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.
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.
First up is Monopoly. Gone is the traditional square-shaped gameboard as the new gameboard is shaped like a circle, taking the shape and form of a racetrack. The dice have been replaced by Lightning McQueen who is finger-flicked around the track to determine the number of spaces moved. When it debuts this spring, expect it to retail for around $19.99.
Next is Operation! As the Disney theme parks already have a Lightning McQueen edition (produced by Hasbro licensee USAopoly), it’s now Mater’s turn. Mater is suffering from all sorts of ailments such as a broken belt, (topical) bed bugs and even tow jam (yeah, we said it). Some of Mater’s conditions remained hidden as they relate directly with Cars 2 plot points, but we couldn’t help but note that where the gameboard itself was missing it, the box cover mentioned (wait for it) bad gas. Another thing that sets this edition of Operation apart is that the buzzer is replaced by actual recordings of Mater. It too should retail for $19.99. In addition, Basic Fun will be producing a portable keychain edition of the Cars 2 Mater Operation game which you can find pictured below (SPOILER WARNING).
Keeping with the racetrack theme, the popular Sorry! Sliders revamp has entered the world of Cars by turning the gameboard into a configurable racetrack. To help keep things moving along, ball bearings have even been added to the game’s tokens. Sorry! Sliders Cars 2 edition will retail for $24.99.
Even the ultra-simple game of Memory takes on a new angle when it becomes a virtual drag race between Lightning McQueen and Francesco Bernouli. The traditional element remains at the core as players try to match the hidden tiles, but now the matches go into the ‘grandstand’ display and the matched characters turn into spectators as each player moves their token along the strip. Memory Cars 2 edition will retail for $19.99.
Also in the mix is a Cars 2 edition of Pop-O-Matic Trouble in which Mater is the dice roller and a Cars 2 edition of the popular game Pictureka!
The other big news is that Hasbro will be releasing a new, family-friendly take on Trivial Pursuit called Disney Trivial Pursuit for All. Instead of six categories, the game has three different types of questions: multiple choices, second chances (which pair a Disney question with a non-Disney question) and (what appears to be) a how-well-do-you-know-me? For each correct answer, a player is awarded a wedge for their token, as is the case with the traditional version, however there is no requirement to get wedges for each ‘category.’ Look for Disney Trivial Pursuit for All this fall for about $29.99.
Finally, Hasbro will be releasing a Sorry! Phineas and Ferb edition this summer.
On a related note, Hasbro and fellow Disney licensee USAopoly will be contributing new editions of the classic boardgames themselves, starting with games for Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides. Continuing their collector’s editions of Yahtzee which replace the traditional dice cup with custo elements, the Pirates of the Caribbean edition will feature a ‘silver chalice cup’ for the dice rolling.
There will also be a brand new edition of Monopoly for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Previously, USAopoly had released a trilogy edition which combined elements from the first three films, but this new edition, which showcases Captain Jack Sparrow and Angelica in its central graphics, focuses only on the new film, with a whole new layout and property set on an absolutely beautiful gameboard.
USAopoly will also continue to expand their Nightmare Before Christmas offerings this year, starting with an Oogie Boogie edition which had previously been exclusive to Barnes & Noble and an Oogie edition of Operation, which like the Mater edition, uses soundbites from the Boogieman himself instead of a buzzer (and there are a LOT of them). Look for it in August.
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.
Cars 2 Tokyo Spinout Track Set
Little racers will speed, jump and spin with the Cars 2 Tokyo Spinout Track Set and be part of Lightning McQueen’s stunt defying race just like the movie. Load up two cars into the sets dual launchers and the action begins! Watch as the launched cars race toward the elevated spinning platform attempting to be spun high above the roaring river below and speed to safety. Only one car can claim victory while the other gets spun out of control and off the track. Set includes one die-cast Cars vehicle. Available March 2011. ARP: $29.99.
Disney Princess Swimming Ariel
Water play is a splash away with the most iconic mermaid of all – Ariel – as The Swimming Mermaid Ariel doll. Little girls simply turn the seashell at her waist then place Ariel into the water to watch her really swim! Bath time becomes playtime as Ariel’s tail moves up and down as she swims through the water just like in the movie! Available June 2011. ARP: $16.99.
Disney Princess Transforming Doll
One of the most memorable moments from each Disney Princess fairy tale is the magical transformation into a Disney Princess. These special moments are now captured with beautifully detailed dolls that make a complete fairy tale transformation just like in the movies. Each of the four Disney Princess characters in the assortment makes a dramatic change from girl to royalty with a simple twist and turn to reveal their royal ball gown. Available June 2011. ARP: $19.99.
Disney Princess Cinderella’s Carriage
Girls and their Cinderella dolls will arrive at the royal ball in style with the Disney Princess Cinderella’s Carriage. The intricately decorated carriage captures an elegant “pumpkin”-inspired” décor with pink adorned seats and beautiful sparkly details. Of course, the carriage is pulled by a royal horse to make sure that each princess get to the ball on time! Includes horse and carriage. Doll not included. Available June 2011. ARP: $39.99.
Disney Princess Ultimate Dream Castle
The quintessential Disney Princess castle that every little girl will want! A fairytale in itself, the castle stands three stories tall, featuring iconic rooms themed to each Disney Princess and more than 50 different play pieces to bring the fairytales to life. Features and areas of play include: Tiana’s kitchen, where she can whip up a pot of “gumbo;” Belle’s dining room where the dolls can “eat” and watch Lumiere and the napkins come to life; take a ride on Jasmine’s magic carpet elevator to the second floor; Ariel’s under-the-sea bathroom has a seashell tub that even has real bubble sounds; while Snow White’s vanity room is an area to get ready for the ball; each girl can get her beauty rest in Sleeping Beauty’s bedroom where her fairy godmothers are watching over or wish upon a star on the balcony and waltz the night away to enchanted music. Explore all the rooms for royal fun! Dolls not included. Available June 2011. ARP: $149.99.