25 November 2011

These cool cars

Today is the biggest shopping day of the year. In the blitz and craze that is the sprint to grab those dirt cheap big ticket items, let’s not forget the little things that will make those eyes light up just as big as a widescreen television! You know what I’m talking about, the stocking stuffers or little everyday gifts that will be enjoyed all year round.

We talked about these last year, but I thought it would be nice to revisit the Disney Racers. The Racers are a set of 1/64 scale die cast model cars. As of the end of 2010 there were eighty vehicles in the set, including a subset of Star Wars inspired vehicles. But these aren’t your ordinary flame-stripped Camaros or souped-up Mustangs, no sir! These miniature race cars have been influenced by Disney and Star Wars characters and vehicles. Just check out the 2010 poster that featured every single Disney Racer to have been released up to that point.

Now, I should warn you that collecting the Racers can become addictive, and some Racers are only available for a limited time, or in special packages (such as Woody, who is only available through a Toy Story four pack of cars). I myself have been taking part in an exhaustive search for a Chernabog and Steamboat Willie, among others. But just imagine the look of your young padawan when he uncovers a Darth Vader car or your child of the future unwrapping a monorail speedster?!?!

With these thoughts in mind, and my own personal fascination with taking photographs of Disney merchandise in appropriate park settings, I thought it’d be nice to show off a portion of the Disney Racers in the locales that inspired them!

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