Cookie Jars Aplenty at Dixieland Flea Market

The Dixieland Flea Market can be found in Waterford, MI. at 2045 on the Dixie Hwy. There we found a great collection of cookie jars which I would like to share with you now:

Cookie Jars Dilbert

Dilbert

I’ve had bosses like the one in this iconic comic strip so Dilbert is like a brother to me. Keep those arms crossed in defiance, my friend!

Cookie Jars DL Castle

Disneyland Castle

This was released for the 40th Anniversary of Disneyland (1995), and apart from the strange coloring, is a nice piece.

Cookie Jars 101 Pup

101 Puppy

One of the few cookie jars that actually chose a ‘cookie’ theme. Weird. And… he’s sitting in my cookies!

Cookie Jars Pluto

Pluto

Mickey’s pup is ready for some fine dining, but I’m hoping there is more than bones in that jar!

Cookie Jars Beauty & Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Not surprisingly, this cookie jar was among the highest priced at $200.00 US. You pay for popularity!

Cookie Jars Chicken Run

Chicken Run

One of Aardman’s best movies, this chicken from Tweedy Farms is about ready to hatch a batch of cookies!

Cookie Jars Dwarfs

The Seven Dwarfs

Finally let out of Snow White’s sight, the Dwarfs spend the free time guarding, not just their jems, but cookies too!

Cookie Jars Sprout

Sprout

This one is a little strange. How can a heathy vegetable character be holding a yummy batch of cookies for us? Contradiction, anyone?

Cookie Jars Dorothy

Dorothy and Toto

Most ceramic collectibles don’t quite get the facial features of real persons right, but this cookie jar got Judy Garland spot on! Not sure about Toto.

Cookie Jars Dagwood

Dagwood Bumstead

Blondie’s husband is known for his eating so it is no surprise he would show up as a cookie jar. I wonder if it holds sandwiches…

Cookie Jars Monsters Inc

Monsters Inc.

Choices, choices. I think I like the Mike jar the best. With a smug look on his face like that, he must have the best cookies!

Cookie Jars Jetsons

The Jetsons

Now that’s one crowded spaceship! The little version is a salt and pepper shaker.

Cookie Jars Alice

Alice

This depicts one of my favorite scenes from the animated classic. But would there be much room for cookies in that house?

Cookie Jars Donald

Donald Duck

I guess I’d be upset if everyone kept taking my hat off to steal my cookies!

Cookie Jars Red Queen

The Red Queen

Maybe taking cookies from this old gal wouldn’t be a good idea! “Off with their heads!”

Cookie Jars Buzz

Buzz Lightyear

“To snack time, and beyond!” Buzz can adapt his catch fraise for any situation.

Cookie Jars Coach

Cinderella Coach

If you eat cookies from an enchanted coach, they don’t have calories.

Now most of these cookie jars were priced between $50.00 and $60.00 US but were on sale for 50% off. The lady is closing her booth soon and is liquidating her stock.

We’ll end this post with the King of all cookie jars:

Cookie Jars Kong

KONG

So if you’re in the Michigan area and need a new place to keep your cookies, be sure to stop into the Dixieland Flea Market and visit this booth!

Tsum Tsum Stackable Collectible Figurines

Disney and I have a partnership going that is pretty lopsided! They put out collectible whatever and I buy it. They get my money, and I get… stuff. Case in point: Tsum Tsum stackable collectible figurines!

Tsum Tsum Front Packaging

Nine in a Set

I’ve resisted branching out into the smaller plastic versions of this merchandise line after adding an assortment of the original plush versions to my collection. You can see those here. The link will take you to a Swedish Chef Tsum Tsum, but that post has a link to other plush Tsum Tsum characters as well.

Tsum Tsum Back Packaging

The Backside of Tsum Tsum

And by ‘backside’ I mean their backsides! Don’t look at Snow White, it would be rude.

Now let’s free the little critters:

Tsum Tsum Open Packaging

Who is the mystery character?

More on who the mystery character is later. In each of these sets, you get three large, three medium, and three small sizes of characters. My large characters are:

Tsum Tsum Stitch

Stitch

Tsum Tsum Snow White

Snow White

Tsum Tsum Eeyore

Eeyore

My medium characters are:

Tsum Tsum Lady

Lady

Tsum Tsum Hiro

Hiro (Mystery Character)

I was pleasantly surprised to get Hiro, as Big Hero 6 is one of my favorite Disney movies!

Tsum Tsum Buzz

Buzz Lightyear

I actually broke down and bought this set solely because of this Buzz Lightyear figure. Buzz as a tiny gerbil? Irresistible!

And finally, my small characters are:

Tsum Tsum Tiny Ones

Joy, Piglet, and Mickey Mouse

A secondary reason for buying this set was to obtain the Joy character for my wife.

