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In the years 1995 to 2006, Thinkway Toys created the first pull-string Woody and talking Buzz Lightyear action figures prior to the first film's release. At first, Thinkway was hesitant on creating the toys, as the company believed that Toy Story would be a popular movie, yet they proceeded in creating the toys and ended up with not having enough figures to meet consumer demands. Both toys were created using the digital 3D data from the film. [1]

Poseable Talking Woody Edit

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The very first pull-string doll featured a removable plastic hat with a faded brim. It also featured wired armature, unlike the toy in the actual film. Yet, this feature was removed in future re-releases of the doll as the wires caused a safety hazard. This version without the armature was released in all subsequent versions of this Woody doll, along with other future pull-string Woody dolls.

This Woody doll also contains a pull string ring that's closer to the size of Woody's in the films, something future Woody dolls do not include.

Phrases Edit

This Woody doll runs on an electronic pull-string mechanism, whose phrases were used in a majority of Woody dolls until 2010. These phrases are:

  • Howdy, partner!
  • My name's Woody!
  • You're my favorite deputy!
  • Yee-haw, cowboy!
  • There's a snake in my boot!

Re-releases Edit

This Woody doll was also re-released and modified by the Disney Store and Disney parks several times, without the first edition's wired armature. Some of these re-releases include:

  • Toy Story 2 Talking Woody
  • Disney Parks Woody
    • Different voice
    • Later builds have an improved face sculpt
    • Thinner body
    • Has a more detailed hat made from smoother plastic.
  • Toy Story and Beyond Woody (Disney Store version)
    • Different voice
    • Has a badge not created from digital data
    • Has a more detailed hat made from smoother plastic.
  • Disney Store Woody
    • Thinner body
    • Different face sculpt (the same as the new Disney Parks face sculpt, but with added detail on the eyebrows and mouth)
    • Has a more detailed hat made from smoother plastic.
    • Different voice
    • Newer builds have brand new phrases
    • Has a more detailed hat made from smoother plastic.
    • Has "ANDY" written on his boot
    • Colors on costume are brighter and not faded.

Inaccuracies Edit

As the first attempt to replicate Woody from the film, there are a number of inaccuracies on the first edition Woody doll:

  • Pull string is lower down on the back
  • Hat's brim is too light
  • Hat does not have stitching.
  • Body is too wide and slightly too long
  • Has a toothed smile rather than a closed-mouth smile
  • Has visible eyelids
  • Does not contain a majority of the pull-string phrases from the movie.
  • Is poseable

Talking Buzz Lightyear Edit

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This Buzz Lightyear figure included a pulsating laser light, pop-out wings, some articulation, a voice simulator, and a retractable helmet. The figure also, like in the film, has glow in the dark paint. However, the wings on this Buzz figure are also very short in comparison to later Buzz Lightyear figures.

Phrases Edit

Buzz Lightyear has only 4 phrases when his oval chest buttons are pressed, voiced by Tim Allen, the voice actor for Buzz in the film. The phrases said are:

  • I am Buzz Lightyear
  • I come in peace
  • Buzz Lightyear to the rescue! -laser activates-
  • To infinity...and beyond!

Although these phrases were said by Tim Allen in the first edition of this figure, later builds included a different voice actor along with the phrase: "This is an intergalactic emergency!"

Re-releases Edit

Like Woody, this Buzz Lightyear figure has been re-released, but this time, his voice is now Patrick Warburton, but not as much as Woody has.

  • Toy Story and Beyond Buzz Lightyear (Disney Store version, 1999)
    • Different voice
    • Includes the phrase, "This is an intergalactic emergency!"
    • Semi-transparent wing button
    • Different laser sound
    • Different face sculpt
  • Second Disney Store Version

Inaccuracies Edit

  • Does not include karate chop action
  • Does not include a push-button helmet
  • Does not have a wrist communicator
  • Wing button is in the wrong shape
  • Does not include the phrase, "There's a secret mission in uncharted space, let's go."
  • Laser button is too small.
  • Front sticker does not have the words, "Space Ranger" on it.
  • Star command logo on front sticker should be white and gray, The background of the sticker should be a lighter blue.
  • Colors of oval chest buttons should be brighter.
  • Yellow "LIGHTYEAR" name tag is too small and too pale.
  • Purple areas of the suit should be brighter.
  • Green areas should have more green than yellow in hue.
  • Hands don't have green rectangles on dorsum, a purple line on the knuckles, purple fingertips, nor are they ball-jointed.

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. http://www.pixar.com/node/3878?ajax=2