The filmmakers assembled the Toy Story cast from a wealth of childhood memories. But for the story to work, the two main characters needed to have their own chemistry. Early versions of Woody included a ventriloquist's dummy and an ill-tempered cowboy before he became the affable hero seen on screen. Buzz Lightyear offered a different challenge: inventing a brand-new toy that instantly felt familiar.
Woody is a traditional kind of toy, with his pull-string voice box and cowboy detailing. He has long enjoyed a place of honor as the favorite among six-year-old Andy's toys—until Buzz Lightyear crash-lands and shakes up his world.
This space ranger action figure has it all: a laser beam, karate-chop action, pop-out wings, and a belief that he's on a secret mission for Star Command. Much to Woody's chagrin, Buzz monopolizes Andy's attention and becomes an instant favorite with his toymates.
The piggy bank in the window knows everything. Or at least that's what Hamm would have everyone believe when he's sticking his snout into the day's affairs.
Mr. Potato Head
Mr. Potato Head has a chip on his shoulder, but you would too if your face kept falling off. His cynical take on life makes him the toy to question Woody's authority.
Rex is a neurotic and insecure 12-inch plastic dinosaur with a small-roar complex and limited upper-arm movement. With his tender heart and weak spine, this Tyrannosaurus is one of the most lovable toys of the bunch.
A dog is man's best friend, and the saying rings true for those of the vinyl variety, too. Slinky is Woody's trusted friend and partner in playing checkers—and the one who "stretches" the most in the friendship.
The toys next door to Andy are an odd-looking bunch of hybrids that are the product of Sid's twisted sense of playtime. Despite their shocking outward appearances, the creations are truly selfless and gentle at the core, helping each other to survive and hopefully outgrow Sid.
Every neighborhood has a bully, and Sid's it on Andy's block. He's a malicious and overactive kid who loves to torture, torment, and blow up toys all in the name of fun.