Vtech – Toy Story 3 – Buzz Lightyear Spaceship Laptop

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Feb 112012
 

Vtech has a range of educational toys for children, and the Buzz Lightyear Spaceship Laptop really looks like a winner.  Designed to look like a laptop… and Buzz Lightyear’s Spaceship (I know, it’s a little bit of a stretch) and a toy, this is a good way for children to grow comfortable with computers.  Built tough to survive the learning process, Buzz’s laptop has a good reputation for durability.  The keyboard is laid out in a standard ‘qwerty’ configuration. Comes with an attached ‘mouse’ shaped like an alien (lgm, little green men), but the mouse is limited to up/down left/right and ‘select’.  The LCD screen is small and not backlit, so you’ll need light for children to read it. I would have thought the small size a detriment, but it doesn’t seem to matter to children, and after thinking about it, I realized the small screen is a good way to make the batteries last longer.

The lid pops open when you push on Buzz Lightyear’s head.  On the side, the wings pop out to increase the resemblance to Buzz’s ship.  You’ll hear Buzz Lightyear’s voice (Tim Allen).  The Buzz Lightyear Spaceship Laptop takes 3 AA batteries, and measures roughly 13″ x 9″ x 4″.  The laptop comes with 30 different activies, covering a broad range including Spanish, phonics, letters, numbers, typing, logic and problem-solving. Some of the activities are very similar to each other, but teach different branches of skills, like letters vs numbers.

For an excellent customer review that names all of the activities, scroll down and read the one by “Lifetime Gamer”.  I would have included a more detailed description here, but Lifetime Gamer covered it extremely well, and deserves credit for his review.  So please, scroll down and read his review to learn more about this great kids laptop.

One customer complained of the laptop arriving broken, and because of the timing, and waiting for Christmas to try it, missed the cutoff for returns.  There are two ways to avoid this problem when ordering; if it’s too early to get the extended Christmas return deadline, be very sure to test it thoroughly before wrapping and putting under the tree.  Or, barring that, wait until Amazon’s extended Christmas deadline can apply.  It’s sad, but a fact of life, sometimes something arrives damaged.  Better to find out early than too late.

Final thoughts:  Buzz Lightyear’s Spaceship Laptop is a great toy, and wonderful introduction to computers.  Many games and activies to entertain and educate, and, of course, the wonderful Toy Story theme.  I wish they’d had this when my boy was little… it would give me an excuse to buy one!!!

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The Buzz Lightyear Star Command Laptop is an electronic learning toy that is jam packed with 30 activities that teach children basic reading skills, along with beginner Spanish.

Travel the galaxy with the VTech Buzz Lightyear Star Command Laptop! Featuring the voice of Buzz and shaped like his starship, this learning toy laptop contains thirty different activities that teach Spanish, phonics, letters, numbers, typing skills, logic and problem-solving! Kids will love the alien cursor-style mouse, LCD screen and pop-out wings!

3 AA Batteries Required

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Vtech – Toy Story 3 – Buzz Lightyear Talk and Teach Phone

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Jan 312012
 

I wish they had the Buzz Lightyear Talk and Teach Phone when my son was little.  When he was about 2 and a half, he had a plastic phone, and he loved to ‘take phone calls’ for everybody.  He’d pick up, talk for a bit, then hold the receiver out and say “It’s for you!”

Well, he’s in his 30’s now, and I’m… older than that.  But maybe, just maybe, I’ll still get him one for Christmas.

Anyway, this is a really cool child’s phone toy.  Of course, it features Buzz Lightyear.  It also has 10 number buttons each featuring a different Toy Story 3 character.  There’s Woody, Jesse, Slinky Dog, Rex, Hamm, and others.

It has 3 learning activities, the ‘real’ voice of Buzz Lightyear, and best of all, the phone comes with a microphone that you can speak into, and it repeats what you say in one of 3 different modified voices.  This can provide endless entertainment, plus the educational bonuses.  Children are not only learning number familiarization, they’re hearing themselves speak, but in funny voices.

As far as features go, this may not be exactly chock full.  But as far as playability, this could last nearly forever.  The first toy I’ve ever found that didn’t have at least one complaint.  Out of (an admittedly small sample) 9 customer reviews on Amazon, all but 1 were rated 5 out of 5.  And the one low score?  Came in at a 4 out of 5.  Seriously, I don’t care how good a toy is, there’s always at least one person complaining.  This is unusual, even for the small number of reviews.

The Talk and Teach Phone is durable, can take the kind of abuse kids dish out, and holds attention.  As a matter of fact, that’s kind of a repeating theme, how well it keeps children’s attention.

My final thoughts:  This is a fabulous interactive toy.  The numbers, the role-playing, and learning games are all bonuses, but the voice-changing mic is a game-changer, and sure to enjoy a long long play life.

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To Infinity and Beyond! The Buzz Lightyear Talk & Teach Phone toy is an interactive learning phone that features three modes of play that will keep kids entertained for hours! Take an important business call from Buzz, call Woody and invite him for a play date, or ask for a ride from Slinky! Kids can do it all and learn numbers, numeric order and more. VTech’s fun toy phone also includes a voice changing feature where kids can sound like a robot or alien!

  • Recommended Ages: 3 – 6 years
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Vtech – Toy Story 3 – Buzz Lightyear Learn and Go

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Jan 232012
 

A little change of pace today.  The Vtech Learn and Go Buzz Lightyear (Based on Toy Story 3) is a handheld gaming device for children between 4 and 6 years old.  Control is through a straightforward qwerty keyboard, with a very simple layout.  The screen is a black and white LCD.  Not too fancy, but decent for the age group.  There are 8 different activities included, all designed to be educational.  Children get to practice skills in letter matching, letter order, spelling, and (this must be why they link it to Toy Story 3) beginning Spanish.

The authentic voice of Buzz Lightyear guides them through the games.  Durable, and small enough to entertain a child while they’re on the go.  It measures less than 6x7x2 inches, and uses 3 AA batteries.  User reviews are overwhelmingly positive, with only one negative review.  Most rated it between 4 and 5 stars, with a high enjoyment level from the children.  Mention was made that his volume is very loud, even on lowest setting.  I could see this being a problem, but to be honest, to me it seems like a benefit.

And if you’re wondering, no, I don’t have this one.  Not really a good fit for my personal collection, though I’d certainly keep him if he was a gift!

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To Infinity and Beyond! The VTech Buzz Lightyear Learn & Go is a clever handheld toy that delivers game play through a QWERTY keyboard, LCD screen, and four modes of play featuring the guiding voice of Buzz himself! Preschoolers will hone their skills in letter matching, letter order, spelling, and even learn beginner Spanish!

Includes eight learning activities Required 3 AA Batteries

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