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Disney Pixar CARS: Carrera RC Lightning McQueen & Chick Hicks

Looks like the nicer quality “Carrera” brand RC CARS have arrived also …

As Stig McQueen notes, “The Carrera set is 1:43 scale, and The Mattel/Tyco sets are 1:64 (that’s “HO scale” in the slot car world, even though actual HO scale is 1:87). That means that the Carrera cars are about the same size as the Disney Store diecasts, while the Mattel/Tyco cars are smaller than the Mattel diecasts (or about the size of a Hot Wheels car). The track won’t connect, and the Carrera cars won’t run on the Mattel/Tyco track. The Mattel/Tyco cars may or may not run on the Carrera track; some large-scale track will run slot cars of any scale from HO through 1:24, it just depends on how far apart the rails are (and whether the track itself is wide enough).”

Carrera set photo courtesy of “Lucky Jezter” who found it at Target.


Compare & contrast to the TYCO set.

This was the original post when it was first available in Germany – plus some cool accessories available for their other sets.

Also available on Amazon – along with a dozen other really cool sets + single CARS like Sally, Mater , Mario and Wario … (yea, those guys 🙂  Race ’em All!

Or you can have King Richard Petty take on King Strip Weathers 🙂

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8 September 2010 Mattel Disney Pixar CARS 9 Comments


  • Piston Car Hunter says:

    I think I saw this at Target too

  • buckland-blowouts says:

    I cannot wait ’til my kids are old enough to play with this!!! It has a collection of its own for now…. DUST!!!

  • Jeaks says:

    Got my son on for his birthday last year (Xmas Eve).

    Very nice and goes well.

  • Stig McQueen says:

    This is a nice set if you’re into larger-scale slots and/or don’t have a lot of HO track hanging around the house from childhood. It’s particularly nice that you don’t have to make your own Chick, King, or Sally if you want one. It really comes down to preference.

  • L8rM8r says:

    Yeah funny I saw this set today at Target and thought it was very cool looking. I am sure my son would love it.

  • Fillmore1234 says:

    These look fun, but I still imagine a five-year-old getting a Car slammed into their stomach with that. Need to know how fast they can move, though… On the bright side, nabbed a Bessie at my Wal-Mart. Looks great, awesome details, everything is great. Surprisingly still on the lookout for Van and Kathy Copter, can’t find the Kathy I have. :mrgreen:

  • Dunroamin says:

    Own it and love it…Also bought the Piston cup racers 1:43 scale to match from the disney store…this set is way better than the dirt track LM set (which is about 1:55 scale…these babies stick like glue to the track…also bought the King car…NOW they have sally and mater!!!

  • cac1959 says:

    I loved the HO sets back when I was a college freshman, a long time ago… I’m sure my grandchildren would love to play with this set… but I’d want to leave it up all the time and there’s not enough room…

    Thanks for the post and the pictures…

  • MackDaddy says:

    Gotta have ONE! 😀

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