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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.

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“John H.” sends along a slew of photos.

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.

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And yes, on his it looks like they simply applied the grill upside down.

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But there is another production variance – John H. says the new Sputter stop is taller.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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