Tinny was originally supposed to be in the place of Buzz Lightyear when Buzz was going to be the new toy in Toy Story. But Tinny was scrapped after everyone thought that an old fashion tin toy like Tinny was would not be a kids' new favorite toy.
In 1989, A Christmas TV movie titled "A Tin Toy Christmas" was going to be made after the success of this short film. The story was going to be about Tinny being one of a set of tin toys in the 1940s that performed music, but is put away in storage because he didn't sell very well. After being asleep for many years, he finally wakes up in the present time and finds himself in a huge mega store during Christmas. Tinny then goes on a search to find his old friends, along the way meeting a ventriloquist's dummy and a junk-man. Pixar hoped that this TV special would allow them to work their way up to make a feature length film one day. However it turn out they couldn't get the budget to start production on it after the network they tried to pitch the idea to refuse to give them the right amount of money. The idea was shelved for two years until John Lasseter took the idea of the story for a full length movie after the company was hired by Disney to make them a full length movie. The story was re-worked until it became what is known as Toy Story. Some of the ideas from this un-produced TV special were used for all four "Toy Story" movies.