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Mattel Disney Pixar CARS 3: Kmart CARS Day Today – How Did It Go?

One last roundup of FAQ’s.

So if I go into my Kmart on June 17th, I will find 2 early release diecasts?

Yes.

Note, they are NOT exclusives – just “first to Kmart.”

What are the two “early to Kmart” diecasts?

It looks like the two Piston Cup racers are Ralph Carlow/Lil’ Torquey Pistons and Jack DePost/Tow Cap as they showed in the header graphic ad.

So, how does the CARS Day Event work?

Well, that’s depends on you and the circumstances of your store. Here’s how the process is supposed to work. You drew numbers and in order, you got a case to open. You could select 5 CARS. In the early days of the Kmart CARS Day Events, there were up to 60 cases per store so if you drew a number lower than 60, you got a case to pick the 5 you wanted. After everyone who showed up got their five, then it was a free for all. As the Kmart CARS Day Events went along, some store got fewer and fewer cases so in some stores, there was not much of a guarantee of anything.

So, on June 17 (for CARS Day #11), there are apparently ONLY TWO of Ralph Carlow/Lil’ Torquey Pistons and Jack DePost/Gask-its in a case of 24 so even if you draw a low number – the other 22 appears to diecasts already available at other retailers – you will have to choose from “common re-releases” as you are only allowed to open one case anyway.

Most people who have checked at their Kmart report their store seems to getting 4-8 cases so unless just a couple people show up, your odds of getting the 2 racers are not high.

Of course, it ultimately doesn’t matter as these two diecast characters are available in cases coming in the  next few weeks so Kmart’s “exclusivity” might be limited to a few weeks or maybe just a week. AND unlike previously Kmart CARS Days, these are not unique cards with the ONLY AT KMART snipes – they are just regular cards. And you have to open them to match the UPC to mail in …

At least they are slightly discounted – singles are $4.49 now. And of course, it’s now even more unlikely that Kmart will sell singles online – though the 12-pack will be available.

What about the “12-pack?”

The 12-pack has been revealed and as the old saying goes, when the going gets weird, the weird turns pro.

“Each bundle contains at least 1 Lightning McQueen, 1 Mater and 1 of the 2 early-release cars shown here (Lil’ Torquey or Tow Cap) plus 9 additional assorted cars. Mixes may vary.”

I should also point out this 12-pack should qualify you to order TWO Precision Series CARS 3 Lightning but the banner seems to indicate it only qualifies you for ONE. But I guess it saves you a drive to Kmart.

Then What?

(Send in cardbacks, original receipt & $3.50 for each vehicle).

The rundown on the rules are HERE.

The Mattel site to fill out the form is HERE.

“Toomsterev” found a disparity on the offer – on the Kmart site, it says LIMIT 5 Precision Series LM redemptions while the Mattel website says 10.

“Although you may purchase 5 (five) die cast cars on separate receipts within the promotional period, there is a limit of 1 (one) Lightning McQueen vehicle for every 5 (five) die cast cars you purchase within the promotional period, regardless of how many receipts those 5 (five) cars are on. Offer is limited to 10 (ten) Lightning McQueen vehicles per household per promotional period.” 

To be safe, if you intend to redeem more than 5, you might use another address for safety.

“Toomsterev” also reports that there’s ANOTHER SALE going on …

“My contact told me that because they are on the closing list that YES they did still get Cars and probably like 6 event cases and a large influx of regular 2 packs, megas etc – cleaning out whses etc.

But the kicker is ALL toys are 25% off – Even Legos etc ( Other depts – Tools etc are 20% etc etc.) 
So that will include the Event Cars on Saturday.
So at $4.99 reg they will prob be between Target And Wally pricing – I assume $3.74 ish. Assuming they will go from highest price, not the sale price.
Or $3.36 if they go 25% off current sale.”

BTW, if you’re looking for CARS from 2015 & 2016, you might want to check out your Kmart … this is what mine looks like.

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15 Comments

  • BMW says:

    No Kmarts here, so my family helped me as their town still has one Kmart and that Kmart had 4 cases. A man with 2 kids were there besides my family member.. No posters or promotional materials. Manager did the raffle anyway.