These silly little things could definitely grow on me and I already realize that I will have to put up a strong fight against buying more! And how will I know what to look for?

Tsum Tsum CG Cover

Tsum Tsum Collector Guide

This little fold-out booklet comes with every set of Tsum Tsum stackable figures. What I purchased is part of the Series 2 collection:

Tsum Tsum Collector Guide

40 Characters in all!

Now keep in mind that if you want the complete series, you will have to collect 120 individual pieces, as each character comes in all three sizes of small, medium, and large. Depending on how Disney has apportioned the characters throughout the packs, you will have to buy at least 13 packs at $19.97 each. Round that up to an even $20.00 and those 13 packs are going to cost you $260.00 CAN.

Now I’m sure I’ve seen duplicates of characters in multiple packs, which means you will have to buy more packs and you will end up with duplicate characters. So I advise trading with friends!

So will you zoom zoom to the store to buy these Tsum Tsum figures?

Minis Figurines from Disney-Pixar Toy Story 2

Having a rabid fan base is like having a license to print money! Whenever one of us sees a new product, even if he has hundreds of similar items, he will nonetheless open his wallet and march obediently to the cash register. This happened to me recently when I spotted these Disney-Pixar Toy Story Minis:

Look at those eyes!

In my defense, I’ve always been a sucker for the ‘big eyes’ routine. Just look at how cute they look! Tell me you could resist them!

This line of PVC minis figurines are designed to look childlike in appearance, hence their charm. They vary in size from 1″ to 1.5″ and are Series 1. Heaven help me! Let’s have a look at the store display:

Toy Story Display FrontToy Story Display Back

Toy Story Display Side 1Toy Story Display Side 2

Now let’s look at the figures one at a time:

Minis Color Woody

Woody – The Leader

Woody’s hat is removable and he pivots at the waist.

Minis Jessie

Jessie – The Cowgirl

Jessie’s hat is removable and her head pivots.

Minis Winking Bullseye

Bullseye – The Faithful Companion

Bulleye’s head swivels. You’ll notice that he is missing his left pupil. So I guess we have to say that he is winking!

Minis Rex

Rex – The Nervous Rex

Rex’s head pivots. And… he has tiny little arms!

Minis Hamm

Hamm – The Practical Pig

Ham’s head pivots and if you look carefully, you’ll notice that he has a slot in his back. Feel free to make a donation! Oh, and he also has:

Minis Hamm Cork

A Cork

Minis Buzz Lightyear

Buzz Lightyear – The Disrupter

Buzz is not articulated in any way. Kind of feels like I’m saying something derogatory there…

Minis Zurg

Emperor Zurg – Evil Nemesis

Zurg is also not articulated in any way. Oh well, like Father like Son!

Minis LGM

LGM – Little Green Man

The LGM’s head swivels all the way around, which one would expect from a three-eyed alien!

Two things sealed the deal on my buying the entire set of these Minis. One was price. At just $2.99 CAN each, it was a much better value than Vinylmations or other blind box offerings. The second thing was that they were not a ‘blind’ purchase, you could see into the package to determine whom you were getting. I wonder how many more figures would be sold if the blind box feature was eliminated? And if the pricing were more reasonable like these Minis.

To continue, like most PVC offerings, there is a Special Edition figure:

Minis Classic Woody

Woody – Classic Black and White Special Edition

At first I was just going to buy this one figure. Then I thought I should also get the normal variation. But I couldn’t leave without his horse… and best friends, and… Oh, I just bought them all!

Minis Hats Off

Hats Off!

So hats off to the Disney-Pixar marketing department for getting me to shell out again for more character figures of characters I already have dozens of figures of. Man, but those guys are good!

For more Disney PVC figurines, click the link to check out an excellent box set of Gremlins!

Book Review: Funny! (The Pixar Story Room)

Twenty-five Years of Laughter from the Pixar Story Room

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Forward by John Lasseter / Intro by Jason Katz

Right out of the gate I will say this book was a disappointment. ‘Not Very Funny!’ would probably have been a more appropriate title.

The book covers the first sixteen animated movies released by Pixar up to The Good Dinosaur. It contains sketches from the story department that were used to pitch gags to the various directors of the productions. I have no doubt that it must be very funny, and fun, to work in the story department at Pixar, but no real hilarity comes across in this publication.

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Cute, but no belly laugh

Each film is featured in a chapter with brief snippets of wit and wisdom from one of the story persons who worked on it.

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OK, I would buy this in die-cast!

Some of the ideas, pictured in this post, are amusing. But I wouldn’t consider the majority of them to be ‘funny!’ at any stretch.

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It took all of one hour to read through and digest the images in this book making the purchase price of $29.95 US feel a bit high. I’m glad it wasn’t priced at the much higher figures of similar books from Disney Press. Perhaps being manufactured in China by Chronicle Books brought the price down?

