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.

Disney / Pixar Toy Story 3 Action Links Mini Figure Buddy 2Pack Waving Woody Protector Buzz Lightyear
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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 Toy Story 3 Bust Bank – Buzz Lightyear

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Feb 282012
 

Disney’s Toy Story 3 Bust Bank of Buzz Lightyear is a typical lightweight PVC plastic bank… except that it’s Buzz Lightyear!  At nearly 7 inches in height, 6 wide and 5 deep, it’s a good size for storing a few coins in.  Not so big as to be trouble when full, and reasonable that a child could fill one up.

It’s hyped as good for children and for adults; i.e. office space, room decor.  Personally, I disagree.  I think it’s great for kids.  Wonderful way to encourage saving, and the children have an honest hope of filling it up before college…

The art is nice and clean, the sculpt looks accurate.  Coin slot on his back, and a plastic stopper on the bottom for releasing the coins.

What I don’t like, is it’s very obviously of ‘toy’ quality.  Honestly, as a collector and an adult, If I kept a Buzz Lightyear bank in my office, I’d want a more elegant look.  Maybe cold-cast porcelain, of a stylized metal design.  Sure, it would be more expensive, but it would also look appropriate in an adult’s office or computer room.

Nothing wrong with it, the pvc plastic is perfect for children.  A bit of flex, it’s not going to break when dropped.  Softer surfaces also means it’s generally safer for youngsters.  There’s no need to glorify it into something it’s not.

Final thoughts:  I like it for what it is –  a child’s Buzz Lightyear toy bank.  If you’ve got a budding space ranger on your hands, and want to teach about saving money, this is a no-brainer!

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Accessorize your office with great details with the newest Bust Banks – Disney Pixar Toy Story 3 Bust Bank – Buzz Lightyear. This item is a great gift for students and professionals who still love toys! Great detailed sculpts are sure to be a great conversation piece on a shelf or desk top and are fully functional to hold spare change or to be used as a paperweight. The Disney Pixar Toy Story 3 Bust Bank – Buzz Lightyear features: Conveniently sized at 5.5 W x 4.5 D x 7.5 H, you can place Banks anywhere: desks, book shelves,….

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Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Cosmic Blaster

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Feb 272012
 

It’s not often that I find a bad Buzz Lightyear toy.  Really hate when that happens.  In this case, they’ve got a cool idea… a toy pistol just like Buzz’s laser from his Star Command cartoons.  It fires soft darts, seems like a really fun toy.  But a quick look at the customer review score shows big trouble.  Down the list, over and over, broken, broken, broken, won’t work, broken, broken…  There are a very small number of happy parents, but a huge percentage have nothing but complaints.  Many of them tried twice before giving up, so you can double the bad reviews.  One parent reported her son caught his fingers in the mechanism.  Several reports of the toy falling apart, battery box coming off, safety foam ripped off the projectile.

There’s not much point in going further.  Even the positive reviews report safety issues.  This toy needs some serious revamping before I’d let a child play with it.

First off, it needs to use better parts, and better construction.  Second, it should place the internal working parts out of reach of small fingers.  And finally, the projectiles should be entirely made of soft foam, like Nerf toys are.  As a company, I like Mattel a lot.  Their customer service is remarkable.  But this toy is a fail.  Somebody dropped the ball at quality control when they approved this model.

Final thoughts:  Nope.  Don’t waste your money.  If you have a young star commander in need of a space pistol, try this one instead:  Toy Story 3 Buzz Lightyear Space Shooter

Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Cosmic Blaster
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Toy Story 3 Buzz Lightyear Cosmic Blaster: Help Buzz Lightyear save the galaxy from the evil Emperor Zurg with this exciting Buzz Blaster. Styled just like the one carried by Buzz Lightyear, the Buzz Blaster comes with 3 projectiles and cool laser sound effects.

Features include:

  • Based on Disney/Pixar’s New Film Toy Story 3
  • Inspired by scenes from the movie
  • Help Buzz Lightyear save the galaxy from the evil Emperor Zurg
  • Styled just like the one carried by Buzz Lightyear
  • Comes with 3 projectiles and cool laser sound effects
  • Recommended Ages: 5-8 years
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 3 x 8 inches

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Disney Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Pillow & Throw Blanket

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Feb 252012
 

Disney’s Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Pillow & Throw Blanket make a wonderful addition to any space ranger’s equipment inventory.  Buzz Lightyear is a soft and huggable plush, full length is about 20″, and sitting comes to about 13″ tall.  He measures about 9″ wide, and is ‘spot clean’ only.  No washing.
The throw blanket is a soft 100% polyester.  It measures 40″ x 50″, and has the words “No Toy Gets Left Behind” on it.  The blanket is machine washable.

