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The Disney Toy Story 3 Action Links Buzz Saves the Train Playset is a toy we bought last year.
This toy is based on Toy Story 3 which after a significant gap from the second film made the whole Toy Story range popular again with children and adults alike. Although there are many brilliant Toy Story products out there I don't believe this is one of them. This is because it gives children very little choice in how to play with it and therefore requires little imagination.
From the box it looked like an exiting toy that the children would love, especially as Toy Story was big at the time. To be honest, it took them ten minutes before they were fed up of it.
When you open the box you have to put the pieces of the toy together. We left the children to do this themselves as it didn't look that hard but they were struggling so I took over. I am usually good at this type of thing but it even puzzled me. After ten minutes I managed to set it up with the only help being the picture on the box.
It is made of plastic which doesn't look strong at all and I was worried I would break it when putting it together but it hasn't broken yet.
The pieces included are:
A train - This train is red and black and fits well on the tracks. It is quite a detailed train and I believe it is the same as seen in the film, because of this children enjoy trying to create this scene themselves.
Buzz Lightyear - This is a small figurine that looks just like Buzz Lightyear in the film. I'm sure everyone knows what he looks like. He is the best part of the set for the children who will fight over who has him and play with him even if it's not with the rest of the set. This is an advantage, at least they like something.
Train tracks - These are a brown plastic. One of them is like a hill and the other is flat. At the end is a blue circle which connects the tracks and a green square button which sets off the chain reaction.
All you have to do is pull the train back to the end, it will go up the hill and land on the button to set Buzz Lightyear flying in the air. Buzz is in a blue circle (not sure what it is called) which means he doesn't literally fly (well sometimes he comes out and then he does).
The chain reaction doesn't always work and as the toy only does one thing I won't rate it highly. Now the initial excitement has worn off the toy is usually left in the toy box rarely seen being played with.
This toy is recommended for children ages five and over. I have used it with three and four year olds and they don't think much of it.
It can be bought from amazon for £20 which I don't think is worth it, way too expensive for what it does (or doesn't do).
You can buy other sets which link but as this one is not very good we haven't tried the others.
Send Buzz Lightyear flying to the rescue with the Toy Story 3 Action Links Stunt Set . Fit the pieces together and set off the four stage chain reaction that sends the steam train rushing down the track and Buzz whizzing through the air. This really is falling with style! The Buzz Lightyear stunt set includes: 5.5cm high Buzz Lightyear figure Steam train Eight piece track and stunt set