Ultimate Buzz Lightyear Programmable Robot… Well, there’s ‘Ultimate’, and there’s ‘Ultimate’. In terms of being a spectacular Buzz Lightyear, and the most sophisticated of my collection, yes, he is. In terms of titles, there have been several Buzz Lightyears with the word ‘Ultimate’ in their name. I have 3 of them myself. Each one was ultimate in his own way and for the time of production. So while I take the word ‘ultimate’ with a grain of salt, in this case, there’s a lot of truth to the title.
There are 2 versions of this Buzz (at this point in time.) Mine is the first and original “Ultimate Buzz Lightyear Programmable Robot”, which came out in 2009. Mine does NOT have the Spanish language and dancing. The newer one DOES.
In other respects, they are very similar, though the new one includes an autonomous ‘wander-around’ feature. Ultimate Buzz is by far the largest Buzz Lightyear I own. A normal full-sized Buzz stands 12 inches tall. This one is 17″! Made by Thinkway Toys, who I consider to be the best manufacturer of Toy Story products bar none.
Given his height, Ultimate Buzz is very heavy. With batteries installed, he’s right around 5 pounds.
Speaking of batteries, he requires LOTS of power. 4 AA batteries go in each leg, 3 AAA’s in his chest, and three more to operate the remote. We’re taking 14 batteries total, and he runs through them quickly. With so many motors, sensors, and weight to move, the batteries drain very fast. It’s times like this I wish he really DID use crystallic fusion. No kidding, he has 7 different motors to power his movement, with micro-chip processor and multiple sensors to control them. (Including one on his palm so he can high-five!)
Buzz can turn, salute, shoot his laser, and use his voice communicator with corresponding movement. While speaking, his face becomes animated; the eyes blink, and the mouth is synchronized to his speech.
Comes with a 20-page booklet explaining his features. Buzz walks, moves his arms, face, and head. The walking is a bit stiff, and does not work on my carpet, but does very well on a wooden floor. His turn radius is pretty wide, and needs a good bit of space (or a lot of backing up) to accomplish.
He speaks in Buzz Lightyear’s original voice, and has many conditional phrases. For instance, if he falls over, Buzz will ask for help standing back up. He operates in ‘TOY’ mode, and ‘Space Ranger’ mode. In the first, he’s a toy, and he knows it. In space ranger mode, he believes he’s a true space ranger. His reactions and sentences will be based on which mode he’s currently in.
Buzz can say over 100 phrases, and understands voice commands. His voice commands are also conditional to which mode he’s in. He also responds to certain keywords. A friend of mine walked into the room, saw him, and said “What a cool toy!”
His answer? “You look like a pretty cool toy yourself!” Her expression was absolutely priceless!
The infrared remote works from up to 20′ away, and comes with 15 differing functions. With the remote, Buzz even plays an interactive shooting game, and knows if you’ve hit him.
One of the most advanced features is ‘puppeteering’. It’s kind of like physical programming. You move him by hand, and the sensors record the movement. Later, in playback mode, he will repeat the movements you input. Be warned, this will probably require an adult’s assistance if the children are very young. Puppeteering mode has a 64-step memory, and can recall movements of arms, legs, body and head. Speech and sound effects, too.
This Buzz is the most sophisticated one in my collection, and the electronics are truly a marvel. To accomplish this, some adaptations were made. His legs are large in the calf area, to hold all those batteries. He’s huge, solid, and heavy. His wings do NOT move- the jetpack is one solid piece. No wings.
Going back to the older and newer Utlimate Buzz Lightyear, the packaging does not specify one is newer or better than the other. The only way to realize there are 2 versions is to see the boxes side by side. The newer one will say that he speaks Spanish and will dance to Spanish music. That being the case, online sellers may not realize they have a newer… or older… Buzz. Or that the stock manufacturer’s description does not match the Buzz they have. And while I completely agree that sellers should know what they’ve got and list it accurately, the reality of the situation is different.
A little prevention goes a long way. If you order one online, I recommend contacting the seller and verifying which Buzz they offer.
Final thoughts: I love mine. Yes, he’s expensive. He’s a very high-tech toy, with amazing features. I would buy him again in a heartbeat if I could!
The video below is for my version of Ultimate Buzz, the newer model says a few different things: