Three New Toys from Toy Story 3

From The Vancouver Sun:

Toy Story 3 is a kind of valedictory, a farewell to Andy, the little boy in the first film in 1995, and now -15 years later -grown to adolescence. He’s going off to college, and he no longer needs Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang: They’re bound for the attic, although as things develop, they wind up in the rarefied hell of the Sunnyside Day Care centre, where they are thrown against walls, put into mouths and noses, stretched, covered with goo, disassembled and, in some cases, decapitated.

It’s an intense experience, and Toy Story 3 feels like a farewell itself.

The reviews are in. Critics call it everything from melancholy to uplifting, emotional to thrilling and everything in between but with few exceptions, they all call it another Pixar masterpiece. I haven’t gotten a chance to see it (which makes me feel all kinds of guilty–this weekend, I swear!), but I’m definitely looking forward to it.

Naturally, the merch has also hit the shelves and beyond the stuff we already have for the rest of the Toy Story figure and toy collection, here’s a look at three items specifically based on the third and final installment of the incredible franchise.

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is a fan favourite and one of the two stars alongside Woody the Cowboy. This figure is a straight-forward Buzz, standing 6-inches tall and featuring full movie-based articulation. Whether it comes to life when you’re around or not, we cannot say. (probably)

Woody’s partner in crime and girlfriend to Buzz, Jessie here comes with loyal steed Bullseye to complete the Woody’s Round-Up Trifecta. Missing is an unpleasant Prospector, last seen headed East in a box.

Stretch is a new character for the film, voiced by Whoopi Goldberg. She works for the villainous Lotso’ Huggin at the Sunnyside Daycare and provides a challenge for Andy’s toys as they try to escape.

Toy Story Lego and New Toy Story 3 Characters

A few items from the new Toy Story Lego collection has arrived over at! Any fans of either the film franchise or the world-famous building blocks can now find Buzz’ Star Command Ship and the Construct-a-Buzz set, the first of the collection to ship. Others available for pre-order and shipping in the coming months include Woody and Buzz to the Rescue, Woody’s Round-Up, Army Men on Patrol and more!

Of course, the reason for the sudden influx of Toy Story items is the upcoming Toy Story 3, the final chapter of Disney-Pixar’s franchise (or so we imagine until they announce a fourth installment). In the film, the toys are given away to a daycare, where they must contend with a group of toddlers and join on with a slew of new toys in order to escape.

Images of those new characters are slowly being released by the folks at Pixar. We’ve seen a good amount already, from Ken to Peas in a Pod, but here’s a look at the latest: an octopus by the name of Stretch. Take a look!

Den of Geek reports:

You pretty much know the drill with these by now, we suspect. Disney is drip-feeding through, one-by-one, the new additions to the cast of the Toy Story franchise. The latest addition to the cast is Stretch, who bears a little bit of a similarity to B.O.B. from Monsters Vs Aliens, from where we’re sitting.

There are still quite a few more characters to be revealed in advance of the film’s 18th June debut in the US (we get it the month after in the UK), but the finest bit of promotional imagery we’ve seen thus far – discounting the trailer – is still this poster from last week.

We’ll bring you news on more characters as we get it.

Toy Story: Buzz Lightyear SDCC 2009

Just hearing that familiar music was enough to bring back dozens of fond memories when I saw the Toy Story 3 trailer a couple months back. If you don’t remember it or missed it the first time around, then here’s a look.

I can’t wait. The original cast returns, with the sad exception of the late Jim Varney, whose character Slinky Dog will instead be voiced by actor Blake Clark. And joining the cast are the likes of Timothy Dalton, Jeff Garlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Bonnie Hunt and a few other notable names.

With Clash of the Titans, the Wolf Man, The A-Team, Kick-Ass and now Toy Story 3, 2010 is already shaping up to be a banner year at the movies!

And of course, with the TS3 announcement, there was already excitement at the San Diego Comic Con. To capitalize on the fervor, Mattel released an Exclusive Buzz Lightyear figure that we now have available at CmdStore! Take a look!