How Many Buzz Lightyear Toys Do You Need?

 Buzz Lightyear Ornaments, Disney/Pixars Toy Story, Hallmark  Comments Off on How Many Buzz Lightyear Toys Do You Need?
Dec 032012
 

My favorite Buzz Lightyear ornament. Click the pic to see at Amazon!

My nephews Trevor and Chauncey were visiting yesterday.  Chauncey had seen it all before, but Trevor was entranced by my own personal ‘magic kingdom’.  I took him to my private domain in the second floor of our shed.  All my best toys are on display up there, including a home-built cabinet chock-full of my favorite space man.  He asked, “How many Buzz Lightyear toys do you need?”

I answered “More.  Always more.”

It’s the truth.  I don’t even mind duplicates.  We all have our quirks.  So what if I’m a 50-something man who’s hero is a a toy from a cartoon?  To me, he stands for something.  He believes in right and wrong, knows which side he’s on, and is quick to take action when he sees the need.  And he’s the coolest toy ever.

Monique and I sell on eBay, and I write a blog about our store and eBay in general.  This being the end of November, it seemed a good time to mention Christmas Ornaments.  One thing led to another, started talking about my Buzz and Toy Story ornaments, so of course I had to look and see what’s new in the way of Toy Story ornaments.

Turns out it’s pretty easy to find ornaments for Buzz Lightyear.  Considering I’ve only got two so far, there’s plenty of room there for expansion.  I’ve currently got the Toy Chest with Buzz, Woody, and friends in the chest and looking out.  I also have the one where Buzz and Woody are flying, like the final scene in the first Toy Story movie.  I’ll have to say, that’s probably my best ever ornament.  (And that’s saying a lot… Monique and I used to sell ornaments, we had thousands to choose from!)

I’m not much of a Christmas tree fan.  Too commercial, a ton of aggravation to set up and tear down, and it makes my allergies act up something fierce.  I’m getting all sniffly just thinking about it.  Yet, even as I grump about it, I always go along with the tree.  But I’m thinking, you know, if I had a Buzz Lightyear Christmas tree this year, and could fill it with Toy Story ornaments, that would be pretty darned awesome.  Enough to make me actually like Christmas Trees again!!

My Newest Buzz- a Hallmark Ornament!

I’ve got three ornaments now (just bought a new one last night)!  Told Mom it was going to be our tree-topper; it wouldn’t really work, he’s only 3 1/4 inches tall.  But I’m off to a good start…  surely it wouldn’t be that hard to find a tree-full by Christmas time?

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Buzz Lightyear Disney Toy Story Cupcake Stand – My Mini-Buzz Display Case

 Disney, Disney/Pixars Toy Story, party favors  Comments Off on Buzz Lightyear Disney Toy Story Cupcake Stand – My Mini-Buzz Display Case
Nov 302012
 

Cupcakes? What cupcakes? This is my mini-Buzz display stand! (Click the pic to see at Amazon)

The Disney Toy Story Cupcake Stand is made out of cardboard, with designs featuring my favorite spaceman and friends.  Even though Buzz Lightyear isn’t part of the official title, he’s got prominent placement through the design.

It’s true, a cupcake stand isn’t part of my normal interests, but in this case, there’s a certain space ranger that makes it fun.  Besides, you may not believe it but I actually have this!  Mom got it for my big 50-year blowout birthday party.  It did fine with cupcakes, but the real reason I have still have it is because it makes a great display stand for my smaller Buzz figures.

The stand… stands… 12 inches tall, with a bottom base of 9 inches.  As far as cupcakes go, my impression is that it’s a bit small.  I suppose smaller child’s cupcakes would work fine.  The height isn’t so bad, but you just can’t fit that many cupcakes on the platters. It worked really well as the cupcake centerpiece display, and room for the rest all around it.

Also, the stand is not extremely sturdy.  A few careless children all reaching for a cupcake, it seems highly likely someone’s going to knock some cupcakes to the floor.

Do I recommend this one?  Kind of a hard call to make.  If you’re going to use it for actual cupcakes, then I recommend you keep the cupcakes small, and the stand somewhere visible so they’ll enjoy it, but out of reach, so it won’t be knocked over.

If, like me, you want it for a display stand, then yes, I’m more comfortable recommending it.  Put it on a stable shelf somewhere, artfully pose a few Buzz Lightyear mini figures around it, and it’s a winner.

Price is where I have to draw the line though.  For a few pieces of lightweight cardboard, the current price is $7.84.  That’s marginal already.  If you have to pay shipping too, then it’s a deal-breaker.  If it was a better price, or had free shipping, I’d be happier.

What it really boils down to, is how much of a die-hard Buzz fan is it for?  If you’re doing a full Buzz/Toy Story themed party, then by all means, go for it.