This is an awesome doll/pillow and blanket combo, and I can see this getting a LOT of use.  I’d ask my wife about using the throw on our bed, but after the Buzz Lightyear Wall Decal incident, I think I’ve pushed my luck far enough already.  Too bad.

I’ve had these kinds of throw blankets before, they’re wonderfully comfortable, and soft to the touch.  Just remember, polyester requires different cleaning techniques from cloth.  To get the most life and comfort from Buzz’s throw, be sure to wash appropriately.

Final thoughts:  I like this a lot.  Great for kids of nearly any age, and the throw is very comforting.  These are wonderful for curling up in on a cool evening.  And, of course, the plush Buzz is soft and makes a better sleeping toy than the hard plastic figures.

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Playhut Toy Story Big Buzz

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Feb 222012
 

Playhut Toy Story Big Buzz is a great idea.  Sort of like a ‘habitrail’ for kids!  Comes with a nearly life-sized Buzz Lightyear, and flanked on either side by play cubes.  The cubes include ball targets and a launcher, and it’s all easily assembled with twist technology and velcro ties.

One thing I really like about Playhut systems is their modularity.  Other Playhut sets can be connected with this one.  Again, there’s the ‘habitrail’ reference- just keep building!

The product description claims Buzz is lifesize, but he’s not quite THAT large.  To give credit, though, he’s nearly 5 feet tall, which is plenty tall enough to thrill a young Toy Story fan.  The wings and arms are detachable, and apparently the head is, too.  I’ve seen reports of children ‘wearing’ the parts and running around as Buzz Lightyear.

Currently, Amazon only has 6 customer reviews.  The lowest review was 3 stars out of 5.  She reported trouble getting the velcro to do it’s job.  Even so, her children still loved it.  All other reviews were 4 and 5-stars, with lots of enthusiasm from parents AND children!

I’ve seen similar toy systems in our local Bed Bath and Beyond, going for nearly $70.  Compared against that, and including free shipping, the pricing at $45 seems very reasonable for the return.

Final thoughts:  I like the Playhut design.  When I was a kid, we draped sheets over chairs and tables to make our tunnels.  This looks MUCH cooler!

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Playhut Toy Story Big Buzz TunnelChildren can step inside the life size Big Buzz tunnel and enjoy their favorite Toy Story moments with Playhut Toy Story Big Buzz Tunnel. Big Buzz stands 5 feet tall with detachable wings and arms. With patented twist-n-fold technology for easy set-up and storage, the Big Buzz Tunnel also features two cubes with ball targets and a ball launcher that makes play all the more fun. Age: 3 to 7 yearsFeaturesLife-size Big Buzz Tunnel Big Buzz with detachable wings and arms Two cubes with ball targets and a ball launcher Patented twist-n-fold technology for….

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Playskool Mr. Potato Head Toy Story 3 Movie – Spud Lightyear

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Feb 202012
 

Playskool Mr. Potato Head Spud Lightyear…  I nearly choked on my coffee when I saw this one!  What a delightful sense of humor  :^)
Spud Lightyear is a clever and lighthearted parody of Buzz Lightyear.  Standardized full-sized potato, compatible with other Mr. Potato Head kits.  He comes with eyes, nose, teeth, two arms, shoes, visor, jet pack, back plate and the chest piece.

Titled after Toy Story 3, but I don’t really see anything to differentiate it from one movie to the next.  That aside, this Mr. Potato Head would be an excellent addition to a pre-existing playset, or a fun introduction to the potato-head world.  Especially if Buzz Lightyear or Toy Story is already a favorite in the house.

Customer reviews were high.  On a 1 to 4-star scale, there was one single 1, 2, and 3-star rating, with all the rest coming in at 4 and 5 stars.  The lower ratings were for mixed causes.  One complained of cheap parts, though another customer disagreed.  The most realistic lower rating was because the child wasn’t old enough to manipulate the parts and quickly lost interest.  I would definitely consider the child’s maturity level before buying this toy.  It may be recommended for children 2 years and up, but not every child has the same interests.

