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  • June 2013

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    This Buzz was done by request from a couple of little girls at church playing with an Etch-A-Sketch.

    “Can you draw Buzz?” they asked. “We’ll find out,” I answered.

    A few moments later they were already amazed, bored and wanted it back so I never got to finish. But here he is anyway.

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    This Buzz says, “This is me moments before they shook me to death!”

     

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    In a previous post called Buzz Lightyear: Gifts From Children I wrote about “Fabulous” Buzz (above). Back when I got him he was being sold as a cake topper.

    I was in Dollar Tree the other day and found this.

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    Jiggle Beans

    Possibly the best name for a product ever conceived. But isn’t the word “Jiggle” usually reserved for Jello and lady parts? Yes. But we’re Disney so we’ll do whatever the Fairy Godmother we want! We’re slapping that moniker on our new product and that product is for children!

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    Buzz Cups & Mugs

    June 27, 2013 · 22 comments

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    I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “I’m more interested in that Back to the Future Blu-ray than I am these Buzz cups” and that’s a darn shame.

    You’re about to learn more about cups than you ever thought possible.

    First, a quiz.

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    Today we have bubbles… or at least things that make bubbles. One in the bath the other in the air. Why does that sound so wrong?

    To the left is a bottle of traditional “blow through a textured hole on a stick” bubbles. Buzz stands atop the lid looking off into the distance surely wondering why I didn’t dust it before I shot the picture.

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    In my online travels I’ve come across several Buzz Lightyear cakes. I thought it would be cool to feature some of them in a post. To my surprise there are many more Buzz Lightyear cakes out there than I ever thought possible. More than I expected, and more than I will end up featuring here. But, instead of one post, there are more than enough for at least 4-5 posts.

    I’ve grouped them into categories. Today’s category is what we’ll call “Bursting” because apparently a popular feature of custom Buzz cakes is to have him bursting out of the top of the cake itself.

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    So yeah. I have a Buzz Lightyear dog costume. I bought it with no dog at home. With no intention of ever owning a dog that would ever fit it (note that the costume size is Large). I’ve had it for at least 10 years… and that dog on the front never ceases to entertain me.

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    I’ll be the first to admit that today’s items are not in any way interesting or entertaining. These were purchased back in the early days when I would buy anything that had a Buzz on it. It was a weird time where they were putting out a lot of little crap like this… but Buzz hadn’t gotten to the point where they were making real collectible items.

    My wife will tell you. When I started collecting she thought that Buzz Lightyear would fade away like so many other characters (Kung Fo Panda). I’m sure product manufacturers did too at first.

    All that to say that as this blog goes on the items get better. Both because they’re making better stuff now and because I’m a lot more selective.

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    We wrap up this week with a well worn collection of Buzz toys given to me over the years by children.

    Which would be an odd thing were I not a Children’s Pastor from 2001-2013. Once the kids find out I’m a Buzz fan, they love to give me their old figures.

    I’m ashamed to say that I have not kept many of them. Once I forget who they came from they lose their value. Plus these kids are 18+ now. They don’t care or remember anyway.

    So although I don’t recall when these were given or who gave them, I do have a few comments for each.

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    You have before you a 100% genuine Mexican* knock off inflatable Buzz Lightyear. Purchased right off a street vendor in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

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