Looking back, honestly, my coverage of merchandising for WALL-E last year was rather poor. So for Up, I'll be posting as much as possible, all in this one giant, frequently-updated post. Anytime we learn of a new product, I'll update readers here with all the latest. New items will be right at the top. Cool?
This portion posted on February 15, 2009
Adult tees, pins, Kevin plush
New mens T-shirts (See The World By Balloon/Adventure is Out There! and Carl "Public Menace" designs); mens and womens limited-edition Dug T-shirts (only 150 of each are available, numbered with screenprinted signature of Pixar artist Ronnie del Carmen) and limited-edition Carl, Russell, Dug, and house pins.
A "brilliantly-colored" Kevin plush (pictured) is coming soon with pre-orders starting June 16.
Posted May 30, 2009
Shirts, scrapbooks, etc.
Several new Up items have been added to the Disney Store online, for sale and pre-order. Keep an eye out for them at your local Disney Store in the coming days.
We have kids T-shirts (Wilderness Explorer and Dug designs), a snowglobe, 3-piece luggage tag set, Carl travel mug; a "My Adventure Book" scrapbook with collectible postcards and a Wilderness Explorer journal/scrapbook with stickers and a real compass; a very snazzy Hawaiian shirt (in Mens and Boys sizes) from Reyn Spooner (a favourite brand for John Lasseter, who as we all know loves Hawaiian shirts); and dozens of Create-Your-Own items with characters from the movie.
What do you plan to get?
Posted May 13, 2009.
Talking dog plush toys (Dug, Alpha, Beta, Gamma)
A bunch of new talking plush/stuffed toys are now in stock at the Disney Store online (formerly DisneyShopping.com).
For sale is already everybody's favourite Dug (available in 11″ and 21″ sizes), and also the other talking dogs from the movie, Alpha, Beta, and Gamma. The Dug plush greets you with phrases such as ''My name is Dug. I have just met you and I love you.'' Aww!
A full description of each animal can be found on the product pages. Sizes range from 8 to 21 inches with most retailing for $19.50.
Posted May 8, 2009
More Up books
Upcoming Pixar points out even more books featuring the characters of Up. All are available now and recommended for kids ages 4-8 (as a lot of the Up books are).
24-page "Pictureback" paperback book. Published by Random House/Disney. Text by Annie Auerbach.
Step into Reading (Step 2) paperback. Retells story of Russell and Kevin's friendship in the movie. 32 pages. Random House/Disney.
96-page deluxe coloring book. Published by Golden Books/Disney. Text by Cynthia Hands.
48-page coloring book. Published by Golden Books/Disney. Text by Cynthia Hands. Includes 'chunky' crayons.
Posted April 21, 2009
Up: The Junior Novelization
128-page paperback novelization of the film. For ages 9-12. Published by Random House/Disney. Features eight pages of full-color scenes. Available now. Perfect if you like spoilers!
Classic-style picture book for children ages 4-8. Published by Golden Books/Disney. 24 pages, hardcover. Available now.
Up Read-Aloud Storybook (Limited Collector's Edition)
72-page, hardcover illustrated storybook for ages 4-8. Published by Random House/Disney. Features "stunning full-color art" and includes a collectible poster. Available now. Check out the Look Inside! feature at Amazon.com for the first few pages of the book. Beautifully done.
A Stepping Stone chapter-book for ages 9-12. Retells Up's story from Russell's perspective. 80 pages, paperback. Published by Random House/Disney. Available now.
Posted April 18, 2009.
Up Vtech V.Smile Cartridges
Available for pre-order from Toys "R" Us.
V.Smile Smartridge for all V.Smile Learning Systems from Vtech. Designed for children 4-6 years of age. Teaches plants, numbers and counting, shapes, and teamwork.
V.Smile V-Motion TV Learning Smartridge for the V-Motion Active Learning System. For kids 4-6. Teaches shape matching, memory, pattern logics, rhythm, and more.
Estimated ship date is May 15.
Posted April 6, 2009.
Wilderness Explorers' Guide (sticker book)
Published by Disney Press. Text by Eliie O'Ryan. 48-page story/picture book for kids ages 4-8 with three sheets of removable stickers included. Available April 28 (Amazon.com says April 14).
Link to Disney Books product page (official summary).
Posted March 17, 2009.
My Name Is Dug (hardcover book)
Pixar artist and Up story supervisor Ronnie del Carmen points on the sidebar of his blog Tirade to this 48-page Up-themed children's picture book entitled My Name Is Dug that can now be pre-ordered from Amazon.com, in advance of its April 14 publication date
(but strangely not indexed in the search results for 'pixar up').
The Disney Press-published book, authored by Kiki Thorpe with illustrations by del Carmen, will follow Dug as he searches for Kevin, who'll be "cleverly hidden on each spread".
Posted March 6, 2009.
No 'Up' toys coming from Thinkway
Just learned that Thinkway Toys, Pixar's toy maker of choice since the very first Toy Story, won't be producing any items based on Up. A rep told me they didn't get a single licence from Disney Consumer Products, which handles licencing of Pixar's characters.
There's been some talk of toy companies and even DCP not being too excited at the prospect of Up, considering its septuagenarian star, but this is quite surprising, considering the relationship Thinkway's had with Pixar over the years.
Posted March 6, 2009.
JUN Planning action figures/stuffed toys/vinyl figures (prototypes)
From JUN Planning. Action figure prototype of villain Charles Muntz shown. (Click to enlarge: This is our first ever glimpse at Muntz.)
Visit French-language Pixar fansite DisneyPixar.fr for photos of action figure prototypes of Muntz's dogs, as well as stuffed/plush toys (4″ to 8″) and soft vinyl figures of Carl, Russell, Dug, and Kevin (large and mini).
(via Upcoming Pixar)
Posted March 2, 2009.
JUN Planning action figures (prototypes)
From Japanese manufacturer JUN Planning. Carl action figure prototype shown. Final product will be way nicer. See action-figure.com for Russell, Dug, and Kevin figures and more info.
See also JUN Planning mini toys (not prototypes) available for pre-order at acmetrendz.com.
(via Upcoming Pixar)
Posted February 15, 2009.