Toy Story References to the Star Wars Movie

The Toy Story franchise has a tonne of references to the Star Wars franchise in the form of Easter Eggs, character lines, and plot points. You just gotta know where to look – and that includes the Lightyear spin-off and the non-movie projects in the franchise.

Here they are, broken down by project:

Toy Story

  • When Buzz Lightyear is on the bed after Andy put him there, a pan shot is seen through his eyes. Then we can hear breathing that is similar to Darth Vader's.
  • When Buzz and Woody are hiding in the truck in the gas station, Buzz says to Woody, “Right now, poised at the edge of the galaxy, Emperor Zurg has been secretly building a weapon with the destructive capacity to annihilate an entire planet!!! I alone have information that reveals this weapon's only weakness….”, which is very similar the plot of the original Star Wars
  • When Sid “interrogates” Woody, he says: “Oh! A survivor! Where's the Rebel base!? Talk!!!” and a short bit after this: “Where are your Rebel friends now? Hahahaha!”
  • When Buzz sees the Buzz Lightyear commercial on the TV, the sound we can hear when Buzz “shoots” a laser is a TIE fighter's cannon sound.

Toy Story 2

  • In the opening scene with the space background shot, the music is very similar to the what we can hear after the Star Wars titles. There is also the moment just after this when Buzz passes by, like after every Star Wars title, a ship passes by.
  • When a camera comes out through a trap door in a wall, it is a nod to Jabba the Hutt‘s palace's camera at the main entrance.
  • Zurg says, “Come to me, my prey,” like when Darth Vader says to Luke, “Come to me, my son” in The Empire Strikes Back. At the same moment Buzz goes into a hall that lights up when he enters, just like the one Luke takes during his duel against Darth Vader on Cloud City. The room he arrives in has a great pit that looks just like the one in the Emperor‘s throne room on the second Death Star.
  • When Zurg arrives, he says: “So, we meet again, Buzz Lightyear, for the last time.” like Darth Vader in the Death Star when he says to Obi-Wan “I've been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, at last.” And of course Emperor Zurg's design is directly inspired after Darth Vader's armor, especially the helmet.
  • The opening scene contains a number of sound effects from Star Wars, including Darth Vader's breathing, and X-Wing, TIE fighter and lightsaber sounds.
  • Later in the movie, Buzz Lightyear II accuses Emperor Zurg of killing his father. Then, Zurg reveals that he is Buzz's father: “No, Buzz, I am your father,” as Buzz screams “Noooooo!” while descending down the elevator. By the end of the film, they're playing together and experiencing lots of good father-son bonding.

Toy Story 3

  • When Buzz is under Lotso's control and takes out his friends, Jessie protests, and he tells her: “Silence, minions of Zurg ! You're in the custody of the Galactic Alliance!”, which is a tribute to the quote of Darth Vader in A New Hope when he tells Princess Leia : “You are part of the Rebel Alliance, and a traitor. Take her away!”
  • At the end, when Trixie and Rex are playing on the computer, we can hear a typical Star Wars sound when they finish their game. This sound is the one heard when C-3PO and R2-D2 flee from the Tantive IV in an escape pod, or when Mars Guo's podracer's motor explodes after having sucked up the tool the dastardly Sebulba had thrown to it.
  • When Big Baby throws Lotso the Bear into the dumpster, it is a reference to Darth Vader throwing Emperor Palpatine into the reactor.

Toy Story 4

  • The iconic message in the opening crawl from every Star Wars movie, “In a galaxy far, far away,” is used when Bunny is helping Ducky to kick Buzz Lightyear in his head.
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ponda Baba action figures can be seen having a battle inside the pinball machine, with the latter emitting the Wilhelm scream.
Toy Story of Terror
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  • A Mandalorian jetpack can be seen at the base of the Junior Patrol.
  • Sox is based on two of Star Wars' most iconic droids, C-3PO and R2-D2. They are equipped with gadgets and can hook up to computers, just like Sox.
  • The Zyclops resemble the Super Battle Droids from Attack of the Clones but are also based on the Dark Troopers from season two of The Mandalorian.
  • The scene in which Sox attacks one of the Zyclops is similar to the scene in Revenge of the Sith in which R2-D2 attacks one of the Super Battle Droids.
  • The Space Ranger laser blade is heavily based on the Jedi's lightsabers.
  • The Zap Patrol troopers are similar to the Clone and Stormtroopers.
  • Zurg's tragic backstory is similar to and based on Anakin Skywalker's turn to the dark side and becoming Darth Vader. Both were once decent and respected heroes, but they both lost the one they loved – Alisha Hawthorne in Zurg's case and Padmé Amidala in Anakin's – and both felt betrayed by characters who refused to listen to their only solution to restore order. They also both thought they were doing the right thing while stubbornly ignoring the problems they had caused.

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command

  • In the episode entitled “Stranger Invasion,” Buzz Lightyear and Zurg parodied the infamous “I am your father” scene. The two characters also parodied a lightsaber battle.

Toy Story of Terror!

  • One of the tracks listed on the movie's score is called “I've Got a Bag Feeling About This,” which is a reference to the Star Wars line “I've got a bad feeling about this” that can be heard (in one way or another) in every movie in the franchise.

Toy Story That Time Forgot

  • Reptillus Maximus is insistent that Rex and Trixie should stay and The Cleric reluctantly agrees. The Cleric subsequently says “I find their lack of armor disturbing,” which is a reference to Darth Vader's famous line “I find your lack of faith disturbing” from A New Hope.

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