Viewing Eggs featuring Finding Dory and Cars 3

I was walking through Sears the other day and happened upon a cashier corridor, a switch-back lane you have to travel down to reach the cash register. This is something stores use to entice you with impulse buys as the corridor is filled with low priced items you didn’t know you needed but now must have. At the entrance to this fast lane to poordom, I found two series of Viewing Eggs.

One set featured Marvel comic characters, and the other featured Disney films. They were on sale for only $1.00 each, so I just had to splurge and buy them… impulsively.

But wait, you say! What in the world are Viewing Eggs? Behold:

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Finding Dory & Cars 3

There was also one Viewing Egg left that featured the Disney movie, Frozen. I didn’t pick it up for two good reasons: 1) I hate the movie. 2) It was missing the outer wrapper.

Viewing Eggs Back

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These Viewing Eggs work much like any other toy viewer. You look through a hole in one side, hold the egg towards a strong light source, and push the top button to toggle around the images. In this case, there are twelve to see.

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Peek-a-Boo!

But there is still more to enjoy here! These viewers also give you candy and a sticker.

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The Surprise is Underneath

A small package of jelly beans and one themed sticker:

Fish Food

Viewing Eggs Cars 3 Open

Ka-chow-down!

It was all but impossible to get clear shots of the scenes inside the eggs, but I did my best with the Cars 3 version:

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Trust me, the scenes look better when using the naked eye! But I hope you get the general idea. The Cars 3 had a more graphic look to the images while the Finding Dory images where more like screen-captures from the movie.

Like me, do you like finding strange and wonderful things in unexpected places?

For more egg-shaped fun with the Finding Dory characters, check out this post featuring Kinder Surprise!

Bell-shaped Disney Salt & Pepper Shakers

I love collecting. And Disney Salt & Pepper Shakers are an easy and inexpensive way to grow your collection. These bell-shaped sets are a good example as they are readily available at charity shops and online.

I have two sets (unpacked, more in storage!) to show today:

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Tinker Bell / Disneyland Castle

First we have this Disneyland set by Walt Disney Productions featuring both Tinker Bell and a very nice representation of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

This set has a six-hole pattern in the back instead of the more common two holes for salt and three holes for pepper, but each can have more, although the proportion of bigger and more holes for salt is almost always observed.

Next is another set from Disneyland:

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Castle / Carrousel

Here we have stylized representations of Sleeping Beauty Castle and King Arthur Carrousel (now called Prince Charming Regal Carrousel). They are reminiscent of Mary Blair designs.

This set has six holes for salt but only five holes for pepper.

I just couldn’t resist lining them up for a group shot:

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Group Shot. Say: “Ding-a-Ling-a-Ling”

In the shot above you can clearly see the similar shapes of the ‘bells’ but note the thicker gold banding on the base of the set on the left. And the diameter of the gold rings just under the handles are slightly different.

Bell-Shaped Comparison

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You can also see that the handles themselves are also different, not in shape, but in thickness. This makes it easy to know if a Seller has mixed-and-matched a bell-shaped ‘set’ for resale. This does happen! Also, the stoppers can also be missing, as with the Tinker Bell / Castle set in this post.

These bell-shaped salt & pepper shakers can sell from $5.00 to $10.00 US on Internet selling sites.

For a more complete look at my Disney Salt & Pepper Shaker collection, click the link, or click Huey Dewey Louie Shakers for another set of spicy little collectibles!

Pinocchio Cookie Jar by Treasure Craft

It’s back to the Dixieland Flea Market to have a look at a cookie jar that we broke down and bought. Pinocchio just captured our hearts! You can see the jars that got away (for now) by checking out this earlier post filled with cookie jars aplenty.

But let’s have a look at our beautiful cookie jar by Treasure Craft featuring Pinocchio:

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Just look at that smile!