I have a friend with a young Buzz Lightyear fan who also enjoys Mr. Potato-head.  She brought up a point that I see holds true here.  Years ago, the original potato head toys had 2 feet, each separate.  Modern potato-heads usually have the feet molded together as one single piece.  Not sure why they changed that, but her personal opinion is that Playskool ought to go back to individual feet.  This isn’t so much a good or a bad thing, just an observation.

Overall, Spud Lightyear does a great job of capturing the ‘feel’ of Buzz’s character.  The colors are great, the details are very nice.  Spud also has the usual storage compartment on his backside, though I don’t expect all these parts to fit inside.

Final thoughts:  I like this whimsical Spud Lightyear.  He made me laugh, and for that alone I give him points.  Do I want him in my collection?  No, not really.  But he’s a great addition to the potato-head lineup, and any child interested in potato-toys or Toy Story should get a huge kick out of him!

The video below gives a great look at Spud, and shares some interesting points:

Playskool Mr. Potato Head Toy Story 3 Movie - Spud Lightyear
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Get ready for out-of-this world fun with a wild and wacky astro-tot. Your Spud Lightyear figure has all of the accessories he needs to look just like spaceman character from the Toy Story 3 movie – and it’s up to you to take the accessories and give him a crazy new look. His jetpack where his ear should be? A set of teeth instead of a nose? The kookier the look, the better for this high-frying hero. The potato body comes with one pair of eyes, one nose, one set of teeth, two arms, one chest piece, one visor,….

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Toy Story 3 Deluxe Talking Buzz Figure

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Feb 192012
 

The Toy Story 3 Deluxe Talking Buzz Figure is a major departure from Buzz Lightyear’s normal sculpt.  With a blockier build and more cartoony look, he’s got his pros and cons.  I do like the size- at 6 inches tall, he’s a good size for toddlers, and a nice mid-range size for collectors wanting to balance their display.  The cartoony look seems more child-friendly, as does the overall design.

For his size, he has a nice feature set; speaks a few phrases (3 to 5), is minimally poseable.  The product description says “fully articulated”.  I disagree.  If you look closely at the joints, his movement is limited.  It’s decent, for a mid-sized Buzz, but definitely not to the level of the average 12″ Buzz.  The voice is activated by the round red button.

The wings come off, and battery access is beneath the wings.  This is part of the pro/con I mentioned.  The wings will pop off, rather than break.  That’s good.  But it also makes them easier to misplace.  Another plus/minus is the helmet, which does NOT open or close.  This could be mildly disappointing to a child, but it’s also safer for a toddler.

I’m a bit of a purist, and usually prefer my Buzz Lightyears to look accurate, but this design works nicely.  Even with the changes in head and overall proportions, he still has the “Buzz Lightyear / Toy Story” feel.  They did a good job keeping his essence true to character.

Customer reviews are overwhelmingly high, at 4 or 5 stars.  The one single exception was due to price.  As always, it pays to do your research before buying.  (But then, that’s why you’re here reading this, right?)   :^)

Final thoughts:  Well-done figure, imaginative approach.  On a personal basis, I quite like him, and wouldn’t mind adding him to my collection.  Compared to the normal heavy 12″ figure, this Buzz is more durable, and easier to carry around.  Very suitable for toddlers.

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From the Manufacturer Toy Story 3 Deluxe Talking Figures: Your favorite Toy Story 3 characters are ready to speak their minds. 6-inch fully articulated figure says 3 to 5 key phrases from the film at the touch of a button. With the simple touch of a button or pull of a string, your favorite Toy Story 3 characters will say phrases straight from the film. Each stylized figure is just waiting to speak its mind. Product Description This pose-able, electronic figure features phrases from the Toy Story 3 movie! This action figure is perfect for recreating your favorite movie scenes….

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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 Store Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Cosmic Light up Goggles

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Feb 172012
 

The Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Cosmic Light Up Goggles are another toy that could easily be a costume accessory, or a stand-alone toy.  I often wondered why nobody made a full Buzz Lightyear helmet, but I guess there’s no way to ensure safety.  So the next best thing is Cosmic Goggles…

I do like them.  The head strap is adjustable.  It needs 2 AAA batteries, looks like one on each side, for dual lights.  The headband is padded, and as a sort of “one size fits all” approach, uses an elastic band to keep snug.  These have a very futuristic look, and have a Buzz Lightyear logo on the side.  They don’t follow Buzz’s color scheme, which I would have liked.  But they still look cool!

They’re rated high on fun and durability, and I can see why.  Monique and I were teasing about getting me a set.  I use a jeweler’s headset with magnification and light while building models (another hobby).  I think with some tinkering I could blend my magnifying goggles with these, and be the coolest model hobbyist on my block!

