Minions Everywhere!

Hi guys, Cassandra here! You know how much I love Minions, don’t you? Well, I’ve added some really cool stuff to my Minion collection lately, and I just wanted to share them with you!

First I want to show you two that Xyra sent me a few months ago. She sent us a box of goodies, and I was so excited these were in it, thank you Xyra!! I was super excited to get a Viva La Minion, I don’t have one like this. And a big Kevin, how cool!!  Stuart, what do you think?

Have you seen the Minion Mineez??? They are really neat, they are little bitty Minion figures that are made out of a rubbery type material, sort of like an eraser. They come several ways. First, you can get individual ones in a round package like this. You can’t see what is in it, so it’s like those blind bags you get with other similar items. We very carefully opened this one so that we could keep it, I’m going to install a hook in my room and hang it from the ceiling!

They also come in multipacks. The advantage of the multipacks is you can see all of the Minions you are going to get except one, it’s a surprise. It does make it nice if you are trying to avoid getting multiples of the same ones (although not foolproof). We’ve picked up two of these in the 3 packs, so now I have a total of 7. Aren’t they neat? Some are more difficult to find than others, when you buy them you get a guide that shows you if the ones you have are common or various degrees of rare.

I couldn’t talk about Minions without showing you my latest purchase–a Minion backpack!!! Flo found it on Amazon, I think it’s so awesome!

It’s made out of a nice, soft plush type fabric and the straps are adjustable. Here you can see how well it fits.

School will be starting here at the end of the month. I can’t decide if I’m ready or not. I like school, but I also like having lots of free time during the summer months.

I think I’ll just sit here and hug my soft backpack and think good thoughts…

When does school start where you are at? I know some places have already started!

A New Friend

The girls here always seem to be making new friends.  Whether it’s the girls in the neighborhood (Zara, Abby, Louisa), the girls from Pittsburgh (Zoee, Nancy, Felicity, Raynia or Trudy) or the girls from across the state (Kirsten, Melody), there never seems to be a shortage of someone to play with, talk to or text.  I mentioned at the beginning of the school year that Louisa and Shivan weren’t the only new kids at the school, this year there were 10 total, which is a lot for a small school like Kennedy.  Cassandra is in quite a few classes with one of them, her name is Fiona, and they have gotten to be great friends.  A few days ago Cassandra asked Fiona if she’d like to come to the house to hang out.  Fiona thought it sounded terrific, and you can imagine how surprised they both were when they came to realize that she only lives two blocks away!  Something tells me that Fiona will be spending a lot of time here with the girls.

Fiona’s family moved here from Columbus, Ohio. Her dad was the station manager for the PBS television station there, but due to budget cutbacks, his job changed a lot and he decided to look for something else. He is now working for a local television station, producing the morning news show but also does some work for our area PBS station. Her mom is a pharmacist and has a job at the same hospital as Zara and Abby’s mom. She has an older brother, Steven, who is away at his first year at college. She doesn’t have any pets because her brother is allergic, but now that he isn’t around all the time, she is trying to convince her parents to let her get a hamster. She is a terrific volleyball player and also loves to snowboard. She was really excited to learn that the school has a ski/snowboard club that takes regular trips to some of the area ski resorts, there weren’t any close when she lived in Columbus.

She came over Saturday afternoon after lunch. Cassandra showed her around the house, and then they headed to her room so they could work on a homework project together.

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“You don’t have to share a room with any of the other girls?” asked Fiona.
“No, Kit and I both lucked out and have our own rooms. I did share with Alya when she first came here, but it was too crowded, so now she and Shivan share a bigger bedroom.”
“It’s really nice, very cozy.”

Then Fiona turned around…
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“WHOAAAA!!! Look at all of this Minion stuff!!”

Cassandra giggled.  “Some of it I got as presents, some of it I saved my own money to get.  Do you like Minions?”

“Like?” asked Fiona.  “I LOVE Minions!”

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“This shelf with all the figures on it is so cool!” “Thanks!” replied Cassandra. “I just got that, mom found it somewhere and thought it would be perfect to display my collection. I don’t know what I’m going to do if I get anymore.” (neither do I…)

The girls had fun the rest of the afternoon, playing with the Minions, snuggling with Chester and doing their homework. She had fun with Chester, she told Cassandra that it was nice to play with him. I couldn’t help but think, “oh dear, just what we need, another Minion crazy girl.” I can’t wait until the movie comes out on video, I definitely see a party with at least the 3 of us!”

Do you and your friends have anything you really like to do together? Or an outdoor activity you like to do? When I was growing up, my friends and I were all horse-crazy, we lived and breathed horses. Everything from fantasizing about having our own horses, to actually riding sometimes. I have some great memories of fun things I did with my friends over the years!

In case you are wondering where I got the shelf for all of Cassandra’s Minions, it is a clear drawer organizer I picked up at TJ Maxx!

And now for something completely different…

I don’t usually do toy reviews or posts outside of doll stuff.  Probably because lately, I don’t buy many toys besides doll stuff.   But recently I purchased something so cute, I’m going to make an exception.

