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Mattel Disney Pixar Diecast CARS: Rich D. Is Not Gonna Take It Anymore … Well, Until Saturday …

Rich D. notes …

“They used the wrong rubber on the wheels. It’s not plastic like the NON-RUBBER and it’s not SOFT RUBBER like the original RUBBER TIRES. It’s like an in between kind of rubber. Must be the new factory.

If you want to know my two cents, these people at the top do not care or listen to what the collector’s KNOW, and they should. In a small way or large way, we are like employees of MATTEL, we are the eyes in the stores everyday as if were vendors. We are the ones that keep saying that there are tooooooooooooooooo Mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnny  McQueens, tooooooooooooo Mannnnnnnnnnnny Color changers, TooooooooMannnnnnnnnny of all the other items that just sit there.

I guess someone in their Ivory Tower is reading all of their data reports, going on that info and then going to play golf. Whatever! I’m in need of a job. I have more than 10 years of retail vendor experience, have been a Distribution Center Manager, a Designer, and a million other things, and I’m not even called for an interview for seasonal Mattel position.
Ok, I’m done. I guess Mattel knows I will still be buying CARS on Saturday.LOL”
Rich is referring to the rubber tire CARS in this 3-pack – it looks like it’s from the same factory as the rest of the singles. The tires are a little firmer and feel less like rubber tire like from the previous releases (though note, the other ones were technically not rubber tires but soft plastic to evoke the sense of rubber tires) … it might be a cost savings or because people complained that the softer tires didn’t roll very well …
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21 October 2010 Mattel Disney Pixar CARS 34 Comments


  • PirateDad says:

    My BIG complaint is that when I lick TachOMint that it tastes like metal KNOT Candy canes……false advertising!!!!

  • Jack says:

    I am Suprised at the number of people who over analyze a 4.00 car. Man maybe it’s just me but for 4.00 to finally have a Gaskits and Tachomints to all those that didn’t have them is awesome.
    Anything even close to an SOTS quality is a success and should be more than enough to make all Cars collectors happy.
    For those that want absolute perfection and exact replication to The SOTS set and cant just enjoy having a nice Tachomint I truly feel you are missing the joys of a fabulous hobby.
    Instead of looking for what’s could be wrong how about what’s right?
    An old friend once told me when he was young he use to look what was wrong in a woman first because he truly didn’t appreciate them yet, so any flaw would stick out.
    As he got older he appreciated more of the great qualities women have a didn’t let a small flaw or two take away from all the good qualities. Like a pretty smile or nice figure.
    Alicia you can tell loves the Cars. She just wants to have them. Many can learn a lot from her.
    Besides I would really line to line up a whole bunch of Kmart cars to some SOTS racers and without looking at the wheels or bottom see if all The people complaining could truly pick put the SOTS car every time. I think we would be surprised at how many most people got wrong.

    • NascarFan says:

      Over anal ize yea… but the finishes… lets be consistent, great (the entire line and really nice job on the Target 9 packs to bad Kmart day 4 (spotty – hairs and dust in the paint crooked tampos) to Kmart Day 5 huge orange peel.bad decals …(kmart 3 packs,…..

      (and yet PERFECT for the MSotSS which cant be counted since it was a special run)

      tires, maybe they tried to keep both sides of the softer and plastic tires peoples happy???

    • ScoobyDoo says:

      You should’ve stopped after “awesome”. the rest is over analyzing 😉

      Fully agree tough..

  • Rich says:

    Another song from the movie.

    Rollin’ In The Rearview – Headbone ft. Jabu


  • quercy says:

    Is someone can tell me what is the title of the music DJ is playing to make Mack falling asleep?… I was disappoint to not find this classic on the CD Soundtrack.

  • Mhowe1980 says:

    More fuel to my fire that Mattel’s losing a customer once Cars 2 comes out.

  • NascarFan says:

    If anyone is going to open theirs and wants a home for their Rubber Tire mcqueen let me know

  • Carlos says:

    Any word on other 3 packs? My guess is that these were supposed to be the surprise. My guess is
    Chick, Tach O Mint, View Zeen
    King, Sidewall Shine, and Tank Coat.
    Too bad they didn’t remove all 6 lennys, and replaced them with 1 of each of the other racers. I’m not sure about these tires. Let’s wait and see.

  • Man-I-Fold says:

    I’m very very excited to just own one of these hard-to-find Cars, and to see my son play with them! However after viewing about 20+ of these 3-packs I would have to agree that the quality control for the paint and decals is a bit sub-par, about the same as Day 4 Cars. In fact I didn’t find one pack that didn’t have at least one obvious flaw on 2 out of 3 of the cars. As far as play-ability is concerned, I’m thinking that the lightyear decal/logos might actually stay on a firmer tire better. Day 4 logos rubbed off very easily within just a few hours or days of normal play. I think the synthetic rubber tires on Hotwheels in the early 80’s were a bit firm, and they seemed to retain the decals better than the soft ones, so I’m actually hopeful about the tire thing.

    • BMW says:

      The 3 pack Gask-its and Faux I have seen are like Man I Fold found. Faux has orange peel, Gask-its crinkled Tampos over the wheel well. Sounds like its not isolated.

    • materrocks says:

      Thornton, Co
      Oct. 22th

      Remember in the early days, the beginning of the cars production, the lenght of time it would take before more of them would be available? There was really a long wait. I think at that time they were really careful of the detail on these. But now, they seem to be rushing to produce as many as they can in such a short time period. That’s way the flaws. But you know, I just collect them to have them, not to have them be perfect. The perfect, I think, (just my thoughts) is for people that might want to resell them for a premium price. My cars are dislayed in cases-no one will touch them unless I would let them. Just my own take on all this frenzy.

  • Wraukn says:

    I prefer the new firmer style tires. Much easier to roll, not that I roll them very much.

  • Rich says:

    Hahahhaha, thanks Met for letting me vent. LOL

    I have an original Faux and I put it side by side with the rubber one
    and you can definitly tell that the rubber one is more of a matte finish.

    I’m thinking get out the PLEDGE or some sort of Car Wax and shine these babies up!
    Couldn’t hurt, or could it? LOL

    Thanks Met.

    (MET: You could buy those armor all sheets, cut them up into three hundred pieces and sell them for $1 each as CARS accessories 🙂 ).

    • por356 says:

      Scale modelers use Future floor wax. It does not turn yellow with age. They actually shoot it from an airbrush. I would try using a good quality brush on an old LMQ first. Surely you have one of those laying around!

  • NascarFan says:

    I more worried about the paint finishes being really bad this time

  • Carlos says:

    Do these tires come off as easily as the ones from the past 3 events? And, I think Mattel may read this stuff we say. But, they do the opposite. I’m not sure if I want to collect Cars 2 stuff.

  • Dunroamin says:

    The code on the bottom of my LM from the 3 pack is way different than the photo

  • I-LUV-RACE-CARS says:


  • cars-in-your-eyes says:

    At first I hadn’t really noticed it, but yes this ‘rubber’ is alot firmer. Personally I think it is an improvement. They do seem to roll better and they also don’t come off the rims as easily. Gonna have to get out that track and send Gask-its and Tach-O-Mint around it before I make my final verdict of better or worse!

  • Kevin W says:

    I’m not collecting rubber tires. I’m collecting CARS!

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