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This Mexican Toy Store Is Selling Make Your Own Forky Kits Based On The Toy Story Character And People Went Crazy

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Last month, Toy Story 4 hit theaters. The latest installment in Pixar’s flagship movie franchise features Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of the familiar Toy Story characters we’re used to seeing.

Yet Toy Story 4 introduced a new, unexpected toy to love: Forky. Far from the average anthropomorphic store-bought personalities, Forky is a handmade creation and, importantly, the product of a child’s ingenuity.

In fact, Forky is barely a toy at all: He’s a plastic spork adorned with a pipe cleaner, googly eyes, bits of clay, and a broken popsicle stick. All of his parts are literally taken from the trash by Woody and then put together by a kindergartener named Bonnie.

But what Forky is, and has become in the wake of Toy Story 4’s release, is the star of Toy Story 4.

He’s such a star that people around the world are trying to recreate him at home on their own.

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Of course, fancy toys are cool and all, but many parents know that sometimes kids often gravitate toward simpler items.

Since Forky is basically just a plastic spork with pipe cleaner arms and googly eyes stuck on him, he’s actually been pretty easy to recreate. Even before “Toy Story 4” was officially in theaters, the animated utensil was winning over hearts and minds, so it’s not too surprising that plenty of homemade Forkys are popping up across social media.

People are legit connecting with this plastic food utensil on a whole other level.

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Maybe this is getting too real…?

Toy stores are getting in on the action too.

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Like this Mexican toy store chain that is selling a “Make your own Forky kit” that comes with everything you need a Ziploc plastic bag.

And this movie theatre in Sonora is hosting an event that sounds like an amazing idea.

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Translation: Families! Don’t miss the Toy Story marathon tomorrow where you could make your own #Forky

Seriously, this is something I want to go to!

Even Disney itself has come out with a $20 “Make Your Own Forky” kit.

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I mean really Disney, was this necessary?

And people don’t seem all that happy about it…

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Although a lot of people are mad at Disney for trying to make even more money off an item they themselves depict as literal trash, we can’t say we’re surprised.

For those who wanna try and make their own Forky at home, this Twitter user has you covered.

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Steps to make your own Forky:

  • Buy your own personal kit to assemble it.
  • Make it.
  • You’re welcome.

But some of the best tweets are from people who’ve already made their own versions.

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I mean these look nearly identical to the original Forky…minus the all the blue. But those facial expressions…pure Forky.

Some people out there are getting extra creative with their Forky creations.

But this is one I know I’m totally gonna have a good night out with. Salud!

READ: People Who Worked On ‘Toy Story 4’ Hinted At Bonnie’s Dad Being Latino

People Who Worked On ‘Toy Story 4’ Hinted At Bonnie’s Dad Being Latino

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People Who Worked On ‘Toy Story 4’ Hinted At Bonnie’s Dad Being Latino

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Toy Story 4, the long-awaited fourth film of the Toy Story franchise, hit theaters this June and we were reunited with favorites like Woody and Buzz Lightyear. We also became acquainted with a few new faces, while coming to the realization that an animated movie can still make us ugly cry.

Between meeting Forky, Gabby Gabby, Ducky and Bunny, and Duke Caboom (hey, Keanu!), Toy Story 4 introduced us to a plethora of new characters. We even met Bo Peep again, whom you might remember has been MIA for a bit. And she comes back in this fourth installment as a whole new badass Bo Peep!

There was one character in particular who stood out among the rest: Bonnie’s dad.

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If you recall, Bonnie is the toddler in Toy Story 3 who Andy gives away all his toys to, including his beloved Woody, before he heads off to college.

With his dark hair and caramel-like complexion, Bonnie’s dad clearly looked ethnically ambiguous. We wondered what he could be and thus it raised the question, could Bonnie’s dad be Latino? He reminded us of some of our dads, tios, primos, and friends. Even when we first saw Bonnie Anderson in Toy Story 3, we knew there was something different about her. She also had ambiguous features and didn’t quite look like the standard white character we were so used to seeing in Toy Story‘s past — or many cartoon films for that matter. But at that time, we had only seen her mom.

Bonnie’s dad is actually voiced by Mexican-American actor Jay Hernandez — who revealed in several interviews discussing Toy Story 4 that he has always been a fan of the franchise and dreamed of one day voicing a character for a Disney-Pixar movie — so if we needed any clues this one is certainly it. While on the red carpet of the Toy Story 4 world premiere, Hernandez revealed that the film’s creative team even began adding touches to Bonnie’s dad that were true to him. “I went to the session wearing Converse Chuck Taylors… certain kinds of shoes, and they added that to my character, which wasn’t originally there,” the Magnum P.I. actor said. “So I thought it was sort of an homage to me, it was cool.”

In a recent interview with Remezcla, Pixar producer Jonas Rivera, who also happens to be Mexican-American, noted that our assumptions about Bonnie’s dad possibly being Latino could indeed be right.

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“We never named him; he’s just Bonnie’s Dad. But in my mind, and since I know him well I feel I can speak for Albert [Lozano], the character is a reflection of our families. Albert’s dad is Mexican American like my dad is. That’s how we see dads,” Rivera said. He noted that growing up in a home with a Mexican father and mother of English Canadian descent also inspired the design of Bonnie’s parents. “We thought Bonnie’s dad would be closer to that model of a family. I know a lot of families that way in California,” he explained.

