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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Cars: Jerry Recycled Batteries

Cars Jerry Recycled Batteries diecast

Back in the spring of 2017 (right before Cars 3 products hit), Mattel released five 1:55 scale diecast "Deluxe" size semi truck characters from the original Cars—all Toys R Us exclusives under the "Radiator Springs Classic" banner: Ben Crankleshaft, Gil, Paul Valdez, Chet Boxkaar and, my blog post tonight, Jerry Recycled Batteries! This week I'll be taking a long overdue closer look at each one of them.

As shown in the screenshot above, Jerry appeared in the film when McQueen follows him off the highway thinking he's Mack. Jerry says "Mack? I ain't no Mack! I'm a Peterbilt, for dang sake! Turn on your lights, you moron!"

Cars Jerry Recycled Batteries diecast
Cars Jerry Recycled Batteries diecast

Jerry was also released as a full hauler over a decade ago (2009 Race O Rama), but I missed out on that one when it was originally available and now prices for it have skyrocketed. This release was the next best thing! Did you pick this one up or any of the semis that hit Toy R Us a couple years back? Let me know your thoughts and look for more right here soon.

If you're looking to add Jerry Recycled Batteries to your Disney·Pixar Cars collection, you can check out current eBay listings HERE or Amazon using the direct links below.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Cars 3: Brian Spark (with Launcher)

Cars 3 Brian Spark (with Launcher) diecast

Hey everyone! Tonight I'm back with another Mattel 1:55 scale Cars 3 diecast from early 2018...Piston Cup racer, Brian Spark (with launcher)! I don't usually purchase diecasts with launchers, but at the time of this release, this was the only way to get the character. In fact, this is still the only release of this racer ever. I'm glad I grabbed him at the time, since now he's one of the harder to get characters.

As shown in the screen shot above, Brian (sponsored by Leak Less, no. 52) is one of the Piston Cup racers seen very briefly throughout the opening of Cars 3 during the various races. This character superseded Claude Scruggs (from the first Cars) and then is ultimately replaced by next-gen racer George New-Win later on in the film (who you can only currently get in a Piston Cup Race 5-pack).

Cars 3 Brian Spark (with Launcher) diecast

Since you won't be able to find Brian Spark in stores at this point, your best bet is tracking him down on eBay HERE or Amazon (direct affiliate link below) if you're looking to add him to your Disney·Pixar Cars collection.

Have fun on the fun and happy collecting!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Onward 7" Action Figure Collection Review (by Mattel)

pixar onward action figures mattel

There's still a little magic left in the world thanks to Disney·Pixar and Mattel! As part of Mattel's new 2020 PIXAR 7" scale Action Figure collection (branching off of the award winning Toy Story 4 line from last year), here we have their amazing figure range inspired by Onward! These hit shelves at Target clear back in January (see my in-store report HERE), so I'm thrilled to finally have the chance to share them in more detail here on the blog. A HUGE thank you to Mattel for sending these my way this past week in a very special package!

This series features a small, but mighty selection of characters: Ian Lightfoot (with pet dragon Blazey & wizard staff with Phoenix Gem), Barley Lightfoot (with sword for dubbing Ian a man), Wilden Lightfoot (with detachable legs and two "Pixie Dusters" sprites) and the Manticore (Disney Store/ShopDisney Exclusive)! Essentially all the main cast is here, minus Laurel Lightfoot (the mom). 

Each standard character is about 6"-7" tall, can be found at Target stores and retails for $9.99. The Manticore (being more of a "Deluxe" size) stands at about 7.5" tall and can be purchased exclusively at the Disney Store for $16.99. All the figures have fantastic movie details (even down to Wilden's purple socks) and plenty of articulation to help recreate your favorite moments.

They're SO well done and well made! Check 'em all out below.

