Article Archive for July 2020

Mattel Disney Pixar CARS: Heyday Smokey – the Long Story
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Posted in Mattel Disney Pixar Diecast CARS on 31 July 2020
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Unlike a lot of Thailand variants where it’s mostly the eyelid line, the Thailand and China Heyday Smokey are like 2 model years … Lots of little details different (Thai on the left) including the eyeline. Diffent tamp decal design/size and different hubcaps. More different details. Even the tamp decals of the bed are different. […]

Mattel Disney Pixar CARS: The CARS 3 Lightning McQueen Variant
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Posted in Mattel Disney Pixar Diecast CARS on 29 July 2020
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Thanks, “Mark T.” for your help in resolving this mystery. It looks like the Thailand CARS 3 Lightning McQueen is a bigger variant than just his eyelid line … TheRust-Eze tampo decal is darker on the Thailand version … along with a darker gradient fill of the 95 on the rood … The flames are […]

13 Virtual Train Rides From Around the World
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Posted in Travel on 28 July 2020
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Take a virtual train trip, just sit right up close to your TV or monitor … You can find all the LINKS HERE.

Mattel Disney Pixar CARS: Retail Pegs July 2020
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Posted in Mattel Disney Pixar Diecast CARS on 28 July 2020
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At least there is some new product hitting the pegs … Thanks, “Michael VN.” for the photos and spotting this new sidekick at Walmart. Photos and CAR-spotting from “Samuel K.” at Target. The singles from the re-routed Radiator Springs series … the latest color-changer series I’m presuming is still plastic as it doesn’t say diecast […]

‘Barn Find’ has 300 cars collecting dust for years (Video)
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Posted in CARS on 27 July 2020
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So, you thought 300 diecast cars was a large collecting, this guy had 300 ACTUAL CARS squirreled away – he finally decided to sell them … here is a restorer place getting a tour … You can check out the full video here.

Disney Pixar Wants Shows You How to Draw Pixar Characters (Videos)
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Posted in Disney Pixar on 24 July 2020
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Pretty cool … let us know if you or your kids lands a job as an animator at Pixar … Pixar’s YouTube Channel has all the videos including some CARS you may recognize …

Mattel Disney Pixar Cars: Welcome to Radiator Springs 4-Pack – Back in the USA
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Posted in Mattel Disney Pixar Diecast CARS on 24 July 2020
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Thanks, “Mark T.” for the heads up and nice photos – FOUND at Target Stores here in the US. It seems likely Target will get the singles (so far only released in Europe?) but until they arrive in stores – ?? This seems typical though – the box set includes 1 vehicle not released as […]

Realistic Photo Shoot Using a Diecast Car & a Treadmill
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Posted in Art on 23 July 2020
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This looks like a dynamic Lamborghini going through the paces under the lights at a racetrack on a rainy night  or … Automotive Photographer on Lockdown Creates Realistic Photo Shoot Using Toy Car, Treadmill … You can check out the photos HERE.  

Mattel Disney Pixar CARS: World Grand Prix & Piston Cup Race 5-Pack Box Sets
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Posted in Mattel Disney Pixar Diecast CARS on 23 July 2020
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Thanks “Mark T.” for the heads up and great photos. The World Grand Prix BOX SET with two returning diecasts with the eyelid line: CARS 2 Jeff Gorvette  & Francesco Fan Alberto. Walmart Exclusives. Alberto has not been out since CARS 2 so he’s “new-ish” to recent collectors. CARS 2 Jeff Gorvette also has not […]

Art Exhibits Behind the Scenes
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Posted in Art on 22 July 2020
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Photographer Nicolas Krief depicts art handlers hoisting and arranging works to execute curators’ visions. The images show us art outside the impeccable context we have come to expect for its public consumption. You can read the interview here at ART IN AMERICA. Nicolas Krief’s series “Accrochages #1 & #2″ HERE.