Friday, 25 May 2018

Irregular Choice Toy Story: You Are A Toy!* Review

I'm excited to bring you the first of my Irregular Choice Toy Story in-depth reviews. Right now, I'm travelling back from London, having attended the Carnaby Street VIP launch last night. Can't quite believe I'm writing that!! I wanted to blog about it beforehand, as I'm sure you'll realise it's a big deal for me (with my M.E.) to get out of the house, but I haven't had time. Hopefully in due course, I can share all the details. So, today we begin with the new character heel(s), in You Are A Toy!* ankle boots. cloud wallpaper background with single ankle boot sitting with Jessie and Woody cowboy figures sitting atop
The right and left foot are different to one another, a quirk you'll either love or hate. My Dad thinks I'm wearing mismatched footwear that don't belong together and that someone else has the opposite pair! Both character heels are different, both uppers are different. There's two layers of frills around the cuff, the same on both boots and the silver glitter scalloped edging around the toe is the same, but that's where the identical features end. cow print ankle boot sitting aside silver ankle boot both facing forward wit sky wallpaper background and Jessie Toy Story figure sitting across toeankle boots side by side with heels facing outwards with Buzz and Woody character heels and large Jessie doll sitting beside and sky background cow print ankle boot next to Jessie large doll with silver ankle boot from Toy Storyback view of Irregular Choice Toy Story heeled ankle boots with large Jessie figure in centre and sky background
The frills around the top are red and white diagonal stripes (present on the top of Buzz's wings) underneath cow print (from Woody's waistcoat). The strips down the centre back of the boot are switched; so red stripes to represent Buzz on Woody's boot and the cow print from Woody on the Buzz boot. I like that, for me it demonstrates a bit of cohesiveness and that they are a set, Dad! back angle view of boots with Toy Story character heels and frilled ankle cuffleft back angle of ankle boots with Toy Story character heels and sky wallpaper backgroundDisney Toy Story ankle boots shown from behind with Buzz and Woody heels and small Jessie doll sitting on top Woody ankle boot shown from heel with side view of Buzz bootToy Story Buzz ankle boot shown from behind, Woody boot sitting side onsmall Toy Story Jessie figure sitting on top of cuff of ankle bootssmall Woody figure sitting on top of striped and cow print ruffled ankle bootclose up of cowboy doll from waist down sitting atop an ankle bootclose up of striped fabric trim on ankle bootclose up of ruffled ankle cuff on ankle boot in cow print and red sripesclose up of cow print fabric detail on ankle boot heel
The boot itself has the tiniest front. Straight out the box, I thought there was no way they'd fit. I got a size 5/38 and they look like a 3/36 to me! The toe is almost non-existent, they make your foot look tiny. The toe is almond shaped, upturned and like I said, the scalloped detail has become synonymous with IC and Disney styles. There's yellow fabric trim behind the silver, just peeking out. The glitter is pretty in the light, but not as dazzling as the black behind the applique letters on the uppers. small buzz lightyear figure sitting in front of close up of silver glitter toe of ankle bootclose up of scalloped silver glitter on holographic toe of ankle bootaerial view of ankle boot toes one in cow print one holographic both with silver glitter trimclose up of cow printed toe of ankle boot with silver glitter trim aerial view close up of ankle boot vamp in pink cactus toy story print with yellow applique lettering
The lettering is in yellow, with "Woody" spelt out on the Woody boot and in purple with "Buzz" on the Buzz boot. The glitter has multi-coloured flecks throughout, but it was the first thing I noticed when I unwrapped them, they are super sparkly. close up of vamp of ankle boot with toy story pink fabric, yellow and glitter applique lettering saying woodyclose up of ankle boot vamp with Buzz purple lettering and glitter applique
Both boots come with a full length inside zip and the main boot is really flexible, so despite my worries about them being too small and too tight, they fitted. On Woody the uppers are cow print on the front and the pink cactus pattern with Woody and Jessie riding on Bullseye on the back and going up the ankle.  outer side of woody ankle boot sitting next to large jessie dollinner side of Woody ankle boot with zip sitting beside large jessie cowgirl dollpair of ankle boots with buzz boot in background woody in foreground side viewwoody toy story ankle boot lying against cloud wallpaper with jessie and woody toy figures
