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John Lasseter of Disney*Pixar Talks Toys

John Lasseter talks about the first wave of the Toy Story Collection.

Toy Story Signature Collection

The Toy Story Collection is a line of toys manufactured by Thinkway Toys that are meant to be actual toys like the ones in the Toy Story films. They are exact film replicas, made by using Pixar's digital data. Although they are marketed as exact replicas, some of them have some inaccuracy (see below). In fall 2012, the title was changed from Toy Story Collection to Toy Story Signature Collection.

Toys

Wave 1

Wave 2

Wave 3

Wave 4

Differences

Although they are marketed as exact replicas, some have some inaccuracies (most commonly interactive parts, but the toy modes can make them more accurate). NOTE: Woody, Buzz, Jessie and Bullseye don't have Andy's name written on their foot or hooves.

Wave 1

Sheriff Woody

  • He omits the phrases: "Somebody's poisoned the water hole" and "I'd like to join your posse, boys, but first I'm gonna sing a little song." And the phrase: "Giddyap Partner! He got to get this wagon train a-movin'" doesn't have "Yee-Haw" in front of it.
  • Woody's pull string ring is a little larger than the one in the film.
  • Woody’s mouth is open and his eyelids are showing with one raised eyebrow; in the films, his mouth is closed and his eyes are fully opened with both eyebrows raised.
  • His fingers are bent and closed together; in the films, they're straight and opened.

Buzz Lightyear

  • Buzz's helmet opens manually and can't go all the way back.
  • Buzz doesn't have the "Karate Chop Action" feature.
  • He omits the phrase: "There's a secret mission in uncharted space."
  • His laser light doesn't stay on when holding the button down.

RC

  • RC's remote control doesn't have a "Turbo" switch.
  • He can't turn with his front wheels.

Space Aliens

  • The Space Aliens are made of hard plastic and don't squeak, although newer versions are made of a softer material to make them squeak a little.
  • The Space Aliens are all in different positions.

Wave 2

Mr. Potato Head

  • Mr. Potato Head's eyes are connected (matching the actual toy).
  • Mr. Potato Head's legs are thicker, longer, and don't come off.
  • He doesn't have a storage compartment.

Utility Belt Buzz

  • Buzz's helmet opens manually and can't go all the way back.
  • Buzz doesn't have the "Karate Chop Action" feature.
  • His laser light doesn't stay on when holding the button down.
  • His utility belt doesn't have magnets or a grappling hook.

Wave 4

Bo Peep and Sheep

  • Bo and her Sheep are made of plastic rather than porcelain, presumably for safety reasons.
  • Their lamp is not included, although a piece of their lamp shade is part of the packaging.

Certificate of Authenticity

The toys featured in the first three waves came with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Toy Story Director John Lasseter. The toy characters introduced in Toy Story 3 have certificates signed by Lasseter and Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich respectively. After Lasseter's resignation from Pixar back in 2018, Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley took over for signing the certificates for the characters that would go on to be introduced in the film.

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