Comedy superstar Tim Allen, who provides the voice of Buzz Lightyear in Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story,” “Toy Story 2” and the upcoming “Toy Story 3,” offered an official thumbs up to the space ranger this week for spending more than 15 months in space onboard the International Space Station as part of a NASA-Disney educational outreach collaboration. Buzz returned home aboard Space Shuttle Discovery STS-128 on September 11. He’ll be treated to a ticker-tape parade down Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on Oct. 2, which coincides with the big-screen return of “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2”—this time in a Disney Digital 3D double-feature. The Toy Story celebration culminates in a brand new adventure starring Buzz and Woody: “Toy Story 3”— in theaters June 18, 2010. Photo by Eric Charbonneau ©Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
Thinkway Toys’ Toy Story Definitive Collection Vol 6: Lasseter Offers the Buzz on the Toy Story Collection
The sixth and final installment of the very popular video series from Disney Consumer Products has been released in which John Lasseter talks about the design of both the Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story Definitive collectibles line from Thinkway Toys as well as the character himself!
Check it out!
* The most movie-accurate Buzz Lightyear produced to date
* Fully poseable including fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, waist, ankles, knees and legs!
* Push red oval chest button for classic “Buzz Toy” phrases.
* Press blue oval chest button and he responds as “Space Ranger” Buzz with moving head action! He even knows if you’re talking loudly.
* Talk to Buzz and he’ll respond to your voice in Talk Back Mode.
* Press red round chest button for flying mode with pop-out wing action and light-up wing tips. Level sensor knows when Buzz is “flying” or standing and he responds with voice and sound effects.
* Press his arm button for laser light-up and sound effects.
* Open or close his helmet or arm communicator and he reacts with related phrases and sound effects.
* Soft rubber waist and glow-in-the-dark green trim.
* Over 65 sayings in original voice.
* Includes a Toy Story Collection Certificate of Authenticity.
To commemorate his return to Earth after record-breaking service in space, the Magic Kingdom will hold a ticker-tape parade for Buzz Lightyear on October 2 at 2:45 pm, just prior to the afternoon parade. Accompanying Mr. Lightyear will be his namesake, NASA legend and visionary Dr. Buzz Aldrin, as well as other astronauts that served with Lightyear on his mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
Aldrin will also be signing books at Exposition Hall in Main Street, USA (across from City Hall) from 4 pm – 5 pm on October 2. His books, Magnificent Desolation and Look to the Stars, must be purchased at the event to be signed with a limit of two (2) items per guest. No personal items will be allowed. Book personalizations not allowed. Photography is allowed but not posing with Dr. Aldrin. Admission to the Magic Kingdom is required.
TO INFINITY… AND BACK!: Buzz Lightyear returned from space on Sept. 11, 2009 aboard space shuttle Discovery’s STS-128 mission, having served as the longest-tenured crew member in space. In a photo taken Sept. 11, 2009, the toy Buzz Lightyear that was sent into space May 31, 2008 aboard the STS-124 mission is posed in front of space shuttle Discovery on the runway at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. He will be celebrated in a ticker-tape parade together with his International Space Station crewmates and former Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin on Oct. 2, 2009 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. While on the space station, Buzz supported NASA’s education outreach program – STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) by creating a series of fun educational online outreach programs. To celebrate his return, Disney is partnering with NASA to create a new online educational game and an online mission patch competition for school kids across America. NASA will fly the winning patch into space. In addition, NASA plans to announce on Oct. 2 the details of a new exciting educational competition that will give students the opportunity to design an experiment for the astronauts on the space station.
VENICE, Italy — LEGO models of Woody and Buzz Lightyear were unveiled by Disney Consumer Products as part of a dedicated Toy Story-themed family area at the 66th Venice Film Festival. Constructed from 13,600 LEGO bricks in 150 hours, this was the global unveiling of the Woody model which stands at over 6 1/2 feet tall. The Buzz Lightyear model, seen for the first time in Europe, was constructed from 40,000 LEGO bricks in 250 hours by 3 Master Builders and stands just over five feet tall.
