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

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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 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.

Toy Story 3 Foam Gliders (4 count)
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Toy Story 3 Buzz Flying Petite Cake Topper

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Sep 272012
 
More Toy Story themed party favors!  I can’t believe it took me this long to think of looking for Buzz lightyear under party favors…
This one is a classic Buzz Lightyear pose as he flies across the galaxy.  He looks pretty good in the one close-up picture provided.  I could wish for a clearer pic, and a view of the back.  But from what can be seen, he looks right.  At least enough so that it has that correct ‘Buzz Lightyear’ feel to it.
The sculpt and the pose appeal to me.  Not enough detail on the picture to make out the painting quality, but it seems at least decent.  Though they’ve got the wings solid green, that’s not a deal-killer in this case.  One thing I don’t like… the picture shows the cake topper on top of a small roundish cake.  It’s an excellently designed cake, but my first assumption was to think it was all part of the topper.  I was wrong.  The topper itself is comprised of ONLY the Buzz in flight figure.  If you look carefully, (it blends in with the white frosting) you can see the round base that keeps Buzz upright.
At least the price, size, and overall quality make more sense now.  At first I was trying to figure out how they did all that for the price.  Now I know… they didn’t.  So be sure and look twice.  It’s not a big sculpted topper, it’s just a small figurine of Buzz.
As small plastic figurine cake toppers go, it’s a very nice one.  I’d enjoy seeing it on my birthday cake… but I think I’d want a bit more.  A few figures here and there on the cake, maybe some nice decorated images in the frosting.  But as part of an ensemble cake decoration, it’s a great topper.
On the other hand, I like it very much simply as a small pvc plastic Buzz Lightyear figurine.  I don’t require high detail on the small ones (though it’s always cool when one does have it).  It’s a great small piece to include as a background support item for my larger figures.
Toy Story 3 Buzz Flying Petite Cake Topper
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List Price: $8.25
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Buzz Lightyear Toy Story 3 Treat Boxes

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Sep 192012
 

In my (off and on) constant search for cool new Buzz Lightyear items, today I ran across an entire category I’ve previously missed… party favors!  I’m going to start with party favor boxes, just because they showed up at the top of my results list.

These Toy Story 3 Treat Boxes truly are a treat.  Very clean design, great graphics, and amazingly like the Buzz Lightyear Boxes the toys in the movie came in.  As a matter of fact, one Amazon customer stacked hers on a shelf in rows just like the toy shelves in Al’s Toy Barn from Toy Story 2.

To be clear, these do NOT include the treats.  That’s your job…  These are flat cardboard sheets measuring 8″ x 6″.  They have to be folded up, candy and toys put in, and sealed.  Once the box is sealed shut, it cannot be opened without tearing.  Be sure it’s loaded correctly before sealing it.
The boxes have enough room for some small candies and toy.  The same customer I mentioned above suggested a single green plastic army man.  I think that’s a very clever idea, and appropriate to the Toy Story theme.

There are 4 boxes (actually, flat sheets of cardboard to be folded into a box) per pack.  With the image quality printed on the boxes, these look extremely nice.  If I had a Buzz Lightyear-themed party… and these were provided… I would most certainly keep a few just for display.  (Monique, are you listening?)

I really wouldn’t care about candy being in the boxes or not, but a small properly-themed toy would be great.  If not an army man, then maybe a Buddy figure… those include most of the Toy Story characters in a small format.

I like these Buzz Lightyear treat boxes.  Yes, it’s something of a do-it-yourself project.  You’ll have to assemble them and provide your own filler.  But the price is more than reasonable, and leaves plenty of room for creativity.  If they showed up at MY party, I would be very happy!

Toy Story 3 Treat Boxes
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List Price: $4.50
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