“When we made Toy Story 3, all my family thought she was based on my sister Raquel because she looked liked her when she was really little, and now in [Toy Story 4], Bonnie sort of looks like my niece Carly.”

The question then remains, was the casting of Jay Hernandez to voice the character of Bonnie’s dad therefore intentional? 

Maybe not quite, but Rivera explained that Jay just embodied what they were searching for in Bonnie’s dad perfectly.

“As a parent of three, the character is easy to relate to. He is the dad that’s always a little behind everything, and Jay was able to bring that in a truthful way,” Rivera told Remezcla. “To be totally honest with you, it wasn’t like, ‘Let’s find a Latino actor;’ it was more like, ‘Let’s find the right guy,’ but when I saw who it was with [director] Josh Cooley and [producer] Mark Nielsen, that was a bonus for me. I thought it’d be great if we could also have more diversity.”

He continued, “We make animated films about toys, monsters, and superheroes, but really we want them to be relatable to everybody and one of the ways you do that is if your films are diverse, not only the characters in the films but the people making them.”

Fans are loving the diversity the movie is bringing to the Toy Story universe.

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The film did relatively well on having more diversity in its lineup of actors, adding the voices of those like Hernandez, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, and Ally Maki. Toy Story 4 also showcased a lesbian couple dropping off and picking up their daughter from daycare. And the lost little girl we see at the carnival, who Gabby Gabby tries to console and ultimately winds up being able to claim as her own kid, is Black.

Toy Story 4 picks up right where Toy Story 3 left off, but not before momentarily taking us back in time to tell fans what happened to Bo Peep and her sheep. The Disney-Pixar picture dives deeper into Bonnie’s world as she heads off for Kindergarten orientation and shows us once again just how far Woody will go for his kid. Woody, Forky, Buzz and the rest of the gang wind up on an epic adventure after Bonnie’s dad declares they’re going on an end-of-summer road trip.

The family’s road trip places Woody on an unexpected journey through an antique store, with little Forky (who becomes almost like Woody’s child) in tow. And even Bonnie’s dad runs into some serious bumps along the way to their destination. Oh, and if you were still doubting that he could be Latino, just wait to see his reactions to a lot of the challenges he faces.

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The Crafty Chica Is Here To Give The DIY Scene A Bit Of Culture With Her Own Crafting Tips

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The Crafty Chica Is Here To Give The DIY Scene A Bit Of Culture With Her Own Crafting Tips

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If you are looking for some serious DIY inspo, Crafty Chica has all the inspo you will ever need. The mother and serious DIY enthusiast has a way of creating incredible pieces of art from some common products. Here are a few of her creations that will make you want to grab your glue gun and lock yourself in your room.

1. Upcycle your old stiletto into a tequila shot holder.

It is amazing what you can do with a little bit of hot glue, some lace, and an old shoe.

2. Make some resin glitter pendants for you and your friends.

There are so many silicone ice cube trays out there with all kinds of different patterns and those are perfect for this little pendants. Not to mention that they can make for adorable necklaces for you and the bestie.

3. You can turn your old El Pato cans into bracelets.

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This is a little time and equipment intensive but the result is so worth it. And, no, you don’t have to use just El Pato cans. You can do this with all of your favorite canned food brands because freedom of choice.

4. Give your hairstyle an extra level of fierce with these beaded bobby pins.

Plain bobby pins are so 2015, apparently. Elevate them to your inner diva level by adding your favorite little charms and a few beads to make them original. Just make sure you treat them better than the thousands you have lost before them.

5. Waterless snowglobes are the no mess, no fuss way to get ready for the holidays.

It’s just a few easy steps to create something that you can use in your own home to get the spirit going. Not to mention that you can make a few of these and give them out as gifts to all of your friends and family since we all know the homemade gifts are the best, right?

6. For the more artsy people, why not give this window mural a shot?

If you or someone you know is into the whole art scene, why not use those skills to make your house pop? You can do whatever mural you want, obviously. Just using some basic, easily washed away paint, and with some patience, you can give your spot a totally different and exciting feel. Just make sure you wash your window really good first or it will all be for nothing.

7. Make your bestie’s next birthday just as extra as they are and get started on this crazy cake.

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This one is pretty simple to accomplish. All you need is a cake of your choosing then just pile on all of your favorite desserts and treats on top. You only get to celebrate your birthday once a year so why not really make it something to remember with pan dulces, candies, and treats your heart desires.

8. Painted mugs make a great gift for the serious coffee drinkers in your life.

If you don’t have easy access to a kiln, don’t fret. Crafty Chica has a perfect tutorial and supply list for mugs you can paint and then pop in the oven to complete the process. That’s right. No need to find a kiln in your neighborhood or pay too much at one of those ceramic painting stores out there.

9. Painted leather bracelets will make you pop over the summer with some fun colors.

You know those leather bracelets that look like they are three smaller bracelets? Well, with a little bit of paint, you can make some seriously awesome stuff for you and your squad. If you want to learn how to braid these things, don’t worry. There’s a video for that. It isn’t easy but it looks pretty cool.

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