Tsum Tsum Subscription: The Princess and the Frog (December 2017)

My favorite time of the month has come! Tsum tsum time! This month’s box was, unfortunately, a bit disappointing to me. The Princess and the Frog trio came with Princess Tiana, Mama Odie, and Prince Naveen (as a frog, obviously).

Of these three, I am most excited about Princess Tiana just because it is a wonderfully detailed and well made tsum. The choice to put Mama Odie in this trio was questionable to me, however, as I did not see her as a main character. I think this third slot would’ve been better filled with Lottie or The Shadow Man (which after a little digging I’ve found a tsum exists for him so I’ll be keeping an eye out … ), or even Louis (though he may resemble the croc from Peter Pan too much as a tsum).

I also am not sure about the choice to make Naveen a frog, as a frog in tsum tsum form looks a little questionable. It’s more of a green blob with a face and a little butterfly (?) tie.

I do wonder if this would have been better as a micro set of six characters, but I understand the new micro princess castle would make Tiana a repeat and I imagine that that’s why Disney decided on three minis.

I guess when I was thinking of December, I imagined this box would have more of a holiday theme or maybe winter theme (ie. Frozen, Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Christmas, Mulan [Mountain Fight], or maybe even Brother Bear). Or to keep with the holidays, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, which I find to be a fairly well known classic (unlike Runaway Brain).

I find my problem to be that I was putting too much hype into the December month as the last month of the year (plus with wind that the sub box may end in January, it’s now or never to wow us), but I still do enjoy having Princess and the Frog tsums, so I can’t complain about that. Plus I found the red box (as pictured) that fits them and the card pretty well for display purposes!

All in all, I am never quite happy with getting a mini trio over something as cool as what we got last month (Wreck-It Ralph), but I love the Princess and the Frog (I actually made Alec watch it not that long ago), so I’m happy to have these to add to my collection. And in the future, I’m hoping more characters are released from this movie (such as human Naveen and a frog Tiana, as well as Lottie and Louis). Fingers crossed new tsums continue to be released!

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Disney Treasures: Snowflake Mountain (December 2017)

Woo! I love the months that I get both a Disney Treasures box and a tsum tsum sub box! The best part is Disney Treasures is shipped at the beginning while the tsum tsum box come later, meaning double to excitement and not all at one time!

In comparison to last month’s box, the size of the box as a whole is smaller (hinting that a larger pop is probably not hidden within). However, It was still full of cute Disney items and fun little winter things to enjoy.

First when opening the box, I was greeted with a patch and pin (just like last month). Delving deeper, there’s the map and then the top of the contents of the box.

Looking further, I was super excited about the tin box containing winter Belle. I mean, with a name like Belle, I can’t be displeased with a Beauty and the Beast item!

The next item to capture my attention was the cute skating Bambi pop. I not sure what I’ll do with it, but it’s adorable nonetheless. When I cam across the Nightmare Before Christmas socks, I was almost as excited as the Belle tin. I definitely know what my feet will be wearing on Christmas morning.

The Mickey and Minnie thermos is adorable as well, though a tad bit plain and doesn’t quite scream great quality. However, I think my mom will love it so we’ll be gifting this item. Last up in the box was an Olaf cookie cutter, which I’m pretty happy about because my family loves making sugar cookies around Christmas and now we’ve got another character to add to the mix!

All in all, I am quite pleased with this box. It is nice to know that with each box purchase, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth in Disney merchandise. I have to admit, I think I liked October’s box a bit more, but I’m still by no means disappointed by December’s box. That being said, I’m excited to see what February bring! Maybe Valentine’s?

Tsum Tsum Subscription: Wreck-It Ralph (November 2017)

When I opened the box for this month’s subscription, I’m not going to lie, I was very pleasantly surprised. After the sort of ‘dud’ month with Runaway Brain, I was wary of what this month’s box would be. But Alec and I both agree, this is probably the biggest ‘bang for your buck’ item we’ve gotten from this subscription.

Not only did we get a very well made mini Wreck-It Ralph and a micro Fix-It Felix (peep Felix’s tiny little nametag), we got the whole arcade cabinet to boot! It’s hard to even put a price on something like the arcade cabinet, because it isn’t something I’ve seen Disney put on their website yet, but I’d probably value this as a $30-$35 item base price if Disney were to list it.

From a little digging on eBay, I’ve seen bids as high as $40 on eBay and list prices in the $60 to $80 range, which doesn’t surprise me because this is such a unique item and Wreck-It Ralph is an awesome movie with not enough merchandise.

I know that Vanellope does not fit into the Fix-It Felix game, but I still would have loved to have had her incorporated somewhere – I am hoping that a Wreck-it Ralph line of tsum tsum may be in the pipeline!

All in all, my faith in the Disney Tsum Tsum Subscription has been renewed and I can’t wait to see what Disney has in store for December (meanwhile, I am patiently awaiting the delivery of my Disney Treasures box)!

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!

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!