May 2016

Disney Star Wars Tsum Tsum Graduation Lei Gift (or Graduation Lei-a)!

My littlest is graduating from kindergarten this year.  I am so proud, yet so sad.  It’s a milestone in my books.  As I prepare mentally for his upcoming last day of kindergarten, I am also reminded that he will be participating in a formal graduation ceremony.  What should I get for him to make him feel extra special?  He loves Star Wars and he loves Disney Tsum Tsum toys.  Bingo.  I will make him a Tsum Tsum graduation lei.  Here’s how I made this.

Graduation Lei 1

– clear cellophane wrap (Party City has a good supply)
– scissors
– curling ribbon
– Tsum Tsum toys (at least 7 of the mini plush ones)
– regular clear tape

Graduation Lei 2

Start by collecting all of the supplies above.   You will need to cut about 5.5 feet of cellophane wrap.  From that piece, fold it horizontally and cut it in half so you have two super long pieces.  You will only need to use one, but keep the other one just in case– so save it!  Lay one of the pieces flat on a long enough clean surface.

Graduation Lei 3

You will need at least 7 Tsum Tsums.  I selected the Star Wars collection of Tsum Tsums for this project and gift.  Since I am making this for my little guy, his torso isn’t too long so I won’t need that much as it won’t need to be too long.  I would say you would need about 7-9 Tsum Tsums for a younger elementary school aged child.  More if you have an adult.  Cut of all the tags off the Tsum Tsums and gently tape the fabric tags with a little tape under their bellies.  Once you have prepped each one, line them up on the cellophane wrap closest to the rougher edge, leaving about 4-5 finger widths in-between.  Think hot dog links.

Graduation Lei 4

Once lined up, add a little more tape to the edge of the cellophane wrap to the Tsum Tsums.  Next, you are ready to roll.  Think sushi roll.  You will want to CAREFULLY roll the Tsum Tsums over one-by-one.  Slow motion required.  Keep a somewhat firm roll, but not too tight.  If the cellophane wrap tears, just add tape!

Graduation Lei 5

Next, you will want to cut about 1.5 feet of curling tape for each break.  (See photo.)  Place these under each break so that you can start tying each section which encases a Tsum Tsums.  Do not make this too loose or too tight.  Every section should be the same.  After you are done tying each section, start curling your ribbon!  You should slowly see the lei transforming.  Feel free to move around gently and adjust the Tsum Tsums within each break.  You want them to be consistent.

Graduation Lei 6

Finally, connect the two ends with more curling ribbon and you just need to tie them together to complete the loop.


I had his older brother try this on for kicks and think that this will be a perfect fit for my 5 year old son!  He wasn’t too happy in this photo since this wasn’t a gift for him.  🙁  I may make one for him, too!  Shhh!!  I probably could have added 1 or 2 more, but think that this should work for my little guy.  I can’t wait to see the look on his little face.  I will try to post an updated photo of my little guy with his gift at the very end of this month.

May the graduation force be with you!

Posted 5/11/16


LEGO Minifigures Collection Features 18 Iconic Disney Characters – Bump Codes & Box Reveal

If you are a Disney or Lego fan, then you might know that they released the LEGO Minifigures Collection Features 18 Iconic Disney Characters on 5/1/16. (Photo above courtesy of  Select stores released them with limited supply and they are sold out almost everywhere, even online with an MSRP of $3.99.  There are also some stores that have a limit of 4 or 5 packs per customer.  These are HOT items.  As with all Lego minifigure packs, these are blind packs, so you won’t really know what you get unless you sit there and feel the pieces, if you open the packs or familiar with bump codes.  I saw many families there crunching the bags to decipher the contents inside.  This seemed to draw a bigger crowd compared to other releases.  I guess when you combine Lego + Disney that says it all.  One mom told me that she went to all the stores in the area in search of Buzz Lightyear and Alice!  Sounds like these might be popular minifigures.  Then again, it could be that those are her favorite characters or perhaps she was trying to fill her collection.  Because these aren’t your typical Lego minifigures they are a bit easier to decipher since each character has a pretty unique face or accessory.

I have to say that Lego and Disney did a pretty good job with capturing the design and story for each character through their accessories.  Although, not all had accessories.  They put together a nice mix of characters and it would be interesting to see if they have another series with an expanded list of characters.  Here’s a cute photo of Stitch below.

Disney Lego Minifigures

I managed to get my hand on an entire box.  Yes an ENTIRE BOX.  Score!!  Although I can’t share the details how I acquired this, I can share a few things with you about what I uncovered.

Disney Lego Minifigure 2

Disney Lego Minifigure 3

The box has a total of 60 mystery packs.  After deciphering each pack, I inventoried the following quantities which could help you out with your search to see what a typical box inventory looks like.  As you can see, Ariel could be the hardest to find as there were only 2 in the box!  The rest had a fair share of quantity of 3 or 4 each.

  • 4 – Mickey Mouse
  • 3 – Minnie Mouse
  • 3 – Donald Duck
  • 3 – Daisy Duck
  • 3 – Alice
  • 3 – Cheshire Cat
  • 3 – Peter Pan
  • 3 – Captain Hook
  • 3 – Maleficent
  • 3 – Ariel
  • 3 – Ursula
  • 4 – Genie
  • 3 – Aladdin
  • 4 – Stitch
  • 4 – Mr. Incredible
  • 4 – Syndrome
  • 3 – Buzz Lightyear
  • 4 – Alien

Disney Lego Minifigures


Lego enthusiasts know about a little thing called bump codes.  Having 2 boys, I learned early on about this hack.  They are little raised 3D bumps that are located at the bottom of the back package that indicate what the contents are inside.  These aren’t 100% obvious and sometimes it takes just as long to figure out what the bump codes are vs. feeling the package.  So if you have a legend which has the infamous bump codes in front of you, this might help you if the bumps are obvious enough.  Here are the bump codes that I deciphered which I am sharing with you.  I have marked white dots on the bottom to indicate the infamous bump codes.  Note that this is not a perfect method as some are raised more than others.  Also you may want to take notice that some of the bumps are aligned slightly different than others as some look the same.

Disney Lego Minifigures

For more information about this special release, you can read about it here: LEGO Minifigures Collection Features 18 Iconic Disney Characters

Happy collecting and trading!

Posted 5/4/16