Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 will hit the closing credits nearing the two-hour mark, but that doesn’t mean the race is over quite yet. In fact, we’re driving the race from the big screen into your living room with these top toys. We’ve rounded up the best Cars 3 toys on the market to fuel your fun. You’ll be racing to get your hands on these. Spoiler alert: There will be a lot of toy cars.
These Movie Moves cars bring Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez to life even after the race is over. These models (each sold separately) are responsive to motion and will render one of 65 sounds or phrases from the movie when kids push forward, backward, left, right, or even upside down (our personal fav!). Equipped with working wheels, headlights and details identical to their blockbuster selves, your child will be able to recreate their favorite scenes from the movie.
Mack’s Mobile Tool Center may look like a plastic toy truck at first glance, but as the old proverb goes, it’s all about what’s on the inside that counts. Inside Mack, kids will find a fully stocked tool kit and repair station containing 24 pieces, such as a socket wrench, a tire pump, and a Phillips-head bit. A repair station is nothing without a car to tune-up, though. This epic play set comes with a Lightning McQueen toy car, allowing your little mechanic to turn, twist, and tune Lightning for the big race. Now if only Mack’s Mobile Tool Center existed IRL— it would save us the trouble of calling a tow truck to bring us to the mechanic.
This one’s for the competitive gamer child. Cars 3: Driven to Win picks up after the big final race. Players can race with more than 20 customizable characters including Lightning McQueen, Jackson Storm, and Cruz Ramirez in more than 20 unique tracks across 13 iconic race environments from the film, such as Radiator Springs and the Florida International Speedway. There are various racing styles and modes available allowing friends and family to join in on the fun. What obstacles will racers have to conquer to come out on top as the Ultimate Champion? Get racing to see. This game is available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and Wii U.
This customizable play set comes directly from the Crazy 8 derby race shown in Cars 3, allowing kids to recreate this exciting scene from the film. The Smash and Crash Derby Playset includes two vehicles (Lightning McQueen and Miss Fritter) and derby accessories, such as tire stacks and garbage bins, which kids can set up as obstacles or potential targets. The Thunder Hollow Speedway sign even transforms into a ramp when knocked over.
For kids who like crafting, the Aquabeads 3D Lightning McQueen set will allow kids to build their own beaded car. Traditional Aquabeads sets are one dimensional and flat, but this set allows for layering in order to construct a more realistic figure. After the layers have been molded separately, it’s time to put them together and give it one last spray. Aquabeads use moisture as an adhesive. While this toy car isn’t as mobile as other Cars 3 toys, it’s a creative keepsake that your kids will have fun making. While you’re waiting for the beads to dry between layering rounds (one hour) we suggest re-watching Cars and Cars 2.
Most of the toys from Cars 3 feature scaled-down models from the movie. But this Power Wheels pick is designed for your child to get behind the wheel. This sweet ride can drive over pavement and grass, while rendering cool race car sounds and real phrases from the film. Your little driver can even drive in reverse at speeds of 2.5 mph. When Lightning needs to park, there’s a power-lock brake system to keep him secure. Also, this Power Wheels runs on a 6-volt battery (charger included) and 3 AA batteries used for sounds and phrases. Not a bad alternative to gas prices these days, amiright?
Duplo Disney•Pixar Cars 3 Flo’s Cafe (LEGO)
Pit stop at Flo’s Cafe! This set includes a buildable Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, and Mack as well as a Flo’s Cafe model that stays true to the movie. After grabbing some brain fuel at the cafe, Lightning, Cruz, and Mack can fuel up at Flo’s gas pump. This 28-piece set includes chunky bricks decorated as gas pump dials, an oil can, and a fuel pump. Kids will love building the miniature cars and and creating their own racing stories.
This one-of-a-kind race car swaps out a traditional controller for Bluetooth technology, enabling a hands-on drive like no other. Kids can steer Lighting straight from the app on a smartphone by hitting the gas button on screen. McQueen will respond to kids’ commands, both verbally and physically. He can also perform some cool moves, such as donuts or hairpin turns. The more kids race Lightning, the more tracks, tools, and achievements they can unlock.
Color Wonder Metallic Paper and Markers Cars 3 are a win-win for both kids and parents. Kids are able to add some pizazz and metallic shine to this 12-page book, and parents don’t have to worry about the mess. The special markers only show up on the metallic paper, meaning those radiant red, steely blue, and shimmery green markers won’t leave a trace on your carpet. Because of the metallic nature of this set, kids will be able to add race-ready detail and dimensions to their coloring creations.
Which one of these Cars 3 toys takes the Piston Cup? Don’t make us choose. They’re all winners in our book.