Marvel and Disney Publishing will debut Disney/Pixar Presents, a new monthly magazine featuring some of the most popular characters from the acclaimed Disney/Pixar films. Intended for readers of all ages and priced at $5.99, the first issue will hit stores in May 2011.
Walt Disney World has confirmed dates for the highly anticipated Disney/Pixar Weekend celebration during the 2011 International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. In honor of Cars 2, Pixar Animation Studios takes center stage during the annual flora-focused festival.
Pixar pals take the stage front and center in the form of much larger-than-life, reaching heights of seven and eight feet tall. At the park’s main entrance, guests will find a sandbox display complete with sandcastle and playground toys featured in Toy Story 3. Also on display will be a brand new topiary of film villain Lotso who will (needless to say) smell like strawberries.
Up until now, Ridemakerz has been available exclusively at its brick and mortar stores and its online site as well as offering Cars-branded Ridemakerz vehicles at the new ‘Imagination Park’ Disney Stores. But with the release of the Disney/Pixar summer blockbuster, Cars 2, all that’s about to change.
For the first time ever, Ridemakerz will soon be available at Toys ‘R’ Us locations around the nation and feature new shells for Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater to collect. In addition, Ridemakerz will be introducing shells for new characters Finn McMissile and Francesco Bernoulli. As an added bonus, each retailer will have their own exclusive Cars shells, but there will also be some overlap on the availability of the other shells.
Walt Disney Studios and Disney/Pixar provided us the following new image from Cars 2 in which Lightning McQueen, Mater, Luigi, Guido, Fillmore and Sarge appear to be disembarking from an airplane, perhaps arriving overseas to join the World Grand Prix.
All the world’s a racetrack as racing superstar Lightning McQueen zooms back into action, with his best friend Mater in tow, to take on the globe’s fastest and finest in this thrilling high-octane new installment of the Cars saga. Mater and McQueen will need their passports as they find themselves in a new world of intrigue, thrills and fast-paced comedic escapades around the globe.
Disney/Pixar has provided us with a new set of hi-res character stills and profiles of new friends from its upcoming summer blockbuster sequel, Cars 2.
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Cars 2 races into theaters on June 24, 2011
If you can forgive the poor quality of the images, here’s your first look at new characters from the upcoming Disney/Pixar summer blockbuster, Cars 2. As the studio hasn’t officially released them yet, the images are not yet available for publication, but here you’ll see Niles Gearsley from his turntable video and part of the official publicity photo for Miles Axelrod. Of course we’ll post proper images and complete character descriptions as they become available.
The characters were revealed this morning as part of a Disney/Pixar Cars 2 presentation at the 2011 New York International Toy Fair.
At the Disney/Pixar media and Disney D23 event for Cars 2 held during the 2011 New York International Toy Fair, Disney unveiled a life-size replica of one the film’s newest stars, Finn MicMissile (as voiced by Michael Caine). In addition to his good looks and loud, perpetually revving engine, McMissile is a first in that he’s completely radio controlled. Finn will be joined with full-scale (and R/C) Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater as they tour the country later this year in association with State Farm.
Parker Brothers has been synonymous with classic board games beloved by families for generations. From Monopoly to Sorry! to Trouble to the (relative) new kid on the block, Trivial Pursuit, and more, no family game night is has been complete without at least one of them.
For Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2, however, at the 2011 New York International Toy Fair, parent company Hasbro is shifting into higher gear, offering expanded and improved gameplay on the classics, taking full advantage of the Pixar property’s theming. Unfortunately due to restrictions due to the sensitivity of details from the film not yet revealed, we are unable to share any photos at this time, but we will do our best to describe the enhanced gameplay involved. As it was, many of the graphics were covered as they pertained to unreleased details from the film.
Disney/Pixar just rolled out this new character from Cars 2 today, John Lassetire. Inspired by a cameo by George Lucas in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, film producer Denise Ream decided to create a car modeled after John Lasseter himself.
In this AP article, Lasseter describes his namesake as ‘a good ol’ American pick-up truck.’ Lassetire’s role in the film is further described as the pit crew chief for a high-profile race car.
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Just a couple of days ahead of New York’s International Toy Fair, Mattel has previewed just some of its new products for 2011 centering on Disney’s hottest properties: Cars 2 from Disney/Pixar and the Disney Princess collection.
We are pleased to be able to report that we will be on-hand at the show and hope to bring you news on many more great Disney products from Mattel and Fisher-Price soon.
Cars 2 Die-Cast Collectibles
With new cars premiering each month, Mattel continues to produce its popular line of 1:55 die-cast assortment of Cars 2 characters. Here we get a look at Lightning McQueen detailed for the World Grand Prix as well as new characters Finn McMissile and Holly Shiftwell. The die-cast cars retail for $4.99 each.