DisneyStore.com Updates: ‘Toy Story 3′ Plushes and Toy Story Collection Bullseye Available, Disney Dooney & Bourke on Sale

Although the daily updates posted here at Stitch Kingdom of new items available at DisneyStore.com along with special deals posted daily via our @SK_TDSAlerts twitter account is usually enough, I felt there were a couple of new items and sales today that deserved their own special mention in case they got understandably overlooked with the dozens of other deals announced today.

Toy Story 3 Plushes from DisneyStore.comDescribed as mini-beanies, these plushes feature many of the new characters introduced in Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3. Included in the collection are Dolly, Mr. Pricklepants, Twitch, Peas-in-a-Pod, Buttercup the unicorn, Trixie and Sparks who’s even articulated. They retail for $8.50 each or can be purchased for $14 for any combination of two of them.

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Thinkway Toys’ Toy Story Definitive Collection Vol 7: Lasseter’s Tater Talk on Mr. Potato Head

Disney Consumer Products and Thinkway Toys have revived the popular video series on the Toy Story Collection line of toys with a brand new installment, this one featuring the all new Mr. Potato Head. In this episode, John explores the origin of the Playskool favorite’s (potato) chip on his shoulder and why Don Rickles was the only real choice to voice the sarcastic spud.

Mr. Potato Head from the Toy Story Collection by Thinkway ToysHere’s some of the features you’ll find with the Toy Story Definitive Collection Mr. Potato Head:

  • Highly detailed film replica from DISNEY/PIXAR’s digital data.
  • Has detachable eyes with eyebrows, ears, nose with moustache, mouth, arms and hat.

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‘Toy Story 3′ Action Figures from Thinkway Toys Available on DisneyStore.com

Sparks from Thinkway ToysSparks (Item #201302P), Chunk (Item #201300P), Twitch (Item #201301P) and Rex (Item #201304P) are among the first deluxe action figures from Thinkway Toys now available online at DisneyStore.com.

Each figure retails for $29.95 and is 8″ tall except for Rex who scales in at a massive 10″. Most figures also offer special working details (Sparks lights up, Chunk changes expression, Twitch’s wings pop out, etc.). For additional information and to order, click the link and search for the item numbers noted above.

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‘Toy Story 3′ Collectibles from Thinkway Toys, Kubricks Now Available for Pre-Order

Toy Story Collection Jessie from Thinkway ToysDisneyStore.com has made Jessie (Item #200784P), Mr. Potato Head (Item #200350P) and Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear / Lotso (Item #201311P) from the Thinkway Toys Toy Story Collection available for pre-order. According to the site, Mr. Potato Head will be available to own on May 12 while Jessie and Lotso will become available June 1. As is standard with the Toy Story Collection, the toys are all described as film-accurate and come with a certificate of authenticity.

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Report: Disney Consumer Products and Pixar Present ‘Toy Story 3′ – Part Two

Note: this is a continuation of an article that begins here.

After the presentation was complete, I was able to speak a little bit to Lee Unkrich who graciously posed for some photos and entertained my questions, particularly on how his recent inspirational decision to auction his own personal Pixar memorabilia on eBay to raise money for Haiti disaster relief went (he provided a guesstimate on the total and he and the legions of Pixar fans did impressively well, that much I will say). So congratulations to Lee for the generous donation as well as for the film.

img_0695 I also got to speak at length with Chris Heatherly, Disney Consumer Products’ General Manager & Vice President of Toys, on various topics (all Disney) as well as received some personal demonstrations of some of the new  toys.

By far, most of the toys presented at the event were from Mattel with demonstration models including the Buzz Lightyear Deluxe Action Wing Pack and the Toy Story 3 Action Links Playsets.

