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Last year our youngest daughter was into Toy Story BIG time! In the lead up to Christmas she would take every opportunity to remind anyone who would listen (and even some of those who weren't) just how much she loved Toy Story, and how she had been such a good girl all year! Now, unfortunately for this little girl, she has an extremely organised mummy who has usually finished the majority of her Christmas shopping by October half term! I also have a strict budget to stick to, and by the time my daughter had developed her latest "obsession" there was only a small amount of the budget allocated to her Christmas gifts left. And so after much searching, I came upon the Toy Story Lego Mini figures on amazon. At around £2-£4 each at the time, I was able to get all 3 of the main characters, and still had enough money left to buy the talking Jessie Doll that was now No 1 on her Christmas wish list! As my daughter already owns quite a bit of Lego, and plays with it on an almost daily basis, I was confident that these little figures would be played with and appreciated, long after her "Toy Story" phase had passed. Woody was the first of my ordered mini figs to arrive. He was packaged in a clear plastic bag, not very attractive wrapping, and the figure itself was already assembled, which did make me question the "brand new" status amazon promised. Woody is standard mini-figure size, although due to his hat, he does stand a little taller than most. His hat is not removable, but it would only get lost anyway! The colours of his clothing are spot on, and the outfit is a perfect lego replica of the film character. His face looks good, very much like Woody - right down to the ski-slope nose! Like all regular lego figures, he can be in a standing or sitting position. His arms move up and down, and his head and heads are rotatable. Once his companions had arrived (both in the same pre-assembled, plastic bag packaging form!) I placed all three in a tissue-paper lined small christmas gift box, and put away for the big day. On Christmas morning my daughter was delighted with her new mini figures, briefly, in fact, until she opened the next gift! They spent the first few days of their new life, in their box, in a pile with other gifts yet to be taken to the bedroom. However, on New Years eve we sat down together to build a lego house set daughter had also received, and she seemed to remember her little toy story mini figures! The figures that came with the house set were discarded, and Buzz, Jessie and Woody moved in! As predicted, the Toy Story phase was short lived, however The Lego Woody Mini Figure remains a firm favourite, he is showing no signs of wear, despite a lot of play-time, and he can often be found running the local Lego cafe with Jessie, or mowing the lawn of the family home, as Buzz relaxes on the swing! I would not hesitate to buy any lego mini figures, they are often collected, and can fetch quite a few £'s, in fact, I notice that amazon now ask up to £11 for Woody or his friends! But to us, they are a popular, reliable toy, that bring many hours of fun to our daughter. I have given 5 stars, as the only thing that lets this product down is the sellers packaging. The product itself deserves the full 5 *****
Just before Christmas last year I was looking around for presents for various children in my life. I wanted to buy some Toy Story Duplo for my two year old niece as I know she is a huge Toy Story fan like her older cousins, my sons. I saw this Woody figure on amazon, and a Buzz one. From the picture, I wasn't clear if it was duplo or the smaller mini-figure size, so I took a gamble on it thinking if it wouldn't suit my niece, my own children could have it. Much to my childrens luck, both figures did end up being the smaller lego that is more suitable to children who are at least 3 plus due to the small size. The figures are a bit more expensive than other lego minifigures. You can buy one in a blind bag for about £2, so I was happy paying a little more. This one cost me £5.99. This is probably the maximum I would be willing to pay myself. Now it is a little more expensive at £6.49. This is really a collectors item and the price of it is only likely to go up as Toy Story is less popular now than it was when my boys were toddlers and harder to get hold of some of the toys we have come across. This Woody figure is a little taller than the Buzz figure, but the same size approximately as other lego minifigures. Slightly bigger because the head is a larger shape. The figure is buildable - you can take the figure apart by removing the head, the hands, and the body from the waist. What I like about the Woody figure is that the cowboy hat is firmly stuck at a jaunty angle on his head. I think this is genius - my youngest son likes to totally pull figures apart, so I have no doubt that the hat would go missing if it weren't so firmly stuck on. The attention to detail on this figure is pretty amazing. The main part of his body is similar to any lego figure. The lower half of the body shows shaping on the legs in brown to represent cowboy boots. The upper half of the body is great as it has details of a belt, a check shirt, a cowboy print waistcoat, and a sherriff badge. If you look on the back of the waistcoat, there is detailing meant to be the pullstring that Woody is famous for having. The only way this could look better is if there were more stitching details on the boots and the check shirt pattern continued down the arms on the figure. The figure has skin coloured face and hands making it different to the yellow features we normally see with lego mini-figures. The hands are the traditional C shape so you can use your figure with other lego accessories that you own. The thing that really screams quality on this figure is the moulding to the head. Instead of having a flat face like the every day figures, Woody has a moulded face which is 3D. The nose and ears jut out. There are painted eyes, eyebrows and mouth, and to me, the face looks identical to the face I see on larger moulded toys, and also within books and the films. I find it amazing whenever I look at the face to see such detail on this miniature scale. This figure may have been pricey, but I am really glad I got it. My sons really appreciate playing with their favourite characters in a different context. The Woody figure is actually something you can play with. I find more so than the Buzz figure as his helmet falls off far too easily with normal touch. I think this is perfect for a collector, but I also think that lego should be played with, and I am happy that my sons can enjoy this item as it is hard wearing and will not chip or look less the part from them doing so, as long as we don't lose the parts. Good things can come in very small lego packages.