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Mattel Disney Pixar CARS: Themes 2014 Cardback Previews

Rob (My 6 Kids) also sends along photos of the cardbacks from the first Deluxe releases:

The Piston Cup theme series of diecasts – nothing too new as a card of N20 Cola had already leaked out … and of course, how can you even think of selling a CARS series without Marlon Clutches McKay who presumably is the guy who okays your vacation days at Pixar. 🙂

Piston Cup cardback

The Radiator Springs theme series lineup is not much a surprise though this essentially mirrors the Radiator Springs Classic line – so either that series is ending or it’s getting all “new” (re) releases.

RS cardback

And the most interesting of the series – the RSN series with Nelson & Chuck already out … and the return of Todd, Pizza Planet Truck – released only once in a Kmart case – almost like a CHASE CAR but thankfully not, more pizzas! Plus the arrival of Cora Cooper, one of the last listed Final Lap diecasts. Though she looks pretty much like Houser Boon or Hooman. Do we really a 3rd small econobox bronze color camera person?

RSN Cardback

It looks like they are working their way through the Final Lap “missing” diecasts – scheduled for the last two cases but canceled.

Final lap

It was always unclear if it was Cora Copper or Cora Copter but Cora Cooper is on the cardback as “coming soon.”

Highway sign filled in means released in 2013 – Kit Revster & Mildred Bylane.

Wilmar Flatz was released as a lenticular only but other than the windshield, she’s ready to go so will we see her in 2014?

Will the others be on the list for 2014?

Thanks for the nice photos and info, Rob (My 6 Kids).

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  • Mack_me_Bucko says:

    I just received Cora Copper on the 2014 RSN cardback from a Chinese vendor — it’s an excellent new car, an all new sculpt, and well worth the several year wait since she was announced in the Cars finder game.

  • Jason says:

    Seeing the cardback with Cruisin’ McQueen reminded me of the one I found with blackwall tires instead of whitewall tires…anyone else seen this?
    I searched a little and couldn’t find any others. Either way, it is pretty cool.

  • Jinzo says:

    I was so excited to see the preview for 2014. Turns out, most of these, I already own. It is nice for new collectors but for us who have been with this series since 2006, is a easy year by the looks of it. Really excited for RSN series. Maybe, just maybe we’ll see Bessie & Frank. 😀 Here’s to hope.

  • wheelart New Zealand says:

    Awesome days Met,Mugsy Liftsome,John Lassetire,
    Chuck Choke Cables,Nelson Blindspot Mildred Bylane, Cars2 recent releases. Excellent vehicle choices. And the yellow utility/pickup with gold piston cup aerial deco showing up loose in China, yes the red Ape too. The loose sales out of China seem to be an indicator of releases to look out for. There are plenty of tractors available loose. As ‘Bachman Turner Overdrive’ stated “Let It Roll” 2014

  • quercy says:

    My shopping list for 2014 is very short at this time… 1 out 18… No way. I won’t buy again what I just did in 2013… Now I understand why each series was numbered 1of 18 and so, instead open numbers… That way they can throw back the same cars over again… Nice strategy…

    I guess they will get me a bit later buying repeat with their pack 4, 7 and 12…. 😉

    • MoMcQueen says:

      I am equally unexcited. While it’s cool to see Todd and Doc on the list, Mack and Red plus Flo and Ramone and the remainder of the former Toys R Us Radiator Springs Classics exclusive characters are nothing more than a swift kick to the seat of the pants. Are they going to re-release the same 20 diecasts over and over and over again? Yuck. I guess that’s how the money is made: economies of scale.

      • quercy says:

        Well, with the announce of Cars 3 to be released in 2018 and obviously sales of Cars diecast for another decade or two, they need to SUPER stretch the formula of repeat on different cards to be able to tag them as “Collect them all!” Which they are doing pretty well since 2006…

        • MoMcQueen says:

          I guess that’s true, isn’t it? It’s just, to me, the difference between the 2013 and 2014 cards is so negligible, having two Flos, two Macks and two Reds sitting side-by-side is a little bit lame. Except that I hate this is now “World of Cars” again. That’s SO five years ago. How are we supposed to keep it straight? Old World of Cars versus New World of Cars? World of Cars Themes? World of Cars Theme Teens? Teen Theme World of Cars? It’s silly.

        • Mack_me_Bucko says:

          While potentially bad for us as collectors in the short run, the continued support by Pixar and Mattel for the franchise is great news in the long run.

          Young kids will discover the movie, want the evergreen characters like Flo, Ramone, Doc, etc.; and then Mattel has the customer base to offer odd ones like this Trike Feldman guy. Seriously, you almost need to freeze-frame the film to find him, he’s caused the crash in the streets at the top of the hill as Finn is racing to get to the Lemon’s death ray in Porto Corsa. If they can offer him, imagine how many hundreds of other weird little filler characters they can offer in the coming decade before and after Cars 3!

