Albert "Al" McWhiggin is the main antagonist of Toy Story 2. He is the owner of Al's Toy Barn and a toy dealer who steals Woody in hopes of selling him to a Japanese toy museum and getting rich.
Al is the owner of a toy shop called Al's Toy Barn. The store is first seen in an advertisement during the original Toy Story on an advertisement of Buzz Lightyear toys, but Al did not appear. He is first seen in Toy Story 2 during an advertisement in which he dresses in a chicken suit. Later, he is seen trying to buy Woody at a yard sale being held by Andy's mom, offering to pay any price. After Andy's mom refuses to hand over the doll, Al stealthily steals Woody, intending to sell him, along with the rest of his collection of Woody's Roundup toys, to Japanese interests for a large sum of money.
However, just as Al's plane is about to fly off to Japan with the Roundup gang in luggage, Buzz and the other toys are able to save Woody in an epic rescue, along with other collectors' items Jessie and Bullseye.
Because the toys are unable to reach Japan to Al's client, he and his business went bankrupted, as seen at the end of the movie, in which Hamm and Rex are watching a commercial for Al's Toy Barn in which a teary Al says that his store has the lowest prices in town. Hamm comments on this by saying, "Well, I guess crime doesn't pay," of which viewers have to agree.
Al's last name McWhiggin was revealed on the nameplate on his office desk.
Toy Story 2Edit
Al was the owner of Al's Toy Barn in the Tri-County Area and appeared as its mascot in the store's commercials: A giant chicken. He was a also a toy collector, and made a deal with 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, Stinky Pete, and Bullseye.
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 Mrs. Davis refused to sell him, as he was Andy's toy, and Andy was away at Cowboy Camp. Despite this, Al stole Woody when Mrs. 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 attempted to rescue Woody from the truck of Al's car, but he failed because of losing his grip before he could open the trunk. However, he did ultimately gain a few clues despite the failure: a feather, as well as a glimpse of the license plate number. After deciphering the license plate number for his car "Al's Toy Barn" during the Crime Scene Investigation, and consequently identifying the culprit as being Al, and gaining a map to Al's Toy Barn from a commercial, Buzz and the gang then traveled to the city to save Woody.
Al was about to send Woody, Jessie, the Prospector, and Bullseye to the toy museum in Japan, but when he finally arrived to Japan, he realized that they were all gone, due to Buzz Lightyear's interference as part of his rescue mission. Shortly after this, he was seen on a commercial for his toy store, sobbing over his loss of fortune. Hamm responded to it by saying he guesses crime doesn't pay.
Al is unscrupulously obsessive, very impatient, greedy, sneaky, mean, conniving, clever, and lazy.
According to Disney Adventures magazine, Al wasn't allowed to play with his toys as a child. This, in turn, led to his toy-collecting niche. Unlike Sid (who would abuse toys) or Stinky Pete (who is simply mean-spirited), Al is intelligent and collects toys in his own kind of way. He would never break or destroy them and instead sells them off after kidnapping them to do his evil plans.
- Al is constantly thought to be the secondary antagonist of the film.
- Shortly after Toy Story 2, Wayne Knight got to voice the Evil Emperor Zurg, another one of its villains, for Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.
- According to a Disney Adventures Magazine, the reason why Al was obsessed with toys is because he was never allowed to play with them as a kid.
- It is likely that Al's full name is Carl McWhiggin. Mr. Konishi is heard calling him Carl McWhiggin over the phone in Toy Story 2.
- Al's license plate says LZTYBRN.
- Al is the first main antagonist of a Pixar film to be believed to be the secondary antagonist, the second being Z from Cars 2 while the real secondary antagonist role goes to Stinky Pete and Miles Axlerod.
- Al looks very similar to Internet toy critic Mike Mozart.