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Lego Buzz Lightyear Minifigure
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Lego Buzz Lightyear Minifigure
Advantages: the attention to detail is fantastic as although it is lego, it is still very clearly Buzz.
Disadvantages: Price, wish it had a little stand.
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.
Summary: Just a bit of fun really, and a nice piece to have on display.
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