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12:48 am
August 26, 2012


Otis the Lemon

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Covering the night shift for a friend at work (anything for a fellow Sox fan), and the plant is actually running well, so why not start a thread for great city of Chicago and it's equally great surrounding areas.

 

Please post any finds you may have had, or anything else you want to share.

3:46 pm
August 26, 2012


mikecee81

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I bought two Victor H's yesterday at walmart, Geneva.

First new single CARS seen in the wild since November 2011

10:16 pm
August 26, 2012


Mike Manifold

Chi-Car-Go

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The best Chicago find I've had lately were some old Cars 1 must-haves, thanks to MikeCee – thanks again Mike!  Around the north side of the city to the north and northwest suburbs I'm seeing the first batch of TakeFlights at TRU and some Walmarts, and all of the Radiator Springs Classics save for the singles at every TRU.  1 of 3 Targets checked today had the 7-pack with hydraulic Radiator Springs Ramone, an easy pass.  Saw a crumpled and botched paint Vladimir Petrov once, months ago, at Osco drug, and a creased pair of Victor and Vlad at a Walmart a few weeks ago.  Trying not to hunt, as it's been a complete waste of time.  Nice to see you on here Otis, and thanks for the thread. Happy and fruitful hunting!

9:40 am
August 27, 2012


Otis the Lemon

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Few weeks ago I got lucky and we were early for a kid party in Oak Lawn, so I ran into the TRU on Cicero and roughly 79th. They had most of the RS Classic singles. I picked up King, Chick, Tex and Shiny Wax. And left Fab HH and RS McQueen. Forgot that my Fab HH was a loose one and not in great shape, so I'm kicking myself for that.

 

Other than that, a lot of the same for me. I see a decent amount of the Take Flights, but nothing else around LaGrange Park. Want to get the nasca truck and the gearginder, but looks like the cases are changing up.

3:50 pm
August 27, 2012


Mike Manifold

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Hey you found the classics, cool, way to go!  My must haves are Rip, Mama Bernoulli, Tubbs Pacer, the Gremlin boss, and Otis, plus Cartney Brakin and the Geargrinder.  The rest are going to be optional for me from here on out, especially if Mattel makes it impossible to find.  I "take flight" from the toy aisle, and "micro drift" away from Mattel products as they stray from producing the rest of the mainline characters in sufficient quantity.  I'll bet the Nasca truck won't be too hard to find once the distribution spreads to more Targets and TRU.  Good luck to you!

7:41 am
August 28, 2012


Otis the Lemon

Townie

posts 87

Went to a Walmart yesterday in Addison and they had the Ka-Ciao LM 2 pack so I grabbed 2 if anyone needs one. They had a bunch so it probably won't be a problem finding it, but I figured just in case and I can always return the extra.

 

Thanks, Mike. I'm also waiting for Rip and Otis (obviously). Did they announce Mama Bernouli yet? That would be a must have also. I had no luck on Don Crumlin, so I got one from another takefiver. Need Tubbs Pacer now to complete the four heads.

 

Swinging by my local Walmart on Roosevelt if I have time after work today. It looked like they were preparing to reset the other day.

9:00 am
August 28, 2012


Mike Manifold

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I got a report of the NASCA truck Take Flight case seen in Target on the west side so perhaps you'll see them west and south of the city.  

I had no problem finding Kia-Chow McQueen last month… in Iowa.

I thought there was a small chance you might be into Otis. 😉

I don't believe Met has mentioned Mama Bernoulli in quite a while, but she is in the character encyclopedia, so maybe there's hope (?).

Good luck!

5:04 pm
August 28, 2012


John in Missouri

Mid-Missouri

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Maybe I missed the memo on this one, but are Don Crumlin and J. Curby Gremlin one and the same???

9:07 pm
August 28, 2012


Otis the Lemon

Townie

posts 87

No dice on my Walmart, sheets are still up and peg full with Francessco's.

 

I thought they changed the name of J. Curby Gremlin to Don Crumlin, but I could be wrong, especially since they use the J. Curby name in the movie…

9:10 pm
August 28, 2012


Mike Manifold

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Don is a mere minion, but a cool diecast!

9:11 pm
August 28, 2012


Otis the Lemon

Townie

posts 87

It would appear I'm wrong. So Don Crumlin is just a cronie like Petrov? I feel very depressed. Has J. Curby been released?

8:43 pm
August 30, 2012


Otis the Lemon

Townie

posts 87

There are two Targets on my drive home. Stopped at the first one and they had a falcon hawk, so I had some hope. Sure enough, second one had the nasca truck. Hooray!

8:55 pm
August 30, 2012


Mike Manifold

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Awesome, Otis!

7:23 pm
September 4, 2012


Otis the Lemon

Townie

posts 87

Both my targets took out the end cap. Kinda makes sense, they didn't have much in there after the first wave of take flights.

9:37 pm
September 6, 2012


Otis the Lemon

Townie

posts 87

Since there were a lot of finds on the Walmart thread, I decided to stop by mine after work. I was hoping to see some Mama T's or Lelands, or some take flights for my kids. They might have had the two packs, there was a lone Ka-Ciao on the pegs but I didn't see any take flights. It looks like they had case V though, because I got a unibody Carla and there were Fillmores, HH McQueens. Of course, Bindo and Prince were gone. I'll try the other one on Friday and who knows?

2:40 pm
September 11, 2012


Otis the Lemon

Townie

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Modest score yesterday. I was going to the White Sox game (they won) and stopped at a Walmart and TRU on North Ave. on the way in. Walmart had a unibody Shu and the Acer with helmet 2 pack, so picked them up for myself. Then TRU had a Shiny Wax and Dexter Hoover RS Classic. Have both of them, but picked them up to maybe trade or ebay.

5:33 pm
September 11, 2012


Mike Manifold

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Wow, great finds Otis!  I'm still not seeing signs of RS Classics singles anywhere north of that TRU.  The Walmart nearest me finally got the Movie Moments case this morning, after like a half a year with nothing new; the other Wally close by finally got some Victors and Vlads; the newest singles I've seen around here. I haven't seen Becky, Don, Murakarmi, Bindo, Prince Wheeliam, nor the remnants of their cases in the wild; I'm hoping this isn't a perpetual pattern for the shops within a sane and half-sane driving distance from me…. 

7:37 pm
September 11, 2012


John in Missouri

Mid-Missouri

Member

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Otis the Lemon said:

Modest score yesterday. I was going to the White Sox game (they won) and stopped at a Walmart and TRU on North Ave. on the way in. Walmart had a unibody Shu and the Acer with helmet 2 pack, so picked them up for myself. Then TRU had a Shiny Wax and Dexter Hoover RS Classic. Have both of them, but picked them up to maybe trade or ebay.

You stopped at Walmart ON THE WAY TO the Sox game?!?! Brave man!! I'm just glad no one got these Cars, your stereo, your rims, etc., etc., etc.

 

By the way, my math equation is 1 + 1 — easiest ever!!

8:15 pm
September 11, 2012


Otis the Lemon

Townie

posts 87

Yeah, I didn't waste a lot of time in there, but anything for a find.

10:56 pm
September 11, 2012


kachow95

chicago

Rookie

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If I'm not mistaken you are referring to the walmart on Northlake and the TRU in Melrose. I went to TRU Sunday and saw The shiny wax and Dexter Hoover there. I was going to get it but instead got three of the Miguel Camino TRU and acouple flight cars. I told manifold I had stopped collecting cars for a year, but as of last week Wednesday I'm back in the game and went shopping Sat & Sun around Northlake, Melrose, Norridge,  and Forest Park 

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