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Mattel Disney Pixar Diecast CARS: What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been …

I found these old Mattel PR pics …

Apparently even they could not figure out which were Desert Art 12 CARS and which were the Desert Art 16 CARS. 🙂

DJ looks naked.

Closer but still an incomplete and inaccurate assemblage – guess they finished Ferrari F430 early … and speaking of early …

This Mater is neither Rollin’ Bowlin’ Mater nor Brand New Mater with oddball wheels too … it’s Brand New Frankenmater. Lizzie is the Thailand square above radiator cap …

Looking at the eyes of some, either they were hand decal-ed so they are off slightly or they still had eye positions to fix.

Looks like this PR team was not told there were earlier Movie Moment release – this is “wave 2.” Though if you look real closely, clearly changes were afoot.

It looks like Guido was a metal head at one time but I guess they decided to save a few … and that tiny Luigi flag was just a bit too tiny for 3-year olds …

What a long, strange trip it’s been.

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31 August 2011 Disney Pixar, Mattel Disney Pixar CARS 10 Comments


  • TheCaptain says:

    I was just thinking a couple weekends ago when we watched the incredibles (that has the sneak peak for the original cars movie), how cool would it be if they made the cars that are in the original trailer that never made it in the movie, or were totally different colors, (mostly the racers). They could do a throwback series.

    • bobbyjack says:

      Those are the missing seven race cars that take us from 36 that we see during the movie, back up to the 43 car field that Lightning McQueen refers to before the race.

  • Jack says:

    Ah but what a great trip it has been. These Cars have provided many memories of collecting with my Son that will last a lifetime.
    Funny I was just sorting through and organizing some old tapes last week and came across Christmas 2007 when John was just 3 and finally got his first Sherriff, Boost and Snot Rod. He was so happy and excited to add them to his collection. Now he’s 7 into sports and videogames. He still wants new cars but obviously the reaction isn’t the same.
    But boy how much did we enjoy collecting these early ones.
    I have to thank Met and all the great Take 5ers I dealt with over the years for making the hobby and the collection that much better.

  • chargerd77 says:

    very very nice!

  • bobbyjack says:

    I would not see this movie for another 2 years after these pictures were taken.

  • BMW says:

    What dates are these pictures?

    • John in Missouri says:

      Gotta be from Spring 2007 or so, as they began to roll out the Supercharged Era.

      • My bet is early 2006?

        i remember Dude-Met-Dude sayin’ somethin’ about Doc havin’ a less detailed windshield lines too there was no step gradation on the early-early models… Still haven’t found on yet… I don’t think so we have one in all the desert backs we have either…!!!

        Back to the dungeon to check I guess!!!

    • BMW says:

      The Thailand Lizzie would date this picture to late 2005 or early 2006, but then the mix of FHH in the pictures with Ferrari,would be late 2006 or early 2007, but then again..

      Thinking now that this is a bunch of prototypes.

      BB – makes sense about the Doc.

      Thats why I asked the date of the picture. Contest?
      The first shipments of Cars came in January 2006 from Thailand.

  • NascarFan says:

    Sounds like you were listening to Classic Rock radio Met…

    Grateful Dead: Truckin

    What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been …

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