Pixar has been pretty regular with the milking schedule for the Cash Cow that is the CARS franchise. The first movie was a sensation, the second movie had to grow on you, and who knows how Cars 3 will be received?
But already the merchandise is filling toy shelves! What I noticed right away is that all of the old characters are simply being enclosed in Cars 3 packaging and sold as if they were new. They aren’t. No new poses or paint jobs for the most part.
So I kept looking and found a few new characters that were interesting enough to add to my Radiator Springs diecast collection. The first being:
Here is the story synopsis for the movie: Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!
Mr. Storm appears to be the main competitor that McQueen will have to face.
Rather Generic Packaging
So just who is this guy? Jackson Storm is fast, sleek and ready to race. A frontrunner in the next generation of racers, Storm’s quiet confidence and cocky demeanor are off-putting—but his unmatched speed threatens to redefine the sport. Trained on high-tech simulators that are programmed to perfect technique and maximize velocity, Jackson Storm is literally built to be unbeatable—and he knows it.
Well, okay then!
The next racer to challenge McQueen for Piston Cup supremacy is Tim Treadless:
A Face Only a Mother Could Love
Same Uninspired Packaging
Very Nice Paint Job
Not much is known about this character as yet. He isn’t even mentioned on Disney Wiki in the list of characters for the movie. He’s probably the right-hand car or at least a good friend of Jackson Storm.
Next we have another character, who although mentioned on Disney Wiki, isn’t given a bio:
Seriously. Just a Cars 3 Logo?
Just on first blush, I’d have to say that this guy looks like a counterpart for Mater.
I Just Love Old Trucks!
Will He be Friend or Foe?
Cars 3 hits theaters on June 16th, 2017. I’ll be in the audience hoping that this third trip to the motor pool will be a successful one. I’m sure the toys will be! These diecast models were made by Mattel.
For more racing fun, check out an issue of Collecting Toys magazine that features slot racers.