Disney Toy Story Buzz Lightyear
“It’s expensive but for Flea, this Toy Story Buzz Lightyear figure is something approaching magical.”
Buy online at John Lewis
Initial thoughts: Flea has been hankering after this electronic Buzz Lightyear toy for AGES. So when we finally relented and agreed on this as a reward for some spectacularly good behaviour, she was beside herself.
My first impression was a bit different: mostly I was muttering to myself, “Why is this 50 quid?” It seems a lot for a talking toy – I’d have expected this to cost considerably less, which is probably why we waited so long before buying it.
What you get for your money is a 12 inch tall figure that comes in a cardboard box that doubles as Buzz Lightyear’s spaceship – there are even wings inside the box that you can add to the box once you’ve bought it – although the usual plastic tag and ties and sticky tape meant that our box was a little damaged by the time Buzz had been extracted. Nice idea, though.
We liked: Once I got the instructions out of the box I could see why the price tag. This toy is actually pretty fancy. The Buzz Lightyear figure has a number of different buttons on his space suit, and two different play modes.
In ‘toy’ mode, pressing the buttons means Buzz rotates through a short series of phrases from the Toy Story films, with various sound effects and noises. Where he gets really interesting, though, is when he’s turned into ‘interactive’ mode. Here, the toy responds to things your child says and does – with microphones in the toy, Buzz knows when he’s being spoken to and speaks back. With motion sensors, he can tell when he’s flying and even if he’s heading up or down – and will make the appropriate sound effects, before saying a cheery, “I told you I could fly” when he lands again.
Flea thought all of this was the most magical thing she’d ever seen – “But how does he know?” she kept asking. He also reacts to children opening and closing his helmet, or using the laser or communicator features.
We weren’t keen: The box is a bit of a damp squib, but to be honest, this is a great toy. It’s been dropped a few times and hasn’t broken yet. The batteries have been running for a few weeks now without dying. And Flea still thinks Buzz is amazing.
Overall: The interactive Buzz Lightyear play mode really is quite special for youngsters, but even better is that they can turn Buzz into a regular toy when they’ve had enough of the slightly surreal conversations he engages them in. And even better than that, you can turn off the sounds entirely and Buzz is silent. It’s an expensive toy and not an impulse purchase but for the dedicated Toy Story fan, the Buzz Lightyear toy is a tried and tested recommendation.
[Sally, Who’s the Mummy?]