A new TikTok showcases a Lightyear fan’s process behind building an impressive cosplay that imagines the Toy Story character in live-action. Created by Pixar’s Angus MacLane, Lightyear is the blockbuster spinoff from the studio’s much-loved Toy Story franchise and serves as an in-universe origin story for Tim Allen’s beloved hero Buzz Lightyear. The film sees Marvel star Chris Evans take over the mantle from Allen, providing the voice for the fictional astronaut who inspired the creation of the Buzz Lightyear toy. Evans is joined by a star-studded cast that includes the likes of Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi, Uzo Aduba, and James Brolin.
Lightyear exists within the Toy Story universe after Pixar confirmed that it is the film Andy saw in theatres that subsequently inspired him to ask for the Buzz Lightyear toy for his birthday, therefore, technically acting as the catalyst to the events of the first Toy Story film. Lightyear sees Buzz and his crew take on their most ambitious mission yet which, amongst a variety of other things, sees them come up against Brolin’s Evil Emperor Zurg. Despite its stacked cast and sweet promotional campaign, which included some adorable art of Andy and his toys going to see Lightyear for the very first time, the film, unfortunately, suffered a somewhat anti-climatic box office opening, despite receiving largely positive reviews across the board.
One Lightyear fan recently took to TikTok to share their epic cosplay, which sees the film’s titular character reimagined as a live-action hero. The user @builddanielbuild shared the impressive video which showed the process behind his creation of a 3D-printed Buzz Lightyear suit, which perfectly resembles the one worn by the space ranger on screen. The clip sees a variety of images put together which showcase the 50-day-long build from start to finish before the final clip shows Daniel wearing his incredibly detailed suit, as he offers a very in-character salute to the camera.
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Daniel’s cosplay offers an incredibly realistic look at how Buzz’s suit would look in live-action, complete with the standard wear-and-tear that would be expected following a number of intergalactic adventures. This is not the first time Buzz Lightyear has been reimagined in live-action as guests at Disneyland recently got the opportunity to meet a real-life version of the spaceman, in contrast to their usual meet-and-greet character which mirrors Buzz’s standard animated look. With many now calling for Lightyear to get a sequel, there is a possibility that audiences have yet to see the last of the space ranger on-screen, however, it remains to be seen whether Pixar will decide to move forward with another new mission for Buzz and his crew.
While Disney certainly has been expanding their line-up of live-action adaptions over the years, its fair to assume that the Toy Story franchise as a whole are among the least likely to make the jump over to live-action given that the characters are toys. However, with Lightyear having put a real-life hero spin on the Toy Story character, who knows what the future could hold and whether a live-action Buzz Lightyear could be on the cards someday. Regardless, this fantastic cosplay makes it all the more fun to imagine how a live-action version of the hero could look.
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