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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cars: Mater and the Easter Buggy Diecast Collection from Mattel

cars mater and the easter buggy

Back in early 2012, Disney Press released an adorable hardcover Cars inspired book entitled Mater and the Easter Buggy (for my full write-up, check out my post HERE). It has been a hit in young Cars fans' Easter baskets since then and continues to be a holiday favorite year after year.

Well, Mattel has finally jumped on the bandwagon and has released 1:55 scale diecasts of four characters seen in the book: Easter Mater, Easter Lightning McQueen, Easter Ramone and the Easter Buggy himself! It's about time right? Each vehicle includes a unique "Easter tire basket" accessory and comes packaged on a festive egg shaped cardback (featuring Easter-esque designs and pastel colors). SO awesome!

mater and the easter buggy cars

I found these at Toys R Us mid last month after searching around for some time. I was super excited to finally see them hanging there on the pegs. I was going to wait until Easter to post on these, but it made more sense to share them with you now so you can have enough time to track them down before the holiday (part of my job here is to inform you after all!). I know us Cars fans are very aware of these, but many of my readers may not have even known these were out or even existed.

So here's what I decided to do... Ultimately I'm kind of doing this post in two parts. Today I'm giving you a brief look at the characters' appearance in the book and some packaged shots of the diecasts themselves. It should be enough to get you interested! Then ON EASTER, I'll update this post with my detailed thoughts and loose pics! That way you at least know about these now, but I also get to post more on Easter like I originally intended.

Let's take a look!


EASTER MATER
cars mater and the easter buggy
cars mater and the easter buggy diecast
cars mater and the easter buggy diecast



EASTER LIGHTNING MCQUEEN
cars mater and the easter buggy mcqueen
cars mater and the easter buggy mcqueen diecast
cars mater and the easter buggy mcqueen diecast



 EASTER RAMONE
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cars mater and the easter buggy ramone



EASTER BUGGY
cars mater and the easter buggy diecast
cars mater and the easter buggy diecast
cars mater and the easter buggy diecast

Each character retails for Mattel's deluxe sized diecast price of $7.99. If you're having trouble finding them in stores, you still have time to check current eBay listinings HERE or Amazon using the direct links below. 

Again, be sure to come back here on Easter for all my additional thoughts and photos! Until then, definitely leave your thoughts in the comments below and/or send me any questions you might have. My questions for you: Which one is your favorite of the four? Who else from the book do you wish got released? For me, the Easter Buggy is without a doubt my fave and I would have loved to see a second McQueen with the bunny ears. Those are my two cents. :)

Best of luck on the hunt!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monsters University: Disney Store Mike Wazowski & Sulley Plush

disney store monsters university mike sulley plush

Hello everyone! I wasn't suppose to be off from the blog this weekend, but a pretty big thing came up in my family. It's good news no doubt, so I'll be excited to share it with you soon! For you dedicated readers, thanks for hangin' in there.

Back in November of this past year, I started my reviews of the 2013 Disney Store Monsters University plush collection beginning with the "medium core" size characters. The Oozma Kappa gang was my first write-up (check out that post HERE) and I then took a look at the Mrs. Squibbles plush a few weeks later (seen HERE). Today I'm wrapping things up with the final two characters that were released in this medium core line...and what better way to end these posts than with everyone's two favorite scarers— Mike Wazowski and Sulley!

I really love both these plush. Mike Looks fantastic (his MU cap with the "worn" bill is great, not to mention his shiny retainer detail) and this is the best Sulley plush I've seen Disney produce (for a look at all the "derp" Sulley plush out there, check out the bottom of my post HERE). I'm very picky when it comes to Sulley plush and, though this one isn't perfect, I feel his face is definitely close enough to the character and is pretty cute overall. I wonder why Sulley is so hard for them to get right in plush form?

disney store monsters university mike sulley plush

Sulley's size is 14.5" H x 10" W and Mike measures 13" H (when standing) x 7" W. Both originally retailed for the normal medium core price point of $19.99. Note— see them back in the day when they were on store shelves in my throwback post HERE!

Let's move in for a closer look...

disney store monsters university mike sulley plush
disney store monsters university mike sulley plush

The Disney Store's standard "Genuine Original Authentic" patch can be found on the bottom of both these characters.

disney store monsters university mike sulley plush

Once again, these are quality plush toys with solid stitching, vibrant colors, detailed embroidered features and are made from soft materials (especially Sulley). If you're a Disney/Pixar plush collector or if your little one just loves these characters, these are the ones to track down if you haven't already. You really can't go wrong here!

Sulley has since been re-released at the Disney Store and is currently available online HERE or in stores. This particular Mike has since been long gone, but can be found on eBay using this direct link. Both can also be found on Amazon using the links below.

