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Mattel Disney Pixar CARS: The Golden Ticket to Golden Lightning McQueen

While there are keeping an eye out on the shipping/supply situation for CARS, the Golden Lightning McQueen plan is set.

WEEK of 9.5 – TARGET – Buy $20 of Mattel CARS (select products) and get a free Golden Lightning McQueen.

WEEK of 9.5 – WALMART – Purchase select Mattel CARS products and get a free Golden Lightning McQueen (no details on amount or quantity?)

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Golden Lightning McQueen.

Happy hunting!

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3 August 2021 Mattel Disney Pixar Diecast CARS 16 Comments


  • John says:

    Our Golden McQueen arrived today. No special rigamarole, just went on line and ordered one. $11.99 + tax, free shipping.(red card)


  • DisneyLover55 says:

    Man, I wish I could be a little bit more like you in deciding what CARS I want to buy. I am not a completionist, the furthest thing from the term, but recently, even with the shortage, I have found myself buying more and more CARS. And I almost feel like I am loosing control of my collection, and the walls are starting to close in! This is also partly because I have a large LEGO collection as well. I, like most of you, only really like to collect what I think is cool. But, then again, Mattel has released A lot of cool CARS! And, if a CAR is rare, and I find it for a reasonable price, I want to buy it and keep it in the card. Recently I was at a hobby shop I like and found some good priced old CARS, (2007)ish, along with a 1996 Dale Earnhardt diecast. I was so excited and then when I got home I realized, “Do I REALLY need these??” I think I as well like collecting CARS that were in the movie the most, but every once in a while I can’t turn down a good extended series CAR. Anyway, that’s my stance on the position, more or less! 🙂

    • Real Gone says:

      I was out yesterday and my local Walmart had about 8 full pegs of the NASCAR series. I have to admit I was very excited since, as we all know, it is not easy to find much of anything on the shelves right now. So, that was by far the most NASCAR I have seen on the shelves since that line started.

      I had decided “Ok, I am only going to get the Next Gen racers that were new to a sponsor” (Shifty Drug, Sidewall Shine, etc.) and then my resolve began to crumble. These are so cool, they will never release them again, here they are at retail instead of eBay, and so on.

      So I strive to meet my ideals and follow my collecting parameters, but I also make impulse decisions occasionally as well. Usually my impulse purchases happen when I have been considering buying something and I have spent a lot of time wrestling with “should I or shouldn’t I” and then I find the item again after leaving it behind. That is when I finally decide “Ok, this has been on my mind, I have found it again in the store, it meets my requirements to add to my collection, so I will buy it now.”

      So there you go, a small glimpse into how I justify buying what I want when I want. 🙂
      (You know, eventually.)

  • 5oclockshadow says:

    kinda ugly.

    Wouldve been a good way to clear out all the Mcqueens off the shelf back in the day. Now the shelves are always empty.

  • Real Gone says:

    So great to hear from you all-it really helps me to think about what I collect and why.

    Thank you.

  • quercy says:

    I tried…. Oh man I tried…. So many times… Like a smoker who decides to smoke only on Mondays & Wednesday nights between 5 and 7 pm… Or an alcoholic drinking only during weekends… 🙂

    I not only love every characters, variations or repeat with accessories but I also like the cards and/or boxes layouts. Same goes with Planes (sad they have stopped this line). Especially when they are releasing limited edition like CHASE, SDCC, mail promo or any other rare items. Great example: El Materdor! Then I am getting stressed out just thinking I may not be able to get one 😀

    However, I am not interested in unreleased items like prototypes or back door resellers of items who never get sold somewhere in the world without being on a card.

    That is pretty much the way I collect them all 😉

    • quercy says:

      Something I forgot to mention…. I am not collecting plastic Cars… only diecast, so main line, parallel universe, Disney Store (Planes too) but NOT the mini. only scale 1:55 and 1:43. I have almost about EVERYTHING been “released” from 2006 up to now which is over 3,200 diecast units… Yes, takes room 🙂

    • Real Gone says:

      I was getting to that point with LEGO back in 2014-2015. It was really out of control. Talk about an expensive hobby!!! That was the starting point for me on this journey. Sometimes I won’t buy anything for quite a while and then I will have a flurry of purchases all at once.

      I do understand what you are saying about the characters as well. Cars and Cars 3 are probably in my Top 15 and Top 25 movies (respectively) and I love the characters too. I would like to have a larger collection but I remind myself I can’t have everything I want. If I didn’t tell myself that, my spending and acquiring would continue to be out of control for me personally.

  • Mack_me_Bucko says:

    My standard has always been “collect what you enjoy”. That said, I don’t normally collect Cars that don’t fit certain parameters.

    1: Has to be canon to the films or TV shorts
    2. Was featured in one of the children’s books

    For example, the current series of Nascar tie-ins I have passed by, other than the one for LMQ.

    But I do make some exceptions for LMQ, Mater, and a few others. So I snagged one of these gold models off eBay since the decals are different than those of prior gold LMQ models.

    • Real Gone says:

      I really like that-collect what you enjoy. That is a very succinct way to summarize how I collect as well. My challenge is that I enjoy/am interested in a wide range of all types of things.

      I have realized that I want to get back to the basics for me (cars, military aircraft, model building) and not be all spread out over many different areas.

      So I am working to push back against all the bad habits I have let myself develop (just randomly buying things at thrift stores, garage sales, ebay, etc.) and bringing all this unnecessary stuff into our house. I can relate to what quercy said above about trying to quit or just stem the tide somewhat. Which is why I posted about this today in the first place!

      • Mack_me_Bucko says:

        Yes, the urge to expand your interests “just a little” into some new area is often hard to ignore. For the history books I buy, I try to narrow the interest area to something manageable — for instance, for WW1 aircraft, I’d never be able to find or afford the entire series published under the “Windsock Files” name, so I have settled for just those available from Squadron/Signal. And forget about ever finding all those nice WW2 books published by Osprey …

        • Real Gone says:

          Yes, books are a whole other category for me as well! I have had to really pull back on buying books. You are exactly right-you have to keep it manageable otherwise you could fill your house with books alone.

          I mainly seek out old Star Trek paperbacks, Star Wars, and other older science fiction that look interesting to me. Also subjects that I am trying to learn about are difficult to leave behind too.

          I have started to cull my library as I have far too many books that I haven’t even touched since I brought them home-some have been sitting for years now. I’m finally realizing it is okay to not get to everything. I would rather send something back to a thrift store than just let it collect dust at home.

  • Real Gone says:

    Well, that looks pretty cool. I personally don’t really want to own one as I have set some boundaries for myself when it comes to collecting.

    Just seeing something and about the only thing that comes to mind is “Cool” is not enough to justify buying it for me. If I could come up with at least 2 or three other valid reasons to get it then it might be a different story. I have certain parameters that an item must meet-is it part of a set, does it complete a group within a certain part of the story, do I find it meaningful to me personally, cost, storage, a place to display, all of these are factors for me.

    This is a process that I have to go through otherwise I can easily wind up buying anything that looks interesting to me. Which I have done many times in the past with no rhyme or reason and have been working to stop.

    Anyone have any comments on how you decide what to collect or why you would add an item to a collection? I’d like to hear your thoughts.

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