IAN LIGHTFOOT 
with BLAZEY
pixar onward action figures mattel ian
pixar onward action figures mattel ian
pixar onward action figures mattel ian
pixar onward action figures mattel ian


BARLEY LIGHTFOOT
pixar onward action figures mattel barley
pixar onward action figures mattel barley


WILDEN LIGHTFOOT (DAD) 
with SPRITES (DEWDROP AND UNNAMED PIXIE)
pixar onward action figures mattel wilden
pixar onward action figures mattel wilden
pixar onward action figures mattel wilden


THE MANTICORE 
(DISNEY STORE EXCLUSIVE)
pixar onward action figures mattel manticore
pixar onward action figures mattel manticore

Though they're all so cool, my favorite figure here has to be Wilden Lightfoot. He's just too spot on and hilarious looking; plus, you can't tell from the photos, but his arms are rubber and flop around. I also love that his upper half can detach from his legs. These were both perfect touches. Well done Mattel! 👏

Lastly, just an FYI, there's also a Target exclusive "Manticore's Tavern Quest Pack" that includes three of these figures: Ian, Barley and the Manticore. Mind you, there are some differences (the Phoenix gem is not part of Ian's staff accessory, Barley's sword is not included and the Manticore's nails are not painted pink). It does have an incredible box design though! The Quest Pack retails for $29.99 and can be purchased in-store or Target.com HERE.

I can't wait to hear your thoughts on this collection! Which figure is your favorite? Have you picked any of these up? Let me know down in the comment section below. I can highly recommend these to any fan of the film (young or old)!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Cars 3: Speedy Comet (with Launcher)

Cars 3 Speedy Comet (with Launcher) diecast

Hey all! Tonight I'm back with another Mattel 1:55 scale Cars 3 diecast from early 2018...Piston Cup racer, Speedy Comet (with launcher)! I don't usually purchase diecasts with launchers, but at the time of this release, this was the only way to get the character. He has since been released as a standard single (seen HERE) and in a 2-pack with Parker Brakeston (seen HERE).

As shown in the screen shot above, Speedy (sponsored by Blinkr, no. 21) is one of the Piston Cup racers seen very briefly throughout the opening of Cars 3 during the various races. This character is ultimately replaced by next-gen racer Ryan "Inside" Laney later on in the film. Once again, there's not much to say about him really, but he's still a pretty cool looking stock race car with some colorful graphics. I really dig his orange paint job, which is actually my favorite color (even my real car is orange)!

Cars 3 Speedy Comet (with Launcher) diecast

While this release isn't in stores anymore, you can find the new 2020 single of Speedy at your nearest Target or Walmart right now. If it's easier for you to snag him online, be sure to visit this direct link to current eBay listings or Amazon using the links below.

Have fun on the hunt!

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Onward "Minis" Complete Collection (by Mattel)

mattel pixar onward minis

Behold, your destiny awaits! Back in 2016, Mattel introduced us to their Toy Story "Minis" blind bag collection; a collection so cute and so popular that the line is still continuing on today with many new characters being released throughout 2020. What's incredibly exciting is that the "Minis" are now also expanding beyond the Toy Story franchise for the first time with new Onward characters! I'm thrilled to finally have the time to share the complete set here in honor of the film hitting Disney+ this weekend.

Below I'll be giving you an up close and personal look at all the blind bag characters ($3.49 each), as well as two vehicle sets ($6.99 each). These can be found at Target stores across the US. Enjoy! Note: You can check out their cool in-store cardboard case in THIS blog post.

BLIND BAGS
mattel pixar onward minis

Real quick, I have to mention how glorious the Guinevere van inspired bag design is here. The stylized designs of Ian and Barley are perfection and I appreciate all the details on the front and back. I would love to know who the designer is for the artwork, since I assume whoever it is did the brilliant designs for all the minis themselves as well.

mattel pixar onward minis codes

What's amazing about any of the blind bags that Mattel puts out, is that you don't have to guess which character is inside if you know what to look for! There's a code (a series of numbers/letters) on the back of each bag near the top. The last letter in the run is what you're looking for as it will correspond to a particular character. For example, the bag I have down below (I circled the letter you want to pay attention to) is bag H. That means, yup, Office Specter is inside. It's that simple!

In this collection, there are 12 characters—so the letters range from A-L. Below is a detailed shot of each character and their corresponding letter! Hope it helps you out on your quest to collect them all.

mattel pixar onward minis codes

I love the selection of characters that Mattel came up with. It's the perfect mix of main, secondary and obscure characters from the film. My favorites are probably the ones you look at and say "Huh? Where was he in the movie?"...like Adolphus the goblin (the sever at the Manticore's tavern who's late) and the gas station store clerk troll. I know we won't probably get a series 2, but I would love more of these types of characters to help flesh out the mini Onward world.

Each figure stands at about 1.5" tall.

