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The first wave of Toy Story sets based off the first two movies came in blue packaging with clouds, mimicking the wallpaper seen in Andy’s room in Toy Story. The package design changed to an overall white scheme with the release of Toy Story 3 sets to better visually tie in all the sets together.

Staff Review:

Ah, Microfighters... I feel sorry for you. You're like a rebound relationship, unfortunately, and so many of us aren't over the sting of losing the Planets series for you. It's not really your fault, it's just that everything you do is always going to be compared to those glorious little orbs of swirly colors. It's kind of a shame, really. If we weren't so stung by the fact that we miss planets, we could look back and see that they weren't really the right series for us. Sure, the minifigs were cool, but there weren't hardly any cool parts and most of those spheres now sit in a bin that we totally swear we are going to use someday. Okay, in truth, I wasn't shocked at all to see Planets go. They languished on shelves, distribution was sketchy at best, and LEGO was hampered by poor distribution and marketing choices for...(read more)

User Comments:

  • MrCRskater writes:
    Pros: RC is exquisitely detailed, and all parts are printed! Pull-back motor is very fun.

    Cons: Cons?

    Comments: The look of this kit is outstanding, very accurate. On first glance, it seems overpriced. $20 for 100ish parts? But it's top-of-the-line with several printed parts, uniquely molded figs, a pull-back motor element, and very well-designed overall. Absolutely worth the full retail price, but if you find it on sale it can't be beat!

  • Mister Ed writes:
    Pros: Nicely accurate. Iconic minifigs. Printed pieces!

    Cons: Rather fragile, so if you use the pull back motor function, expect stuff to fall off. The minifigs (at least in mine, I was kind of wondering if this was always the case, or just in later production runs) appear to be the cheap, Chinese quality (indents inside the arms, color a bit off, plastic just LOOKS different, legs aren't actually parallel on Woody, and have visible stress points straight out of the box), which is really surprising in a licensed set.

    Comments: I waited quite a while to get this, when it was on a substantial sale, since the price seemed high, but I really like the set (after I got the three pieces that were missing from mine replaced). A bit bummed about the apparently cheap minifigs, but to be honest, like with the collectible figs, I don't really notice unless I examine them closely, which I wouldn't have done in this case if I hadn't seen the indents on the arms.

  • onions writes:
    Pros: RC is faithfully recreated with printed elements to boot! Also, has a pullback motor.

    Cons: Pricey

    Comments: Recreating the climactic scene from Toy Story, this set gets major points for having printed elements, a pullback motor, and two of the main characters from the movie. Woody and Buzz may be a bit off scale from RC but despite that it's a great little set if you can get past the price.

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