The Toy Story franchise brought in just under $2 billion at the worldwide box office, so it’s little wonder that Disney is once again dipping into the animated well to bring audiences Toy Story 4 in 2017. Fans were treated to over 40 characters throughout the trilogy – ranging from familiar classics like Mr. Potato Head, Barbie, and Slinky Dog to new toys like Buzz Lightyear and Woody the Cowboy.
With each new film, Disney would introduce a bevy of new characters for audiences to enjoy and there’s no reason to think the fourth film won’t continue that trend – which is why we’ve made our own wish list of classic and modern toys that we’d like to see in Toy Story 4.
The qualifications for this list are simple:
Classic tin toys have been popular since the early 1900s, with tin robots becoming insanely popular with kids with the advent of science fiction during the nuclear age. Japanese company Metal House was one of the biggest producers of tin robot toys beginning in 1943 and their toys are the ones most people associate with the classic toy. Sparks was introduced in Toy Story 3 as a modern representation to the classic toy robot, but it would be great to see the original classic metal toy on the big screen.
If you grew up in the ’70s and ’80s, then there’s a good chance you had some of these in your toy box. Weeble Wobbles were fascinating objects that were seemingly unflappable – you push them over and they pop right back up. Kids claimed it was magic keeping the tiny toys from falling over, but in reality, it was just a well-placed weight in the bottom of the egg-shaped body. Assuming the main characters return, we could see some Weebles Wobbles giving Mr. Potato Head some grief – because as everyone knows, “Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down.”
Fisher Price introduced this toy in 1973 and for the next ten years it was highly successful with growing toddlers. In Toy Story 3, we learned that not every toy is made for kids ages 8-15 – and that was never more clear than when audiences quickly made friends with a group of toys belonging to pre-schooler Bonnie. From Peas in a Pod to Mr. Pricklepants to Buttercup – several toys were appropriate for children under the age of six, meaning the musical Happy Apple would fit in with the old gang quite nicely.
For a child of the ’80s, if you didn’t own at least one Madball, then you weren’t cool and it’s possible you played alone on the playground during recess. Introduced by AmToy in 1985, Madballs were highly bouncy balls with ugly faces and names to match. Because of their grotesque looks, it would be easy to make these toys the “bad guys,” but as we learned with Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear, you can’t judge a toy by its cover.
The Tamagotchi was the pet rock of the ’90s and possibly one of the most addictive toys to ever come out of Japan. Owners had to constantly take care of their digital pet by clicking on buttons to feed, water, and play with it. If the “pet” wasn’t properly taken care of then, like a goldfish from the fair, it would die. Given Rex’s high interest in technology, giving him a Tamagotchi to keep up with seems like a natural thing for him to do.
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Hess Toy Truck
Starting in 1964, the Hess Corporation began selling toy replicates of the various vehicles used in its business – the most popular being the tanker truck. The trucks became SO popular with children (and adult collectors) that there’s even a Hess Toy Truck float in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. No matter what age the child in Toy Story 4, it’s safe to assume that either they or their parents would own a Hess-inspired vehicle of some type.
Depending on who you talk to, sock monkeys go back as far as the Victorian Age when parents would knit together multiple socks stuff with feathers and give them to their children to play with. Modern sock monkeys (the ones people are most familiar with) are now mass-produced but no less fun for a child to snuggle up with at night. In the Toy Story universe, monkeys have played both the good guy and the villain, so it’s not easy to determine where the Sock Monkey would fall.
Much to the glee of shrieking preschoolers everywhere, Milton Bradley released the Mr. Bucket game upon the world in 1992. Using colorful shovels, children would scurry about the room chasing Mr. Bucket as he spit balls of corresponding colors out of his mouth. Buzz would have his hands full keeping Mr. Bucket from constantly shooting the Little Green Men out of his mouth, but that skill might actually come in handy to fight off whomever the main villain ends up being in Toy Story 4.
Popples were the Pillow Pets of the ’80s (except they eventually had their own animated series) and were able to fold themselves into a ball which kids would then “pop” open to reveal the animal inside. The original 1986 line included nine characters with names like Pancake, Puffball, and Potato Chip – which make them adorably suited to join the Toy Story universe.
In 1966, Hasbro’s G. I. Joe action figure dominated the toy market and Captain Action was the Ideal Toy Company’s response to take at least part of that market. The doll – excuse us – “action figure” had the ability to be dressed up as many of the characters from Marvel Comics and King Features Syndicate, including Spider-Man, Captain America, The Lone Ranger, Flash Gordon, and Sgt. Fury. With his egotistical attitude and panache for dressing up, Captain Action would make an excellent, and hysterical, main villain to give the Toy Story gang trouble.
We’ve merely scratched the surface of the classic and modern classic toys available for Disney to bring to life in Toy Story 4. These don’t even take into count the vast array of Star Wars and Marvel Comics character now at Disney’s disposal – which is why we created an entire separate list for Marvel and Star Wars Toys We’d Like to See in Toy Story 4.
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What are some of your favorite toys that you’d like to see join the Toy Story franchise in the next installment?
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