Lego Cars
Lego Cars logo.png
SubjectCars film franchise
Licensed fromThe Walt Disney Company and Pixar
Availability2010–2021
Total sets27 Lego (including promotional sets), 8 Lego Juniors and 19 Duplo[1][2][3]
CharactersAcer, Battleboat, Broadside, Carla Veloso, Crane, Cruz Ramirez, Doc Hudson, Fillmore, Finn McMissile, Flo, Francesco Bernoulli, Miss Fritter, Guido, Grem, Holley Shiftwell, Jackson Storm, Jeff Gorvette, Junior Moon, Leland Turbo Cube, Lightning McQueen, Luigi, Mack, Mater, Max Schnell, Miles Axlerod, Pit Crew Helper, Petrov Trunkov, The Queen, Ramone, Raoul ÇaRoule, Red, Rod "Torque" Redline, Sheriff, Sally Carrera, Sarge, Shu Todoroki, Siddeley, Smokey, Sterling, Tony Trihull and Professor Zündapp
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Lego Cars was a Lego theme based on the Disney·Pixar's Cars film franchise. It was licensed from The Walt Disney Company and Pixar.[4][5] The theme was first introduced in 2010 for Duplo Cars sub-theme based on the Cars film was released as part of the Duplo theme.[4] In 2011, Lego Cars 2 sub-theme based on the Cars 2 film was released as part of the Lego System and Duplo theme. In 2017, Lego Juniors Cars 3 sub-theme based on the Cars 3 film was released as part of the Lego Juniors and Duplo theme.[6]

Overview

Lego Cars was based on the Disney·Pixar's Cars film franchise, which focused on the story takes place in a world populated by anthropomorphic talking cars and other vehicles. Lego Cars aimed to recreate the main characters in Lego form, including Lightning McQueen, Mater, Sally Carrera, Doc Hudson, Ramone, Mack, Sheriff, Flo, Guido and Luigi.[7] In addition, Lego Cars 2 trailer was released shortly before the film, recreating it in Lego form.[8][9][10][11]

The sequel film, Cars 3, was released in May 2017. Lego produced various toy sets based on the Cars 3 film ahead of its release.[6] In addition, Lego Juniors Cars 3 trailer was released shortly before the film, recreating it in Lego form.[12]

Launch

Duplo Cars sub-theme was launched at the American International Toy Fair in 2010.[13] The Lego Group released four Duplo sets based on the Cars film. Next year, Lego Cars 2 sub-theme was launched at the American International Toy Fair in 2011.[14] As part of the marketing campaign, The Lego Group released fourteen Lego sets based on the Cars 2 film. Each set featured different World Grand Prix, vehicles and Radiator Springs. Lego Juniors Cars 3 sub-theme was launched at the American International Toy Fair in 2017. The Lego Group released eight Lego Juniors sets and three Duplo sets based on the Cars 3 film.[6][15]

Characters

See also: List of Cars characters

Construction sets

According to Bricklink, The Lego Group released a total of 19 sets of Duplo Cars, 27 sets and promotional polybags associated with Lego Cars 2 and 8 sets of Lego Juniors Cars 3.[1][2][3]

Duplo Cars sets

In 2010, The Lego Group announced a partnership with The Walt Disney Company and Pixar.[4] It was officially announced by The Lego Group that the four sets based on the Cars film was released on 4 June 2010 have been released as part of the Duplo theme.[20][21] The four sets being released were Lightning McQueen,[22] Mater's Yard,[22] Flo's V-8 Cafe[22] and Mack's Road Trip!. In 2011, the six sets based on the Cars 2 film was released on 12 May 2011. The six sets being released were Agent Mater, Luigi's Italian Place, Tokyo Racing,[23] Big Bentley, The Pit Shop and World Grand Prix.[23] In 2012, the three sets was released on 24 July 2012.[24][25][26] The three sets being released were Red,[24] Race Day[24] and Siddeley Saves the Day.[24] In 2015, Classic Race set was released on 1 January 2015. In 2017, three sets[27] based on the Cars 3 film. The 3 sets being released were Flo's Café,[27] Mater's Shed[27] and Piston Cup Race.[27] In 2020, Lightning McQueen's Race Day set was released on 24 August 2020. In 2021, The Lego Group announced the Lightning McQueen's Race Day set was retired at the end of 31 December 2021.[28] Buildable characters including Doc Hudson, Guido, Fillmore, Flo, Luigi, Lightning McQueen, Mack, Mater, Red, Sally Carrera and Sheriff were released as well. These sets are twice the length, height, and width of traditional Lego bricks, making them easier to handle and less likely to be swallowed by younger children. Despite their size, they are still compatible with traditional Lego bricks. The sets were designed primarily for children aged 2 to 5 years old.

