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Well we finally got one. We nearly got one for his birthday last year, but got the VTech Innotab instead. We nearly got one for Christmas this year, but a) the prices had gone through the roof and b) he wanted a remote control truck (which he got). So finally we thought - it's time to get the Buzz Lightyear. We've read about it, read all the reviews and know it is a good toy. It is. It seems sturdy - been dropped and bashed about 3 times already! (I am SO glad we didn't get it when he was 4 - we might have been accidentally coshed with it! It's quite heavy). We got it at the much more reasonably price of just under £50. I have to say though, great as Buzz is - I don't think it is worth more than £35. We have 3 of the VTech Dinosaur Transformer cars, which also have lots of sayings, and they cost approx £15 and are also excellent toys, and clever. Dare I say it, their technology has overtaken this Buzz Lightyear doll? But - at the end of the day, this is BUZZ LIGHTYEAR - the best one - and our little boy ADORES it. On the way home from school tonight he was telling us all the toys he wanted for his birthday - Lego this, Octonauts that - and we both had a sinking feeling he would be disappointed. But then - about 5 minutes from home - he suddenly said - but what I REALLY want is the proper Buzz Lightyear with the wings that pop out and talks and arms and legs move. Success! 15 minutes later he opens his present and SQUEALS of JOY! My only very slight criticism is that our own expectations were a little higher. Having read so much about interactive talkback mode, it would be so nice if Buzz actually said 'Yes' or 'No' sometimes, so it sounded like he was answering a question. Our little boy is still waiting for him to answer a question! But he's happy enough. I just said - Buzz is a Space Ranger, it's the way he talks - it means yes I do want a chocolate biscuit, thank you. (He's already been fed half a sandwich!)
Day Two - I am not convinced there are 65 sayings! So far I have counted 35 to 40. Hmm. Looked at reviews and someone said - change the batteries before you get all the functions. So done that. No difference - maybe some new ones will come along when we're not expecting it. As for changing the batteries - nightmare. But easy when you know how. Couldn't find the instructions. Tried unscrewing the two screws on the back and immediately the screw threads were wrecked - slight panic. Looked up on internet how to do it - apparently in newer models these are false screws and you take the jetpack off to get to the battery cover. This took me ages as I was scared of breaking it. Here's what you do. 1) Pop the wings out. 2) put your fingers under base of jet pack (where it says 'Danger' and 'Jet Exhaust' and gently start easing it - after a few gentle eases the top starts to move and come out, then pops off. It is held in with two lugs which then press back into their holes when you replace it.
The best bit so far was when Buzz went on the potty (we are still having the odd potty training exercise in the mornings) and said 'that was a good adventure'!
I was lucky to get this at the reduced rate of £24.95 normally £50+ what a fantastic toy.
My son has all the toy story ephemera and this Updated Buzz Lightyear is going to prove a no disappointment.
He has many more features than the original Buzz - and now comes with an interactive mode. When you shout at him he asks you not to shout etc...he has other play modes aswell including a sensor which can determine which way up he is during play flight. His voice is remarkably accurate and clear emulating the original.
Large Pop up and out wings with interactive lights and noises, a helmet that makes noises when you open and close it as buzz interacts with the movement. Fully poseable with ratchet type arms and legs, he pivots and turns at his waist which previous Buzz lightyears did not.
Excellent play value too - robust and well made. His many new features make him much more entertaining.
He is well worth £50.00 but I was lucky to get him when he was reduced for a few short hours through Amazon itself.
Very popular this chrstmas (2009) I am very confident that my son will love him. Recommend even at the full price...
This thing is awesome. He talks, moves his head, responds to you talking at him (just set phrases, but it's still cool), knows when you're flinging him round and makes flying noises, it's just cool. Also, nice little touches like the tone of his voice changes slightly depending on whether the helmet is open or closed. The wings 'pop-off' and can be easily put back on to prevent permanent breakage during rough play. If you drop him hard, or bang him he says something along of the lines of "Hey, watch it" and if you shout at him, he says something along the lines of "No need to shout, I can hear you perfectly clearly". It's these little touches and attention to detail that mean you can feel the Pixar/John Lasseter influence in the design of this toy. Got mine reduced from £50 to about £38. Well worth it. I imagine it's going to eat through the batteries, but that's not the end of the world and you half expect it with a toy like this.
