Every year, fans and wannabe residents of the “Galaxy Far, Far Away” gather at the Star Wars Celebration to hang out and learn about upcoming Star Wars merchandise and media—but at this year’s celebration (which took place in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 23–26) other franchises got some love as well. Disney Parks has announced a new line of crossover toys between Star Wars and Cars, Star Wars and the Muppets, and Star Wars and Vinylmation, per Inside the Magic and Orlando Attractions Magazine.
Inside the Magic‘s Ricky Brigante wrote that the Disney Consumer Products and Design Group revealed designs at a Collector Panel on August 23rd. Collectible cards for the different character pairings were reportedly distributed as well.
The Star Wars/Cars crossover characters include:
Lightning McQueen as Luke Skywalker, Mater as Darth Vader, Tractor as a Stormtrooper, Sally as Princess Leia, and Luigi and Guido together as C-3PO and R2-D2 .
On Aug. 26th, Disney Parks revealed that Fillmore as Yoda will also be a Star Wars/Cars toy. According to the pictures of presentation slides in Brigante’s article, the Star Wars/Muppets crossover toys will feature Uncle Deadly as Emperor Palpatine, Gonzo as Darth Vader, and Chicken as a Stormtrooper. Star Wars/Vinylmation toys (mini Mickey Mouse-shaped vinyl figurines) will include a 3″ Admiral Ackbar, a 9″ Jabba the Hutt, and a 1.5″ Salacious Crumb. The audience clapped loudly when designs of these figures appeared on the screen. Watch this part of the panel in a YouTube video uploaded by user JeffLangeDVD.
Brigante and Orlando Attractions Magazine’s Matt Roseboom report that the designers on the panel said that Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park (which opened June 15, 2012) inspired them to create merchandise inspired by the two hit movies. Indeed, according to an August 28th Wall Street Journal article, “Between April and June, the Disneyland Resort [in Anaheim, Calif.] drew more visitors than it ever has during the same period, many of them lured by the new 12-acre Cars Land attraction.”