Fisher-Price Imaginext Disney/Pixar Toy Story 3 Tri-County Landfill

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Feb 202013
 

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Based on possibly the scariest scene out of all three Toy Story movies… but made cute and colorful.  Now your child has the chance to rescue Buzz Lightyear for himself.  This brightly colored playset features Buzz, Lotso, three LGM’s (little green men), a small green/red bulldozer, and some assorted play pieces.  Plus, of course, the landfill.

The art has Fisher-Price’s usual Imaginext style applied.  Buzz doesn’t have his normal looks.  He’s a bit more cartoony, and bit simpler in design.  The proportions are more exaggerated, with narrow waist and wide shoulders.  The hands and feet flare out to give him a streamlined feel.  The face is recognizable as Buzz Lightyear, but again, more cartoonish.  It’s not bad, but has a very specific “Imaginext” feel to the style.

The differences from Buzz’s normal art style will only matter if you’re a purist.  If you happen to be a child looking for a great playset, it’s perfect.  All the pieces have a friendly, childish feel to them.  All in good fun.  Given the intensity of the movie scene that inspired this set, I could see this being a good way to make that scene less frightening to the very young children.  Heck, I’m over 50 and found some of the imagery disturbing.  On a par with Woody’s nightmare of being thrown away in Toy Story 2.

This set is a reversal of my typical reviews.  Mostly I view toys with an eye to whether they’d fit my own collection, and secondarily as to what kind of actual toy they are, and how playable they might be.  The Tri-County Landfill looks far more suited to be a child’s play toy rather than a collectible.  I still like it.  Fisher-Price is a quality company, and my experiences with them have always been good.  The Imaginext line brings it’s own unique sensibilities to the table.  All in all, a very cool toy set with plenty of scope for fun and playability.

Probably won’t be adding this one to the collection.  But if I was buying for a young Toy Story fan, it would be an easy choice.

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Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Villains Figurine Playset

 Buzz Lightyear, Disney, Fisher-Price, Imaginext, Toy Story  Comments Off on Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Villains Figurine Playset
Feb 112013
 

I wound up opening the package after all. I know, I’m a big kid! (Click for Amazon Link)

This is a pretty unusual set for me. On more than one count. First, my collection is almost exclusively good guys. Yet here’s Buzz included  in a Villain’s set of figurines. It kind of hurts my feelings to find Buzz cast as a villain. After all, he didn’t KNOW he was joining the villains. They seemed so nice at first.

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I typically only collect Buzz Lightyear. But when a whole set drops into my lap, and Buzz is one of the set characters, I’m not going to turn it down. Though I really tried this time. Monique and I had an opportunity to buy several random sets of Disney and Marvel characters for our eBay business. It was fully my intention to ‘be good’, and sell these.
That intention faded away when it was time to take pictures for the listings. A bird in the hand is worth more… or maybe a Buzz Lightyear in the set is worth more than an unsold listing on eBay.

The entire set contains Buzz Lightyear, Lots-O’-Huggins Bear, Big Baby, Twitch, Chunk, Stretch, and Sparks. The packaging is nice enough to display as is. No need to remove the characters from the box.

These are not toys, strictly speaking. They’re figurines. Small PVC characters, around 3.5 inches tall. No joints, no articulation, no movement. They make great display pieces. Excellent cake toppers. Decent toys. Just understand up front, they’re strictly figurines.

Quality is good. The painting is clean and simple, the colors just right for the characters. The villains are nicely represented, though of course my emphasis is on Buzz. The painting and the sculpt do a good job capturing his character. His colors lean toward ‘pastel’. I prefer bolder colors personally, but that’s just a minor note.

If you’re like me and prefer Buzz, this set might not be to your taste. But if you want a unique collection of Toy Story characters, this hits the spot. Buzz Lightyear in a villains collection. That makes it different enough to justify keeping the whole set.

Given how nicely they’re packaged, the whole set will go well as is. I may take off the top plastic bubble. Or not. It depends on whether my goal is to see them clearly, or keep dust off them.  (Edit:  I wound up opening the package to take a clearer picture.  For dust protection, I can leave the cover back on, though.)

Either way, as PVC collectible Toy Story figures, this is a great set.

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Fisher-Price Shake ‘n Go! Disney/Pixar Toy Story 3 Buzz Lightyear

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Feb 012012
 

The Shake ‘n Go Buzz Lightyear car is a fun little sportster.  Modeled after Buzz’s space ship, with Buzz himself riding in the cockpit.  Makes engine noises, and speaks with Buzz Lightyear’s voice.  Shake him put him down, and off he goes.  The longer you shake him, the better the trip.  Buzz will go up to 20 feet on a good shake.  Kids have a blast shaking, releasing, and chasing these cars across the room.  They build up a good head of steam, so take care if you have small pets.

Lots of fun for kids.  One Amazon customer review compared it to radio control cars for kids too young for R/C.  That’s a great way to put it.  There’s a feeling of magic in a toy that is controlled by shaking, but once released, goes on it’s own.  Also works with the Shake ‘n Go tracks.

On the downside, Buzz has a pretty low wheelbase compared to other Shake ‘n Go toys.  He has a hard time traveling on carpet.

Larger than you’d think Buzz’s space ship is approximately 7 inches long.  Requires 3 AA batteries, which kind of surprised me at first.  I thought it was powered by some kind of neat generator, like those flashlights you shake to charge up.  Turns out, it’s completely battery powered, the shaking is just a fun way for children to choose how far and loud it will go.

Final thoughts:  I’d recommend this toy if you’ve got some solid floors to run him on, but not if all you have available is carpeted floors.  Just don’t forget the batteries!

Fisher-Price Shake 'n Go! Disney/Pixar Toy Story 3 Buzz Lightyear
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Fisher-Price Imaginext Disney/Pixar Toy Story 3 – Evil Dr. Porkchop’s Spaceship

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Jan 152012
 

This time Buzz is sharing the spotlight with Hamm, aka Evil Dr. Porkchop.  It comes with Buzz, Hamm, and the spaceship.  (Pigs in Space, anybody?)  Anyway, the ship is about 9 inches long, which means Buzz here is probably around 3 inches tall.  Durability is rated highly, but I’ve noticed two minor discrepancies.  One, the barrel is the wrong color.  If I’m remembering correctly, it should be yellow, based on Toy Story 3.  Secondly, and this is even less of an issue, is that Buzz’s face is kind of ‘cartoony’ in this version.  Neither one is a deal-breaker.

Both Hamm and Buzz can fit in the cockpit (but only one at a time).  The barrel goes in the cargo hold, and can be released with a top-mounted button to push.  Based on a scene from Toy Story 3, this would be a perfect play-along toy for children while watching the movie.  A good way to ad interest to an already great movie.  In the following youtube video, the image quality may be fuzzy, but this young reviewer is ready to tell you all about Dr. Porkchop, Buzz, and the spaceship.  In the face of such eloquence, I have nothing more to add!

Fisher-Price Imaginext Disney/Pixar Toy Story 3 - Evil Dr. Porkchop's Spaceship
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