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I am a big fan of these novelty gifts, especially miniature versions of things we see all the time - like those cool bubble gum machines that also work as piggy banks.
I bought this toy for a friend of mine, who loves Toy Story, as a bit of an inside joke, and I have to say it was actually more fun and a lot cooler than I thought it was going to be.
It stands about 30 cm tall and is in the shape of the rocket that Woody and Buzz get trapped inside during the first Toy Story film. It's sturdy and made from plastic, which all looks pretty durable. Inside the rocket are all the little alien dolls, as well as both Buzz and Woody. I think the point of the game is to get Buzz and Woody out, like in the film, but whenever I have a go on it, I just go for whatever I can.
The machine takes 3 AAA batteries and has two buttons - moving the crane up and down, and left and right, and to drop it. As a crane grabbing machine (like all of them) it's a bit hard to work it at first, but this one doesn't take coins so you can keep trying for ever. The machine makes a series of rocket sounds and plays your run of the mill carnival music whenever you try (and fail) to get the toys.
Overall, it makes a great novelty gift, for your friend who's still a child at heart, and looks really cool (if incredibly geeky) as a desk decoration.
I bought this Toy from the Disney Store UK (who weren't very good with delivery times and stock, but I won't go into that here), It comes packaged really well, and I have to say it is a really good toy, everyone loves the toy grabbers at the theme parks, and this one you don't even have to put money into it!
It is built really well, and comes with quite afew little figures, mostly of the aliens, but one of Buzz and one of Woody also comes with it.
My son loved it and had hours of fun as did I, but then after a couple of weeks use, the grabber mechanism stopped working properly, it would move around, and when you press the grab button the grabber wouldnt open anymore, it was used very carefully and my son adores it, and even though it doesnt really work properly anymore he still loves it and plays with it alot.
Its a good toy, built very well but the grabber mechanism doesn't seem to withstand the constant use of a child.