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Al's Toy Barn

Al's Toy Barn, seen across the street by the toys.

Hamm: "Hey, guys, why did the toys cross the road?"
Buzz: "Not now, Hamm."
Rex: "Oohh, I love riddles! Why?"
Hamm: "To get to the chicken on the other side!"
—Buzz and the toys spotting Al's Toy Barn across the street

Al's Toy Barn is a toy store first mentioned in Toy Story in a TV commercial advertising Buzz Lightyear toys while Woody and Buzz Lightyear are trapped in Sid's house, but first appears in Toy Story 2. It is owned by Al McWhiggin, an obsessive toy collector who has stolen Woody at the beginning of Toy Story 2.

Locations within

Entrance

Buzz Lightyear, Hamm, Rex, Mr. Potato Head and Slinky Dog enter the store by jumping onto a door sensor mat to trigger the door open. After they enter, Rex finds a manual to the Buzz Lightyear video game he has been playing earlier on a shelf next to the door. Later, when Buzz is exiting the store, he knocks over a stack of boxes next to the door onto the door sensor mat, unknowingly releasing an Evil Emperor Zurg action figure in the process.

Barbie aisle

Slinky: "We've been down this aisle already."
Mr. Potato Head: "We've never been down this aisle. It's pink."
Slinky: "Face it, we're lost."
Slinky Dog and Mr. Potato Head

This is where Hamm, Rex, Mr. Potato Head and Slinky encounter a bunch of Barbie dolls having a party and meet one of them, Tour Guide Barbie, who volunteers to help the toys in their search.

Hot Wheels aisle

"To our right is the Hot Wheels aisle. Developed in 1967 the original series had 16 cars, including the corvette."
—Tour Guide Barbie

Tour Guide Barbie opens up the tour by taking the toys into this aisle. The gumball machine that the toys crash into is located in this aisle.

Buzz Lightyear aisle

"And this is the Buzz Lightyear aisle. Back in 1995, short-sighted retailers did not order enough dolls to meet demand."
—Tour Guide Barbie
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Buzz Lightyear being imprisoned into a cardboard box.

This is an aisle full of new Buzz Lightyear toys that Andy's Buzz encounters while on his search. Here, he gets into a fight with another Buzz Lightyear action figure, who behaves much like him in the first film. He mistakes the real Buzz for a rogue space ranger, ties him up in a cardboard box, and places him on the shelf with the other Buzz Lightyear action figures. Tour Guide Barbie takes the toys into this aisle where they pick up a newer Buzz, leaving Andy's Buzz behind.

Al's Office

Al McWhiggin, the owner of Al's Toy Barn, maintains his office here. There is a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots playset on his desk.

Trivia

  • When Etch A Sketch draws a map of Al's Toy Barn, the address displays 1001 West Cutting Boulevard, which is the address of Pixar Animation Studios in Richmond, California.
  • The shot of Andy's Buzz Lightyear climbing up the display only to encounter the new Buzz Lightyear standing tall resembles the one of Woody climbing up Andy's bed only to encounter the original Buzz standing tall in Toy Story.
  • Characters from A Bug's Life are visible as toys inside the store.
    Bugs Life Toys

    Bug's Life Toys on sale at Al's Toy Barn.

  • One ball from Luxo, Jr. is visible immediately after entering the store. When leaving the store, a container of those balls can be seen to the left of the door (a sign on the container reads "Fresh Farm Balls"). A ball is also shown in the commercial for the store earlier in the film.
  • Barbie's dance steps are based on Ann-Margret's moves in Viva Las Vegas
  • One of the levels in Toy Story 2: The Video Game is a space themed section of Al's Toy Barn called Al's Space Land, where the majority of toys there are of Buzz Lightyear and Emperor Zurg. There's also an arcade with a claw machine and ball pit (similar to Pizza Planet). Oddly enough, the Aliens from Pizza Planet are being sold there as well.
  • In Toy Story 3: The Video Game, tokens are used at Al's Toy Barn on the game board to buy new toys that can be used in Woody's Roundup.
  • At one point, while the toys are in Al's Toy Barn, Mr. Potato Head views Rex, chasing after the car, in a rearview side mirror, which parodies a scene in Jurassic Park, when the T-Rex chases after the crew in a jeep.
    • Additionally, the phrase made famous in Jurassic Park, "Objects in mirrors are closer than they appear," is also visible on the mirror of the car that the toys drive in the store.
  • Buckets of toy soldiers are seen when Hamm, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head and Rex while in a toy car bump into them since one is seen in Andy's room.
  • The pink bear from the first film is being sold in the store.
  • In Monopoly: Disney Pixar Edition, you can use Al's Toy Barns to rent due to it being Pixar themed.

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