Ultimate Buzz Lightyear Programmable Robot

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Feb 102012
 

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.

Ultimate Buzz is the tall one in the middle!

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:

Ultimate Buzz Lightyear
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Just like in the movie, this walking, talking, programmable Ultimate Buzz Lightyear thinks he’s a real ”Space Ranger” that has crash-landed on a strange planet. That is, until you tell him that he’s just a toy and his behavior changes! Your favorite Space Ranger can really walk and talk, and he’s packed with a range of speech and motion features to keep you and your friends engaged to infinity and beyond! Over 100 sayings in the original character’s voice7 powerful motors for eyes, mouth, head, arms, waist and leg movementWith voice command feature, Buzz responds to the phrases ”Space Ranger,”….

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Disney Advanced Talking Buzz Lightyear Action Figure — 12”

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Jan 192012
 

Now this is a killer Buzz Lightyear!  Of all the reviews I’ve done so far, this is the closest to the kind I like to collect.  Full-size, loaded with features.  Price isn’t bad, either.  To begin with, he’s 12 inches tall, which is my favorite height.  He’s got that “straight from the movie” look, which I really like.  He even features blinking lights on the wings just like in the movies!

Speaking of the wings, they flip out, and lock into position, and have the proper proportions.  Many Buzz figures have short stubby wings that pop straight out.  These hinge out and up, just like they’re supposed to.  Even better… he’s got Karate action!!  Seriously, a full-size Buzz with all the normal features, plus more movie accuracy, even including the karate chop.  This Buzz has been wishlisted!

He has 15 different speaking phrases in authentic Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) voice.  His helmet retracts at the push of a button.  Has all the standard features, and is decently articulated.  And for the grand finale, he even has “ANDY” marked on the bottom of his foot!  This is a completely awesome design, incorporating many movie-appropriate features into one great design.

Now, for the negative.  A fair number of consumers report their Buzz as arriving dirty, late, and damaged.  Or else they report he’s very easily damaged, especially regarding the decorative stickers falling off.  Some are angry because this Buzz was originally a Disney exclusive, and now some vendors are selling him at very high prices.

Taking these points in sequence, arriving dirty and/or late can be a serious issue.  If Buzz is needed for a birthday or Christmas gift, you may not have time to exchange him.  The damage seems mostly related to stickers falling off, or in one case, the wings breaking.  Others report a durable toy that their children are in love with.  It’s hard to know what to do.

The stickers falling off… okay, you bought a new toy, it ought to be in new condition.  Easy enough to fix, but you shouldn’t have to ‘fix’ something that’s still brand new.  The wing is an entirely different story.  No real workaround, a busted wing is not acceptable.  Reselling a Disney Store toy?  I don’t really have a problem with that.  Someone has a toy for sale.  They ask what they think they can get for it.  If it’s too high, we shouldn’t buy it.  For me, it would be a balance of how badly I want one, versus how available they are.

So, overall- potentially, a great Buzz.  And, potentially, some risk of being flawed.  At this point in time, the featured vendor is selling him for $29.34.  This same vendor has a rating of 4.8 stars for the past year, which includes over 24,000 votes.  He also qualifies for free super saver shipping.  For me, at that price, and with this vendor (plus free shipping) I’d be inclined to give it a try.  I can always send him back if he doesn’t pass inspection.

You’ll have to make your own mind up, but all things considered, I still want one!

Below is a video showing his features.  Not a great video, but it does give you the idea:

Disney Advanced Talking Buzz Lightyear Action Figure 12
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Advanced Talking Buzz Lightyear Your favorite Space Ranger will command lots of excited smiles with all his new features. This Advanced Talking Buzz Lightyear Action Figure, featuring the real voice of Buzz Lightyear, is in a very talkative mood and has lots of new moves. Features Press button to hear 15 different phrases featuring the real voice of Buzz Lightyear including: ”No back talk! I have a laser and I will use it” and ”Stand back everyone” and ”Everyone take cover!” Press button for wing release Press arm laser button for laser light and sound effects! Push button to retract….

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