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From the sides

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From the back

This cookie jar is unique in that the receptacle for holding the cookies is separate from the ceramic figure. Instead of having a head that lifts off to access the contents, there is a glass jar that can be removed and passed around:

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This makes it easier to clean and less likely to damage the main figure. Cleo the fish is perched up top to form the handle for the lid, but she is hard to grasp hold of, so we lift the whole lid with two hands.

Pinocchio Seperate

Shouldn’t Cleo be inside the bowl?

The effect here is to have Cleo floating on top of the water at the top of her fish bowl. Clever!

Pinocchio Front Body

Hug, anyone?

This detachable feature is what sold us on this particular cookie jar. It’s such a unique idea!

Pinocchio Bottom

It’s hard to see, but the words ‘Disney’ and ‘Treasure Craft’ are carved into the base of the main figure. The bowl would have had a sticker with another name on it, but ours has been washed away.

Pinocchio Full

Candy, anyone?

We won’t be using Pinocchio for cookies as we find that they go stale if left in such a vessel, so it has become our candy jar instead. I don’t think anyone will complain.

We have more cookie jars in our collection. Check out José Carioca and Mickey and Minnie for more crumby fun!

Disney’s FROZEN Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

So who’s up for more jelly bean goodness? Everyone? Excellent! But if you’re on a diet, you’ll have to ‘let it go’ as you stuff your cheeks with tasty Jelly Belly beans, with a Frozen twist:

Frozen Store Display

Icicle Mix

These tasty little beans come in a variety of flavors but only three package designs. Let’s have a look at each in turn:

Frozen Elsa

Elsa

Does The Snow Queen love jelly beans? Yes, they’re the one thing she won’t ‘let go’ of!

Frozen Anna

Anna

Think you can get Anna to share her 28 grams of tasty perfection? Only if you play the sister card!

Frozen Olaf

Olaf

Yeah, just give him a warm hug and they’re all yours!

The store I found these in were selling each package for $2.00 a pop, which I thought was a tad high for 1 ounce of jelly beans!

Frozen Description

Flavors and Nutritional Information

The good thing about Jelly Belly, which may account for the higher pricing, is the attention to allergy needs. These are fat free, gluten-free, and peanut free. And basically low in calories, even if you eat the whole bag at once!

For more Jelly Belly posts, see some Classic Disney characters here, Star Wars characters here, and Finding Dory here.

Happiness is a handful of Jelly Belly jelly beans!

Star Wars Jelly Beans & Candy with Stickers

You don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to enjoy some tasty Star Wars candies. No, you can simply visit your local IDA Pharmacy and rummage through a few shelves of confections. Like I did!

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Fruity… yet artificial, flavors

Well, you wouldn’t expect anything genuine and nutritious from the Dark Side!

Star Wars Box back

Nutritional Fact: There ain’t none!

All you will get from this box of candy is a sugar high. Hey, I’m not saying that’s a bad thing! And at least they’re gluten free.

Star Wars Box contents

Sugar Pellets and Stickers

This item is listed for the 3+ crowd as I imagine anyone younger would choke on the small candies. Wasn’t choking Darth Vader’s thing?

Star Wars Stickers

Which is your favorite?

I just have to say something before we move on: Was Kylo Ren a wuss or what?

Thanks for letting me get that off of my chest! Now on to one of my favorite candy brands:

Star Wars Yoda

“Enjoy the taste, you will!”

Jelly Belly jelly beans are the best! I love that they offer a wide variety of flavors, even though some of them are a bit ‘out there’.

Star Wars Darth Vader

“I find your lack of good taste disturbing.”

An endorsement from the galaxy’s biggest baddy must have been hard to obtain. I mean, how would he get a jelly bean through the helmet?

Star Wars Storm Trooper

“Hey, these are the jelly beans I’m looking for!”

Okay, enough with the obvious Star Wars clichés! Sheesh.

Each bag contains a Galaxy Mix with some interesting flavors, and these too are gluten free:

Star Wars Flavors

The Green Apple is to die for!

