Toy Story 3 Deluxe Talking Buzz Figure

 Mattel  Comments Off on Toy Story 3 Deluxe Talking Buzz Figure
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.

Toy Story 3 Deluxe Talking Buzz Figure
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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 Ultimate Buzz Lightyear Talking Action Figure — 12″

 Toy Story  Comments Off on Disney Ultimate Buzz Lightyear Talking Action Figure — 12″
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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”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….

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Toy Story 3 Talking Action Figure – Buzz Lightyear

 Pixar  Comments Off on Toy Story 3 Talking Action Figure – Buzz Lightyear
Jan 212012
 

This Buzz is extremely similar to the last couple, but still different enough to be listed seperately, and to have a different price point.  Lets start with the usual features:  He talks in Tim Allen’s voice, using phrases from the movies.  The laser lights up and makes laser sounds.  Some of the newer features that are becoming standard (at least on the 12″ higher price-point Buzzes) include lighted wing tips, jetpack, and wrist.  Push-button retractable helmet, karate-chop arm, and the usual articulation.

I really like that most of the moden models have movie-accurate wings, with the accurate motion.  The original ones always had those stubby wings that just popped straight out.  It’s nice to see good wing proportions, and to watch them swing out and lock into place when you push the button.  Same with the karate motion.  I never understood why they didn’t do it that way to begin with, but I’m glad to see that someone at Disney finally got it right!

I often see people rating the toy complain about the wings popping off.  I’m thinking on making an entire post to the point, but to put it briefly, they’re designed to pop off, and be put back on.  Not to say the they can’t be broken, but more often than not, I’m betting they just haven’t read the instructions.

I DO have one problem with this toy as described.  The Product Description paragraph claims Buzz can say over 15 different phrases.  Yet the Product Details specifies over 30 phrases.  I can’t find anything that clarifies between these two claims.  Somebody wasn’t paying attention when they wrote up the Amazon description.  Since I don’t (yet) have this one, I can’t prove one over the other.  So, if you order this Buzz, be aware of the discrepancy.  He might be closer to 15 phrases than to 30.  If that’s an issue, try one of the other Buzzes.  There’s such a huge variety with such minor differences, there’s plenty to choose from!

Toy Story 3 Talking Action Figure - Buzz Lightyear
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Talking Buzz Lightyear . Talking action figure with original voice. Press Buzz’s voice sampler for original voice & sound effects. With retractable helmet, pop-out wings and laser button with sound effects, this 12″ Buzz is ready for any intergalactic adventure. 30 sayings and sound effects.

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Toy Story 12″ Talking Buzz Lightyear

 Disney / Pixar TS3  Comments Off on Toy Story 12″ Talking Buzz Lightyear
Jan 202012
 

At this point, we’re getting into the ‘collectible’ Buzz Lightyears.  These are the high-end Buzz figures with great features, and a bigger price.  Yes, he’s amazingly playable.  Lots of fun.  But, if your child is still at that… destructive… age (you know we all were at one point or another!) it would be better to get a less expensive model.

That said, this is another awesome Buzz.  Like the Disney Advanced Talking Buzz Lightyear Action Figure — 12” I talked about before, this one’s got a ton of great features.  To recap, he’s got the authentic Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) voice.  Speaks 15 different phrases from different Toy Story movies.  His wings swivel out and up.  Same as in the movies!  Arm laser, helmet opens at the click of a button, he’s well-articulated (actually a bit better so than most, since he’s a higher quality Buzz than average).  He’s lighted, including alternating wingtip lights, laser, and rocket housing lights.  He comes with Karate chop action (a button on his jetpack).

Oh yes, he’s got motion sensors to tell him when he’s horizontal or vertical, and he responds to sounds.  As much as I love him, don’t expect too much from the sound response.  I have one with the Talk Back mode, and it seems to respond more to tone of voice than actual words.  You also have to speak quite loudly to get him to react.

Still, this is a phenomenal toy.  Bear in mind, this is the Disney/Pixar version (still legitimate, just a different one) and not the Thinkway one.  This is one of the reasons I started writing this site.  There are so many Buzz figures out there, and in some cases the difference is so minute you can hardly tell them apart.  In this particular case, the main difference is the number of phrases.  This one offers 15 phrases, the Thinkway version offers 65 phrases.  That’s the only real way I know to tell them apart, at least when you’re trying to order one online.

Pixar, Thinkway… I prefer the Thinkway model, both for the added feature, and the quality of build.  But I wouldn’t kick this one out…  I’d be proud to have this Buzz included in my collection!

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The Toy Story Andy’s Room Buzz Lightyear Talking Action Figure is 12″ tall. This is the most accurate Buzz Lightyear ever produced! He is a highly detailed deluxe film replica from DISNEY/PIXARs digital data. Fully poseable with over 32 points of articulation including fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, waist, ankles, knees and legs! Push red oval chest button for classic “Buzz Toy” phrases. Press blue oval chest button and he responds as “Space Ranger” Buzz with moving head action! He even knows if youre talking loudly. Talk to Buzz and he’ll respond to your voice in Talk Back Mode by using….

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Disney Advanced Talking Buzz Lightyear Action Figure — 12”

 Disney  Comments Off on Disney Advanced Talking Buzz Lightyear Action Figure — 12”
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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