My eldest Harvey was 5 on 2nd March and has discovered a love of Lego, he got his first sets for Christmas and a few more for his 5th Birthday, all were from the Toy Story range. Sadly we managed to lose Buzz Lightyear so I had to order a replacement on Ebay.
Buzz is 4.4 CM in height and 1.5 CM wide (not including the wings) as you can see, he is tiny! But on a positive note he is very detailed and looks exactly like the real Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story films.
To assemble Buzz it takes 6 simple steps, slot the head onto the main body, then clip in the feet, then each wing and finally the visor.
Buzz is fully movable which means he can be moved into different positions to aid the play. His arms move up and down, he bends at the waist and his legs move back and forth. His hands also turn around and are moulded so that he can hold things. Sadly the wings are fixed in shape, so do not close. He is complete with a peg on the back so that he can be attached to things, for example in part Lego 7590, Buzz is attached to a rocket, so the hole in the back of Buzz means he can be attached to most things.
Buzz is full of detail and has all features painted on to make him look like the real Buzz Lightyear. We own 5 Toy Story Lego sets so Buzz is used when playing with those, aside from playing within the Lego, Buzz wouldn't have much use, he is very small, infact a lot smaller than the other character's such as Woody, etc, so I would not buy as a gift for someone for fear of them being disappointed.
I cannot really complain about Buzz Lightyear's size because it is designed to fit within the Lego sets, which it does, so my only real gripe with this is the Visor is awful! It is forever falling off, which isn't ideal with my 2 year old toddling about, I have now resorted to removing this permanently as I was bored of constantly fixing it.
Overall Buzz is fantastic for adding to the Toy Story Lego sets, but that is all, he does what he is designed to do so I cannot take off any stars, it just would be nice if his visor would stay on!
I purchased my Buzz figure just before Christmas as a bit of a mistake. I had done a search for lego duplo for my niece as she is a Toy Story nut but as she is only 2, she is too little for some of the figures so I thought some duplo figures might be an acceptable alternative. I have a duplo buzz in a set that I bought my son, and I mistakenly thought that this was the same thing, but it is the smaller lego so it was completely unsuitable for my niece due to its small size.
However, all was not lost as my two boys are perfectly sized for lego, and they still quite like Toy Story, so it was something nice to slip into a Christmas stocking.
The Buzz figure is mainly white with accents of purple, green, grey and red to highlight different parts of the space suit. This figure is marginally shorter than standard lego minifigures, and a good bit shorter than the accompanying Woody the cowboy figure you can also buy. Compared to a standard figure, the legs are the same length, but the body is a bit shorter. You have the same flexibility in movement of the legs and arms you get in lego figures, so Buzz can sit down, or raise his arms up and down. When I was small most lego figures seemed to have yellow hands. Buzz's are white to match the rest of his appearance.
The wings and upper part of the space suit come off the figure as one piece. They need to be put on your minifigure before you put on his head. The wings are permanently open and feel quite strong so they shouldn't snap off in normal play. There is a great level of detail on his suit, with different buttons on the control panel being raised and painted in different colours. Once this part is on, there is a bit of wobble to it, but it doesn't come off unless you want it too. Its just a bit bigger than the figure so it is easier to get on and off. There is a lego stud on the back of the suit so you could attach some other piece of lego to it, maybe a hose and pretend you were putting air in his suit, or a little brick and pretend it is a space pack, but it looks fine with nothing on it too.
Buzz's head is actually shaped like what you see on a toy. It is not very like Lego in appearance as most lego heads are very flat. Here, the face is raised to show features like his nose and prominent chin, and it looks more like a standard toy rather than a piece of lego. I can't believe how well made it is.
The last piece of Buzz is his helmet. This is just a clear plastic section which fits via three small holes onto the top of his space suit. It is only the rear of his helmet, so you can't open and shut the helmet at all. This is the only weak point to the suit. I find that the piece comes off quite easily when being played with, and the kids are always asking me to put it back on.
The overall look to this is brilliant because of the level of detail, but I think that this is more of a display piece really than a toy to be constantly playing with. It looks brilliant on display with my children's many other minifigures that they own. Normally, lego figures cost around £2 in the little packets when you buy them in supermarkets. I paid a lot more than this at nearer £7 as it was Buzz. It is now for sale for £8.25 on amazon which is beginning to get into the realms of being overpriced. What you are paying for here is the branding and the fact it is going to be a bit of a niche collectors item to own.
Buzz can be played with and won't break up any more than it is meant to do, but the fact his helmet falls off frequently is not that much fun, so it is more for display.
My only complaint with this one is that I wish it came with a little display stand like what you get with the minfigures series in the packets. Buzz does stand well on his own on a completely flat surface, but I just think the figures look nicer with a tiny plastic stand to fix them to and it stops them falling over or getting too crowded on a shelf.
I really like this Buzz figure, and I think its appeal will last for quite a long time with him having such a unique look.