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Mattel Disney Pixar Diecast CARS: Short Term, Retail Reset Shelves Loaded … Loading … UPDATE!

In the short term, the Fall Reset is happening and the stores shelves are actually filling with new CARS …


Mike E. reports and sends in photos – Target seems to be getting fully stocked on the playsets – will the Final Lap CARS show up in days or weeks?

Maike E Target
Many of the playsets have already been previewed but before actually seeing this on the shelf, it was only a line description … a new Storytellers playmat with a re-release of “Brand New Mater.”

mater playset

The three playsets all feature PLASTIC CARS – though in some cases, you can actually use the metal 1:55 diecast CARS though your results and resultant facial, eye or house scarring issues are your own responsibility πŸ™‚

Mack Track Challenge

Mack track


Be sure and send us a review if you buy and crack it open!

Original POST HERE.

Piston Cup Starter Set

piston Cup


Original POST HERE … again, send us a review!

Mike E. also sends us the 1st new MINI’s 6-pack to hit the shelves, he actually found them at Fred Meyer but others have reported in from Target …

Piston Cup Mini

A nice set with the first release of Mack cab only as a MINI along with new releases of N20 Cola, Octane Gain and Octane Gain Hauler.

Also listed on Amazon (as a Pre-Order): Piston Cup 6-Pack

The next two to come … soon> Or moving from the backroom to the front?

Dinoco 6 Pack


Highway 66 6-Pack


(of course, not all 6 MINI’s are shown)

From Joshoa C, the Mater the Greater Stunt Super Stunt Set … is also in stores at TRU.

Mater the Greater

Again, plastic Mater – not bad but not as nice as the diecast in terms of detailing.

plastic Mater2

Looks metal but not …

plastic Mater

Original post HERE.

This has been out a few weeks also …

Radiator Springs Speed Trap

RS Speed Trap

Original Post and interior shots HERE.

And so far only seen at Target, a new CARS Carrying Case – reasonably priced at $9.99 …

(photos courtesy of Mike E. & “dadmanrich.”


Case Open

“dadmanrich” notes …

I was checking in at my local Target, here in North Carolina, and my son found this carrying case, and I knew I just had to share. Β This case is priced at $9.99. Β The lid indicates it holds 50 cars however, I only see 44 slots and 1 = to 4 in the center. Β This center slot might hold Al Oft or Barney Stormin’. Β You could use it for accessory pieces, pitty tire stacks and tool chests.”


And yes, I was at at TRU and actually found these just hanging on the shelf …


There was no peg space for the singles (or a peg sticker) – anyone see singles at their TRU? More photos and reviews coming!

WM Logo-New

Meanwhile, the Walmart reset is scheduled for August 15-21 with stock arriving a week before … which of course means that some stores have already put out stock πŸ™‚ … and others, maybe by Labor Day πŸ™ …

Rowald R. sends along pics of the reset-restock already in progress at his store including a WM-only CARS Endcap.

WM Endcap

Others are reporting that it seems to be a mix of B & Case C

Lenticular Case B 2009

As people are finding both CHASE CARS (with Piston Cups) as well as a Flo & the new Luigi/Guido 2-packs …

Lenticular Case C 2009
Including Amy-Bravo1616 spotting the ever important cost-savings of a two-piece front Lenticular Nitroade …

Nitro Len

Of course, since the Nitroade body is used on a multiple of Piston Cup racer bodies, they are reading for a multitude of lenticular Piston Cup racer releases with different expressions …

Nitro Len2

KMart logo

And while not really a reset … it will cause your eyes to bug out …

Carla L. sent this photo along a few days ago … I told her that she would be making a lot of Take5 friends very soon … πŸ™‚

Online …


Nitroade Hauler has arrived at CTC …


Great graphics …

The CASE Assortment … don’t forget, there’s a coupon code:

Children’s Toy Closet (CTC) Coupon Code

Code is: 809

5% off your order and you get an entry to win a Hauler Display Case – auto entry for every $25 or more purchase. The coupon code is good through August 30, 2009.

The TakeFive Magazine Sale!

MagCloud is having a one year anniversary 20% off sale*.

