Lightyear is the origin story of the famous Space Ranger. | Source: Disney/Pixar

Mattel inked a new, global licensing deal to produce toys based on Disney and Pixar‘s upcoming film, Lightyear.

Created by Pixar Animation Studios, Lightyear is the origin story of Toy Story‘s Buzz Lightyear — the character, not the toy. Under the new deal — an extension of Mattel and Disney’s existing Pixar collaboration — Mattel is developing Lightyear-inspired action figures, playsets, role-play items, vehicles, novelty items, value figures, and a range of items in the preschool, games, and plush categories.

“At Mattel, we treat our licensors’ properties as if they were our own,” says Richard Dickson, president and chief operating officer, Mattel. “For more than 15 years, Mattel has collaborated with Disney and Pixar to bring their amazing content to life with our innovative products and marketing initiatives. We are excited to further that collaboration by introducing a line of toys and play experiences for fans of all ages to enjoy, to infinity and beyond.”

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Lightyear is described as “a sci-fi action-adventure and the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear — the hero who inspired the toy.” Angus MacLane (co-director of Finding Dory) is helming the film while Captain America‘s Chris Evans provides the voice of the young test pilot that becomes the famous Space Ranger.

“With Lightyear, there is an incredible opportunity to celebrate everyone’s favorite Space Ranger — along with a new cast of characters — through new and exciting toys, play experiences, and more,” says Josh Silverman, executive vice president global third-party commercialization, Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products.

Lightyear is set to hit theaters on June 17, 2022.

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.