- Slinky: "It's him."
Hamm: "The chicken man."
Buzz #2: "Funny, he doesn't look like poultry."
Slinky: "That's the kidnapper, all right."
Buzz #2: "A kidnapper! An agent of Zurg if I ever saw one."
- —Utility Belt Buzz, Slinky Dog, and Hamm as Al enters his office
Albert "Al" McWhiggin, also known as the Chicken Man, is the secondary antagonist of Toy Story 2. He is a greedy toy collector who planned to sell Woody, Bullseye, Jessie and Stinky Pete to Japan in order to become rich.
Toy Story 2
- Rex: "It's the chicken man!"
Buzz: "That's our guy."
Hamm: "I knew there was something I didn't like about that chicken."
- —Buzz Lightyear, Rex and Hamm, after Etch draws Al in a chicken suit
Al is the owner of Al's Toy Barn in the Tri-County Area and appears as its mascot, a giant chicken, in the store's commercials. He is also a greedy toy collector and made a deal with Mr. Konishi of the Konishi Toy Museum in Tokyo, Japan to collect the entire Woody's Roundup collection in the exchange for handsome payment. He spent an undetermined amount of time tracking down Woody and his gang and eventually found Jessie, Bullseye, and Stinky Pete.
While attending a yard sale at Andy's house, he happened to come across Woody, who had just saved Wheezy the penguin from being sold. Al tried to buy him, but Ms. Davis refused to sell Woody as he belongs to Andy, who was away at Cowboy Camp. Despite this, Al steals Woody when Ms. Davis had her back turned (by causing a distraction involving kicking a skateboard into a series of boxes) and made off with his prize. Buzz initially tried to rescue Woody from the trunk of Al's car, but failed due to losing his grip before he could open the trunk. However, he did ultimately gain a few clues despite the failure: a feather and a glimpse of the license plate LZTYBRN. After deciphering the license plate letters (using Mr. Spell) for his car as "Al's Toy Barn" during the Crime Scene Investigation, consequently identifying the culprit as being Al and gaining a map to Al's Toy Barn from a commercial, Buzz Lightyear and the gang then travelled to the city to save Woody.
Al, meanwhile, took various photos of Woody and the rest of his collection and after faxing them to Mr. Konishi, made arrangements to finally fly to Japan with the whole collection. He placed the Round Up gang dolls in a big green box to keep them safe during the flight, even though he made it very clear to the baggage handler that what was inside was very important to him, stating he had a box of cookies on a plane once and they finished off as crumbs.
However, when he arrived in Tokyo, he found out that they were all gone due to Buzz and the other toys' interference of rescuing them (despite Stinky Pete's desperation). making his business suffer. Because of this, the deal Al made with Mr. Konishi was called off due to the loss of the toys as promised and it is likely Al and his store began to suffer financial troubles.
Shortly after this, he was seen in another one of his commercials, sobbing over his loss of fortune and having the lowest prices in town. Hamm responded to it by saying, "I guess crime doesn't pay."
Toy Story of Terror!
More than ten years later, after Andy has given Woody and his best friends to Bonnie Anderson in Toy Story 3, Al is still concerned with completing his Roundup Gang collection, and in the 2013 TV special Toy Story of Terror!. He wins the bidding war on Ron Tompkins' auction for a cowboy doll snatched from one of his motel patrons by his pet iguana, Mr. Jones (ironically the same one he had stolen). As his address signifies, he remains the owner of Al's Toy Barn. After Woody was rescued by Jessie and Ron got exposed by Bonnie and her mom as being a crook, Ron was unable to send any of his stolen toys out.
Originally, Al was planned to appear in the special, but was cut for timing reasons. Disney/Pixar released a deleted scene in storyboard form illustrating this. In this scene, Al is shown wearing his chicken suit, rejoicing as he sees on his laptop he has won the auction for Woody. A news article on the wall indicates that Al's Toy Barn has gone bankrupt, and it is implied he lives at his mother's house. This may not be canon however, since as indicated above, he still has the address of his store in the final film.
Al is a middle-aged stubby fat man, with balding brown hair turning to gray. He has a mustache and goatee and wears glasses. He is usually seen wearing short-sleeved dress shirts, white inside shirt, dark pants, black shoes, and a wristwatch. In his Chicken Man form for his commercials, he wears a white chicken costume consisting of a red comb, giant white eyes with small black pupils, and orange beak.