You see why I’m having a hard time making the call here.  I like it… but not for cupcakes… and not at the current price.  Try Wal-Mart, if you have the option.  I’ve heard it’s less than $5.00 in-store.  That’s where Mom got mine from.

If you do get it, at least it’s got some after-the-party usefulness!

 

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Toy Story – Buzz Lightyear Alternative Adult Costume Kit

 Buzz, Costume, Disguise, Disney, Disney/Pixars Toy Story, Disquise, Pixar, Toy Story  Comments Off on Toy Story – Buzz Lightyear Alternative Adult Costume Kit
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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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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List Price: $16.95
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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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Buzz Lightyear Classic – Size: Child S(4-6)

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Feb 212012
 

Buzz Lightyear Classic Costume, sized Child S(4-6).  I’ll give this costume full ratings for design.  It looks great.  Any kid wearing this costume will be thrilled.  As a matter of fact, you may have a fight on your hands when it’s time to change!  Vivid colors, crisp design, an excellent overall transfer of Buzz’s space armor.

Construction is another story.  To begin with, sizing is a little off.  I’ve seen several people mention the arms and legs are long, but the inseam rides pretty tight.  Apparently, the costume is designed with deliberately long cuffs to be folded back.  That way, it fits a wide range of children.  I’m okay with that.  Not so okay with the pants inseam riding so high.  Even for a child that loves it, that’s got to get uncomfortable after a while.

The bigger problem is material.  Made of a thin polyester, the printed bodysuit is very lightweight.  As far as it goes, that’s fine.  Light, cool, easy to wear…  But the instructions specify NOT to wash the costume!  The only acceptable means of cleaning is to wipe it with a wet washcloth.

Overall, this costume rates a 4 stars out of 5 on Amazon.  The children completely love it, even when the fit isn’t perfect.  As long as you understand the sizing and cleaning issues up front, you’ll be pleased at what a hit it will be.

Final Thoughts:  Sizing/cleaning mar what would otherwise be a perfect gift for the aspiring young Buzz Lightyear in the family.  On the whole, I still think it’s worthwhile, but could definitely be better.

Buzz Lightyear Classic - Size: Child S(4-6)
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List Price: $24.99
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Disguise Costumes has been making fun, interactive costumes for children and adults for decades. Trusted in the industry for its creativity, ingenuity, and amazing price for the value, Disguise won’t let you down when it comes to fun dress up time.
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Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Deluxe Costume – Size: 3T-4T

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Jan 132012
 

Okay, you got me here.  I don’t actually own this one.  But I know of at least one little boy that would absolutely rule the universe in a Buzz Lightyear costume!  This is a really good-looking costume, though a bit incomplete.  It comes without gloves or jet-pack, though you can get each seperately.  No helmet, either, not even available seperately.  Guess it’s a safety issue?  Still, this is a very cool Buzz costume, and one that’s sure to make a hit no matter which part of the universe you’re protecting!  I wish my boy was still young enough to wear one… he’d give it a lot of mileage.

I would like to point out, while most reviews reported a 4 or 5-star rating, some costumes had weak seams and needed to be restitched.  As cool as the costume is, I’d say either don’t get this particular costume, or if you do, be prepared to reinforce the seams.  Whether you choose this particular costume, or another brand, be prepared for some excited spacemen… be sure to watch the video!

Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Deluxe Costume - Size: 3T-4T
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List Price: $28.20
Sale Price: $17.95
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Disguise Costumes has been making fun, interactive costumes for children and adults for decades. Trusted in the industry for its creativity, ingenuity, and amazing price for the value, Disguise won’t let you down when it comes to fun dress up time.
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Disney Pixar Toy Story 3 Buddy Pack – Protector Buzz Lightyear & Waving Woody

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Jan 112012
 

I have several of these little figures in my personal collection.  The Buddy Packs usually come with 2 different characters, of course I prefer the ones with Buzz in them!  For their size, the detail is very nice, with that great Toy Story feel to them.  The balance is good, with nice clean lines.  No moving parts, though.  Buzz and Woody are completely static.  A bit small for the youngest of children.  Personally, I like the size.  They don’t take up much room, and go well with standard 2-3″ figures of other sets.  Can easily fit on a desk at work… I mean, in a child’s display shelf!

Disney / Pixar Toy Story 3 Action Links Mini Figure Buddy 2Pack Waving Woody Protector Buzz Lightyear
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Its time to team up for the next adventure with our Disney Pixar Toy Story 3 Action Figure Buddy Pack! Toy Story 3 fans will love adding these two figurines to their collections!Our Disney Pixar Toy Story 3 Action Figure Buddy Pack features 2 stylized figurines Each figure 2 inches in height A Toy Story figure paired with a favorite buddy or arch rivalKids can recreate scenes from the wildly popular Disney/Pixar movie, Toy Story 3, or create their own fantastic plotlines! Collect all of the Buddy Pack action figures for….

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