Mattel Disney Pixar CARS Diecast: Sputter Stop Variant – Not a Variant
Sputter Stop returns for the 2nd year in a row but as a 2-pack now with Gaspirin which has not been released in a while.
From his photos, his Sputter Stop looks like a variant but in my comparison of 2008 to the new one, it looks more like a production error.
The orange of Sputter Stop is darker which does not necessarily make it a variant as there are always some variation in mass production items. My 2008 matches the my new 2014 unopened Sputter Stop 2-pack.
And yes, on his it looks like they simply applied the grill upside down.
Since this series of photos is from “John H,” and not in my hands, there is obviously a height difference – just as the newest Sheriff is also different height from the earlier releases.
I have the 2-pack and the single from Themes 2013 but they are unopened and my eyeball comparison of my last opened Sputter Stop (2008 launcher?) look about the same height-wise and my unopened 2014 grill is applied correctly.
This might be a new mold. There are only three parts that would affect the height – the diecast body, the plastic base chassis and the axel/tires. Since it seems unlikely they would mold different axel/tires and since Sputter Stop is only 1 of 3 main body shapes for the “other” Piston Cup racers, it would seem the difference is in the base/chassis.
So, presuming the base/chassis is the reason, maybe it’s not riveted in correctly? So, for now, I’ll just say that the one John H has is an error- especially with the upside down grill also.
Also note, in racing terms, I think you want your car as low as possible so this new version will pretty run last, right?
But if you have Sputter Stop’s open – let us know what you think. I also did not break out my Sputter Stop from the MSOS set which I presume matches up to the regular releases through 2011 (launchers). So, the question is whether the return of Sputter Stop last year matches up to this one height-wise.
Thanks for the great photos, “John H.”
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