Cassandra kept telling me just how good the Minion movie was.  I really did want to see it, but I didn’t want to go by myself.  Finally my husband said he’d make me a deal–he’d go and see it if I agreed to go see the movie about Whitey Bulger coming out in the fall.  Yay!  I didn’t let on that I wanted to see it anyhow. 😉

I was beyond excited to go, I’d watched all the previews online and it looked adorable.  I wasn’t disappointed.  We went to a 3:55PM matinee on a Friday, and when we got there, the Cineplex looked deserted!  We ended up being the ONLY people in the theater showing the movie which was pretty cool.  I didn’t have to worry about bugging someone with my “awwwwww”s and giggling.

After that movie, I was totally hooked on Minions.  I haven’t been this obsessed with cartoon characters since Wallace and Gromit from “The Wrong Trousers”!  And I wanted my own Minion…easier said than done.

Bob is my favorite Minion, I love his childlike personality.  Unfortunately, half the world loves Bob as well, so his stuff has been hard to find unless you want to pay an inflated price.  And of course, the plush version of Bob that I liked the best wasn’t even sold originally in the United States, it was a limited release for the United Kingdom.  Ugh.  I could have ordered him from Amazon, but at $34.99 I was hesitant to do that, sight unseen, shipped from the UK.  Nevermind.

One day while in Kmart, I did come across a few Minion things.  Since the movie came out, it seems like there has been a run on Minion merchandise around here, so I was surprised to find anything.  I did come across a plush Dave and he was on sale ($16.50), so I decided to get him.  Dave is also very cute, and the star of the short “Puppy”.  If you haven’t seen it, you HAVE to pull it up on YouTube, it’s beyond cute. I love Dave’s facial expression on this particular version, he looks like he’s just discovered the most wonderful thing in the world.   About a week later I went to Target to check and see if they had any of the new OG stuff.  They didn’t. 😦  But they had something even better–a plush Bob to go with my plush Dave!!!!!!!  He’s just perfect, I would like to make him a teddy bear to go with him that resembles his teddy Tim.  And I’m thinking about making him a winter coat like he wears in the movie, the version of him from the UK is wearing that, and I don’t think it would be that difficult to make out of polar fleece.  I may try an AG coat on him to see about how it fits and where I could make alterations.  Yeah, I’m just a little obsessed.

minion 1Dave and Bob

In this same trip I stopped at Toys R Us for something else, and while I was there I thought I would see what they had in the Minion line.  Wow, they had a lot!  Way more than any of the stores near me (this Toys R Us is about 15 minutes away) and I was able to play with some of the ones that I had considered.  I was very happy that I was able to do this because several of the ones that talked and did various things were just okay.  Definitely not worth the $30 + prices they were asking.  I did see one thing that I wanted though: Bopping Along Bob.  He stands about 2 1/2 inches tall.  He was only $7.99 and since I’d seen the similar version of Stuart when Evil Twin bought him, I felt safe in purchasing him.  After I got him home, I was so glad I did.  I wasn’t sure what “bopping along” meant, I thought maybe he hopped like most other wind up toys did.  Oh nooooo–he runs just like a Minion!!!!  Soooooooooo adorable!!!

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Excuse the crazy video, he tends to run around crazy, just like Bob in the movie…

They have since come out with this version of Bob, resist, resist, resist.

king bob
“Kiiiiinnnngggg Bobbbbbb!!!”

I mentioned Wallace and Gromit earlier–I still have all the items from that line that I’ve purchased over the years which includes a plush Gromit and Sean the Sheep.  I purchased them both on our first trip to England 18 years ago and I would never part with them.  I also have several figures, 4 that were given to me by a UK friend and one I purchased myself.  My affection for these characters has not diminished and I suspect that my love of Minions won’t either.  If anything, it might get worse!

I’ve been suffering from another obsession though, but this one is a bit more expensive, so it makes it a little easier to resist:

Amy Farrah Fowler

Yes, that’s Amy Farrah Fowler from Big Bang Theory!!!  I first saw her on Zulily, and I thought she was sooooo cool.  I’m a huge BBT fan, and I think they did a fantastic job of recreating her in doll form.

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She is made by Tonner and I’ve been admiring their dolls for a while now, especially in how posable they are.  To make matters worse, they also make a Sheldon Cooper doll to go with her, argh!!!!!!   However, at $150 each (regular price), I vetoed getting them for now.  As much as I love them, I’m not a fan of having dolls that just stand (or sit) around and collect dust.  I already have Princess Diana, Rose from Titanic and a few other dolls that get that honor.  I guess I could do some fun posts with the two of them.  In the meantime I’ll just admire the photos and behave myself! (although the idea of making Raggedy Ann and Raggedy C3PO costumes for them did cross my mind)

Another thing that I’ve had on my “want” list is a Lundby dollhouse.  This is one of those things I’ve looked at many times over many years.  If you aren’t familiar with them, they are a company from Sweden, and the style of the dollhouse reflects that.  Think IKEA in miniature.  If I were to eventually buy one, I’d just furnish it a little at a time, the furniture is sold as sets.  It frequently shows up on Zulily too, so it’s something I could do each month.  At this point I have no place to put it though until I get rid of some other stuff, so this is definitely way on the back burner.  I still need to purge the excess of dollhouse furniture from my mom’s collection first and get that house in order.

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Do you collect any other lines besides 18″ dolls?  Or any other collectables?  I have a large collection of teddy bears, way bigger than my doll collection.  I did quit adding to it a couple of years ago though, it’s not nearly as much fun as 18″ dolls.