(Our magazine-checklist publisher) so if you click on the link below for each issue.

Each link page below also offers you a preview of each issue.

Mag Ad2


Note: MagCloud sent us this note, “During this time we are discounting our production costs by 20% and extending this discount to each of you,” but it looks like it’s 20% off “their” base amount they charge us and not 20% off the final retail price so as someone pointed out, the discount in final total is closer to 10% – hopes that makes sense …

Thanks for the great pics everyone!

So we seem to have plenty of CARS to buy as we wave farewell to Martin A …

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31 July 2009 diecast, Mattel Disney Pixar CARS, Retail 117 Comments


  • stephen farrar says:

    is the chase cars in the final lap collection?

    (MET: As far as I know, there are no CHASE CARS in the Final Lap Series …).

  • rpag says:

    So did Carla L trade away all of those kmart day 1 cars? I was able to emial her twicd, but never heard back from her.

    did anyone score those great cars?


    • Carla L. says:

      Hi All,

      I have run out of the Kmart Day 1 Racers, the shelves were empty when I got there the second time. I will keep a lookout for more, and will keep you posted.

      As far as my 2 trades, Jestrjef and Eric were great trading buddies, hope to do more trading in the future!

  • Carazy says:

    Carla must have had an old picture. People would kill to get all of those. ESP. TRANSBERRY JUICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • babychristianscars says:

    Our stupid toy woman is driving me nuts. I asked her last week if there were any 3 packs in the back, she claimed NONE and none showing coming. Yet on Wednesday the very next afternoon there was a leakless and gold mia & tia hanging out.

    I asked her Friday if there were new singles NO, called on Saturday NO, called Sunday NO.

    Went in today and case B stragglers of the lenticular hanging out of course only must have put out one case.

    9 Lightnings on pegs, one sheriff, one fabulous doc hudson, one dj, one sarge and that was it.

    NO chick hicks, NO chase car, NO regular #30 sarge don’t even know if he exists, NO king, NO hydraulic ramone, NO radiator springs mcqueen and NO sally.

    I doubt I will ever find the case mcqueen at this rate, why would they do 1 car per case and send a store one case ugggh.

    (MET: Regular Sarge #30 if he returns will be at TARGET only).

    • Shelby says:

      Take a deep breath πŸ™‚

    • PirateDad says:

      Make her walk the plank!!!!

    • babychristianscars says:

      Oh I’m patient its only because of spending over $400 this past weekend to members here I finally caught up on cars and I wasn’t very far behind.

      My son’s birthday is Wed, tomorrow and I just wanted new cars to open since I am not getting out to the cemetary this year.

      I have quite a few nice ones to open. Thanks to all you guys. Esp. Jeff I traded the showgirls for the missing kmart 1 car, I can always replace the showgirls but couldn’t find view zeen anywhere.

  • Rich says:

    Well, here’s my want list since were all doing it.
    I just need them LOOSE, or in a pack, we are going to open them anyway.

    RPM – # 64
    Shiny Wax – # 82
    Sparemint – # 93
    Transberry Juice – # 63
    Creme Filled Gask-Its – # 80
    Faux Wheel Drive – # 54
    Fiber Fuel – # 56
    Gasprin – # 70
    MaciCar – # 84
    Rev-N-Go – # 73
    Sidewall Shine – # 74
    Tach-O-Mint – # 101
    Tank Coat – # 36
    Trunk Fresh – # 34
    Vitoline – # 61

    Dirt Track Doc Hudson

    Chase Sarge -1
    Lenticular Sarge -1
    Elvis – 3
    9 Car Racers – Kmart Day Rubber Tires

    email me at rdivizio@gmail.com
    Rich Divizio

  • Carla L. says:

    What notes do you wish to send???

  • Carla L. says:

    Hi Guys, sorry for not getting back sooner.As I was not aware of the value these cars posses, Metro King has been kind to help me, and all of you, out. I have been to my Kmart, and this is what I have for sale/ trade. Give me your best offers for purchase, and trade below is my list of wants.
    I will visit the Kmart tomorow and get more racers, but I have to let you know, I purchased the last 2 Transberry Juice. Maybe you’re lucky and the Kmart staff will roll out more of them on the shelves!
    Lots of all the other 4 racers and Fred Chase and Regular Fred.