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My expression after finishing the book

Final Review: I’m not always gushing with my praise for Disney books and I certainly rarely pan a Disney book so thoroughly! But I can only give this effort a 2 out of 5 Stars.

The potential was high but the reality ranged from boring to disturbing with only a few chuckles in-between.

Toy Story Tsum Tsum Pyramid

I only just recently gave in and picked up one character from this gimmick, that being Starlord from Guardians of the Galaxy, and then only because he was on sale. But Disney knows that when you get the hook set it’s time to reel the fish in!

And reel me in Disney did:

Tsum Tsum 1

Diabolically cute!

Tsum Tsum 2     Tsum Tsum 3

‘Originally from Japan’, and for the sake of my bank account, I wish they had stayed there! But they didn’t, and so I now own seven of them. I hope this isn’t where I have to say ‘and counting’.

Let’s look at the individual characters starting at the top of the pyramid:

Tsum Tsum 4 Tsum Tsum 5

Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear (or Lotso to his enemies)

So although he is a plush bear in Toy Story 3 he looks more like a gerbil in his Tsum Tsum form. In fact, every character does. See for yourself:

Tsum Tsum 6 Tsum Tsum 7

LGG (or Little Green Gerbil)

Tsum Tsum 8 Tsum Tsum 9

Buzz Lightyear (a.k.a. The Cosmic Gerbil)

Let’s take a break and look at a real gerbil for comparison:

Gerbil

A real-life Tsum Tsum gerbil!

Well, am I right or am I right? If we’re all agreed, back to our characters:

Tsum Tsum 10 Tsum Tsum 11

Hamm (or Piggy Bank/Gerbil)

Tsum Tsum 12 Tsum Tsum 13

Cowbil Woody (see what I did there?)

Tsum Tsum 14 Tsum Tsum 15

Cutest Award Recipient: Bullseye the Gerbil

Wal-Mart was selling these for $5.00 regular price but I got them on sale for $4.00 a piece. I love Toy Story and the Bullseye gerbil got to me. And then I couldn’t buy just one. And then I thought I heard Walt Disney urging me to buy all of them, but I think that may have been some jerk messing with me over the P.A. system. I may never know for sure!

Long story a bit longer, I bought all of the Toy Story characters available.

I feel so weak!

Disney/Pixar Pillows

As I’ve said before, I don’t buy everything Disney that I see. Almost, but not everything! So when I see something unique or fun that isn’t going to make it into my collection, I at least take a photograph for the blog.

So here are two Disney/Pixar pillows that we found in a local music shop:

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Sulley, Mr. Incredible, Buzz Lightyear, and Nemo

Pixar Pillow 2

Fisher Price phone

At over $30 each, I thought they were a bit over priced. But definitely fun! I especially liked the Fisher Price phone pillow. Would you put one of these on your sofa?

Disney Phone Collection

I like collecting multiples of a type, like in this post: Phones! Disney phones to be precise. There have been so many different styles made that every flea market and antique shop usually has one or two for sale.

Unfortunately, the proprietors seem to think that ‘Disney’ connected to ‘phone’ means ‘big money’, which is rarely the case. Most Disney phones have been produced in recent years and in large numbers of manufacture, so value, although not low should at least be reasonable.

Many of the phones in my collection were bought in charity shops. So let’s have a look:

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My wife’s least favorite

Minnie Mouse Phone 001

Room for a personalized picture in the frame

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Orange tube under rocket lights up when phone rings

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Five sayings and animation when phone rings

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Music, jokes, and movement when phone rings

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Famous style of Mickey phone, early example

The phone above has been immortalized at the Pop Century Resort in Walt Disney World. It can be found ‘guarding’ the entrance to one of the buildings, as  shown below:

Pop Century Mickey Phone 1     Pop Century Mickey Phone 3

Pop Century Mickey Phone 4     Pop Century Mickey Phone 5

Now that’s a phone!

This phone style has also been rendered in miniature. Let’s have a look:

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Hallmark Ornament 2011 w/several spoken messages from Mickey

There is also a normal sized model with the touch pad instead of the rotary dial that I have. Obviously, it was produced in more modern times.

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And Mickey using his very own Mickey Mouse phone (1 1/2″ high)

I have a few more that are still in storage and when I find them, I will update this post. Each of these phones still work, but I don’t have a landline anymore!

Oh well, they make great decoration for the house.

Disney Lamps in Store

Whenever I’m out and about I like to find little bits of Disney. Usually I’ll see something out of the corner of my eye, like I did recently while visiting a big box home improvement store. We were looking for lighting for our new home, but I found these instead:

Lamps Princesses 5

Lamps Princesses 4     Lamps Princesses 3

Pretty as a Princess… lamp

This was a cool lamp with the addition of the Castle dresser base! Each drawer opened so that little treasures could be stored inside.

