By Stephanie Ciccarelli
January 12, 2009
Are you a fan of Pixar's movie Cars?
Do you love NASCAR?
Let's take King for a test drive and see how Richard Petty does behind the mic.
I confess, I was living under a rock and hadn't seen Cars until the Christmas holidays this past year (2008). After watching the movie, I decided to get King for my son because not only had he asked Santa Claus for a blue car, the film was still fresh in his mind and I happened to grow up watching televised broadcasts of races nearly every Sunday with my dad while visiting with my grandparents. Needless to say, I was more than familiar with his hero, Richard Petty, and had a special appreciation for this particular product.
Released in 2006, the Mattel Shake & Go "Cars" Racers puts the control of speed and power into kids hands, suitable for children ages 3 years and up. Mattel says that kids can act out their favorite scenes for the movie "Cars" with the 4 stylish and collectible vehicles in this assortment including the characters Doc (voiced by the late Paul Newman), Mater (voiced by Larry The Cable Guy), King, and McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson). All the cars have their own specific engine sounds and phrases that will be activated as kids SHAKE the cars to rev them up and then watch them GO!
An aside: The car can be turned off by flicking a switch for times when it is not in use. Kicking the car by accident, putting the toy away and accidentally shaking it, or trying to sneak it into your house to wrap up for your kids can also trigger engine sounds so be careful if it's meant to be a surprise!
Richard Petty did very well in the movie (as did his wife, Lynda), and the Mattel Shake 'N Go King featuring Petty's voice was very authentic and will bring back memories for some and inspire others as this racing giant delivers sound encouragement through his voice. Petty recorded two lines that are triggered by shaking the car and releasing it. The voice over happens once the wheels are securely on the ground, just before the car takes off.
Petty says "You're one gutsy racer", and "You've got a lot of talent, kid!" as the car revs and prepares to zoom down your hallway.
Richard Petty, The King (b. 1937), #43, is the best-loved race car driver of the 20th century. Petty Enterprises relates, among other things, that Richard Petty achieved 200 Career NASCAR Winston Cup victories, is a 7-time Winston Cup Champion, 7 Daytona 500 victories, had 27 victories in one season (1967), and was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1997. For more information visit Richard Petty's Wikipedia listing or go to PettyEnterprises.com.
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