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Mattel Disney Pixar Diecast CARS: Color Changer My CARS World

The CARS that change colors have arrived …

(thanks for the nice pic, Matt B.)

packaging

cardback

No idea on the case assortment but I can tell you there are 10 in CASE A so presumably there are two of each plus 4 of Lightning McQueen?

Yes, these are ALL PLASTIC so they change color faster.

“Vehicle changes color with warm or icy cold water for double the fun!”

The complete line …

Color Change CARS

Doc

Lightning GreenMaterRamone

And there’s even a playset, appropriately enough, Ramone’s House of Body Art …

Ramone's playsetIt comes with Ramone …

Color BoxMr. Blurb says, “Cars Ramone’s Color Change Playset: Every car in Radiator Springs knows when you want a sweet new custom paint job you make tracks to Ramone’s! This super auto body shop playset features a water pump and ramp. With the water pump add a splash of color. Show off your new paint job, then roll down the ramp into the dunk tank to change him back again. Vehicle changes color with warm or icy cold water for double the fun! Playset includes one Color Changers Ramone vehicle.”

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17 December 2009 Mattel Disney Pixar CARS 73 Comments

73 Comments

  • Mama2CarCrazyBoy says:

    Ive been trying to hunt down these color changing cars… I think they are cool and my son loves them! I have found a few. I have Lightning, Matter, Doc, Sheriff, Flo, DJ, Boost… Have seen a few others at the store but havent bought them yet lol…

    Have NOT been able to find a Sally!!! At this point i cant even find a FULL list of all the color changers available… (other than wahts listed on this site lol) if anyone has any info or places to look let me know thanks! =)

  • mrfishdog says:

    FYI did some research with the grandkid and found the list missed Tex Dinoco and the Ramone that comes with the playset is old school Ramone when dipped changes to all yellow w/blk windows witch is different from the single Ramone.

  • Jonny2Scarves says:

    Has anybody spotted the playset and know mow much it costs?

    Thanks.

  • Have’nt found them yet but these look kind of interesting.

  • lost says:

    found color changer cars in a super target in tampa, fl

  • EM says:

    We are officially at market saturation for the Cars car lines.

    OK, maybe not official, since I have no such declaring authority, but this is getting ridiculous.

  • Daniel says:

    Color Changers have arrived in Canada!!! TRU…$8.99

  • michael says:

    Had me full in, until I saw plastic.

  • buckland-blowouts says:

    SOOOOOOOO tasty and sweet!!! NOw that is what I am talkin’ about!!!

    I almost let this post slip by me as I took ONE day off from the inter-tube!!!

    OMG this is fantastic!!! Love ya hot wheels and Mattel for comin’ up with this brilliat idea!!!!!

    I am all over this!!!

  • acuransx says:

    Ladies & Gentlecars,

    Sure don’t miss the drama anymore and it sounds like nothing has changed as it? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I hope you all have a great Holiday, God bless everyone, each and every one of us.

  • WillsCars says:

    This is a cool new TOY! My son and his cousin liked the Hot wheel colors changers, so I know theyโ€™ll love these. Iโ€™m hoping it will make it easier to get my son to take a bath! ๏Š
    For everyone who feels the need to complain about this product, did you ever stop to think that Mattel is a TOY company who makes TOYS for kids? Mattel does not make this line or any of their CARS stuff for adults. It seems collectors need to be reminded of this from time to time. If you love certain items they make and enjoy collecting them, great. If you donโ€™t like something, just donโ€™t buy it. This never ending complaining is getting old. Itโ€™s very unrealistic for collectors here to think that Mattel should cater to your wants. I highly doubt all the Collectors combine even make up 10% of Mattel total sales of CARS items. Keep in mind that getting into collecting 1/55 scale CARS opens you to a great little world. There are many avenues you can take with collecting these. If you want to stay with strictly collecting cars from the movie, thatโ€™s cool. If you want to collect every car in every type of packaging, more power to you. If you want to expand and get into the Storytellers, Mater Tales, Lenticulars and Color Changers thatโ€™s great. Have fun with it. If any of those donโ€™t appeal to you, thatโ€™s ok to. We all have different tastes. If you are lucky enough to have a child to share all this with, what a huge bonus. My son and I have so much fun together playing with the cars, watching the movie, watching the Mater Tales and reading all the books. Having many choices is a good thing and no reason to get upset.

    • PirateDad says:

      Well said! Merry Carsmas!

    • heinz57baby says:

      Some of the collectors are people with kids – and it’s our kids who don’t like some of these items either. Funny thing is that Mattel is supposed to be a toy company which one would assume makes toys for kids, but sometimes it appears they don’t care about kids input – after all, if they really had kids in mind, would we all be running around from store to store, country to country, or be those (not me) that give in to eBay’s disgusting prices? Not all collectors are lonely single people hiding in their parents basement at 50 years old collecting everything to auction off later – some of us remember we were kids once too and do have some knowledge of what toys are good.