Epic Mickey iPhone/iPad App I was most surprised with the Buzz Lightyear Wing Pack, both for the better and for the worse. On the pro side, I was completely expecting the Wing Pack to be restricted to child size, but the backpack/strap style actually fits adults surprisingly well. On the con, the wings are motor-controlled, not spring release so they expand a bit slower than one might perhaps hope (but it’s doubtful many kids will notice or care). On the motor action, a representative for Mattel told me that there is actually a mechanism in place to respond if the wings end up being forced by small hands, so that the mechanism is virtually indestructible, so that is a good thing. Overall, it is pretty neat with large ‘LED’ lights that light up and blink when the wings expand at the press of the giant red button (which contracts the wings at the next press) and features popular Buzz phrases, both automatically and at the press of other buttons, just like the real toy. Using accelerometer technology, when the child (or adult) bends over at about 30 degrees or so (and more), the wings automatically make flying noises and light up and also respond in kind to the swaying movement as the Space Ranger-to-be runs/flies/falls-with-style around.

img_0685 For the Action Link playsets, individual sets of varying sizes and prices link up to produce a wacky series of Rube Goldberg-esque events. There will be five sets at launch, of which three were on display at the event (though I did manage to see the other two at the Mattel showroom) and the gimmick is that the sets (which incidentally are purely mechanical, so no batteries needed) can be arranged in any order, changing the whimsical sequence with each arrangement. I did find resetting the sets trying my patience at times because they each operate with a hair trigger and — just like with setting up dominos — it’s frustrating to be in mid-setup and inadvertently fire off half of the sets, forcing you to attempt to reset them again. Still, there is quite a bit of fun and novelty value to it despite some of the inevitable setbacks (maybe teaching patience also makes it an educational toy).

img_0676 Not presenting at the International Toy Fair, but well represented at the event was original Toy Story licensee and innovative toy developer Thinkway Toys. Of course a ‘LOT’ of attention went the way of Lotso, the overly fluffy pink male bear who happens to be strawberry scented (although maybe a tad more Frankenberry than strawberry), but Thinkway has quite a few more new exciting products to share with Toy Story 3.

img_0719 There is, for example, the Toy Story Collection Mr. Potato Head. Or rather the Animated, Talking, Part Popping Action Mr. Potato Head. The very animated and vocal potato responds to voice and eagerly chats away and entertains, but he’s always just one loud noise away from exploding, sending his body parts scattering in all directions. He also has the capability of realizing when the wrong parts are in the wrong place (purely G rated of course, he is a Playskool toy afterall).

Tucked away with the rest of the Thinkway Toys on display, I also managed to catch a glimpse of both Jessie and Bullseye who have been added to the collection. Yeehaw!

img_0681 But speaking of incredibly horrible reverse-segues, on the former topic of Playskool and Mr. Potato Head, Hasbro is introducing a set of Toy Story 3 themed Potato Heads including Spud Lightyear and Woody’s Tater Roundup (Reach for the Fry!) which were on display. I also understand there will even be a Mrs. Potato Head themed as Jessie.

Another product on display from Hasbro that I’m particularly excited about is a Toy Story themed edition of the classic electronic boardgame of Operation. Buzz. Aliens. Probe. Need I say more?

In the gallery of photos below, you’ll see many more of the Toy Story 3 products you can expect to see in stores within the next few months. With around 250 new products from about 20 different licensees, I promise there’s plenty more to come than just what you’ll find here, especially from Mattel who I’ll cover a bit more in a future article.

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Report: Disney Consumer Products and Pixar Present ‘Toy Story 3′ – Part One

I was extremely fortunate to attend an event earlier this week in which Disney Consumer Products launched dozens of new toys from Mattel, Thinkway Toys, LEGO, Hasbro and JAKKS Pacific, just some vof the licensees for Toy Story 3 products with the aid of some very special guests.

Epic Mickey iPhone/iPad App Held at Gotham Hall in the Herald Square area, the space was magically transformed into the Sunnyside Daycare Center featuring oversized props, shrinking us all down to toy size. An over-sized chair provided an appropriate photo opportunity while Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear were on hand to greet guests and to take complimentary photos.

