About a week ago, Pixar and Mattel opened a Cars diecast exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Gallery.Here’s an excerpt from press release:
Disney-Pixar fans who visit “Disney-Pixar Cars Imagined by Mattel,“ at the Petersen Automotive Gallery will find displays of interest for all ages, for casual fans of the “Cars” movies to serious die-cast collectors. Exhibit highlights include:
Diorama movie-scene recreations featuring “Cars” vehicles. Hundreds of die-cast vehicles that characters from “Cars” and “Cars” 2 are on display: Lightning McQueen, Mater, and even the big-wheeled Haulers and their corresponding racers.The displays highlight how the characters’ automobile models and designs help convey their personalities and contribute to the storylines.
Rare and never-before-seen “Cars” vehicles. The exhibit offers a look at “Apple Car” from the Speedway of the South set and special collections never released to the general public, including Trev Diesel. The display includes behind-the-scenes stories, such as the story of John Lassetire, a red pickup truck named after and voiced by John Lasseter.
Evolution of “Cars” die-cast packaging. Trace the development of the Mattel product packaging, starting with the original “Cars” design introducing Radiator Springs through on-pack visual elements and displays. Then learn how the films revolutionized the die-cast packaging category.
“Cars” Super Chase die-cast collection. This first look at Mattel’s exclusive 2012 line of die-cast cars includes a one-time only, limited-run vehicles of special “Cars 2” characters. The displays includes the launch of the first Super Chase CAR – Flash– that was inspired by the real-life race care driver exclusively featured in the Swedish version of “Cars 2.”
Lightning McQueen Alive Showcase. This part of the exhibit showcases the innovative technology used to bring the personality of Lightning McQueen to an electronic vehicle in a 1:55 scale. Design highlights include micro-technology developed to create Lightning’s mouth, eye and should moments.
“From Silver Screen to Die-Cast: Disney-Pixar Cars Imagined by Mattel” will be on display at the museum until April 2012.
Also while looking around online, I came upon pictures of the Cars 2 Collectors Guide.