Real Life Buzz Lightyear Space Suit- NASA Tests the Z1 Prototype

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Jan 122013
 

Life imitates art.  Sometimes with a little nudge.  I only recently found out, but NASA’s new prototype space suit, the Z1, bears a striking resemblance to my favorite space ranger…
Source credit: NASAThe Z1 is the first major revamp of our space suits since 1998, the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) units. Aside from just looking cool and stylish, one of the  biggest changes  is much greater flexibility.  Plus, the suits act as their own airlock.
I can easily understand the need for flexibility, but the airlock?  That’s pretty clever.  In the current suit, the design is top/bottom, and the two halves are sealed together for air integrity.  With the Z1 prototype, there’s a big hatch in the back.  The astronauts just climb in and close the door.
Current airlock technology is reported to be slow and tiring.  (Not that I’d actually know from personal experience…)  The new systems would have the suit hung on a wall, with a hatch through the wall leading directly into the suit. My first thought was “So, they’ll be hanging the suit outside the spacecraft, like a laundry line?”  There could be all kind of risks involved!
In actuality, the suit would be stored in a small anteroom.  Once someone is wearing it, and the back hatch is closed, then they can walk outside.  Sounds a lot better than what I was thinking!
EDIT:  It turns out, the plans actually DO call for the suit to be stored outside.  The small anteroom is a simple rectangular box, sealing the outside away from the inside.  So, I guess if the suit is damaged and can’t hold pressure, the door won’t open.  Looked at from the other point of view, what if there’s a micrometeor storm, and the suit PLUS the hull are damaged?  Then you’d have no safety net.  You know in the movies, when the alarm is blaring, the ship has been holed, and everybody is rushing for their space suits?  Forget about that.  Okay, that’s movies.  In real life though, I have to wonder how vulnerable such a system is.
The suit isn’t a perfect match for Buzz Lightyear’s.  But with the green accent stripes, and the flat-pack look of the suit backpack, it does bear a striking resemblance.  Since the Z1 is a prototype space suit, there’s likely to be a Z2, Z3, and maybe more.  Whoever designed the original must have children… or a sense of whimsy.  I just hope the future versions maintain that same Buzz Lightyear feel!

Image Source: NASA

Oh… and if it ever becomes publicly available… you might see me dressed up for Halloween.  :^)
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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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List Price: $27.00
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Availability: Usually ships in 2-3 business days
Character hood, gloves and inflatable jet pack. Shirt and pants not included. One size fits most adults.
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Buzz Lightyear Jet Pack,One Size Child

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Jan 242012
 

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.

Buzz Lightyear Jet Pack,One Size Child
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List Price: $12.99
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