Proposed role in Toy Story
In the early draft, Tinny was a toy that was bought by a man for his son's birthday party. While on a road trip with the family, he ends up getting left behind at a gas station and found by a garbage collector. While in the back of the truck, Tinny befriends a ventriloquist dummy (who would eventually transform into Woody) and the two go on an adventure that ended with them landing in a kindergarten classroom where they realize that they can be played with forever and not have to worry about being outgrown by the children.
When the setting was moved to a children's bedroom, the filmmakers realized that Tinny was not the ideal new toy that kids would want and he was eventually changed to the much more appropriate Buzz Lightyear.
- In the unmade television special A Tin Toy Christmas, it would have been revealed that Tinny belonged to a set of tin toys in the 1940s.
- Tinny can be seen in the short Lifted underneath Ernie's bed.