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Mattel Disney Pixar CARS 2 Diecast: Next US Oversized-Deluxe Case Is ??

No shocker, we have contradictory information on what the next Deluxe (oversized) case will be in the US …

The original info was that it was going to be this case – the one that was released in Australia last week

The numbers indicating how many are in the case of 6.

The strange thing of course is that since it’s the first release of the Queen, it would seem logical there are at least 2 … but since Queen is scheduled in other cases, it’s not a huge deal … but as we were updated, the case above is now a case coming to the US way down the line – maybe summer?

Instead, the next case now scheduled coming to the US is this …

It’s not a terrible case but it’s certainly not as enticing nor would it spell excitement at retail like the Queen/Funny Car Mater & Kimura Kaizo (the sumo ref) case.

The ONE Queen and ONE Muggsy Forklift would obviously go quick … while the Pope is a re-release, he should go quickly so after a few minutes on the pegs, we’d have Hydrofoil Finn & Kingpin Tanaka left on the shelves … the audience for Kingpin is fairly limited and obviously, there’s no great fight for Hydro Finn …

So, which case will we get in the US?

Will we “skip” ahead to case R as with Australia to built some desperately needed excitement at retail? Obviously you don’t have to know much about CARS to find Mater as Dragster/Funny CAR much more enticing than two fairly inert selling re-releases like Kingpin & Hydro Finn …

OR will Mattel release the Pope-Queen-Kingpin-Hydro Finn case in the US as the next oversized case because you might be willing to spend an extra $10 to buy the $17.99 3-packs since it might be tough to find Muggsy and Funny Car Mater is not coming to the US until summertime?

A three-pack with Muggsy, Professor Z & Grem.

No idea if Professor Z or Grem are variants – so far, the only released 3-packs do not seem to contain variants but unknown going forward.

Funny Car Mater, Holley Shiftwell & Finn McMissile.


So, far, no dates on anything – but the next oversized case should ship in the next 3 weeks so place your bets, be prepared to tear out your hair or scream (joy, ecstasy, anger … don’t know yet).

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  • D J says:

    Mugsy,compacted leland turbo and crate.

  • Fabolous says:

    Why would the next case have Muggsy Forklift who is numerically after Queen #10, Kimura Kaizo #11 and Funny Car Mater #12? Is this something Mattel often does? I know there is the Chase Ramone #29 before #28 has been released but it seems a little odd to me. I am new to collecting and have just started with Cars 2 in the last few months so not sure what they did with original Cars line.

    • John in Missouri says:

      Mattel releases everything based on a roll of the Dungeons & Dragons dice. Whatever number comes up is the next item released.

    • BMW says:

      It won’t be odd once you get used to the Mattel system of out of order releases.

      Mattel skipped over numbers in Cars that never got released,
      like #105.
      Assigned numbers for Cars Toons that were not released.
      And the infamous #12 Shiny Wax Hauler never released.
      Assigned singles numbers to Nurse Mia and Tia that were never released as singles but were shown as 114 and 115 in the Collectors book.
      Its Mattel its not always Swell on numbering.

  • Fillmore1234 says:

    Why couldn’t they just have 2 Muggsy, 2 Queen, 1 Pope, and 1 Popemobile and have THAT be the Case of 6! Would sell oh so much quicker. My Wal-Mart has actually gotten rid of it’s Hydrofoils when I checked Thursday and is now clogged with the same amount of Submarines as it always was, but we still don’t need more of him!

  • quercy says:

    Doesn’t “Mater” which way they will be released, looks like the same problem (a collector problem) will be repeated again…. Pegs full of cars we do not want…. And we will wait several weeks even months to get few new cars… Sad… Very sad…. Very very sad…. Mattel knows exactly what they are doing and I am convinced they do not lose any money… This is happening too often to be a repeated mistake. Other companies will have fired their marketing team long time ago if it was not a winning formula is’t it?

    • John in Missouri says:

      Met, when retailers (like Target recently) mark prices down for a while, does Mattel chip in any marketing dollars? And what about when items go to Clearance / End of Life? If the retailer takes all of the hit, then yes, Mattel has already made it’s profit when they sold cases to the retailers.

      (MET: see post tomo. 🙂 ).

      • sodabear says:

        But when cases aren’t moving, surely Mattel takes a hit when retailers don’t make new orders, right?

        • John in Missouri says:

          I would think they have already agreed at the time of product launch how many cases go out to each retailer. Maybe orders for the stuff due out in Year Two of Cars 2 will be cut significantly by the major retailers, meaning that we’ll have to buy full cases from resellers.

  • cac1959 says:

    Mattel sure seems to be trying to kill off the Cars diecasts product lines. They might just succeed this time.

    As Met has posted, Walmart has canceled the remaining Mater’s Secret Mission 2 packs… Kmart won’t be having the remaining crew chief 2 packs… Target, Kmart, Walmart, Meijer, and Toys R Us stores all have 1/2 the shelf/peg space devoted to Cars that they did… and most stores are still stuck with merchandise that came out for the May 16, 2011 release.

  • BMW says:

    Lets hope that this is not the “case” . We need some new releases other than in a Kohls 3 pack with 2 repeats.
    The movie moments cases are not any better assortments.
    To this day we have not seen the case E with Security Finn. The stores here must have skipped over case E for F and G and still haven’t seen H with Mama Topolino and Leland Turbo in it.

    • BMW says:

      my comments awaiting moderation?
      Lets hope that this is not the case . We need some new releases other than in a 3 pack with 2 repeats.
      The movie moments cases are not any better assortments.
      To this day we have not seen the case E with Security Finn. The stores here must have skipped over case E for F and G and still haven’t seen H with Mama Topolino and Leland Turbo in it.

  • Mike Manifold says:

    Well, I thought of saying “hmmm” but instead I’ll just jump up and down ecstatically at the Australian case, and then break a smile at the sight of Muggsy, and then simply shrug at that bottom case assortment. May still have to pursue a whole case of the Muggsy assortment just to beat the odds of not finding 1(!) of him on the store shelves.

  • Stig McQueen says:

    I may be getting my sumos confused, but isn’t it Kingpin Nobunaga in purple) and Pinion Tanaka (in blue)? Assuming the pic is correct and it’s Kingpin Nobunaga in the case, that’s another re-release that my Target has two or three of. Where is Pinion Tanaka? No point having the ref without both sumos, and having two Kingpins isn’t the same thing…

  • Mike Manifold says:

    I’m tempted to say “hmmm.”

  • John says:

    My kids love the bad guys, a 3-pack of Muggsy, Grem and Acer would have been perfect. (only so many Professors Zs since the movie only had the one)

  • chuki_mama says:

    Neat if only the US would get a case with no peg warmers…

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