Toys “R” Us Find: Sleeping Beauty Collection

While waiting for Michael’s to open (Holiday Hours threw us for a loop), Alec and I decided to walk around Toys “R” Us because it was virtually the only store open at 9AM on a Sunday. I am glad we stopped in, however, because they had a decent selection of tsum tsum minis available.

Trying to finish my Sleeping Beauty collection, I grabbed the Aurora and Maleficent tsums for myself. I did notice that the quantity of fairies was much higher at Toys “R” Us than Target, though, so if you’re still on the hunt for Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, I’d suggest dropping in to Toys “R” Us first.

Surprisingly enough, there were some left over (or very early) Easter tsums. While I do own plenty, I try to limit myself by steering clear of seasonal or holiday themed tsums. Though if the advent calendar goes on sale after Christmas, I may have to make an exception.

Also, as hinted in the photo, all things tsum are 20% when you enter your rewards numbers (membership is free), which saves $1 per tsum. It’s not a lot, but it helps!

So if you’re still looking for Sleeping Beauty (or Tangled too, actually) tsums, head on over to Toys “R” Us!

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Target Find: Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather Tsum Tsums

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When shopping at Target, I always manage to convince Alec to run by the tsum tsum display in the toy section just in case there is anything good. While I usually do not find any tsums of interest (almost always the same selection), I feel as if I hit the jackpot this time around when I came face to face with Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather.

Unfortunately, when these cute little fairies showed up on Disney’s website, I assumed it wouldn’t be an issue purchasing them at a later date when they went on sale. I bet wrong, however, because the box set sold out quickly and before I knew it, resellers were charging astronomical prices.

With that background, I was both shocked and excited to see the fairies in person and I shamelessly snatched them up and headed to the check out. While I typically try to buy the minis on sale at around $2-$3, I didn’t mind buying these at $5 each since it had been so long since I’d seen them for sale at MSRP.

So if you’re still in the market for the fairies to complete your Sleeping Beauty collection, I’d suggest making a Target run to see if they’re sitting waiting for you!

Tsum Tsum Subscription: Runaway Brain (October 2017)

I was surprised to see that Disney opted for semi-obscure titles two months in a row. And I must say, I wasn’t terribly impressed with this month’s box. While I can appreciate getting original tsums with original concepts, I just didn’t fall in love with these little guys.

After a quick Google search, I read the synopsis of Runaway Brain on Wikipedia. In short, it’s a classic Frankenstein-esque short film that definitely fits in with the upcoming Halloween holiday. So while I appreciate the originality and timing, I just didn’t feel that these had a high value.

Apart from Dr. Frankenollie, I imagine it was quite easy to produce the Mickey Mouse and Julius tsums, as they’ve already made the template for normal Mickey and Pete. I just felt that these didn’t scream quality and craftsmanship like many of the others, mostly because of the tsums’ likeness to previously made characters.

My sentiment for these tsums seems to be shared with resellers online too, as eBay has this month’s sub box listed for as low as $23 with free shipping, the lowest I have seen a box listed for to my memory.

So while I like the imagination and Halloween spirit put into this month’s box, I cannot say I am terribly attached to the tsums received. Will I sell them? Probably not, but I can say this is the least exciting box I’ve gotten so far. Here’s to hoping that next month will be awesome!

Disney Treasures: Haunted Forest (October 2017)

So, I’m a little late to the game in joining the Funko Disney Treasures subscription, but I wanted to wait it out for a few months and see if the boxes were as really good as they seemed. With a promising start (I must say the Dumbo in the first box almost had me convinced on its own), I decided to join in the fun of this subscription. And I must say, I was not disappointed.

Costing a total of $36.95, this box was packed full of fun stuff. The box itself is adorable, designed to look like a treasure chest, and when you open it up, the lid has a cute little map.

Of course, starting to delve into the box, I was met with a real ‘treasure map.’ This map gives a good idea on what the exact contents of the box are and what the uses are for each item or the concepts behind them.

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As shown on the map, the box contained a great many items, including a Magic Mirror patch, Jafar pin, October 2017 sticker, and one of mine and Alec’s personal favorites, a nice, large Maleficent dragon.

The fun has only just begun though, as there’s more in the box! There’s a Cruella de Vil Dorbz as well as a cute Nightmare Before Christmas ‘Zero’ bag for those of us still trick or treating. Sadly, I don’t see myself having much use for this bag, but it is mighty cute.

Lastly, the box contained a tin box with a Haunted Mansion ghost inside. I had Alec take a bunch of pictures because I was confused on exactly what it is. In essence, it’s a cute little ghost figure in a nicely themed Haunted Mansion tin.

So let’s get to the pricing portion:

  • Magic Mirror Patch – $5 (a guess, really based on a quick online search)
  • Jafar Pin – ~$5 (I’m making this based on pricing for a mystery tsum pin.)
  • Maleficent Pop Figure – $20 (for a larger pop, however I’m seeing pricing as hhigh as $140 on eBay, which of course I don’t know if someone will buy at that price)
  • October 2017 Sticker – $0 (I am thinking this isn’t something someone would buy, rather just a cute thing to get with this box.)
  • Cruella de Vil Dorbz – $8 (this has pretty much no mark up online)
  • Zero Trick-or-Treating Bag – $10 (based on similar bags online)
  • Haunted Mansion Tin / Figure – $15 (this is more of a guess)

With these estimates, I’d value the box at a grand total of $63, which is over twice as much as I paid (when taking out the $6.95 shipping costs). So I’d say that this box easily gives a bang for your buck when it comes to content, quantity, and quality of items.

I can say with confidence that I’ll be signing up for December’s box, Snowflake Mountain!

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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!

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.