Merchandise: Disney Pixel Phone Straps

Disney Pixel box

Today I would like to introduce you to Disney Pixel, a series of cell phone straps that was being sold in Disney Stores near the end of my time in Japan. I bought my two Disney Pixel straps in August 2013 in a Disney Store in Nagoya, the capital of Aichi Prefecture.

Disney Pixel box

If I recall correctly, a different selection of straps was offered in a different colour box each month for the six months that they were sold. But this is pretty clearly a June box and I’m pretty sure I bought it in August, so I guess they weren’t immediately throwing unsold straps into the vault. I also have no idea why one side of the box is labeled “June 1~14” and the other “June 15~25.” So basically I hope you guys weren’t hoping for any actual information from this post.

Disney Pixel box

Similar to Vinylmations, these boxes don’t give you any hint as to which of the month’s twenty-five possible straps – twenty-three of which are shown on the box and two of which are secret – are inside. There’s a pretty interesting range of potential characters here, with the oldest being from a Silly Symphony and the newest from Lilo and Stitch. I only have the vaguest memory of buying the two I bought, but I might have had a selection from a couple different months, and if I did I imagine I picked June because it includes characters from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Hercules, any of which I would be happy to get.

… One thing I learned in Japan was that I have an embarrassing weakness for surprise items like this. They all have a potential to be awesome that’s too hard for me to resist!

Disney Pixel insert

The straps are, as their name implies, designed in a pixelated style. I really like this style, although the long, hooked hands are a bit much. It seems you’re supposed to use those hands (or tails, or hair) to join multiple straps together, but I think they would have been cuter if they were less exaggerated.

Disney Pixel phone straps

In the end, the two straps I got were Hercules and Pinocchio‘s Honest John. Although I’m not a huge fan of any of the characters from Pinocchio, I really love Hercules, so overall I was pretty happy with this result.

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