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Disney Toybox: Shadow Trooper & R2-Q5

We’ve got a new stormtrooper in the Disney Toybox Star Wars line. They are some of my favorite figures, even though they aren’t the best at standing up. This one is less stylized than past ones, but I feel they’ve been moving away from the original Disney Infinity look. Which is a bummer as that’s what originally got me started collecting them.

This is considered a two-figure set, so because of that, it’s more expensive than others. The new price of $26.99 is ridiculous in my opinion, though. Since it’s Star Wars and pretty cool looking it could disappear from the online store fast. If it doesn’t, I expect it to drop in price fairly quickly. Depending on how many they made I don’t see a lot of people spending that much on a stormtrooper, no matter how cool looking.

On the back of the box, there’s a picture of a Boba Fett and Stormtrooper pack. The stormtrooper looks like one that’s already been released. However, the Boba Fett looks different from the previous one.

I’m still a bit shocked at that price. I realize we’ve had supply shortages, but that seems crazy. For comparison, the Ashoka Tano and Captain Rex set is only $18.99. I hope this isn’t a new price point because I will definitely not be continuing my collection at that price.

Toy Story (1995)

The Great Movie Re-Watch

Toy Story (1995)

Director:

John Lasseter

Writers:

John Lasseter

Pete Doctor

Andrew Stanton

Starring:

Tom Hanks

Tim Allen

Don Rickles

Jim Varney

Wallace Shawn

John Ratzenberger

Annie Potts

Blurb:

A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy’s room.

Thoughts:

I did not watch Toy Story. I’m fourteen years older than my younger brother and he went through a phase where we watched this and Toy Story 2 every single day. Then both of my kids went through a similar phase. I have this god damn movie memorized. I have watched it more than any other movie. Still, I don’t hate it, but I’m not going to watch it when I can close my eyes and watch it from start to finish.

New Disney Toybox Figures

In time for Halloween we’ve got a new Jack Skellington figure and a double pack of Miguel and Héctor. This time Miguel has no face paint, so he is different. Héctor looks the same, though, he doesn’t come with his hat or guitar.

I love the first Jack figure, but it was sold out before I started collecting and I wasn’t able to purchase the original reissue. Not sure if I’ll splurge and get this one either. Especially since it looks like they’re going to be releasing a Captain Carter figure soon. Still, once again nice to see new figures, especially in the neglected Disney and Pixar lines.

All lists have been updated.

Disney Toybox Jessie and Bullseye

There’s a new Jessie in town. This is our third iteration of her, though, she looks pretty much the same as the others. This is also the first Pixar figure in half a year if not more. If you weren’t able to or didn’t want to shell out the money for the Toy Story collection this will be a cheaper way to get Bullseye, though the two figures are one of the more expensive at $18.99.

It doesn’t look like they’ve fixed the hat issue Jessie and Woody have had, so keep that in mind if you decide to buy.

Personally, I believe they had extras and decided to repackage, but I have no way to confirm that. Oh well, enjoy.

The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

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The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

Director:

Ron Clements

Burny Mattinson

David Michener

John Musker

Writers:

Peter Young

Vance Gerry

Steve Hulett

Ron Clements

John Musker

Bruce Morris

Matthew O’Callaghan

Burny Mattinson

David Michener

Mel Shaw

Starring:

Vincent Price

Barrie Ingham

Val Bettin

Susanne Pollatschek

Blurb:

Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy maker and uncovers its link to his archenemy, Professor Ratigan.

Thoughts:

I love The Great Mouse Detective. It was one of my favorite movies growing up, and after all these years, it holds up. The art style is good 2D animation and leaves behind the dirty look of the films from the 70s and early 80s. It still has dark lines outlining the characters, but it doesn’t look grainy. It’s visually appealing, and the story is entertaining. The villain is over the top evil and the hero is flawed but surrounded by people who push him to be better.

It was the first Disney animated movie to use CGI at length, probably the most interesting fact in the Wikipedia article.

The Great Mouse Detective is another film I have few thoughts on. It’s fun to watch, and I highly recommend it. I just don’t have much to say about it.