BARLEY—A
mattel pixar onward minis codes

IAN—B
mattel pixar onward minis codes

WILDEN LIGHTFOOT (DAD)—C
mattel pixar onward minis codes

THE MANTICORE— D
mattel pixar onward minis codes

OFFICER COLT BRONCO—E
mattel pixar onward minis blind bag codes

BLAZEY—F
mattel pixar onward minis blind bag codes

GAS STATION STORE CLERK—G
mattel pixar onward minis blind bag codes

OFFICER SPECTER—H
mattel pixar onward minis blind bag codes

DEWDROP—I

LAUREL LIGHTFOOT (MOM)—J
mattel pixar onward minis blind bag codes

TRASH UNICORN—K
mattel pixar onward minis blind bag codes

ADOLPHUS—L
mattel pixar onward minis blind bag codes


VEHICLE SETS 
IAN LIGHTFOOT (WILLOWDALE COLLEGE SWEATSHIRT) & GUINEVERE
mattel pixar onward minis vehicles
mattel pixar onward minis vehiclesmattel pixar onward minis vehicles
mattel pixar onward minis vehicles

The van was essential! I'm so glad it was made here as a mini. The quest could not commence without it, right? The director has even said that they approached Guinevere as a main character in the film, not a prop. I also appreciate that an exclusive Ian was included in this set, and not just a repack of the standard version. And to my surprise, the van opens up! I honestly didn't even realize that until I took it out of the package this afternoon. On the top of the van, there's little spot where one of the minis can stand.

I also have to note how extra cute the cartoony/stylized unicorn is on the van. The design fits perfectly in line with all the other characters.

mattel pixar onward minis vehicles
mattel pixar onward minis vehicles


SPRITES & MOTORCYCLE
mattel pixar onward minis vehicles
mattel pixar onward minis vehicles

This is such a fun set! It's awesome to have a couple more of the main sprites in addition to Dewdrop. These two don't have names (at least here on the package), but they appear during the Pixie Dusters motorcycle chase scene. The bearded one is the one who leads the attack on Ian and Barley by jumping into Guinevere and the blue haired one is the one who fights Barley in the back seat of the van. This whole sequence is hilarious and one of my absolute favorites in the film.

There are four areas on the bike with foot holes to attach the pixie minis. Both vehicle sets make for fantastic accessories to bring even more fun to the mini figures! I would have loved some kind of playset as well.

mattel pixar onward minis vehicles
mattel pixar onward minis vehicles

Well everyone, that's all of them—man do I love this series! Be sure to let me know your thoughts below. Which figure is your favorite? If a series 2 was made by chance, which characters would you like to see? My list would include pawn shop owner Grecklin, Officer Gore, the Manticore mascot, Barley in his warrior costume, the gelatinous cube, a mermaid, a gnome, construction worker Fennwick (John Ratzenberger's character) and the group of students Ian invites to his birthday.

My sincerest gratitude for dropping in! Please contact me down in the comments if you have any questions. Now, until we cross paths once again, I bid thee farewell.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Cars 3: Jocko Flocko Mack Hauler

cars 3 jocko flocko mack hauler

Hey Cars collectors! Tonight I'm taking a look at a somewhat different item to mix things up a little...the Jocko Flocko Mack Hauler from Cars 3! This was released in late 2017 and could be found throughout the beginning of 2018 (only at Walmart stores). I've had this ever since then, so I've been meaning to get this review up for two years now. This is part of Mattel's 1:55 scale diecast line.

The front cab part of the hauler was suppose to be released as a diecast "Deluxe" single in 2017 as well, but it was cancelled here in the US and was only released internationally from what I understand (seen HERE). It did end up being released in a "Derby 3-Pack" though (seen HERE), which I never ended up finding. Ultimately, the cab portion of the hauler here (which is the same as the "Deluxe" release) can be detached from the trailer—so I'm good with just this one!

As shown in the screenshot above, Mack was seen wearing this "Jocko Flocko Party Supplies" disguise at the Thunder Hollow Demolition Derby race. Such a funny design, which makes for an incredibly fun and unique release!

cars 3 jocko flocko mack hauler
cars 3 jocko flocko mack hauler

The back of the hauler opens with a flip-down ramp and can fit one racer inside. The cab part of the hauler is made up of both diecast metal and plastic, while the trailer is entirely plastic. 

cars 3 jocko flocko mack hauler

If you're wanting to add this Mack hauler to your Cars collection, be sure to check out current eBay listings HERE or Amazon using the link below. Let me know your thoughts down in the comment section!