Lightyear: Buzz and the Spaceship XL-15 from Tamashii Nations

Lightyear: Buzz and the Spaceship XL-15 from Tamashii Nations


After having seen the final trailer of Lightyear: The true story of Buzz, many will have hoped to be able to see some collectible products immediately and, as we wanted to prove, this time it was the Japanese Tamashii Nations, a company that reached the finish line. part of the Bandai Spirits group which for the occasion has announced two products taken from this new animated Pixar film. The two proposals, Buzz and the spaceship XL-15 are part of two distinct lines of the Japanese company. Buzz is part of the S.H. Figuarts which among its proposals sees a large number of titles, from Marvel, DC or Manga such as Dragon Ball (the line most followed by collectors in our country) and many others. The spaceship, whose real name is XL-15 Space Ship is part of another successful line of Tamashii Nations, the DX Chogokin line which in the past has produced both Robots and Vehicles, as in this case. >

Lightyear - Buzz S.H.Figuarts

Lightyear - XL-15 Space Ship


Lightyear is an original feature film created by Disney and Pixar. This sci-fi adventure takes us to the origins of Buzz Lightyear, the hero to whom the toy of the same name was inspired, to introduce us to the legendary Space Ranger who has won over generations of admirers. Lightyear is directed by Angus MacLane, historic Pixar director and animator, winner of two Annie Awards, former co-director of Finding Dory (2016). Galyn Susman, former producer of Toy Story: A Whole Other World, is in charge of the production.

Release and Price

Buzz S.H. Figuarts and XL-15 Space Ship Deluxe Chogokin will be released in Japan in June 2022 (and in the following months in Italy thanks to Cosmic Group) at an indicative cost of 90 euros for the Buzz figure and 145 euros for the spaceship XL-15.

Disney restores same-sex kiss scene in 'Lightyear' amid backlash

Disney has restored a same-sex kiss scene in 'Toy Story' prequel 'Lightyear'. The moment was earlier cut from the moment earlier.

In March, several reports stated that LGBT and ally employees at Pixar had sent a letter to Disney voicing their protest around the company's decision to censor ‘overtly gay affection’ in its films including a same-sex kiss in the upcoming animated film 'Lightyear'. 

The film tells the story of the real-life Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Chris Evans) that inspired the TV shows and toys introduced in Toy Story.

One scene in the upcoming film sees Buzz’s commander Alicia Hawthorne – voiced by Uzo Aduba – share a kiss with her partner, another woman.

The scene was initially censored but later restored following a backlash from employees stemming from Florida's controversial Don't Say Gay bill. 

In the past, Disney has featured extremely mild LGBT+ representation in their animation films- mostly in blink-and-you’ll-miss-it background scenes. But the studio made a conscious change in 2021 onwards when in 'Eternals' the studio went ahead to showcase Marvel's first gay superhero the franchise's first gay kiss. 

The film, as a result, faced bans in multiple countries in the Gulf, but Disney and Marvel stuck to their stand. Even recently it has refused to cut an LGBTQ reference in their upcoming 'Doctor Strange 2' which would lead to a ban in Saudi Arabia. 

While much of the backlash comes from ultra-conservative, ultra-religious countries where homosexuality is still illegal, a new row has begun closer to home for Disney.

The newly-passed anti-LGBT legislation, dubbed the Don’t Say Gay bill, limits educators in Florida from teaching young children about sexual orientation and gender identity. Any educator who does not follow the rules may face a severe legal battle. 

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Disney was initially silent amid the backlash, but later CEO Bob Chapek apologised on Disney’s silence on the matter in a memo to staff members.

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