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Mattel Disney Pixar CARS 2 Diecast: Singles Cases 2012 Update

It looks there will be 9 cases available from here on out until the Mattel CARS Year 2012 ends in October. This includes the H case coming in the next few weeks. Some of these 9 cases are “twins” of another case – much like CASE G was the twin of CASE E. Not all of the info is complete but it looks like the Ultimate Chase cases all have a twin where it’s not included so if you loathe the Ultimate Chase CARS and flat out refuse to have anything to do with them – you are in luck. Ask for the “twin” version of the case. 🙂

Check out the post on CASE H. Just call or email one of TakeFive’s favorite advertisers such as Children’sToyCloset & Rob’s Palace of Disney CARS to order a sealed case.

Is there a “twin” version of cases for mass market retailers? Seems like it. So, it seems like if you’re hoping to find an ULTIMATE CHASE on the stores shelves at Target, WM or Toys R Us, you might be out of luck? Why do I say this? Because mass market retailers do not care what’s actually in the case. They care about the cost and they care if anyone else has gotten that particular case before them. Yes, they will ask for an exclusive now and then but they want higher margin exclusives or an entire line, they don’t really care about 1 carded item that makes them less than $.50 in profits – as they would make by selling 1 ULTIMATE CHASE for about $3.49. Mass market retailers don’t even order by case code, they just order X number of a product code. They usually have instructions they want the latest case or a case code that is what is being shipped to their competitors but beyond that, Prince Wheeliam and Race Team Fillmore are essentially the same release.

So, I believe that in order to avoid confusion, Mattel packed 3,000-3,500 cases with an ULTIMATE CHASE and called it a different letter code.

That’s good news if you want an ULTIMATE CHASE as it’s included in every case with a particular case code such as G & H. And if you definitely do not want an ULTIMATE CHASE but want the rest of the case, then order E or the twin case of H. All the case codes seem to be available to all authorized resellers.

I’m not trying to be negative and claim that no one will ever find an ULTIMATE CHASE on the pegs but has anyone found one at one of the mass market retailer stores yet?* And in a weird way, it’s actually a nice gesture on Mattel’s part for CARS Collectors. Hot Wheels collectors have ZERO idea what Treasure Hunt or Super Treasure Hunt is in any case code PLUS the assortment changes during the run! So, if you get 3 Treasure Hunts in a case, the next one might actually contain zero. While CARS assortments are not guaranteed, at least you have a 99.99% chance of getting the case contents which is actually revealed.

That also brings us to the T case floating around eBay. Of the 9 cases remaining to come, it looks like the runt of the litter. It has no Ultimate Chase. It has two “new” CARS – Bindo, the Blue Maserati which is also in the H case and the other “new” car is Kabuto. Kabuto is really not a new CAR but technically, it’s new to the CARS 2 diecast mainline … the oddity is that Kabuto does not seem to be available in any other of the forthcoming cases so I suppose if you really love Kabuto, then buy CASE T. (UPDATE – Yes, it looks like it was originally suppose to contain Bindo but got a blue car, Rod Torque subbed in … so, definitely the runt of the litter).

So, we don’t exactly know how it will play out as we’ve NEVER had case assortments with a “twin” with a different letter code but so far and going forward, this format seems to be designed with splitting off the Ultimate Chase for collectors and without one for mass market retailers … until proven otherwise … it’s like a science experiment. 🙂

So, observe without being observed. And hey, at least we’re not double blind. Don’t shock the monkey and don’t eat the placebo (CASE T?) 🙂

* This does not count other retailers like supermarkets which tend to get offered POP displays which may or may not mirror current cases and/or in some cases, a small enough chain might order by case code because their order (generally 200-300 cases for a regional chain like Kohl’s) does not get attention from the Big Three, they don’t really care what Kohl’s does in regards to toys. Drugstores tend to get serviced by distributors who buy cases and split it up as they generally do not get more than 1 peg of singles per store so a case of 24 might be randomly split for up to 6 stores. And since they tend to sell slower at $8.99 per, they don’t often get more than a few restocks a year. 🙂

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  • nlg510 says:

    Does anyone know who is in case T?

