Even though Disney/Pixar is now a household name, their first feature film was only released in 1995. That would be Toy Story. And the original Toy Story has been followed up with two sequels. Toy Story 3 is, to date, the highest-grossing animated film ever. So it makes sense that the characters would be transformed into toy form – over and over again.
Hot Toys, which has the Toy Story 3 license, has released two series of their Cosbaby line based on the film characters. If you're unfamiliar with the line, each Cosbaby features characters in baby form. The figures are described as being “snap kits with joint articulations”.
So we're going to take a look at the Toy Story 3: Cosbaby (M) Series. The line features three individually sold characters – Alien, Buzz Lightyear and Woody.
Toy Story 3: Cosbaby (M) Series
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Material: ABS plastic
Dimensions: Alien – 5.5” tall; Buzz – 6” tall; Woody – 6.5” tall
Points of Articulation: 9 (neck, shoulders, wrists, legs, ankles)
Designs: Alien, Buzz Lightyear, Woody
Accessories: Alien – Removable 3D glasses; Buzz – Removable clear helmet
Unlike the smaller Cosbaby line, the M Series is packaged in individual window-front boxes. Each plastic windowpane is shaped in something specific to the character (Alien – spaceship; Buzz – spaceship; Woody – horseshoe).
There isn't really any artwork on the box. You can see the Toy Story 3 logo and the character's name. Inside, each Cosbaby is packaged within interlocking plastic trays.
Since I'm used to a Cosbaby being a small (3” tall) figure, it was a shock to see these monster Cosbabies. Maybe that's what the “M” Series stands for...monster. But they hold the look of their smaller brethren, with all of the same points of articulation. (We'll have some comparison photos when we review the Toy Story 3 Cosbaby Blind Box series)
The character selection was perfect. Hot Toys chose the two most popular characters from Toy Story – Buzz and Woody – and then threw in the Alien, which transfers pretty well to Cosbaby form.
And the Cosbaby form works perfectly for Toy Story. Previously, we've seen licenses like Iron Man, Pirates of the Caribbean and Aliens turned into Cosbabies. But these were all live-action films and the actors were all given generic baby faces. With this series, each Cosbaby looks like the character you see on the big screen.
Quality-wise, it's tough trying to live up to Hot Toys' golden child – their 1/6 scale Movie Masterpiece Series. But these are solid pieces. I'd suggest being careful the first time you turn the arms in the socket. There's nothing else to really watch out for.
A quick rundown of the figures: Both Buzz and Woody have ANDY painted on their feet. Andy was the little kid who owned the toys. The Alien has a pair of removable 3D glasses and Buzz's clear helmet comes off (it makes it easier for photos of his mug). All of the characters have uniquely sculpted bodies...although the hand sculpts might be used across figures.
OVERALL: The Cosbaby (M) Series is a “big” step for Hot Toys. And while I'm not sure that this larger size would work on some of the other licenses, the characters from Toy Story lend their likenesses perfectly to this platform.
The prices we've seen, around $45 each, are enough that you'd need to be a big Toy Story fan to pick up all three. While I'd pay that for the Buzz Lightyear Cosbaby, I would have assumed a price around $30 each.
You can pick one up at the following:
Toy Story 3: Cosbaby (M) Series Grades
Figure Quality: 9/10
Fun Factor: 9/10
Buzz Lightyear: 9.3/10