      Choice is good, but I’ve had enough of the bait and switch/bring in a new line every couple of months/put one new car in a case/chase away any type of collector practices that this company has pulled out of it’s sleeve. We just want one of most of them – not all these silly ones they make from the excess of the ones that didn’t sell for the last 3 years because the geniuses in marketing can’t figure out that no one really needs a Lightning McQueen or Ramone anymore and they’re scratching their heads as to why they won’t sell.

      Who’s kid hasn’t said “There’s no new ones today” and walked away disappointed. Especially here in Canada!!

      • heinz57baby says:

        Sorry that ended up being two run-on sentences…

      • Steve AKA: Poppa says:

        Well stated! I’m the designated “toy finder” for the extended family. Although chastised (maybe envied) by some on this site, I do get around to the numerous stores and get to talk to the personnel frequently. Now as a collector I buy one of whatever I need. I do know the stocking habits of the various stores, but, I am not an eBayer or reseller. Most of difficult Cars items I buy are bought for other participants on this site. That being said, so I do not get jumped by the cyber thugs I have observed the following:

        (1) Exclusives are the worst thing for any toy. It leads to excessive interference in the marketplace by resellers. Some on this site are not near a K-Mart, Target, etc. God help those stuck in the middle of cattle country in Montana! Target has a lock on the classic line which I currently collect. It is impossible to find any on the pegs, Christmas or otherwise. I talked to the manager of the Lakewood, WA Target store with her stocker on hand. Neither have a clue as to what Target is selling. They are unaware Final Lap is an exclusive. The manager cannot order. HAL ships when HAL wants. HAL ships what HAL wants. I asked why that Target gets one case per truck, when the local population exceeds 500,000 for two Target stores. The pegs are still loaded with old castings and packaging. This is not the way to run a business.

        The same with TRU. The manager who is have known personally for over fifteen years cannot order anything, even if he begs.

        (2) Mattel and retailers are comatose to the wants of the marketplace. I personally talked to the head Cars toy buyer for Wal-Mart in Bentonville, Arkansas. It was like talking to Mater. He had no understanding of the case assortments. But, talk to the local toy manager of the Lakewood, WA WM and he tells of begging for new product and better assortment. He shows me his computer block on ordering. Again, HAL governs.

        (3) Reseller using retailers as a wholesale house distort the marketplace on new toys, Cars and everything. The 90 day return receipt enables the resellers to make his early killing/profits without incurring any risk of losses. It has been going on forever, not just with current Cars. Numerous times I have seen cases of repackaged old non selling Hot Wheels returned to a newly opened store. The managers with few exceptions take back anything. Putting a limit on sales is laughable. When there are two new Cars in a case, How do you limit sales? If Hasbro was able to make solid cases of Darth Maul available due to excessive demand for it, why doesn’t Mattel produce solid cases for new castings?

        (4) The poor case assortment literally keep many small toy shops from ordering because the shop will only sell the new items in the case and be caught discounting the remainder. You do not make $$$ by discounting, especially when it does not get the volume pricing of the big box stores.

        Time to get of the high horse and get in the old buggy for an appointment- not toy shopping, although I will stop and try to find an elusive Marvel Universe ‘Vision’ action figure (packaged one to every five cases). ๐Ÿ™

        • 5oclockshadow says:

          I can pick you up a Vision if you need one.

        • por356 says:

          Steve, thank you for an intelligent and informative post. I appreciate the look behind the scenes that you provide through your research and experience.

          While I will agree with one of the posts above that Mattel is a toy company (it probably says so somewhere in their mission statement), they also actively feed the collector market. A TRUE toy company would not issue “Chase” vehicles. They would know that the extra costs associated with production and distribution would be wasted on their target market market (children and clueless parents). A TRUE toy company would not have outlets like the Redline Club and Matty.com for children to buy limited editions. Normal children and their parents don’t go online to buy a limited edition set including every race car in the movie! Only Cars crazy collectors (and eBayers who want to sell to them) do that.

          There is an important point that was not brought out in the discussion above. Scarcity is integral to the collectors life. Scarcity drives the hunt. If all of these versions were available all of the time, would anyone be visiting this website? Who would care? How many websites do you see devoted to the various brands of paper towels? (OK, maybe Consumer Reports.)

          I agree with Steve that the exclusivity marketing that Mattel practices with it’s major retailers is a really bad thing for the consumer. This is NOT the same thing as scarcity. This is cutting off whole areas of the potential purchasing public because the retailer does not have stores in their vicinity. In some cases, the internet comes to the rescue. For instance, if you do not have a Kmart nearby you can still purchase the Collector Day 3 cases by going to Kmart.com or Sears.com. But this does not work all the time. Target’s internet offerings are limited and spotty. In order to complete our collections we are forced to go to the dreaded eBay and pay inflated prices. (But isn’t that better than not having eBay at all?)

