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.

Vintage Disney VHS Tapes

Who remembers the war between VHS and Betamax? Well, you may remember that the Video Home System won and brought movie entertainment into the homes of millions. And Disney wasn’t long cashing in on its extensive backlog of animation and feature films!

The Video Home System (VHS) was the standard for consumer-level use of analog recording on videotape cassettes from the 1970’s to the 1990’s. It was developed by Victor Company of Japan (JVC). When DVD discs became the standard in 2008, nothing was released on the old VHS format any longer (play ‘Taps’ here.)

But thanks to flea markets and charity shops, some old gems that are not available in modern formats can be picked up for pennies. This is especially true of many of Disney’s lesser known live-action movies.

But today I have two video tapes that show how good Disney is at making money from new technology, in this case – VHS:

Bongo VHS Front

Disney made a few package movies and as well as releasing these on VHS in their entirety, it was decided to break the segments up onto individual tapes and call them Mini Classics, or Cash Grabs.

Fun and Fancy Free was released on September 27, 1947 as Disney’s ninth animated feature. It included two segments: “Mickey and the Beanstalk” and of course, “Bongo”.

This segment is based on the tale “Little Bear Bongo” by Sinclair Lewis, which follows the adventures of a circus bear named Bongo who wishes he could live free in the wild. Bongo does escape the circus, but finds he is ill-equipped to survive.  He meets a female bear named Lulubelle and the two fall in love but face an obstacle in the form of a romantic rival named Lumpjaw. Bongo fails to interpret Lulubelle slapping him as a sign of affection and the two are separated with Lulubelle being claimed by Lumpjaw. But Bongo returns to claim his love and win the day (cue applause!)

Bongo VHS Back

This story never really worked as it contained some discrepancies. Most noticeably is that in the circus Bongo is credited as being some sort of Wonder Bear. He can fight a bull, is a boxing champion, can do all sorts of high-wire acts, and can even dive hundreds of feet into a wet sponge. If a bear can do all of that, he can survive in the wild! For whatever reason, however, Bongo didn’t connect with audiences and the character quickly became a one-off player.

If you’re wondering, I would give Bongo a 2.5 out of 5 Stars. It is a basic story which was dragged out a bit and is lacking in real character development or emotion. Not one of the best animated efforts from the Disney studio.

My charity shop find was two-fold as I also found:

Fun on the Job Front

Here is a nice example of how Disney exploited its extensive animation library. This VHS tape contains four Shorts with a similar theme, in this case, working or Fun on the Job.

31 minutes of vintage hilarity as Disney’s Big Three tackle jobs they just aren’t qualified to handle! The tape contains Clock Cleaners (1937), Baggage Buster (1941), Mickey’s Fire Brigade (1935), and The Big Wash (1948). Mickey, Donald, and Goofy give it the old college try, but end up proving they probably didn’t graduate grade school!

Although these Shorts are available on various editions of the Walt Disney Treasures series, it was neat to find this VHS copy still in its original wrapping:

Fun on the Job 3 001

Should I open it?

Many have given up their VHS players as they have moved on to DVD and Blu-ray discs. But I keep mine around because you just never know when a blast-from-the-past is going to turn up!

Just love VHS? Then why not check out our other posts entitled Fantasia VHS Box Set and Beauty and the Beast VHS Box Set. You will see that some of the original VHS releases came with lots of cool extras!

Also, as mentioned in this post, VHS allows us to see live-action films not available in any other format. For an example, please read the post entitled Movie Review: Greyfriars Bobby.

A ‘Trip to Disneyland Game’

I have quite a collection of Disney games. You can see most of them in the post entitled Disney Game Night.

With the 60th Anniversary of Disneyland I thought it might be nice to take a closer look at one of the games from that earlier post, namely:

Trip to DL Game 001

Made in Canada by Somerville Limited

This is a very simple game. It can be played by 2 or 3 players. Let’s have a look at the game pieces:

Trip to DL Game 002

Still on the original card

Note that the wild card is called a Master Card and, of course, it is Walt Disney! I was delighted to find that this game had not even been used, which boosts its value as a collectible. Now let’s see the game board:

Trip to DL Game 003     Trip to DL Game 004

Trip to DL Game 005

That’s one long game board!

Each player puts his pawn on the start area under one of the three lanes and draws 6 cards. The player will stay in this lane throughout the game. The first player spins and moves the amount of spaces indicated. To advance, the player must have a card that matches the character on the space he occupies. If not, they draw a card. If they still do not have the character, play moves to the next player.

There are free spaces and wild cards to help things along. The game ends when someone arrives at Disneyland! Unfortunately, not the real one.

Trip to DL Game 006

Which color do you want? (I want red)

The game can be won in 19 moves plus however many missed turns a player may get. Again, not the most difficult game in the world, but that’s why it is for ages 6-10.

