Here we are again, Fun Stuff Friday! Today, I'm going to be discussing one of the biggest collectible lines to crash in from the island of Japan. No, not Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh, I'm talking about Disney Tsum Tsum!
Now, what's a Tsum Tsum? Firstly, "Tsum" is from the Japanese word "Tsumu" which means "to Stack". So the name of the toys means Disney Stack Stack! The Tsum Tsums where launched in 2013, as an experiment in the lucrative Japanese market. Taking the Japanese fascination with soft lines and cute, round faces, along with the genuine appreciation that the Japanese have for the Disney movies the little oval characters became a huge hit.
What do you do with a Tsum Tsum? Their main appeal is the fun of collecting all the different characters, but you can also use them as building toys, to stack and make pyramids. There are several different kinds of toys, from big plushies primarily sold only in Disney Stores, to tiny plastic blind bags, sold almost everywhere.
The sheer variety of toys and characters available, (Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars to date) can be overwhelming. Most collectors of anything usually say when there's a huge variety of something you like, it's best to stick to one type of thing or your favorite characters. Personally, I like to collect the blind bags. The mystery and excitement of finding out what's inside is just as fun as the toy!
I have a moderately sized collection of the Tsums that sit on a little shelf in the Orient-themed area of my room. You can't see inside the bags (hence the name blind bag), so it's a crapshoot to get the character you really want. If you're clever about feeling the bags you could get close. Tsum Tsum don't have cheat codes like My Little Pony blind bags or other small bagged collectibles, but that's part of the fun.
In all, if you like Disney and blind bag fun, give the Tsum Tsums a try!
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