Ah, Toy Story. It’s a movie franchise that has been in the hearts of viewers for almost 25 years. Maybe you grew up with Toy Story as a child, and you want your children to enjoy the adventures of Woody, Buzz, and all the other toys. All the movies are timeless masterpieces, with the original movie revolutionizing CGI animation as we know it.
And since it’s a movie about toys, you know that it’s been merchandised. With Toy Story 4 in the horizon, here are some toys that your children will love, and maybe you will as well.
Woody Pride, better known as just Woody, is everyone’s favorite deputy. Over the original three films, he is quite a developed character for a cowboy doll, growing past his jealousy of Buzz and becoming a friend with everyone.
There are many Woody dolls out there. Plushes, smaller action figures, and everything in-between. However, the Woody doll to beat them all is the one that behaves just like the movie. Sizable, with a pull string that makes him say many different phrases. A removable hat, as Woody is always losing it.
There’s a reason why Buzz Lightyear usurped Woody as Andy’s favorite toy for a while. He had all the unique features. Many different catch phrases, a laser pointer, retractable wings, karate chop action, the list goes on. Like Woody, there are Buzz toys of all shapes and sizes, but the best one has to be the one that emulates Buzz from the movie down to a T. The Buzz toys are big, durable, and can take your child’s fun to infinity and beyond.
Introduced in Toy Story 2, Jessie is the female companion to Woody. Just like Woody, she has a pull-string that can say many phrases. No matter your child’s gender, we believe they will love Jessie and will want to have many different adventures with her.
This cute bear, if you watched Toy Story 3, isn’t what he seems. Running the daycare with an iron fist, and even almost burning all the toys alive in an incinerator, he’s not exactly a lovable bear. However, we won’t deny that the bear is cute, and it looks vintage to boot. He’s soft, and he smells of strawberries. It’s good for your boy or girl. Sometimes, you don’t need to be complex as a toy to inspire adventure.
Mr. Potato Head is not an original character in Toy Story, but his wisecracking character voiced by the late Don Rickles made the toy popular again. You can buy Mr. Potato Head figures that aren’t Toy Story official, but in order to make your child feel like the character in the movie, get them this one. It’s more expensive, but very high quality. Your child will have lots of fun playing with him and changing around his parts.
Hamm is a character who isn’t a toy, but instead a piggy bank. Having a Hamm can teach your child the value of saving money, so it’s still good to have one.
Slinky Dog, everyone’s favorite extendable dog with a southern drawl, is a timeless toy. Kids will love the slinky aspect of it, and it can provide plenty of fun for your child as they make their own version of Toy Story.
Emperor Zurg is Buzz’s sworn enemy, and a humorous spoof of Darth Vader. This Zurg doll talks and you can shoot projectiles from his gun. Have him and Buzz Lightyear duke it out, and then see who is the victor.
Toy Story Video Games
While not toys, we should give an honorable mention to the video games that Toy Story has provided over the years. If your child is a gamer, they have quite a lot of games to choose from that have the Toy Story characters, many going all the way back to the SNES and Genesis era. Here are some examples.
- Toy Story for the SNES and Genesis. If you have these retro consoles, you can find the Toy Story game for not too much. The game was quite ambitious for its time, with many unique levels. Levels where you have to search for all the toys, drive RC, sneak around Pizza Planet, battle a crane, escape from Sid’s dog, the list goes on. Just know that this game is hard. Many Disney games at the time were quite challenging despite the target audience.
- Toy Story 2 for the PS1 and N64. If your child can get past the primitive 3D graphics, it’s quite a fun game. You play as Buzz Lightyear and you feel like a small toy in a big world. It’s a 3D collectathon, and it’s quite entertaining. It’s also available digitally on the PSN.
- Toy Story 3. This is for the PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, and other consoles of that era. Again, it’s a fun adventure game, and if you can find it, you may be surprised at how good it is.
- Finally, we should mention Kingdom Hearts 3. Kingdom Hearts is a JRPG (Japanese role-playing game) series that takes place in many Disney worlds. Its latest entry, Kingdom Hearts 3, has a Toy Story world with graphics so good, you’ll feel like you’re controlling the movie itself. The Kingdom Hearts series is recommended for older children, as it has reading requirements, more complex game mechanics, and a story that’s so convoluted, even adults have a hard time understanding it! We recommend getting your kids the compilations on PS4 for the full story.
Toy Story is a movie series that many generations of kids to come will enjoy. With Toy Story 4 around the corner, we’re sure there will be even more toys to buy for your child, so stay tuned and we shall round up those toys when they come out just like how Woody rounds up all of Bo Peep’s sheep. Until then, remember that you’ve got a friend in us.
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