On Buzz you get the galactic Buzz Lightyear material further up and a holographic silver across the foot. It can look a little dull in some lights, but when it does catch the light, there's a beautiful rainbow finish to it and it's very in-keeping with the space theme. silver buzz lightyear ankle boot sitting beside jessie cowgirl large doll and sky wallpaper backgroundinner side of buzz lightyear ankle boot showing zip sitting next to large jessie dollbuzz lightyear ankle boot with small buzz toy figure and sky backgroundpair of ankle boots buzz in foreground woody in backgroundbuzz lightyear ankle boot lying on cloud background with small toy story toys strewn aroundclose up of rainbow holographic silver material on ankle boot
Now let's talk heels. Both are definite heels, not taking on a wedge form like other IC characters (bunnies, unicorn etc). Before anyone starts to question the price points in this collection, you really have to consider the amount of colours and materials used in each piece. As someone who studied fashion, I can tell you when it came to costing garments, all of that had to be taken into account. It's not necessarily using more product than a single colour or fabric, it's that's there's more steps involved for the machinist or worker(s) to pick up, put down, change colours and so on.
These heels are created by hand and I count 11 colours in Woody's outfit alone. The belt buckle isn't the same colour as the sheriff badge for example. There's no fine detail missed. The face is expertly done with his character just as it is on-screen. Look at the moulded string and ring on his back, just like the real cowboy Woody toy, that's adorable! I fully expected, or hoped, "Andy" would be incorporated into the soles of the shoes, which they are, but an unexpected surprise was that it would also grace the heel tips. Woody comes in a gloss finish, he's in-line with the shoe, though his nose is very small and pointy, sticking out ever so slightly, so just watch out for chipping that.
The Buzz heel is wider and chunkier than Woody, though still feels of a reasonable weight when compared to other character heels. He measures 8cm across the widest point, while Woody was 5cm. Obviously both heel heights are the same, coming in at around 4 1/2" with roughly a 3/4" concealed platform. Again he comes in a gloss finish and the detailing once more is impeccable. There's not the minutest feature omitted from what you see of him on-screen. 'Lights', 'buttons', patches and branding are all there, even his silly little chin curl! If I can also draw your attention to the tiny screws in his back, where on the real toy, the wings would pop out. The screws are even embroidered on the Falling With Style handbag we saw in the preview the other week. It's incredible, especially as it's on a part facing the sole and underfoot. This makes no difference to IC, no detail will be lost. The heel tip is purple and once again has Andy written on it. Despite Buzz being slightly wider, I haven't been aware when wearing them of keeping my feet apart (like with R2D2 for example). There's nothing protruding from the back of the shoe, but he does overspill width ways.
We're really treated when it comes to soles in this collection. Most of them are different between the styles and also between right and left foot.
Woody comes in the pink cactus print with Andy scrawled across the foot. I had to try and capture a close-up of Woody and Jessie, as it's so cute.
Buzz also matches his uppers, in the beautiful galactic print and that sole has Buzz written in purple letters. Both have a glossy finish.
Inside you'll find the sky wallpaper print from Andy's bedroom and it's that soft, slightly padded lining we've seen from the likes of Alice and Cinderella. The insole underfoot is cow print with "Disney Pixar" and "Toy Story" printed and "Irregular Choice" embroidered in gold.
If you're fond of patterns and prints, then you'll just love all that's going on in the uppers, soles and box. They really are stunning.  What do you think?  

2 comments :

  1. They are utterly amazing!!! What superb detailing! I'm glad you did such an in depth analysis of them as it does help justify the cost and help you appreciate the imagination, craftsmanship abd genius designing skills!! I'm so so happy you had this exciting trip!!!x

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  2. YAY!~MIne are coming tomorrow! I can't wait!!!!

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