Al is considered to be very greedy and very funny at the same time. However, unlike Sid Phillips, who breaks toys and uses them for scary experiments, or Stinky Pete, who is just mean, Al is very smart and collects toys in his own kind of way. He never breaks them or throws them around to the point that they lay on the ground broken. Instead, Al sells off the toys after kidnapping them to do his evil plan.
- Al's license plate reads "LZTYBRN," which is "Al's Toy Barn," minus the vowel letters and a Z in place of the S. It is also the actual license plate of Ash Brannon, co-director of Toy Story 2 (according to the Toy Story 2: Special Edition commentary).
- Al's last name is revealed on the nameplate on his office desk. Additionally, when he is done taking pictures, he answers his cellphone and Mr. Konishi can be heard saying his full name.
- When Al finishes his conversation with Mr. Konishi over his phone, he says, "Don't touch my mustache," which is a mnemonic of how to say "You're welcome" in Japanese. Incidentally, the phrase "You're welcome" itself is considered highly impolite in Japanese culture.
- According to a Disney Adventures Magazine, the reason why Al was obsessed with toys is because his parents never let him play with such toys as a kid.
- In the first Toy Story, both Al and his toy store were mentioned at the end of a TV commercial that Buzz watched while he and Woody were trapped at Sid's house.
- Al never says the names of the Woody's Roundup toys even though he probably knows them from being a fan of the show.
- Ironically, Wayne Knight (the voice of Al), shortly after this film, got to voice another one of Toy Story 2's "villains," the Evil Emperor Zurg for the TV series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.
- Because Wayne Knight was bearded at the time of the film's production, the Pixar staff chose to give Al McWhiggin a goatee.
- In Toy Story 3: The Video Game (PS3 or Xbox 360 version), a trophy (or achievement) has the name "The Collector" with Al on the image, despite the fact that he didn't appear or was even mentioned in Toy Story 3. Although he doesn't physically appear in the game, his Toy Barn does where you can buy new toys for Toy Box mode by unlocking different cards in story mode. He also appears on the coins used to buy toys from his toy store.
- Al's car is mostly based on the 1956 Ford Mystere concept.
- It bears some resemblance to Flo.
- In Al's apartment, he has a stylised painting, which makes a cameo to Tuck and Roll and Dot from A Bug's Life.
- It took over a month for Pixar to digitally paint Al's car.
- "Hey, kids! This is Al from Al's Toy Barn, and I'm sitting on good deals. Ow! I think I'm feeling a deal hatching right now. Whoa! Let's see what we got. We got boats for a buck. Beanies for a buck . . . For a buck-buck-buck! And that's cheap-cheap-cheap! So hurry on down..."
- —Al on TV, advertising Al's Toy Barn, but the TV is turned off by Hamm
- "I despise that chicken."
- —Hamm, after turning off the TV in which a commercial for Al's Toy Barn is playing
- ""Original hand-painted face. Natural-dyed, blanket-stitched vest! Hmm, a little rip. Fixable. Oh, if only you had your hand-stitched, polyvinyl... (gasps as seeing Woody's hat) A hat! I found him! I found him, I found him!"
- —Al, as he finds Woody
- "I can't believe I have to drive all the way to work on a Saturday. All the way to work!"
- —Al, as he drives to Al's Toy Barn
- "It's like printing my own money."
- —Al, about the snapshots
- "Don't touch my mustache!"
- —Al, as he finishes talking with Mr. Konishi over his phone
- Al: "Listen, fly boy, the contents of that case are worth more than you make in a year! You got that, sport? You be careful!"
Airport clerk: "I understand, sir."
Al: "Do you have a 'fragile' sticker or something you can put on that? 'Cause I know what goes on back there."
Airport clerk: "Don't worry, sir."
Al: "I had a box of cookies once that came back as crumbs!"
- —Al, as he checks his luggage at the airport
- Al (on TV): (sobbing) "Welcome to Al's Toy Barn. We've got the lowest prices in town. Everything for a buck-buck-buck. Boohoohooooooo" (cries out hysterically)
Hamm: "Well, I guess crime doesn't pay."
- —Hamm, as he witnesses a sobbing Al in the commercial