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Mattel Disney Pixar CARS Toons: Dragon Lightning McQueen Variant?

“DawsonsToyBox” has sent along an interesting find …

smile version

A smiling Dragon Lightning McQueen – error or variant?

normal face

Normal expression Dragon Lightning McQueen. Annoyed … well, okay – Tough Guy LM.


So as of now – error Dragon Lightning McQueen unless you find a bunch of them, then VARIANT!

Thanks for the photo and heads up, “DawsonsToyBox.”

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  • SCAVENGER says:

    Found one the other night…and another member has found a couple as well, so im gonna call it!! VARIANT 😀

  • Bumper Save says:


    The 2014 Dragon McQueen with the FROWN is the variant/error.

    I found 4 today that are smiling. The one I have in my collection is smiling. Everyone else reports smiling ones. The ones on eBay are all smiling. So I think the frown on a clean 2014 Dragon McQueen is the more unique piece.

    (MET: Nicely called! 🙂 ).

  • Fillmore1234 says:

    Clean Dragon Lightning McQueen is smiling.

    Dragon Lightning McQueen with Oil Stains is frowning.

    This frowning Clean Dragon Lightning McQueen is an error.

    (MET: Even if it’s an error, if there are enough released, it becomes a variant).

    • John in Missouri says:

      I disagree Met — an error is an error. So if there are enough released it’s just a “common error”, not a variant.

    • kfalcon77 says:

      The story says the ‘smiling’ Dragon McQueen is the oddity but now we are saying the ‘frowning’ Dragon McQueen is the rare duck? Now I know why he is frowning, he’s just as confused.

    • BMW says:

      Since these have segmented faces, and the Dragon frowning face with oil stains was released in the 3 pack Streets of Japan this year, it seems the frowning segmented mouth could have been wrongly put on this single. I have 3 new clean singles and all have the sheepish grin/smile, which is correct.

      The original releases of these 3 versions:
      #11 Dragon with Oil Stains (re released in 2014 3 pack)
      #35 Dragon (clean) (rare) sheepish eyes and grin. (re released in 2014)
      #31 Collectors Guide Metallic with Oil Stains (unique frown and mouth)

  • cooltrainerpaul says:

    In uk this line is exclusive to asda, one i got last week is a smiler, we were looking at a few mcqueens and didnt notice any differences..but will have to go back and check – but maybe its the case i got them all on store except ito san and pakota – 3 stores ive checked and all present except these 2 (im guessing ito and pakota are in a different case?), just a thought!

  • Pontiac Michigan says:

    ALL the LMcQ’s I saw today were smiley faces…….I vote variant.

    (MET: Interesting – thanks!)

  • dawsonstoybox says:

    Both sans oil stains.

    • John in Missouri says:

      No, I just mean maybe they forgot to add the oil stains and then labeled it as the clean version. I don’t know the facial expressions of these characters, so I am just guessing.

  • John in Missouri says:

    Is one of them Dragon McQueen with Oil Stains, sans oil stains?

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