I’d like to dedicate this post to the more current Buzz Lightyear wings. You know, the movie-accurate wings. These wings were one of the biggest and most visually pleasing improvements ever added to Buzz. Finally, after years and years of the stupid stubby wings that only extended horizontally, they did it right. Proper proportions, blinking green and red lights, and they even move right. Now, they extend fully while swiveling out from a vertical storage position to the horizontal flight position.
It’s about time. So far, most of my Buzzes are old-school. But I’m slowly building my collection to the more modern design.
On most of the customer reviews, though, you’ll see one complaint, over and over. The wings break. They pop off. Some people even puzzle over the wire connecting the wings to Buzz.
Here’s the deal: It’s deliberate. On purpose. Yep, turns out it’s a safety feature!
(Before anybody gets upset here, yes, the wings CAN be broken. I’m sure some of those reports are legitimate. But most of the time, you can kind of tell they aren’t aware that it’s actually a feature.)
Here’s what the instructions have to say about it: “Buzz’s space wings are designed to pop off if too much pressure is applied to them or if the toy is dropped. The wings are conveniently attached to Buzz by wire. To re-attach the wings, pull of the wing pack cover and insert the wings back on the hinge barrel as shown (dia. k). Replace wing pack cover.”
Here’s the above-mentioned diagram k:
So when you see reviews talking about the wings breaking, remember this and read between the lines. If it truly sounds like they broke, fair enough. But chances are, they just popped off, as they are supposed to, in order to prevent really and truly breaking.