          On the subject of Cars characters as toys. Sometimes the level of detail and fidelity can be stunning. I recently stripped the paint off of a Mia and Tia set in order to repaint them to match my real yellow Miata. I was truly blown away by the level of detail shown in the engraving. Under all of that thick paint there was not only door handle detail, but the LOCKS on the doors were included! Incredible.

          Finally, as stated in one of the posts above, this is a big hobby. There is plenty of room for openers, completists, modifiers, eBayers and, of course, kids (of all ages).

    • moe says:

      Amen and well put!!

  • Carazy says:

    Looks like junk to me. At least I can save a little money for now. You could put one in a urinal and watch it change color every time someone pees, that’s about all it’s good for. LMQ is the best candidate for latrine duty.

  • SweetBug says:

    I’m excited about these. We were talking the other day about getting the color changing hotwheels for my 3-year-old. Can’t wait!

  • Monica says:

    These will be fun! My boys love to play with the color change cars in the tub. I give them a pitcher of icy water and they use the tub water for the hot. They could stay in there for hours!

  • Nascarfan says:

    Sorry not this line either…

  • Daniel says:

    Mattel will make a fortune on these Cars….when kids start throwing them in the toilet. LOL

  • PirateDad says:

    I hope these come to Canada…PirateSon says he wants these…great tub toy!!!

  • Jinzo says:

    What a waste of resources… ๐Ÿ™ Wonder what’s next? Heat activated color changing Cars… put them in the microwave & watch them change ๐Ÿ˜€ Nice idea but I think this is pushing it… I would kill for a green Mcqueen but not Color changers. Are you listening Mattel?

    • John in Missouri says:

      They have those already — they’re called Shrinky Dink 1:55 Haulers!

    • Steve AKA: Poppa says:

      Don’t put them in the microwave. You may have some unintended consequences! However, have you ever done ‘Peeps” jousting? Place two classic chick peeps in the microwave face to face with a toothpick embedded under a wing on each. Press high! The winner is the chick that makes the other peep chick explode. Kids, don’t try this without permission of an adult.

    • BMW says:

      I want a green mcqueen, been looking at customs, but so far none are suitable. Want a deep emerald green.

  • Jeaks says:

    Gotta be honest I have as much desire to collect these as I do of sharing a jail cell with Bubba.

  • 5oclockshadow says:

    I used to love my Hot Wheels color changing cars back in the 80’s. In fact, I still have some of them, but pretty sure the color change doesn’t work anymore. They were die cast with color change paint. Not plastic.

    I would have liked the Cars versions more if they made them the same way. But, oh well, the kiddos should still enjoy them.

  • applefinatic says:

    Eh i don’t really like these but htey are better than lenticular

  • BrianD says:

    I’ll pass on these

  • jmularczyk says:

    It looks like they used the same molds that they used for the diecasts.

  • AlbertHinkey says:

    I am not a fan, but I might buy one or two for stocking stuffers. My son loves to play with High Dive mater in the bath, so why not a couple of these color changers?

    • John in Missouri says:

      Same here — definitely great stocking stuffers. My kids love the Hot Wheels color shifters, but Cars toys in the tub would be more fun, as they associate more with them than with boring, impersonal Hot Wheels cars.

  • Jonny2Scarves says:

    Do these cost the same price as regular Cars? I know they are plastic and I already have squillions of Cars and nowhere to put them but I like the look of these! Great fun.

    Jon

    (MET: I think someone said $6.49 or $6.99?)

  • Mike says:

    Each time I go to Target, I end up coming home with nothing. It truly is gonna be the final lap for me.

  • Matt says:

    Just another example of Mattel leaving the original line behind and bringing out more crap….. But hey…. here you go with one Final Lap Box assortment per Target. Enjoy!!

  • kdthomas says:

    ..another batch of junk…oh well, more money saved. Thanks Mattel!

  • John in Missouri says:

    I’m surprised that Sally, Fillmore, and Flo are not included on the list.

  • Steve AKA: Poppa says:

    I just returned from Target (Lakewood, WA). The color changes have arrived there based on the fact there was only one left of the pegs, Sarge. So, they must be more popular than lenticulars. Of course, there was absolutely NO Final Lap cars, including McQueen. No Christmas singles or six packs, either.

  • RICK says:

    Were are the cars in the Final Lap Series?
    Instead we get the Final Crap Series!

  • Lorri says:

    These would be perfect with lenticular eyes…..

  • LUCA says:

    chamaleonticars…interesting..

  • collectormom says:

    I seem to remember hearing about these a long time ago; I guess they’re finally coming to market. Maybe they’ll replace the Lenticulars; one can only hope!

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