At the Festival, John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, as well as Brad Bird, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich of Pixar Animation Studios were awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.
Disney Consumer Products has teamed up with Thinkway Toys and Disney Chief Creative Officer and Toy Story director John Lasseter to introduce you to the new line of Toy Story Definitive collectibles. These highly detailed replicas are movie-accurate in almost every single way from their stitching to the boxes they come in. The Toy Story Definitive collectibles are fully articulated, include features such as sound effects and even come with a Certificate of Authenticity (COA).
For example, Buzz Lightyear is 12″ tall and has more than 30 points of articulation and responds to your actions with 60 classic ‘toy’ and ‘space ranger’ phrases in his movie voice. Pop out his wings and take him for a flight through the air (or simply let him fall with style) and he responds with appropriate sounds and phrases.
Each week, Lasseter will provide new entries into a seven-part series in which he’ll talk about a different part of the story as well as profile one of the highlighted characters, including: Sheriff Woody, Rex, Space Aliens, RC and — of course — Buzz Lightyear. We’ll also be treated to trivia never before revealed and much more.
The series kicks off today with this first video and a teaser for the next entry which will be released next week. We expect two videos to be released in subsequent weeks. These videos are exclusive to Disney Consumer Products new YouTube channel, www.YouTube.com/DisneyLiving, but we are pleased to be able to bring the first video to you right here:
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From Mattel (Booth #: 2845)
What is it: CARS Toons Rescue Squad Light-Up 1:55 Scale Mater with Mia and Tia
Edition Size: TBD
Note: This item will become available for purchase on mattycollector.com beginning August 3
What is it: Glow-in-the-dark 3 3/4″ movie-accurate Buzz Lightyear
Edition Size: TBD
Note: This item will become available for purchase on mattycollector.com beginning August 3. An exclusive chase item will be available only at SDCC
From Sideshow Collectibles (Booth #: 1929)
What is it: Medicom Toy Runaway Brain Mickey Mouse Vinyl Collectible Doll
Edition Size: TBD
Note: Available for pre-order at sideshowcollectibles.com
A 5’3″ LEGO model of Buzz Lightyear, constructed from 40,000 LEGO bricks in 250 hours by 3 Master Builders, was unveiled by Disney Consumer Products at the Licensing International Expo to showcase the excitement “building” around the classic Toy Story franchise. Disney will support the franchise with the re-release of the first two movies in 3D for a two week engagement this October, a third new movie in summer 2010 and a spectacular consumer products line.
Moviegoers waiting to see the newest release from Disney/Pixar, UP, at the Kerasotes Show Case Theaters in Chicago, IL got a big surprise when some of Pixar’s classic characters came out to celebrate and watch the movie too. Sulley (Monsters, Inc.), Mr. Incredible (The Incredibles) and Buzz Lightyear and Woody (Toy Story) worked and schmoozed the already excited crowd.
Below is a gallery of more photos from the event. Photos from WireImage. © Disney/Pixar. Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.
Disney Consumer Products Unleashes All New Intiatives, from Mickey Mouse to Rapunzel and Everyone Inbetween
Las Vegas, NV – June 2, 2009 – Disney Consumer Products(DCP) today announced new content and product line extensions behind its renowned portfolio of character franchises starting with the return of the classic Toy Story franchise, the addition of two Disney Princess characters, new Mickey Mouse initiatives, a new Winnie the Pooh theatrical movie and the expansion of the Disney Fairies film series. Disney Channel also announced major milestones for the global sensational hit Hannah Montana as the series is renewed for a fourth season and the award-winning Handy Manny preschool series adds two primetime specials and a new 20 episode short-form series.
“Everything we do is inspired by the magic and creativity that only Disney can deliver,” said Andy Mooney, chairman of Disney Consumer Products Consumer Products. “Each product tells a story and this year sets off an unprecedented slate of entertainment offering many storylines that will translate into global merchandise programs uniquely positioning DCP for breakout growth.”