Disney

Making Your Own Forky!

Since the release of Toy Story 4, the new character Forky has become extremely popular! But with issues in the Disney Parks and across the US Disney Stores with their Forky plush release, it might be a struggle to get your hands on your own.

The Range has been stocking a Make Your Own Forky kit, and it is priced at just £6!

The kit is made by Sambro Toys, and contains a large, thick plastic spork, that has a Pizza Planet logo embossed on the handle. Three pots of playdough, in red, white and blue. Pipe Cleaners and stickers.

It is super easy to make, especially as the feet are also plastic and dont need to be stuck into place! There are stickers to make the feet look like Forky’s own popsicle stick feet, and others for decorating.

To begin, you stick on his eyes, which are just googly eyes in two sizes with peel-off sticker backs. There are moulded slots that they fit into making this job even easier!

Next, you need to mould his face from the provided Playdough. Starting with the red, make his monobrow then with the blue, make his mouth. You are given far more than you need so you might even be able to have some additional crafting fun with the leftovers.

What I will point out, the kit is designed to be used for animation, and so the dough once dry won’t stay stuck, so if, like me, you are hipong to use the Forky as decoration only, you may want to buy some supergue too.

Next, you need to add the stickers to Forky’s feet. This is a relatively easy task, and there are stickers for the bottom of his feet too so that you can add your name, or your child’s name, just like Bonnie does in the film. The next step is adding the white playdough to the base, giving the effect that he is held together by the dough. This again will dry out if left out, but will stay in place unlike his facial features.

Finally add the pipe cleaner arms. To make the fingers, fold over one end of each pipe cleaner three times to create fingers, then the opposite ends are to be wrapped around the handle of the spork. The pipe cleaners are a little bit shorter than expected, and so this bit can be tricky, but certainly not impossible.

As mentioned earlier, the kit is designed to be used to make little stop motion animation films. I personally didn’t want this feature, and so I didn’t download the app onto my phone. But, the cardboard scene that came with the kit is great for taking photographs with, be it with Forky, or other Toy Story characters you might own.

All in all I had a lot of fun making Forky, this kit made it quick and easy, and actually really fun. Forky is fairly big, and makes a great decoration in any Disney bedroom.

Have you purchased a Make Your Own Forky kit? I would love to see your creations, tag me on Instagram!

Amy xo

Disney, Film

Review: Toy Story 4

It has been almost 25 years since the first Toy Story release, and beloved characters Woody and Buzz were introduced, and the fourth instalment of the franchise sees them cross paths with a scary, and very unloved doll, as well as a very loveable piece of trash.

The majority of Toy Story 4 is great, ish. It’s animation is next level, something the Toy Story franchise has always been known for. The film is filled with jokes that have not only the children but the adults laughing along too, and of course, this is a Pixar film, so there is always something that will hit you right in the feels. This movie is exactly what you would expect.

Toy Story 3 seemed to give the franchise the perfect, rounded ending, but you should never expect anything to be over in sequel-happy Hollywood.

This film sees the addition of several new characters, and a proper introduction of some that were barely introduced in the third film. Forky (Tony Hale), is a fantastic and hilarious addition to the gang, and serves well as a tool for teaching children to discover who they really are, and their purpose. Duke Caboom (Keanu Reeves), Giggle McDimples and the Combat Carls (Carl Weathers) also make great additions to the film, adding to both the story, and humour. Ducky (Keegan-Michael Key) and Bunny (Jordan Peele) take the jokes to another level, but be fooled by their fluffy exterior.
It is Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks) and the Vincent Dummies (Steve Purcell) that add a truly creepy element to the story. Not only are they terrifying, they want to harm precious Woody, but it is for good reason.

Whilst the addition of these new characters helps along the plot, and adds new humour, it does mean that old favourites such as Slinky Dog, Hamm and even Jessie take a back seat.

For many, Toy Story is a franchise that they have grown up with, with the main character Andy, going though similar situations in his own life at the same time as those watching the films, giving even more meaning to each of them, and hitting everyone in the feels. It is believed that the toys being passed on to toddler Bonnie at the end of film three is the passing on of the franchise to a new generation, and after watching the Toy Story 4, it is easy to see why.

Whilst this is a great film, that pushes the boundaries of animation once again, it takes a perfect ending, and opens it right back up. With that being said, it is still heartwarming, funny, and everything you would expect from Pixar. Take tissues!

Have you been to see the film yet? What did you think? Do you agree or have I completely missed the mark?

Amy xo

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Disney, Everyday

Beating the Disney Trip Blues

Leaving Disney can be the worst feeling in the world, particularly if you don’t know when you will be able to get back to the happiest place on Earth. As a poor student, with 488 days until her next trip, I totally understand, it’s been six months since my surprise trip to Disneyland Paris, and those blues have hit like a train. For times like this, there are several things you can do…

Instagram, it gives me a huge case of FOMO, but I also live vicariously through everyone else’s trips! Some of my favourite accounts such as GregoryGaige, AnnaofAgrabah, and Bishop_Please have been posting some amazing Disney parks content lately, and I’m so here for it!

Disney movie marathons! It’s not quite the same as wandering down Main Street, but it definitely gives your taste of the magic. Sometimes getting cosy with a drink or two, and maybe even some Disney snacks can cure anything!

Visit some Disney spots closer to home. If you’re in the UK a trip to Birmingham could always be on the cards, their new Disney Cafe is adorable, and you can get your Mickey waffle fix too!

How about a Disney store trip!? If you’re lucky enough to live close to an Imagination store, go early and help perform the opening ceremony, you get a lovely little keepsake key, and it’s so much fun! You could always travel to a new city and make a day of it if you aren’t local!
Imagination stores are located in Aberdeen, Glasgow, York, Blackpool, Milton Keynes, Stratford, Oxford Street (London), Belfast, Bromley, Sunderland and Dublin!

Try to recreate your favourite Disney snacks and drinks. There are so many videos on the internet with recipes and challenges to try. Whether they are accurate, is another thing, but at least you’ll have fun giving them a go!

If nothing else, book another trip! Of course this is an expensive option, but definitely the best cure. It brings back the excitement (or stress) of planning, and you get to go on a little spending spree of all your favourite Disney essentials!

What are your favourite ways to get a Disney fix? Do you have a current trip that you’re counting down too?

Amy xo