Tsum Tsum Subscription: The Flying Gauchito (September 2017)

I have to say, Disney heard my call for ‘obscure, lesser known’ Disney films loud and clear when they came up with the Flying Gauchito for this month’s subscription box.

Honestly, I am not familiar with the Flying Gauchito, but I did recognize Burrito vaguely. However, as far as tsum tsum go, these guys are mighty cute. As noted on card, Burrito’s saddle is removable, which I think is a neat feature and speaks to the quality and thought put into these characters. While I don’t have an excuse to remove the saddle, which would in turn force me to pull Gauchito off (he’s connected with little plastic ties), I do like this a feature. Perhaps my favorite part of this month’s box is that underneath Burrito’s saddle are little pudgy wings, which are too cute not to photograph. And I’m not going to lie, I love that his name is Burrito.

So while Disney definitely went for the lesser known, I think they hit the mark with a quality set of tsums and definitely put the thought into executing them well, which makes it worth the money spent. This also give me an excuse to go watch some more Disney movies to get familiar with these two little cuties!

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Mickey Hat: Five Below

While Alec and I were browsing around Saturday, I thought it would be fun to drop by Five Below and look for tsum tsum. Unfortunately, there were no tsum tsum worthwhile (apart from a few I already had, but the tsum stash appeared to be pretty dry). However, we did stumble across this cute Mickey hat for (you guessed it) five dollars.

The hat itself is a snap back and the Mickey is kind of like one of those iron on embroidered decals you can find at your local craft store. So the Mickey itself is embroidered onto the hat, more so stuck on. So while I wouldn’t call this the highest quality hat, for $5 one can’t really complain. Plus it isn’t something to worry about or get upset over if it gets blown off at the parks.

So if you’re looking for a nice, inexpensive hat for your next Disney trip, look no further! I can’t wait until we get some good use out of it at the parks!

Tsum Tsum Subscription: Oliver and Company (August 2017)

It’s that time again! And this time, it’s better than ever! Oliver and Company is one of my all time favorite movies. Although the beginning always has me feeling a little sad, the movie picks up and has a wonderful ending. It’s seriously one of the cutest films, in my opinion.

I am so pleased that the past two months’ boxes Disney has decided to go with lesser known classics because I feel that we are really starting to get some unique, awesome tsums out of it.

While I loved the Little Mermaid as a kid (I always wanted to be Ariel for Halloween but my mom would always direct me to other ideas that didn’t involve showing off my little kid chubby tummy), it just doesn’t scream ‘unique’ or ‘awesome’ like The Emperor’s New Groove and Oliver and Company do to me.

Although these just hit the market, it appears the Oliver and Company tsums are on resale sites in the $40-$50 range, which again doesn’t surprise me just because of the uniqueness of the tsums.

I am still a little hazy on the prices for micro sized tsums, as they still aren’t available in singles. However, the Star Wars 40th Anniversary micro 4-pack is $20 face value so that would put each micro in the $5 range. Of course, since this is an anniversary set of Star Wars tsums, it’s possible they cost more for the commemorative value. (Heads up, this set is on sale for only $12 currently if you were curious – I already bought them for my brother!)

I got a little off track there, but was I was aiming to get across is that if each micro is $5 (or $4 if you take away the commemorative aspect?), then these little cuties are in the $24 to $30 face value range, which appears to be right in line with the cost of the box. But as noted above, these are going for a pretty penny on the resale market if you’re a subscriber who isn’t a fan of Oliver and Company (is there such a person?!).

But anyway, another box, another awesome surprise. I feel as if these are only getting better and better – I’m looking forward to September!

Tsum Tsum Subscription: The Emperor’s New Groove (July 2017)

Not gonna lie, I definitely let out a squeal when I found out July’s box was the Emperor’s New Groove. This was one of the last (maybe the last) movies with this animation style that I saw in theaters. My mom loved this film so much that we watched it over and over again and we were exstatic when Kronk’s New Groove cane out (because Kronk is really great). 

What’s better than llama Kuzko, Yzma, and Kronk?! Maybe the kitty Yzma or getting Pacha and crew … how cute would the kids be as minis?! But before I get ahead of myself, I know I should be happy with what I’ve got! 

Of course, I’m not surprised to see that these are going for a minimum of $40 on eBay. I’m sure there’s a huge population of people out there that have awesome childhood (and adult) memories of this movie. 

I am also thankful that the subscription boxes have also taken a turn towards the lesser known movies (as I was hoping would happen when we first signed up for the subscription with the Rescuers). I’m happy I’ve continued to keep buying these, as they’ve been a fun (yet somewhat pricey) thing to look forward to each month.

Plus, who doesn’t love the Emperor’s New Groove? I’m still hyped! 

Tsum Tsum Subscription: Ariel and Eric (June 2017)

I was stoked to open up this month’s box to see that Disney decided to go back to the classics. I love this ‘movie moment’ from the Little Mermaid and I am also happy to have an Eric tsum, as my Little Mermaid stash of tsums was definitely missing him.