It is likely that this game is from the 1970’s or 80’s based on the artwork.

FUN FACT: This game was manufactured in London, ON which is under 2 hours away from where I currently live! Well, it’s a fun fact for me.

Disney Commuter Assistance

I love finding odd little pieces of Disney ephemera. The find is especially good when it involves Cast Member booklets or documentation. I don’t remember where I got this particular piece, although eBay is a likely source.

Disney Commuter Assistance 002

This helpful booklet is 6″ x 9 1/4″ in size and broken down into five main sections. The purpose is to encourage new (and presumably existing) Cast Members to consider the benefits and conveniences of a better commute strategy.

The inside front cover has a message from Walt Disney about conservation:

Disney Commuter Assistance 003

Jiminy Cricket introduces Disney’s Environmentality on the first page, although the words contained therein are attributed to Kris McNamara, who was the Vice President of the Corporate Environmental Policy division of The Walt Disney Company at the time.

A team of transit planning specialists were available (and I can only assume they still are, if this program is still operative today) to help Cast Members plan their commutes to and from work each shift period. Let’s look at the five avenues available:

Disney Commuter Assistance 005

Disney Commuter Assistance 006

Disney Commuter Assistance 007

Disney Commuter Assistance 008

Disney Commuter Assistance 009

This particular booklet is obviously for Cast Members of the Disneyland Resort, but similar ones must have been, or are, available for Cast Members working at Walt Disney World and perhaps other Parks worldwide.

Disney had (has?) a program to reward Cast Members who are involved in clean air commute activity. Enrolled Cast Members received two points for every day of reported clean air commuting. Two points equaled one US dollar. Amounts could be carried over to subsequent years, but when redeemed, the money would be added to the Cast Members pay check (with taxes deducted). Or Cast Members could opt for a gift card, but tax deductions would still apply.

Tucked into the back of the booklet is a supplemental pamphlet called Disneyland Resort Guidelines and Enrollment, which contains all of the rules and eligibilities. A nice touch is the rear pocket it is tucked into:

Disney Commuter Assistance 010

Transportation is a reoccurring theme throughout the booklet

So would you like to enroll? Just use this handy Disney Commuter Assistance Enrollment Card, and let Jiminy be your guide!

Disney Commuter Assistance 011

And as Kris McNamara concludes in her introduction entitled Disney’s Environmentality, and I quote: “Thank you for choosing to make a difference!”

Mickey Mouse Club Push’em Car

Push em Car

But just what is a PUSH’EM CAR?

I saw this in a small town antique shop years ago. It’s approximately 16″ x 24″ and the artwork is painted onto a masonite-type board. It has eight holes drilled around the edges and displays the Walt Disney Productions trademark, which dates it before 1987.

I didn’t know if it was an advertising board that would have been displayed in a store to sell some kind of pedal car, or if a Push’em Car was something that appeared on the original Mickey Mouse Club television show. The price was a little high, but I was able to get it down a little, but I still feel I paid too much. But it looked cool, so I took a chance.

Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose when you take a chance on something like this, and this time… I lost!

After researching on the Internet, I found that a Push’em Car was a mobile toy chest. It had two of these boards, one on each long side, and two other boards half the length on the ends, creating a rectangle-shaped box on wheels. The boards were screwed onto metal framing. It stood 22″ high at the top of the handles:

Push em Car full

This was offered for auction with a starting bid of $25.00 in 2008

Push em Car 2

Final sale price not known, but estimated value is between $50 – $125.00

So as I only have one of the boards, it is pretty much valueless except for curiosity sake.

Why should I have known better? First, if it were an advertisement for a toy or pedal car, the product would have been pictured on the board. Second, no sign board would be affixed to a wall in a store with eight screws, thus damaging the wall for what would probably be a temporary promotion. I’m a more seasoned collector now, and I can truthfully say that making mistakes like this one has made me a more successful buyer!

That said… I love this board! I have it hanging in my solarium where I can look at it every morning while I drink my coffee. So not a complete fail, I guess.

Ceramic Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket

Guest Contributor: Nick Maglio

We picked up this Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket ceramic cookie jar at fine cookware retailer, Kitchen Kapers, for $10. There was a minor problem. There is no top.
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My wife immediately saw this could be used as a planter.
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This wonderful piece has graced our home for many years now.
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Marked down from $49.99.
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So if you come across a great item that perhaps has an issue, try to figure out if you can repurpose it.
Just let your conscience be your guide.
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Mickey Mouse Club Big Figs

Guest Blogger: Nick Maglio

On a trip to Walt Disney World in 2011, my wife and I fell in love with, and bought, these 2 big figs from the Animation Gallery at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

They were released to celebrate the 55th Anniversary of the Mickey Mouse Club, and are limited to 1955 pieces each.