  • Jinzo says:

    Best place to find new product I have found it is Sears. Yup believe or not, my sears gets a case every so often. Not even TRU, Target, or walmart gets them in. Seriously Mattel needs to do something about all the trash on the pegs. It has become a family fun hobby to hardcore diehard collector’s hobby/game now. Such a shame Mattel 🙁

  • yellowbellied says:

    on eBay? the only ones I see are the larger, Disney Store versions

  • My theory for Case J is that it will have Alexander Hugo and Sir Harley Gassup because they’re the only CARS with UPC codes that haven’t been released yet.

  • yellowbellied says:

    Actually, is Rip diecast ever going to be released? I gave up and bought one of the Disney Store’s version on eBay last month, but my son wants the 1:55 version.

    (MET: Info coming soon).

    • John says:

      Rip is easy to get on eBay from the Hong Kong sellers so clearly Mattel has produced them in large quantities. (the more they make the more seconds there are to sell) I think we’ll see Rip everywhere as Christmas approaches.

  • I don’t think Case T has Bindo Maserati but it does have Rod “Torque” Redline.

  • Jack says:

    Well my question has been what happened to case codes J, K etc. The case T and other assortments that skip the letters after H do not list a Super Chase but I can’t see them making 2 case in a row with an ultimate chase and than stopping.
    I could be wrong but I have a feeling there are cases J,K etc with the rest of the ultimate chases scheduled but for some reason Mattel isn’t offering it to resellers yet. Otherwise when will we see the next Ultimate chases?

    (MET: There is a J case and it looks like it contains an Ultimate Chase – will post as it gets closer to shipping and confirmed).

  • John in Missouri says:

    I folded the other day and won a Flash auction, but I remain convinced they will be found at retail, whether it is this week at Walmart or in September at some oddball grocery store.

    • bobbyjack says:

      I thought about just getting them off ebay but then I would have to get each one. Since they aren’t in the movie, I don’t think my kids will miss not having them. They still want Rip because he was in the movie.

    • Yeah I know the grocery stores work. I’ve found Carlo Maserati and The Popemobile there, which I have never seen again (Actually I saw Carlo and Lewis each once at Target but still)

  • cac1959 says:

    As I’ve not seen anything newer than singles D case at any stores, I’m not holding my breath that I’m going to find new cases in stores.

    I think the big US retailers who use the same item number for everything are causing trouble for us who are collectors and fans of Cars… I talked with someone at a store who is convinced they have 84 single Cars for sale on the pegs… never mind that it’s 80 Finn, 3 Francesco, and 1 McQueen (which just showed up yesterday).

    Thanks for the heads up, Met!

    (MET: It makes sense in their aspect that they already have (up to) 400,000 SKU’s in that giant store – the last thing they need is another 1,000 SKU’s broken down from CARS/CARS 1 singles when they cannot even specifically order a particular CAR … in theory, they trust Mattel to send them a mix that sells evenly (insert your own joke here) and the worse case scenario is that they expect Mattel to fix any issues such as swaps or discount allowances ($.99 sale) or returns … for CARS 2, some of the issues have been quasi fixed but clearly not all of it and part 2 is that retailers do not seem to think the issue is resolved enough to buy more CARS OR they are “punishing” Mattel CARS because they are annoyed).

    • Tedsallis says:

      Blame where blame is due, it starts with Mattel. Retailers got boned major on Cars 2 due to blatant stupidity and greed on Mattel’s part. The more units you produce of a certain item, the lower the unit cost becomes. So packing case after case with too many Lightning, Francesco and Finn resulted in huge profit for Mattel and left retailers holding the bag.

  • bobbyjack says:

    I will still look for one but my chances of finding an ultimate chase are not very good.

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