Lego Cars 2 sets

Lego Cars 2 sub-theme logo
Lego Cars 2 sub-theme logo

In 2011, it was officially announced that the fourteen sets[29][30] based on the Cars 2 film was released on 12 May 2011. The fourteen sets[31] being released were Radiator Springs Lightning McQueen, Radiator Springs Classic Mater, Tokyo Pit Stop,[32] World Grand Prix Racing Rivalry,[32] Mater's Spy Zone, Escape At Sea, Ultimate Build Lightning McQueen, Mack's Team Truck,[32][33] Flo's V8 Café,[32] Spy Jet Escape,[32] Big Bentley Bust Out, Ultimate Build Mater,[32] Ultimate Build Francesco and Tokyo International Circuit.[32] Later, the eight sets was released on 16 December 2011. The eight sets being released were Francesco Bernoulli, Ivan Mater, Finn McMissile, Jeff Gorvette, Agent Mater's Escape, Red's Water Rescue, Ultimate Race Set and Oil Rig Escape. In addition, the three polypag sets have been released as a promotions are Guido,[34][35] Grem[36][37] and "Torque" Redline Promotional Set.[a] Buildable characters including Acer, Battleboat, Carla Veloso, Crane, Francesco Bernoulli, Finn McMissile, Holley Shiftwell, Jeff Gorvette, Grem, Leland Turbo cube, Miles Axlerod, Professor Zundapp, Pit Crew Helper, Rod "Torque" Redline, Raoule CaRoule, Max Schnell, Shu Todoroki, The Queen and Tony Trihull were released as well. The sets were designed primarily for children aged 5 to 12 years old.

Lego Juniors Cars 3 sets

In 2017, the seven sets[38][39][40] based on the Cars 3 film was released on 2 May 2017 have also been released as part of the Lego Juniors theme. The seven sets[41][42][43][44] being released were Lightning McQueen Speed Launcher,[45] Cruz Ramirez Race Simulator,[45] Guido and Luigi's Pit Stop,[45] Mater's Junkyard,[45] Willy's Butte Speed Training,[45] Smokey's Garage[45] and Thunder Hollow Crazy 8 Race.[45] Later, Florida 500 Final Race[46][47] set was released on 1 August 2017. Buildable characters including Broadside, Cruz Ramirez, Junior Moon, Jackson Storm, Miss Fritter and Smokey were released as well. These sets were specifically designed to be simpler to build with fewer pieces and slightly larger building elements. The sets were designed primarily for children aged 4 to 7 years old.

Web shorts

The product line was accompanied by a series of animated short films that was released on YouTube.

Lego Cars 2 (2011 shorts)

The 13 web shorts have been released on YouTube inspired by both the Cars 2 film as well as the Lego toyline. It also available in Lego Cars 2 video disc as a free gift for qualify purchase of Cars 2 Blu-ray combo pack at Toys "R" Us.[48]

# Title Release date Notes
1 Mater's Brick Tales: The Great Race Case[49] November 23, 2011 Lego Cars 2:Mater's Brick Tales stop motion series. Narrated by Larry the Cable Guy, who is the voice role of Mater in the Cars films.
2 Mater's Brick Tales: Mystery of the Missing Parts[50] January 9, 2012
3 Mater's Brick Tales: Mater's Spy Surprise[51] May 19, 2012
4 Designer Video 1[52] October 10, 2012 Lego Cars 2 Designer Videos series.
5 Designer Video 2[53] October 10, 2012
6 Designer Video 3[54] October 10, 2012
7 Designer Video 4[55] October 10, 2012
8 Designer Video 5[56] October 10, 2012
9 Designer Video 6[57] October 10, 2012
10 Designer Video 7[58] October 4, 2013
11 Designer Video 8[59] November 9, 2013
12 Designer Video 9[60] November 9, 2013
13 Designer Video 10[61] November 10, 2013

Lego Cars 3 (2017 shorts)

The 2 web shorts have been released on YouTube inspired by both the Cars 3 film as well as the Lego toyline.

Video Game

Lego The Incredibles

Main article: Lego The Incredibles

A crossover Lego-themed action-adventure video game named Lego The Incredibles was developed by TT Fusion. Lego The Incredibles was released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on 15 June 2018 in North America and on 13 July 2018 in Europe.[66][67] A macOS version of the game was released by Feral Interactive on 21 November 2018.[68] It includes Lightning McQueen as a secret playable character.[69]

Reception

In 2011, The Lego Group reported that due to the Lego Toy Story, Lego Prince of Persia, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean and Lego Cars 2 lines, it had for the first time in its 50-year history in the American market surpassed $1.0 billion in consumer sales of Lego products, reaching its highest share of construction toys and total U.S. toy market ever.[70]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ This polybag set only available from US Toys "R" Us stores on Saturday 15 October 2011, between 2pm & 4pm, as part of their month-long 'Bricktober' promotion. Set included instructions and sticker sheet, but no other packaging.

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