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Dsiney Pihar ARS: Almost Disney Pixar CARS – Except It’s Not

Well, sometimes on the internet – things are not quite what they seem (like buying a photo of an Xbox 1) … or these “Dsisney Pihar ARS.”

Thanks to “John H.” for passing these photos of lumps of CARS coal.

The “creators” of these seem to have gotten hold of the molds for the trailers – and being imbued with more of an interest for money than design sense, here are the results of their “work” making their own “Mack” and graphics.

(Of course, they needed their own Mack since the Mattel Macks are partial diecasts – and no counterfeiter is going to bother making a diecast metal Mack).

So it’s not really Mack but the designer seems to think Mack is some sort of Mater with gigantism disease.


Plus when you don’t really think about the eye placement, you end up a weird looking critter. Sputter-Stop
Basically, they are just making up logos – as with Sputter Stop by splitting off the Sputter. Of course, there’s also no reason for the low res oddball Piston Cup logo.Tack-O-Mint

This color scheme of course makes no sense either.  Transberry-Juice

More random design elements.Vitoline
Strange typefaces. Yes, design can seem easy but when it’s done by amateurs, it’s head-shaking sad.

So, I hope all the CARS are real and not weird counterfeits.

Thanks for the fun pics, “John H.”

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26 December 2013 CARS 18 Comments


  • Mack_me_Bucko says:

    I’ve actually corresponded with the one seller, and they say they aren’t the maker, they are buying these from a toy fair/market stall type of place from someone who buys them from the maker. I had suggested if they were the maker we could offer all kinds of insight to modify the designs and make them even better, but alas, they don’t know the maker.

  • jcamdenlane says:

    Given the prevalence of these things, I’m guessing that they’re successful. Why doesn’t Mattel see these as proof that the hauler line is viable? I’d buy any real one that was produced. The Quick Changers Mack and the Stunt Racers Transporters were pathetic.

    • Mack_me_Bucko says:

      As in my previous post, the seller I contacted is buying them from a middleman, who buys them from the maker. If they can make money at $16 each, imagine the profit and mark-up if Mattel were to do them!

  • Ryan says:

    The individual teeth are freaky.

  • wheelart New Zealand says:

    hey Met
    I have been wondering when a review of these haulers would make it onto t5. Tempting to add to the hauler horde.

    • Mack_me_Bucko says:

      As I noted earlier, if you go into it expecting to get a $15 item, and are willing to accept some paint problems, you get a good deal. I’ve decided to collect them all, especially since with the most recent wave they leave only four left undone. That’s a way better track record than Mattel!!

      Having been a professional model builder for 25 years, I can fix almost any paint error pretty easily, so it is less of an issue for me.

  • flophunter says:

    Theses knock off haulers sell like crazy I wouldn’t buy theses toys. All they need is a regular semi mold and most everybody wouldn’t of noticed. Like I said long ago mack only trucks for McQueen.

    • Mack_me_Bucko says:

      While Mack may only haul for LMQ, who’s to say there are not other Mack Trucks in the Cars universe? None of the Chinese knock-offs say “Mack” on the radiator, and a real Mack has his hat set higher due to a slightly taller cab. These are then just cousins of Mack’s. Truthfully, I got tired of seeing all the Freightliners as Team Haulers, too.

  • Tom says:

    This is why we needn’t worry about China dominating economically.
    When it comes to innovation and creativity they are completely lost on the concepts, never mind intellectual property rights.
    An interesting article recently in Time was discussing how jobs in China are being lost due to either cheaper overseas labor or “on-shoring” jobs back to the US.

  • MoMcQueen says:

    If I’m not mistaken, one of the first to hit the market was the “HTB: Chicks Hick” hauler which made me double-over laughing when the link was sent to me. Dirt cheap, yes. Good value? I’m torn. The exhaust pipes and mirrors are hard plastic so they break away the first time someone little drops them. The stick-out parts are not made of the chewy, plasticized rubber used by Mattel on real haulers. But many of the sellers from China who are selling these make it clear that they’re not produced by Mattel, if a buyer takes the time to read anything except the price. My big hold-back with them is that I have no reassurance about what materials are used to make this plastic. I don’t want my kids licking lead paint dust from their fingers because they’ve been touching the cab or ingesting carcinogenic plastics from the trailer. Mattel is held to standards (a la Lead Paint Sarge) but these guys are not.

  • thebreezz says:

    What I don’t understand is why Mattel Disney pixar Cars would allow people to make these cheep knock off crap & have these people put in jail. This is why we have laws and regulations with copyright laws against such actions to deceive buyer on eBay. I would think eBay should also share some responsibility. I had a issue with this when I posted about a short back card of Nigel Gearsley & it was also on a website that made me to believe I needed to get one for my collection. After the post members said it was a knock off & it was even taken off the website. This is why i live I live in America and the advanced society our nation is, so next time someone says we should have a Free enterprise system you can tell them be careful what you ask for. You get things like this were clearly that seller is cheating buyers. I know this is heavy but I hate so called customs like the one were the guy has put a I car/apple car on a blister pack and wants 100.00 for it. Low class No ethics and just sad. I hope those companies go after them. Thebreezz

    • Mack_me_Bucko says:

      I see the Chinese taking to the free enterprise system nicely. What likely happened is the factory was paid to make X amount of a Mack, and then Mattel moved the production to a cheaper factory, leaving the owner with tooling of no use. So, turn it around and make what you can.

      I doubt Mattel or Pixar or Disney can do anything to these people without a major investment of money, China is known for huge copyright infringements, and a cheap plastic toy won’t garner much attention.

      There’s also the fact that if these are being made, why can’t Mattel make them too? It isn’t rocket science to offer something, it is market control.

    • Mack_me_Bucko says:

      These are often of variable paint quality, yes, the numbers on the cab sides can often be applied crooked, and the Sputter Stop trailer says “Cold Engine Rclicl” — but otherwise they are actually a fairly good value, especially just sitting on a display shelf as a backdrop.

  • Mack_me_Bucko says:

    I’ve bought several of these as a lark, since they are dirt cheap ($15 includes the postage from China). The Mack cab is diecast, except for the hat, exhaust stacks, fuel tanks, mirrors, etc. Same as the “real” Mack I have. The trailers are also nicer in that they are not ungodly over-wide like the Mattel ones that have opening sides.

    So, yes, they aren’t Mattel, but they are still relatively nice, and serve as a place keeper until Mattel makes the “real ones” (which I doubt they ever will).

    • John says:

      I agree, the narrow trailer is a lot nicer than Mattel’s. Too bad they felt compelled to put “equipment” on the trailer floor as that makes it almost impossible to put a race car in there. We bought the Apple version figuring that even if Mattel eventually gifts us with all the other trucks, Apple still won’t get made.

  • John in Missouri says:

    Even the Disney Store Design Team are aghast by these trucks’ eyes.

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