Finally, be sure to check out all the other sizes of MU plush I've posted about:
  Have fun and happy scaring!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Cars: Sally with Cone & Lightning McQueen 2-Pack

Cars Sally with Cone & Lightning McQueen

Finally released once again, here we have a significant Mattel Cars 1:55 scale diecast re-issue...Sally with cone! This one has been a long time coming (eight years to be exact) as Sally with cone hasn't hit store shelves since the 2009 "Race O Rama" series (previously also released in the 2008 "World of Cars" series). I missed getting her originally and, with how rare and pricey she got over the years, I just never snagged her on the second hand market. With that said, this is a most welcome (and anticipated) addition to my collection.

This is the first time this Sally has been released in a 2-pack (previous releases were singles only). Though it would have been cool if a new version of Lightning McQueen was included here (since I had to settle for getting yet another basic original version of him in order to get Sally with cone), I can't complain too much—it was only a couple bucks extra.

Sally is #16/19 and McQueen is #17/19 of the 2017 "Radiator Springs" sub-series. Today I'll be specifically just taking a look at Sally since, again, McQueen is the same old same old.

Cars Sally with Cone & Lightning McQueen

As shown in the screen shot at the the top of this post, Sally was seen with a traffic cone on top of her after McQueen points out her "tattoo" in the film. She nervously bumps into a pile of cones and what happens happens!

"Hey...Do I spy a little pinstriping tattoo back there?"
"Ohhh, haha, you saw that??"

Cars Sally with Cone mattel

I like the nervous facial expression Mattel gave this diecast. It makes it much more scene accurate, which I appreciate and always look for! This version of Sally also has the scene specific tattoo on the back, which is very similar to the 2014 "Sally with Tattoo" diecast.

Cars Sally with Cone tattoo mattel

On the front of the package, you may have noticed Lightning McQueen's name is actually a sticker overlay. This was Mattel's quick response to a widespread factory spelling error— underneath the sticker it says "Lighting McQueen." Seems like Mattel caught the error just in time to make a last minute "fix"!

I found this 2-pack last month at Target and have seen it plenty of times since. If you're looking to add this to your Cars collection, be sure to visit your local store for availability. If you'd rather pick it up online, check out current eBay listings HERE or Amazon using the direct link below.

Happy hunting!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Events: Disney Store Cars 3 Merch Release (Phase 1- Kids' Swim Gear)

disney store cars 3 toys merchandise

Ka-Chow! Mid last month, the Disney Store quietly released their first small selection of Cars 3 merchandise. Just like last year around this time for Finding Dory, the first bit of merch to hit stores is actually kids' swim/summer gear! Young Cars fans will be excited to head to the beach or pool being some of the first to sport new characters like Jackson Storm and Cruz Ramirez (among all time favorite race car Lightning McQueen of course).

With many more toys and and additional products coming next month to the Disney Store (or early May at the latest), I'm calling this "phase 1." In this phase we have a rash guard shirt, swim trunks, a beach towel, sun glasses and flip flops. Check it all out on store shelves below!

disney store cars 3 toys merchandise
disney store cars 3 toys merchandise
disney store cars 3 merchandise swim

Here are the links to each item if you're interested in snagging any of these online:
These aren't items that I personally plan on buying (so I won't be doing individual in depth reviews), but I didn't want you to miss out on a few things you or your kids might be interested in! Also, once again (as I talked about in yesterday's post), it's just fun for me to document new set ups at the Disney Store as well.

Look forward to more on the main line of Cars 3 Disney Store toys and collectibles right here in the next month or so! In the meantime I'll be hotly-anticipating it just like you. Can't wait!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Events: Disney Store Inside Out Merch Release (May 4th, 2015)

disney store inside out merchandise release

Hello everyone! Today I was cancelled from going into work due to a blizzard, so I'm enjoying a fantastic snow day over here (in my pajamas I might add). This morning I was thinking about the upcoming Cars 3 merchandise releases (as I often do these days) and I remembered that I never documented the Disney Store Inside Out merch release day from a couple years back like I usually do!

If you're new to my site, I have a tradition of blogging about each new in-store Pixar merchandise release at the Disney Store; mainly so that I can record what everything looks like all set up before it sells out. There's something so magical about new merch displays! Plus I know now (and years from now) people might be wanting to take a look back at what the Disney Store looked like when Inside Out products came around. Maybe it's just me, but I know I've searched Google for what the Disney Store set up looked like for Pixar releases of years past. Detailed pictures are usually hard to find, so I hope this helps someone in the future who's looking for a throwback.

So far I've done this for Monsters University, [finally now] Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory and, coming soon, Cars 3!

