Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: Action Figures

Back in 2000, Pixar released their first (and only) direct to video and traditionally animated full length feature movie, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (which has now been long forgotten by many). It also spawned Pixar's first (and only) TV series based on the film and with the same title. The series was from 2000-2001 and only lasted two seasons.

  • In the movie's intro (which is the CG animation we know from Pixar and involves many of the classic toys in Andy's room), Rex, Sarge, Wheezy and Buzz are the original voice actors but Woody and Hamm are not. Woody is voiced by Tom Hanks' brother Jim Hanks and Hamm is actually voiced by Pixar director (Wall-E and Finding Nemo) Andrew Stanton-who also voiced Zurg in Toy Story 2!
  • For the TV series, Tim Allen did not voice Buzz like he did in the direct to home video feature film. Instead, Patrick Warburton (best know for Kronk in The Emperor's New Groove) replaced him in the leading role.

Ok, onto these figures! When the film came out, I was ten. I was the perfect age to really be excited about it and I remember watching it over and over again on VHS. As a toy lover, I couldn't wait for there to be figures from it and sure enough, there was. 

In the first wave, there was Booster, XR, Zurg, Buzz and Warp Darkmatter. The villains came with with a "grub" and the heroes came with a "LGM." Mira Nova (one of the main characters) never got an action figure for some reason. 

As seen here in this post, I never got the Warp or Buzz figures. I wonder why!? Anyway. here are the ones I do have:

Booster with break away door! He was my favorite character in the show if I remember right. I'm pretty sure I just thought he was hilarious as a kid.

XR with weapons! As you can see, I no longer have a few of his guns or the LGM that he came with. One of the very few things I don't have from all my childhood toys!

And the Evil Emperor Zurg with firing missiles! 

There was a second wave of figures but characters included were basically the same as these, just with different action features. It added just one new character, NOS-4-A2 (who was one of the villains from the TV series which I did not watch very much of).

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to check back daily for updates from my Pixar collection!

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