LEGO Unveils Lifesize Lightning McQueen Statue; Announces Additional ‘Cars 2′ Sets

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LEGO: Life-size model of Lightning McQueen from Disney/Pixar's 'Cars 2'

Although it seems like just two weeks ago that LEGO master builder Erik Varszegi unveiled his impressively detailed salute to Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean films, yesterday morning saw a reveal that left jaws at the New York International Toy Fair on the floor: a lifesize replica of Lightning McQueen from Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2, just in time for the launch of its new line of LEGO sets honoring the franchise. Requiring more than 2,000 man hours to complete, the LEGO Lightning McQueen is made up of more than 325,000 LEGO bricks, measures 12.5 feet long, 6.5 feet wide and 4.5 feet high and weighs about three tons.

LEGO also held its annual collectors party prior to show opening which gave the invited attendees the opportunity to explore the LEGO Toy Fair booth for two hours and check out all of the newest offerings from the company, which for Disney means not just some of the Cars 2 sets, but Pirates of the Caribbean LEGO and Winnie the Pooh DUPLO sets too.

Attendees also received a gift bag which included a LEGO Ninjago figure, a pop-up promo for the LEGO Star Wars III video game and an exclusive, limited edition (and numbered) set of LEGO Star Wars ‘Minilander’ replicas: Chewbacca, Han Solo and Boba Fett (who came separately as a build). Opening March 31, 2011 at Legoland in California, Star Wars Miniland consists of 2,000 LEGO models depicting iconic scenes from the Star Wars anthology, all created to 1:20 scale by master builders from LEGOLAND Germany.

LEGO Sets announced for Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 include:
8200 Radiator Springs Lightning McQueen (35 pieces) – $6.99 (May 2011)
8201 Classic Mater (52 pieces) – $6.99 (May 2011)
8206 Tokyo Pit Stop (147 pieces) – $14.99 (May 2011)
8424 Mater’s Spy Zone (114 pieces) – $14.99 (May 2011)
8426 Escape at Sea (159 pieces) – $19.99 (May 2011)
8484 Ultimate Build Lightning McQueen (242 pieces) – $29.99 (May 2011)
8486 Mack’s Team Truck (374 pieces) – $39.99 (May 2011)
8638 Spy Jet Escape (339 pieces) – $49.99 (August 2011)
8487 Flo’s V8 Cafe (517 pieces) – $59.99 (May 2011)
8639 Big Bentley Playset (743 pieces) – $69.99 (August 2011)

LEGO Sets announced for Disney‘s Pirates of the Caribbean include:
4181 Isla de Muerta (152 pieces) – $19.99 (May 2011)
4182 The Cannibal Escape (279 pieces) – $29.99 (May 2011)
4183 The Mill (365 pieces) – $39.99 (May 2011)
4184 Black Pearl (804 pieces) – $99.99 (November)
4193 The London Escape (463 pieces) – $49.99 (May 2011)
4194 Whitecap Bay (746 pieces) – $79.99 (May 2011)
4195 Queen Anne’s Revenge (1,097 pieces) – $119.99 (May 2011)
4191 The Captain’s Cabin (95 pieces) – $11.99 (May 2011)
4192 Aqua de Vida / Fountain of Youth (128 pieces) – $19.99 (May 2011)

DUPLO Sets announced for Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 include:
5817 Agent Mater (11 pieces) – $14.99 (May 2011)
5818 Luigi’s Italian Place (22 pieces) – $19.99 (May 2011)
5828 Big Bentley (67 pieces) – $39.99 (May 2011)
5829 The Pit Stop (52 pieces) – $49.99 (May 2011)

DUPLO Sets announced for Winnie the Pooh include:
5945 Winnie’s Picnic (13 pieces) – $9.99 (March 2011)
5947 Winnie’s House (40 pieces) – $29.99 (March 2011)

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