PeachTree Playthings Buzz and Woody Poster – My 69 cent Treasure

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Jun 202013
 

Buzz Lightyear and Woody PosterIt’s been a long time since I’ve posted here.  Haven’t given up on Buzz, just ran out of time in the daily grind.  Keep hoping to re-prioritize, but you know how that goes.  Today was different.  My job at the paper is full time now (as with so many things, that’s good and bad, depending) and I actually get a lunch break.  So today, went home for lunch like usual.  Made one of my favorite meals, cottage cheese with grapes and bananas.

Sat down at the computer to eat and play a little.  Then Mom came home.  She’d been out.  Running errands, shopping, just going about her usual Friday stuff.  She unlocked the door, came into the living room, walked down the hall, and when she turned the corner into our room… she had this great Buzz Lightyear and Woody poster!

Gotta love her!!!  She knows how much I enjoy Toy Story and Buzz Lightyear.  This poster is maybe 18″ x 12″, and made out of a thin plastic.  The images are form-shaped, and follow the contours of the characters.  It has some aging, and a little wear, but is in perfectly useable condition.  The art is Disney-accurate.  Correct colors, proportions, facial expressions.  It was made by Peachtree Playthings.  This was probably a promo poster for a toy display somewhere.  I’m just glad it’s mine now!

She found it at the Salvation Army for .69 cents…  I told her what’s important is not how much the poster cost, it’s how much the poster is worth.  To me, it was really awesome.  My first thought was to add it to the Buzz Lightyear display cabinet out in the exercise room.  But Monique and Mom both took note that Buzz (and Woody) will fit on the wall just behind my digital piano.  So without even having to be devious about it, I get to hang my new poster on the wall right by the Marvel PVC figurine collection!

For now, it’s just … up there.  Propped on top of the piano.  Later, I may frame or matte it.  Either way, it’s a great and unique Buzz Lightyear wall display.

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Buzz Lightyear Birthday Candle: Wilton Toy Story Candle Set 2811-7770

 Birthday Candles, Buzz, Toy Story, Wilton  Comments Off on Buzz Lightyear Birthday Candle: Wilton Toy Story Candle Set 2811-7770
Sep 212012
 
Another really cool Toy Story party favor.  This one is a Buzz Lightyear candle standing slightly over 3″ tall.  His colors are a bit on the pastel side, not nearly as bright as normally portrayed.  But They’re nicely done, in a ‘toned-down’ sort of way.  The candles are hand-painted, which appeals to me.  For an inexpensive, mass-produced, hand-painted candle, the features are great.
I might not accept the paint job in a more expensive toy, but for a candle that’s (most likely) going to light up someone’s birthday cake, the quality is very acceptable.  The proportions are good, the detailing fine (again, considering this is made of wax and expected to be burned).  They did an excellent job capturing Buzz’s personality.
The flat base means he stands well on his own.  It also means he’s going to pull the frosting off the cake when it’s time to remove him.  If that matters to you, I’d recommend getting 4 candles, and mounting one at each corner of the cake, but not actually on the cake.  (It’s a round cake?  Just imagine the corners are there…)
Personally, I’d like that.  A square or rectangular sheet cake, possibly multi-layered tiers .  A Buzz candle at each corner, and maybe some small (like the Buddy Packs) Toy Story figures on the edges of the tiers.  I could really get into this!
Actually, my sister-in-law did a cake for me when I turned 50, that was similar.  But far more personalized.  She actually sculpted many of my favorite super-heroes out of fondant, and built them onto the cake.  One of the figures was her own personal creation of me, if I was a super-hero!  It meant a lot to me.  Enough that I preserved all the figures I could in a clear block of lucite.  Turned out great… except the Hulk’s toes stick out a little bit.  For the whole story, (and incriminating pictures), feel free to click on the link and see my 50th birthday cake.
As far as the Toy Story birthday candle, I would enjoy seeing them at my next party…  :^)
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Always a party favorite, Toy Story candle is handpainted with fun details
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Toy Story 3 Talking Plush Buzz Lightyear 7 inch

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Sep 112012
 

Okay, this Buzz is pretty cute.  He’s plush, he’s a good size for toddlers, and his voice is activated by a simple press in the chest area.  Easy enough for just about anybody.  The art style is recognizably Buzz Lightyear.  His uniform is fairly standard, though adapted for a small-scale plush toy.  The face is a little bit different from his norm, yet still within parameters.  The curlicue on his chin, the expressive eyebrows, the purple headgear.  I suppose it’s mainly his smile that seems mildly off to me.  It’s not ‘wrong’, it’s just not a typical expression for Buzz.

The colors are nice and crisp, though with a little play, you KNOW that white is going to get dingy after a while.  The website doesn’t mention cleaning, but I have to assume he’ll have to be hand-washed without getting soaked.  After all, he has enough electronics to say a few phrases, I really doubt that would survive a trip through the washer.

