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Mattel Disney Pixar Diecast CARS: CARS Photo Roundup …

CARS & photos and photos and CARS …


CALLING ALL CARS,  CALLING ALL CARS – I have broken though the outer shell imprisoning me. I am free. Do you roger? You sound muffled – are you still encased in the oval shell? I’ve crash landed on a strange planet. The impact must have awoken me from hyper-sleep. Terrain seems a bit unstable … No read-out yet if the air is breathable … and there seems to be no sign of intelligent life anywhere …


On a related note, Piston Cup Racers have been freed at this household location by crazyforcarsakajim … what do you after you find, receive and hold the holy grail of CARS? 🙂 … Is it just me or does he have the expression there is no air in the room … brain scrambled, brain scrambled, shutting down, shutting down … 🙂 (or maybe that’s normal, let’s ask his wife 🙂  ).


iam speed sends us nice sharp pics of the scale of 1:55 Mattel tractor and Disney Store tractor which is actually nicely detailed but the scale of their CARS vary greatly …


More Disney Store only CARS – or if the scale is not way off, Mater looks like Burnt Mater or is Brownie Mix Mater? Um, fudgey.


If you live near Ricky S. – you might not find any Impound Wingo’s … he says they’re on their way to Canada … CANADA?! They get all our CARS … oh wait, is it still June 2008? Oh, never mind … I guess they should see new CARS once a year … maybe Matty is stuck in a snowbank … who will pull him out?


CARS 4: The Matrix … McQueen realizes he’s a cyborg and goes deep black.

247 bins on the wall, take one CAR out, 21,894 more as backup …


Steven H-B of the UK sends us a snap of International CHASE Boost … I like the mini icon of the CAR on the ticket but maybe a bit redundant with the giant picture above – too bad, they can’t do other angles … but a nice way to go – much better than trying to cram 400 words on a tiny ticket.

And reader, RichardP43 sends us not only a funny pic but also a funny and cute CARS story …


Have a couple items that might be of general interest to the Take Five

1.  In January I went to the Grand National Roadster Show here in
Southern California.  If you’re into hot rods or customs you may have
heard of it.  For you NorCal guys it was commonly called the Oakland
Roadster Show before they left Oakland and headed south a few years ago.
It is an indoor car show with about 500 cars on display, mostly hot rods
of all types and years, always some customs, motorcycles, race cars, a
few movie cars, and other vehicles of interest.  This year CARS was
represented by a nice ’37 Ford dressed in western attire, very
appropriate for the Radiator Springs area.  Please see the attached
picture.  (Speed Racer’s Mach 5 was also there but I didn’t bother to
take a picture.)

2. In the April issue of Road & Track long-time racer Allan McNish has
started writing a column.  McNish is a Scottish driver and has raced in
Formula One and its feeder series such as F3000 and the British Formula
Three series.  He is best known as a two-time American Le Mans Series
champion and two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, most recently
in 2008.

At the end of his first column in Road & Track he writes …
Of course, despite all that hard work and high speeds, it’s still easy
to be put straight in your place.

I’ve got a little boy, Finlay, who is almost 4 and a little girl,
Charlotte, just over 6 months old. Finlay and I were watching the film
Cars. He really likes Lightning McQueen and said, “You know, daddy, you
might be a good race driver, but you’re not as good as Lightning
McQueen. He’s much better than you.”

Kids!  🙂

Thanks for all the pics and stories. Keep ’em coming.

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  • XiaSenorita says:

    FINALLY!!! Something NEW has come to my Walmart! Case G is here! But leave it to Walmart….they are in a wire bin about 4′ deep and 4′ x 2′ wide…it went up to my armpits filled with new cars. Needless to say it was very hard to look through all of them without ruining half of the cardbacks…not the for “Mint on card” collectors! I was happy though to finally find some new cars in my own hometown here in Montana. They also had the shelves stocked full of these single cars, Haulers galore (several Octain Gains), and tons of other stuff…just not other new stuff. The 3-Pack Gold Mia/Tia & Bling McQ have been sitting on that shelf for about 3 months in the same spot. Still waiting to see any new Launchers or the Impound Wingo case…

  • acuransx says:

    Ladies & Gentlecars,

    The dealo was that we were only gonna make 20k only of these Chase Charactere. How and where they end up who knows.

