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.