what it is used for. I figure it turns the jetpack into a shield, as it fits well on his arm. I tried to put it on Woody and Jessie to see if it would work as a jetpack for them (like the wearable jetpack in the Infinity game), but the clip was too big.

Buzz comes with a lot of motion, as all three of the figure do. But Buzz had a head tilt that allows him to look up, like when he is flying. A nice touch.

This is another great figure in the line. I am excited about getting my hands on the other figures in the other Toybox lines as well as seeing what will be coming out in the future series.

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Disney Pixar Toybox – Woody and Jessie

In an effort to always take more of our money, Disney went about and found a new toy line to create. Based around the Infinity game that has been canceled, Disney make action figures based on the cartoon style of the statues. I am not much of a statue collector, but I have always admired the design work of the statues. So, for Disney to come out with new figures based on those designs is pretty cool.

I happened down to my local Disney Store this morning looking for something else, but Jessie and Woody caught my eye. On the box they are #2 and #3. That could only mean one thing… #1 was Buzz Lightyear. A quick check of the back confirmed that for me. Unfortunately there was no Buzz in the store.

I didn’t know anything else about them, other than this says “Pixar Series.” That meant there was a good chance that there would be other figures from other series. None were in the store, but I would find about about that later.

So, finally I got home and busted these two out. They are fantastic. Lots of good articulation, all the way down to double joints in the wrists and ankles. They both have removable hats, and one extra accessory. Woody has a snake in the boot. Push the button and the snake shakes around. Jessie has a lasso.

The details in the outfits are fantastic. Big oversized stitching as well as big buttons. They have flattened legs, like they do in the movies, and drawstring loops on their backs. Just fantastic.

At the bottom of the packaging, there is a Toybox pamphlet. It shows all of the figures out so far. Along with the 3 Pixar figures out, it looks like they are planning for 4 more, 3 men and a woman. There are also Star Wars Toybox figures. Kylo Ren, Rey, and a First Order Stormtrooper. They also have 3 more in the pipeline, 2 men and a woman. And finally, there is the Marvel Toybox. The first 4 figures are Thor, Hulk, Spider-Man and Iron Man. They are planning on 2 more women and a man in a future wave.

I consider this one of the joys of the Disney takeover of the world. We start to get some interesting figures like this, and they can be mixed and matched between lines. These figures are only available at the Disney Store, so get in there, or get them online. You will not be disappointed.


Jackson Storm – Cars 3

I was not expecting it to be so difficult to get my hands on Jackson Storm when the Cars 3 vehicles first came out. But then I saw the $44 8 pack at Target, and knew he would be in a holding pattern along with the gold foil wrapped Lightning McQueen. Get the people to buy the expensive set first. Nope, I can wait. And then they hit at WalMart, and I was swimming in Storms.

There are a lot of cars that do have updates from the previous movies. All of Lightning’s friends look to be the same. At least enough of the same for me to not need to get them. But there are some newer Next-Gen Piston Cup cars that are out that are pretty neat looking.

Jackson Storm is all dark grey and blue. He is clearly the bad guy, or at least the antagonist of the film. He is like Chick Hicks from the first film, but an actual threat to Lightning.

I am happy with what I see in the previews so far. I think this is what Cars 2 should have been. The world trotting with spies and all of that was fine, but it didn’t have what gave the first movie heart. I think we will be back to that in this installment, and I cannot wait. I know if I go see it by myself, my wife would kill me, or at least disown me. Neither of which sound like good options. But we were on our camping road trip, and didn’t get a chance to see it when it came out June 16. So now I am behind and ready to go!


Smell Swell Lightning McQueen

Well, the stuff is coming out in droves to the store for the upcoming Cars 3 movie. The $3.99 price tag for the basic cars is way too steep for me. I was at WalMart, and they had single boxes like the old Matchbox cars. All 6 are different versions of Lightning. And all of them had come out before. I did not have the privilege of finding the Smell Swell Lightning McQueen before, so I grabbed him.

These are the same great vehicles that come in the standard packs, but they are just boxed specially. If you collect all 6 boxes, there is art that connects them. I don’t care to collect doubles, just so I can build some art.

Now, for those who don’t know Smell Swell Deodorizers is the first sponsor Lightning ever had. You can tell this is pretty early in his career. He only has the one sponsor. There are no little stickers either. Just the main Smell Swell sponsor and his light stickers. Pretty plain.