    Just know the quota was 20k max, one time deal.

  • Monica says:

    That Disney Mater looks burnt to me, poor Mater.

    • MiaSenorita says:

      I agree… they didn’t do so well on that one. Fire roasted Mater. Some of that stuff looks good though! I have never been to a Disney store so it would be hard to tell until I had one in person.

      (MET: The CARS are all plastic also … again, not terrible but compared to the Mattel 1:55 line …).

      • MiaSenorita says:

        I do love a big hunk of metal.. but I also love the plastic cars for some reason. Like the ones that came with Mega Mack (thank you JestrJef!!!) and the Tractor Tippin Track. I guess it is just something different and I don’t have to worry about it as much as my precious 1:55 line 🙂

        However, I did not realize they were plastic, thanks for the heads up – 7up!

        Agreed – nothing can compare to the 1:55’s and I am continually amazed with their quality, detail, and fun.

  • John in Missouri says:

    Seeing the photo of the Tractors reminds me of Tip ‘n’ Toot Tractor. Did anyone ever buy that? It was one of the very first things we bought…and also the very first items we returned as well!! They were very cool toys, but they worked so intermittently — they would “Moo” but not tip over 95% of the time. Talk about wasting $15.00!!

  • John in Missouri says:

    I’ve been collecting Cars since Day One (June 9, 2006), but here is the list of Cars I’ve never seen in the wild:

    Original Team Sparemint on card
    Tank Coat Launcher
    Impound Wingo
    Elvis RV
    Chick Pitty’s & Mater
    Octane Gain Hauler
    Milton Calypeer

    • MiaSenorita says:

      That is pretty good! How many stores do you have to frequent? I only have 3 – Walmart, Target, KMart.

      But, I have seen an Impound Wingo, Mater and Pitties, and Octane Gain Hauler!

      Have not seen:
      Shifty Drug & Vitoline Launcher
      Impound McQueen
      Bumper Stickers McQueen
      Dustin Mellows
      Sparemint 3 Pack
      and of course newer ones (chuck manifold and beyond)

      So I guess I haven’t done that bad either!

      • John in Missouri says:

        That is so weird, because I still see countless Dustin Mellows, and the 2 Chase McQueen’s were everywhere here when they first came out.

        I started setting my alarm earlier about 18 months ago, and head to Wal-Mart at 6:00am or so, just about when they’re done stocking the shelves, so I find a lot that way. They’re going to open a 2nd Wal-Mart here this Summer, so I cannot wait!

        My Kmart only puts stuff out on Thursday or Friday night, so I go there only on Friday’s and Saturday’s.

        My Target has been putting stuff out on Saturday’s lately, although during the week I can sometimes find new ones.

        Kmart and Target both open at 8am, which is the same time I need to be at work — why can’t they be 7am??? 🙂

        (MET: Remember the ‘new’ WM will have a soft opening so don’t think the ‘grand opening’ day (usually Saturday) is the actual first day they start selling stuff).

        • MiaSenorita says:

          Wow! You are much smarter than me.. I need to figure out the schedules as well. I found an employee or two in the toys department at Walmart who I have befriended because they seem to actually know what is going on. One even searched the back room to get me 2 cases of haulers!

          I haven’t figured out KMart or Targets stocking policies here, other than they usually get stuff on Wednesday. However, they stock it when they feel like it during the day. And like you said, Kmart has very limited hours!

    • Monica says:

      I found Impound Wingo on the pegs at Target last week, only my second score of a Chase off the pegs. For some reason, My local Targets really loaded up on Case F.

      • John in Missouri says:

        My Target has been living and breathing Case E the last month or so, and I’m really hoping Case F takes over as well.

        • carsmama says:

          John – My Target here in Omaha is exactly the same. I can’t even count how many Case E’s they’ve gotten in a row. Plus they just decided to put a few pegs of Cars on an endcap and it was Case E too. Frustrating. Still waiting on my Impound Wingo sighting as well.

