Disney Infinity Toy Story in Space play set review: Buzz – Buzz – Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!
Disney Infinity launched with play sets for Cars, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Incredibles, The Lone Ranger and Monsters University – all on the more recent side of Disney/Pixar films, the oldest one being The Incredibles from 2004. It's no secret that older characters haven't got as much face time as newer ones, but that's starting to change. We already saw the release of Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Sorcerer Mickey is on his way.
Finally, Pixar's original and flagship movie and characters have arrived. The new Toy Story in Space play set comes with Buzz Lightyear and Jessie, with Woody sold separately. When I thought of how a Toy Story play set would be, my mind first went to bedrooms and toys sneaking around our world, avoiding being detected by humans and pets. However, we've played that game already in Toy Story 3. Instead, like the title says, this action-adventure-shooter-platformer is set in space and on an alien planet.
Much like the Cars play set, you're tasked with building a space station on an alien planet for Star Command, where you'll unlock and place buildings, complete missions, and take on the minions of Zurg in a combat simulator. If you're a fan of the Toy Story movies – and let's be honest, who isn't – then you'll definitely love Toy Story in Space. You'll come across Rex and Hamm for missions – voiced by Wallace Shawn and John Ratzenberger – as well as the little green aliens made so famous by “the claw.”
There's your typical dose of platforming and climbing, which is in line with what can be found in The Lone Ranger play set. The inclusion of the blaster makes it even more familiar, even if the shooting is used primarily in the combat simulator. That said, as you progress, you'll unlock Buzz's jet pack that'll allow you to explore the world. Bringing that, as well as items like the green and purple goo guns over to the Toy Box for unlimited possibilities is also a huge plus.
Nothing here is ground-breaking, as it's more of what we experienced in the other play sets. That said, it's still fun. What makes this play set worth buying is the fact that it's set in the Toy Story universe. The style of Toy Story, specifically anything related to Buzz Lightyear, comes across in droves, even if Jessie and Woody feel a little out of place in their Western attire. In the end, the play set mimics the Toy Story movie itself – all of the toys acting out an adventure that Andy or Bonnie came up with. Now we are the ones playing with toys in a Toy Story adventure. Toy Story-ception!