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Like most young kids at the moment, my daughter is really into Toy Story. So much so that she has made it her mission to collect every one of Andy's toys from the film! Andy has lots of toys in the films - most of the important being Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Bullseye, Mr and Mrs Potato Head, Rex, Hamm, Slinky, Aliens and Toy Soilders. She already had most of Andy's toys but since watching Toy Story 3 she fell in love with all of the new characters that were introduced!
New toys in Toy Story 3 include Lotso (the strawberry smelling bear), Stretch (the octopus), Chunk, Chuckles (the miserable-looking clown), Big Baby, Ken, Buttercup (the unicorn), Trixie (the dinosaur), Dolly, Peas-in-a-Pod, Chatter Phone and the all important Mr Pricklepants!
Mr Pricklepants is a plush hedgehog who belongs to a little girl named Bonnie. He is probably one of my mine and my daughters favourites due to his funny name, personality and choice of clothing! He speaks in a posh English accent (voiced by Timothy Dalton) but wears a German-style lederhosen and tyrolean hat. He also views himself as a serious theatrical actor.
There are plenty of Toy Story characters available to buy in shops but I haven't seen many Mr Pricklepants toys, so when I saw a Mr Pricklepants plush toy in The Disney Store I knew I had to get it! At £7.00 I thought it was very reasonably priced, especially since most things in The Disney Store are quite overpriced and a lot of the other Toy Story characters can be really expensive. My daughter was delighted when I gave it to her and over a year on Mr Pricklepants still remains one of her (many) favourite stuffed toys. She uses him on a regular basis to play with her other Toy Story toys (great for imaginative play) and I quite often find him tucked up in bed with her.
He looks very cute and very similar to how he does in the film - totally recognisable. He wears his little lederhosen outfit (with hat) and has a smile on his face. There are also a few nice small details such as the colourful stitching in his outfit, added claws and a little feather in his hat. He doesn't come in a box or any kind of packaging - just loose with a tag attached to him. He's described on The Disney Store website as a 'mini bean bag' but he isn't very mini and he isn't a bean bag either! He's a good size - approximately 18cm tall and 13cm wide, which doesn't make him huge but I wouldn't say 'mini' either. He's a great size for cuddles and fits in my daughters arms perfectly, without taking up much space in bed either! He's also very lightweight so ideal for taking out and about. Mr Pricklepants is made from polyester and is super soft, particularly his back (or his 'spikes') - just what you'd expect from a quality plush toy. He's very plump and squishy too (I can't feel any sign of a bean bag inside of him), even when you squeeze him extra tight he just springs back in to shape! There is no age recommendation on the toy, I would assume it would be safe for very young children as there doesn't appear to be any hazards (the eyes are stitched on rather than bead/glass eyes which can be pulled off). According to his tag he is 'surface washable' but I've had no reason to give him a wash yet. As I've already mentioned, we have had him for more than a year and he's still in great condition - almost as good as when we brought him.
Are there any downsides? Well Mr Pricklepants doesn't actually do anything - he doesn't make any noises and he doesn't move. But I knew that when I purchased him, so I'd say there are absolutely no downsides. If you're a fan of Toy Story (or wanting to buy a gift for a Toy Story fan) and are looking for a cute, soft, simple plush then Mr Pricklepants is your man... or hedgehog!
As a mother of 2 daughters - 3 years old and almost 2 years old - our house is full of toys, and in particular Disney branded toys! My eldest daughter got very into Toy Story when we went to Disneyland Paris last year and she met Woody, Jessie and some of the other characters. She was thrilled, as you can imagine, when Toy Story 3 came out and we bought it for her in DVD. If you haven't seen the film, in contains all the usual characters you would associate with the films - Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Rex, Hamm etc - but there are also some new characters introduced - the toys that live in the daycare nursery, and those owned by the little girl, Bonnie. Mr Pricklepants falls into this latter category.
Mr Character, as I say, is a toy owned by Bonnie - a little girl whose mum works at the daycare nursery. Mr Pricklepants, as you can see, is a Hedgehog! He is a German lederhosen wearing Hedgehog! Only from the imaginations of Disney and Dreamworks would you get such a combo! In the film he is depicted as an "actor" who takes his adventures with Bonnie very seriously and gets into his character with gusto!
