Next, you’ll press the circular arrow key on
the included remote and Buzz will move using the
programmed gesture. You can also program a
series of movements by pressing the Programming
button after each position you place Buzz in. You
can enter up to 64 movements, gestures, sound
effects or even include the laser light.
To make Mr. Lightyear walk, you’ll use the
remote control to send commands via infrared
which Buzz receives via his front and rear IR
sensors. The arrow keys on the remote control
enable Buzz to walk in whatever direction you
I tried to get Buzz to walk on rugs and
carpeting, but he failed to make any real headway.
Instead, his legs remained stationary and the force
of attempting to walk caused his upper body to
gyrate. He did eventually cover about a foot of
ground on a carpeted surface, but it took him a
lot longer than it did to traverse a smooth surface.
Here, you see Buzz with his blue Space Ranger Mode
button, green Microphone on-off button, and red Toy
Buzz Mode button clearly visible on his chest. The
round, red button at the right is the Programming
button for entering and exiting Programming mode.
You can also see the remote control.
Voice Command Mode
After you repeat one of six preset voice
commands (in either Space Ranger, Toy Buzz, or
Talk Back mode), Buzz will respond with one of
100 available verbal phrases in the popular Tim
Allen voice. In a first-hand test, Buzz responded to
various random comments with replies ranging
from a simple “yes” to “Do you people still use
fossil fuels or have you discovered crystallic
fusion?” There are many other monologues about
the gamma quadrant, various sectors, and an
emperor who happens to be a sworn enemy of
the galactic alliance. Several of the vocal responses
are unprompted storytelling about the robot’s
Buzz’s speech recognition technology
accurately identified the pre-trained phrases
whether they were spoken with different tones,
emphasis, or inflections.
To program voice options, you press either
the Space Ranger or Toy Buzz and Programming
buttons simultaneously. Reprogramming the robot
or turning it off erases all previous user
Interactive Target Game Play
The Interactive Target Game makes for a fun
but friendly battle. Once in game mode (press the
remote key that looks like a gun site), the player
aims the remote at the robot’s waist and presses
the site key to fire on the moving target which is,
of course, Buzz Lightyear.
It appeared to me that any shots made at
A small Philips screw holds the center battery cover
on the robot’s back in place. Beneath that, sits three
required AAA alkaline batteries. Buzz also requires
four AA alkaline batteries in each leg to walk.
Here a mysterious hand presses the Buzz Lightyear
laser button, lighting up the forearm “laser” LED.
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