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Mattel Disney Pixar CARS: Mel Dorado Too (Or #4?)

Thanks, “Mark T.” for the interesting photos of the return of Mel Dorado.

He does not look too different from his previous release except for the eyelid line though it seems to be a more red gold …

But that could just be te lighting as in this on-card photo makes it seem more like “gold.”

However, Mark T included some photos comparing it to his last Mel Dorado, not sure how he ended up with a dark tan one? Anyone else get a Mel Dorado that color??


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  • CarTalk says:

    I haven’t seen this one yet to comment on color variation. Didn’t the Mildred Bylane have quite the change in release colors as well? Must be the gold paint shades. I think the new color pops more in the photos.

    (MET: Here’s the Mildred Bylane comparison – in general, the Thai releases are more metallic paint or with a shinier overcoat (along with the eyelid line) so they are all are variants – some are more worthy of collecting, others, your call …)

  • wheelart New Zealand says:

    Hello Met,
    I have the Toons Maters Tall Tales release of Mal Dorado. The original brass gold like the diecast above, not the orange Thailand version. He being the one that hears the sound of money when the Gas Caps rip into a bit of ‘heavy metal’. I suppose being an entrepreneur he can afford a different colour suite a la Ramone’s multi coloured – excuse the engllsh spelling – variants. This Thailand Mel is a similar gold tone as the Thailand Mildred Bylane. Both China origin Mel Dorado and Mildred Bylane are the same tone of gold. So is colour a variant? After this speil when I see it in the wild I’ll have to ‘collect them all’
    Hope this answers your question Met.

    • RCcars5 says:

      Mel Dorado was not from the Cars Toon line…

      (MET: Mel Dorado is from CARS 2, DEX is from Toons (LINK HERE), he’s red).

    • wheelart New Zealand says:

      Yes, Screech and squeel. Dad gum that was a clanger. Need a rap on the grill. I got Mel Dorado mixed up with Dex the record company owner. Mel Dorado is the talk show host in Cars 2 that Mater talks to blah blah blah etc. Tex, Dex and Mal similar Cars. That got every bodies attention I reckon Met, must have been the exhaust smoke obscured the facts.
      And it was Dex that remarked “thats the sound of Angels printing money” hearing Mater and the Gas Caps grunge music. Pardon the fender bender Met

  • MackDaddy says:

    When they start making changes in the detail and packaging, you know the line is in decline. Sad. I hope I’m wrong. 🙁

    • quercy says:

      I am saying this at least once a year for the last 5-6 years! 😀

      • MackDaddy says:

        But you have to admit that the current packaging cheapens the whole line even further. I have many older packages that display as well as they look. Some were actually positioned at an angle to see the Car in action or could be viewed from the back! That was the appeal. Now unfortunately they are all packed in boring single layer Hot Wheel looking packages with eyes. You might as well take them out of the package. Mattel is doing the same stupid thing to their Premium line of Hot Wheels. Never to return. CHEAP! 🙁

        • quercy says:

          Oh! I totally agree!!!… They have the perfect formula for failure but somehow the line will survive and get a kick this coming fall with the Disney series and then later maybe another movie? Who knows… Yes, 2022 is very, very, very lame and frustrating for long time collectors like us. I still do not understand how come Mattel is not exploiting this gold mine the right way… The infinite universe and Disney Cars die cast universe are two of the biggest mysteries no one can explain… only speculate! 😉

          • DisneyLover55 says:

            Yeah, but I do like how the Welcome to Radiator Springs series packaging still has a bit of that old feel to it. I wish that the whole line was like that.

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