God help us all — the first Cars toys have hit the shelves. I’d promised myself I would only buy toys that depicted the sheriff’s car, which is voiced by my friend Michael, but they’re not available yet, and I just couldn’t resist buying the few items that are. Pictured above are the Doc Hudson lollipop case (what a great idea — convenient storage for those moments when you don’t have time to get all the way to the center of your Tootsie Roll pop in one sitting) and the Lightning McQueen and Ramone spin pops. (And they wonder why we have an obesity epidemic in this country … do children really need battery-powered assistance to move a piece of candy around in their mouths?)
Cars is set on Route 66, which is why I am excited about it. If all those little kids whose parents bought them speckled pups after the release of “101 Dalmatians” see this movie and start begging to take a trip on Route 66, it will be a huge boost for our beloved Mother Road businesses.
Meanwhile, the Red Fork Hippie is looking at a long, expensive summer if she doesn’t keep her butt out of the toy stores….
UPDATE: I just brought these to the office, where our astute editorial assistant noticed that not only do the lollipops rotate, but the cars’ eyes move back and forth on the spin pops. Said assistant proclaimed them “creepy.”