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Toy Story Interactive Buddies
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Toy Story Interactive Buddies
Advantages: Lots of features, they talk to each other
Disadvantages: Buz zis not free standing
Woody is as large as the toy story figure we purchased for our older son for £40! He is an exact copy apart from this version not having Andy printed on the bottom of the shoes. He does have less interactive features than Buzz which I thought might make my son less interested, but if anything he enjoys woody more. He resembles woody from the film well, and is made of material so perfect for cuddles. He has his famous hat which can be removed and put back on by little one whenever they like. My one moan about Woody is the packaging in the box was running through his hat. This has left a slight hole in it, and although it does not affect play I thought it was a little silly. Woody is very well made and the perfect cowboy for any child. He has his drawstring on the back which has been used over and over without any problems at all. It is very easy for small hand to pull and they are rewarded with woody saying a phrase or two from the film. Then on the front of woody vest are buttons. By pressing these again Woody will begin talking and this is also how you begin a conversation with buzz.
Buzz is rather large compared to woody. This does mean he is a little big in my sons hands but not too big that he cannot carry him. Also because he is made from plastic he is again a little heavier than Woody. My son is still able to play with him and carry him around, but Buzz does look oversized in his hands. He is an exact copy from the film and has a number of interactive features. Firstly, there is a button to make his wings pop out. My son loves this and of course it is perfect for flying Buzz around the room. His space helmet can also be open and closed, and he has a light up laser that makes sounds. These are all perfect for boosting the imagination and my son thinks it is great this figure includes all of them. Of course there are also buttons on the front of him so that he can talk too. Again the phrases all relate to the first film, and it is a great base for the imagination.
They are both very well made and exact replicas of the characters so instantly recognisable. The best thing about this toy is it can be used three ways. The figures can be used separately depending on who little one wants to play with and they have enough features to be interesting. They also have the bonus feature of talking to each other so I think they are definitely a better option. The box said that these characters have over a 100 phrases which I think is fair. As they are short phrases they still become a little repetitive when used every day, but they are not too loud to be annoying.
This for me is my favourite parts of the figures and my sons too. Both Woody and Buzz have a sensor on the front of their body. This means if you put them facing each other they will begin a conversation. It took a whole day for my son to allow me to show him how this works. He was so happy playing with them separately he was sure nothing could be better. It is safe to say he changed his mind as soon as he watched them both in action. Once the figures are sat in front of each simply press any button on either one of them. Whichever you choose will be the one that starts the conversation.
They begin by calling for each other for example woody says 'Hey Buzz, Oh I mean Mr Spaceman. 'They will then begin talking to each other by either replaying a particular scene from the first movie. Or they will have a random conversation taunting each other like they do in the movie. They will say around four or five phrases before you need to push a button to activate them again which my son thinks is great. They also use phrases like 'Look Buzz there's an alien', or 'Quick the airlock is closing'. This perfect for setting a scene for any story and really helps little ones imagination take off. They are set conversations so are limited to what they can say, but there is around four or five different ones so there is variety. They do not play on a loop either, so little one is receiving a completely random conversation each time.
They also have a bit of banter between themselves. We all know the toys do not get on in the movie so what fun would it be without some of the arguments they had along the way. Woody ridicules Buzz for thinking he is a real spaceman, and Buzz laughs at Woody's idea to teach him to be a cowboy. My son sits laughing over and over again even though it is the same conversation. The range in which they need to be to talk to each other is actually impressive. My children can sit a fair way from each other, and as long as the dolls are facing each other they will respond. This was one of the things I was worried about with my two year old son and if he would be able to use this function. As there are no buttons or controls needed to make them talk to each other it is perfect for him.
The toys do not stand up on their own. Buzz you can balance on his feet but he is very shaky and the slightest knock sends him tumbling. Woody has no way of standing at all so if my son wants him to pose he has to prop him up against something. My son does not seem to mind this now, but it did annoy him at first. He wanted to stand them in front of each other so they could talk while he watched, but he found he needs to hold them or they will just fall on the floor. It also makes it difficult when he is trying to play with the toy toys at the same time. If he is half way through a story and he needs to swap characters he has to take time to prop the other against something. This does not seem to stop my son's interest at all in the toys, but it is something he would have liked. It is understandable with Woody as he is made from material but as Buzz is plastic and has the potential to be free standing it was disappointing.
You do need to purchase 3 AAA batteries and 3 AA batteries for this toy but they last very well. My children have used these toys a lot, and it is safe to say they receive every single day. The batteries we added when we first purchased it are still going strong. It has an automatic switch off on both the dolls. After they have been left for a while they will say phrases to try and prompt little one back. If this does not work then the dolls yawn and tell us they are going to sleep. This is a practical touch that still appeals as fun to a young child as they stay in character while turning off. My children love Buzz and Woody and they have certainly received a lot of use. They retail at £49.99 but some of the other versions can be around the same price for one. These are large, interactive and have the added bonus of talking to each other. At the moment they are on sale for around £38 which I think is a great price.
Summary: A great option for buying two of Toy story's main characters
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