    Please be patient, as I can’t spend all my time on my computer, but will get back to you.

    2x Transberry Juice
    2x View Zeen
    2x Sputter Stop
    2x Spearmint
    2x Shiny Wax
    2x Chase Fred

    Milton Calypeer
    Blowing Bubbles Mater
    Octain Gain
    Fiber Fuel
    Trunk Fresh
    N20 Cola (know it’s hard to find, don’t care if loose)
    Vinyl Toupee (know it’s hard to find, don’t care if loose)
    Sidewall Shine (know it’s hard to find, don’t care if loose)
    Gask-its (know it’s hard to find, don’t care if loose)
    Tachomint (know it’s hard to find, don’t care if loose)
    Dinoco Showgirls 3 pack
    Jerry Recycled Batteries Hauler
    Kori Turbowitz
    Race Official Tom
    Dexter Hoover
    Mini Adventures Playmat (from Disneyworld)
    All Cars Toon die cast

    (MET: Since the list is here πŸ™‚ … guess it’s okay to give out the email: c.lowenstein@mac.com – good luck).

  • NoahloveCars says:

    Carla L. PLEASE send me an email. I need KMART 1 racers Pretty PLEASE


  • rdivizio says:

    Woke up this morning knowing my TRU would be getting a shipment because the
    store manager told me on Thursday to come Sat morning.
    But, I didn’t go, took the kids and wife to the beach all day, got home, then said, what the hey, I’ll go take a look.
    Got my Rev-N-Go
    I could not believe it was still there.
    Then all of a sudden, Mater the Greater Stunt show was looking at me,
    that went into the cart also.
    Then, I saw the TOON ambulance and copter, no Mater, but that’s fine, I have 3 of the SDCC Mater’s that look better anyhow.
    After looking at the Ambulance a bit, it looked too cheap. Could have been better. I can’t remember if there will be a matching Ambulance in scale with
    the regular line, I think so, I’ll wait.
    Ohhh, and if you want to know if the Stunt show is cool. It is!
    But when you position the landing ramp right, Mater along with even your other cars land great on the other side smoothly, it’s great to keep doing it over and over again. I mean my kids were playing with it.
    Yea right, it was me. $25 but I think it’s worth it.

  • Mariela says:

    We want Carla..we want Carla.. πŸ˜‰ haha!
    If you really have all this, please email me..thanks!

  • mmatthie says:

    CARLA – I BEG YOU TO EMAIL ME!!! mmatthiessen AT gmail DOT com

  • Shelby says:

    Why am I not seeing a post from Carla? I have reread this thing 3 times…

  • Ace says:

    Carla, please email me about the chase Freds…would love two if possible.



  • Nascarfan says:

    Did this Carla ever get back to anyone?

    I could use one each lightyear launcher and Carstoon

  • Rick says:


    I would like to buy a Transberry Juice & View Zeen if possible.
    My email is rgb325@sbcglobal.net

  • michelle says:

    after reading this post i went out and checked 3 targets, 2 tru, 2walmarts and 2 kmarts and came home with NOTHING!!! i’m seriously thinking that this year for xmas i’ll just buy all my cars online and save the time money and aggravation searching all over to find more NOTHING…lol! that doesn’t give you the total excitement of finding something new on the shelf thought now does it!

  • tuatara1 says:

    That carrying case at Target, interestingly, isn’t a Mattel product (don’t know if this was mentioned in another reply and I just missed it). Another manufacturer has picked up on the fact that the die-casts are quite popular.

    • MiaSenorita says:

      I am just thankful someone made a case to store these precious diecasts where they won’t get bumped and chipped as much. It is especially nice that it holds quite a few cars, instead of 10. I just wish our Target had these so I could see them first hand!

      • Eric says:


        Not that you probably want to pay shipping on this, but I will happily pick one up for you at Target if you want. We do have lots of them. No new cars, but plenty of stuff to put old cars in. πŸ™‚

      • Ryansdad says:

        Just got back from my Target and they had 2 of these cases, BUT there were only 12 of the big square sections. If this is how all of these cases are going to be it is horrible.

