In this day and age, it’s rare for a toy to exhibit any kind of staying power. That’s mostly because kids’ tastes change very quickly, and they move from one product to the next within a few months. As a parent, you’re probably already familiar with the way there’s a new “hot” Christmas toy every single year. Tickle Me Elmo, Guitar Hero, and Zhu Zhu Pets are just a few products that have been impossible to purchase in November or December in recent years, but now are languishing on the shelves waiting to be noticed again. That’s just one of the reasons I’m always surprised to see Lightning McQueen toys selling well after all these years.
Lightning McQueen toys are fashioned after the main character in the 2006 Disney-Pixar movie “Cars.” The film was a major box office success, as most Disney-Pixar collaborations are, and went on to gross hundreds of millions of dollars from ticket sales around the world. But an even bigger and longer lasting revenue stream is provided by the countless Lightning McQueen toys that have proven to be highly popular with kids everywhere. Toy promotion and movie merchandising are hardly new concepts, but again, few products or brands have this type of staying power.
One of the reason Lightning McQueen toys are so popular has to be because of the sheer variety available. In addition to the toy cars that you’d expect to sell well, the character appears on items such as balls, baseball bats and gloves, kick scooters, walkie-talkies, bicycles, bicycle helmets, night lights, backpacks, lunch boxes, shoes, sleeping bags, and bedding. Seriously, Lightning McQueen toys can invade every facet of a child’s life, so if a youngster decides he or she likes the character, there’s practically no end to the number of products Mom and Dad can buy.
Speaking of buying, where can you get Lightning McQueen toys? As you might imagine, the answer is “just about anywhere.” The toy store at the mall will probably have a big selection, and if you don’t find what you need there, all you have to do is jump online and start looking at the usual suspects such as eBay and Craigslist. If there’s a specific toy that your child wants, all you have to do is search Google for the product name, and you’ll find hundreds of websites that are currently selling that item.
Parenting is usually a tough job, but sometimes you catch a break and things get a bit easier. If your child loves the movie “Cars”, then shopping for birthdays and Christmas is a breeze. All you have to do is buy a few different Lightning McQueen toys and your kids will be over the moon with excitement!