One of the joys of watching a Toy Story film is to see how your favourite toy would behave if it came to life. Everyone has owned at least one of the toys that have appeared in the Toy Story film franchise before, be it a Tyrannosaurus rex, a Potato Head figure or even a colourful slinky. It’s always a thrill to see a new toy introduced, because in your mind you’re going: “Hey, I had one of these as a kid before!”

Despite the many different toy characters that have appeared in the Toy Story films, there are still a few classic toys that have yet to make an appearance. Maybe there are licensing issues, or perhaps they were just completely forgotten. Regardless, we’d love to see the following toys pop up in the Toy Story franchise- and hopefully become main characters one day.

 

1. Disney Princess Dolls

How come we haven't seen a Disney Princess doll before? Credit: Shop Disney.

How come we haven’t seen a Disney Princess doll before? Credit: Shop Disney.

The Toy Story characters are mainly boys’ toys, because they originally belonged to Andy (who is, as his name would suggest, a boy). So it’s understandable that he wouldn’t have very many dolls or “girls’ toys” – with Bo Peep being the most prominent female toy (besides Mrs Potato Head and a Barbie cameo) that Andy has (and even so, it’s more of his sister’s toy than his).

But the new owner of the Toy Story toys in Toy Story 4 is Bonnie – a girl. And for a girl, she’s missing a very conspicuous toy that most girls have – Disney Princess dolls.

You might think that’s forgivable, since Disney Princess dolls belong to Disney, and Pixar would have to get special permissions to use those characters in their film. But wait, Disney bought Pixar in 2006… which means that all of the Toy Story characters are now Disney characters – and it’s also easier for Toy Story to use Disney characters.

So there’s really no excuse not to have at least one Disney Princess doll as a Toy Story character. They could even plug upcoming movies with the appearance of said dolls!

 

2. Pirated Toys

Have you met - the Justice Heroes? Credit: Inverse

Have you met – the Justice Heroes? Credit: Inverse

In the toy collecting world, pirated/fake/knockoff toys are affectionately known as KO toys. They’re available at all pasar malams and some toy stores, and you can usually tell they are KO toys because of the awful typos or transparent attempts to dodge copyright issues.

But KO toys are really, really cheap (as all pirated goods are) – and sometimes a busy parent or eager child doesn’t have the time to scrutinise the packaging to check whether it’s the genuine article. So like it or not, KO toys make up a good percentage of many childhood toys.

It’s strange that Andy’s toys are all genuine, and that he doesn’t have any pirated toys.

 

3. Pirate Toys

Sao Feng the Singaporean pirate. Credit: Amazon

Sao Feng the Singaporean pirate. Credit: Amazon

Just to be clear, we’re talking about toys that are actual seafaring pirates here (and not pirated toys). You know, those guys with hooks for hands, pegs for legs, and plenty of eyepatches.

Andy had cowboy toys (Woody and Jessie), astronaut toys (Buzz), military toys (the Green Army Men), so it’s weird he wouldn’t have toys in this popular genre. Also, Disney owns Pirates of the Caribbean, which Pixar would have access to… so why didn’t he have a pirate toy?

 

4. Polly Pocket/Mighty Max (miniature play sets)

Polly Pocket vs Mighty Max. Credit: Children of the 90s

Polly Pocket vs Mighty Max. Credit: Children of the 90s

Remember those Polly Pocket and Mighty Max play sets? They were all the rage back in the day, and every kid had one. And why wouldn’t they be popular? It was a complete play set which came with least two miniature figures (that could bend at the waist) and loads of props and accessories – in a case or box that you could fit into a pocket!

Although they were advertised as being able to fit into pockets, the truth was that none of those sets could fit into a child’s pocket – they were more suitable for parents’ pockets. We would eventually lose all the pieces (especially those figures, sigh), but we would never lose those super detailed playsets (since they were, effectively, the box itself).

(Psst! We hear that we might actually see one of these toys in Toy Story 4!)

 

5. Transforming Toys

A Buzz Lightyear Transformer exists. Credit: TFWIki

A Buzz Lightyear Transformer exists. Credit: TFWIki

As a Transformers fan, I must confess that I was pretty baffled that there are no toys that can change form in Toy Story. Buzz Lightyear can nominally “transform”, in the sense that you can push a button so that his wings pop out and his helmet covers his head… but that’s not really transforming.

The ironic thing is that there are actual Toy Story Transformers out there – but there aren’t any actual Transformers in Toy Story. There are vehicles in Toy Story, like RC, but they don’t turn into humanoid robots.

 

6. Pet Rocks

An adorable but inanimate and useless Pet Rock. Credit: Time

An adorable but inanimate and useless Pet Rock. Credit: Time

Pet Rocks were one of the silliest toy fads, bar none. It was basically a rock in a box. There wasn’t even a face on it (unlike Forky, who has a face even though he’s really just a spork with some pipe cleaners attached). But they were unbelievably popular (why???), mainly because they carried the appeal of a pet with none of the downsides (like cleaning up its poop). Well, actually, we don’t really understand why anyone would want to buy a Pet Rock, but many people did so anyway.

Since Toy Story is all about toys, why wouldn’t it feature a Pet Rock? It’s easy to animate a Pet Rock after all (no limbs, all the Pet Rock would do is jump up and down) and it’d be a cool reference to a popular trend. Toy Story should really consider introducing a Pet Rock into the franchise.

Toy Story 4. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Toy Story 4. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

So, which toys do appear in Toy Story 4? Well there’s the homemade toy, Forky (Tony Hale) (who’s actually a spork rather than a fork), as well as carnival toys Ducky (Keegan-Michael Kay) and Bunny (Jordan Peele) and damaged doll Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks). After Forky gets lost, Woody mounts an expedition for him – but things quickly go haywire after a series of mishaps. It’s a tale of reunion, purpose, and existentialism – pretty deep for a film about the secret lives of toys!

Find out if your favourite toy pops up in Toy Story 4.

D23 Expo 2019 Lucky Draw. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

D23 Expo 2019 Lucky Draw. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

What’s more, GV Movie Club members who watch Toy Story 4 or The Lion King from now till 24th July at Golden Village will stand a chance to win tickets to the D23 Expo 2019 – The Ultimate Disney Fan Event on 23-25 August 2019! That’s right, it’s the annual Disney convention at Anaheim Convention Centre in California, and you could win a return flight plus accommodation to this coveted event!

Six consolation prize winners will also win movie goodie bags worth $270 (that’s a lot better than a consolation, imho!) so there’s something for everyone who watches Toy Story 4 or The Lion King – so if you haven’t gotten your tickets for Toy Story 4 yet, there’s no better time than now to do so!

 

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