Some people have slated this. I don't get it. All I'll say is, read the instruction manual that comes with it, if it starts doing odd things, do as the instruction manual says and change the batteries. Oh, and if you change the batteries, use the right sized Philips-Head screw driver in good condition or else, of course you'll round a tiny little screw like that that holds the battery compartment shut. Honestly, some people!
Ordered on Friday and received it on the Monday, very fast delivery and very well packaged. This is a Xmas present so I did not unwrap Buzz from his Spaceship box. Pressed the buttons on his chest with the 'Try Me' option through the hole in the box, Buzz talked straight away (very realistic) and with lights on his wings that flashed and surprisingly his head moved from side to side as well (I thought this model of Buzz Lightyear with the moving head was not available anymore) The box doubles up as a spaceship with wings which is also another reason why I haven't removed it from the packaging. I want my 8 year old son to get that experience on Xmas Day himself. Overall he looks very impressive and looks the real thing just like the movie Buzz we all love and know, I can't wait to play with him....urm...of course.....urm.... I mean my son to play with him, and also to see the surprise on his face on Xmas morning. As he says in the movie..."To infinity and beyond!"
My little boy was so pleased to receive his Buzz Lightyear in the post. The toy came well packaged (both the original packaging and the box that it was shipped in. As the mother of a very heavy handed 6 year old, I was pleased to discover that Buzz is very well assembled, his design is robust and made for rough play. His wings, which I was particularly worried about, have battery operated lights which alternate red and green when buzz is in flight mode - the wires for these are hidden beneath Buzz's "jet pack" which is intentionally removable(as this is where the battery compartment is)and the wings themselves are held on to disc shaped plastic protrusions beneath the "jet pack" which clips them in place and helps them to open and close, making it much less likely for anything to get snapped off during play. If they do get unhinged (and with all the opening and closing the sometimes do), it is a very simple process to clip them back in place again! Buzz will happily stand unaided and his body is well articulated - though I wish that his arms had slightly more movement. A great purchase! and with a saving vs other toy retailers too!
i dont know where to start!! this toy is absolutely brilliant!!! all i expected and more! its identical to the film so has huge attention to detail. the phrases are fantastic and we hear new ones frequently.the interactive element is great too as buzz respond when you speak and also when you flip open or close his helmet he speaks about it.he is fully poseable and has been thrown by my 2 year old a few times now and shows no signs of injury :) i cannot fault this toy at all would perhaps say to give it to an older child but that is only because i think an older child would fully appreciate the detail of the likeness to the film and perhaps understand all of buzz's phrases. my 2 year old does love this toy for the play side of it tho. my fave feature is that buzz knows when he is upright so when you fly him around horizontal it makes flying noises :) love it!!!!
This is THE Buzz - as good as it gets. Unfortunately the first one I received was faulty, but my son loved it so much I wanted to replace it for one that worked properly. But neither Amazon nor the seller could arrange an exchange, and I had to buy another one and I'm waiting for the first one to be picked up in order to get a refund. That being said, the faults were minor; one of the legs wouldn't articulate properly - very stiff and afraid I would break it if I forced it to move. Certainly a child couldn't move it. One of the wings kept popping out and I'd have to re-set it as my son couldn't, and the interactive facility sometimes worked and sometimes didn't. But it is the best Buzz I've seen and I only hope it is robust enough to stand being played with as it was rather expensive...
My 2yr 6mth grandson was overawed when he got his own Buzz who could talk. He just loves it and has an amazing imagination when playing with it. He was a bit disappointed when Buzz couldn't fly on his own and thought new batteries would do the trick, perhaps an indication it is for older kids, as recommended! Still no regrets with this purchase, the look on his face when he got it made it worth the money. So far durability it is holding up. Only criticism is, getting it into working mode was a bit of a problem and my advice is, get it through the demo mode before you intoduce Buzz to the child, especially if they are on the young side and don't understand the intricacies of removing new toys from the packaging and getting them into working mode. Very happy with quality, educational and fun value.
We already have an official Disney Store "anti-gravity belt" version of Buzz for our older child (from a few years ago) and wanted something similar for our younger child. presumed this was basically the same less the anti-gravity belt. But it's not, the plastic is of much inferior quality to the Disney Store version and although it worked in the box in demo mode when we removed it and switched to "play" it stopped working completely, even switching back to demo wouldn't coax it into life. Tried fresh batteries but still dead. Annoying as we then had a very disappointed child.
However amazon's returns procedure was excellent and smooth, cannot fault that, just the quality of the product supplied from a third party (NOT Amazon). Now going to buy a proper Disney Store version, which I'd originally thought this would have been.