In the need for some Planes: Fire and Rescue cars? Look no further than the secondary market stores (Ross, Marshalls, TJMaxx). It seems that the holidays have descended upon us. Now I am not happy about seeing Christmas stuff next to the Halloween stuff, but I am always happy when the new toys start hitting the shelves to get ready for the windfall that is the Holiday Season! And where better than the low cost alternatives that sometimes have toys that miss the primary market.
Like Pulaski here. He was in a 4-pack, and you either bought the 4-pack for an exorbitant amount of money to get yet another character you already bought in the single pack, or you didn’t. Well, looks like the power that be, over at Disney wanted to make an extra buck by putting him out by himself. And out he came, and cool he is.
There seems to be a secondary flow of all of the land-based vehicles. Along with Pulaski here, the Smokejumpers are out in force. Avalanche with his lack of voice modulation.
Drip, who loves watching old TV shows with his friends.
Even Prop Junction’s own Chug is making an appearance in all of his flat paint glory.
Now for something totally different…
Not far from the release of the new Pixar film, The Good Dinosaur, we are on our way with toys. Today was the first day I saw them in stores. They have a mid-size line with some of the smaller characters, and a large scale line with some more highly detailed figures.
This is Young Arlo. Guess Arlo will live to grow up at some point in the film, since there is also a large figure of him later on.
These toys are put out by TOMY, which we all know is a quality company. If nothing else, these toys will stand up to play by kids.
The mid-sized figures like Arlo here come with a small additional animal. They are made to go with Forrest, who looks like he is a triceratops, but with a lot of extra horns on his mane. Apparently Forrest walks around with lots of animals on his horns, and this is a fun way to get kids to collect all of the animals.
Arlo has 7 points of articulation. His mouth hinges open. His neck is on a swivel, and his tail matches with one as well. All four legs are hinged, and swing front to back. A little side motion would have gone a long way to make him an even better figure.
Overall, he is a very cute figure, and looks pretty accurate to the trailers we have seen so far.
There are a lot of cars out there right now being inspired by Star Wars. The Hot Wheels cars are outstanding. There is also a set that came from the Disneyland Resort that is from the Pixar hit Cars, that really takes the characters to a new level.
On a recent trip down to Disneyland, my wife saw Cars characters dressed up as Star Wars characters, and new my love for both, and decided to get me a variety.
In the first set I opened, it featured two Pitties as Jawas, and Luigi as C-3PO. I was a little sad to not also get Guido as R2-D2, but you can’t get the Pitties any other way, so I think this was an okay way to do it… but you know C-3PO is nothing without his R2.
Lightning McQueen is Luke Skywalker. There are a few similarities that run between the two characters, so it is not a big surprise that this is the way they went. It is also not the first time we have seen Lightning in a helmet. He has also been a jet fighter as well as an astronaut.
I think Red as Chewbacca has to be my favorite. He is so dynamic and fun. He has his bandolier wrapped around both sides of the chassis, as well as the bag on the right side. he also has his bow-caster on the roof. The paint is great, with a pinstripe feel to it. I love the snarl on his face. The irony of Red snarling is not lost on me.
Guess I have a reason to get back down to Disneyland sooner rather than later. There are a few more down there that I think I need. This is a great reflection of what Disney has acquired in the last few years, and has put to good use.
There are new toys that have come out by Thinkway Toys. I had to grab Wall-E to start, as he is one guy I always like, but never got around to getting one of the figures.
There are a few sized to these figures. This is one the larger size format figures. He is very posable, with movements at the shoulders, wrists, and opening hands. His arms can also be moved to extra holes at the front edge of his body, down low.
He has movement in his neck, and his eyes can be posed. He can also roll on very nice wheels mounted down low.
He comes with two blocks that fit inside his body, and can be ejected. You can also put play dough in there and eject any color cube you want.
Grabbing this guy was a bit of a gamble. I have never heard of Thinkway toys, so I didn’t know what to expect. It is a Disney product, so I was thinking it was fairly safe to go with it. He turned out to be very nice. There is a smaller version I saw where he is rusted like he is in the movie. I bought this one at a local Toys R Us. I haven’t seen any of these figures anywhere else yet, but I am sure they will be popping up sooner or later. There are some great Pixar products in the lineup. Finding Nemo and The Incredibles to name two. Definitely a fun toy, and a great addition to my Disney collection.
I am a huge fan of the Cars (and Planes) franchise. When I heard they were coming out with yet another short, I knew we would be in for some fun. Add in some toys, and we have magic. This is the first of the cars, of course Lightning McQueen. He has been outfitted with off-road gear in order to race the other off-road vehicles in an epic race around Radiator Springs.
The vehicle is a classic Lightning in the style of the ending of the first movie. I think pretty much where all of the Mater’s Tall Tales take place as well.
He has a great addition of wheels with large travel to accommodate the off-road terrain. He gets a bit of extras on top as well, including a roof rack with a spare wheel as well as lights.
This is probably the dirtiest toy review to date, but it didn’t seem right to take a look at an off-road vehicle and have it clean and shiny. I have plenty of those. This one had to be different.
This past week I grabbed the newest of the Cars 2 toys to be released. We have a ton of new dicast vehicles, but the local Toys R Us’ are filled with these big boxes of cars with lots of accessories. There are three sizes. This is the Deluxe kit including a car, and a lot of accessories to play with right out of the box. This is not a set for the faint of heart, costing nearly $40. It does however come with a lot of great accessories. I really wanted the green Lightning McQueen, so I was going to get the starter set that comes with the body and tires (wheels sold separately). Then I was going to add on a blown engine and some of the 8-barrel wheels. Seeing all of that and more, really made this set a good deal for me.
Out of the box:
Think that is enough accessories? Just a drop in the bucket for what they have available.
So, here is a base Lightning McQueen. He is sporting the new headlights (no more sticker headlights for an international racer). He comes with the standard fin he will have in the movies and the side pipes that are unique to him. Both are removable for changing accessories. The body is quite solid and really rolls well. I was a little timid about a product from a company I had not heard of before. But the paint is flawless and the plastic is high quality.
I am thinking this is distracted driving. How can he see with that giant thing on his nose? I don’t see how. So this is what I was after. The great blown engine. It has movable air intakes and there is a braided wire for the fuel line. Way better than I would have expected.
A little more of a subtle hot rod. I REALLY like the side pipes. They remind me of the Shelby Cobra or the Corvette Stingray. I can’t wait to try them out on some of the other vehicles in the line (Mater, Finn McMissile, and Francesco).
And in case you were wondering, here is a size comparison. This is a huge increase in size from the standard Cars Dicast toys.
If you feel the need to set up a little engine shop like I did, you will not be disappointed. You do however need to go to Toys R Us to get your stuff… unless you live by one of the Disney parks where they are setting up a temporary shop.