The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home.
Errors and Explanations
- When "demo" Buzz escapes from under Rex and Hamm, and is running to get away from the toys, he opens his left arm to call out to Star Command, saying he is being held captive by his own prisoners. When Buzz thought he was the real Buzz Lightyear (in Toy Story), he always pressed the red button on the right side of his chest to call for Star Command. His left arm has the wrist communicator. Pressing the red button in the first movie may be the goof, or possible he believes they serve the same function.
- After Molly destroys the bridge, and Andy says "Run for your lives" to the camera, Mr. Potato Head has both eyes, despite being shown seconds earlier as One Eyed Bart. Andy could have put the eye back in just before Andy's Mom entered the room.
- When Barbie removes the screws from Buzz's back and they reset him they rush to escape and never reinstall the screws but his cover stays closed. The cover seems to click into place when closed. The screws are just to stop kids messing with Buzz's settings and aren't needed to keep the cover closed.
- The Wild West train locomotive's motion wheels have been stopped by Woody in opening scene, but are shown running in a short time later (in two different sequences). Although this is just Andy's imagination and doesn't have to make sense.
- When the children charge into the Caterpillar Room and grab the toys for the first time, Rex is immediately seen smeared with paint, before the paints come out. The Room is very disorganized, maybe there was some paint lying about before the rest come out.
- During the opening train robbery sequence, the numerous trolls are seen as 'orphans'. Yet after the sequence is over, the trolls are nowhere to be seen, although all other characters seen in the sequence are present and accounted for. Actually, you can see one troll lying on the floor next to the train. Since Andy only had one Troll, the others could have been imagined.
- Throughout the movie, Mrs Potato Head is missing her right eye and complains that it was left "somewhere dark, and dusty". Later, when Mr Potato Head escapes from 'The Box', he is able to manoeuvre all of his parts to the tortilla, including his eyes. Since Mrs Potato Head is essentially made from the same moulds as Mr Potato Head, she should have been able to manoeuvre her eye out of the dark. Maybe she did try. Her eye was stuck behind a box, so she couldn't manoeuvre it out of the dark.
Incorrectly Regarded as Goofs
- When Lotso removes Mrs. Potato Head's mouth, she is unable to use it. This might contradict many other instances in which the Potato Heads are able to use their body parts when not connected to their body, but it seems that Lotso is also squeezing Mrs. Potato Head's lips together to impede her speech.
- The toys never let people know they are alive, but several escape attempts, patrols by Lotso's gang and other things are recorded by the security cameras at the day care center. It is possible to alter images seen on security cameras, and conceivable that one or more of the toys in Lotso's gang would know how.
- When the toys are taken to the curb to be picked up by the garbage truck, there are three garbage bags. When the garbage man picks up the bags, there are only two. Andy puts the toys in the 3rd bag and when woody splits open the 2 remaining bags they are full of garbage so are obviously not the bag with the toys in. The toys must take the 3rd bag with them during the escape.
- When Woody is taking away by Bonnie, she puts him in her backpack and Woody is unable to open the zipper to escape. When Bonnie brings Woody to Sunnyside, Woody unzips her backpack fine. However Woody doesn't try to unzip her backpack in the film.
- Although Mr. Potato Head says Andy is seventeen years old, there's a picture of him in a graduation cap and gown on a bulletin board on his desk. However, some students do graduate before the age of eighteen in the US, the setting for this film. Depending on what age Andy started school (i.e. born in July vs December) as well as if Andy had been promoted a grade early (i.e. from 2nd grade to 4th), either in school or between the move depicted in Toy Story (1995).
- There's an assistant in the Caterpillar Room at Sunnyside, so why did she not realize that Andy's toys were not suitable for the toddlers and not supposed to be in there? Never mind the toys not being suitable. The assistant should have been able to keep the kids under control. Clearly she's incompetent.
- When Barbie dresses up in Ken's astronaut suit to get the Buzz Lightyear manual from the bookworm, the scene starts with the audience only seeing the worm give "Ken" the manual. How was Barbie able to speak to the bookworm to ask for it? Surely the worm would realize it's not Ken's voice. Barbie may have been able to impersonate Kens voice. Besides, this wouldn't be the first it fooled someone. In the first film, Woody is able to impersonate Hannah's Moms voice.