Buzz Lightyear is simply the coolest space action figure ever made. Complete with voice samples ("I'm Buzz Lightyear, Space Ranger, Universe Protection Unit," "To infinity ... and beyond!"), laser beam, karate-chop action, and pop-out wings, Buzz is a boy's dream come true as a toy, but a pain in the neck to his fellow toy, Woody. Buzz suffers from the delusion that he is not a toy, but the actual intrepid defender of the galaxies, sent to save the universe from the evil Emperor Zurg. Buzz makes it his sole purpose after crash-landing in Andy's room to get his spaceship (the box in which he was sold) repaired and continue his mission with the universe protection unit. As a result, he views his daily routine as an outer-space adventure -- until he finally learns what Andy's other toys have known all along. He is only a toy.
Woody, the loose-limbed pull-string cowboy doll, holds the place of honor as Andy's favorite toy and resides atop Andy's bed. He is the undisputed leader of the toys ... until Buzz Lightyear comes along.
In his role as leader, Woody is chairman, sheriff, and interlocutor of the Andy's Toy Support Group, which meets weekly to discuss the toy business of the day and deals with such hot-button toy issues as Plastic Corrosion Awareness and Battery Conservation. Woody also acts as commander-in-chief to the elite Green Army Men stationed inside the Bucket o' Soldiers. These intrepid warriors conduct secret missions outside Andy's room and report back to Woody via walkie-talkie on events that might affect the lives of the toys.Though he is unmarried, Woody has been linked romantically with Bo Peep, a porcelain lamp who resides on a nightstand in Andy's room. Unlike most cowboys, Woody does not have a horse, preferring instead to get about by more modern forms of transportation, such as radio-controlled race car or by simply hanging on to Andy's hand.