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Everything you need to know about the new toys on the block in Toy Story 4

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The toys are back in town once again! Nine years have passed since Toy Story 3 left us emotional wrecks, and finally Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and pals are returning to our screens this summer for a fourth adventure. 

Returning Toy Story favourites including Jessie, Hamm and Slinky are all present and correct. Yet Disney-Pixar's film will also bring us some possible future favourite characters. Here's the lowdown on everything you need to know about the new toys on the block in Toy Story 4.

1. Forky

A toy doesn't necessarily have to be in shiny packaging with lasers and pull-strings to be a toy, right? Well that's the big question that new character Forky faces. Forky is a sentient 'spork' (spoon-fork) created by the ever imaginative toddler Bonnie, who adopted Andy's old toys at the end of Toy Story 3, who questions whether he is really a toy after all.

With the other characters determined to make him feel like he belongs, the film will focus partly on Forky's journey of self-discovery. He's voiced by actor Tony Hale, best known for his roles in comedy TV series' Arrested Development and Veep.


2. Ducky and Bunny

Every good animated film needs a comedy double-act. Providing much of the humour in Toy Story 4 are Keegan-Michael Key and man-of-the-moment Jordan Peele (director of horror hits Us and Get Out). In the film, Woody's journey takes him to a carnival funfair where he meets Ducky and Bunny (voiced by the two stars), two 'prizes' who are very eager to be won.

This isn't the first animated outing for Key and Peele as they also stole the show as Alpha and Beta Wolf in 2016's Storks. Based their long history performing and writing together, which also includes their own successful sketch show series, we're certain Ducky and Bunny are going to steal the show in Toy Story 4.




3. Duke Caboom

With much of the story taking place in an antiques shop, our friends encounter some toys from the past, one of those being the dashing, daring, 1970s-style daredevil Duke Caboom, voiced by none other than action movie superstar, Keanu Reeves.

Purportedly the 'John Wick' of the Toy Story universe, the Canadian, motorbike-riding action figure faces a crisis in confidence when he fails to live up to his bravado persona, but luckily Woody and a returning Bo Peep (Annie Potts) are on hand to help out.

Keanu Reeves voices Duke Caboom in Toy Story 4


4. Officer Giggle McDimples

Sometimes the best things come in the smallest packages, and this miniature character more than makes up for her small stature with a big personality. This 'Polly Pocket'-style character can proudly stand tall as Toy Story's smallest incumbent, at around an inch high. (You can see her perched on Woody's shoulder in the image below.)

As the right hand woman to Bo Peep, this dynamic duo might look cute, but they're not to be messed with! Voiced by Ally Maki, this pint-sized character with an unforgettable laugh is surely set to steal your hearts.

"Giggle is Bo’s Jiminy Cricket," says director Josh Cooley. "We’re able to get insight on Bo through their relationship together. Giggle is definitely the smallest toy in the Toy Story universe. She’s been stepped on, vacuumed up, and probably put up a kid’s nose in her time. Giggle McDimples literally pops on the screen because of Ally’s personality and infectious energy. Nobody can laugh like Ally Maki."

Officer Giggle McDimples in Toy Story 4


5. Gabby Gabby

Every good story needs a villain, and as any horror movie aficionado will know, dolls are sometimes not to be trusted. Voiced by Mad Men and Drive star Christina Hendricks, Gabby Gabby is a 1950s-style vintage doll who is not to be crossed.

Leading a terrifying horde of voiceless ventriloquist dummies, Gabby and her gang might be the stuff of nightmares, so let's hope Woody and our heroes can save the day.

Christina Hendricks voices Gabby Gabby in Toy Story 4


Toy Story 4 is released on 21st June.

Sarah Buddery is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.