        I couldn’t imagine stacking 4 cars into one of those square sections…

        Just make sure you open the case up before you buy or you may be going back to return it.

        • MiaSenorita says:

          Maybe that one is to hold all the oversize? If so, I want one!!! if the oversize fit that is…

          • Ryansdad says:

            I don’t think the oversize would come close to fitting in those squares.

            • MiaSenorita says:

              Oh, well that’s no good then! I agree that stacking cars wood NOT be fun… Kind of defeats the purpose of that 12 section case! Why wouldn’t you just toss them all in a bucket then?

              • Ryansdad says:

                I thought the exact same thing when I opened it.

                And my son has a “cars bucket” from easter and I cringe every time I hear a metal clang in that thing.

                Thankfully he doesn’t do it anymore since we bought a few cases for his cars to go in. But the oversize and the longer 1:55 still won’t fit in any case we have found to this point in time.

                • jestrjef says:

                  Yeah, we picked up one to TEST . . . 90% seem to fit . . . cool thing is that some of the walls are pretty thin plastic so I think I might (in my best Tokyo Mater voice) MODIFY!! I can cut some of the walls out to fit some of the Oversized and L . .o . . N . . G . . . e . . r cars. I will let you know how that turns out!!

                • MiaSenorita says:

                  Well I just got back from Target… they had two of the cases. Both have all the slots with one large one in the middle. I bought one.. can’t wait to try it out at home. I may also “MODIFY!!!” πŸ˜‰ Where’s that Exacto knife…..

                  • Ryansdad says:

                    Now I am upset because my Target gets the bogus version. I can’t add partitions to it.

                    Oh well let me know how the oversize work with it.

                    • MiaSenorita says:

                      How bizarre! Now I am curious if yours is supposed to be like that, or if it is an error in production. You should take a picture if you have the time or will πŸ™‚ I am curious about this thing!


                    • Carla L. says:

                      I got one and it has the large square in the middle. It’s not so good cause some of the spaces for the cars are very tight. McQueen for example has to go sideways, as well as the longer and wider ones.

                      I found a better solution with fishing supplies cases, from Plano, they sell them at Kmart and online at Amazon. You can also print stickers which fit perfectly in the slots (I did this for my son, so he knows where to place them and not loose them.)

    • John in Missouri says:

      Whoever made it, I’m just glad it only took THREE YEARS to follow up on the Cars Race Case & Track! For those who remember, it only held 16 of the original 21 characters.

      Quick, name the 5 it DID NOT hold! you’re not allowed to look it up!

  • Charlie says:

    Carla –

    I don’t have much to trade (I open everything and let my 3 year old son play with them) but would love to buy some of those KMART Day 1 Racers from you.

    can you please email me at charliewemyss@hotmail.com?

    Thank you very much.

  • Jason says:

    Went to Walmart today — had them scan the lenticulars and lo and behold they said they had 200 in back— the guy was nice enough to go get the endcap display boxes that have 40 assorted cars from case B and C in them-and they brought out 3 boxes for me to go through– got all I needed for me and friends–

  • Eric says:

    Hey all! Has anyone seen Cars Toons or Final Lap stuff at Target yet? I went into one today for non-Cars related reasons and they were doing their massive overhaul of the toys section. Bad news, there was nothing new except the crap (I mean stuff) listed above (playsets, rugs, whatever). πŸ™‚

    They state that trucks come in Mon, Weds, Fri and Sat, so how any new stock will be available starting tomorrow is beyond them. Plus they never heard of the Final Lap series (I know, right?). If you see any Toons or Final Lap stuff, please let us all know. What I saw as far as a “refresh” was the dumping of a couple more cases of Race O Rama singles that everyone has by now. I hope they aren’t going to work through all of their old unopened inventory before putting out new stuff. Any Target employees on the line? C’mon red shirts, speak up! πŸ™‚

    (MET: Target is not going to call them Final Lap – they are just going to call them “CARS CHARACTERS ASSORTMENT” or something like that – presumably even continuing with the same DPCI numbers as before since to Target, it’s just continuing versus WM & TRU who are switching to “CARS CHARACTERS with EYES ASSORTMENT”).