Just don’t say that to Darth Vader for he may just oblige you. Seriously. Don’t joke about dying around Darth Vader!

Of course, with an expiry date of January 19th, 2018, you have almost a full year to enjoy your candy before the choking begins. Enjoy!

For more Jelly Belly goodness, check out packages featuring Mickey and DonaldGoofy, and the Finding Dory characters.

Kinder Surprise ‘Finding Dory’ Chocolate Eggs & Toys

I have posted many examples of the plastic toys found inside Zanai chocolate eggs. That company usually has a nice selection of Disney and Pixar characters. You can click the links to see posts featuring Frozen and Inside Out respectively. But this time I’m sharing some characters from  Finding Dory that I found inside chocolate eggs from Kinder Surprise.

Four Chances

Once these were opened I found that I got three different characters and one double. Let’s begin the opening process:

Kinder Surprise Wrapper

Peel away the wrapper…

Kinder Surprise Opened

Expose the capsule inside…

Kinder Surprise Capsules

Open the capsule and see who you got!

My first character was Bill, a minor character who is voiced by Pixar favorite and good luck charm, John Ratzenberger. He is a small but fairly pessimistic crab. Bill, not John.

Kinder Surprise Crab Pieces

Kinder Surpries Crab

Freed at last, and assembled

This toy has an added feature in that it has a little wheel under the crab’s tummy which, when turned, moves his claws.

Kinder Surprise Claws Move

The next character I released was Bailey who is a Beluga Whale and a resident of the Marine Life Institute. He was voiced by Ty Burrell.

Kinder Surprise Whale Pieces

Kinder Surprise Whale

Freed and swimming in one piece

This toy doesn’t move but it does have an interesting feature. If you dip Bailey’s head in water and push the button on his tummy, he will suck up the water.

Kinder Surprise Water Spout

Then when you push the button on his tummy, he will spray the water out… all over your best friend! Well, what are friends for?

The last character I freed from it’s chocolate holding tank was papa Marlin himself.

Kinder Surprise Nemo Pieces

Kinder Surprise Nemo

Nemo’s neurotic father, the un-funny clown fish, is voiced by Albert Brooks. As with Bill the crab, Marlin also has a movement feature:

Kinder Surprise Nemo Wheels

Wheels, for the fish on the go!

When you wheel Marlin across a surface, he will turn slightly from side to side.

But the toys aren’t technically the only Kinder Surprise when you buy one of these great chocolate eggs. That was a hint:

Kinder Surprise Chocolate

CHOCOLATE!

Unlike the eggs from Zanai, which are just milk chocolate, the eggs from Kinder Surprise give you both milk and white chocolate. Have mercy!

So let’s put the three characters that I got together for a group photo:

Kinder Surprise Set

Not too many smiles for some reason

The quality of the toys from Kinder Surprise are slightly better than those in most of the ones I’ve found from Zanai. But from a creative standpoint, both companies do a good job of giving kids a fun little keepsake.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some indulging to do!

Movie Review: FINDING DORY Blu-ray ‘Best Buy’ Release

Before we can get into a brief review of the movie itself, and further, a detailed review of the Blu-ray Limited Edition release from Best Buy… we need a snack! And what better candy to nibble on when reviewing Finding Dory than:

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A Fin-tastic Mix!

Well, if you’re all settled in with Jelly Belly Beans in hand, let’s start with a brief review of the movie, Finding Dory, itself:

I’ve made no bones about the fact that I don’t like sequels. And I was very upset to see Pixar follow Disney into Sequel Hell soon after the merger of the two companies. But I’ve recently learned that Pixar was already planning sequels before the merger in an attempt to remain lucrative, which from a business standpoint, makes sense.

So I went into this movie with reservations (mainly because I wasn’t impressed with the premise) but determined to give it a fair chance. I’m glad I did because although I don’t think it was better than the original, which some claim, it was a fun swim through a familiar ocean.

