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Buzz Lightyear wings. That is just beyond cool. Just the thought takes my breath away. Well, okay, maybe not. But still, these are an awesome accessory. Heck, if I had to pick between wings or costume, I think I’d pick the wings. If you read the customer reviews, my favorite has got to be NotaSFfreak. She got her two and a half year old son the costume without wings, and he promptly informed her he could not say “To infinity and beyond” without the wings. NotaSF, if you ever read this, you wrote my all-time favorite customer review.
So, lets get to some actual info now. The toy is an inflatable Buzz Lightyear officially licensed jetpack with wings. The price as I write this, is around $8, though I’m sure that will fluctuate with availability. Be sure when you’re on Amazon to always look for the line that reads “26 New for $7.95″… or whatever the numbers happen to be. Sometimes you get a much better deal not going through the feature seller. Just pay attention to the seller’s bio. You can get a good impression of their character by how many sales they’ve had, and how many positive feedbacks.
Moving forward – The jet pack is 31 inches wide, with about the same durability as a pool float. Out of 67 reviews, the response is amazingly positive. One of the few complaints is from a reviewer who said they only last 2 months each… and they had bought 3 of them. But they didn’t mention the age of the child, how often and how intensely they were played with. Most consumer reviews express pleasure at how much the children love them.
Of the dissatisfied customers, two recurring themes stand out. Both seem related to me. One, is that some people experienced more leaking/breakage than others. Two, they often complain specifically about the seller they bought from. This goes back to what I was saying about the seller bio. Be sure you’re buying from someone with happy customers. Don’t get bogged down with a poor seller.
If I personally have any complaints here, it would be about listing accuracy. I don’t know if this is the sellers error, or Amazon’s, but the description is really messed up. The “Product Features” describe Woody’s costume. Confused? Try this: The “Product Details” list the size as 0.8 x 6 x 31 inches, yet the “Product Description” says it’s 44 inches wide.
That’s pretty sloppy. Bear in mind when ordering, there could be some variance from the description. For the most accurate idea of the jetpack, compare the image with the consumer reviews. Then look at the two size comparisons. One is very accurate with it’s measurements. The other is taken from an editorial review. Between the two, I’d expect the very specific one to be the correct measurement.
Even so, it’s not a deal-killer. The jetpack is an inflatable toy. The important part isn’t the absolute measurement, it’s the absolute entertainment. The ultimate value is the happiness of a child. (Or an adult… I’m not going to judge.)
Overall take? Disappointed that the listing is inaccurate, and some bad sellers have soured things. But I still like the wings. For the price, I’d take a shot. But I’d check out the seller first. To see a child racing around the room in his Buzz Lightyear wings… that’s a picture I’d treasure forever.