I had the chance to see an early showing of the new Disney/Pixar movie Inside Out last night, and I have to say that the movie immediately moved to the top of my favorite-animated-movies-of-all-time list. I laughed, cried, and laughed some more with my kids doing the same right alongside me.
Note: There might be minor spoilers as to a character in the movie below.
In addition, I had a real movie-to-self connection with the main character, a little girl named Riley. She moved from Minnesota to California as she started middle school, and I moved from New Jersey to North Carolina as I started middle school. I still vividly remember being devastated to leave my friends behind and how I stumbled trying to fit into my new school.
I wanted my families’ move to be joyful, but the whole experience left me sad and angry. Riley experiences many of the same feelings I did, and the other main characters of the movie, Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust, work together to manage her emotions in the central headquarters of her brain, as she navigates her new world.
Children of all ages are sure to want to reenact some of the scenes from the movie, and Tomy has a new line of toys to let them do just that. There are talking plush toys that represent each of the emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. They range in size from 9 to 14 inches and retail for $19.99 each. They come with 3-button cell batteries already installed and have a very well hidden Velcro pouch for battery replacement, if necessary. You’ll love hearing lines from the movie as you activate their sounds by pressing their right hands.
Tomy also has the Console from Headquarters, which features a Joy figure that lights up when she’s at the Console. What a wonderful glow it has, embracing the warmth from the movie! The Console is for kids 4+ and retails for $19.99. You can also purchase additional figures with memory spheres for more glowing Console fun.
In addition to the Console, there is also a Headquarters playset where you can use the projector to bring Riley’s memories to life with the three included memory spheres. Better yet, add the Console to the Headquarters playset to recreate even more scenes from the movie. The Headquarters playset is for kids 4+ and retails for $39.99.
There’s one more important character from the movie to talk about. That’s Bing Bong, Riley’s imaginary friend from her early childhood. For the cuddler in your house, there’s a Bing Bong plush toy from Tomy, too. You’ll also find the other emotion characters in a plush non-talking format.
If the movie brings a smile to your child’s face, the toys are sure to keep the smile and great memories going. They would also make great gifts for summer birthday parties. Why not share the fun?
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