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The 5 Most Sought-After Pixar Collectibles

You’ll have to be faster than Lightning McQueen if you want to scoop up these rare and highly coveted Pixar collectibles. Almost as difficult to find as the Luxo ball, these fine collectibles hardly ever show up for sale — and when they do, they fetch a pretty penny.

pixar headerContrary to Woody’s assertions, these Pixar collectibles are not merely children’s playthings — they are beautiful objets d’art that deserve to be fawned over. And let’s not forget, half the fun of collecting is the adventure, so if you don’t own one yet, just keep swimming! Adventure is out there, and we hope a few of the below yearned-for goodies find their way into your hands.

race damaged mood springs5. “I’ll put it simple: if you’re going hard enough left, you’ll find yourself turning right.”

Race Damaged Mood Springs is an extremely rare die-cast collectible car made by Mattel and only sold at Target in 2009. This wrecked, scratched and anguished Mood Springs often goes for $145 if it is still in the original packaging. Ka-chow!

sully boo vinylmation4. “Hey, may the best monster win.”

Carl Fredrickson pinVinylmations can be as rare as they are adorable. Once upon a time these little figures were only available in the Happiest Place on Earth, and Disney released a mere 500 — yes just 500 — Vinylmation collectables featuring a 9 inch Sulley with a 3 inch Boo dressed as a monster. This engaging trinket of a bygone time has since been retired, and because of that, will set you back around $200.

3. “Thanks for the adventure. Now go have a new one.”

While there are millions of Disney pins, and indeed many pins featuring characters from Up, there were only 125 pins ever made featuring a young Carl Fredricksen from the movie as a young boy. If you happen to come across such a pin and have over $500 to spare, snap it up quick before Mr. Fredricksen’s house floats away!

wall-e2. “I don’t want to survive. I want to live!”

How much will a 6.75 inch scale model of Wall-E from 2008’s Pixar movie of the same name set you back? If it’s one of just 600 produced by Gentle Giant, then the answer is an astounding $600. This highly detailed poly-resin model would make any collector come back from space to get their hands on it!

1. “You’ve got a friend in me.”

Less toy and more collectible, Young Epoch released a line of Woody’s Roundup characters around the date of Toy Story 2’s release. Originally licensed by Disney/Pixar, the Round Up crew were only available in Japan. Four colorways were introduced: sepia, full color, black and white, and Tokyo Disney Resort. Even though the figure doesn’t come with a pull string activated voice box like in the movie, expect to pay $699 for a mint condition doll in the box. Even, you, Stinky Pete!

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10 Funky Toy Mashups that Only Make Sense in the Kidrobot World

Ron Ruelle hobbyDB

Kidrobot’s vinyl toy collection includes a lot of items that can only be answered “If you don’t understand it, then butterscotch.” Of all the weird combinations of creatures and concepts, these toys make such a strange impression that they come full circle if you think about them long enough. In some cases, they might even change the way you see the world for better or for weirder..

kidrobot vampire tweety

Tweety Vampire

Tweety Bird always seemed like a pacifist cartoon character, using only his wits to kindly defeat Sylvester the Cat. According to this toy, he was also a vampire, which really flips that narrative on its ear. You’ll never watch Looney Tunes the same way again.

kidrobot homer simpson buddha

Buddha Simpson

The idea of Homer Simpson as Buddha is kind of odd until you realize they have the same basic physique.

kidrrobot siracha sketracha dunny

Sketracha Dunny

A Dunny is some sort of rabbit-like creature. Unless it’s made of glass and filled with hot sauce. Then it’s…. I dunno, delicious? The bigger question: Is it half empty or half full?

kidrobot black pac man dalek dunny

Dunny Pac Man

Remember when you used to play Pac Man and thought, “that character looks like an eyeball”? No? Well, apparently Dalek, the designer of this toy, did have that idea. And somehow it works.

