Review: 10766 Woody & RC

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LEGO produced a superb selection of Toy Story sets during 2010 and the celebrated theme has returned this year, albeit with 4+ branding. This decision to focus upon younger fans is ideal for certain themes but its application to Toy Story has divided opinion.

Nevertheless, the range looks quite interesting and I was particularly drawn to 10766 Woody & RC. The set contains a new Woody minifigure with some Green Army Men and it seems reminiscent of 7590 Woody and Buzz to the Rescue which I enjoyed very much as a child. Hopefully this set will be similarly impressive.

Minifigures

Unique heads and longer legs were created for the original Toy Story range but this version of Woody conforms to the proportions of a standard minifigure. That has elicited some disappointment but I think the updated design looks great, featuring a combined hair and hat element which compares favourably with the source material. The double-sided head includes two smiles which look nice but an alternative emotion would have been welcome.

10766 Woody & RC

Woody's yellow shirt and cow print vest look marvellous here, improving upon the minifigure from 2010 in my opinion. However, his badge no longer reads 'Sheriff' which is disappointing. Pixar characters are often different sizes and LEGO understandably attempts to represent that in certain situations, although the elongated arms and legs have never appealed to me. I am accordingly satisfied with this minifigure, despite its proportional inaccuracies.

10766 Woody & RC

Three tiny Green Army Men are included too, along with a spare. They were represented by standard minifigures in 7595 Army Men on Patrol but these green nanofigures are more appropriately scaled for interaction with other characters, such as Woody and RC. Unfortunately, there is no printed detail but I think the plain green works reasonably well.

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The Completed Model

Andy's remote-control car, RC, is certainly the focus of this set but some smaller accessories are also provided. These include six colourful blocks and three cones, presumably forming obstacles for RC or simply an environment for the vehicle to navigate which is excellent for play. Moreover, the blocks and cones form a lovely backdrop for displaying this set.

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7590 Woody and Buzz to the Rescue included a fantastic rendition of RC and this model looks simple by comparison. Numerous important features of RC are replicated here, such as his lime green colour scheme and water splash patterns, but several others are absent. For instance, the car should include larger rear wheels and an enclosed cockpit but the designer has instead left space for a minifigure.

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That is not entirely surprising and improves the play value, providing an obvious place for Woody to sit while controlling RC. I appreciate the matching design of the aerials on RC and his controller while the printed components look wonderful, featuring three different shades of blue. The eyes are also printed but their position is awkward and the bumper lacks detail. The latter issue is especially frustrating as a perfect piece already exists.

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Despite its inaccuracies, RC is certainly an enjoyable toy. The entire vehicle is constructed around a large chassis element so it feels remarkably tactile and robust. The only exception is the white aerial which can be detached accidentally. Furthermore, the wheels can turn and there is adequate ground clearance for playing on carpets or rough surfaces.

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Overall

10766 Woody & RC is evidently aimed towards young children and in that respect it is successful. The primary model seems fairly robust and I think the price of £8.99 or $9.99 is very reasonable. Moreover, the new Woody minifigure looks good in my opinion. The original design offered superior accuracy but represented a considerable departure from traditional minifigures so I favour the modern version.

However, I think LEGO made an error by choosing to devote the entire Toy Story 4 range to 4+ models. Toy Story is enjoyed by children and adults alike so standard sets, perhaps accompanying some which are intended for young children, might attract a broad audience. Unfortunately, these 4+ sets offer little to interest older children or adults which seems like a missed opportunity.

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26 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

good review. i really like new Woody and i would like to see more dual moulded legs

ps dual moulded legs rule!!!!!!!

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By in Poland,

Indeed. I was suprised we havent got at least one bigger set for adults with all characters

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By in United States,

The original RC set had a pull back motor. I assume this one does not. Big plus for the other one imo...

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By in United States,

I would have preferred regular sets for this theme, but alas, Lego believes our kids aren’t smart enough to put together a 200 piece set.

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By in United States,

RIP green army man minifigs.

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By in United States,

I got this set purely because I missed out on the first one. Oh, how this relived my childhood memories...

Now we just need a new Pizza Planet Truck!

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By in Canada,

Toy Story microfighter!

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By in United States,

I may get this set just for the green army men. As always great review.

