Disney Pixar Buzz Lightyear Widgets

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Feb 222014
 

Wind-up Buzz Lightyear

Wind-up Buzz Lightyear

Subheadered: The key to fun!   That’s kind of a cute pun, since this Buzz comes with a key to wind him up with.  I love Buzz Lightyear toys, and my collection is very large by now.  Often Buzz is the de facto gift when family members are choosing Christmas or Birthday gifts.  Lucky for all of us, I like duplicates, so it doesn’t have to be unique… but sometimes someone finds one that’s completely unique, and that’s even cooler.

This year, my John and Anita (my son and daughter-in-law) found something really unique.  A small (about 3 inches tall) wind-up Buzz Lightyear toy.  It’s a spin on the old wind-up toys.  They’ve been around for years, you wind them up, they wobble back and forth while moving forward.  What makes this one different is his wings.  Rather than go with ‘always open’ or ‘always closed’, the wings are spring loaded.  After taking a few steps, they pop open on their own.

Yes, I’m easily amused.  Still, that’s a neat twist.  So is the key.  The ones I’ve seen before usually have a wind-up knob on the side or back.  Buzz’s is on his left side, actually embedded into his elbow.  You can wind it by hand, but it’s easier to use the key.  He gets a reasonable amound of travel on a good winding, maybe a couple of feet.  That may reduce some after I’ve played with him a while.

The color scheme is good, though not as crisp as usual.  His arms are fixed in place.  They’re molded as part of the body, no detachment at all.  The left arm doesn’t even have a shape or outline to separate it from his body.  That’s fine with me, most small wind-up figures lack detail.  It’s probably to keep the overall weight down.  Too heavy with detailed parts and he wouldn’t be able to walk much.

The last element is his face.  Buzz Lightyear’s face feels just a little bit off in the sculpt.  Again, I can live with that.  But the eyes are disappointing.  They didn’t paint his eyes properly, they’re all black with a white reflection.  This is the only part I’m not happy with, and fortunately, a tiny dab of blue paint should fix that.  I build and paint model kits for a hobby, so touching up his eyes won’t be any problem.

In a nutshell:

  • Mechanicals: 5/5 (love the wings popping open)
  • Paint:  3/5 (the eyes are my only real complaint)
  • Sculpt: 4/5 (for a small wind-up toy, it’s typical)

You can see his movement in the video up above.  Overall, he’s a good piece to add to my display collection, but he’ll probably wear out or break easily if treated as a toy.

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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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Buzz Lightyear (Disney Pixar Toy Story 3) Life-Size Standup Poster , 27×48

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Aug 212012
 
I remember these fondly.  I worked for Blockbuster video for years (well over a decade) and we used to get all kinds of cool standees for new releases coming out.  I’ve owned two of the original theatrical Buzz Lightyears.  One of them actually had blinking lights on Buzz Lightyear’s wings.  Those were far too large for home use, and I wound up passing them along to someone else.
Buzz’s colors are vivid, his pose is pure Buzz Lightyear.  If I was afraid of the dark, having Buzz stand guard at night would make me feel much safer!!  (Though one review said his child was actually afraid of it…)  This Buzz Lightyear standee is, obviously, 27″ x 48″.  The proportions aren’t specified, but since he’s not shown with his wings out, it looks safe to assume he’s taller than he is wide.  When ordering, if you price around, watch out for the height.  Not all Buzz standees are full height, even if they say ‘life size’.  Some claim ‘life size’, but are actually closer to 3 feet tall.
Typically, if you’re not familiar with them, standees are made of sturdy cardboard, and have an extended piece in back to make them stand on their own.  They can easily be leaned up against a wall as well.  I’ve used double-sticky tape to attach mine to the wall.
From my own experience, I’d recommend placement away from traffic areas.  My son (and myself as well) has been known to knock our standees over.  Being only cardboard, it doesn’t take that kind of treatment very well.
I’m not completely sure these are suitable for small children (not if you want the standee to last) unless you have a safe place to stand them.  They make a great theme backdrop for a Buzz Lightyear display collection.

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Toy Story – Buzz Lightyear Alternative Adult Costume Kit

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Aug 152012
 
This is a great costume accessory, but be very clear… The Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Disguise Accessory Kit is NOT an entire costume.  As the (rather long) title states, it’s a costume accessory kit.  You get the purple hood, with circular ear panels to mimic a spaceman’s hood liner.  You get Buzz Lightyear gloves. And you get a 43″ wide inflatable Buzz Jetpack.  The inflatable jetpack is nicely designed to mimic Buzz’s jetpack.
These are all great accessories, but I can’t stress enough… the actual costume is NOT included!
I already have a Buzz Lightyear t-shirt,  if I buy this hood/glove/jetpack kit, All I’d need are some appropriate pants!  I haven’t done Halloween in a number of years, but if I could gear up with this, I’d be hitting the neighborhood streets with my candy bag!  (At least I wouldn’t be running through the streets making whooshing noises…)
I do like this Buzz Lightyear costume kit.  A lot.  That being said, it would have been nice if they’d included boots.  Too bad, but what you get for your money is a good deal and a great way to make your already existing Buzz costume stand out a little bit better.
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Character hood, gloves and inflatable jet pack. Shirt and pants not included. One size fits most adults.

