So much so, that I've seen a few retire after they've dedicated their entire adult life to creating great play, and it's always a bittersweet farewell.
One of the last projects I worked on with one such designer there was the Radiator Springs playset for Pixar's CARS. This was one of a number of licensed sets in Fisher-Price's 'Wheelies' line. It was a textbook case of fun and one of the key reasons I love doing what I do.
The parameters were pretty straightforward; come up with a compact version of the town of Radiator Springs that offered some fun gravity-driven track play, something simple, self-contained, and cost-effective.
Here are the initial sketches exploring what this set could be;
There was enough going on with B and C to have another pass at each, fleshing out the play and design a little more;
The 2nd pass at C really defined the set enough to go to final line-art and rendering for presentation;
This was another one of those rarities where the final toy really came close to my hand in the project.
.. I still miss working with this guy, I always enjoyed his wry wit. I hope his well-earned retired life is full of fun and relaxation. Hats off to ya, Larry!