One of the things I try to do here at Infinite Hollywood is review toys that nobody else is reviewing. I think it’s great if I can review popular toys, but do we really need 700 reviews of the latest DC toy? Probably not. This past weekend I went and saw Toy Story 1 & 2 in 3D. It got me wanting to get some more Toy Story toys but none have really stood out to me other than the expensive Thinkway collection series. Mattel created a 3 3/4 line that I originally wanted to be a part of but when the reviews of the SDCC Buzz were less than favorable, I decided against it. Which led me to purchase these imports.

These are made by F-Toys and appear to be Gashapon toys though I can’t confirm that for sure. They come in boxes similar to my Gamera Gashapon figures and they’re blind boxed so I can only assume these were Gashapons of some sort. These are actually much more TOYS than the Gamera versions though. This is part of F-Toys Real Figure line… Whatever that is.

Unlike Mattel’s line of 3 3/4 figures this set of toys has a lot of articulation and function. They aren’t perfect by any means, but they are pretty cool.

The packages here are bright and colorful and show off Woody and Buzz right on the front. Although they are blind boxed, there is a number on each one so it’s not like you’d be totally “blind” in picking these out. I suppose though if they were in a machine you wouldn’t necessarily know who you would get.

The back of the box shows all the figures in the series and shows what each figures special features are. Buzz’s wings, Zurg’s gun, etc. Inside is a nice plastic shell and I can vouch that it keeps the figures pretty safe because my box was smashed all to hell but none of the figures sustained any damage.

Most of these figures have differing levels of articulation, so I’ll try to go over them individually. I’ll start with Woody and Jessie, they both have the same articulation points.

These are pretty basic joints, but they work quite well. For comparison, the Mattel small version of Woody is mostly a bendable and I’ve head he breaks really easy. Even the 5 inch Woody figures lack articulation in the elbows and legs, but here we have knee joints, elbow joints even a waist joint. Jessie has all the same points so these two really make quite a pair.

Buzz isn’t quite as articulated as I wanted him to be and the Mattel version may or may not have more articulation… But clearly this Buzz’s articulation is more functional. Buzz has a lot of what I call “semi-ball joints” in that they are sort of ball joints but you don’t get the traditional amount of movement from them. For most of those you simply get a swivel with a little up and down movement. His waist joint is really hard to explain, so I won’t try other than to say it can pivot a bit but I wouldn’t try moving it too much I’m worried it might break. He has basically a mini-ab crunch. The peg joints in the arms are surprisingly useful, though not as good as real ball joints would have been. He has a lot of articulation though.

Zurg is similar to Buzz in a lot of respects because he has peg joints where it looks like he has ball joints. He does seem to be a bit more poseable in the arms but I think that’s mostly because of his design. Buzz’s arms will never be flat by his sides so his posing is different. Zurg’s waist can turn but I think I broke him to get him to do that. Not like Ultraman broke, but like he probably wasn’t intended to waist swivel broke. His head doesn’t appear to turn either but it could be stuck.

The little green men feature no articulation, but their hands do clam together like barrel of monkeys. All of the figures are easy to take apart, with arms, legs and hands able to pop off with ease. This is good for posing and helps prevent breakage. It’s not at a level where it’s annoying, just more of a feature than anything. Most of the joints are of decent tightness, but I feel they could loosen quick. One of Jessie’s elbows seems particularly loose. Given that a lot of these characters have joints that are about a centimeter thick, that’s understandable.

The likenesses here are all great. The Mattel versions are better in terms of likeness, no doubt about it, but there’s no mistaking any of these characters they are the guys from Toy Story. These are officially licensed products, but remember these were essentially gumball machine toys so their detail is REALLY good when that’s taken into consideration. Everyone looks really good but Buzz’s face does seem a bit more toy than human. I think that may be by design, but it’s of note. Of course I hated the Mattel 3 3/4 Buzz face and I like this one.

Buzz Lightyear suffers from missing a couple of tiny paint aps, such as the star command logo on the upper part of his chest. These minor things could be an issue for those who are very picky about their toys but it’s a toss up when you’re getting to this scale. For example, the Mattel version of this figure has the words but doesn’t have the proper coloring on the hands which this one does. He has his buttons and laser and all that jazz so it’s a pretty good likeness.

