Al McWhiggin is a 38-year-old toy collector/owner of "Al's Toy Barn" and the secondary antagonist of the second film, the main antagonist being the Prospecter. Known as "Al" by the Woody's Roundup toys, "The Chicken Man" by Andy's toys, & "The Poultry Man" by Buzz #2, Al steals Woody in hope of selling him to a Japanese toy museum. He is unscrupulously obsessive, overweight, very impatient and lazy (he complains of having to "drive all the way to work on a Saturday," even though his apartment is across the street from the store.); he is voiced by and partially inspired after Wayne Knight (during the production of Toy Story 2, Knight had a goatee, like Al in the movie). Cartoonist and animator Scott Shaw has also been acknowledged as another model and inspiration for Al. Al is the owner of a toy shop called Al's Toy Barn. The store is first seen in an advertisement during the first 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 on TV in which he dresses in a chicken suit, of which Hamm, after turning off the TV, remarks: "I despise that chicken." Later, he is seen trying to buy Woody at a yard sale held by Andy's mom. After Andy's mom refuses to hand over the doll and locks Woody in a box, Al stealthily unscrews the lock and steals Woody, intending to sell him, along with the rest of his collection of Woody's Roundup toys and memorabilia, to Japanese interests for a large sum of money. When he hears his boss that he will give up all of his yen when he brings the collection in Japan, Al is happy and deals with him.
However, just as Al's plane is about to fly off to Japan with the Roundup gang in luggage, Andy's toys, led by Buzz Lightyear, are able to save Woody in an epic rescue, along with Jessie and Bullseye; meanwhile the Prospector is placed in a mischievous girl's backpack for his betrayal. When Al reaches Japan, his boss gets angry and forces Al to pay all his money leaving Al in poverty. Al sadly returns home to America and gives out commercials for his toy store but cries for his failure. At the end of the movie, Hamm and Rex are watching a TV commercial for Al's Toy Barn in which a Al says welcome to Al's toy barn where everything is just a buck buck buck after which he breaks down and begins crying.... Hamm comments on this by saying: "Well, I guess crime doesn't pay."
Al's last name was revealed on the nameplate on his office desk, and if you listen closely when Al is done taking pictures, he answers his cellphone. and you can hear Mr. Konishi saying his full name. 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.