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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Cars 3: Heyday Smokey & Dirt Track Fabulous Hudson Hornet 2-Pack

Cars 3: Heyday Smokey & Dirt Track Fabulous Hudson Hornet 2-Pack

Today I'm taking a look at one of the more recent Cars 3 Mattel 1:55 scale diecast 2-pack releases, this time around featuring "Heyday Smokey" and Dirt Track Fabulous Hudson Hornet! Though the Dirt Track Hudson Hornet was also available in a Cars 3 single pack (seen HERE), I didn't purchase that one in favor of getting this 2-pack with the exclusive (or "first look") Heyday Smokey (who has not been released in any other way yet).

As shown in the screen shot above, Hudson Hornet and his crew chief Smokey were seen this way (in their prime, or "heyday") during a flashback sequence towards the end of the film's second act. Smokey and all the Thomasville "legends" gather with Cruz and Lightning at the Cotton Pin Bar & Grill for drinks, while also sharing some stories about the glory days. You can also spot Hud and Smokey looking like this in the old Fireball Beach footage that Lightning watches near the beginning of the film.

Cars 3 Heyday Smokey & Dirt Track Fabulous Hudson Hornet 2-Pack

Both vehicles look great. I especially loved seeing young Smokey briefly in the film, so I'm glad he's now represented in a diecast. As for Hudson Hornet, he has some great added dirt details and looks very well made as well.

Note: Another version of Dirt Track Fabulous Hudson Hornet was released last year in Mattel's Precision Series line, which I reviewed HERE

Heyday Smokey
Cars 3 Heyday Smokey & Dirt Track Fabulous Hudson Hornet 2-Pack
Cars 3 Heyday Smokey & Dirt Track Fabulous Hudson Hornet 2-Pack

Dirt Track Fabulous Hudson Hornet
Cars 3 Heyday Smokey & Dirt Track Fabulous Hudson Hornet 2-Pack

This 2-pack was released clear back in September, but to this day I have yet to spot it in normal stores. My area has rarely gotten anything new since May, which has been super frustrating. The good news is I was able to find this pack at the Pixar Studio Store (of all places) while I was there visiting Pixar last month!

Be sure to check your local stores for availability (Walmart, Toys R Us and Target are your best bets). I hope you have better luck than me, but if not, you can always resort to eBay (direct link to current listings HERE) or Amazon using the link below. What are your thoughts?

Happy hunting!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Cars 3: Fishtail

pixar cars 3 fishtail

If you've been following along, you know I love the Cars 3 demolition derby characters. I've taken a look at a bunch so far and still have many more to go (which I'm ok with since they're all so fun and unique)! For today's post, I'm focusing in on Fishtail No. 96—one of the 25 "Crazy 8" race contenders seen in the film (shown in the screen shot above).

As usual, this is a 1:55 scale diecast from Mattel.

pixar cars 3 fishtail diecast

Kudos once again to Mattel for such great detailing. Just look at all those dents and dings, not to mention the fantastic paint application. And of course they didn't forget the "Wild Bills Racing Cones" detail on his side. I guess you could say that's his sponsor?

pixar cars 3 fishtail

I found this one at Target a couple months back and never found him again. If you're still looking for Fishtail for your collection, be sure to also check your local Walmart and Toys R Us stores for availability as well. If you'd rather just find him online, you can check eBay RIGHT HERE or Amazon using the direct link below.

Happy hunting! 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Cars 3: Broadside

pixar cars 3 broadside mattel diecast

Happy Sunday! Tonight I'm taking a brief look at yet another Mattel Cars 3 1:55 scale diecast...this time around it's Broadside (No. 25)—one of the many Crazy 8 Demolition Derby contenders seen in the Thunder Hollow sequence of the film!

Broadside is very difficult to spot in the scene, but he is there. After much searching, I finally found a quick couple frames with him in the background and snapped the screenshot above. He was by far the hardest character for me to find so far (in regards to all the Crazy 8 contenders), as most of them are prominently (if briefly) featured at some point or another.

pixar cars 3 broadside mattel diecast

As usual, this diecast looks fantastic with some wonderful details, some great "wear and tear" and a nice looking matte paint finish. On the back of his truck bed (I failed to snag a photo of it), it says "Flip me Over."

pixar cars 3 broadside mattel diecast

I was lucky enough to find Broadside at Target a couple months back. Be sure to visit you local stores if you're looking to track him down for your collection as well! If you'd rather just pick him up online, check out THIS DIRECT LINK to current eBay listings or Amazon using the link below.

