Buzz Lightyear toys have remained consistently popular with children and Pixar fans since the release of the first Toy Story movie. From action figurines to board games, there are plenty of options when you're looking to purchase a toy for someone in your life.
Who Is Buzz Lightyear?
For those who aren't familiar with the Disney/Pixar films, Buzz Lightyear is a space ranger action figure that has a difficult time coming to the realization he is a toy. He spends time throughout the Toy Story films being both bumbling and heroic as the toys journey through their adventures. He appears in all three Toy Story movies, as well as in his own TV series called Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.
Where to Purchase Buzz Lightyear Toys
Various children's products featuring this cartoon character are available through the Disney Store, at Disney theme parks, local toy stores, and online at various retailers such as Amazon.com. If you're on a budget, you can also sometimes find Buzz Lightyear at secondhand children's stores and online auctions since the first Toy Story movie has now been around for over a decade.
Five Toys to Try
While there are many Buzz Lightyear toys to choose from, here are five that have been exceptionally popular with kids in recent years.
Disney/Pixar TS3 12" Buzz Lightyear
With the release of Toy Story 3 comes this 12" Buzz Lightyear action figure. Every detail from the film is included in the design of this doll, including pop-out wings. This doll has a sensor that allows it to know when it is standing upright or flying around the room, and it will respond accordingly with the authentic voice from the film. This toy also includes the ability to respond when spoken to, realistic body movements, and plenty of lights and sound effects.
Buzz's Blaster Video Game
With this handheld laser gun, you can defeat Emperor Zurg while enjoying multiple levels of game play with a color LCD screen and sound effects. The trigger of the gun releases sounds and quotes from the Toy Story characters when pressed, and this product is lightweight enough for children as young as 4 years old.
Deluxe Action Wing Pack
Your child cannot only play with Buzz Lightyear but pretend that he is Buzz Lightyear with this action wing pack manufactured by Mattel. Featuring motorized wings replicated after Buzz's in the films, your little one will enjoy flying sound effects and talking phrases from Buzz himself. Motion activated and complete with light-up wing tips, the toy is held in place with a soft shoulder strap harness that is comfortable and safe to wear.
Operation Buzz Lightyear
The classic game Operation, manufactured by Hasbro, has now received a Toy Story makeover, featuring Buzz Lightyear as the patient that must be operated on. Pull out various parts without hitting the sides to win, and if you make a mistake, realistic sound effects announce your error.
Buzz Toy Safety
Like any toy, it's important to follow the age recommendations on the box. Most toys manufactured by Disney are for ages 4 and up, while others are ages 8 and up due to the maturity and skills needed for intended play. Never leave a toy with children smaller than 4 years-old unless they are being supervised and you are sure there are no small pieces that can cause a choking hazard.