Buzz Lightyear’s stuffed cat sidekick ‘Sox’ sent into orbit before crash landing in UK
A stuffed toy from the new Lightyear movie has been launched into space from the Peak District.
The toy version of Buzz Lightyear’s robot cat, Sox, travelled beyond the Earth’s atmosphere before returning to land in Lincolnshire.
The stunt was undertaken by Showcase Cinemas to celebrate the release of Disney and Pixar’s new “Lightyear” movie, reported the Manchester Evening News.
Sox was transported into space using what appeared to be a type of propelled balloon, travelling up to 250mph as he broke through the Earth’s atmosphere.
Incredible images showed the toy floating around 130,000 feet above the Earth in crisp 4k definition. Following the flight, Sox successfully parachuted back down to earth, landing in the Lincolnshire town of Spalding.
The Toy Story spin-off movie “Lightyear” was released on June 17 and features a star-studded voice cast including Chris Evans as Buzz Lightyear, James Brolin as Emperor Zurg and Bill Hader as Featheringhamstan.
Animator and voice artist Peter Sohn plays Sox, while British astronaut Tim Peake also makes an appearance as himself.
Mark Barlow, UK General Manager of Showcase Cinemas, said: “The new Lightyear film promises to be a favourite this year, following the iconic character that has become much-loved by families across the world.
“To celebrate this, we wanted to do something ‘out of this world’, so what better way than sending the toy version of Sox to infinity and beyond? We can’t wait to welcome visitors to our cinemas to see one of our favourite animated characters of all time back on the big screen, in his very own origin story”.
The spacefaring Sox toy is now available to be won by members of the public – details of how to enter can be found on the Showcase Cinemas UK Facebook page.