Final Thoughts:  Buzz Lightyear’s Cosmic Light Up Goggles might not be perfectly in theme, but in spite of that, are an excellent toy that should encourage lots of fun.

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Goggles features adjustable straps and lights that are activated by lowering the visor. Ages 6+. Requires two AAA batteries, not included. Plastic.

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Toy Story Woody and Buzz Lightyear Figure 2-Pack

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Feb 162012
 

Update:  I got a specific answer from Mattel a few minutes ago.  For the final details on Buzz and Woody, see below (just under the email from Amazon)

Toy Story Woody and Buzz Lightyear Figure 2-Pack differ from the Buddy Packs.  Buddy Packs feature small (Usually 3 to 4 inches tall) pairs of figures.  The Woody and Buzz 2-pack offers a much larger scale, at least according to the product description.  There are discrepancies between the descriptions and the customer reviews that make me think they aren’t all talking about the same thing.  For instance, one customer says they’re ‘small’.  Yet, the product dimensions are “12 x 3 x 10 inches”.  That’s not small.  Especially for what amounts to static figures.  On the other hand, it’s pretty darn rare for a larger item to be non-articulated.  On top of that, the price is just under $30.

It gets even more confusing:  Sears offers the same set for $83.  Plus, one of the customers mentioned that he “didn’t expect much for that price”…  For nearly $30?  For $80?  I’d expect some electronics, some movement, maybe wings and a laser.

Lots of mixed signals.  Are the figures large, small, articulated, not?  So I sent an email to Amazon.  That in itself wasn’t easy.  Lots of confusion, and all the ‘contact seller’ options just said to contact Amazon.  Turns out the seller is actually a subsidiary of Amazon.  Here’s the email I sent to Amazon Customer Service:

“Hi, I’m trying to find out about the  Toy Story Woody and Buzz Lightyear Figure 2-Pack.

The product description lists this at 12 x 3 x 10 inches, yet some customer reviews refer to it as small?
Also I see references to Woody being poseable, but Buzz is either not articulated, or only minimally so.  Exactly how ‘moveable’ is Buzz and Woody?
Last question:  The price is $27.06, yet someone stated “didn’t expect much for that price”. Are the reviews all talking about the same set?  Has the price changed drastically because of availability?”

I got a reply quickly. Not really an answer, just a reply.  Judge for yourself:

“Hello, Thanks for writing to us at Amazon.com. I understand that you’d like to know about the “Toy Story Woody and Buzz Lightyear Figure 2-Pack”.

I’ve checked the toy on our website and see that the size of the toy is listed as 12 x 3 x 10 inches. Unfortunately, I don’t have any more information about the toy; all of the information available is displayed on the item’s product detail page.

You can contact the manufacturer directly for more information about the toy. Here’s their contact information:

Manufacturer name : Mattel

Phone: 800-524-8697

In regard to the price, I see that this toy is available from Amazon.com warehouse deals, the prices associated with Warehouse Deals items are as unique as the products Warehouse Deals offers. As a result, we aren’t able to comment on the prices they offer. Warehouse Deals items are unique I hope this helps. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you for your inquiry. Did I solve your problem? “

So, I’m going to contact Mattel, and update here with the result.  Hopefully all will be clear soon.

I just got off the phone talking to a Mattel representative.  Wow, they are soooo nice!  The lady I talked with had to physically walk somewhere else because her computer did not have the answers… and twice, she went and found the answers for me.  It was a great pleasure to talk with a real person who actually sounded glad to take time and help.

So… here’s the details:  The PACKAGING is about 10″ tall.  The figures within are around 5 to 6 inches tall.  That explains a lot of the discrepancies between product description and customer reviews.  Woody is poseable.  Buzz is not poseable, but if you squeeze his legs together, a laser pops out.  Neither one has any electronics.  No voices, no battery-driven features.

Again:  5 to 6″ tall.  Woody poseable.  Buzz not poseable, but has a pressure-triggered hidden laser.  No other features.

 

Final thoughts:  (Rewrote this part after talking with Mattel.)  Based on the final information, I like this set a lot.  The Woody and Buzz Lightyear Figure 2-Pack seems to have decent playability, and a good small-to-mid size for display in my collection.  I do NOT like the current price, but with any luck, as time passes, the price may go down.  If I could get it at a decent price, I’d be glad to have this set.

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