Like I always say, happy hunting!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Wall·E: "Lounge in Luxury" Postcard (Pixar Studio Store—Art by Eric Tan)

pixar studio store wall-e postcard art

Here's a really neat and very unique postcard inspired by Wall·E, which was available only at the Pixar Studios Store in Emeryville, CA! I absolutely love the design that artist Eric Tan came up with here, which definitely gives me retro 60's sci-fi vibes (thinking The Jetsons). It's a really fun minimal style.

This is of course an advert type poster graphic advertising "The New BnL Hoverchair", as if this was a real product in the world of Wall·E. If I were really there on the Axiom, I could picture seeing this on a giant billboard or while flipping through some magazine. On the top it says "Lounge in Luxury" and at the bottom it gives a description of the chair and even the chair's dimensions. Another subtle detail is the asterisk noting that the "Walking poolside table" is not included. It's all very clever.

The description of the chair reads: Getting around has never been easier with new Hoverchair from BnL! Improved mechanics, sleek design, and first-class comfort that's second to none! Kick your feet up and enjoy the ride! Available now! 

pixar studio store wall-e postcard art

Are those Wall·E tread marks down the middle of the back of the postcard? Nicely done! Also there on the back it says that the artwork is inspired by "the upcoming film" and to "look for Wall·E product at retailers nationwide in summer 2008." This leads me to believe that this is an older postcard dating all the way back to 2007 or 2008. And that reminds me—can you believe that we're just a few months away from the film's 10th anniversary? That's unreal guys. Wall·E is almost a decade old. UPDATE: I did find out that this postcard was in fact from 2007 and was given out to guests attending the 2007 San Diego Comic Con as well (see some more Pixar designs by Eric Tan from that era HERE) .

Another BIG thanks to my friend [Disney freelance Artist] Jerrod Maruyama, who surprised me with this in a care package a couple months back. This is so unique and something I had never even seen before! And the fact that this doesn't seem to be sold anywhere anymore makes this a pretty rare piece as well. What a gem.

Le me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cars 3: Rex Revler (Gask-its)

cars 3 mattel diecast rex revler gask-its

Tonight was another long day and once again it's getting late over here, so I'm going to be posting on another simple Mattel Cars 3 1:55 scale diecast release...Rex Revler! Or better known by his sponsor, Gask-its (No. 80). I know, not too exciting—but hey, every car needs to be documented!

Revler here is a Piston Cup racer and the successor of Sage VanDerSpin, who was the Gask-its sponsored racer in the first Cars film (and yes, they look almost completely identical). Overall though, this is another solid, well done diecast and a welcome addition to my racer collection.

Usually I try and include a screen shot of where the different characters are in the films, but this one I could not find! I poured over the HD Cars 3 Blu-Ray footage on my computer for quite some time (all the opening racing scenes), even pausing it a bunch, and could not spot him (not even as just a blur). All the racers zoom past the camera so fast, but I know he's there somewhere. If anyone else happens to see him, be sure to screenshot his appearance for me and send it over! Are you up to the challenge?

cars 3 mattel diecast rex revler gask-its

Despite being released over six months ago, Rex Revler is still pretty easy to find (at least in my area on the east coast). Check your local Target, Toys R Us or Walmart if you're still trying to add this one to your collection! If not, you can always purchase him using the direct link to Amazon below for a great price.

Happy hunting!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cars 3: APB

pixar cars 3 APB

Protect and swerve! Today I'm taking a quick look at the Cars 3 Mattel 1:55 scale diecast of APB—one of the many Crazy 8 demolition derby contenders seen in the film! I was able to find this one a little while back at Target (probably one of the last times I was able to find anything new in my area). APB was one of the first diecasts to include the bonus 2017 mini poster/checklist.

As usual, this is a phenomenal diecast with a great attention to detail. She's got all the dents and scuffs you'd expect from a Crazy 8 vehicle—not to mention the realistic "spray paint" as well. Her racing number is 54, "The law" is painted on the sides and "You Can Run" is on the back (a detail I don't even think you can see in the film). Such great touches! You know the demolition cars are some of my favorites due to their utter uniqueness and wild designs.

pixar cars 3 APB diecast

Check out in my loose pics below to soak in all those details. I also really like the matte paint finish.

pixar cars 3 APB diecast
pixar cars 3 APB diecast

Visit your local Target, Walmart or Toys R Us to see if you can find this one around! You just might have luck if you're still trying to add APB to your Cars collection. If not, you can always grab her on eBay HERE or Amazon using the direct link below.