Even his “95” is a very plain font, with the lightning bolt running through it. What I like is that as he became better and got more cocky, his lightning became bigger.

This is a fun car to add to my ever growing Lightning collection. There are lots of great cars coming out, and I would not mind grabbing all of them. There is going to have to be a killer sale or price drop before I start collecting all of these though.


Mr. Incredible – Thinkway Toys

It has been a long time since I bought a Thinkway Toys toy. Mr. Incredible went on sale a month or so ago, and made it a reasonable price to pick him up and see if he is any good.

He is a one-off figure in the Disney/Pixar line of figures. I looked at Wall-E a very long time ago, and I really liked it. Since then, I was waiting for Bruce, from Finding Nemo. After years of waiting, he popped up in stores, and he was very small and I was unimpressed. But since this one was on sale, I went for it.

Well, Mr. Incredible is okay, to say to most. He is as top heavy as you would think, with that giant torso. and fairly small legs.

He comes with the claw from the giant robot that Syndrome let loose on the city. it has moving fingers that are really well articulated. The hand also has a pair of clamps to allow Mr. Incredible to wear it as usable tech.

Of course in the movie, it attacked him, then he turned it back on the main robot with help from his family.

This is a nice figure, and one that looks good with other 6 inch figures. Being a one-off figure, there is not a lot you can do with him, but display him with other Disney stuff. Unless you want him to fight some other 6 inch figures. Versus Superman perhaps? I think it was a good deal at $10 off the original price, but he is awfully expensive at $18.99. And he has been warming the pegs since mid-2014. Time to cut bait on this one and move on. I don’t understand what Disney has done to get Target and Toys R Us to keep these things in stock for so long. They take up some pretty good real estate, unless it is all a placeholder for something better in the future. Seems there have been a lot of Disney and Pixar films that could have had toys in those spots. I am definitely keeping my hopes up for some good figures when Incredibles 2 finally comes out, but that is not until 2019, so we have a ways to go until that one.


Sharpes – Elusive Air – Disney/Pixar Planes

Sharpes is a good looking Deluxe scale plane. It has been a while since we have seen anything new in the Deluxe line, and this is a good one. He has a really wide wingspan, and an overall unique look that differs him from all of the other Planes that has come out before him.

He is under the sub-line of “Training Time” that is new for the 2016 releases. He is one of the background characters that seems to keep popping up. He was in both Planes and Planes: Fire and Rescue. He is one well traveled plane.

I do wonder what he carries though. He is a passenger plane, but he isn’t big enough to carry cars. Maybe that is what makes him “Elusive.”

His card boasts that he has “Spinning Blades” which is a pretty weak gimmick. Most of the planes are prop planes, and that is a rather silly thing to bring up, but they needed something to entice the buyer. He does actually have the retractable front landing gear that we see with so many of the planes. The problem with most of the other planes is that they only have retractable front gear, and the back gear is left hanging. This time around, it actually works for Sharpes, since his back gear is fixed, and wouldn’t retract anyway.

Bonus Look:  Firefighter Dusty

Disty changed colors in the later part of Fire and Rescue.  Going for a much more fitting red as his main color.  This is a fine plane.  The wheels on the bottom of the pontoons bothers me to no end.  It seems like such an ugly way to get wheels down there.  The white tabs are really fat compared to the small tires.


Kate the Corn Cob Girl – Disney/Pixar Planes

What a fun Planes vehicle. I am sure it is a big honor to be the Corn Cob girl, but also a bit of an embarrassment to have to wear that costume. I think the expression in Kate’s eyes says it all.

I really like the wide variety of planes that are out there. We have everything from racers to everyday people.

I do think it is kind of funny for any of the planes with the single front landing gear, to have a fold-up gear. The other two wheels don’t fold up, so it just looks weird. I would love to have had all of the landing gear fold up. That would have been an amazing touch.

Planes doesn’t seem to have the vast array of figures, like Cars does. I saw the lineup for 2016, and it looks like there are going to be a LOT of new cars coming out. I haven’t heard anything about new Planes. I think it would be very good of Mattel to start connecting the two together like they did with World of Cars and have more planes mixed in there.

We have heard confirmation that there will be a Cars 3 released on June 16, 2017, but nothing about another Planes movie. Planes: Fire and Rescue made it’s budget back, but it was bashed for mediocre storytelling. I would like to see more from this world at some point in the future.


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