Boogity Boogity Boogity! Let's go racin'! Cars 2 is racing to the theaters this Friday! In preparation for the Cars 2 film release, we visited Marty Rivero and Sean Lee, our Disney Store Toy Designers. They have been busy this past year designing lots and lots of cars! We wanted to know some insights into the background of the Cars 2 designs; check out our behind the scenes interview...
Meet Marty! Here's Sean!
The Buzz: First off, can you tell us a little bit about what you do here at Disney Store Headquarters?
Marty: I manage the Boys Toy Design for the Disney Stores North America.
Managing & designing toys from concept, design, features, sculpt, deco and through final production approvals.
Sean: I am a Toy Designer for boys toys.
The Buzz: The Cars 2 toys look intricate and extremely fun! How did you come up with the new Cars 2 toy designs?
Marty: We tried to incorporate characteristics and features they have in the movie to bring the toy to life.
Sean: We watched an early screening and dream about how to bring characters to life in toys.
The Buzz: Did you do anything different this time around, than you did when designing the first CARS toy series?
Marty: We went ALL OUT for this movie launch, doing over 50 new die cast cars, 4 Remote Control cars with special features, 4-8” action figures with special features, 2 figurine sets.
Sean: Yes, the toys aren't so "young" for Cars 2. More action!
The Buzz: Were there any unique challenges designing the Cars 2 toys?
Marty: Getting it all done! It’s been a year in the making.
Sean: Yes, the Cars 2 characters are way more detailed and animated.
The Buzz: I know you are Toy pros, so how long have you been designing toys for?
Marty: 12 years.
Sean: About 20 years.
The Buzz: Wow! Lastly, who’s your favorite Cars character and why?
Marty: Mater, he’s a fun loving and down to earth kind of guy.
Sean: I would have to say "Guido." He's cute and lovable, but don't mess with him!
There you have it! Thanks for taking the time to speak with us, Marty and Sean! Stay tuned in for more Cars news this week...
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