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Mattel Disney Pixar Diecast CARS: The 37th Most Important Post About Bumper Save

I guess we are officially out of topics to discuss about CARS 1 …

“Buckland Blowouts” sent me a telegram.

I was sure they stopped telegraphs in 2006 but that didn’t stop “BB.”

Then some Kodachrome’s followed.

I even got a diskette with his findings.

There exists a Bumper Save variant.

And when I say exists … it’s like microbes on Titan.

Whud? What did he say? Variant?

Well, if you have eagle like vision that BB possesses … you will spot from a million miles away that the Bumper Save from the 2009 Black Friday WM Mack Trailer only has 6 dots near the back bumper instead of the 7.

That accounts for the reason the Mack with trailer set was only $10 versus the normal $22.99. A dot saved here is another reflective Bott’s dot for the roadway (but you knew that).

So, launcher Bumper Save – 7 dots.

Rubber Tire Bumper Save – 7 dots.

WM Black Friday Bumper Save – 6 dots.

Sorry for the excessive watermarks but I knew the photo would be stolen for the newly raised price of the Bumper Save with 6 dots to $499.99 on the secondary market.

And I thought there was nothing to talk about today other than the proper way to stack firewood. Or that “cord” is yet another Canadian conspiracy to mess with us much like this Bumper Save info?

Looks like center ice WM Bumper Save is also a couple ticks lighter in color … guess with all that savings in material (not to be confused with the military – materiel), I can get Mattel to sponsor me in the 1st ever North Korean Open Golf Tournament.

(don’t tell anyone it’s really a signal from you know who to activate the secret Tikal Ossulary Portal as foretold in the Richard Clayton Kensington Runestone … once the three Bumper Save’s are assembled and aligned in the proper stacking formation).

Bumper Save will SAVE us all. Rune for your lives!


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22 January 2011 Mattel Disney Pixar CARS 37 Comments


  • PVHauler_16 says:

    R.I.P. Take 5 a Day.

    BORN 19 MAR. 2007
    DIED 24 JAN. 2011


    Time to burry it in the Cars Graveyard next to Stanley, Dale Sr., Alternator Valley, and Cars Toys Blog. Sad to see it go.


    P.S. I’m not going to collect Cars 2 stuff.

  • Cars4aandR says:

    So exactly when did this Wal Mart Black Friday thing happen?…2008?!
    I just looked at my Bumper Save Cars and I have a 6 dot one. The number is 1838 EA…
    While on variants can anyone tell me about the Toons Lug and Nutty variant (# 5 & 6)?

    (Met: There are about 5 versions of Lug (or is it Nutty)).

    • Man-I-Fold says:

      I know that Lug from the 4-pack with Rocket Mater and buck-teeth Mia & Tia has more detailed paint on his face than the regular Lug/Nutty single-pack. It might be the same mold/expression otherwise. They are shown in the collector’s guide with oil cans in-hand, or in-fork, but those aren’t actually out yet, I don’t think. Was there something else about Lug & Nutty?

  • Michigander says:

    Just a thought –

    the decline of “CARS” collectors may have something to do with the recession but, more importantly, it has to do with LACK of available product!!!

    For example, here in Northern Michigan very few stores stock Pixar “CARS” and those who do, very rarely, IF at all, stock new product!?!

    The nearest Wal-Mart here has had EMPTY pegs for many months.
    We NEVER saw the “black friday” Pixar “CARS” here?

    Another store near here (overpriced Pamida) has had dozens of the same two “CARS” for months cloggong their pegs (Toon McQ and Toon Nurse).

    Granted, we have had to cut back on all collecting but, when we do have few extra dollars to spend, it would be nice to add to our Pixar “CARS” collection IF we could actually find new product at retail!?!?!?!?!?!?!
    (we refuse to pay extra online just to get new product – such as Epay).