    • NicoleH says:

      Normally on truck days they put out whatever they have room for. They scan all the boxes in and the little machine thing they scan with tells them to either put on floor or backstock it.

    • Eric says:

      Well, you know what that means then MET. Those puppies will sit until the other singles are gone because they don’t know they are different and might actually sell in good quantities… I don’t even know what ROR case they have been pulling today, but it has Greta and Yeti in it. Fortunately, I did get a Leroy Traffik for my troubles today. πŸ™‚

      So we don’t have DPCI numbers yet to verify if they are new or the same? This is really going to be store specific then I guess. How about Cars Toons? Any DPCI’s on those?

  • NicoleH says:

    I went to 3 Targets, 1 TRU and 1 WM this morning and all I came home with was a Mini Gray Hauler and Mini Tank Coat and No Stall. Of course, I just traded with Mariela for the TC and NS. The TRU didn’t even have a spot for the new stuff so I am assuming it will be coming on the next truck since the other store already got theirs on Thursday.

  • AlbertHinkey says:

    Carla if you have any extras please email me at
    I have plenty to trade or I can purchase them and pay you extra for your effort.


  • PirateDad says:

    Carla L

    I sure hope you bought ALL those Kmart Racers….many people here need them and SOME people are charging a small fortune for them on the Trade Forum….no names but it rhymes with DoeyBars!!!

    Be fair and you will make ALOT of people HAPPY!!!

  • Jack says:

    Hi all. I was wondering what kmart these kmart day 1 cars
    were found and does mean they are releasing them again.
    Also does anyone know yet the Dpci#s on the new cars toons
    stuff or the target final lap cars?

    Thanks Jack(John’s Dad)

  • NJdevsfan says:

    I think Tony Soprano owns Target, TRU and Walmart in the Northern NJ area. Hope to find these by Halloween.

  • babychristianscars says:

    WOW drooling over here esp. at the old kmart cars and new target stuff.

  • Jb2313R says:

    Wow Carla L. my new best friend. Can you email me would love to trade some of those kmart day 1 racers for a Sdcc Mater. Lmk brgr2313@hotmail.com

    • rpag says:

      Yeah me too Carla L! Email is rmp15@psu.edu. I am also looking for a some of the kmart racers:

      1. Transberry Juice (x3)
      2. View Zeen (x1)
      3. Shinywax (x1)
      4. Sputterstop (x1)
      5. Sparemint (x1)

      I have lots to trade or can purchase.

      Thanks and great find!

    • Eric says:

      Carla – likewise… We have been struggling with getting a set of K-Mart Day 1 racers for some time now. I would recommend buying everything they have of the day one racers, and maybe even Fred w/Stickers. I (and many others) would be happy to take them off your hands with some extra to cover your gas and time. Heck, if you are missing anything from the collection, I will bet you can cash in on some good trades with those Day 1 racers! Please let me (us) know!


    • jubilutus says:

      Carla, you can add me as another person who wants to be your friend!!! I’m interested in the Kmart Day 1 racers as well! Thanks!



  • buckland-blowouts says:

    Ahhh!!! Finally a carryin’ case!!!

    Does that Brand New Mater look like he’s got himself his hood back on? Or is it just the angle of the picture?!?!?!?!

    (MET: Brand New mater has always had a hood -diecast-wise).

  • TJH-AZ says:

    I said in an earlier post that I hit more than a few WM’s this morning and 4 of them had already stocked the end cap display. It was 4 trays, each holding 2 cases. So, 8 cases total and they were 4 case B’s, and 4 case C’s. The only difference is that there were NO Flo’s. Everything else was correct. The cases had just been stocked at 2 of the stores so I’m not sure where Flo went. I picked up the Chase MQ and Chase Chick each with piston cup. One of the stores did not put up the end cap but tried to fill as many pegs as they could with cars from both cases. I guess they didn’t want to take down either the GI Joe or Transformer end caps.

    (MET: Someone said they saw Flo … ).

  • LiamsMom says:

    Wow!! New Stuff! Why isn’t TRU 24 hrs? Sometimes people need toys in the middle of the night.