kidrobot vandal express

Vandal Express

Many Kidrobot figures are inspired by graffiti art, so a subway car makes the perfect canvas. So why not make it a psychotic anthropomorphic hot rod while you’re at it?

kidrobot cover the cap gold fatcap

Cover the Cap Fatcap

Speaking of graffiti related items, there have several figures of spray paint cans over the years, including the Fatcaps, which were based on just the nozzle. This one is subjected to a bucket of paint poured over its head, so the grafittist becomes the grafittee.

kidrobot staple pigeon

Staple Pigeon

Imagine a world where everything looked like Bib, the bulbous mascot for Michelin tires. Now imagine what a pigeon would look like in that world. Actually, no need to imagine it, they’ve already done it for  you.

kidrobot war melon

War Melon

The Mongers series of toys featured things smoking cigarettes that shouldn’t be smoking them. Not because of health reasons or anything, but seriously, a half watermelon with a cigarette? Somehow, adding the Tiger Mouth fighter plane motif to it makes it badass enough to excuse such behavior.

kidrobot smokey el roy

Smokey El Roi

Speaking of things that shouldn’t smoke, a cigarette smoking another tiny cigarette is almost cannibalistic. Which somehow makes sense, right? The Filter Kings version of Smokey wears a crown. Because of course.

kidrobot howie lighter

Howie

And then there’s Howie… can someone explain how a lighter can light its own smokes? Do we really need to answer that for you?

Of course, the world of Kidrobot is populated with countless more marriages of odd concepts that work despite all common sense. Add your favorites in the comments below. You can see the official online archive of everything Kidrobot related on hobbyDB.com.

 

Kidrobot’s Allen Richardson Joins hobbyDB Advisory Board

Allen Richardson Kidrobot

Over the past year, hobbyDB has been collecting everything from Kidrobot, and now we’ve added Allen Richardson. No, he’s not a Vinyl Art Toy, he’s VP of Product and Marketing for Kidrobot, and he’s joining our Advisory Board.

The Kidrobot archive on hobbyDB is the most complete listing you will find anywhere on the internet, and Allen will be able to help us stay on top of all the new releases. “I get to work with the best independent vinyl artists and largest licenses available today,” he told us. “I love getting to live in two very different worlds and make a living within them both.”

If that sounds like a fun job, consider the rest of his history in the world of toys.

He started in the video game world with Konami, and then moved to Tiger Electronics. When Tiger was acquired by Hasbro, he was put in charge of their “Star Wars” product line. “It was a dream come true as I had collected action figures all of my life. My earliest memories were of receiving the very first Star Wars action figures for Christmas. Star Wars, and most all of what we call the “Boys Action” category, has been in my blood for a very long time.”

As Director of Marketing /Product for Hasbro, he handled a few other brands you may have heard of: Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, The Littlest Pet Shop, FurReal Friends, VideoNow, Hitclips, PooChi, and Furby for example.

And before coming to Kidrobot, he worked for Sphero. “I returned to Star Wars to work on everyone’s favorite new Droid: BB-8! Being able to take traditional toy play and add an app-based experience to it was truly innovative and memorable.”

Aside from those interests, he collects original comic art. His favorite piece is a Judge Dredd page from “2000AD” by Brian Bolland. “This page pairs my favorite character with my favorite artist. They are pretty rare, so I was elated to finally have it for my collection.”

hobbyDB is just as glad to have Allen on board.

hobbyDB Partners with Kidrobot to Launch Kidrobot Archive

hobbyDB partners with Kidrobot

We are super excited to announce our new partnership with Kidrobot! Read on for more details about the launch, straight from the Kidrobot team –

You have been asking for it, and we have been listening!

Kidrobot is proud to announce that we have partnered with hobbyDB as an archival source for all Kidrobot releases.

Now at hobbyDB you can dive into the deep history of Kidrobot releases from Visionaires and De La Soul to the recent The 13 Dunny series!

Search the Kidrobot Archive on hobbyDB Now

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