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

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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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Imaginext Disney / Pixar Toy Story 3 Figure Buzz Lightyear with Spaceship

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Jan 182012
 

Not much to say here except “Cute!”  You get Buzz, his Spaceship, and the little blue missile.  To begin with, take note:  This is a smaller toy.  Buzz is officially 3 inches tall, but in reality is not quite there.  The space ship is 6 inches in length.

Yes, it fires the missile.  Yes, a missile aimed at someone’s eye could hurt them.  If you don’t think your child is old enough to play safely with those features, take the missile away, or better yet, choose a safer toy.

But… if you choose to get this set, you get a very portable toy that can go with you without a big production.  How valuable is peace and quiet when you’re trying to drive in heavy traffic?  Or on a long trip with minimal space for ‘fun’?

You also get a toy, that by most accounts, has a long, long, play-life.  Buzz fits inside the cockpit, the hatch opens and closes, and it shoots.  The art is clean and simple, everything is durable.  I must say, I’m not a big fan of the cartoony Buzz face that they like to put on some of the figures.  But it’s still Buzz, with his character and personality intact.  Seems to me like that style is aimed at younger children than the normal face design.  Or possibly just meant for smaller figures without a lot of detailed sculpting.

I do want to mention the Amazon price… it’s middle of the road.  If you don’t mind searching online, you can find the set cheaper.  But you’re still paying shipping.  Amazon does offer multiple vendors with individual prices for most items, and many are free shipping if you order more than $25 worth of goods from Amazon.

You can do whatever works best for you.  For me, though, I live on Amazon.  I buy books, toys, gifts, equipment, you name it, on Amazon.  So most of the time, I make an order of enough items to qualify for free shipping.  The savings on shipping costs is typically enough to tilt the value to ‘acceptable’.  Amazon works for me.  But, you could also try ebay.  Or Google shopping.  The point is, you have nearly infinite choices online.  Smart shoppers do research.  But… that’s why you’re reading this, right?  :^)

Back on topic, I like this set.  Maybe not for my personal collection, but it’s very appealing for a young child, and I’m already thinking about Christmas now…

Imaginext Disney / Pixar Toy Story 3 Figure Buzz Lightyear with Spaceship
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Imagine a world of excitement and action where you decide what happens next! Buzz Lightyear fits inside his Spaceship!
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