Epic Mickey iPhone/iPad App To kick off the presentation, Mary Beech, Vice President/General Manager for Global Studio Franchise Development at Disney Consumer Products, talked about the previous night’s event at the Toy of the Year Awards in which John Lasseter was inducted into the International Toy Hall of Fame. We were shown the mini-documentary that was shown during the awards show which focused on Lasseter’s contributions to the industry and featured many of his colleagues at Pixar as well as his wife, Nancy, and his three sons who spoke of receiving a Buzz and Woody for Christmas after Toy Story had first been released.

[SinglePic not found]Lasseter took the stage next and talked about the genesis of the toy story franchise — how the idea was hatched after witnessing his niece’s approach to toys and wondering how the toys would react if they were alive. After implementing some of the concept in the Pixar short Tin Toy, he talked about how the story was made to be able to reach an older audience by giving the toys neuroses such as Rex’s expectation to be the fiercest creature on earth despite his tiny little arms or Mr. Potato Head’s chip on his shoulder because his body parts are always being removed and re-arranged. Of course, Lasseter says, a toy’s biggest fear is being outgrown, leading into a key plot point in Toy Story 3 in which the toys are led to believe that a daycare center is nirvana — a ‘retirement home for toys’ — in which there will always be a steady flow of children needing the toys and no need to become emotionally attached to the kids as they come and go.

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Thinkway Toys’ Toy Story Definitive Collection Vol 6: Lasseter Offers the Buzz on the Toy Story Collection

The sixth and final installment of the very popular video series from Disney Consumer Products has been released in which John Lasseter talks about the design of both the Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story Definitive collectibles line from Thinkway Toys as well as the character himself!

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Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story Definitive Collection by Thinkway ToysHere’s some of the features you’ll find with the Toy Story Definitive Collection Buzz Lightyear:

* The most movie-accurate Buzz Lightyear produced to date

* Fully poseable including fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, waist, ankles, knees and legs!

* Push red oval chest button for classic “Buzz Toy” phrases.

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Thinkway Toys’ Toy Story Definitive Collection Vol 5: Lasseter Gets his Claws on Some LGMs

The fifth installment of the very popular video series from Disney Consumer Products has been released in which John Lasseter talks about some of the background on the Aliens from the Toy Story Definitive collectibles line from Thinkway Toys.

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Aliens from the Toy Story Definitive Collection from Thinkway ToysHere’s some of the features you’ll find with the Toy Story Definitive Collection Aliens:

* Highly detailed and completely in scale to Buzz Lightyear

* Each Alien has its own unique facial expression, three in each package

* Actual movie size of 5″

* Comes with Toy Story Collection Certificate of Authenticity

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Thinkway Toys’ Toy Story Definitive Collection Vol 3: Lasseter Roars About Rex

The third installment of the very popular video series from Disney Consumer Products has been released in which John Lasseter talks about some of the background on everyone’s favorite insecure dino, Rex, from the Toy Story Definitive collectibles line from Thinkway Toys.

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Toy Story Definitive Collection Rex from Thinkway ToysHere’s some of the features you’ll find with the Toy Story Definitive Collection Rex:
* The most movie accurate Rex produced to date
* Stands 13″ tall, just like in the movies
* Turn his tail to activate his talking/roaring feature with motorized arms and head
* Talk to him and he responds with voice and movement
* Poseable arms, tail, legs and neck
* Comes with Toy Story Collection Certificate of Authenticity

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Thinkway Toys’ Toy Story Definitive Collection Vol 2: John Talks About Sheriff Woody Pride

The second installment of the very popular video series from Disney Consumer Products has been released in which John Lasseter talks about some of the background on everybody’s favorite sheriff and the Woody doll from the Toy Story Definitive collectibles line from Thinkway Toys.

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Toy Story Definitive Collection Sheriff Woody from Thinkway ToysHere’s some of the features you’ll find with the Toy Story Definitive Collection Sheriff Woody:
* The most movie accurate Woody produced to date
* Stands 16″ tall, in movie scale to 12″ Buzz Lightyear
* Pull his string to hear one of over 50 classic ‘Woody Toy’ phrases
* Talk to him and he responds as ‘Andy’s Room Woody’
* Includes bonus sheriff star display stand
* Comes with Toy Story Collection Certificate of Authenticity

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