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By in Netherlands,

They should really stop doing 4+ exclusive movie themes. I'm fine with 4+ overall but they don't offer anything for teens and adults (except for a ridiculous price lots of times), maybe they should do it 50/50 so all ages get something

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By in United States,

Same kind of thing they did with the Incredibles. I would have loved normal style sets for those and almost bought the 4+ ones for the minifigures, but in the end it wasn’t worth it.

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By in United States,

I already own the previous Woody and Buzz to the Rescue from 2010 and missed the Green Army Men on Patrol, so other than the awesome scaled nanofigures (which can be brought separately)I have no interest in this set.
Edit: a new Green Army Men vs Tan Army Men set without stud shooters and I am set.

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By in United States,

This is definitely one of my favorites of this year's new Toy Story sets… but at the same time, any interest I might've had in it is outweighed by my indifference to this sequel.

I felt like Toy Story 3 was a nice conclusion to the series. And while I don't mind a series being revived if there's a new and worthwhile story to tell, and don't like terms like "unnecessary sequel" (no movies are really "necessary" when you get right down to it), the trailers and marketing for this one feel to me more like an attempt to cash in on nostalgia by repeating the "toys get separated from their owners" formula a fourth time.

It's possible that when it comes out it'll turn out to have profound, relatable, and heartwarming messages like "Finding Dory" did (I skipped that one in theaters but later enjoyed its sensitive approach to the topic of living with mental illness). But I'm really disillusioned with Pixar lately, between them not having many recent movies that impressed me as much as stuff like Moana or Zootopia, and all the news about the horribly sexist and hostile workplace environment they've cultivated for many years.

Back on the subject of the set itself — RC is definitely one of the strongest Juniors car designs I've seen yet in terms of having a unique visual language that clearly evokes the source material. His curves, colorful printing, and SNOT details on the sides help to hide the build's simplicity, much like it did with some of the Cars 3 sets.

Of course, this set's appeal to me is probably helped by the fact that I can relate it to the older Toy Story movies I enjoyed and not just to a new one I can't muster any excitement for. Hope that kids enjoy it and the other Toy Story 4 sets as much as I might've if they had come out when I was a kid and not a jaded 28-year-old, lol.

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By in United Kingdom,

The Red wheels may come in handy for an
A-TEAM van, i do prefer the RC car from Toy story 1 TBH, but this is good for parts..

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By in United States,

I want to use the soldiers to make a micro version of army man on patrol.

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By in United Kingdom,

I’d prefer some more detailed Toy Story sets, but I do think this one in particular has some charm.

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By in United States,

I had dual molding legs once. Some soap and water washed it right off.

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By in United States,

So one stupid problem the new 4+ TS4 sets creates that I didn't realize until the other day is that Jessie only exists in the old format, while Bo Peep first appears in the new one. Kinda makes it awkward if Buzz and Woody decide to double-date...

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By in Netherlands,

Regular fig Woody is lame Woody.

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By in Australia,

I never much cared for the Toy Story franchise. I'm aware comments like that get you kicked off the internet. I never bought any of the past Lego TS sets, but I like this one, purely for the green army men microfigures. That's clever.

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By in Australia,

Its entirely possible that the clip parts needed to hold the other bumper element in place are not allowed to be used in 4+ sets due to their size.

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By in United States,

This set reminds me of that horrible level with RC from the SNES Toy Story

The one with the batteries

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By in United States,

@jonwil:
The fact that this is a set that comes with three minifig trophies and two 1x1 round bricks seems to set the bar pretty low in terms of how small pieces can be and still get approved for a Juniors set. But given the way they attached the eyes, the only part I can see that would work is the 1x1 tile w/ clip on top, and even if that's not too small for Juniors, it's probably too difficult for them to remove.

Wouldn't have that problem if they weren't Juniors sets, though...

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By in United States,

@twentythree:
https://brickset.com/parts/design-92280
https://brickset.com/parts/design-60470

Those are the parts used to attach the grille in the two sets you listed. Based on the way the eyes were designed on RC, the only viable option would be this part:

https://brickset.com/parts/design-15712

The previous two parts have plates with the clip offset, giving young kids a tab that they can grab onto when removing the grille. The latter does not, and really young kids who are still developing basic finger dexterity may have a tough time pulling such a small part off the grille.

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By in Israel,

Printing on Woody's face is terrible.

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By in United States,

What a disappointing set. I disagree; Woody is a terrible representation without the taller legs to differentiate him from the other toys. He was taller and should be better represented. Non-discript green soldiers are also disappointing. They have been printing lots of the nano figs these days, adding the extra detail should have been done.

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