Mystery Stack Pack featuring Disney Tsum Tsum

Good old Walmart. Always a toy on the shelf, and as it happens, on sale! The Tsum Tsum craze is moving along with more merchandise twists added to capitalize. And so we have Tsum Tsum Mystery Stack Pack.

Mystery Stack Pack Group

 Series 2

Actually, I picked up nine packages, some from Walmart and the rest from Toys-R-Us. Both had them on sale for under $3.00 CAN per pack. With each package, you get a small Tsum Tsum figure and a stacking accessory.

Mystery Stack Pack Baggies

A Mystery No More!

Out of the nine mystery packages I purchased, I got three of one character (The Red Queen) but no other duplicates. So not a bad average for a blind buy!

So here are the seven characters I got:

Mystery Stack Pack Queen of HeartsMystery Stack Pack Queen Stacked

The Red Queen

Mystery Stack Pack MickeyMystery Stack Pack Mickey Stacked

Mickey Mouse

Mystery Stack Pack ChipMystery Stack Pack Chip Stacked

Chip

Mystery Stack Pack SuzyMystery Stack Pack Suzy Stacked

Suzy (from Cinderella)

Mystery Stack Pack EeyoreMystery Stack Pack Eeyore Stacked

Eeyore

Mystery Stack Pack OlafMystery Stack Pack Olaf Stacked

Olaf

Mystery Stack Pack Jiminy CricketMystery Stack Pack Jiminy Stacked

Jiminy Cricket

These are designed to stack on the back of the medium Tsum Tsum characters. You can stack them on each other but then they are wobbly at best! It is pretty hard to get the character to stay on his/her own prop!

Here is a group shot:

Mystery Stack Pack Group Shot

Which Is Your Favorite?

The Series 2 set has fifteen characters including Buzz Lightyear and the LGM from Toy Story. These were the two I was hoping for.

Now I don’t know whether to go back and buy more Mystery Stack Pack, er… packs, or just be satisfied with what I have. Blast these mystery packs/blind boxes of Disney!

In case you aren’t up on just what a Tsum Tsum is:

Disney Tsum Tsum is the name of a range of collectible toys based upon Disney characters (including characters from the Disney-owned Star Wars and Marvel franchises). The name is derived from the Japanese verb tsumu meaning “to stack”, because the toys are shaped like rectangles and designed to stack on top of each other, forming a pyramid shape.

With four basic sizes and a few different materials, there is a Tsum Tsum for everyone. At least, that’s what Disney marketing hopes!

Check out more of my Tsum Tsum collection here.

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?

Sleeping Tsum Tsum

When the little plush Tsum Tsum characters came out (Series One) they had both eyes open. Then Series Two had them with one eye winking. Now? We have presumably Series Three with the characters fast asleep:

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Cute Meter broken!

My wife loves Eeyore and so I quickly pointed out the little gray ball of fur. But when she saw the little Dumbo, it became a two-fer purchase!

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I wasn’t particularly stuck on these little gerbils when they first came out but they have grown on me. Maybe they’re like those prolific Tribbles from Star Trek? They suck you in and then you can’t have just one!

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I think this is my favorite version so far. Now I just wonder what Disney could do with this merchandise line next: Eye patches? Eye glasses? Two x’s for eyes (but that would mean they were dead. Ick!)

Well, whatever Disney decides to do next, I’ll probably end up with at least one character from Series Four!

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If you just love these little guys, be sure to check out my other posts with Mickey and Minnie and Starlord Tsum Tsum characters.

Hundred Acre Wood Wall Map

Hallmark stores are almost becoming as good as, or better than, The Disney Store for offering great Disney treasures! I kid you not.

Take a look at what we just picked up yesterday:

HAW Plaque 001

Hundred Acre Wood Map 001

15″ W x 15″ H x 1 1/2″ D

This great reproduction of the Hundred Acre Wood map can stand or be hung, which is what we have done with it. It features all of your favorite characters from the A. A. Milne’s classic Pooh stories. Here are closer looks at each corner of the piece:

Hundred Acre Wood Map UL

The houses of Rabbit, Kanga, and Owl

Hundred Acre Wood Map UR

Christopher Robin’s house

Hundred Acre Wood Map LL

Winnie the Pooh’s house (or Mr. Sander’s, depending on who you ask)

Hundred Acre Wood Map LR

Eeyore’s gloomy place… er, house

The only omission is Piglet’s house. Poor little guy! But he shouldn’t feel too bad as Tigger is missing altogether! Most of the other main attractions of the Hundred Acre Wood are represented here.

In conclusion, kudos to Hallmark for offering such wonderful things. And to Christopher Robin we say: Work on your spelling!

