“ Brand: Hasbro / Type: Toy Story action figure „
My youngest son is toy story mad. His favourite character is of course buzz lightyear the space ranger, and so when daddy was shopping in Argos and spotted this figure on sale at £5 he decided he was going to purchase it for him. It is a medium figurine and a lot smaller than other alternatives. It looks exactly like buzz light year, but after a nice big dinner as he is a little thicker than other figures we own. Of course buzz has his trade mark space suit, wings and every detail is thought out perfectly. It was instantly recognisable to my toy story mad son, and he began jumping around shouting buzz over and over again.
The toy is very simple it has arms and legs that move as the middle of the figurine twists. This means my son can use it to do karate chops and such. The toy twists easily and there is no way that younger children can pinch themselves as there are no gaps in the figure at all. As well as the top and bottom half of the figure twisting the arms can also be lifted up and down, so my little one can fight with buzz. The legs do not move individually but my son still enjoys doing flying kicks by twisting the bottom half of the body. Buzz has flat feet so my son try's to stand him on the floor, but he is top heavy so the slightest knock topples him over. This can be rather frustrating or little one, especially as it takes concentration to get it to stand in the first place.
The interactive part of this toy is activated by pressing a red button that sits on the front of the buzz toy. By pressing this button little one is rewarded with a number of different phrases, all in the familiar Tim Allen voice from the films. The catchphrases he says are all instantly recognisable to any toy story fan for example "Halt! Who goes there?" and "I have a laser, and I will use it". The voice is rather loud and there is no volume switch, but I find it is not something that gets overly annoying. As there are only three or four phrases, and then some sound effects of a laser it is not overly exciting. The toy is made from thick plastic and is a little bulky. I find it is the perfect size for little hands, and my two year old little boy absolutely loves it. It has been dropped countless times while buzz is on a mission in space and yet it still works perfectly without a scratch. It is a lot smaller than other versions available , but you would expect as much considering this cost just £5 and there are versions available ranging all the way up to £100!
The age recommendation for this toy is three years plus. There are no small parts, and it is very easy for my two year old son to use independently. It is a little heavy ad we have had instances where buzz has fell on my sons foot, which did hurt him for a few minutes. For this reason I would be careful giving it to children who have a tendency to throw toys as it could hurt. It is the perfect size for him to hold, and although it is a very simple version of buzz he really loves it playing with it for long periods of time. My older two children who are three and five are not as keen on buzz as he is, and I find it is just a little too simple for him so I would suggest it for younger toddlers
I would definitely recommend this toy as it has sounds, and is very durable so worth the money we paid for it. It is a lot smaller than other versions available, but this is reflected in the price. It is a simple toy, and would be best suited to a younger audience as my five year old becomes very bored with it easily. Looking at Amazon it currently retails for around £16, but if you shop around you can find it in supermarkets for around £10.
When people were asking what my two boys were wanting for Christmas, i said, Buzz Lightyear please, and as many as we can. Obsessed is maybe not even a strong enough word to describe the love my boys have for this character, which is the favourite character of all from the Toy Story movies.
Strangely enough, no-one fancied paying £40 for the bigger interactive figures, but one of their presents was this slightly beefier than normal Buzz. He is quite a short and squat figure compared to the usual figures, but i think this is a good thing as it makes him more robust for younger children to play with. I think he would be less popular with older children as they would find him a bit limited in what he says and does, but for a younger child it is a much cheaper option. I would personally be really upset if i paid £40 and then they played too roughly and became broken. This little chaps price tag of £15 was much more sensible.
The figure is 14cm (about 6 inches) tall, and is slightly moveable at the waist and in the shoulder joint to give him a bit of movement. His squatness helps his stability, and he stands up by himself easily. He is identical to every other Buzz model we own in terms of the colours used and his appearance, and although chunkier, this is still fully identifiable as Buzz. The wings at the back are fitted by putting two circular pegs in holes in Buzz's back. The wings cover up the place where the battery is inserted, so they do come off easily, and have a habit of disappearing in our house, although this is not the end of the world.
The red button on the left hand side of his suit activates his voice, and he sounds just like he does in the films, which makes this a good figure to own. If it sounded different even my 2 year old would not be interested. He says:
- I'm Buzz Lightyear, I come in peace.
- I protect the galaxy from the threat of invasion from the evil Emporer Zurg (accompanied by laser firing sounds.)
- beep - There's a secret mission in unchartered space, let's go.
- a clashing noise - not sure what this is meant to represent, maybe the wings opening or his helmet shutting, even though neither of these things happen.
- To infinty, and beyond.
I think the range of sayings are really appropriate and in keeping with what you would expect from Buzz. An added novelty is that the sayings seem to occur randomly so you never know what he will be saying next. I do find the range of his speech is more than i would expect for a toy of this price bracket, so it is a bit of a bargain in my opinion.
This Buzz figure has been played with more by my 2 year old than my 4 year old if i am totally honest, so i would say it is definitely best for smaller kids as they will be able to play without doing it too much damage. Older kids will know they are being short changed a little, but i would still highly recommend this version.