To Infinity and Beyond!
Here we have a very, very special piece in my collection that I've been looking forward to posting about for some time now. This amazing deluxe figurine [statue] of Buzz and Woody blasting off was released a couple years back. I first saw this at the 2015 D23 Expo in the Disney Dream Store (seen in my post HERE, just scroll down a bit) and I was in awe. I was super tempted to buy it, but I could not justify the high price tag.
This is a very large (about 14"H x 12"W x 13"D), hand painted, highly collectible piece made of a poly-resin material. Original retail was $175.00. It wasn't until last year (with the help of an extremely good discount) that I was able to get it. This showed up on the disneystore.com last winter and I ended up paying around $70.00 for it– a price I could not say no to. I then waited and received it as a gift for my birthday last May.
And the coolest part? This lights up! Just hit the switch on the back and the lights on Buzz's wings glow vibrantly, while his jet pack contrail on the back glows softly and changes colors (from blue, to green, to yellow, etc.). It's soothing like a night light. Note: requires two AA batteries.
My connection with this statue goes even beyond the fact that I'm a mega Toy Story fan. This was designed by one of my favorite Disney artists, Ron Cohee, who I actually had the opportunity to interview back in 2014 (which you can read HERE).
Just look at the details! Even down to "Andy" on Woody's boot. The design of this figurine is out of this world. The look, the make, the paint app...everything about this was crafted to perfection.
As you can see on the bottom here, this is an official "Art of Disney" product made exclusively for Disney theme parks. It was part of the commemorative line of merchandise released in honor of Toy Story's 20th anniversary in 2015.
Here it is lit up! This photo does not do it justice in the slightest, but I wanted to give you an idea of what it looks like. I hope to get a brief video up soon as well.
And last but not least, I included the photo of me holding it below so that you could get a sense of this thing's pretty massive scale.
I also wanted to note that there was a limited edition bronze variant of this statue made as well (only 60 were distributed). You can view my photo of it HERE at the D23 Expo.
I believe this has since sold out at the US Disney Parks (correct me if I'm wrong), but it's still available on the Disney Store's UK site HERE. You can also find it on the "Your WDW Store" website HERE or on eBay using this direct link.
I seriously cannot recommend this piece enough to all you Toy Story mega fans out there. If you have the opportunity to snag this, do it! This sculpture would no doubt be a prized centerpiece in anyone's collection.