Mickey is 14″ tall

Jiminy Cricket is 10 1/4 inches tall

Each day of the original Mickey Mouse  Club featured a different theme:

  • Monday – Fun with Music
  • Tuesday – Guest Star
  • Wednesday – Anything Can Happen
  • Thursday – Circus
  • Friday – Talent Round-up

There was an educational series of cartoons on the show as well, one featuring Jiminy Cricket, teaching, and yes, maybe preaching, the proper way to do certain activities. I got this list of the shorts from Wikipedia:

  • I’m No Fool With A Bicycle (10/06/55)
  • I’m No Fool With Fire (12/01/55)
  • I’m No Fool As A Pedestrian (10/08/56)
  • I’m No Fool with Water (11/15/56)
  • I’m No Fool Having Fun (12/15/56)
  • I’m No Fool in a Car (1957)
  • I’m No Fool in an Emergency (1957)
  • I’m No Fool in Unsafe Places (1957)
  • I’m No Fool in Unsafe Places II (1957)
  • I’m No Fool on Wheels (1957)
  • I’m No Fool with Safety at School (1957)
  • I’m No Fool with Electricity (1957)

You’ll note the ‘M’ in I’m and the ‘N’ in No are chipped. For whatever reason, neither my wife or I really took note if this when we bought them, and, indeed, didn’t even notice this until she took these pictures, and they have been sitting in a very prominent spot in our living room for over a year! Doh!

We agreed, we were just to blinded by Jiminy’s charm to notice.

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They say they were created especially for Disneyland, but we got them at Walt Disney World.

These were the only two figures they had left in stock, and were the only two we saw throughout our trip, and actually, I’ve never seen them since. So maybe it was just good fortune we came upon them to begin with?

Leaving the price stickers on helps to remind us of what we paid, and will serve as a reference point for pricing them if we ever decide to sell them later. Not likely!

Both figures were designed by artists Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily. There likely are other figures in this series.

World Wish Day Jiminy Cricket Vinylmation

Today is World Wish Day, and Disney is celebrating the day by releasing a special Jiminy Cricket Vinylmation. But before we get to that, just what is World Wish Day? Here is the official explanation from the Vice President of Brand Advancement for Make-A-Wish, Paul Allvin:

If you could make one wish for anything in the world — anything a person could actually grant — what would you wish for? Now, imagine if people in your community actually came forward and granted that wish. How would that extraordinary act of generosity affect you? Would it change your life?

Sure, it would. I say this because I work at Make-A-Wish, where granting wishes is our stock in trade. We grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. And we see lives changed every day.

We’ve been granting wishes since 1980, when a group of caring individuals granted the wish of a 7-year-old Phoenix boy with leukemia to be a police officer for a day. They changed little Chris Greicius’s life, even though they could not save it.

Convinced they were onto something powerful, they founded Make-A-Wish in his memory. Sunday, April 29 is World Wish Day, the 32nd anniversary of the day Chris got his wish and inspired the creation of Make-A-Wish. Since that day, we’ve grown to an organization that last year granted nearly 14,000 wishes to qualified children in the United States, and an additional 8,800 wishes in other countries.”

For each Vinylmation sold, the Disney Store will donate $1.00 (up to $15,000) to the Make-A-Wish America organization. Here is the in-store display:

This is definitely a Vinylmation that one would want to keep in its original box, due to the beautiful artwork by Disney artist Quincy Sutton.

For $9.95, this is a bargain, and you have the added pleasure of knowing that at least a portion is going to a wonderful cause.

As of this writing, the figures were sold out on DisneyStore.com! You may be able to find one on eBay or similar selling site. If you’d like more information on this organization and their work, please visit the official site here.

Disney Store 25th Anniversary Merchandise


The Disney Store celebrated its 25th anniversary on March 28th. In addition to the Mickey Ears given to the first 250 guests, they had an exclusive 25th Anniversary Vinylmation:




I’m not sure if it’s limited, as there is no indication on the box.

Interestingly, the arms on this Vinyl are non moveable. Why?

I love the little 25’s!


While it is listed online as “Confetti Disney Store 25th”, on the figure itself, it is “Special Glitter Mickey”

The other item I picked out has been out for a while. I resisted until the 28th, because they were offering 25% off everything in the store, and I had a special $20 off from the Muppets Blu-ray pre-order.

Jiminy Cricket


Sorcerer Mickey

Pinocchio

Tinker Bell

Buzz Lightyear

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Minnie Mouse

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Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, along with a Certificate of Authenticity

The original price was $79.50, and even with the discount and $20 off, it was still a bit steep for an ornament set!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed our Disney Store Anniversary coverage, and if there is anything you’ve seen that you are interested in, you still may be able to get it at your local Disney Store or online at http://www.disneystore.com/

And be sure to check out our coverage of the Special Event as it kicks off at our local Disney Store!