When you were young, were you a Hotwheels kid, a Matchbox kid, or just an undiscriminating fan? Regardless of which you were, odds are that if you were a child within the past seventy years, you were — and possibly remain — an enthusiast for toy cars. These playthings have long sparked imaginations, and much of that appeal comes from the imaginations of the cars’ designers.
The die-cast car is surprisingly malleable: you can give it just about any design, and as long as it has wheels and goes fast, kids will enjoy it. That’s why these tiny automobiles come in all shapes and sizes, from real-life vehicles to pure-cool hot rods to the outright fanciful. That’s also why Disney fans take so much joy in finding toy cars modeled after their favorite characters and theme parks.