  • jb says:

    Got a few extra Ralph Carlow and Jack DePost. PM me if you. Let me know if you need them.

  • quercy says:

    Hmmm… saw the movie tonight… I am now thinking that “never-before-seen Lightning McQueen” promo will be the epilogue McQueen.

  • brianmc4745 says:

    There are tons on the shelf now, I also found a bunch of others that haven’t been released.

  • brianmc4745 says:

    I don’t understand how these are early release to kmart? I found these at Walmart weeks ago

    (MET: “Early” is a pretty safe legalese – like “early” in the morning – it could mean everywhere from 12:01 AM to 11:59 AM … 🙂 ).

  • Dunroamin says:

    Just Me. They only let me open one of the 6 cases…oh no…he said come back at 9:30, and i’ll let you open another…so i waited…he gave me one more…i thought he was kidding…i said i have families I’m buying for who don’t have KMARTS…are you really going to make me wait…after some contemplation…he brought out the remaining…hooked some people up…now it’s time to do the mail-ins…

  • SPK65 says:

    Took the family on a KMART outing (they weren’t too thrilled but it is Father’s Day Weekend :)) Got there before store opened, one other father/son in sight. Walked in and there was a couple of tables with 6-7 cases unopened. The store manager said, “feel free to open and grab what you want”. This of course was a thrill as my whole family got into it. Got the 2 new ones plus Dud and Rex as I needed them. My son got to pick 5 of his choice as we need to open and send card backs. Met a few other collectors from the area, talked about other KMART days and even about Take Five. Pretty fun all in all.

  • lucie69 says:

    i got 3 of each bought 15 cars but i collect them unopened and they want the card back to get the free one oh well guess i’ll skip that one
    probably better off buying the case on line

  • lefseboy says:

    Three collectors and nine cases, so we each had three cases to sort through. When we were done, the clerk dumped out the rest into bins for other shoppers.

  • Mack_me_Bucko says:

    I had all sorts of graduation party stuff to attend to this morning, but did manage to finally reach my nearest K-Mart around 2:00 in the afternoon. they had a small cafeteria style table set up in a main aisle halfway between the toys and registers — there were four cases of Cars sitting there opened, and a few cases of Hot Wheels. I thought, man, I’m boned — then looked closer, and found there were still all four of the ‘Tow Cap’, and three of the ‘Lil Torquey’. So I got one of each, and then left. It appears the ‘Cruz Ramirez’ were gone though, but not much else. $4.49 each by the way, plus a buck for the March of Dimes at the register.

  • John in Missouri says:

    After several store closings, I had to drive an hour to the nearest Kmart. No store poster and no master carton this time, but they did receive four 24-count cases. I had no competition so they didn’t need to use tickets. They dumped out the contents of all four cases onto the table, so I picked out four each of four Cars: Mood Springs, Gaskits, Tow Cap, and Little Torquey Pistons. I went back at 10:00am to ask for the boxes, and not a soul had been there since 9:15.

  • tzdtmm says:

    Just got back home, this store put them all in a metal rack, unfotunately I was almost 2 hours late and missed the two new ones. I asked if they had any fresh cases in the back and they said no, it was all placed in the rack. They said nobody showed at 9 am for this, but someone must have beat me to it still. Bought my 5 for the kids and have the cardbacks saved with the receipt. I can’t help but wonder if they even had the special cases or if this was just case A you find everywhere else for now?

    John V.

    • Rainman says:

      Event went well – no scanning problems or otherwise. Seems like most stores received 7 cases or so. Only saw one other Cars fan. John – That’s too bad, but at least it was in a bin rather than a shopping cart. – I’m sure they probably did get the cases though.

    • kachow95 says:

      The store had 7 cases. I was given a case and my son as well so I was able to get 2 of each. Told the manager about the 2 new cars and then he asked me if I wanted to open more cases but I said no. I should’ve though.

  • kachow95 says:

    got back home about an hr ago. it was only my kid and me. 🙂

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