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Mattel Disney Pixar CARS 2 Diecast: Crew Chief Austin Littleton Review

The new 2-pack with Nigel Gearsley & Austin Littleton is nice on several aspects.


If you haven’t picked up a unibody Nigel Gearsley, it’s a nice upgrade as Nigel was the only racer with a plastic front mouth plate AND a plastic back bumper but now he is one solid unibody metal diecast body. Nice upgrade – it is a little misleading as his design has a horizontal crease across the front bumper area but it’s not a real crease, just a design crease. And it’s great to get Austin Littleton as the classic Mini Cooper body – hopefully we’ll get a bunch of repaints. Classic autos repaints – ALWAYS WELCOME.


Thanks for the great photos, “John H.” – also always welcome. 🙂

No mistaking this look as anything but the Mini Cooper of yore … born from the Suez Crisis of 1956 for history buffs.side

But alas yorick, the Mini Cooper while small is simply not small enough as Mini’s are actually smaller than the VW Beetle of yore (the 1960’s also).AL_CB-comparison-top

The 60’s Beetles have a wheelbase of 94.5″ and the Mini Cooper is around 80″ – even the longer length commercial ones were only about 85.” So the debate rages, do you feel cheated if the CARS are tiny but accurate? (Austin should be about Uncle Topolino size or Luigi). Or would you prefer larger but less accurate?Italian-Job

Yea, same deal with the reborn Mini Cooper’s – nice looking sculpts but too wide and too big … though here, it’s an appropriate scale to each other.

Personally, I give it a B grade. Good sculpt, but slightly too big.

Thanks for the great photos, John H.

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11 January 2013 Disney Pixar, Disney Pixar CARS 3 4 Comments


  • carslover says:

    every walmart i have been to must have gotten 5 or more cases of the new 2 pack case A because the pegs are just full of them
    on the other side target & TRU never got them

  • Tom says:

    The modern BMW-made Cooper Mini is much larger than the original.

  • cac1959 says:

    I was really glad to see these new 2013 2 packs at Walmart… however, other than Mrs King/Tex, they’re turning out to be pegwarmers already… now if only we can find the missing 2 packs from the 2nd 2012 cardback (Miguel/Crew Chief, Miles/cleaning pittys, etc.).

    Austin is a nice Car… and unibody Cars are always nice to add to the display collection – lets us move the 2 piece Cars to the play collection.

    • Mike Manifold says:

      pegwarmers? Around here I’ve only seen a remnant of this case, one Bob/Darrel 2-pack, and only once. We need some more “pegwarmers” in Chicag: like Rip, 2-packs, Megas…. 😉

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