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Mattel Disney Pixar CARS 2 Diecast: Buying Strategies …

Here’s a sneak peek at what Monday, May 16th should look like at WM, Target and TRU … or slightly earlier for 24-hour Walmarts … or really early for those stores who cannot read or decipher a calendar.

Of course, each store will have their exclusives so you’ll have to decide what configuration you’ll want to buy where (don’t worry, more checklists are coming).

While I cannot say your store will look like this, I believe most of the Big Three stores are getting 10-12 cases of EVERYTHING on card so the likelihood of anyone running out are pretty remote. This is not like the situation from the past two years where there are only 2-4 new CARS with each case and stores might get 2 cases. They are literally stocking so they do not have to order anything again until the film comes out in June 24th.

And if you’re only buying one to open and especially if you don’t really care too much about eye-face plate variants, double check our buying matrix and keep in mind that just because the list price for a box set might not be the optimal pricing per CAR, there is almost certainly going to be a sale if not during the week of May 16th – and there will be most likely another sale before the movie opens. Box sets with higher price points have the largest room to sales – while you’re not going to see Black Friday like pricing, a discount of $5-$10 off a playset or a trackset is a much nicer price point.

Also keep in mind built in discounts. Using a Target credit card will net you a 5% discount immediately (just pay it off at the end of the month). TRU offers a Rewards Program – I don’t remember the details off hand but if you plan them anyway, getting to the TRU minimum ($100? $150?) will net you $10-$20 in “TRU cash,” in effect, a rebate though of course, you have to re-spend it at TRU but I’m guessing but hey, it’s not like it’s a coupon to the MuleChow store (well, for most of us) 🙂

BTW, the bottom right is the World Grand Prix Launcher & Carrying Case.

As you can see, it stores and launches 10 CARS … It looks like you get a plastic McQ included?

This is NOT the Race Display Carrying Case that holds 40 CARS.

Most of these photos are from Australia and MCL Sydney – Additional Australia photos from “Hollywood7,” – Thanks – clearly they are all stocked to go. (also Australian pricing).

One US Walmart photo from Mariela. Thanks for the nice photos. Now US retailers have a snapshot of the what their CARS section reset should look like.

Yes, soon US stores will begin to look like this – it might be as early as Saturday May 14th for 24-hour stores, May 15 or May 16th but the deluge is coming.

And don’t be a spoiled brat and comment on May 16th at 10:32 AM that you are bored with wave 1 and when is wave 2 coming? 🙂

It’s not a mirage, the oasis of CARS 2 CARS is just over the big sand dune.

Stay thirsty … one week.

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  • bobbyjack says:

    It looks like my first buying strategy will be to return a bunch of singles to Family Dollar and buy the multi-packs on the 16th. Right now, I have one of each from Case B singles. Would I be better off keeping them unopened for the future and just get the multipacks to open? I will still end up with duplicates even with all the multipacks opened. There ia a lot to think about this week!

    • Tom says:

      Depending on how many extra singles you have you can always hang on to a few for Toys for Tots…

      • bobbyjack says:

        They want unwrapped toys still in the package. We can get creative and make all new four packs with the extra McQueens, Maters, Finns, Grems, Acers, Holleys, Professor Z’s, Jeff Gorvettes, and Francescos we are going to end up with! Just don’t try to return them to Target.

  • slicepie says:

    My WalMart in Niagara Falls looked like this today when I went in. There were at least 3 cases of singles, a case of Deluxe, 4 cases of 2-Packs, 3 cases of Siddeley Spy Jet, a case of the Tokyo Spinout Track Set, a case of Pullbacks, and almost a dozen cases of Lights & Sounds.

    Plus there was one really cool carrying case. I sent pics to Met so I think they’ll be posted soon.

  • Jack says:

    I don’t know how the great Aussie collectors do it with those kind of prices.
    I know if they put them up to 10.00 for a single here not many would buy them. The toons at some area TRU stores are 6.99 ea. and they have clogged the pegs ever since. Most Americans won’t or don’t care to go over 5.00 for a single.

  • danieljkurz says:

    WOO HOO !!!!!


