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Mattel Disney Pixar CARS 2 Diecast: Missing 2012 Porto Corsa CARS Slow Flow

In September, when a large number of diecast cases were canceled, and with the new Walmart’s Fall plan-o-gram looking promising AND Walmart had apparently agreed to purchase cases N&P which appeared on no list before – it was hopeful that most of the new CARS would get repacked for Walmart but with each passing day, the plan looked dimmer and dimmer and now that the new card designs are shipping, the likelihood is looking very slim to nil. And clearly Walmart did not purchase N&P so time for Plan C?

So, let’s take stock … er, of the stock situation 60 days later …

Some of the CARS diecasts in limbo were released with varying degrees of release: some were only available in limited quantities as purchased by non-Big 3 resellers … (especially the cases with the 1:1 ratio of SUPER CHASE CARS) but these “smaller” resellers had no real reason to purchase the “twin cases” that had no SUPER CHASE – out of the @15,000 produced of each case, if 4,000 had the SUPER CHASE, that left @11,000 of the “twin” case available. My personal belief is closer to 3,000 of the SUPER CHASE were available to purchase – they probably sent a few hundred to Disney & Pixar (just the SUPER CHASE diecasts) – so if the cases are closer to 3,000, after US resellers and shipments to Australia and other countries okay with English only cards, it’s plausible they were sold out. To note, the Mattel warehouses claim they had and have zero of cases G & H which pretty much disappeared overnight in September – strange that. Same with the other cases: J, K, L, M & W – one day in the ordering system – next day – canceled or sold out.

So, it seems these CARS have been shifted around but released in enough quantity to qualify as “regular” releases:

Celine, Acer with Torch, Alexander Hugo & Mary Esgocar made their way into Kmart cases so its distribution can be considered “normal.” Celine & Acer have also shown up in Europe. Becky, Don Crumlin, Bindo and Prince have also all shown up in Europe. Suki, available in Europe but just released in the US should see actual wide distribution at retail. Prince Wheeliam and Bindo did not get wide distribution in the US – the two of this grouping most likely with few thousands left over in the warehouse and will probably show up at a consolidator or liquidator retail store in the next few months.

That leaves us this group of 6.

Otis, Alex Vandel, Galloping Geargrinder and Nick Cartone have shown up in Europe but that’s not nearly enough to absorb all of ones produced – most likely, there are thousands left in the warehouse somewhere.

It looks like some of these have started to show up at Walmart (Texas only so far but that makes sense as Mattel’s warehouse is in Fort Worth). Is this the mysterious case N & P? Will more retailers get these? Just WM stores? It might take a few more days to get stock in your store the further away you are from Texas but chime in if you spot it on the shelves and if it’s elsewhere other than WM? Let us know.

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  • sallychula says:

    Today at my Walmart (Tampa, Florida)I spoke with the restok guy because there were just 2 cars at the peg. He scanned and the computer said “This product can not be restoked” What does that mean?

    So far, not a single GGG, Otis, Prince…. NOTHING!

  • Dunroamin says:

    If someone could drop off two of each single at my doorstep, that would be great…


  • Yesterday found the Geargrinder at Target in Boston. Nothing else new.

  • taylor says:

    Acer with Torch all over UK stores, think we got all the missing Acers for sure.

  • danrio says:

    I found a lone Galloping Geargrinder at Target 2 weeks ago, but that is also the lone worthwhile find I’ve made anywhere in about 3 months

  • slicepie says:

    I received an email from Mattel yesterday that stated that the supposedly mystical and non-existent Case F is now sold out. Which, along with the previously reported contents being found right here in the US, means it does exist and once again I was right — just saying. Evidently it was converted to retail only and may possibly be a WalMart Exclusive case.

    (MET: Not saying specifically but Mattel is not always on the ball. πŸ™‚ … For instance, sold out CASES G&H have returned … disappeared for a few months but now back in the system …).

  • Pixarfan says:

    Hi, new to the forum. Thought you all would like to know I found Otis, Suki, and Nick at a Wal Mart in San Antonio. No sign of Alex or Erik on the pegs.

    (MET: Thanks – looks like the slow-ward spread from Ft. Worth …).

  • bamcars says:

    Are Eric Lanely and Cartney Brakin not included in this? They haven’t been easy to find either.

    (MET: Eric looks like he’s part of CARS singles 2013 like Suki … Cartney has been released but should probably have been included in the limited release grouping).

  • chevyman46933 says:

    umm….not just texas….but i did find 4-5 geargrinders at a few diff walmarts in central florida as well

  • TopherDawg says:

    Fabrizio is awful.

  • BMW says:

    Fabrizio and Sir Harley Gassup were found at a Walmart in the Dallas area.

  • bd says:

    Never seen a more popular line handled so ineptly.

    It’s not hard: make new product, deliver to store, sell product.

  • Ka-Chow says:

    Just great! More cars we probably won’t find on the pegs. I don’t even like showing my son the pics anymore. He’ll ask when we are going to get them. Oh well, hopefully we’ll get lucky.

  • lefseboy says:

    Found Galloping Geargrinder in a shop in Cars Land last week, if that’s any help.

  • jestrjef says:

    Why can’t Mattel just send us cars so we can buy them?!?! Is it REALLY SOOOOOOOOO hard! Mattel is burning bridges with collectors and kids all over … teasing us with cars … then not getting them properly distributed.

    Why is it that Mattel does not realize that if it CRAP PACKS cases it clogs pegs which slows reorders for big retailers then COST THEM MONEY?!?! grrrrrrr Sorry, rehashing old news … it was just burning my fingers and had to type it! lol

    EITHER WAY, BRING ON THE NEW CARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :- }

  • John in Missouri says:

    Officer Murakarmi belongs on the list with Becky Wheelin and Don Crumlin, as I’ve found the three of them together at both Target and Sears.

    I’ve also found Galloping Geargrinder at both Walmart and Target.

    Others have been finding Bindo and Prince Wheeliam at Walmart and Target.

    Lane Change found Suki with Alex, Nick, and Otis at a Dallas-area Walmart. Fabrizio and Sir Harley Gassup have been spotted on eBay, and are allegedly in the same case.

    • tiki-mon says:

      Sears sells Cars? I gotta go check it out.

      Found Galloping Geargrinder at a Target in Seattle last month, and two beat-up Becky Wheelin and Done Crumlin at Walmart in California. The rest, are more like unicorns to me, although I’m sure someone did come and scoop up all the unicorns before me.

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