Synopsis: Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them. Her journey brings her to the Marine Life Institute, a conservatory that houses diverse ocean species. Dory now knows that her family reunion will only happen if she can save mom and dad from captivity.

There were many holes in this movie but both Hank the septapus and Gerald the sea-lion made it worthwhile. I’d give it 3.5 out of 5 Stars.

And with that, let’s move on to the Blu-ray release:

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MAIN DISC: BLU-RAY

Movie w/Commentary – On the main Blu-ray disc you get the movie with an optional commentary with three people, one of whom is Director Andrew Stanton. The commentary is informative. Listen for hints about Easter Eggs, who constitute ‘Jerk Fish’, and which Finding Dory character was voiced by original Nemo voice actor Alexander Gould. Hint: it ain’t Nemo! Oh, and we are told to watch for a shoplifter in the scene where Marlin and Nemo end up in a display tank just outside of a souvenir shop. Happy hunting!

Theatrical Short – Piper

Previews – There are two previews of upcoming theatrical releases; Moana (already No.1 in theaters at the time of this writing) and the live-action Beauty and the Beast.

Extras –

  • Marine Life Interviews – Animated characters talk about Dory.
  • The Octopus That Nearly Broke Pixar – Learn how Hank vexed the animators.
  • What Were We Talking About? – Dory’s short-term memory loss is discussed.
  • Casual Carpool – Andrew Stanton picks up the voice actors to make sure they get to work on time!
  • Animation and Acting – The staff talk about making the movie sincere and real.
  • Deep in the Kelp – Jenna Ortega hosts a look at the research trips taken while making the movie.
  • Creature Features – The voice actors describe their characters.

Most of these extras were short and to the point and offered nothing overly new about the movie-making process. But Casual Carpool was hilarious! It reminded me of the fun and innovative ways Pixar used to present their extras.

Sneak Peeks – A look at the Disney Store and Disney on Ice, along with miscellaneous advertising.

EXTRAS DISC: BLU-RAY

Behind the Scenes

  • Skating and Sketching – Jason Deamer explains the simple shapes used to create each character.
  • Dory’s Theme – Discussion about the music between Andrew Stanton and others.
  • Rough Day on the Reef – A goof reel containing rendering mistakes by the computers.
  • Finding Nemo – A Short depicting the first movie as told by Disney Emoji.
  • Fish Schticks – A collection of short animated gags starring the characters.

Living Aquariums – Four screen savers lifted from scenes in the movie.

  • Sea Grass – A tad boring.
  • Open Ocean – Very detailed.
  • Stingrays – Beautiful but just a clip of the stingray migration from the film.
  • Swim to the Surface – The closing scene behind the end credits.

These weren’t as well done as the aquariums you got with the Finding Nemo DVD. So in the words of Bloat from the original film: “Pity.”

Deleted Scenes – With Andrew Stanton. A collection of scenes that weren’t ‘asked back’.

Trailers – See how the film was marketed in four different countries.

  • United States
  • Japan
  • Spain
  • Russia

And that was it for Extras. I would give the extras with this release 4 out of 5 Stars. I will never give any higher marks to extras until they once again equal what we used to get with the 2-disc DVD Platinum releases!

Lastly, we come to the special feature of this Blu-ray release. If you purchase it from Best Buy, you also get a 69-page activity book:

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Contents –

  • Fun Movie Scenes – Stills from the movie.
  • Scene Development – Concept Art.

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  • Family & Friends Kelp (or Family Tree).
  • Weekly Calendar
  • Find Hank – Find the septapus in 5 different scenes from the movie.
  • Sea Search – Find 11 characters from the movie in a picture.