Note: APB is also available in a Walmart exclusive "Thunder Hollow 5-Pack" set (seen HERE).

Let me know your thoughts in the comments and happy hunting to all my fellow Cars collectors!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Cars 3: Fabulous Lightning McQueen & Dinoco Cruz Ramirez Tsum Tsum 2-Pack

Cars 3 Fabulous Lightning McQueen & Dinoco Cruz Ramirez Tsum Tsum 2-Pack set

Just last month on November 7th, not one, but TWO Tsum Tsum sets were released at the Disney Store and ShopDisney.com. Not only was it the anticipated street date for the Coco Tsums, but also this lesser known Cars 3 Fabulous Lightning McQueen & Dinoco Cruz Ramirez 2-Pack! This was a big surprise for me as it was only subtly announced a couple days prior on the Shop Disney site—which was really just a statement under their new and upcoming/calendar page that "Cars 3 Tsum Tsums" were to be released that Tuesday in correspondence with the Cars 3 Blu-Ray release (no photos or description were provided). I had no idea what to expect, since Cars 3 Tsums had already hit back in June.

I was definitely not expecting this awesome 2-pack! But now I can't picture a better way for a Tsum Tsum set to commemorate the home video release of Cars 3. And what about that collectible scenic Radiator Springs inspired packaging and satin handle? Classy. As an avid Pixar Tsum Tsum collector and Cars fan, this was a must have. Though not described as such, this feels like a special edition or limited release. I love it!

Cars 3 Fabulous Lightning McQueen & Dinoco Cruz Ramirez Tsum Tsum 2-Pack set
Cars 3 Fabulous Lightning McQueen & Dinoco Cruz Ramirez Tsum Tsum 2-Pack set
Cars 3 Fabulous Lightning McQueen & Dinoco Cruz Ramirez Tsum Tsum 2-Pack set

These plushies are part of the Tsum Tsum "mini" collection and are the standard 3 1/3" size. Like usual, they're soft with super great embroidered features and printed details. Retail for this 2-pack is $12.95.

Cars 3 Fabulous Lightning McQueen & Dinoco Cruz Ramirez Tsum Tsum 2-Pack set
Cars 3 Fabulous Lightning McQueen & Dinoco Cruz Ramirez Tsum Tsum 2-Pack set
Cars 3 Fabulous Lightning McQueen & Dinoco Cruz Ramirez Tsum Tsum 2-Pack set
Cars 3 Fabulous Lightning McQueen & Dinoco Cruz Ramirez Tsum Tsum 2-Pack set

Grab these for your collection while they're still available at your local Disney Store or pick them up online HERE. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Coco: "Deep Eyes" Art by Francisco Herrera

disney coco "Deep Eyes" Art by Francisco Herrera

Here's a piece of very interesting Disney·Pixar Coco art, sold now exclusively at the Disney Springs/Downtown Disney Wonderground Gallery! What we have here is entitled "Deep Eyes" and was conceived by artist Francisco Herrera. This happens to be the postcard version, but there are other standard size prints available as well (from what I gather).

Herrera is an artist I knew nothing about before seeing this. It's definitely not my usual style, but I can totally grasp the beauty and uniqueness of this particular piece. It's different than any other Pixar art I have, that's for sure! I really like the whole concept of Miguel there in the center of the skull with Ernesto's guitar and the candle lit eyes. Love the choices in color as well (such a cool purple)! Everything really pops.

Herrera has been in the character art/animation business for a LONG time and has worked on a ton of well known projects. Learn more about him and his impressive resume and portfolio on his site HERE. If you like what you see, be sure to give him a follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as well.

Coco: "Deep Eyes" Art by Francisco Herrera

A huge thanks to my friend Paulina who surprised me with this a little while back! It was super kind and thoughtful of her to send this my way. This is certainly a most welcome addition to my Pixar art collection. And the best part? She even got it signed for me by the artist! Extremely cool.

