Feb 042012

No.  Just… don’t do it.  This Buzz has serious issues.  While I was researching him, I noticed something odd about his customer reviews.  5 of the 31 high-scoring reviews were ‘salted’ by the same reviewer.  If you take out the duplicate reviews, his customer rating average would go down from 3 1/2 stars to 2 1/2 stars.  This had to have been done either by a loyal child trying to boost his favorite toy in the ratings… or by a questionable seller trying to raise his scores.

Either way, bad result.  When you look at the high number of complaints, several other things jump out.  To begin with, the Product Description on Amazon claims “This is the quintessential, classic, truly original Talking Buzz Lightyear…”  blah blah blah.  Lies.  I have the truly original Buzz Lightyear, the first one ever released, and this is in NO way close to him.  After all the years, and no battery installed (for his protection), I may have forgotten some details, such as how many sayings he has (this Buzz only has 5), but I know for a fact his front chest button is supposed to trigger the wings.

As a matter of fact, I’ll go so far as to say, I have never before seen a 12″ Buzz Lightyear that does NOT trigger the wings from the big red button on his chest.

If you read the customer reviews, they uniformly state this Buzz does NOT trigger from the front chest button.  Instead, he has a button ON HIS BACK that opens the wings!

Many reviews, even the positive ones, mention how easy he is to break.  Quite a few complain of recieving Buzz used, not new… damaged, and dirty.  One in particular said Buzz had been stuffed in a clear bag and closed with a garbage tie.

In all fairness, I do have to defend him on two points.  First of all, the paint scheme.  I have seen legitimate Buzz Lightyears with a slightly darker skin tone.  Probably just the occasional random variation in the factory.  Same with the gloves, the all-white/gray gloves are a legitimate variation.  Second, the wings popping out horizontally.  Originally, this was the ONLY way a 12″ Full-size Buzz could be found.  For a number of years, there were no other options.  Having a Buzz Lightyear with true movie-accurate wings is a relatively recent occurence.  (At least, in the 12″ toy.  I have some smaller early Buzz toys with more accurate wings.)

Still, the complaints and reviews, and just plain “padding” by the reviewer who goes by “A Kid’s Review.”  He has no link to see his other reviews.  I tried to report the duplicate reviews to Amazon, but only got a generic “This is abuse” link.  Sent it anyway, maybe they’ll figure it out.

Also, the product details claim he has a “voice sampler”.  This is inaccurate.  I think what they meant, was that he speaks with a digitized voice.  A sampler is something different, and there are no indications that this Buzz can sample and repeat voices.

One final quibble- At this point in time, Disney Ultimate Buzz Lightyear Talking Action Figure — 12″ (to give him his full title) costs $32.95.  For such a low-end Buzz, that’s just way, way overpriced.

Final thoughts:  There are several Buzz Lightyears claiming the title of “Ultimate.”  I own two of them myself.  But this Buzz is NOT, in any way, shape, or form, an “Ultimate” Buzz.  I strongly recommend you pick another Buzz.  This one just has too many warning flags to take a chance on.

Disney Ultimate Buzz Lightyear Talking Action Figure -- 12
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Product Description

”This is an intergalactic emergency,” declares your favorite Space Ranger who’s come to the rescue with this Talking Buzz Lightyear Action Figure. Our Buzz Lightyear toy has lots of exciting features that will give your young Toy Story fan a smile that stretches to infinity and beyond. Imported. Press button to hear five different Buzz phrases. Features voice sampler and sound effects. Press button for wing release. Press arm laser button for laser light and sound! Retractable helmet. Poseable joints. Buzz’s Space Ranger suit features special glow in the dark effect! Plastic. 12” H. Requires 2 AA batteries, included. Ages 3+. WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small Parts. Not for children under 3 years.

Product Details

  • Press button to hear five different Buzz phrases  
  • Features voice sampler and sound effects
  • Press button for wing release
  • Press arm laser button for laser light and sound!
  • Retractable helmet

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