The beloved characters from Radiator Springs are back, and they're all featured in a new movie tale in which the star Lighting McQueen has to prove that he's still got the stuff of a champion. Kids love these characters and the action-packed play it inspires.
Fans of the movies' characters and fans of toy cars will find all those characters here. We've jump started the fun with this collection of die-cast replicas of the cars that shift the fun into high gear. To see more, click on any of the products below. You'll see a complete video review of the toy and find out all you need to know. When you make TTPM reviews your first stop when you're shopping, you can use them to build your collection.
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More about the Cars Characters and Why Kids Love Them
The world of Disney/Pixar's Cars has been inspiring play for more than a decade. Kids fell in love with Lighting McQueen, Mater, Doc Hudson, Luigi, Ramone, Sarge and many more. These characters became so popular with kids that the toys, especially the die-cast replicas of the characters, have been among the best-selling toy cars almost since they came out.
So what makes these characters so popular? Kids—and lots of adults—can relate to the classic themes of the stories such as the little guy proving that he can play with the big kids and the one-time champion trying to prove he's still got the stuff to keep winning. These are classic themes in lots of literature and entertainment, so translated into such accessible and appealing characters it's a winning formula.
That's why these characters work so well in play. Kids can really relate to them and that inspires their imaginations to create new stories of their own devising, taking off the narrative that they see in the movies.
This is probably a good place to talk a bit about the value of narrative play for kids. It doesn't have to be inspired by Cars, per se. Narrative play helps reinforce language skills, encourages social interaction and the development of shared narrative, helps provide intellectual structure and logic and much more. One of the reasons that movies and other pre-made narratives can be so beneficial to kids' play is that each of these worlds has its own rules in which kids need to operate. For example, the cars can't fly, so if they do, an imaginative accommodation has to be made. The internal logic of the world of Cars is important because kids learn to work within the parameters of that world. Believe it or not, this is a great foundation for mathematical thinking and even writing and music, which have their own rules and structures.
But we'll leave the academics for another day. Kids love Cars. Parents love that kids love them, and if everyone is having a good time—and even building some cognitive skills—then everyone ends up in the winner's circle.