Again, you can pick this up at either the Disney World (Disney Springs) or Disneyland (Downtown Disney) Wonderground Gallery shops! Get it while you can as this type of art release tends to come and go very quickly.

What are you thoughts on this piece? Have you picked it up for your collection? Shout it out in the comment section below.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Cars 3: Scott Tiller

cars 3 scott tiller screen shot

The "Radiator Springs Classic" series is back and exclusive to Toys R Us once again...this time featuring new characters from Cars 3 and updated packaging! Here we have Scott Tiller, a "blink and you'll miss him" character seen in the background of Cars 3 during the "trip to the Rust-Eze Racing Center montage". As shown in my screen shot above, he's one of the three industrial tiller vehicles seen, well, tilling the field (though it's not known exactly which one he is).

Scott is a standard "Deluxe" size 1:55 scale diecast (though actually 95% of him is made of plastic, which was a tad disappointing) and comes in two pieces that easily connect. I'm not sure why he's in the Radiator Spring Classic sub-series when he's not a classic (yet) and not seen in Radiator Springs. Oh well!

pixar cars 3 scott tiller diecast

Check out my loose pics below! He does have some pretty good detailing (love the mud splats) and a very unique look. This is the first Cars tiller style vehicle we've ever gotten in a diecast, so that makes it a pretty fun and different release.

pixar cars 3 scott tiller diecast
pixar cars 3 scott tiller diecast
pixar cars 3 scott tiller diecast

I found this at Toys R Us back in October and have seen him a few times since. Be sure to check your local store for availability if you're still trying to track this one down for your collection! If you don't have any luck there, you can always visit this direct link to eBay for current listings.

What do you think of this release? Have you found him yet? Shout out your thoughts in the comments below.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Video: Coco Skullectables Hacienda Playset Review




Tonight's post is a video update to my YouTube channel featuring my review of this awesome Coco Hacienda Playset—as part of the Skullectables mini figure (blind bag) line! Look for my full written review tomorrow. In the mean time, you can check out the post I did a few weeks back covering the whole Skullectables figure collection (series 1).

 Let me know your thoughts!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Cars 3: Fabulous Lightning McQueen

Cars 3 fabulous Lightning McQueen

Following yesterday's post on Dinoco Cruz Ramirez, tonight I'm taking a look at the Cars 3 Mattel 1:55 scale diecast of Fabulous Lightning McQueen—also from the film's epilogue! Of course if you've seen Cars 3, you already know that McQueen gets this new design and blue color scheme at the end of the film to celebrate the memory of his mentor "The Fabulous Hudson Hornet." As spoken by Cruz, subtle.

McQueen keeps his 95 racing number (as well as his Rust-Eze sponsorship), while Cruz inherits Doc's number 51. On his back of McQueen are the words "For Doc Hudson." This diecast got all the details right!

Cars 3 fabulous Lightning McQueen diecast
Cars 3 fabulous Lightning McQueen diecast

Note: If you missed my post last week on the Fabulous Lightning McQueen diecast precision series version, you can check it out HERE. While this standard version is pretty amazing looking (one of my favorite diecasts for sure and one of my all time favorite looks for McQueen), the precision series one is even more detailed.

You can find this diecast in stores now. He was super hard to find in my area for the longest time, but I finally found him at Target a few weeks back (I have also since seen him at Toys R Us and Kohl's). Finally, you can also get this same version in a 2-pack combined with the regular Cars 3 [red] McQueen—which I've spotted at Toys R Us and Target as well.

Good luck on the hunt out there my fellow Cars collectors! Let me know your thoughts and if you have any questions.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Cars 3: Dinoco Cruz Ramirez

Cars 3 Dinoco Cruz Ramirez screen shot

I'm back with another Cars 3 Mattel 1:55 scale diecast review and this time I taking a brief look at Dinoco Cruz Ramirez! This version of the character was released clear back on May 1st and was part of the exciting initial launch of the Cars 3 diecasts. To this day she can easily be found on store shelves.

As shown in the screen shot above (I'm so glad I have Cars 3 on home video now so I can get these stills so much easier), Cruz appears this way during the film's epilogue. After she shows her chops as a fantastic racer during the big Florida 500 race, Tex Dinoco sponsors Cruz and buys Rust-Eze. She even sports Doc Hudson's number 51 in honor of his legacy!

