Toy Story 3 Stretch figures by Mattel
June 10, 2010
Today at Target I got my first look at Stretch, the new octopus character from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3. The movie doesn’t open until June 18, but, as one would expect, the merchandise is out in full force. I saw Stretch figures in two different sizes: the 8″ (or so) “Deluxe Figure” which appeared to be made out of a soft, glittery material, and the much smaller (~2″) “Buddy Pack” figure which is made of a harder plastic.
(Sorry about the poor quality of these photos. The focus on my Droid phone’s camera is a little uneven.)
The official movie site says that Stretch (who is female, by the way, and voiced by Whoopie Goldberg) is “fun-loving,” and all the images there show a happy looking toy octopus. However, the toys I saw today are of a very surly cephalopod. Is she a villain (she has a villain’s “eyebrows”), or is she just grumpy? If so, WHY SO GRUMPY? I’ll guess we’ll have to wait until the 18th to find out.
Stretch’s bio on the official site also includes the following description: “Toss her high on the wall and watch her climb her way down!” Clearly, Stretch was inspired by the 80′s fad toy, the Wacky WallWalker®.