Buzz Lightyear originally appeared in the 1995 release of Disney’s Toy Story. Since then he has gone on to appear in the two subsequent Toy Story films, his own feature film, a TV show and he ventured into space for a stay on the International Space Station. Buzz Lightyear was given to Andy (who owns all of the toys in Toy Story) as a gift for his birthday. After being unwrapped, Buzz insisted that he was the real Buzz Lightyear, not a toy. Conflict immediately arose between Woody and Buzz because it appeared that Buzz was taking over Woody’s spot as Andy’s favorite. This conflict eventually escalated and led to Woody and Buzz being trapped in Sid’s house. After seeing his likeness on a TV commercial, Buzz realized his true identity and become depressed. He eventually overcomes this depression to help save Woody from Sid.
Buzz’s rise in populartiy eventually caused him to outgrow the Toy Story franchise, and he went on to star in his own movie, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, and in his own similarly named TV show. The spin-off movie and TV show both follow the real Buzz Lightyear on his mission to stop the Evil Emperor Zurg. Following the success of his show, Buzz got a chance to actually go into space aboard the Discovery Space Shuttle. Buzz got to stay aboard the International Space Station for 6 months as part of the educational NASA program Toys in Space. Buzz’s popularity stems from his ability to connect with a large age group. His toy-like nature gives him appeal with younger children, and the space ranger motif makes him interesting to older children. This combination gives Buzz a certain cool that the other Toy Story characters don’t have. We’ll have to see what kind of adventures Buzz gets into in the new movie, but in the meantime check out these Buzz Lightyear costumes.
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