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Yes, Lightyear’s Sox Fits In The Toy Story Universe

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ALISHA? – In Disney and Pixar’s “Lightyear,” Buzz (voice of Chris Evans) returns to the planet he’s been marooned on for decades after a monumental test flight. But things have changed while he was away. When he runs into Izzy Hawthorne (voice of Keke Palmer), he mistakes her for her grandmother Alisha—Buzz’s best friend and commander. Peter Sohn lends his voice to Buzz’s dutiful robot companion, Sox. Directed by Angus MacLane (co-director “Finding Dory”) and produced by Galyn Susman (“Toy Story That Time Forgot”), the sci-fi action-adventure opens in U.S. theaters on June 17, 2022. © 2022 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
© 2022 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

If there’s a breakout star in Pixar’s Lightyear, it’s Sox. Buzz’s personal companion robot is adorable, but the high-tech cat is nowhere to be seen in the original Toy Story. Surly Andy would want a toy based on such a popular character from his favorite film. Before you scream PLOT HOLE, however, it turns out there’s a simple answer. It’s also a conundrum most parents have faced at one point or another.


“Andy’s mom couldn’t get it,” according to Lightyear‘s writer and director Angus MacLane. “It was sold out everywhere.” Not only was Sox the hot toy from the Lightyear movie within the Toy Story universe, it was also fairly pricey. “It would have been Worlds of Wonder [distributor of Teddy Ruxpin and the original Nintendo Entertainment System] or Tiger Electronics [distributor of Furby, the Talkboy, and Giga Pets.] It would have been a fancy $70 toy.”

So the answer is just that simple. Andy’s mom couldn’t find the sold-out and expensive toy anywhere. Luckily Andy’s Buzz Lightyear birthday gift seemed to make up for the lack of a Sox of his own.

TEAMING UP – In Disney and Pixar’s “Lightyear,” Izzy Hawthorne (voice of Keke Palmer), the eager leader of a team of cadets called the Junior Zap Patrol, teams up with Buzz Lightyear (voice of Chris Evans) and his dutiful robot companion, Sox (voice of Peter Sohn), on a mission to figure out exactly what—or who—is behind a mysterious alien spaceship hovering above their planet. Directed by Angus MacLane (co-director “Finding Dory”) and produced by Galyn Susman (“Toy Story That Time Forgot”), the sci-fi action-adventure opens in U.S. theaters on June 17, 2022. © 2022 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
© 2022 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Don’t worry about a repeat of the impossible-to-get Sox robot toy issue from 1995. He’s currently available for pre-sale, and luckily for Andy’s mom, the price of $70 has only risen by about $10, despite almost 27 years of inflation.


If the $79.99 price tag for the Sox Interactive Talking Sound & Motion Cat is still a little too much, there are a few wallet-friendly, low-tech Sox options available, too.

Buy your tickets now to catch Sox and Buzz in Lightyear playing in theaters starting June 17th!

TO INFINITY -- Disney and Pixar’s “Lightyear” is an all-new, original feature film that presents the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear (voice of Chris Evans)—the hero who inspired the toy—introducing the legendary Space Ranger and his dutiful robot companion, Sox (voice of Peter Sohn). Directed by Angus MacLane (co-director “Finding Dory”) and produced by Galyn Susman (“Toy Story That Time Forgot”), the sci-fi action-adventure opens in U.S. theaters on June 17, 2022. © 2022 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
© 2022 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Looking for even more inside scoop about the making of Lightyear? Check out Beyond Infinity: Buzz and the Journey to Lightyear, which is streaming now on Disney+.

Beyond Infinity: Buzz and the Journey to Lightyear

Featuring filmmakers, storytellers, artists and members of the “Lightyear” voice cast, “Beyond Infinity: Buzz and the Journey to Lightyear” details how Buzz’s original action-figure design was realized, and how that look was translated years later into a human hero. Delving into the cultural impact of the galaxy’s most famous Space Ranger and his significance to Pixar filmmakers, this doc grapples with what actually is beyond infinity. It is directed by Tony Kaplan and produced by Sureena Mann.

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