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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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!

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!

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).