This Buzz Lightyear won’t dethrone the Ultimate Buzz Lightyear as my favorite small scale Buzz, but he’s a really fun toy. Buzz has a lot of charm and there’s something undeniably Japanese about him, which makes him cool too.

Of course the one thing that makes this small Buzz infinitely better than the Mattel version is that he has his WINGS! Huzzah! He also has the ability to stand up straight, something Mattel’s SDCC Buzz can’t do. The wings are the important part though. The wings work well but they aren’t without some fault. They just pull out and can get a bit loose, but they are adjustable so you can put them in a handful of positions.

The fact that F*Toys (F-Toys?) got Buzz to have working wings but Mattel couldn’t just shows me that one company obviously isn’t trying hard enough. Big Kudos to the ingenuity on the part of the Japanese toy makers for getting this Buzz his wings on such a small scale.

Everyone else has a good likeness and the only thing I’d like to seen done different is to give Woody a removeable hat. It’s a bit of a bummer that his hat is stuck to his head, but I’m not going to lose a ton of sleep over it. Remarkable all of these figures with their odd proportions, top heavy bodies, etc stand with ease.

Although Buzz usually steals the show with all his coolness, Andy’s favorite toy was Woody. Woody doesn’t get the shaft here at all and I am perhaps more impressed with him than anyone. He has a ton of articulation and his sculpt is really good. He doesn’t look off at all and some of the subtle details really put him over the top. His sheriff star is a separate piece glued onto him. That way it’s raised up on his chest.

Woody even has the draw string sculpted on his back. It’s a minor thing, but could be easily forgotten. The coolest part about Woody, I didn’t even notice at first…

He has ANDY written on his foot! Incredible! I never expected that on this figure, but there it was much to my surprise. It’s a little thing, but it shows the attention to detail being paid here.

Emperor Zurg might as well be a small scale replica for all his realism. I can’t find a single flaw with him. He looks perfect. He even has the little balls in his backpack. They don’t shoot out, but they are all real little balls and look like they could. He comes with a separate tube to attach to his gun which has a separate hand you pop in and then he’s got his gun.

He’s a really cool figure as are they all.

Nobody really comes with accessories other than Zurg. He has a separate hand with the gun sculpted onto it as well as his tube. But Buzz does have his wings and that’s a plus.

Additional Notes:
The little green men are probably the least interesting of the bunch but that’s just part of their design. I like that they are recreating the scene from the original Toy Story where they sort of hold on to one another. Other than that, these figures are a real blast.

These guys are a little fragile, so I don’t know if kids under 5 should play with them, but for us bigger kids they’re perfect. I’m going to use these guys to flesh out my Toy Story small scale collection and I think I can pick up a few of the Mattel guys and have a complete set of core characters. It’s pretty awesome.

Scale wise these guys might be a tad under 3 3/4 but when I measured Buzz with a ruler he came out right at 3 3/4 at the top of his head bubble. Your mileage may vary but I think they’ll look good with figures of a similar scale or smaller.

Here’s where these figures absolutely DESTROY the competition. I paid $25 shipped for these guys. That’s right, for the price of two of Mattel’s 3 3/4 figures, I scored five. I got a pretty good deal though, these usually run about $30 + shipping. It’s still a great value for the amount of toy you’re getting here. I have no complaints.

Score Recap:
Packaging – 6
Sculpting – 7
Articulation – 6
Accessories – Zurg Weapons
Value – 8
Overall – 8 out of 10

The figures are better than the sum of their parts, so I’m giving this a full eight. These toys make me feel like a kid. They’re perfect office trinkets and although there are minor issues with articulation, sculpting, whatever, none of it brings them down that much. They meet all the requirements for fun and that’s the important part. They were dirt cheap too. Which makes even crappy toys look better by comparison.

The fact that I could recreate this scene alone makes them worth it.

I definitely suggest picking these up if you get the chance or are interested in some small scale Toy Story figures. I included a few bonus pictures below because I was having a blast fiddling with these toys.

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