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  • Favorite Quotes
  • Character Development – Early concept drawings.
  • Marlin’s Maze
  • Coloring Page(s)
  • Spot the Differences
  • Dory’s Word Search
  • Crossword Puzzle
  • List Your Favorite Memories
  • Things to Remember – Birthdays; Special Events; Chores; Other Stuff.
  • To Do List
  • Connect the Dots
  • Trace Bailey
  • Rescue Hank – Maze.
  • Which Character Are You Most Like? – Quiz.
  • Who’s Who Game – Match the character to their name.
  • Note Pages
  • Memory Card Game – Cut out square tiles with character images for matching fun.
  • Two-Sided Nameplate – Hank and Destiny.

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  • Two-Sided Door Hanger – “Come On In!” and “Go Away!”
  • Sticker Sheet

I would give this Activity Book 5 out of 5 Stars easily! Although the extra price tag when buying this edition of the movie may make it a bit expensive.

If you’re still with me after all of that then you probably feel about as perky as Marlin after his second trip across The Big Blue! So as a consolation prize, gaze one last time on the jelly bean goodness of Jelly Belly:

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More please!

And I say ‘more please’ because I ate all of these soon after I purchased them and days before I got around to writing this post. So seriously, someone, GET ME MORE!

More INSIDE OUT Yummy Zanai Chocolate Eggs

I was starting to go off Pixar movies until Inside Out hit theaters and I was in love with the studio all over again! It was difficult subject matter so I was apprehensive but ultimately delighted with the results.

I have never gone off chocolate and I don’t think I’m alone! So when I say more of the Zanai chocolate eggs I just had to pick up one of each of the characters:

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The gangs all here

I already featured close-ups of both Joy and Fear in an earlier post that you can see here. But to round out the gang, here are close-ups of Sadness, Anger, and Disgust:

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But it’s what’s inside that counts and that is chocolate! But you also get a little Inside Out themed prize. Last time I got an Anger eraser and a Rainbow Unicorn pendant. Here is what I got this time:

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Only one double, the Anger eraser

My favorite is the police officer that looks like a blue M&M. So out of seven eggs I got six different prizes.

Finding Dory Minigo Beverages

I’m not sure if I should ask if you’re thirsty or hungry as this ‘beverage’ is actually ‘drinkable yogurt’. Ick. But obviously someone must like this stuff or Disney/Pixar wouldn’t have agreed to a Finding Dory promotional tie-in:

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Looks like Dory found Nemo… again

Finding Dory was a much better movie than I thought it would be which is fortunate for Yoplait. Otherwise they would have been stuck with truckloads of this… drinkable yogurt. Ick!

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Strawberry Flavour. Ick!

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6 Minigo bottles per pack

I think they should have used Baby Dory for this promotion. Am I right or am I right? I think I’m right.

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What does yogurt turn into after the ‘best before’ date?

Well I guess my wife and I should be finding out soon as it is over a week past that fateful date! If you don’t see any more posts on the blog you’ll know that I’m fighting some mutated yogurt monster. Or maybe it won’t find us?

Anyway. Ick!

Magical Blogorail: Best Frozen Treats at Disney

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Teal loop. Today we are sharing the best frozen treats you can find at Disney.


M I C K E Y     B A R S

Mickey Bar Packaging

Everyone knows about this classic/iconic Disney treat! And I doubt there are too many theme park guests who haven’t had at least one.

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Is it tasty? Yes. Is it good for you? Sure, why not. Is it addictive? Yes. Should you buy a box of them and smuggle them back to your home State or country? Sure, why not.

Mickey Bar

Ah, that first bite! It’s like a Disney rite of passage. But do you bite into the left ear or right ear first? Scientists have spent millions conducting an exhaustive study on that conundrum but as yet have only determined that biting into too many Mickey Bar ears causes stomach aches. Money well spent people!

Fun Facts: There are some things you may not know about this funny-shaped treat.

  • It’s gluten-free!
  • You can find it off-property (at the Vero Beach and Hilton Head resorts, for example)

And we end this loop just as we should all end each and every one of our Disney vacations: With a Mickey Bar!


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