Buzz Lightyear Disney Forever Stamps

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Jul 212013
 

BuzzForeverStampsBuzz Lightyear Forever!  Or, at last on a Forever Stamp.  I’ve never noticed these before- the USPS has been doing it’s “Art of Disney” stamps since 2004.  This particular stamp is part of a pane full of Disney characters, from “Cars”, “Ratatouille”, “Wall-E”, and “Up”.  And of course, Toy Story.  I’m not a stamp collector, so I guess somehow this just zoomed right past me.  Until Monique ordered a sheet for my collection.

The plate I’ve got, showing Buzz Lightyear surrounded by LGM… Little Green Men… was first released in 2011, according to a post on the Los Angeles Times blog.  It’s news to me.  Not sure exactly how they came to Monique’s attention, but she saw them recently, and knew I’d enjoy the Buzz stamp.

She’s right.  And I’m on a roll right now.  Before this it was the promo poster of Buzz and Woody for Peachtree Playthings.  Now it’s the stamps.
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Now I’m in a bind.  Being an avid Buzz Lightyear collector, the stamps could just stay in the acetate sealed wrapper, and go on display.  Or, they could get peeled up and stuck somewhere appropriate.  It would look nice having one of these stuck somewhere on my computer monitor.  I don’t usually worry about keeping my toys in the original container.  Normally they just go on display in whatever way seems most fun.  But in this case, I kind of like the whole sheet.  If I open them and stick the individual stamps all over the place, they may not get enough appreciation.

Overall my preference is to keep the stamps in their original sealed bag.  Maybe they can be like a wallpaper background behind some of the figures on display.

She also found some Tarzan stamps, too.  Those appeal to me a lot.  As a Tarzan fan, these are awesome.  But I don’t have a website about Tarzan, so he’ll just have to share this short mention on Buzz’s site.  :^)

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By the Sword of Lightyear… I have the Power!

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Oct 122012
 

I was sitting at my computer recently (of course!) typing away, and Mom came home from one of her yard sale runs looking like the cat that just swallowed the canary.  She never looks that way just for the heck of it, so I turned to see what was up… and she had a light-up Buzz Lightyear sword!

I’ve never seen a sword for Buzz before, so it caught my attention in a hurry.  We popped batteries in (2 double-A’s), pushed the button, and it worked like a champ.  It’s obviously seen combat, what with the wear and tear.  Some chips and dings, especially on the paint on Buzz’s chin.  I have to assume it’s played a part in the defeat of Evil Emperor Zurg, Sworn Enemy of the Galactic Alliance and Buzz Lightyear’s arch enemy.

Given it’s bold part in defending our galaxy, the right thing to do is give the sword a  permanent place of honor in my collection.

I tried to find out where the Lightyear Sword came from, but its past is shrouded in mystery.  Some say it came from “Toy Story on Ice”.  Yet others claim it was part of a set designed to accessorize a Buzz Lightyear Halloween costume.  The truth is out there, but that’s as much detail as I’ve been able to get.  Unfortunately, there seems to be no reliable source for the sword.  My usual favorite, Amazon, doesn’t have any.  I’ve found an old eBay listing from eBay UK, but nothing current.  Wish I could tell you where to consistently find them, but so far no luck with this one.

I’m certain my new sword is sensitized to the evil of Zurg.  If Emperor Zurg ever comes within a parsec or two, I fully expect it to glow in warning.  Like Gandalf’s sword, Glamdring.  In the meantime, I thought you might enjoy this image of me performing a uniform and weapons check.

On a side note, I wore my Buzz Lightyear T-Shirt grocery shopping recently- and it was the hit of the store!  The young gentleman bagging my groceries was very excited about it.  Made my day, especially since I’d been feeling under the weather.  We talked Toy Story until my whole order was rung up.  He offered to push my cart to the car and load up for me… but that just doesn’t seem in keeping with the uniform.

Nothing like meeting another Toy Story fan to brighten your day!

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Mar 022012
 

I married into an ultra-cool family.  Monique’s Mom, sister Annmarie, and my nephew David went to Disney World this week.  When they came back, they brought me Flying Buzz!   This Buzz Lightyear absolutely rocks…  I knew when I saw him in the package that he was cool.  I didn’t get just HOW cool until I’d flown him around a bit.