Cars 3 Dinoco Cruz Ramirez mattel diecast

This diecast looks great overall. No complaints here! You can't really tell from my photos, but I especially love her metallic (almost glittery) yellow paint job and shiny blue rims. This is one that looks even cooler in person, so be sure to pick this Cruz up if you spot her in stores.

Cars 3 Dinoco Cruz Ramirez mattel diecast

Something I thought was crazy (I still don't understand it) is why this diecast was revealed and released almost two months before the film hit theaters. It's a total spoiler! No pun. Seriously, it gave away the ending/twist that Cruz becomes a racer and gets to live out Lightning's old dream of being sponsored by Dinoco. I do wish this design hadn't been so prevalent in the film's marketing and toy line before the film's release, but oh well. It's not like it ruined my experience, but I thought it was odd and wanted to bring it up.

If you still need to add this one to your Cars collection, you can find this diecast currently in stores at your local Walmart, Toys R Us or Target! If you'd rather shop online, I also included a direct link to Amazon below.

What are you thoughts?

Monday, November 27, 2017

Coco: "Remember Me" A Lotería Game

Coco Lotería mexican bingo Game review

Last Thursday (Thanksgiving) I was feeling ambitious and thought I would be able to get a post written, so I put it out there on social media that this would be that day's blog post. Boy did that not happen as it turned out to be a crazy busy day from early morning till night —then with my insane retail work schedule and family gatherings, I ended up having no time the entire Black Friday weekend to get this post up. Today I finally have the day off and things are a bit calmed down over here, so here it is....only four days late. Thanks for your patience! Daily posts will resume as normal throughout this week.

Here we have something fun that I've been excited to introduce you to...this Disney·Pixar Coco inspired "Remember Me" Lotería game! Lotería (which is the Spanish word for lottery, if you couldn't tell) is essentially the Mexican version of bingo (which has been being played there for generations); only instead of calling out plain numbers and then having them correspond with the numbers on your board, Lotería uses images on a deck of cards and on the "tablas" (boards). So yes, in short, it's bingo with pictures.

Coco Lotería mexican bingo Game review
Coco Lotería mexican bingo Game review

This boxed set comes with 54 cards, 12 tablas (each with a different selection/arrangement of the 54 images—16 on each board in 4x4 grids), 100 cempasúchil (marigold flower) cardboard [punch out] tokens (though traditionally, pinto beans "frijoles" are used as markers if you want to try that) and instructions. What's cool is that all the images are done by a variety of artists, so you'll see many different styles here. You'll notice that some are directly based on Coco (like Ernesto's guitar, Mama Imelda, Pepita, etc.) and some are just inspired by Spanish words/general Mexican culture.

Coco Lotería mexican bingo Game review

Here's a fun fact: My friend Danny Arriaga (Pixar character artist— character art director for Coco) actually designed the Dante image used in this game seen on the card below! It was a blast playing this game with him and his family when I visited them earlier this month. It was so much fun learning more about the the meaning of the artwork here and the Spanish words I was unfamiliar with (as well as what the traditional version of this game is like).

Coco Lotería mexican bingo Game review

Here are the sheets of cempasúchil tokens that I've yet to punch out.

Coco Lotería mexican bingo Game review

To Play: One player acts as the caller for the round. The caller shuffles the deck the deck of cards, draws from the top of the deck and announces it to the players. Players with the image called then place a token on the corresponding place on their tabla. The first person with four tokens in a row (winning patterns seen on the instructions below) wins! And don't forget—the winner needs to shout "Remember Me!" in this version (traditionally you shout "¡Lotería!"). When we played, we actually changed it and decided the winner shouts "Coco!", so you can really do whatever you want (we thought it rolled off the tongue better ;)

This is a very simple game of chance, but that's bingo for you! There's really no strategy (virtually any age can play), but it's good old fashion fun. It's also very quick (about 10 minutes per round). The Arriaga family also taught me about a longer version you can play called "blackout", which is, rather than the winner only needing four in a row, is about filling the entire board. That was fun too!

Coco Lotería mexican bingo Game review

For fans of Coco and those who have been enjoying (as I have) learning more about Mexican culture, I can highly recommend picking up this game. It's something the whole family can have fun with together! This is a Toys R Us exclusive, so be sure to pick it up at your local store or online HERE for $14.99.

Have you played this? Did you grow up playing traditional Lotería? Shout out your thoughts in the comments below.