    • jestrjef says:

      You need to check Shopko! There are 4 in Northern Mi and another Take 5er recently found Paul Valdez and Chet BoxKaar Haulers there!! Take your snowmobile!! 😀

      • Man-I-Fold says:

        Well I went out in the snow mobile today, but no SHOPKO’s near me have the new haulers… yet. I must note, however, that the SHOPKO clerks in North central Illinois and Southeastern Wisconsin are very friendly and helpful, unlike my local Target in Evanston, IL. Gotta go – family snow-mobile maintenance night….

    • buckland-blowouts says:

      I hate our TRU’s because they are stock full of old stuff… We never go and the are expensive…

      As far as places like Walmart are concerned, I remember Dude-Met-Dude postin’ once that if you contact the store nearest you through the internet, you can lodge a complaint that certain products – AKA CARS DIECASTS – are old stock and need to be updated… I did this once and that particular store put all the WOC Blimps on sale and made room for newer stock.

      Worth a shot right?!?!

      • John in Missouri says:

        Talking to the Toy Manager helps too. I asked ours the other day if they were getting any more Cars Toons in. There are only 6 Nurse Kori’s left, all from Case A, and this store has gotten nothing in since. He scanned the UPC and found it was “inactive”. He changed it to “active” and place an order. Hopefully around February 4 my Wal-Mart will have some new Toons!

  • materrocks says:

    Thornton, CO

    Is everyone giving up on cars? Is this web site going away? No, this can’t happen. I get all my car news from here. Where to go in search of, what’s coming out. Please say it isn’t so. I’m beside myself, I can’t wait for CARS 2 and to start collecting new cars.

  • PVHauler_16 says:

    Where’s the trailer? Anyway, I’d hate to see this blog go. I can sence this with the lack of cars posts. This may end up in the graveyard next to Alternator Valley and Cars Toys Blog. Whatever happened to Ken? I still check daily and nothing.

  • quercy says:

    Hey MET if the GUILD of CARS’s topics is empty I propose some Quiz. Since you are the Master you may start a Quiz just for fun and see how collectors know their product and/or the movie characters… Here is some as a starter. That could be fun…

    1- How many stickers Chicks Hicks has on his car? (The ones who owns the 2009 collector booklet must know if they have open it of course…)
    2- Name all the released cars who do not have any wheel.
    3- Which 1:55 scale vehicle is the heaviest? and which one the lightest?

    • buckland-blowouts says:

      Yeah – here’s one: Which one has the most dots on it?

    • buckland-blowouts says:

      I thought this stuff was all-important!?!?!? What am I missing here?!?!?

      I guess no one wants to hear about the “My Name Is Not Chuck” that I found without any lightning bolts on his roof/cap then…

      PS – Dude-Met-Dude… can I have that Dinoco Helicopter on Supercharged card-back with the US/English only name plate? That is, only if you don’t see any value in Mattel’s production errors…

      (MET: Heli not mine so maybe it doesn’t exist?)

  • John in Missouri says:

    Met, looking back to all 37 posts on Bumper Save, I’d say these were my Top Ten:

    #6 (seriously, how could that post NOT be everyone’s favorite?!?)

    …#11 would have made the list if you hadn’t posted the whole thing in Wing Dings font.

  • Man-I-Fold says:

    Well, if posts are going to be this highly entertaining when there is nothing more to discuss, then I look forward to the drought of topics. Thanks for the entertainment, Met!

  • quercy says:

    Did you know Lizzie, Sally and Sheriff are back in CARS 2, so do not spend big bucks for Lizzie… They will release her again! http://www.facebook.com/CarsLizzie. There is more than 2 million fans on CARS’s Facebook page…. keep going up…!

  • quercy says:

    There is an average of 25,000 Disney Cars diecast on ebay every single day. That means something no? I am curious to know how many new CARS collectors are born versus collector quitting each day….??? I am convince the number is going up not down… and next July we may have a new “BABY BOOMER” of CARS collectors… 🙂

  • Steve AKA: Poppa says:

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  • buckland-blowouts says:

    I got a total of 4 Bumper-Saves with synthetic rubber tires and there was 2 with six dots and 2 with seven bott’s…

    I dunno if all or even which other ones fall under which category… dot dot dot…

    • buckland-blowouts says:

      …Dot dot dot… I just checked my other cars and the Bumper-Save Nightline Hauler set has seven spots and the Mack with trailer and Bob Cutlass has only six silver specks…

      … FYI…

      (Guess the just changed the design a bit?)