We got my eldest daughter this cuddly bean bag toy from The Disney Store for about £7. It is about 13cm tall and one of the most tactile objects you will ever hold! He is round and podgy and a great size for little ones to hug. His body is brown velour, with his "spikes" being made of an incredibly soft fluffy material, which makes you want to stroke his hair the whole time! As I mentioned he is wearing green German shorts with braces! These too are very soft and are stitched to the body, so cannot be removed. His face is embroidered and beautifully detailed - no danger of plastic eyes dropping off though as they are stitched in, making it a safe toy for younger children.
The quality, as you would expect from the Disney Store is really good. After a year of play and adventures with my eldest there is no sign of wear on Mr Pricklepants. No stitching has popped, his hair is still pristine and he has even been in and out of the washing machine without incident.
All in all a lovely addition to any Toy Story toy collection for a very reasonable price.
Following my previous reviews of items from the Disney Store Toy Story 3 plush toy collection, I turn my attention to Mr Pricklepants the hedgehog! Mr Pricklepants is a new character, and is one of the toys in Bonnie's room in the movie. In the film, the character of Mr Pricklepants is voiced by Timothy Dalton.
Although he is not a prominent character in the film, the idea of Mr Pricklepants is really funny. He is a "thespian" who takes everything very seriously and considers his role in Bonnie's imaginary games to be as important as a lead role in a theatrical production, even going so far as to ask Woody if he has been "classicaly trained". At the end credits of the movie in the "out-takes" section, there is a great scene where Mr Pricklepants is doing a scene from Romeo and Juliet opposite one of the green aliens from the original Toy Story Movie.
The toy costs £7 from the Disney Store and can easily be found alongside all of the other Toy Story toys, which are always quite heavily promoted in the shop. He is a soft plush toy filled with soft stuffing.
Mr Pricklepants is made from a variety of different fabrics, which makes him very touchy-feely. His body is made from brown velour fabric, the same as the other toys in the range, but his "prickles" are made from really soft, fluffy material, which is lovely to touch. The prickles run from just above his ears to most of the way down his back and can also be seen sticking out of his sides. The prickles actually look like a thick mass of hair on his head, and i must admit that at fist sight, he looks more like a bear than a hedgehog to me!
His eyes and features are embroidered on, which makes it nice and safe for children, as there are no sharp bit that can be pulled off. His ears are made from brown felt. He has black claws at the end of his hands and feet, which again, are made from felt and are not at all sharp to touch.
For some odd reason, mr Pricklepants likes to dress in green lederhosen! The backstory for this is that he was supposed to be from a fictional German range of toys called Waldfreune, or Woodland friends, which was based on the real company Steiff, who are world famous for making quality soft toys. If he is supposed to be German, I don't know why he has an English accent in the movie! His little green shorts and braces are made from a thick cottony material and this is sewn to his body in various places, so cannot be removed. The button detailing on the shorts is embroidered on, and the fake buckles are made from thick yellow felt.
The toy is only about 8 inches high, so is just a nice size for a child to take out with them, as it doesn't take up much room in a bag. He doesn't do anything special, like make noises or move, he is just a stuffed toy.
The toy is very well made, and I wouldn't think that the stitching would come apart easily, as it is a very high quality item. The label says that he is surface washable only, but I would have no gripes throwing him in the washing machine on a short cool wash. If a very young child had this toy, the fluffy hair may get matted up and grubby, and I would want to be able to wash it to keep it hygienic. Luckily, my daughter is 8, so she looks after her toys and always keeps them in good condition.
Mr Pricklepants currently lives under my daughter's bed, along with his friends from the movie, as well as Woody, Buzz and Jessie. We alsmost have all of the toy story toys now, apart from Bullseye, who costs a whopping £60 from Amazon, which makes Mr Prickles one of the cheapes TS3 toys available! This is a lovely toy, which will last a long while, and if bought with the others in the range, may be a good investment for the future as I can imagine the whole set selling for some serious cash in a few years time!