          • MoMcQueen says:

            I agree we need repeats. Kids need them, parents need them too. I’m a parent first, collector second. But it doesn’t help anyone to have the same six or seven characters plugging up the pegs. The repeats I’m complaining about are being re-released on a “new” card less than 12 months later. My fear is that it’s going to replicate the problem except with Cars characters instead of Cars 2 characters. The new Sub Finn and Sumo are Red and Mack here already. The two-packs from 2013 Case A and B are Tomber and Finn fodder. Add a bunch of Flos and the same purple Ramone that everyone already has plus Cruisin McQueen and I’m never going to see anything fresh at retail. My pegs are already plugged with stuff from 11 months ago. If I’m lucky.

    • BMW says:

      ‘Now I understand why each series was numbered 1of 18 and so, instead open numbers… That way they can throw back the same cars over again… Nice strategy… ”

      Agree. in 2013 but no game for 2014. Lots and lots of repeats coming for 2014.

      • Mack_me_Bucko says:

        As mentioned in my post above, we really do need repeats. Repeats assure young collectors they can find the older models easily, and whet their appetite for more new items. I suspect we’ll all be buying Cars diecasts (from Cars, Cars 2, Cars 3, Cars Toons, and Storytellers) until at least 2025!!

  • BMW says:

    Mattel you need to read better. Cora Copper is her name on the 2007 Blu Ray Finder Game.


  • Mack_me_Bucko says:

    Bertha Butterswagon has been showing up through the Chinese “back door”, so that one is almost certainly forthcoming.

    Dan Sclarkenberg (note spelling) is a revised crew chief car, so tooling should be pretty easy to do.

    I’m fairly sure Percy Hanbrakes would be a revised tooling from either Edwin Kranks or Milton Calypeer, so should get done if they want to do it.

    Willmar Flattz is a “he”, and I made one non-lenticular by blending the body with the windshield plate from the same body style that was non-lenticular. I wonder if a non-lenticular version would be a four pack with Mia, Tia, and the yellow car in the stands — also showing up via Chinese back door sales.

    Another Chinese back door item is a red Ape with a souvenir salesman body (Finn’s chase sequence in Porto Corsa), and a red Porsche (Sally redone) that is seen in Cars 2 after the crash sequence in, he’s trashing the Allinol signage.

    Cora Copper will be a nice addition, even if she is a retooling.

    It would be nice if they did all the remaining RV’s, but maybe those are reserved for special releases like the SDCC or D23 style events.

    It looks like eventually Mattel will release everything Pixar has named as a character, and maybe a few more. Let’s just hope they do them before the supposed Cars 3 displaces their design and production schedules?

    • Mack_me_Bucko says:

      The “RSN” series lists eight vehicles. Six are shown on Nelson’s cardback — which leaves two to guess at. Bernie Banks and Dan Sclarkenberg would fit the series nicely!

    • quercy says:

      I already seen Dan Sclarkenberg and Percy Hanbrakes on ebay sometime about a year ago so the molds exist…. 🙂

      The red ape has a name…. TRIKE FELDMAN

      On the same note I have also seen Kabuto with flame so hopefully it will be part of the 2014 calendar…

    • Traction MainBolts says:

      According to a french site some world of cars thing has the red ape souvenir vendor in package. She is a SUPER chase named Trike Feldman.

      • MoMcQueen says:

        How many Super Chase is Mattel planning? The red Ape plus a bunch of Clown Cars seems like an odd combination for a single calendar year.

        • quercy says:

          More I see those little tiny diecast becoming the SUPER CHASE, I feel I am SUPER abused and insulted as a collector by Mattel…

        • BMW says:

          4 Super Chases on a list I saw. that list did not have the Clown cars either.
          Trike Feldman
          Carate Van
          A Francesco
          Mcqueen Fan Guido and Mcqueen Fan Luigi.

          • MoMcQueen says:

            I’d love the Clown Cars as a set from somewhere, even one that’s crazy hard to get like the torture to be endured at D24. For some reason, as potential stand-alone Super Chases, they don’t excite me much. But I said the same thing when I saw the Japanese Game Show characters….. yet they grew on me. And I obediently collected them all!

            • Mack_me_Bucko says:

              Face it, we’re all hooked, and the allure of even the minor characters is too much to endure. I’d love to see a representation of ‘Big Al’, ‘Doreen’, or Mater’s ‘Cousin Betsy’ just to see them. Or how about the four Motorama Girls with the chaperone Ms. Victoria?

  • 5oclockshadow says:

    Todd was released in another case besides KMart. I used to find him all the time in Big Lots and Hastings.

    (MET: As in an official release, consolidator sales are not really counted unless it’s a nationwide “re-release” – which is generally rare).

  • bubba101212 says:

    Cool to see for sure. Only need Nelson but will get a few others too.

  • Jack says:

    Todd! Yeah. We need some extras. One of the all time best. Great to see it coming again.

  • bobbyjack says:

    So far of the 18 pictured, I only need 1 or maybe 2. Not sure about the one next to Nelson Blindspot. Maybe I’ll get a Todd to keep carded, but so far in 2014, I don’t need very much.

  • brianmc4745 says:

    This makes me feel so much better knowing that doc is coming out again along with Todd the pizza truck.

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