Hands up who’s seen Toy Story 4, and hands up anyone who wants to see it.
The chances are if you’ve got kids, you’re going to be in one of these camps. I saw it this week and now my 6-year-old is back onto the Toy Story franchise in a big way and wants to watch all of the films. Over and over again – do you feel my pain?
That’s why I thought I’d put this post together to figure out the cheapest way to get access to all the Toy Story films without breaking the bank…
Or the law…
Just to confirm. This guide is how to watch the Toy Story films for the lowest cost LEGALLY. So, it excludes sites like Putlocker and 123 Movies that use VPN to stream and fall within a grey area of the law.
Not seen Toy Story 4 at the Cinema Yet? Here’s the cheapest way to see it.
2 for 1 with Meerkat Movies, which you can get for just over £1 with this trick. All you need to do is download the app and buy the cheapest qualifying product you can find through Compare the Market. Don’t worry though I got this for just £1.01 – you can read more about it in my recent post about the second part of the offer, Meerkat Meals.
So, what are the options?
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Streaming and Digital Downloads
First off, I looked at the best places to stream the Toy Story movies or get a digital copy.
This was the first thing I looked at as it popped up on the tablet when he was watching a clip on YouTube. It’s also the only streaming service that gives you access to the Toy Story movies at the moment. Netflix is usually my go-to streaming service and used to have the rights Disney films periodically but these were drastically reduced when Disney launched DisneyLife in 2015.
- Over 450 Classic and Newer Disney Movies (including Toy Story 1, 2 and 3)
- 5000+ Disney TV episodes from box sets
- Over 7000 Disney Music Tracks
- Live Streaming of Disney Channel, Disney Junior & Disney XD shows
- You can download Disney movies, music and movies
- Use with up to 10 compatible devices
- 10% off the Disney Store all year
To get it you need to download the app on either Google Play, iTunes or on Amazon in the App Store
Unfortunately, Toy Story isn’t available to Stream through Amazon Prime Video membership. So, you’re limited to buying a digital copy on the platform, which can get pretty pricey if you buy all 3.
iTunes and GooglePlay
You can buy a digital copy on iTunes but again the price is a whopping £5.99 for each film so I think I’ll pass on this too. Google Play is the worst of the bunch with Toy Story 1, 2 and 3 all avail be for £2.49 each to rent meaning you can download the trilogy for less than £7.50. But if you want to Buy them it’s £9.99 each!
If you’re a Sky customer, you can get the HD download and a DVD (not sure why you’d need both though) for £5.99 each. Again, it’s pretty steep, but better than £9.99 a film.
The TalkTalk TV store is even more expensive with each of the 3 films costing £6.50 each for a digital download. So, all 3 will set you back nearly £20 – not tempting!
You can rent each film for £2.49 or buy for a not very tempting £9.99 in Standard Definition or £13.99 if you want HD – another option to give a swerve.
With all these expensive options this led me to my old trusted DVD format. I spoke about why I still buy DVD’s in a recent guest post. You can often pick them up for next to nothing, especially when you’re comparing them with these huge digital download costs.
eBay & Amazon
The cheapest box set I could find on eBay was £14 including Post and packaging
Amazon worked out about the same (just under £14 for a used copy). But there wasn’t much difference between buying used and new so make sure you check all the buying offers available. If you don’t know how to do this my post about getting the best deal online will walk you through it.
Obviously, prices on both these sites move around quite a bit, so make sure you check the current price.
Music Magpie is usually my go-to place for used DVD’s. They’re very well known for being one of the easiest places to sell your DVD’s for cash – this is essentially how they get all their stock of used DVD’s savvy buyers like us can then go and nab some real bargains on there in their store section.
The great thing about Music Magpie is there’s always loads of offers such as 2 for £3, 2 for £5 and Buy 2 get 2 free. In this case, there’s no used box set. But you can pick up all 3 for just £6 – Toy Story 1 and Toy Story 3 on a 2 for £3 deal then £2.99 for Toy Story 2. Music Magpie it is, I think!
CeX (Computer Exchange) is a similar site to Music Magpie – they essentially trade Video Games, DVD’s and Mobile Phones. Sometimes they have some great prices on DVD’s but that’s not the case this time round. To get all 3 Toy Story Movies it’ll set you back £17. Plus, they charge £1.50 delivery for each DVD taking your total up to £21.50. This works out the same as buying the box set through them at £20 plus £1.50 delivery.
The other option is Charity shops. You can often pick up used DVD’s for about £1 but any savvy shops will likely whack the price up a bit at the moment due to the release of Toy Story 4. The big downside of Charity Shops is that it’s really the luck of the draw in terms of what they have in. So, if you’re after something specific then online’s always going to be your best bet.
Summing Up – The Winners
If you’re looking for the absolute cheapest way to watch them once – then a free trial with Disney Life is your best bet. You’ll have to watch all 3 films within the 7-day trial though then that’s your lot. Also, remember to cancel your subscription if you don’t want to keep it. But to get started you might as well as the first week’s free and gives you instant access – this was our choice.
If you want to keep the films for multiple viewings (as is often the case with young children). Then buying a used DVD wins out. This is where Music Magpie simply reigns supreme as you can currently get all 3 for under £6. The offers and DVD availability change all the time on Music Magpie though so make sure you check the deals. That’s where I’m heading now… 😉
Have you seen Toy Story 4 and now find yourself needing to get the original trilogy? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Thanks for reading