Buzz is On A Mission – Toy Story Hallmark Keepsake Ornament

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Feb 092014
 


It’s been ages since I’ve written here, but I’m finally back.  This is the first of 4 Buzz Lightyears that are waiting on reviews.  The rest will follow as time permits.  For now, let’s take a look at “Buzz is on a Mission”:

It's a Buzz in a box!

It’s a Buzz in a box!

The box he comes in is typical Hallmark design, and about 5 ” tall.  Buzz himself is 3.5 ” tall, and is wrapped in lots of white tissue paper for protection.  The batteries are the kind you see in cameras, and come included in the package.  No installation instructions because, really, why would you need them?  :^)

There’s one shiny silver screw holding his jetpack in place, and what better place could you possibly find for power cells?  I grabbed a tiny phillips head screwdriver and went to town.  Two things caught my attention here.  First, the screw is finely threaded, so it takes longer than you’d expect.  Second, the fit is very tight, and it took a while before I realized it was ready to be opened.

The sculpt is exactly what you’d expect for a Disney/Toy Story product.  High quality all the way.  The detailing is great, right down to the open wrist communicator.  It even has a color decal, which is kind of overkill since the angle makes it unlikely that anyone will see it.  The paint job is sharp and the edges clean.  The colors are a bit muted.  Rather than the very bright colors most Buzz Lightyear toys have, his colors here are more pastel.  If you look under his feet, he has the trademark “Andy” signature.

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No moving parts (except for the voice button).  He’s very sturdy, and has a solid heft for his size.  The wings do NOT pop open… “Not a flying toy”.  Buzz’s balance is excellent.  He stands firmly on is feet, with plenty of stability.  There’s no helmet, but that’s an acceptable design choice.  I’d have liked him either way.

The voice is awesome.  Clear, crisp, and very understandable.  I love how high-quality the sound is.  He’s even got more than one phrase.  It’s the voice that led me to make a video of him.  This was originally going to by picture-only, but with audio, he really deserves video.  Plus it provides a chance to show battery installation.

Hallmark plus Disney plus Toy Story is a winning combination.  Just remember if you’re buying for kids, this is a display figure, not an action toy.  As such, and with the built-in speech, this Buzz is a winner.

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The Worlds Most Perfect (Buzz Lightyear) Valentines Day Card

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Feb 152013
 

00BuzzValentineYou’ve got to love a wife who tolerates my crazy hobbies.  Monique doesn’t just tolerate them… she encourages them!

Case in point:  My Buzz Lightyear craze.  With a bit of luck, this blog makes enough to pay for it’s own upkeep.  Which comes to about $12 per year.  I spend an inordinate amount of time building my collection, reading and writing about Buzz and Toy Story in general.  Some spouses would feel I spend too much time playing with children’s toys.  Not Monique.  She buys me Toy Story Valentines Day cards.  And Toys.  Wait till you see the Buzz Lightyear light-up helmet she got me!!!  (Sorry, not here… it’s worth a post all by itself.  Going to do a video review soon.)

Using cool Hallmark online technology, she actually customized my card.  It’s actually got my name right on the front:  “Alan, I looked all over for the perfect valentine for you…”

And of course, the punch line inside is awesome.  “But they don’t make candy hearts that say: Our love will last to infinity and beyond!”

That’s just cooler than cool.  She actually got 3 different cards for me, but the other two have nothing to do with Toy Story.  (One’s a Superman card, and the other is more like ‘normal’ people give each other – I love all three!)  But since this is a Buzz Lightyear website, that’s the card I’m showing here.

Okay, maybe you’re thinking this is just silly.  Disney and Hallmark over-marketing at it’s finest.  Too hokey for adults.  I say, we need to be kids at heart!  Sure, I can point out bad things, get cynical and depressed.  I could be a downer to all my friends and family.  And I’m human, so sometimes that happens.  But the best things in life happen when you open yourself up a bit.  Let the inner kid out, and remember what plain old, simple FUN is.  Adults have a way of messing things up.  Learn from the children.

The coolest thing about Monique is her appreciation for my childish side.  Years ago I was playing Runescape (Thanks, Josh!!) and she walked by my computer, stopped, and said “That looks like fun.”  Now, some 8 years later, she’s a player mod, we’re both maxed combat players, and some of our most fun comes during our weekly “Penguin Hunt” date night.

Another example… A couple of years ago, she wanted to do something different and unique for an anniversary.  Something together, that we could share in.  So… my answer?  I went out and bought some plastic models.  We spend the entire day building models.  Me with a Dragon that needed a repaint.  Her with a Revell Dracula model kit.  She’s come a long way from that first kit.  I usually build super-heroes, she usually builds monsters, though that’s not set in stone.  Or resin.

How many wives would be willing to do that?  I used to work at Blockbuster, and we rented a lot of games to young men.  They thought it was awesome that my wife didn’t get jealous of my games… she joined in and excelled at them!

So is she on the same page when it comes to Buzz Lightyear?  Well… no.  But that’s okay.  She has her own collections.  You should see our computer room.  The walls are full of shelves full of her Lord of the Rings collection.  Except where our model collection is.  Or my super-hero figurines are.

Getting a Buzz Lightyear valentines day card?  That just says it all.  There are many things that make us right for each other.  But the fact that we have fun together?  Too cool.

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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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Toy Story 3 Foam Gliders (4 count)

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Oct 072012
 

Who wouldn’t like a flying Buzz Lightyear?  After all, it’s the one thing he can’t do that even Buzz things he CAN!  I shouldn’t admit this, but when he leaped off the stair railing in Toy Story, my heart just about broke.  Animated movie or not, I can really relate to it.  That moment when a deeply cherished belief is broken.  It’s no wonder it destroyed his faith for a while.

Fortunately for Buzz, Woody was there to correct Buzz’s priorities. Buzz might have thought it was all about his total abilities as a Space Ranger, but ultimately, it was his value as Andy’s toy that gave Buzz a purpose in being.  Woody may not have intended everything that happened as a lesson for Buzz… and as a matter of fact, it turned into a learning event for Woody as well as Buzz…  but things tend to happen for a reason.

So when I was searching for Buzz Lightyear collectibles from the party supplies, I was thrilled to find a flying Buzz.  Unfortunately for this party favor, Woody is not there to help.  And even with wings, this Buzz needs a lot of help.  To put it simply, he doesn’t fly.  Not far, not well, and he certainly doesn’t survive many crash landings.

Bear in mind, it IS a cheaply made piece of foam.  Not intended for long-term play.  Not very expensive.  I suppose you get what you pay for in this instance.  He looks pretty neat, but just doesn’t have the balance or durability to make him a winner.  IF I was going to use these gliders in a Buzz-themed party, I would assemble them and hang them from the ceiling as displays.

They do come with plastic tips to improve flying balance, but the tips aren’t much help.  As far as the durability goes, one customer on Amazon suggested clear contact paper.  It won’t make them fly any better, but they might survive the children’s playing a bit longer.    For a cheap party favor, I don’t expect much.  But a little research indicates these were originally Hallmark products.  I do expect better from Hallmark.  Guess that’s why they’re being sold by 3rd party vendors.

The best thing I can say about these, is they look good, with well-done graphics, and you get 4 per pack.  Oh well.  Forewarned… don’t buy these unless you just want them for decorations.  Sorry, I’d love to report better.  If I find a better version, I’ll be sure to update this.  As they are, I’m sure the kids would be immensely disappointed with the playability.  Don’t disappoint the kids- pass these by.

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