After years of anticipation, “Toy Story 4,” the fourth and possibly final installment in Pixar’s seminal franchise, is finally hitting theaters, and we. are. ready. Parents who were introduced as children to Woody, Buzz and the gang when “Toy Story” was first released in 1995 can’t wait to take their own kids to “Toy Story 4,” and we’re betting every generation will walk out of the theater wanting more.
Fortunately, there’s more than enough awesome merch out in celebration of the film to keep you eating, sleeping, wearing, and playing “Toy Story” to infinity and beyond. Here are the items topping our list.
Aspiring space rangers will be ready to blast straight into uncharted space after popping on these ultra-lightweight Buzz-inspired sneaks, which drop on June 21. They’re sure to fly off the shelves so grab yours quick. Also available are Woody (pictured above), Bo Peep, and Forky-inspired styles. Our only complaint? WHERE are the adult sizes?
PopSockets devotees who also happen to be commitment phobes, gone are the days of having to choose—and “stick to”—one PopGrip design. Thanks to Swappable PopGrips, you can change up your PopSockets design according to your mood. Obviously, now’s the time to adorn your phone with one of these adorable Toy Story grips. We’re partial to the alien but want them all. Also, if you have kids like mine who professionally grab and drop your phone, I highly recommend the Otter + Pop case—Otterbox protection with a built-in PopGrip.
Toy Story 4 introduces some hilarious new characters, including Canadian toy stunt man extraordinaire, Duke Caboom, played by none other than Keanu Reeves. Lego has put out an awesome line-up of Toy Story 4 sets, but this one is definitely our favorite. We’d buy it for the Duke Caboom minifig alone.
Hit your local grocery store for two limited-edition Toy Story 4 ice cream flavors, Chocolate Peanut Butter Midway Mash-Up (with little chocolate characters for your kids to fish out and make a total mess of themselves in the process—speaking from experience) and Cinnamon Churro Carnival Combo.
This Toy Story 4 bedroom collection is the stuff sweet dreams are made of. If you haven’t checked out Pottery Barn Kids’ high-quality children’s bedding, now’s the time. Their 100 percent organic cotton sheets are super soft, stand up to wash after wash, and their licensed collections look sophisticated enough for decor-savvy parents who take their kids’ room theming seriously!
Another new character guaranteed to be a kid favorite is Forky, the new “toy” Bonnie crafts from items that came from the trash on her first day of kindergarten. Voiced by Tony Hale, best known for his portrayal of Buster Bluth on “Arrested Development” and Gary Walsh on “Veep,” Forky is lovably clueless and insecure, and kids will be instantly drawn to his silly-sweet personality. With the Forky Creativity Set, little ones can make their own Forky to play with at home—a perfect activity for a rainy summer day.
Don’t worry, there’s no snake in these boots. If you tell me you don’t need these, with the adorable “Andy” scrolled on the bottom, my response will be “There seems to be no sign of intelligent life anywhere.”
If your kids are obsessed with watching unboxing videos on YouTube (and if they’re not, teach me your ways), then no doubt they know all about Funko Mystery Minis. Collect all the Toy Story 4 characters with these fun blind boxes—just be forewarned, you’re opening a can of worms with these you won’t easily close, so don’t expect to buy just one!
Hot Wheels-loving kiddos will go crazy for these super cute cars featuring new and classic Toy Story 4 characters. Buy them individually or pick up this bundled set of six featuring Buzz, Woody, Forky, Bo Peep, Rex, and Ducky and Bunny.
Many of the film’s biggest laughs are sure to come courtesy of two more new characters, Ducky and Bunny, played by powerhouse comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Watch them have a little too much fun at poor Buzz’s expense in their introductory scene, then get this plush pair to play with at home.
Are you racing out to see “Toy Story 4” this weekend?
Editor in Chief of Better, Brooke Geiger McDonald is a Chicago native and Northwestern University grad with a Master’s in English Literature from King’s College London. She’s worked for O, The Oprah Magazine and Shape magazine in New York and for various book publishers in London. Back home in Chicago, she’s outnumbered by her husband and two sons, and the four of them are certifiable Disney and Star Wars fanatics, always counting down the days to their next Disney vacation. Her favorite nonprofits to support include organizations focused on environmental conservation and combatting climate change, such as the Environmental Defense Fund and Shedd Aquarium.Follow her on Instagram: @brookegmcdonald