Recently I wrote this review: https://maskedlibrary.com/2020/04/24/disney-comics-collection-toy-story-book-review/
Imagine my surprise to find even more Toy Story comics in my personal library. The first two stories are the same, but this book is a bit bigger and contains two more tales. Plus stickers and a poster! The poster is multiple panels that can be used to tell any story you wish. Use the stickers to tell the story! These are word balloon stickers with various phrases. It reminds me a lot of my grandmother’s old photo albums. At some point these stickers were sold to spice up albums. Which I now want to look through.
The two new stories are “To the Washing Machine – And Beyond!” Writer: Victoria Saxon. Pencils: Phil Ortiz. Inks: Scott Koblish. Colors: Atomic Paintbrush. Letters: John Green. Two short stories from Woody’s Roundup. “Runaway River” Writer: John Green. Pencils: Steven Butler. Inks: Jeff Albrecht. Letters: John Green. Colors: Paul Monts. “Crunchy Catastrophe” Writer: John Green. Pencils: Steven Butler. Inks: Jim Amash. Letters and Colors: John Green.
“To the Washing Machine” is a tale of a toy stuck in the laundry. The toys are having an epic game of hide and seek. Bullseye hides in Andy’s laundry basket and oh no, mom grabs it! The toys stage an epic rescue mission. In a stroke of genius which kids today would not understand, the toys unplug one of the phones in the house causing the other phone to ring. I do not remember this working when I was a kid. With any phone at the time. Plus, no kid today is going to understand a corded phone attached to the wall. Either way, the plan works and Bullseye is safe. I’m not sure what’s wrong with being washed. Do the Toys have to breathe? This brings up many more questions.
“Runaway River” features Stinky Pete blowing up stuff to find gold. This causes a surge in the river, which he falls into. Woody saves Pete while Jesse and her animal friends stop the water from flooding the town. In “Crunchy”, Woody wants to eat a bowl of cowboy cereal but it’s all missing. Turns out Pete stole it all because he thought the gold nugget marshmallows were real gold.
The two stories from Woody’s Roundup is most likely from Andy’s perspective. The Toys aren’t toys here. They are having adventures out in the old West. Much like the opening scenes from the movies when we see how Andy imagines the toys and their worlds as he plays.
All of the stories are fun. Quick entertaining reads for an adult but well worth it for kids. Favorite characters, great art, and reading that would be challenging but not frustrating for them. All of the stories plus the stickers and poster for $3.99 cover price and this book is old enough you can probably find it for cheaper than that.