From the unlikely, but amazing chemistry of Woody and Buzz Lightyear, to the perfect tone that taps adults’ nostalgia buttons and humor that cracks little kids up, there’s few franchises as widely loved as “Toy Story.”
The lowest rated of the trilogy, “Toy Story 3,” earned a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes.com and you can’t tell me the four critics who gave it a negative rating just didn’t want attention and clicks.
One of the most charming aspects of the franchise is the creative tributes to toy lines of the past. In recent installments, we’ve seen shot-outs to “G.I. Joe,” “Care Bears,” “Transformers” and even Pez. With the oh-so welcome announcement of “Toy Story 4” slated for June 2017, it got me thinking of which old school toys I’d love to see get the Toy Story treatment for the new film.
Either way, I demand a more significant role for Combat Carl, the co-star of “Toy Story of Terror.”
Here’s my list:
Tickle Me Elmo – The Tyco Preschool plush hit shelves in 1996 and quickly became the most in-demand Christmas toy leading to parents fighting and scalpers listing it online for a “low” asking price of $1,500. The Toy Story take doesn’t have to be a major character, but could be overly ticklish from the merest touch causing it to double over in laughter.
Masters of the Universe — I’m a bit surprised that one of the 80s biggest toylines hasn’t been worked into the franchise yet, but Toy Story needs to work in some super strong barbarian hero (or villain for that matter) to interact with Woody, Buzz and the gang.
Rainbow Brite — If there’s one thing the Toy Story universe needs, it’s more female characters. Jessie is great and Barbie is deliberately playfully goofy, but adding in a take on Hallmark Cards colorful protagonist who is in charge of all the colors in the universe could be a fun character. And just think of all the jokes they could get out of the Brite stand-in’s color OCD?
Those are my picks. Who would you add or like to see in “Toy Story 4?”