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Disney Pixar CARS: CARS WARS 2015 Series Looks Mattel

The previous releases of the Disney Theme parks Expanded Universe CAR WARS diecasts do not seem to be from Mattel (my thoughts here), this years releases strongly suggest they are from Mattel (my evidence is from John H’s photos – seen below).

More info on this year’s 2015 series 3 is here.

Lightning McQueen as Jedi Luke Skywalker



They have pretty much giving up pretending they’re not 1:55.



Like the recent Mattel LM release, they just painted over his “tongue” in giving him a giant smile. But the clincher is the base & tires are virtually identical.


Sarge as Emperor Palpatine is basically Mattel Sarge.


Well, other than when windshield wiper fluid shoots out of your eyes. I hate when that happens.


When is the Aliens CARS crossover series coming?


I’d like a vamity plate like that one.


The current release Sarge essentially matches the CAR WARS Sarge with the one-piece “canvas” and the one piece as his windshield.




But the base is exactly the same …



More pics coming tomorrow.

Thanks for the great pics, “John H.”


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  • maganonno says:

    I was at California Adventure last week and they didn’t have any Series 3. Also checked the Downtown Disney store outside the parks and no new Disney Cars Star Wars.

    (MET: It takes a couple weeks or longer for them to appear as “regular” merchandise).

  • hostile takeover banker says:

    It is a bit disappointing to see the date of this post and not one mention “May the 4th be with you!” 🙂

  • Mack_me_Bucko says:

    They may be made in factories Mattel controls or uses for their own production; but that doesn’t make them Mattel products if Disney/Pixar did the development themselves. Disney is just using the skill and expertise of the existing Mattel affiliated production firms to get their own stuff done.

  • quercy says:

    Did Mattel have ever used screws in lieu of rivets ?

    (MET: Every once in a while – usually a plastic component on a diecast that they re-use as another version).

  • jake18hunter says:

    I would have to agree it probably isn’t Mattel. That would mean all the China sellers cars are Mattel. If it was official Mattel it would have the stamp.

  • BMW says:

    Wouldn’t these have the Mattel stamp on the bottom if they were indeed from Mattel?

    • John says:

      No. Mattel, or a Mattel owned subsidiary company could be producing them for the Disney theme parks division and they need not carry Mattel’s name. I believe that Stanley and Wedding Lizzie, Time Travel Lightning and TT Stanley were also made by Mattel as an OEM for the theme parks division.

  • John in Missouri says:

    The bases are close but by no means identical.

    Also, Sarge has a vanity plate, not vamity.

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