Speaking of… speaking… his voice is a reasonable likeness.  I don’t think it’s the original voice, for two reasons.  One, toys that use the original voices usually advertise that quite plainly.  Two, some of his phrases don’t seem quite right.  I mean, “To infinity and beyond!” works for me.  But one sentence in particular doesn’t seem in character.  As best I can make it out, he says “Silence, minions of Zurg – You’re in the custodies of Galactic Alliance.”    Grammar check, anybody?

Believe it or not, I found a short video clip on Youtube.  I’ve included it here so you can see for yourself.

Yes, he’s cute.  And really, the voice/phrases are fine.  He looks good.  I like him overall, with one big problem:  you can’t replace the battery.  Never.  Once it’s gone, it’s gone.  Unless you’re the clever resourceful type who can slice him open, figure out what he needs, reassemble, replace the stuffing, and re-stitch him.  That’s a lot of effort for a low-cost toy.  At the moment, he’s selling for under $2.00, so before going to all that trouble, it might be easier just to order another.  But still… that seems disappointing.

Because of the battery issue, I’d have to say… he’d be great in a collection, but not for toddlers.  I sure wouldn’t want to tell my child “Sorry dear, but Buzz will never talk again.”  Unless you don’t mind replacing Buzz on an as-needed basis.  :^)

Toy Story 3 Talking Plush Buzz Lightyear 7 inch
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Toy Story 3 Talking Plush Buzz Lightyear 7″. You press his chest to talk. The Batteries CAN NOT be replaced. For Ages 4 and up.
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Buzz Lightyear (Disney Pixar Toy Story 3) Life-Size Standup Poster , 27×48

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Aug 212012
 
I remember these fondly.  I worked for Blockbuster video for years (well over a decade) and we used to get all kinds of cool standees for new releases coming out.  I’ve owned two of the original theatrical Buzz Lightyears.  One of them actually had blinking lights on Buzz Lightyear’s wings.  Those were far too large for home use, and I wound up passing them along to someone else.
Buzz’s colors are vivid, his pose is pure Buzz Lightyear.  If I was afraid of the dark, having Buzz stand guard at night would make me feel much safer!!  (Though one review said his child was actually afraid of it…)  This Buzz Lightyear standee is, obviously, 27″ x 48″.  The proportions aren’t specified, but since he’s not shown with his wings out, it looks safe to assume he’s taller than he is wide.  When ordering, if you price around, watch out for the height.  Not all Buzz standees are full height, even if they say ‘life size’.  Some claim ‘life size’, but are actually closer to 3 feet tall.
Typically, if you’re not familiar with them, standees are made of sturdy cardboard, and have an extended piece in back to make them stand on their own.  They can easily be leaned up against a wall as well.  I’ve used double-sticky tape to attach mine to the wall.
From my own experience, I’d recommend placement away from traffic areas.  My son (and myself as well) has been known to knock our standees over.  Being only cardboard, it doesn’t take that kind of treatment very well.
I’m not completely sure these are suitable for small children (not if you want the standee to last) unless you have a safe place to stand them.  They make a great theme backdrop for a Buzz Lightyear display collection.
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Toy Story – Buzz Lightyear Alternative Adult Costume Kit

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Aug 152012
 
This is a great costume accessory, but be very clear… The Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Disguise Accessory Kit is NOT an entire costume.  As the (rather long) title states, it’s a costume accessory kit.  You get the purple hood, with circular ear panels to mimic a spaceman’s hood liner.  You get Buzz Lightyear gloves. And you get a 43″ wide inflatable Buzz Jetpack.  The inflatable jetpack is nicely designed to mimic Buzz’s jetpack.
These are all great accessories, but I can’t stress enough… the actual costume is NOT included!
I already have a Buzz Lightyear t-shirt,  if I buy this hood/glove/jetpack kit, All I’d need are some appropriate pants!  I haven’t done Halloween in a number of years, but if I could gear up with this, I’d be hitting the neighborhood streets with my candy bag!  (At least I wouldn’t be running through the streets making whooshing noises…)
I do like this Buzz Lightyear costume kit.  A lot.  That being said, it would have been nice if they’d included boots.  Too bad, but what you get for your money is a good deal and a great way to make your already existing Buzz costume stand out a little bit better.
Toy Story - Buzz Lightyear Alternative Adult Costume Kit
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Character hood, gloves and inflatable jet pack. Shirt and pants not included. One size fits most adults.
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Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Astronaut Costume White Adult T-shirt Tee Medium