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Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Astronaut Costume White Adult T-shirt Tee Medium

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Aug 152012
 
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If you’re a fan of themed T-Shirts, (and Buzz Lightyear of course!) then this is a wonderful addition to your collection.  Made of cotton, and officially licensed by Disney, this Toy Story themed t-shirt is fun for any age. Available in a number of sizes in Toddler and Adults.  I love the cleverness… it’s not just a ‘character’ shirt, with an image on the front.  It’s a wearable t-shirt of Buzz’s upper torso armor, putting your child (or you…) in official Star Command uniform.
Mine was a gift, so it may not be exactly the same as this one.  Close enough to get the idea, though.  There are currently 3 reviews online for it; one person rated it low and said the colors faded too much in the first washing.  To counter that, the other 2 reviews give it a 5-star rating, and praise it highly.
I’ve had mine since Christmas 2011, and I do wear it quite often…  this is one of my favorite shirts!
Note:  Styles change occasionally.  Be sure to look at the actual image when ordering!
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Blast off to infinity and beyond with this officially licensed Buzz Lightyear costume t-shirt. His astronaut uniform is printed on the front of this white tee with his jetpack printed on the back.

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Aug 042012
 

Monique has done it again- she went to a nearby yard sale this morning while I was still sleeping.  When she got back, I was barely aware of her climbing back into bed.  I rolled over, and heard a humming noise.  Opened one eye, to see her gleefully holding a spinning Buzz Lightyear toy over my head!  His wings and upper torso spins on a flashlight-like handle.  The wingtips light up. A simple push-button controls on/off.

I can remember years ago, when working at Blockbuster video, we used to sell this particular Buzz Lightyear, but we sold out before I bought one.  Can’t remember the price, but it seemed reasonable at the time.  He’s hard (or maybe impossible) to find any more.  Unless I’m looking for the wrong title.  Searched Amazon, eBay, and Google without finding any like him.

Buzz has obviously seen combat with young children.  Puts me in mind of the day-care scene in Toy Story III.  But he still spins, and his lights still light up.  Now that he’s been rescued from the yard sale table, he’ll be joining my other Buzz Lightyear toys.  If anybody knows where to find Spinning Buzz for sale, let me know and I’ll share the link.  For now, it looks like he’s a highly-collectible, one-of-a-kind treasured memento of days gone by…   :^)

If a source turns up, I’ll post the link here.

Buzz was spinning while I took the picture, so you can see a light trail on the right.

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Disney Pixar Toy Story 3 Buddy Pack – Protector Buzz Lightyear & Waving Woody

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Mar 012012
 

I enjoy these Toy Story Buddy Packs.  They’re short, about 2″ tall (though Woody is usually taller).  No articulation, these are purely static display.  What’s funny, is I have about 5 Buddy Pack sets, mainly all the ones that had Buzz Lightyear included.  But I didn’t recognize this one, the Protector Waving set.  So Monique and I marched out to look over my collection, just to make sure.  Turns out, this one is NOT there… an oversight I’m going to have to correct!

As far as playability, they make great toys, and are a good portable size.  The art is a little different, Buzz has a wider jaw and more cartoony look than usual.  The design is consistent with all of the Buddy Packs.  The color and sculpt are good, as long as you remember these are tiny pvc plastic pieces.  Don’t expect supreme detail.

While they make great toys, and would fit right into a playset of characters, what I like most about the Buddy Packs is their suitability for collections.  They’re a perfect size and quality to fit into my ‘small’ Buzzes.  In my collection, for instance, there’s the ‘small’ Buzzes, the mid-sized ones, and the ‘full-sized’ Buzz Lightyears.  Plus the robot one I classify as ‘oversized’.  The small ones make a great filler, spread out through the shelves.

Final thoughts:  For their size and construction material, the detail is great.  I like these a lot.  Have several already, and would enjoy adding the Protector Buzz Lightyear (and Waving Woody) to my collection.

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Its time to team up for the next adventure with our Disney Pixar Toy Story 3 Action Figure Buddy Pack! Toy Story 3 fans will love adding these two figurines to their collections!Our Disney Pixar Toy Story 3 Action Figure Buddy Pack features 2 stylized figurines Each figure 2 inches in height A Toy Story figure paired with a favorite buddy or arch rivalKids can recreate scenes from the wildly popular Disney/Pixar movie, Toy Story 3, or create their own fantastic plotlines! Collect all of the Buddy Pack action figures for….

