Buzz Lightyear (2009 SDCC Exclusive) from Toy Story

December 20, 2011
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In 2009, Mattel sold a 3 3/4″ exclusive Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story at San Diego.  It’s like getting a toy based on a toy.  So how does Buzz size up as an action figure?

Now, in looking at this figure, you can’t expect the same out of Buzz as you can other popular action figure lines.  They push for a certain aspect of realism in their sculpts and articulation (or at least attempt to).  For Buzz, he’s obviously going for a stylized interpretation of a child’s toy.  It’s not going to match other lines.  You can’t use it for much, if you do that kind of thing.  But, what this figure does is nicely represent the larger Buzz Lightyear.  The figure comes in a pair of boxes, a black, sturdy outer box can protect the inner contents pretty well, as I know that I’ve thrown it around in moving toys around, and stacking.  The inner box is the famous cardboard spaceship box that Buzz came with in the Toy Story movie, and the larger toy.  The inner box is fun, and looks almost dead on with the larger form of it.

The paint apps are nicely done and exact.  All of the lettering on the figure is clean and easily readable.  From the text on the bottom of the jetpack, to the Space Rangers insignia, to the red laser on the arm, they could have omitted it, but they chose to detail it, and the figure looks better for it.

The articulation is where Buzz falls flat.  There are some nice things to it…  The visor does drop down over his head.  It stays up, and when it drops down, it goes flat to give it the proper appearance. Buzz’s head can turn left and right, which is a bit of a surprise.  I figured it would just be part of the mold, and not be articulated.  The figure, again, has an articulated visor and head, as well as shoulders, elbows, swivel wrists, swivel torso, swivel thighs, and knees.  The thing that bothers me here is the swivel thighs.  At that point, they should have just had the knees fixed, as with swivel upper legs and no articulated feet, there is very little positioning you can do with those legs.  The knee articulation is a little loose, which doesn’t help the cause, either.  He can stand, but asking it to do more than that, you won’t get much out of it.  The arms are nicely articulated, if it wasn’t for the huge chest, it would have excellent articulation.  The hands swivel, but they’re molded in ways that there’s only one way they can look right.

He has no accessories, but that’s not a big deal, because one, the real one didn’t, and two, his hands are molded to where he couldn’t do anything with them, anyway.  The only thing they could have really done with Buzz is making his backpack wings expand with a button.  The toy also had “karate chop action” in the movie, but I’m more than happy that he doesn’t have that…I hate action features like that.

When it boils down to it, if you like Buzz Lightyear or Toy Story, it’s fun…go for it.  It’s not a great action figure, it won’t fit into a lot of collections, given what it is.  Even with it being stylized, it could have been made better with better leg and/or foot joints.  But they did a nice job of detailing the figure with paint apps, and it was neat to see Buzz in this scale.  But, for most, I think this is an easy pass.

 

   

  

 

 

   

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3 Responses to Buzz Lightyear (2009 SDCC Exclusive) from Toy Story

  1. Andrew Rankin on November 16, 2012 at 6:39 am

    I need some scanned copies of the 2009 SDCC Matty Collector Buzz Lightyear Spaceship box. I need copies of EVERY panel or side or whatever, including the interior. Please help! I want to make a more accurate box replica for the 12 inch figures. One wouldn't need to flatten out the box, just scan each side nice and flat, I can piece everything together from there. :D

  2. Andrew Rankin on November 16, 2012 at 6:39 am

    I need some scanned copies of the 2009 SDCC Matty Collector Buzz Lightyear Spaceship box. I need copies of EVERY panel or side or whatever, including the interior. Please help! I want to make a more accurate box replica for the 12 inch figures. One wouldn't need to flatten out the box, just scan each side nice and flat, I can piece everything together from there. :D

  3. Lewis Tekulve on December 29, 2011 at 8:59 pm

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