Hallmark Eeyore

Thanks for noticing this post. Once again I’ve been made into a little plush animal. It’s… dreadful. But I suppose I’ll learn to live with it.”

Yes, Eeyore, the world just loves you! And so those of us without a little black rain cloud following us around, we get a little ray of sunshine that looks something like this:

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Oh. I’m cute. And smiling? I’m so depressed!”

Well, Eeyore might not be enjoying himself today, but my wife is now that she has this little plush for her very own!

After our last Disney vacation, we stopped off at no less than three Disney Stores to cap off our trip with some souvenir purchases. But to our surprise, there wasn’t too much new merchandise to choose from. But determined to find something, we visited a Hallmark store in the same mall as the last Disney Store we visited, and… Eureka!

We walked away with over half a dozen great Disney items. What does it say when a secondary Disney retailer has better stuff than the Disney Store?

Since then, we have been checking out Hallmark on a regular basis. So if you can’t get to a Disney Store, don’t forget the Disney treasures waiting for you at Hallmark!

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Well, I guess this is the end. Thanks for looking at my butt.”

A Vacation with Character

Guest Contributor: Gaylin

In November 2012 I went on a Disney World vacation on my own. 
Being solo meant I could take time to do things I haven't done before, 
like go back to the resort in the afternoon for a nap! 
It also meant that I could go line up for character photos without 
someone pulling on my arm to go on a ride or to see a show. 

My first afternoon I went over to Epcot and voila, no line-up for Belle. 
If the Beast is with her the line up can get long quite quickly. 
For some reason she was all on her own so I even got to chat with
her for a moment.

belle and me 

Walking through the World Showcase all the way around the other side, I came across Duffy the Disney Bear. While I am not a big fan of the bear, a friend of mine is so I got in the short line and got this shot. I like the Canada in the background!
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A couple of days later I was back at Epcot and decided to go into the Character Spot for a few photos. The original location of the Spot was under renovation so there was a temporary location set up with a great backdrop of Epcot. Here I got 3 photos, me with Mickey, Pluto and Minnie. Also while I was in the not very long line-up I got to chat with a great family and help them get their daughter to look up when it was her turn to get her photo taken.

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Notice I even did the toe pointing like Minnie, I am so darn cool . . .
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The Magic Kingdom was my next stop and this photo with Stitch. While there was a bit of a line-up, Stitch was being very entertaining and made it worth the wait.
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And this is what happens when Stitch takes over your camera!!! The hand you see on my shoulder is Stitch’s attendant, she was laughing really hard at his antics. I sort of wish she showed up in the photo, oh well.
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Then it was on to the new photo area in Fantasyland called Storybook Circus. As you can see from the very pink lighting, the lights are set for the Photopass cameras, not my point & shoot camera. I did the toe point for my photo with Daisy, she didn’t.
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It looks like both Minnie and I are having pink hot flashes, we weren’t, honest.
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And the Great Goofini! I complimented him on the revamp of his roller coaster, he was pleased. Thumbs Up!
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I am not sure what kind of magician Donald is supposed to be, he was number 1 and I was thumbs up.
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And over at the Animal Kingdom, you can now get your photo with Russell and Doug. This photo is a little blurry but I still love it.
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At the Animal Kingdom when you are leaving Discovery Island and heading to Dinoland there is the Character Landing, the characters are always from Winnie the Pooh and this day they had on their Christmas garb. I was once told to always get my photo taken with Pooh because he makes everyone look skinny! At the Character Landing they rotate characters in and out for breaks so there is always characters there, waiting just for you.
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Eeyore is so very huggable.
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Tigger couldn’t make up his mind if we were dancing or posing so we ended up with a bit of both.
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And there are my character tales for November 2012. I always get a few character photos and highly recommend that other people do as well, there has been a few times I have paid the big bucks for a Photopass picture just because it was so darn good. Usually I am happy enough with the photo that shows up on my camera, after all, I am on vacation and looking happy is what counts.

Disney Store 25th Anniversay Vinylmation Series

This Vinylmation set was recently released exclusively at the Disney Store to commemorate its 25th anniversary.

Created by Disney artist Jim Valeri

Which one did I get?

Well, I actually bought two. The first one I opened was Eeyore. Not one I was interested in, sorry to you Pooh fans.

The next one I was excited to get. Buzz Lightyear!

The biggest issue with this series is that the faces are not illuminated when the bottom is lit up. In a dark setting, you essentially can’t see the figures face.

Despite that one issue, I do like some of the figures in this set, Grumpy being at the top of the list.

Maybe I’ll be able to trade Eeyore for one!

Please check out our post entitled The Problem with Vinylmation Trading for an insightful (?) essay on this fad/trend/phenomenon.