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'Keeping it Wheel' by Precious MomentsPrecious Moments has released a slew of new additions to its Disney Showcase Collection including several inspired by Disney/Pixar properties. Pictured here is one of their best-sellers, ‘Keeping it Wheel‘ featuring Lightning McQueen from Cars.

Other Pixar-inspired entries include Ride Like the Wind Bullseye, Yodel-Ay-Hee-Ho I Sure Like You and To Infinity and Beyond from Toy Story and Everything Is Less Scary With A Friend from Monsters, Inc.

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Disney Debuts ‘Cars 2′ AppMATes for Apple iPad to Allow Interactive Play

Disney 'Cars 2' AppMATes by Spin MasterIn an industry first, Disney introduced today Disney AppMATes™ Mobile Application Toys, a new toy line that comes to life digitally when used with an Apple iPad by allowing kids to use the tablet’s screen as a virtual play mat. Developed in collaboration between Disney Consumer Products (DCP) and Disney Mobile and featuring patent-pending technology, the Appmates toy line features miniature Disney·Pixar Cars 2 vehicles with sensors on the base of each toy that are recognized as a unique footprint by an app with no cable or Bluetooth connection required. Simply download the free Cars 2 Appmates app from the iTunes app store, place your favorite Appmates toy character on the screen and play.

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‘Cars 2′ to be Released on Disney Blu-ray 3D November 1 with New Mater Short

'Cars 2' on Disney Blu-ray 3-DDisney/Pixar’s fast-action summer hit “Cars 2” comes home on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D, Movie Download and DVD — November 1, 2011 (now available for pre-order). Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pixar Animation Studios, the high octane in-home release invites families and fans of all ages to come along on a journey around the world with the #1 animated film of the year and introduces an exclusive all-new animated short “Air Mater,” featuring the fan favorite characters pinning his tales in an exciting adventure high above Radiator Springs. The must-own animated release also includes fascinating commentary from award-winning director John Lasseter and “Hawaiian Vacation,” the delightful animated short that accompanied the film in theatres.

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D23 Expo: Mattel Announces D23 Exclusives; Pre-order Begins August 8

Submarine Fin McMissile and Woody's Roundup D23 Expo Exclusives from Matty CollectorMatty Collector, the collectible toy arm of Mattel has announced it will be bringing two exclusives to Disney D23 Expo, which takes place August 19-21 in Anaheim, California.

Available in limited quantities for pre-order beginning August 8 at 12 pm ET/9 am PT, each will sell for $19.99 and has a maximum order quantity of six pieces. Additional items will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the D23 Expo, but the pre-order guarantees the items will be available for pick-up at anytime throughout the convention.

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VIDEO: ‘A Day in the Life of John Lasseter’

CARS 2 A few weeks ago, we brought you a photo essay looking at a day in the life of John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, as he worked on Cars 2. Now, Walt Disney Studios has released the documentary version of ‘A Day in the Life of John Lasseter’ which you can view below.

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Disney Store 2011 Holiday Collection Preview

Disney Store limited edition Rapunzel dress Recently I had the opportunity to meet with Disney Store as part of the Disney Consumer Products holiday preview and get a first look at some of the new and exciting items coming this fall exclusively to Disney Store and DisneyStore.com. The two major franchises to expect more of in the holiday season at Disney Store are Disney Princesses and Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2, both of which will be offering some amazing limited edition items that any fan will be sure to appreciate.

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‘Cars 2′ Easter Eggs (Spoiler-Free Edition)

Obviously this will only be a partial list by nature because Pixar Animation Studios is the absolute champ when it comes to building in hidden messages and images and it can often take until well after the blu-ray is released before many of them are found, but here’s our feeble attempt at finding just some of the easter eggs in Cars 2, hopefully in a spoiler free way. We’ll provide mentions and hints about what we’ve found and heard about and will put more details inside a hidden paragraph that can be found by clicking on the text displayed beneath it.

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‘Cars 2′ Mel Dorado Interview Transcripts (Franceso, Lightning/Mater, Finn/Holley)

Mel DoradoYou know him better than you know your own brother, even if you don’t have a brother. He’s the Caddy with the golden touch, Mel ‘Are you there, Caller?’ Dorado — host of the 14 Gold Fender-winning syndicated talk show, the ‘Mel Dorado Show.’ With a career spanning more than three decades, when he started as an assistant at WCNC (World Car News Chicago), nobody steers an interview quite like Mel.

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‘New ‘Cars 2,’ ‘Hawaiian Vacation’ Stills, ‘Racing Styles’ Featurette

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As we turn the corner to reach the final lap before Cars 2 makes its theatrical debut in North America tomorrow, Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios have provided us with two new stills for Cars 2 which feature the classic Cars gang checking out the streets of Tokyo, as well as the Tokyo National Art Center where the pre-race party takes place.

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Report: Ridemakerz Introduces Exclusive ‘Cars 2′ Kits at Toys ‘R’ Us; Francesco First Look

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Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to attend a special media event held at Toys ‘R’ Us in Times Square to introduce the exclusive Ridemakerz vehicles inspired by Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2, now available in stores. We have previously reported on the exclusive collection back in February, but the event afforded me the opportunity to get a hands-on look at the Francesco Bernoulli — in fact, I was even able to build and take home my own Francesco ahead of his official release.

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