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Disney / Pixar Toy Story 3 Exclusive UCommand Buzz Lightyear with Remote Control

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Feb 182012
 

Disney Pixar Toy Story 3 UCommand Buzz Lightyear with Remote Control … That’s kind of a mouthful.  But in a good way.  This is one of the best Buzz Lightyears I’ve seen.  There are probably 3 in my collection that are in his class, but none that outclass him.  (Can you tell I want one?  This Buzz has been wish-listed!)
Feature-wise, he’s pretty great.  First of all, UCommand Buzz is taller than usual, at 13″ tall.  The current model speaks over 70 phrases in English and Spanish.  Comes with an infra-red remote with joystick controls plus command buttons.  Using the buttons, you can make Buzz spin, swoosh, fire lasers, and make complex movements.  Using the programmable buttons, you can create your own move sequences, with over 1,000 possible combinations.  Or just take direct control with the joysticks.
The usual buttons on his chest will make him talk, and his laser arm button triggers light and sounds.  Buzz can dance, spin, move forward and back.  His movements are very crisp and enjoyable (at least, as long as the 7 AA batteries are strong!)  When you ignore him too long, Buzz will go into a ‘hibernation’ mode to save batteries.

As much as I like him, there are two major weaknesses in Ucommand Buzz’s design.  First, no wings.  I guess the electronics and other features took up too much space, or maybe the weight versus power drain was too unreasonable.  Whatever the reason, no wings.  Be warned.  Second, he doesn’t roll well on carpet.  Buzz needs a smooth solid surface to really do his thing.

With his size and weight, his playability is more “put him on the floor” than “haul all over creation under my arm”.  If you’re considering this one, I would definitely factor in the use he’s going to get.  For me, he’s perfect.  Put him on the floor, sit in my chair, and run Buzz through his paces.  Or proudly on display in a place of honor with the rest of my collection.

Final thoughts:  C’mon, you know what I’m thinking.  I’m entranced with this one.  He’s high on my list.

I like him so much, he gets TWO videos- one is the actual commercial, and one is a review.  (In the review, ignore the part about 1000 phrases.  The reviewer confused that with the 1,000 action combos.  But it’s still a nice review.)

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Disney and Pixar Toy Story 9 Inch Plush Figure Buzz Lightyear

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Jan 252012
 

I always knew Buzz was just an old softie.  The idea of a plush Buzz Lightyear may seem a little strange.  After all, it’s Woody who’s the stitched cloth doll.  But it’s really a nice idea for youngsters who like a huggable toy to keep them safe at night.  This is the 2nd plush Buzz I’ve run across.  (Click here to see the other: Toy Story & Beyond Buzz Lightyear Cuddle Plush Doll )

With the first plush, I liked him a lot, but did have to wonder about the hard plastic helmet.  If you’d rather give your child a safer one, this 9-inch Disney/Pixar Buzz figure is a little more appropriate.  He’s not quite as tall as the other, but only by a small amount.  The face looks to be vinyl, and the rest is all soft plush.  Good fit for a toddler, and comfortable.

As with any Buzz Lightyear toy, and more so with plushies, dirt is probably his biggest enemy.  With a space suit that’s mostly bright white, it won’t take long to pick up a few intergalactic scuffs and smudges.  While a periodic cleaning (following manufacturer’s instructions!) is a good idea, I think for the most part, Buzz is just going to look like he’s been busy protecting the galaxy from the evil emporer Zurg.

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BUZZ LIGHTYEAR Toy Story 3 Posable Action Figure – Disney / Pixar one size

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Jan 222012
 

Today we’re taking a step back to the mid-sized Buzz figures.  This one stands 5 inches tall.  The graphics are good, though not as good as the full-sized ones, of course.  He’s got decent artiluation.  No smaller pieces move, but the arms and legs are positionable.  It’s nice to see the ratings are completely positive.  He’s well-designed and sturdy.  A good play figure for a younger child, but still decent enough to add to a collection.  While I prefer the full-sized ones for my collection, I like the mids and small Buzzes as well.  He’d fit well into my mid-sized collection, as a matter of fact, he’d be one of my favorites.  The price, around $10, is reasonable for the size.

Don’t look for bells and whistles here.  The emphasis is on having a good solid design that can stand up to a lot of play.  My overall take?  He’s a great toy for younger children, and would be a good addition for collectors looking to fill holes in their mid-size category.

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If you’re a fan of the Toy Story movies, you’ll love our Disney Pixar Toy Story Basic Action Figure – Buzz Lightyear! Kids will love recreating their favorite movie scenes and making up new stories! The Disney Pixar Toy Story Basic Action Figure – Buzz Lightyear features: Full articulation, 5-inches in height, and the personality and fun of your favorite Disney Pixar’s Toy Story character! Ages 4 and up. From Mattel.

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