FAO Schwartz – NYC To Close/Move Also
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[26 May 2015|No Comment]

Toys R Us who owns FAO Schwartz is also closing their NYC store in July. They seem to indicate they will re-open another FAO somewhere else in NYC. Via NY Daily News. Earlier – TRU is closing/moving the Times Square store.  Tweet This Post

LEGO Simpsons Mini Figure Wave 2 Guide
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[26 May 2015|No Comment]

The LEGO Simpsons Mini Figure Wave 2 are out and Random Encounters has the “blind” feel guide up. They have great description on … er fondling plastic … One of my favs. “To find Dr. Hibbet you really have to find his head and use your fingernail to feel for his knobbly hair, which is the […]

Mattel Disney Pixar CARS: Deluxe Superfan Mia-Tia & Mater Allinol
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[26 May 2015|3 Comments]

Thanks “Mariela P.,” for the heads up and photos. Superfan Mia & Tia – while not drastically different than the usual Mia & Tia’s – it is a new release. Interesting, they seem to reusing the lenticular cut out windshield versions.   From the poster … And finally Mater with Allinol Cans is out – […]

I’m Batman … And Unwell
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[25 May 2015|2 Comments]

I think it’s best to eat 4 chili dogs, some 6-Flags Sushi and 3 milkshakes before getting on this ride … View post on imgur.com See you on the other side – can I interest you in a giant paper bag for $5? BLEEERGH. Or a Batman neck brace for $99.99? Six Flags Fiesta Texas […]

Have a Safe Memorial Day!
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[25 May 2015|No Comment]

Have a safe Memorial Day! Via Neatorama. Tweet This Post

Original Art Auction – Martin Arriola Global Race Pitch Artwork
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[24 May 2015|One Comment]

Another fun auction up – back in 2007 or 2008, Martin and his team was all ready to present a new diecast lineup based on Lightning taking on others in a global race. To present their ideas, Martin created an original watercolor! “Global Race Pitch to JL” Image size 11″ x 17″, Gouache on 300 […]

How to Spot a Canadian – One Timer for Beer
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[22 May 2015|One Comment]

How to tell if you’re a proper Canadian – you must put the biscuit in the basket for a beer. Though I guess Americans who live above the 42nd parallel should be able to pass this test also, right? Tweet This Post

Hot Wheels Porsche Series
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[22 May 2015|One Comment]

Looks like a nice series coming from Hot Wheels. Porsche 917K, 918 Spyder, 935-78, 959, 993 GT2, Boxster Spyder & Porsche Carrera GT. It looks like a pallet drop display case as the assortment is either 20 or 34 of each release in the “case.”   Tweet This Post

Detroit Golden Age of Auto Design – American Dreaming
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[21 May 2015|One Comment]

Preview of new book & documentary with lots of amazing concept car illustrations … You can read more at the American Dreaming Film Project here. Tweet This Post

// Books

Mattel Disney Pixar CARS World: The COMPLETE Checklist Magazine 2006 to 2013
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[13 Apr 2014|9 Comments]

It wasn’t easy – but it’s completed! Yep, EVERY CARS, CARS 2, Toon, Storyteller, Holiday, Expanded Universe AND even non-canon CARS diecast – including ALL major variants from 2006 to 2013 … in one magazine checklist. 8 Years worth of CARS diecasts in alphabetical order. Purchase it HERE. All new design and all re-done. CARS […]

// Checklist

Mattel Minecraft Blind Box Mini Figures Checklist
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[10 Apr 2015|No Comment]

If you’re collecting the fun Minecraft Blind Box Mini Figs … Good luck! Tweet This Post

// Video Games

Nintendo Amiibos Launch Shortage
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[11 Apr 2015|4 Comments]

Wired has a nice piece of why you should NOT create an artificial shortage when PEOPLE WANT TO BUY YOUR PRODUCT … humm, it seems this lesson could apply elsewhere. There is also an opinion piece in Forbes that covers the same ground.   Tweet This Post

// Retail

Super Geniuses at Target
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[6 Mar 2015|One Comment]

Silly me, I’ve been using the hand basket thing all wrong … Damn, this woman is strong. Er, who knew we needed a sign explaining that the baskets separate from the basket holder … but hey, as long as you’re spending money there – the customer is always right. You can check out more photos […]

Magazine Checklist

Mattel Disney Pixar CARS: Year by Year Complete Checklist Magazine 2006 to 2013
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[11 May 2014|3 Comments]

For those who want a checklist of CARS diecast released listed YEAR BY YEAR, here is our new complete everything checklist. So, whether you started collecting in 2006 or want to start from the start, or maybe even need a guide in displaying as they were available year by year, this is your checklist! It […]

Magazine Checklist

Mattel Disney Pixar CARS World: The COMPLETE Checklist Magazine 2006 to 2013
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[13 Apr 2014|9 Comments]

It wasn’t easy – but it’s completed! Yep, EVERY CARS, CARS 2, Toon, Storyteller, Holiday, Expanded Universe AND even non-canon CARS diecast – including ALL major variants from 2006 to 2013 … in one magazine checklist. 8 Years worth of CARS diecasts in alphabetical order. Purchase it HERE. All new design and all re-done. CARS […]

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TakeFiveaDay – Mattel Disney Pixar CARS Checklist Magazine Themes 2013 & Radiator Springs Classic Available Now!
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[13 Mar 2014|7 Comments]

