Buzz Lightyear is a fictional character in Pixar's Toy Story franchise. Buzz is a toy space ranger hero, who is one of the lead heroes in the three Toy Story movies, along with Woody the cowboy. He was also spun off into his own animated feature film and a television series adapted therefrom.

In the first Toy Story, Buzz is portrayed as a rival to Woody, competing with him for the affections of Andy (their owner), but then they become friends working together to be reunited with the boy as his family prepares to move to a new home. In Toy Story 2, Buzz quests with other toys to rescue Woody from a toy collector who has stolen him; by the end, he also develops a crush on Jessie the cowgirl. In Toy Story 3, Buzz deals with an uncertain turn of events once he and the other toys have been donated to a daycare center after Andy's departure for college.

History with the Macy's Parade

Buzz first appeared in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2008, to promote Toy Story 3, which was to be released two years later. The Buzz Lightyear balloon featured a see-through helmet, making him the first-ever Macy's balloon to have a transparent section. The balloon continued to appear until 2013, when he was retired due to it being out of shape. However, in 2015, Disney brought the Buzz Lightyear balloon back at the 2015 D23 Expo at Anaheim, California to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Toy Story film. After this event, the balloon was officially retired.
Buzz Lightyear At D23 Expo

The Balloon at D23 Expo 2015.


  • In 2012, the Balloon’s helmet had a dent in the bottom due to the aging of the balloon.
  • In 2013, Buzz Lightyear almost had his left arm punctured by the Macy's Santaland Express in an attempt to pass through when the float broke down at 55th Street. One of the buggies pulling the balloon also injured a handler's foot the same year.



  • None of Buzz Lightyear's appearances, except his second, were to promote an actual Toy Story movie; his presence in the parade was made possible by the fact that, although the releases of these movies are infrequent, the franchise and its characters have been kept relevant in the interims between movies by numerous spin-off shorts, TV specials, video game appearances, and theme park attractions.