  • Mariela says:

    The 10 cars Launcher looks very nice and McQueen is made of plastic..it costs $26.97 + tax

  • Patrick says:

    There is a ‘Grover’ blue/white airplane coming out. It is the one that McQuen & Co. must use to fly in. It is RC, does not fly and can carry 5 cars in it. Saw it at a Walmart in Avon IN.

  • cac1959 says:

    Fully stocked shelves… it’s been a long time since I’ve seen that, other than with pegwarmers…

    My buying strategy… buy what I need (OK, want)… don’t spend too much money (too late, that’s not going to be possible)… meet up with friends later that day in order to trade…

    I think I’m making good use of taking a vacation day on May 16… but with gas at $4.29 a gallon, I may cancel my plans for other shopping days and road trips that week.

  • Dunroamin says:

    I saw the boxed 3 packs (2 singles and a deluxe) and have to say the packaging was a HUGE dissapointment. Too much stuff in one box. I love the single cars. They look sweet. I passed on ALL the 3 packs. They all appear to be re-packs (mostly). Does anyone else think they look big and clunky?

  • Tom says:

    Man, those Aussie prices are heinous.

  • LUCA says:

    I need anyone who helps me 🙁

  • 5oclockshadow says:

    My buying strategy is not to buy any.

    I am retired.

    It was a fun ride for the first movie; but no room for a second set of cars.

    Also will be investing in some side projects; and trying to reduce purchases on items made in China.

    • Jack says:

      Sorry to hear your moving on. I have the exact opposite strategy. Buying much of everything. We are full steam ahead.
      As for not buying things made in China- I guess you won’t be buying much then because almost everything is made there. A communist country no less. You know yesterday’s supposed enemy we had to fight useless wars against for the benefit of those that profit off such things. Oh I am sorry I think the story we are supposed to believe is by spending billions and losing lives 15,000 miles away that’s actually for our freedom. Yeah that’s it. I am supposed to just go along with what we are told even if it doesn’t make sense.
      Anyway the time to avoid buying from China happened many years ago when the Wealthy corporations started intentionally moving the factory jobs out of the western countries. Which by the way the American taxpayers funded through the NAFTA and GAT treaties.
      However the regular citizens were too busy entertaining themselves or whatever to notice or care. So it’s too late now.
      The thing about reality is even if you choose to ignore or deny it- the reality of the situation will eventually catch up with us and it has and will continue to.

  • John in Missouri says:

    World Grand Prix Launcher & Carrying Case

    Looks like I just found my new briefcase for work!!

  • bobbyjack says:

    Since I’m not in a hurry to get home to watch the Capitals in the playoffs anymore, I have my plan for the 16th…
    -Leave for work @ 0330 hours.
    -Hit Charlestown Walmart @ 0400 hours for 2 packs. If the Cars are not out yet, move on to the next 24 hour Walmart.
    -If nesecesary, hit Frederick Walmart @ 0430 hours for 2 packs
    -Start work @ 0530 hours.
    -End work @ 1830 hours.
    -Hit Germantown Walmart for any missed 2 packs
    -Hit Germantown Target for racing 4 packs
    -Hit Frederick Target if nesecesary for missing 4 packs
    -Hit Frederick TRU for 5 pack if nesecesary
    -Hit Martinsburg Walmart or Target if nesecesary.
    -Go to sleep

  • NascarFan says:

    looks like its going to be cool!!!

  • jestrjef says:

    Ok, what is the Megasized McQueen in the second picture??? There are like a zillion of them … we need a close up!! 🙂

    Thw World Grand Prix Launcher looks AWESOME!!!!!!!! 😀

    • John in Missouri says:

      I’m sorry, but “Megasized McQueen” is an anagram for “Quite a Pegwarmer”. 🙁

    • Hostile Takeover Banker says:

      That is the exclusive metallic McQueen. Tru on west coast of oz as well as target and big w (the oz ‘big 3’) are all stocked up now in most stores I have been.

      • jestrjef says:

        hmmmmmm ….. the metallic paint is SOOOOOOOOOOOO thick that is warrants the MEGAsized packaging … and let me guess …. the MEGAsized price …. jeeeeeezzzzzz

  • PCC says:

    I just got a mailer from TRU with a Rewards card for $10 off $50 purchase, valid until the 28th. Sweet.

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