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Aug 152012
 
BuzzLightyearTshirt
If you’re a fan of themed T-Shirts, (and Buzz Lightyear of course!) then this is a wonderful addition to your collection.  Made of cotton, and officially licensed by Disney, this Toy Story themed t-shirt is fun for any age. Available in a number of sizes in Toddler and Adults.  I love the cleverness… it’s not just a ‘character’ shirt, with an image on the front.  It’s a wearable t-shirt of Buzz’s upper torso armor, putting your child (or you…) in official Star Command uniform.
Mine was a gift, so it may not be exactly the same as this one.  Close enough to get the idea, though.  There are currently 3 reviews online for it; one person rated it low and said the colors faded too much in the first washing.  To counter that, the other 2 reviews give it a 5-star rating, and praise it highly.
I’ve had mine since Christmas 2011, and I do wear it quite often…  this is one of my favorite shirts!
Note:  Styles change occasionally.  Be sure to look at the actual image when ordering!
Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Astronaut Costume White Adult T-shirt Tee Medium
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Blast off to infinity and beyond with this officially licensed Buzz Lightyear costume t-shirt. His astronaut uniform is printed on the front of this white tee with his jetpack printed on the back.
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Aug 042012
 

Monique has done it again- she went to a nearby yard sale this morning while I was still sleeping.  When she got back, I was barely aware of her climbing back into bed.  I rolled over, and heard a humming noise.  Opened one eye, to see her gleefully holding a spinning Buzz Lightyear toy over my head!  His wings and upper torso spins on a flashlight-like handle.  The wingtips light up. A simple push-button controls on/off.

I can remember years ago, when working at Blockbuster video, we used to sell this particular Buzz Lightyear, but we sold out before I bought one.  Can’t remember the price, but it seemed reasonable at the time.  He’s hard (or maybe impossible) to find any more.  Unless I’m looking for the wrong title.  Searched Amazon, eBay, and Google without finding any like him.

Buzz has obviously seen combat with young children.  Puts me in mind of the day-care scene in Toy Story III.  But he still spins, and his lights still light up.  Now that he’s been rescued from the yard sale table, he’ll be joining my other Buzz Lightyear toys.  If anybody knows where to find Spinning Buzz for sale, let me know and I’ll share the link.  For now, it looks like he’s a highly-collectible, one-of-a-kind treasured memento of days gone by…   :^)

If a source turns up, I’ll post the link here.

Buzz was spinning while I took the picture, so you can see a light trail on the right.

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Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins

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Jul 012012
 

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins – Well, duh…  it’s about time i reviewed this video, considering it inspired the name of this website!  I can’t believe it’s taken this long to get around to it!  Blame it on the toy frenzy.  I’ve been really paying attention to the toys, without thinking about the videos.

We all know and love Buzz.  From Toy Story, to Toy Story 3, he’s always been my favorite Toy Story character.  “The Adventure Begins” is a multi-leveled cartoon that works as a fun adventure for young children, and as a wry tongue-in-cheek take on reality within reality, as we watch the cartoon Buzz would have had in his world.  In this video, Buzz is not a 3-d highly articulated space toy…  he’s a 2-dimensional character drawn to resemble old-school Saturday morning cartoons.

All Buzz’s friends are engaging, child-friendly personalities.  His adventures are fun, lighthearted and non-threatening.  Plus lots of tongue-in-cheek humor that adults will enjoy as well.  From his commander, to the tech squad (the LGMs), to his partners, ex-partner, and Zurg, it’s all fast-paced silly fun.

This video is the first in a series of cartoons, and the best of the bunch.  The remainder of the series won’t appeal to adults so much, but young children will still enjoy it.  Episode 1 has Tim Allen reprising Buzz Lightyear, which immediately boosts the authenticity.

One thing that truly surprises me, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins contains ONLY the first episode.  While it’s the best, and the only one I consider worthy of adults attention, I’m surprised both at the price ($45.00 – Really?)  and that I can’t find the complete series on dvd.

Either of those are deal-breakers for me.  I don’t want to spend $45 for a single episode, even if I do like it.

That being said, this site would be incomplete without mentioning the Buzz Lightyear cartoon.  Maybe by the time you read this, Amazon will have the entire set in a single collection.  You can click on the link or images to check.

— Edit:  There are occasionally less expensive offerings.  If you click on the link, it will take you to the Amazon page.  Look just below the title and price, if they have any less expensive ones, there were be a link that says something like “3 new here for $19.99.  I mention that, because right now, they have three at that price.  I feel $19.99 is fair- that’s what I paid for mine.  :^)

In the meantime, I highly recommend watching “The Adventure Begins”…. I just don’t recommend paying too much for it!

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins
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Discover the story behind the ultimate space hero as he stars in his very own cartoon adventure! Woody made it big as the star of his very own TV show and you can bet Buzz Lightyear had an even bigger beginning! In an unforgettable action-packed saga, Buzz takes on the evil Emperor Zurg in intergalactic combat. Together with those hilarious Little Green Men and a whole new cast of exciting characters, Buzz Lightyear takes adventure and heroism to infinity and beyond!
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