    • racerguy says:

      Wow, you’ve seen a bunch of Cars I haven’t, but some of those on your list are pegwarmers around here.

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  • MiaSenorita says:

    I am soooooo jealous of the cars Jim! and Ricky! more so Jim though.. the Holy Grail in all its glory 🙂 Some day maybe I will get mine too, not getting my hopes too high though.

  • PirateDad says:

    I got one of those HUGE Tractors this weekend…the other Cars seemed SO awkward, but I love the Tractors!!!

    BTW Ricky is that your dining room? Looks like LM crashed there and trashed the place…May Doc have mercy on his soul!

  • matt says:

    Hey ricky share the love dude, its people like you that make the rest of us crazy looking for toys!!!!

  • Roswell says:

    it happened again!!!!!

    i bought 6 more cars i didnt even want to get the stupid stickers for the FWD promo, entered them on the website and it said i would soon get an email telling me what to do next…i did that yesterday and i havnt had an email yet…yes i even checked my junk box…nothing!

    theres not even a ‘contact us’ link on the site incase they fudge up…AGAIN!!!

    anyone else had this????

  • 5oclockshadow says:

    Love the pic of the ’37 roadster. That is pretty slick. So how does he draw his gun?

    I have personally found 22 Impound Wingos, but so far have only bought 6, mainly for anyone who needs em on here. I’d like to think others in my area would be happy to find one in the wild like I do. The most difficult one for me to find was Impound McQueen. Only saw 3 of those. The rest, at least 15+.

    I also still find it hard to believe there are only 20,000 of these. Does Mattel ONLY make 20,000 of each case? I have never seen a case opened that didn’t have a chase in it.

    • John in Missouri says:

      I have personally found ZERO Impound Wingo’s, and am starting to think that they don’t really exist.

      • 5oclockshadow says:

        Well there is photographic evidence now. I think Ricky may have been raiding Missouri 😆

      • Micky says:

        Same here. I’ve not yet seen an Impound Wingo in the wild. Still looking though.

      • BMW says:

        John, saw your posted reply about TJ with new and TUF GUY. Still trying to find out if it exists.

        (MET: BTW, Finally looked, I do not have a TUF GUY with “new,” it’s sans snipe so unless a lot of people start reporting in they have one, it’s either an error or simply mythical).

        • John in Missouri says:

          I really don’t think it does.

          • DLMcQueen says:

            I wouldn’t bet against the CARS Drive-in gallery! They have Wal-Mart TJ with “New” snipe and “Tuf Guy” license plate listed, so I’m a believer. carsdriveingallery.com/TJ.html

            (MET: Note, I did not say NONE existed nor that I do not believe Brandon but if it’s only a few, it’s an error and not a variant).

        • BMW says:

          Met, thanks for checking on this. I have tried many ebay listings looking for one, and so far no one that has responded that they have it. Another collector is also checking his stash for me to see if he has one.

    • racerguy says:

      I have no problem with Ricky buying all those; what I’m upset about is that I haven’t seen more than one that I could buy! And ever since the beginning I questioned 20,000; I know Martin promises it’s true, but I see so many of the older Chase cars still appearing that I have my doubts.

    • 5oclockshadow says:

      Woo hoo! Case G has hit Walmarts in Texas. Can add 2 Chukis to the ‘seen’ Chase list.

      4 cases in 2 different Walmarts. 2 chukis and 9 Miltons were already gone. But get this — not a single Andrea had been bought. Shes already a peg warmer on her debut. Thought that was funny.

  • MackDaddy says:

    Crack is wack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?


    what do you mean my names not actually Jim? what is it then????

  • LiamsMom says:

    Those Disney cars kill me! We have the cow tractor, but at the store they have a set of 8 or so cars. And I swear, Guido is the biggest car in the package. It’s bizarre.

  • Jasnkar4ever says:

    I didn’t see one impound wingo on this whole post I saw 18 dang 🙂

  • buckland-blowouts says:

    Le Premier!!!

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