Woody, Buzz and the rest of the Toy Story gang almost visited their birthplace of Taiwan and had an encounter with Transforming robots in Toy Story 3. This was before Pixar came abroad the project, and the story greatly changed into what we know today. But new concept art has emerged, and offers a look at what could have been.

Back in 2004, Disney and Pixar were feuding over the rights to certain Pixar created characters, with Disney forming a new company called Circle 7 Animation. The studio assigned a creative team to come up with a concept for Toy Story 3, which was starting to move forward without Pixar's involvement. Over the years, the plot to this proposed sequel has been revealed in bits and pieces. It would have revolved around the Buzz Lightyear toy malfunctioning and being recalled back to Tawain.

Artist Jim Martin (not the former guitarist for Faith No More) has shared some of the concept art, which offers further clues about the original plot of Toy Story 3. In this proposed sequel, Woody and the gang would have gone on a rescue mission to save Buzz from being destroyed after a massive recall. Woody, Rex, Potato Head and Slinky would have all gone to Taiwan, while Buzz had his own adventure interacting with other recalled toys that include Cindy Scissors, the donkey toy Little D, and multiple versions of the Transformers.

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Looking at the concept art, you can see traces of what eventually wound up in director Lee Unkrich's final film. There is even a character named Apology Bear, who bears a striking resemblance to Lotso. There is also a conveyor belt scene that resembles the garbage dump finale of the finished movie. Take a look at some of the art. Do you hope the Transformers make their way into Toy Story 4, which is set for release in summer 2017? To see the full set of concept art images, which includes the movie's version of Transformers:CLICK HERE

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