The initial impulse is to try and achieve a straight up and down hover.  This is briefly possible, but difficult to maintain.  Between his balance, and the cord, sooner or later he tilts.  Then he’s constantly trying to fly away, only held in place by his tether.  At some point, I gave up trying for a vertical hover, and allowed him his head.  This is where Flying Buzz begins to strut his stuff.  Much like flying a kite, a variety of bold and subtle motions yields some amazing flight patterns.

Once I figured this out, the fun was limited only by the batteries.  It was impossible not to grin while steering Buzz through his aerial kamikaze maneuvers.  The picture shows a good detail shot, but the brief video of me flying Buzz around tells the whole story.  I had NO idea how much fun he could be.

This Buzz Lightyear stands about 5″ tall (7″ counting the highest propeller).  The propellers are a flexible plastic, bounded by a circular outer rim.  It’s a good design, very durable.  When you smack into something, they hold up well.  Buzz’s body is made of a rather dense foam material, light styrofoam but sturdier.

He comes firmly packaged in a circular clear plastic container, custom shaped to prevent shipping/movement damage.  The propeller blades are stored in the bottom of the package, and have to be clipped in place.  Buzz requires 4 AA batteries.  When the batteries are fresh, he generates an incredible amount of lift.  But the most fun comes after the initial surge has steadied down.  That’s when he creates just enough pull to make him fly around like a stunt pilot.

Strictly speaking, this is not a true product review.  I don’t have a good place to send you for him.  Except Disney.  Could not find him at Amazon, which is my favorite go-to place.  I found one single independent website that offered him for about $10.00 TOO MUCH.  There were a couple on eBay, at $21, they were on the high side of retail, but not excessively so.  If I find a good place online with good prices, I’ll post a link here.  In the meantime, I’m afraid your best place to find him is near the Buzz Lightyear ride at Disney World in Florida.

To my family, for bringing me a great new toy… and to Monique, for making it possible… Thank you!

Below are 2 very short videos of me having a blast with Buzz zooming all over the place (one shot with our Flip for this site, and one Monique shot with her camera):

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No Toy This Time, Just A Cool Toy Story Remix

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Feb 032012
 

You caught me.  I’m not just a Buzz Lightyear fan… All of Toy Story is great!  I just think Buzz Lightyear is the coolest, of course.

Anyway, a friend on my facebook page shared this very well-made video remix of Toy Story.  Done by Pogomix, it’s high-quality, and obviously was created with a lot of love, care, and time invested.  According to my friend, Brando, this always makes him smile big.  I watched it, and have to agree… I really smiled big.

Thanks, Brando, for sharing this video with me.  And to Pogomix, for the hard work and true Toy Story love, thank you.

For everybody else, I hope you enjoy it as much as Brando and I!

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Jan 202012
 

I’d like to dedicate this post to the more current Buzz Lightyear wings.  You know, the movie-accurate wings.  These wings were one of the biggest and most visually pleasing improvements ever added to Buzz.  Finally, after years and years of the stupid stubby wings that only extended horizontally, they did it right.  Proper proportions, blinking green and red lights, and they even move right.  Now, they extend fully while swiveling out from a vertical storage position to the horizontal flight position.

It’s about time.  So far, most of my Buzzes are old-school.  But I’m slowly building my collection to the more modern design.

On most of the customer reviews, though, you’ll see one complaint, over and over.  The wings break.  They pop off.  Some people even puzzle over the wire connecting the wings to Buzz.

Here’s the deal:  It’s deliberate.  On purpose.  Yep, turns out it’s a safety feature!

(Before anybody gets upset here, yes, the wings CAN be broken.  I’m sure some of those reports are legitimate.  But most of the time, you can kind of tell they aren’t aware that it’s actually a feature.)

Here’s what the instructions have to say about it:  “Buzz’s space wings are designed to pop off if too much pressure is applied to them or if the toy is dropped.  The wings are conveniently attached to Buzz by wire.  To re-attach the wings, pull of the wing pack cover and insert the wings back on the hinge barrel as shown (dia. k).  Replace wing pack cover.”

Here’s the above-mentioned diagram k:

Buzz Lightyear's Pop-off wings

So when you see reviews talking about the wings breaking, remember this and read between the lines.  If it truly sounds like they broke, fair enough.  But chances are, they just popped off, as they are supposed to, in order to prevent really and truly breaking.

 

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