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Mattel Disney Pixar Diecast CARS: Mack Back in Black (Maybe)

MiaSenorita was kind enough to loan out a new oddball find …

Mack Black WM

While it was announced a while back and it has been released overseas … its appearance in the U.S. is rather mysterious. It was found at Ross – normally a US discontinued outlet for manufacturers but also for other retailers who have excess stock … so how does something that seems to have had no ‘known’ release arrive at a store that sells off excess inventory?

Canceled for the US before its actual release?

Or just an oddity mistake?


This could be something Mattel could not convince a retailer to take in the US so there are very few floating around out there (in US packaging?) …

But the more likely scenario is that we will eventually see plenty of these on the shelf – after all, the ONLY difference between this and other Mack Transporters is the carrier portion is black plastic with lots of tiny stickers. Other than that, it’s identical to the previous gray carriers without the tiny row of stickers – of course, the two CARS are different than the last several WM “exclusives” but of course, all the CARS included in EVERY variation of the carriers has been re-re-releases …

Here is the international version which we know many people have seen in a variety of countries so not really rare in the int’l packaging.


Original post from January 2009 with pics of all the other Mack Transporters.

Thanks MiaSenorita … you either have something that numbers only in the hundreds? Or the first of several million 🙂  … it’s like when you walk into Target, do you jinx yourself by pushing a cart thinking you will need a wheeled cart because there’s no way you can carry that many CARS or do you carry a cane and stop by the chandelier section first? … I’m not going to handicap this but wish you luck 🙂  but thanks for the loan!


Okay, I think I have an answer. I think what happened is that Mattel is switching away from the RACE O RAMA banner motif so I have a feeling we will see plenty of these soon wearing the “normal” WORLD OF CARS designation plus perhaps a subtle motif such as the Team haulers now fall under WOC: Piston Cup Nights … so for packaging compeltists, this might be a ‘rare’ item but for CARS & Mack Hauler collectors, my guess is that we will see plenty of these … of course, this is just a guess …

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8 September 2009 Mattel Disney Pixar CARS, Retail 32 Comments


  • babychristianscars says:

    too cool. I too can’t wait to find this in the wild.

  • PCC says:

    That is correct; it has the same plastic semi cab as the Mack Bachelor Pad playset (and the previous Mack Transporters.)

  • PCC says:

    I picked one up at Ross as well.

    I’m not so sure Mattel is moving away from RoR just yet; TRU has been getting restocks of the Radiator Springs playsets (Lizzie’s Curio Shop and Luigi’s Casa Dela Tires) in new RoR packaging. And of course we are now just seeing re-releases of Movie Moments wearing RoR packaging at Target.

  • Steve AKA: Poppa says:

    I remember when Lionel Trains tried to entice girl with a ‘girl’ train with powder puff colors, pink,blue, etc. Maybe Mattel needs to crank out a pink transporter to haul little Chuki’s and Sally’s :).

    Don’t take me seriously!

  • MiaSenorita says:

    Weird find huh? I actually found one more this weekend. Anyone want to trade me for a Sidewall shine??? hehehehehehehe 🙂 or a bluray mcqueen will do 😉

    I do really like this guy though – and my kid can’t get enough of the “transporter” style to load up a bunch of cars!

  • BrianD says:

    We have a Ross chain of stores here that are clothing stores… never been in one… is it the same as the Ross that carries Cars?

    • Steve AKA: Poppa says:

      Yep, Ross is primarily an excess inventory discounter. Ross is heavily into clothing, but, it also carries toys, housewares, DVD/CD, seasonal items. Marshall’s and TJMax and Tuesday Morning also have a discounted toy section. It’s hit and miss. Anything and everything can show up.

      (MET: I think Ross & Marshall’s are owned by the same company).

  • Daniel says:

    We’ve had these in Canada at WM for a few months now. $29.92 I believe.

    • John in Missouri says:

      Man, someone at the Canadian Taxation Office is living the high life!!

    • Steve AKA: Poppa says:

      My wife’s grandfather use to run booze from Canada to the USA during prohibition. My grandfather use to make custom cars for bootleggers to make those runs- like hollowed out fenders to hide booze. Maybe, there’s money to be made for Piratedad to run toys to Canada! 🙂 At those prices, I wonder if it is the same running from western Washington to British Columbia? 🙂

    • jestrjef says:

      OUCH! Mine were not that expensive . . . I guess I was right in the middle of Cheap and Canadian!! 😆

  • TarheelBill says:

    Ridiculous !!! 😆

  • Ensign Eddie says:

    Anyone know if Ross has it priced like a discontinued item?

    (MET: It was $13.99, I believe).

    • jestrjef says:

      WOW! Now that would have been nice. The one’s I found were not that cheap! Them must be Montana Mark downs!! 🙂

    • TJH-AZ says:

      Still doesn’t beat the deal on the Mack Hauler with 3 cars that Wal Mart blew out at $10 after Christmas. And that included Bumper Save. Just because it’s black, $13.99 for a Mack Hauler w/ 2 totally boring, already released toooo many times LM and Sally, What’s the point? Doesn’t seem very “discounted”. Maybe and that’s a big maybe, if it was $9.99, it would make some take a second look. But $13.99 is a bit much.

  • John in Missouri says:

    Mack in black
    I hit the racks
    It’s been too long I’m glad to be back
    Yes I’m let loose
    From the noose
    That’s kept me hanging around
    I keep looking at the sky
    ‘Cause it’s gettin’ me high
    Forget the hearse ’cause I’ll never die
    I got nine lives
    Cat’s eyes
    Usin’ every one of them and running wild

    ‘Cause I’m Mack
    Yes, I’m Mack
    Well, I’m Mack
    Yes, I’m Mack
    Well, I’m Mack, Mack
    (Well) I’m Mack in black
    Yes I’m Mack in black

    Back in the back
    Of a Cadillac
    Number one with a bullet, I’m a power pack
    Yes, I’m in a bang
    With a gang
    They’ve got to catch me if they want me to hang
    When I’m back on the track
    And I’m leadin’ the pack
    Nobody’s gonna get me on another rap
    So look at me now
    I’m just makin’ my play
    Don’t try to push your luck, just get out of my way


    Well, I’m Mack, Yes I’m Mack
    Well, I’m Mack, Yes I’m Mack
    Well, I’m Mack, Mack
    Well I’m Mack in black
    Yes I’m Mack in black

    Hooo yeah
    Ohh yeah
    Yes I am
    Oooh yeah, yeah Oh yeah
    Back in now
    Well I’m Mack, I’m Mack
    Mack, I’m Mack
    Mack, I’m Mack
    Mack, I’m Mack
    Mack, I’m Mack
    Mack in black
    Yes I’m Mack in black

    Outta sight

    (MET: Oh oh, I see a new Expanded Universe – CARS: ROCK BAND – the video game and CARS … of course, one of the next Mater Tall Tales is Rock ‘n Roll Mater).

  • John in Missouri says:

    I want the one with the white vinyl sign that says “Look Like Me!”.

  • 5oclockshadow says:

    looks better in black…

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  • CaptainChunk says:

    I really hope these aren’t hitting the shelves. There’s no room for them and something actually worth buying will be removed to do so.

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