The quality of the boat itself was a little iffy, as the front of the boat kind of flops over (which you can see in the photo), but the tsums themselves appear to be of good quality (I adore Ariel’s ribbon).

My main comment with the boxes so far is that there doesn’t seem to be a real ‘bang for your buck’ with these tsums. I personally stay on the subscription month to month because of my love for tsum tsum as well as the exclusivity of the tsums, but when you look at what the cost of each item is, this box doesn’t appear to be a great value.

Each mini on Disney’s website is $5.95 (and these often go on sale when you buy more than one to being $4 each). The boat is hard to put a price on, but my best guess would be about $10. So the worth of this month’s box would roll in at around $22 full priced. When a box costs $27 a month, you can see this isn’t exactly a steal.

However, as mentioned before, the exclusivity definitely bumps up the value of a box. Considering the popularity of the Little Mermaid, the cheapest I’ve found this month’s box on eBay is $40. So if you aren’t a fan of a particular month, there is the possibility of resale to recuperate if not profit off your box.

Tsum Tsum Subscription: Chewbacca and Maz (May 2017)

I know I’m worlds late on the subscription box posts, but I’m hoping to catch up and get back into the groove of posting!

Of all the tsum tsum subscription boxes I’ve gotten so far, I would say that this was the most lackluster. I love Star Wars (mostly fueled by my brother’s obsession when we were kids), but I did not anticipate Star Wars being incorporated into this particular subscription.

For the month of May, we got Chewbacca and Maz. I could appreciate Maz because she is an original tsum, meaning (at least to my knowledge), you can not get her in stores. Chewbacca, however, is very common. While the size is not a normal size (somewhere between mini and medium), I just was not all that excited to get him.

This box was not a bust, however, because it did make a pretty great gift for my brother’s birthday in June. So while I personally was not excited, I was happy to see the joy it brought my brother to get something away from the ordinary (yes, I am guilty of buying him Star Wars tsums in the past; so while this wasn’t unexpected, it is definitely more original than the sale shelf variety of tsums at Walmart).

Tsum Tsum Subscription: The Lost Boys (April 2017)

So I opened up my box for the month and I was a little disappointed at first because the more I unwrapped, the smaller the actual tsum tsums I received were appearing. However, I was much more please when out plopped six micro tsum tsum in the form of the lost boys!

I immediately ran to show Alec as well as my mom (who was in town for the weekend) and I happily put them up on my display. While it’s hard to stomach the price tag for such small tsum, I was pleased with the detail and the shear adorableness of what I received.

Now I’m determined to go out and find Peter Pan, Wendy, and Tink! (That’s the trouble with these – I always end up wanting more!)

Crystal Palace: Dinner

One of my favorite dining venues would without a doubt be the Crystal Palace. On our September trip, it was raining hard and the porch was a nice place to hang out while waiting for our reservation time.

My rankings for this venue is as follows:

Food: 9 – Price: 7 – Atmosphere: 9

For a buffet, I really enjoyed the food. Of course, buffets almost always have me overeating, which is a downside to the whole affair. But in terms of things, I am always down for some mashed potatoes and gravy as well as a hearty serving of beef.

Of course, this is still Disney World and just at the end of Main Street USA at Magic Kingdom, so there is always going to be a rather hefty price tag for those not on the meal plan. While I wouldn’t want to discourage anyone from trying out the Crystal Palace at least once, I do not think I would ever enjoy a meal there unless I have a table service meal on my dining plan.

If you’ve read my blog before, you’d know that I absolutely love character dining. The Crystal Palace offers meet and greets with the wonderful characters of Winnie the Pooh. One of my favorite parts is that every now and then, the characters put on a parade where all the children hop in line and march around, which amps up the atmosphere and give parents a fun photo opportunity.

All in all, the food is pretty great and the characters are always bubbly and keep the place alive. I love the bright lighting and colors of the restaurant and when trying to escape the rain, it’s a perfect place to spend a little extra time (and possibly find some more room to stuff yourself silly). This is why I’ve given the Crystal Palace such a high rating. So if you’re on a meal plan and have some kiddos in tow (adult kiddos count too, of course), I’d suggest planning a meal at the Crystal Palace!

 

 

Tsum Tsum Subscription: The Fox and the Hound (March 2017)

When Alec and I first heard rumors that this month’s subscription would be the Fox and the Hound, I was super excited. My parents actually own one of the movie cells and it is one of my favorite things decorating my family home.
The box came in yesterday and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed. The mini fox and hound are adorable and the little log is cuter than what I had in my head. However, I do understand why some people are upset about the price, and this month’s box definitely did not fit the bill of the $27 price tag.

While adorable and coming with a prop, two minis will run you about $12. The city based mini with little extra items (for instance, Chicago dog Mickey and deep dish Minnie) run about $15. So saying the fox and the hound would cost $12 at a store and maybe the log would cost an extra $6 (price of a mini tsum), I would say the value of this box is only at about $18, unfortunately.

Nonetheless, the Fox and the Hound is one of my favorite movies and the price hasn’t made me any less excited to add these to my collection!