But wait, there was another Princess lamp selection, featuring just three of the famous ladies featured in the lamp above:

Lamps Princesses 2     Lamps Princesses 1

Belle must have begged off from this photo shoot!

As is common these days, the selection was very boy-girl skewed, as the next two selections will show:

Lamps Toy Story 1     Lamps Toy Story 2

Not to say that little girls can’t thrill to having Buzz or Woody lighting up their lives, but I think boys were the target of the design above, and of the one below:

Lamps Cars 1     Lamps Cars 2

Cars 2

Prices ranged between $30 and $40 CAN which I thought was a little bit high for the quality of the lamps. But the Disney license obviously pushes up the final sticker price.

Would you buy one of these lamps? Would you stand in a store and photograph them while people look at you and wonder why you’re doing it? Would you read a blog post about them?

I know you will answer ‘yes’ to at least 1 out of the 3 questions above!

Precious Moments Figurines

I have to admit that I’m not a big fan of the Precious Moments line of characters and figurines. I find I can’t connect with the big-eyed children. But…

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Throw in a touch of Disney, and…

Precious Moments started to incorporate the big-eyed children interacting with Disney characters, and as a disneyana collector, I got sucked in!

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I love the renderings. The sculpts are done very well and the subject matter is well thought out. It’s just too cute that the little girl with Sulley has Sulley slippers!

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There are even some figures where the children are dressed as their favorite Disney character as well as interacting with a presumably plush friend.

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Also, I found the figurine above, which features a young Rapunzel with Pascal. With this figurine, the Precious Moments style certainly works!

One of my favorite pieces is the snow globe below:

Precious Moments Buzz 001     Precious Moments Buzz 002

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I love the rocket ship design (based on the claw game from Pizza Planet). The ‘snow’ and the music just makes it even better! These figurines are part of the Disney Showcase Collection.

We have one last piece, but it doesn’t feature the trademark big-eyed children of the Precious Moments stable. Instead, it simply has Mickey and Minnie chillin’ on the coach:

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This is how Karen and I watch TV

We have been adding new pieces to our collection by purchasing at Carlton Cards when they have their ‘buy one get another half-off’ sale. Who knows what characters will be added in the future? Karen and I will be in-store to find out!

The Original Space Ranger

Long before Buzz Lightyear found himself on the surface of a strange planet, which turned out to be a bed, Space Rangers were blasting through space to keep the galaxy safe! Just who were these space-ranging pioneers?

These original cadets weren’t members of Star Command, and they had never heard of the evil Emporer Zurg. But they were waging a battle against space-bound evildoers, and doing it all in amazing

Astroscope!

May I introduce to you:

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R o c k y    J o n e s :   S p a c e    R a n g e r

Don’t worry, he only wore that helmet when his space ship, the Orbit Jet, ran out of air. But what made this man a true Space Ranger? Let’s look at him by the numbers:

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  1. Cool Name: You just know a man with a name like Rocky must be tough!
  2. Agency: For Rocky, he is proud to report to the Office of Space Affairs.
  3. Personal Space Ship: The Orbit Jet may have seemed like every other ship, but it wasn’t! It was the only one with a name.
  4. Sidekicks: Winky. Yup. That was the name of his co-pilot. Oh, he also had a girl (a full-grown woman to you and me, named Vena Ray) onboard whom he didn’t want onboard and that he often told to go knit and get out of the way.
  5. Missions: Rocky and Winky (yup, really Winky) cruised the galaxy to bring law and justice to outer space. A big job, but someone had to do it!

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Rocky Jones, Space Ranger was an American science fiction television serial originally broadcast in syndication from February to November 1954. The show lasted for only two seasons and, though syndicated sporadically, dropped into obscurity. The show was based on the exploits of clean-cut, square-jawed Rocky Jones, the best known of the Space Rangers. These were Earth-based space policemen who patrolled the United Worlds of the Solar System in the not-too-distant future. Thirty-nine 30-minute episodes were filmed and shown over the period starting in February, 1954 into January, 1955.

Richard Crane played the lead character and so beats out Tim Allen as the world’s first Space Ranger! Thought you were the first Mr. Allen? “I don’t think so, Tim!”

Oh yes, we need to add a sixth point to prove that Rocky Jones is indeed a Space Ranger extraordinaire. But let’s also review the first five again:

  1. Name.
  2. Agency.
  3. Space Ship.
  4. Sidekicks.
  5. Missions. And last but not least:
  6. Catch Phrase!

Buzz Lightyear made going ‘To Infinity and Beyond’ a popular, if not impossible, destination. But only Rocky Jones can take us:

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But remember, if you want to go along, you can’t be a girl. This was the 1950’s after all! The danger could only be handled by men with names like Rocky and Winky.

It actually makes sense if you think about it. No it doesn’t.