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Mattel Disney Pixar CARS 2 Diecast: Fisbowski-Pacer, That’s My Maiden Name

You can buy by name …

Fisbowski is Polish for Pacer?

Or maybe that’s his maiden name?

Did someone fall asleep at the switch?

Will there be a third version where we get closer to the core? Will he call be called Fred Yellow? Or Fred Left? Fred Car? Fred 4 Wheels? Fred in Blister? Fred I’m not Acer?

Should I stop? 🙂

No wonder he looks annoyed – what’s in a name?

What is the name of the game?


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  • cooldude9 says:

    hey anybody think holley could be repainted into a bad guy. and when are they going to make a miles axelrod leaking oil?

  • cooldude9 says:

    i have no clue what the pacer says on it but grem and tyler have the same one: wrxed

  • cooldude9 says:

    i wish i had fred fishbowski/pacer. oh well i found tyler gremlin.

  • PicksOurCars says:

    What is the license play on Fred Pacer? My Fisbowski has FSHBWL with bumper stickers on each side… AMC (on left) and ace (on right). Is this an error, did anyone figure it out yet?

    • BMW says:

      Fred Pacer has FSHBWL (short for fishbowl) same as Fisbowski. Its the same car.
      The only difference is the nameplate and cardback reverse says Pacer to match the nameplate. Pacers resemble fishbowls, I had a friend who owned one. These cars had great visibility. Kids loved looking out the windows.

  • Tom says:

    I find the Hamtramck version (Fisbowski) to be much more common than the Pacer version. What are others’ observations?

    • BMW says:

      Same here, Pacer uncommon, Fisbowski common.
      Can crushed and crumpled Fred be far behind?

      • Mike Manifold says:

        I’ve not seen the Fred “Pacer” packaging in the Chicago area, but have seen multiple cases of the “Fisbowski” version. Usually they are no where to be seen in any version however, as they are either short-supplied or sell out really really fast.

  • oliversmom says:

    May be Mattel finally will come up with few different names to avoid any confusions?
    How many Freds we have by now?
    +2 more freds…

  • John in Missouri says:

    Theyre just so generic — unlike the numbered and logoed Pit-Row Race-Off’s.

  • kdthomas says:

    Has anyone noticed that not only are the cardbacks getting thinner, the plastic bubbles are getting extremely thin. I picked up the Tyler Gremlin 2-pack and the bubble felt like saran wrap it was so thin.

  • Teekay421boo says:

    I realize that this may just be the picture – but am I right that Fisbowski’s right rear panel is much rustier/dirtier than Pacer’s?

    (MET: In adding a “dirt” look to diecasts, there’s bound to be some differences …)

    • John in Missouri says:

      It really depends on which worker applies the paint: Worker #143060, Worker #147219, Worker #148853 and Worker #151693 all have different techniques based on their experience, as well as if they work 16- or 20-hour shifts.

      • Fillmore1234 says:

        My 2 Acers have different dust-dirt on them also. I think Worker #147219 likes to experiment! Worker #133926 and Worker #151693 like to keep things ‘original’, and Workers #98720, 153818, 102175, and 23759 are so tired of working they just slab on something and hope it’s right. Hence the Cars out of their rivets or with no eyes. 🙂

        • John in Missouri says:

          Yeah, but Worker #98720, Worker #153818, Worker #102175, and Worker #23759 were scabs who were brought in to work part-time 14-hour shifts. Lazy butts…

      • I-am-speed says:

        John, I personally prefer the detailed artwork of worker #148853, especially when she’s worked a shorter shift and isn’t quite so tired later in her shift! 😉

        • John in Missouri says:

          I was just thinking about her the other day! Do you remember the way she put the axles on Brand New Mater with date code 1437? I remember seeing those for the first time and saying to myself, “YES!!”.

  • John in Missouri says:

    Did anyone else notice that the Wal-Mart label is affixed perfectly to the Fred Fisbowski bubble, while it’s offset approximately 2 degrees on the Fred Pacer one? If anyone finds Fred Pacer with the label perfectly affixed, we will have a variant!

  • slicepie says:

    Maybe his name should be Fred “If Mattel Changes Even The Slightest Detail About My Packaging People Will Buy Me” 8)

    • Fillmore1234 says:

      Or Fred “I wasn’t even in a scene with Holley Shiftwell, so this isn’t a very good assortment, but it’s better than Finn McMissile, right?”

  • kdthomas says:

    I think it’s more, “Fred, You’re a Sucker to Buy Me Again”

  • bobbyjack says:

    I have both unopened still in the package. Whoever needs one or the other I will trade one. Going to open the other one that doesn’t get traded. PM me if interested.

  • BMW says:

    Fred by any name – Bought both sets – Fisbowski first, then Pacer.

  • Stig McQueen says:

    I suspect that the real name-of-the-game here is “too much last-minute tweaking of minor characters’ details at the expense of the main story.”

    But what do I know? Maybe Fiat (Chrysler’s new masters, who now own the rights to the AMC models that Chrysler acquired when it bought Jeep) figured that “Pacer” and “Gremlin” were too synonymous with “lemon” to be of any future use, but threatened to cancel Chrysler’s deal with Pixar over the use of “Fisbowski” and “Trunklis” because they had already planned to launch these as new marques in the eastern European market.

  • John in Missouri says:

    Katy bar the door, here come the ultra-completists!!!

  • hostile takeover banker says:

    Either way I need it!

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