Hands-on with the P&F merchandise, part 54
In last issue's merchandise review, I showed off two Agent P pillows that you can buy from Target and Toys R Us. Leave it to the Disney Store to come up with something even more impressive.
This is a life-size Perry the Platypus pillow. It's 20" long in the body, 37" from beak to tail. It is made from polyester fibers and has some plastic plates in the feet to help them keep their shape, but everything else about him is soft and cuddly. Hand wash him when you need to clean him.
The picture to the right shows it in comparison with the other two pillows, with the Transforming Perry toy added in to also show the scale of each one. A bigger pillow like this has a bigger price. Expect to pay $40 for this, but since this is not just a pillow but a life-size version of Perry, it's worth it, and it's on sale right now for $25 at the Disney Store. The employee I talked to at the local Disney Store I visited said that large plush animals like this aren't made is as great of numbers as the smaller ones and they tend to go quick.
The four P&F Flavorz packages
So far, the number of food and drink products has been small, but now there are three more added to the fold. We told you back in July about the new "Flavorz" apple slices and "CoolCuts" salads and mini meals. I haven't seen the CoolCuts in the stores yet, but I did manage to find the Flavorz snacks recently and I got two friends from work to help me sample them.
Crunch Pak takes Fuji apples and adds other fruit flavors to them. Each box has five packages, and each package weighs two ounces (five or six slices), which is about a third of an apple. The flavors are divided amonst the different brands: Phineas and Ferb gets Peach Mango, the Disney Princesses get Strawberry Vanilla Cream, and the other Disney characters like Mickey, Minnie and Goofy get Grape.
A fuji apple is normally a red-skinned fruit, but most of these had a green skin, so I think they might be a variety that isn't listed on Wikipedia's page yet. I thought they were Golden Delicious apples at first. Each package is 30 or 35 calories.
The taste test was two in favor of the Peach Mango and one for Grape. One of my co-workers mentioned she liked the smell of the Grape and Strawberry Vanilla Cream apples, but liked the taste of the Peach Mango apples better. One of the first P&F boxes I bought included a "rub and sniff" sticker to help you get an idea of what the apples would taste like.
Walmart had them for $3.48 each. You might be able to find them in other stores like Safeway and QFC. If anyone finds a store that carries the CoolCuts, leave a comment to let everyone know.
The next snacks are made by Brothers-All-Natural. These are a freeze-dried fruit snack and the process they use means they don't have to add any preservatives or extra sugar. The back of the package listed their "best if eaten by" date of about two years from the time I bought them.
Each package is a half cup of fruit (10 or 12 grams), running between 35 and 45 calories each. For the Phineas and Ferb line, the selection is as follows: Phineas/Fuji apples, Ferb/strawberries and bananas, Agent P/Asian pears, and Dr. Doofenshmirtz/Fuji apples with cinnamon.
As it turned out, all three of us liked Dr. Doofenshmirtz's apples with cinnamon. I picked Phineas' apples as a close second due to how sweet the apples are by themselves, but I also like Agent P's pears since they have a kind of gentle flavor. With the freeze-dry process, it's almost as if you could have the fruit dissolve in your mouth if you suck on them a little bit. Not exactly, but it's like that.
So far, I have only been able to find these at one branch of a regional grocery chain called WinCo Foods. I tried four others in the area, but they didn't have them. As I kept coming back to the first store over the next few weeks, I think I wound up buying at least half of what was being sold. They were just under $1 apiece.
The Phineas and Ferb snacks haven't been added to the website yet, but if you head there, you'll see they have packages for Mickey's Clubhouse, the Disney Princesses and Cars in those same flavors, plus peach, strawberry (without bananas), Mandarin orange and pineapple. I was able to get the display stand from the store once it was nearly empty. A lot of times, displays are thrown away once they run out, so after the P&F snacks show up on the website and I can order some, I'm going to set the display back up in my house. Until then, my mantra is "must resist the tasty goodness in those last four packages".
Fortunately, one of the ways I can resist that temptation is with the new Agent P Lip Pop! lollipop. This "Teal-berry" (blue raspberry) lollipop is made by FLIX Candy and comes on a plastic holder shaped like Perry's beak.
The "buy now" button on the FLIX website takes you over to Candy Warehouse, which has this great description:
- "Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to consume as many Agent P Lip Pops as you can while donning your favorite secret crime-fighting platypus's disguise! When he's not saving the world from destruction at the hands of his evil nemesis Doofenshmirtz, Agent P aka Perry the Platypus from Disney XD's Phineas and Ferb masquerades as an unintelligent everyday house pet that doesn't do much. As Perry, Agent P is a force to be reckoned with. Fit a fedora low over your eyes and snap your Lip Pop firmly in place before you spring into super hero action. It will be hard, but try not to get lost in the blissful teal-berry taste of this tasty blue-green sucker—you've got a planet to save."
The lip pop is Teal of Approval Certified. I found them at Toys R Us for $1.50 each. As one of my co-workers put it, they're "so cute and taste great, too". I agree. I finished the first one a few minutes ago. It's not going to be the last.