      • buckland-blowouts says:

        PS – Very informative post, there Dude-Met-Dude!

        Since we have still another few months of winter up here in The Great White North, I will start analyzing the Golden Ratio instead of counting silver periods.

  • djbennett22 says:

    Wow i got it beacuse it was 7 dollars and i didnt have bumber save or bob cutlas. if bumper save is worth more than regular, i should take better care, haa.

  • The Collector says:

    i always wonderedd what was the bumper save variant thanks for info

  • FireFox91 says:

    What about the Target Bumper Save team set? Ahh, you forgot that one, eh? Well I want to tell you that it is worth 1 MILLION DOLLARS because…. ah no, 7 dots. 🙂

  • flophunter says:

    i bought the mack set back then just for the bumper save. so i guess the one i have has 6 dots.

  • Bob - Thee Naughty Knight says:

    So… are you saying both of my WM Black Friday Bumper Save – 6 dots. are worth $499.00 hummmmm WHO wants them for $300.00 each? Call me!

  • BMW says:

    Its just the great January lull. Happens every year. Save up for the impending on slought of new stuff coming. Toy Fair in Feb. Hoping we will see lots of new releases for 2011.

  • lou says:

    Are we gonna get stu bop, marco axel, Brian parks, etc.??? This all seems to be crashing to an abrupt end? Say it ain’t so MET? 🙁

  • NascarFan says:

    Walmart plant racks before they toss them make nice firewood racks too

  • Matt says:

    We are officially out of topics to discuss then. What a shame since Mattel will never finish the first line as they will quickly transition over to cars 2. Funny how it seems like many are getting out of the game. While I still stalk here, I am glad that I turned in the collection. I could not stand the “variants”, lack of product, perceived abandonement of the true line to lenty’s, Mater Tall Tales, and Storybook characters. Mattel truly drained the spirit out of me, and more importantly, out of my children who could not understand why there weren’t any new cars from the movie. (this was in the wasteland period where the store shelves sat empty for months on end).

    MET – I herald you for this site and your insight into all things cars. I look forward to seeing the new movie, but will not buy another CAR from this line unless K-Mart and Mattel decide to finish what they started on the racers with rubber tires……….. (what are the odds of that happening?) My son still enjoys the K-Mart excitement even though he does not want any of the cars… so we go.

    I truly hope for all of you going into Cars 2, or for those new to the game with little ones or the young at heart, that Mattel does this right this time. When done properly, it is a joy to collect these little cars with eyes and personalities, and to watch your little ones experience the imagination that play can bring. I will remain the skeptic, as I have been burned more than twice by this line.

    Just my two cents.

    • jmularczyk says:

      Come on Matt – it wasn’t that bad. I’m kind of glad they switched to lenticulars now instead of continually reissuing the same cars we collected years ago. After all if they are to be collectable they should be hard to get.

    • diecast 155 says:

      I’m right there with you Matt. With the lack of product so to speak, and the lenticulars, Storybook characters, variants, etc., and Mattel’s failure to finish out the line, I lost interest in continuing my collection. Sad, because I too, loved these cars when they first came out and I was an avid collector. In fact if you were to look in my bedroom and see my walls lined with cars, you would think my bedroom was decorated in “early boy”. But now, I’ve gone over to collecting Howheels, which is what I originally played with when I was younger. I remember the original 16 hotwheels and who would’ve guessed that after 43 years some of these cars are worth hundreds if not thousands of dollars (some loose, but almost all in blister packs, mint condition). So.. it’s off on my new collecting adventure, but I too will keep checking this site to see if things change, but I’m not counting on it.

      • buckland-blowouts says:

        yeah my wife was beside herself when I told her I had no intention to collect any of the second movie…

        (We both know that is a lie) But I too am at the point of self-implossion !

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