    • Aaron & Jeanne Scriven says:

      I agree completely!! LOL .. i called tru wednesday night at 815 and they close at 9 haha and they had rev n go so i raced there haha! they should just be open all night like walmart lol if they could actually keep their stock up to date lol… well maybe now that will change! πŸ˜€ hopefully

  • collectormom says:

    Ugh I can’t find any new stuff anywhere. It’s as if this part of NY has given up on Cars

  • Aaron & Jeanne Scriven says:

    Went to 2 tru today no cars toons yet πŸ™ hopefully soon!! Our target has started the reset but for some reason put out more ror cars?! I hope the consolidate pegs lol this is awesome! It’s finally happening lol!

    • Eric says:

      Just did TRU… Found the light year launchers. Anyone want to guess which 4 were on the pegs? (Okay, no Rev N Go for those playing along at home).

      That’s okay, a little harmless flirting by my 3 year old and some shmoozing by dad … we walked out with the 2 Rev N Go’s from the back. I did have to buy one full case, but considering that the case of 5 is 5 different launchers … not too bad. For that commitment, they did open the last case they had in the back for us just to pull out our second Rev N Go!

      They also had Mater the Greater stunt sets, but NO Cars Toons singles/Megas. I am holding on for Target Sunday now as the Wal-Marts still stink out here (literally and figuratively). πŸ™‚

      • PirateDad says:

        SO everyone, are we buying the Lightyear Launchers? Do we like them? How do they shoot? Are the worth the extra money or do we care that we are paying 3x what a single costs??? Sure we all want Rev-n-Go, but what about the others??

        • Aaron & Jeanne Scriven says:

          personally for me we just wanted the car. ill have to buy one to open πŸ™‚ lol or FIND another one … LOL well actually i take that back i have 2 one is for jeff lol so i may give in and go buy like the lil torque pistons just to see how it shoots lol

        • Micky says:

          I’m only buying Rev-n-go launcher when I find it. Yes, I’m only getting it for the Car. I do mind a little about paying more than a single but I am anxious to complete the racers.

        • jestrjef says:

          Isn’t Rev-n-GO on the October Kmart List??? could pass on the launcher and just wait for the $4 version . . . . right??

          • AlbertHinkey says:

            You could, but don’t you need all of the plastic tire versions to complete the poorman’s SOTS set? I think the rubber tire versions are in a different category.

            • Micky says:

              You’re right. I need to go back and check to see which ones from KMart II Day I’ll need to re-buy with plastic wheels. Oh, will this ever end. So near and yet so far LOL πŸ™‚ Love the “poorman’s” SOTS.

  • Patrick says:

    First photo caption: McQueens as far as the eye can see.
    3rd caption: $45 for a plastic McQueen, Mack and track and a cardboard box?
    5th caption: $35 for the plastic McQueen w/ a track w/ a loop-de-loop? That’s more reasonable.

  • Mike H says:

    Now I’m scared.

    That image of lenticular Nitroade…what if, Mattel decides that all of the remaining, unreleased in the States SOTS racers should be lenticular?

    The cruelty of it- to possibly never see a non-lenticular FWD, or Gask-Its.


  • TarheelBill says:

    I just hope the possible combination of case B & C in the WM PDQ doesn’t include ANY Lightning McQueens. Shelves are already packed. πŸ™‚

  • hostile takeover banker says:

    I think I’ve sussed it. I’m going to buy all the lenticulars and then put a sticker over there eyes. Come’on photo shop!
    Maybe I could be the new Martin! errg, pinch me I’m dreaming.

  • What racers are Lightyear Launchers?

    Other Lil’ Tourquey Piston,Bumper Save & Rev n’ Go

    (MET: + Lightning & Chick which makes up the first case).

  • carstoysrocks says:

    I’m Going to TRU tomarrow…
    Hope they have Cars Toons,Lightyear Launchers
    Lent. Nitroade looks really cool!

  • PirateDad says:

    I LOVE the tow hook being the hook to hang on the pegs…nice job Mattel Design dude!

  • PirateDad says:

    SWEET!!! Wish I lived in the USA right now!

  • NicoleH says:

    I just got home from TRU and nothing but empty pegs where the Cars Toons stuff was.

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