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 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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Toy Story 3 Talking Plush Buzz Lightyear 7 inch

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Sep 112012
 

Okay, this Buzz is pretty cute.  He’s plush, he’s a good size for toddlers, and his voice is activated by a simple press in the chest area.  Easy enough for just about anybody.  The art style is recognizably Buzz Lightyear.  His uniform is fairly standard, though adapted for a small-scale plush toy.  The face is a little bit different from his norm, yet still within parameters.  The curlicue on his chin, the expressive eyebrows, the purple headgear.  I suppose it’s mainly his smile that seems mildly off to me.  It’s not ‘wrong’, it’s just not a typical expression for Buzz.

The colors are nice and crisp, though with a little play, you KNOW that white is going to get dingy after a while.  The website doesn’t mention cleaning, but I have to assume he’ll have to be hand-washed without getting soaked.  After all, he has enough electronics to say a few phrases, I really doubt that would survive a trip through the washer.

Speaking of… speaking… his voice is a reasonable likeness.  I don’t think it’s the original voice, for two reasons.  One, toys that use the original voices usually advertise that quite plainly.  Two, some of his phrases don’t seem quite right.  I mean, “To infinity and beyond!” works for me.  But one sentence in particular doesn’t seem in character.  As best I can make it out, he says “Silence, minions of Zurg – You’re in the custodies of Galactic Alliance.”    Grammar check, anybody?

Believe it or not, I found a short video clip on Youtube.  I’ve included it here so you can see for yourself.

Yes, he’s cute.  And really, the voice/phrases are fine.  He looks good.  I like him overall, with one big problem:  you can’t replace the battery.  Never.  Once it’s gone, it’s gone.  Unless you’re the clever resourceful type who can slice him open, figure out what he needs, reassemble, replace the stuffing, and re-stitch him.  That’s a lot of effort for a low-cost toy.  At the moment, he’s selling for under $2.00, so before going to all that trouble, it might be easier just to order another.  But still… that seems disappointing.

Because of the battery issue, I’d have to say… he’d be great in a collection, but not for toddlers.  I sure wouldn’t want to tell my child “Sorry dear, but Buzz will never talk again.”  Unless you don’t mind replacing Buzz on an as-needed basis.  :^)

Toy Story 3 Talking Plush Buzz Lightyear 7 inch
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Toy Story 3 Talking Plush Buzz Lightyear 7″. You press his chest to talk. The Batteries CAN NOT be replaced. For Ages 4 and up.
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Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Astronaut Costume White Adult T-shirt Tee Medium

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Aug 152012
 
BuzzLightyearTshirt
If you’re a fan of themed T-Shirts, (and Buzz Lightyear of course!) then this is a wonderful addition to your collection.  Made of cotton, and officially licensed by Disney, this Toy Story themed t-shirt is fun for any age. Available in a number of sizes in Toddler and Adults.  I love the cleverness… it’s not just a ‘character’ shirt, with an image on the front.  It’s a wearable t-shirt of Buzz’s upper torso armor, putting your child (or you…) in official Star Command uniform.
Mine was a gift, so it may not be exactly the same as this one.  Close enough to get the idea, though.  There are currently 3 reviews online for it; one person rated it low and said the colors faded too much in the first washing.  To counter that, the other 2 reviews give it a 5-star rating, and praise it highly.
I’ve had mine since Christmas 2011, and I do wear it quite often…  this is one of my favorite shirts!
Note:  Styles change occasionally.  Be sure to look at the actual image when ordering!
Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Astronaut Costume White Adult T-shirt Tee Medium
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Blast off to infinity and beyond with this officially licensed Buzz Lightyear costume t-shirt. His astronaut uniform is printed on the front of this white tee with his jetpack printed on the back.
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Toy Story 3 Defender Buzz Lightyear Action Figure

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Jan 262012
 

Defender Buzz Lightyear is one of those toys that seem geared more toward collectors displaying their set.  When viewed as an addition to my own collection, I’m happy with him.  He’s a 6-inch figure in a semi-static pose.  Very minimal movement, mostly at the shoulders and hips.  If you can’t adjust the elbows and knees, moving the shoulders and hips seems kind of pointless.  I think he’d be better served as a completely static display piece.

His face seems correct, but possibly not as good as some figurines.  I can’t put my finger on it, he just doesn’t seem spot-on.  Maybe it’s just me.  I checked with my quality control officer (Monique), and she thought he looked exactly right.

Durability might be a little under par.  There were only three customer reviews on Amazon, and that’s not really a fair data pool to extrapolate from.  But one of the three reported a leg coming loose, and having to be popped back in.

There’s just not that much more to add about Defender Buzz.  Mid-height, good sculpt, not very poseable.

My take:  Not for children.  They’ll be disappointed.  If you’re buying for a child, find a different Buzz, preferably one that lends itself better to being ‘played with’.  After all, that’s a major element of the Toy Story mythos, that toys are for children to play with!

If you’re a collector wanting a good mid-sized display Buzz, he’s already in a nice pose, and looks dramatic.  So… collector, yes.  Children’s play toy, no.

Disney Pixar Toy Story 3 Defender Buzz Lightyear 18cm Poseable Figure
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Defender Buzz Lightyear Poseable 5 Inch High Action Figure
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BUZZ LIGHTYEAR Toy Story 3 Posable Action Figure – Disney / Pixar one size

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Jan 222012
 

Today we’re taking a step back to the mid-sized Buzz figures.  This one stands 5 inches tall.  The graphics are good, though not as good as the full-sized ones, of course.  He’s got decent artiluation.  No smaller pieces move, but the arms and legs are positionable.  It’s nice to see the ratings are completely positive.  He’s well-designed and sturdy.  A good play figure for a younger child, but still decent enough to add to a collection.  While I prefer the full-sized ones for my collection, I like the mids and small Buzzes as well.  He’d fit well into my mid-sized collection, as a matter of fact, he’d be one of my favorites.  The price, around $10, is reasonable for the size.

Don’t look for bells and whistles here.  The emphasis is on having a good solid design that can stand up to a lot of play.  My overall take?  He’s a great toy for younger children, and would be a good addition for collectors looking to fill holes in their mid-size category.

BUZZ LIGHTYEAR Toy Story Posable Action Figure - Disney / Pixar
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List Price: $18.99
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If you’re a fan of the Toy Story movies, you’ll love our Disney Pixar Toy Story Basic Action Figure – Buzz Lightyear! Kids will love recreating their favorite movie scenes and making up new stories! The Disney Pixar Toy Story Basic Action Figure – Buzz Lightyear features: Full articulation, 5-inches in height, and the personality and fun of your favorite Disney Pixar’s Toy Story character! Ages 4 and up. From Mattel.
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