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Just in case you haven't read my reviews before, i have a 2 year old and 4 year old who are completely obsessed with all things toy story. Doesn't matter whether it is film one, two or three. We have had an October birthday and a christmas so we have lots of the official toy story three merchandise to play with now.
One of the things we got a lot of were the sets of Toy Story 3 mini figures, which are made by imaginext (Fisher price). Some come in sets of 3 and some come in bigger sets of 7. You get a good variety of the figures in each pack, and they are between 2 and 3 inches in height.
You can then mix and match with other sets in the range, such as the garbage dump set for about £40, or the smaller dustbin truck set. All the characters are a lot of fun, but some are a lot more hard wearing than others when the little ones are playing with them. My 2 year old can be a little rough, and he has decapitated a Jessie figure from another set, and also chewed a Woody figure resulting in his hat losing a lot of paint.
This particular set features 3 toys that are new to Toy Story 3. They are 3 of the baddies as my 2 year old likes to call them. They are residents of Sunnyside daycare in the film.
Character one is Lotso bear (short for lots 'o' huggin bear) who in the film is the leader at the daycare centre and rules what happens with the other toys. Originally he was lost by a little girl called Daisy, and this made him into a 'big meanie'. (All quotes are from my kids, nowhere else.) He is one of the slightly larger models at approximately 3 inches. In the film he smells of strawberries but there is not a hint of it here. The figure is hard moulded plastic, and the colouring is true to that in the film. The arms do not move on this figure. (This character seems to come in a few of the multi packs so we have about 3 of him knocking around the house. )
The next character is Robot. He is one of the gang that helps to control the other toys. The figure is about 2 inches in height, and has arms that move a little bit. The arms are well attached. Again, the colouring is true to the film.
The 3rd character is called Chunk. I'm not too sure what toy he is meant to be, but he has a knobbly texture, and his face panel is a barrel that moves around to show a sadder face and a happier face. This is a feature the kids enjoy as it is true to the film. Again he is about 2 inches tall.
These figures are hard wearing, and being from the Imaginext range i am happy to give them to both kids to play with. I have seen them copy scenes from the game, but the older one also starts to make up new stories about the toys. This to me is what the Imaginext toy series is about. Encouraging your children to come up with their own games.
Although i don't think of this set as essential as ones featuring the main characters who have been in all the film, for only £5.99 at Toys R' Us i think it is a worthwhile addition to our collection as it gets played with almost daily and for the price i am very happy. Happy kids make a happy mum.
Thanks for reading my review.