Our checklist magazine #10 is ready and on sale at MagCloud.com. This issue features every release for the Themes 2013 & Radiator Springs Classic series’ released in 2013. Here is a sample page – you can view pages online also (Click on READ SAMPLE). Overall, it was a great year with over 80 new or […]

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Mattel Disney Pixar CARS 2 Diecast: T5 Checklist Magazine Update
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[15 Apr 2013|One Comment]

There was a glitch at MagCloud – for some reason, it defaulted back to my draft file last night which was incomplete so I think if you placed an order, it wouldn’t print but it should be fixed now. But let me or MagCloud know if you get the CARS 2 issue that looks incomplete. […]

Magazine Checklist

Mattel Disney Pixar CARS: The Year by Year Chronological Checklist + SALE!
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[22 Apr 2012|4 Comments]

Many people have asked for it so here it is, a complete checklist of Mattel Disney Pixar CARS in chronological series order From Day 1 in 2006 to Day 1,826 in 2011. This checklist only shows each CAR once – in the series of release (unless there was a major variant re-release). To avoid confusion, […]

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TakeFiveADay Magazine Checklist – Lenticulars Done, CARS 1 Done
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[12 Jan 2012|4 Comments]

It’s finally done. The Lenticular issue is done and CARS 1 is complete … You can purchase a printed copy or digital PDF or preview it HERE. It took a while to sort through it all but it looks like there were 134 lenticulars including variants, and eye position variants. I’ll get around to doing […]

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TakeFive New Magazines: Everything & Ultra Completists
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[24 Aug 2011|26 Comments]

As you requested, there is a new COMBINED CHECKLIST with everything Mattel Disney Pixar CARS 1:55 in one photo checklist – our biggest issue ever! (click for a FULL PREVIEW) … so what’s the final count? Including updating some variants, it’s 433 + 21 Haulers + 35 rubber tire racers + 2 racers in boxes […]

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Mattel Disney Pixar CARS: Final Lap-Night Skyline Magazine Checklist
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[2 Jul 2011|27 Comments]

OOPS – SORRY. Everything is fixed now – somehow a few CARS got dropped and I definitely forgot a few additional launchers or that the Leak Less hauler was re-released for Night Skyline – me eyes glazed over … or when you stare at it on the shelves for 11 months, you tend to gloss […]

Magazine Checklist

Mattel Disney Pixar Diecast CARS: Toons, Storytellers Expanded Universe Magazine Checklist is Here!
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[24 May 2011|29 Comments]

Issue #7 of the Mattel Disney Pixar CARS Checklist Magazine is HERE! This 24-page issue covers the CARS Expanded Universe – Toons, Storytellers, Holiday Storytellers and Disney mail-aways and in-scale CARS. You can check out a FULL PREVIEW HERE. As always, you get everything on card, in box sets, playsets photographed in high resolution. Includes […]

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TakeFive Mini Adventures CARS Magazine & Checklist + Holiday Sale
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[19 Nov 2010|10 Comments]

Mini Adventure collectors can rejoice! Your complete 20-page visual checklist is now available! Did you know there were 62 releases on card? Or 130 different vehicle releases? Click on any of the links above to check out the free preview of all the pages at MagCloud (plus ordering info). AND best of all, MagCloud is […]

Magazine Checklist

Mattel Disney Pixar Diecast CARS: COMPLETE Visual Opener Checklist Magazine Issue is Complete!
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[31 Jul 2010|29 Comments]

Everyone kept asking for it and until now, the releases kept overlapping each other but since we have had a natural-unnatural CARS release break, this seemed a good time to make a symbolic linkage & recap of June 2006 to June 2010. This OPENER CHECKLIST issue includes EVERY single CAR release from Mattel as a […]

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Mattel Disney Pixar Diecast CARS: Race O Rama Magazine Issue #4
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[27 Jun 2010|7 Comments]

This definitely took a while to find everything as the Race O Rama was when the line ran off in 100 directions … For those who are unfamiliar, our magazine is printed ON DEMAND so it’s not printed until you order one from MagCloud (part of HP). Issue #4 can be purchased through this link […]

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Mattel Disney Pixar Diecast CARS: Take5 World of CARS Magazine Now Available
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[11 Apr 2010|18 Comments]

The 32-page issue #3 of our magazine is ready. It’s the Visual checklist for World of CARS which includes the Motor Speedway of the South Box Set … Here is a sample of the pages (actual pages @8.5″ by 11″ – 32 pages) Yes, it includes everything released for the World of CARS series (aka: […]

Magazine Checklist

Mattel Disney Pixar Diecast CARS: Supercharged Checklist Collector’s Guide NOW Available
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[20 Jul 2009|19 Comments]

Volume II-Issue 2 of our magazine is now available. 28 pages and includes EVERYTHING released in the US in the Supercharged Series. Just a sampling of the pages. You can get a full preview & ordering instructions HERE. It is printed “on-demand” so when you order one, they will print one. If you want the […]

Magazine Checklist

Mattel Disney Pixar Diecast CARS: Take Five With You Where Ever You Go!
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[17 May 2009|19 Comments]

Take Five A Day: The Magazine! You asked for it and now, you can on-demand it! Issue #1 of our magazine is available for order! 20 full-color pages devoted just to the DESERT ART series … Other than a few pages of text, the magazine is entirely comprised of full color checklists for however you […]