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Video Game / Toy Commander

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Now, I'm the toy commander.
Huggy Bear

Toy Commander is a 1999 video game developed by No Cliché and published by Sega for the Dreamcast.

Andy, a young kid with a big imagination, finds out one day that some of his toys are sick and tired of being played with and tossed summarily aside later. So, they decide to revolt. Their leader is Huggy Bear, Andy's favorite toy bear, and he and his generals have taken over the house, with each "general" ruling over a certain room. It is up to Andy and his new military toys to stop the rebellion (by completing the missions for each room and defeating each general), take down Huggy Bear, reclaim the house, and become Toy Commander!

Notably, the game had an entirely separate level not present in the main game as a special demo: "Christmas Surprise", where the objective is to help Santa find and deposit five presents under Andy's family's Christmas tree.

A small stand-alone expansion called Toy Racer was released in 2000. As the name suggests, it was a racing game with the ability to play online (still a big deal for consoles when originally released).

Toy Commander contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Aliens Steal Cattle: One of the missions require you to defend cows from model alien saucers.
  • All Just a Dream: All of the events of this game take place in Andy's head - while flying a jet-liner to boot.
  • Artificial Limbs: Huggy Bear has a machine gun for one hand, and a stuffed beast thing for the other.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Each of the bosses is gigantic in comparison to your own vehicles.
  • The Cameo: Sonic the Hedgehog appears on a calendar in the children's bedrooms.
  • Christmas Episode: The demo-exclusive "Christmas Surprise" level.
  • Console Cameo: A Sega Saturn can be seen in the attic, and a Sega Dreamcast can be seen in the living room. The Christmas Surprise level also features a Dreamcast, two controllers, a VMU and a copy of Toy Commander as its presents.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Every time you beat a general, they join your side in the final fight against Huggy Bear. This is particularly helpful as each one you defeat no longer attacks you during the final boss level as an enemy.
  • Didn't Need Those Anyway!: Every boss loses a limb used in combat after those parts of it take enough damage. However, all of them have at least three unique weapons. Most of the bosses end with you having to blast their literal faces off.
  • Escort Mission: Several worlds have missions where you have to protect a convoy from enemy forces.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: You command toys.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: The goal in the "Hunt and Seek" mission is to shoot all the red figures. If you shoot any of the blue figures, you'll have to shoot all the red ones again from the beginning.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: The missile-launcher you obtain by finishing the Slug Race, located in the Garden, in first place, unlocked after besting Huggy Bear in combat. It has unlimited ammo, and is more powerful than any other weapon found in the entire game. Too bad it can only be used in boss battles.
  • Invisible Parents: Andy's parents are never seen.
  • Killer Teddy Bear: The main villain and Final Boss of the game is Huggy Bear, who was Andy's first toy, and is the leader of Andy's old toys. He has a mechanical right eye, a machine gun on his right arm, a stuffed snake on his left arm, and he wears a jet pack.
  • Lack of Empathy: None of the generals seem to be even remotely against destroying your own troops, despite you using many of the same vehicles their armies do. Many of the bosses have laughing animations and proceed to mock you, often calling attention to the death of your toys during so.
  • No Indoor Voice: Buggy Wug does not use lower case letters in his speeches.
  • Notzilla: Chuck is basically Godzilla in a Bunny costume.
  • Pass Through the Rings: Every room, except for the basement, has at least one race consisting of passing through rings of fire. The unlockable Garden level involves you as a snail racing other snails.
  • Pegasus: Peggy, the wooden Pegasus statue, who is also the general of the Attic.
  • Racing Minigame: Every room has some race in it, whether plane, helicopter, or car.
  • Shout-Out: The kid who owns the living toys is named Andy, you say?
  • The Smurfette Principle: Peggy is implied to be the female of the pack, an old one at that.
  • Toy Time: The entire game is built around this, as you play as a set of army toys and perform missions to take back the rooms that Andy's old toys have taken over.
  • Track Trouble: The goal of the "Railroad Rabble" mission is to get a toy train safely to the station on the other side of the parents' bedroom. If you choose to have the train take the longer path, you'll need to hit the switches to switch tracks and avoid having the train fall off unfinished tracks.
  • Vengeful Abandoned Toy: Huggy Bear is a teddy bear who was Andy's first toy. As retribution for him and the rest of Andy's old toys being abandoned for years in favor of new toys, Huggy leads a revolt. He dons a jet pack, a mechanical left eye, a machine gun on his right arm, and a stuffed snake on his left arm, and he and his henchmen take over Andy's house. Huggy and his henchmen serve as the bosses of each room of the house, with Huggy himself serving as the game's Final Boss.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Vroom-Vroom, the weaponized dump truck. Unlike the previous two bosses, he can kill you in two or three direct hits, and as a result, forces you to keep moving around.
  • Weapons That Suck: In the first half of the "Taking Over" mission, your car must make it through a maze to turn on a vacuum cleaner. This vacuum sucks up the enemy tanks attacking your plane's base.
  • We Cannot Go On Without You: In "Christmas Surprise", Santa is one of the playable toys, and must deliver the presents. Let him be destroyed and the mission ends right then and there.