Anyway, welcome welcome to today's throwback post– now I'll be taking you back in time to the original release day of May 4th, 2015. Hopefully this will bring back some classic, "joyous" memories to you as well!

disney store inside out merchandise release

Since it was both the official release day for Inside Out merchandise AND "May the Fourth" (for all you Star Wars fans), I invited my Star Wars loving nephews up with me to celebrate and to participate in some festive Star Wars events.

disney store inside out merchandise release

While the kids were loving the events, I was checking out all the fantastic new products. I remember smelling the Bing Bong cotton candy plush for the first time and still wondering who the character would be in the film! Such fun times.

Let's take a closer look at else what was there upon the initial release...

disney store inside out merchandise release
disney store inside out merchandise release
disney store inside out merchandise release
disney store inside out merchandise release
disney store inside out merchandise release
disney store inside out merchandise release
disney store inside out merchandise release
disney store inside out merchandise release disney store inside out merchandise release
disney store inside out merchandise release
disney store inside out merchandise release
disney store inside out merchandise release

I ended up buying many of these items that day and did in-depth reviews of each one during that summer. To read my thoughts on everything individually, be sure to check out the Inside Out label to the right of this page (or search for specific items in the search bar).

Something else that's neat is that this was the first time I heard about the new Disney Store that was opening—the one I ended up getting a job at later on. I remember having a good conversation with the manager there and he gave the new store that was opening my name and info. I didn't end up getting a job until later that year, but I guess you could say this store visit (and that conversation) were some of my first steps to becoming a Disney cast member! Something I'll never forget.

Thanks for joining me today on my trip down memory lane! What memories do you have associated with this day/these products? Do you have any photos of your excitement? Let me know your overall thoughts in the comments below. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Cars: Heather Drifeng and "Michelle Motoretta" (2-Pack)

Cars Heather Drifeng and "Michelle Motoretta" (2-Pack)

Welcome back fellow Disney·Pixar Cars fans for another Mattel 1:55scale diecast review! Today I'm giving you a look at another 2-pack that was released clear back in the spring of last year, but again, didn't show up to my area until only a couple months ago. Here we have Heather Drifeng and "Michelle Motoretta" (why her name is in quotes is a good question); numbers 8/9 and 9/9 of the 2016 "95 Dinoco Daydream" sub-series! This set hit last April in [2-packs] case B.

As shown in the screenshot above, Heather and Michelle are briefly seen in both of versions McQueen's Dinoco daydream (the version with himself and the one with Chick Hicks). They a part of the "Autobahn Society" which, according to the World of Cars Wiki page, are "three cars who travel around the world with some of the most popular names in racing, placing bets on various aspects of their careers." The third car in the society, Sedanya Oskanian, was released last year as well (seen HERE).

Honestly though, you can't really tell which ones are this particular group of three Sedans- but they're there!

Cars Heather Drifeng and "Michelle Motoretta" (2-Pack)

Let's take a closer look at both of these characters out of the package—

Heather Drifeng
Cars Heather Drifeng

"Michelle Motoretta"
Cars michelle motoretta

From what I understand, these cars were scheduled to be released way back in 2010— so it's really awesome Mattel finally gave them to us! They're not the most exciting of designs, but any new never before released characters are always welcome.

Since a couple months ago, I feel like this 2-pack has been everywhere in my area. I see it almost every time I go to any Target. If you're looking to grab this set for your collection, be sure to check your local stores to see if they're still hanging around in your area as well. If you're you'd rather just pick this online, check out current eBay listings or Amazon using the direct embedded link.

Thanks for stopping by! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Cars 3: Band-Aids

disney pixar Cars 3 Band-Aids
Box Side A

Just as I expected, Cars 3 Band-Aids have hit shelves not too long after my prediction! The early tie-in products/overall marketing patterns have been so consistent over the past few Pixar film releases that it's getting easier and easier to guess what kind of stuff will be released and when. For example, what has come out so far for Cars 3 is almost completely mimicking what was done for Finding Dory last year (some food items, swim gear, Band-Aids, bubbles, balls, bikes, scooters, beach towels, etc...). It's seriously like deja vu, but with cars instead of fish!

Just like with the previously released Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory Band-Aids, this boxed set includes 20 bandages (assorted sizes) with 12 unique designs. Lightning McQueen, as well as newcomers Cruz Ramirez and Jackson Storm, are heavily featured.

disney pixar Cars 3 Band-Aids

I get excited for these Pixar Band-Aid releases for a few reasons: first of all, it's one of the first things [in this case] Cars 3 related out there right now. Secondly, it's kind of become a tradition at this point. And lastly, they're just fun to put away for my future kids to use!

disney pixar Cars 3 Band-Aids
Box Side B

The screen art/graphics on these are actually really neat looking. Cars fans will notice a few nods to the films, such as a design featuring a bunch of the Piston Cup racer sponsor logos (definitely one of my favorites here), a couple designs with McQueen's signature "95" and a reference to an upcoming race we'll see in Cars 3 called the Florida 500.

Let's take a closer look!

disney pixar Cars 3 Band-Aids


Larger size
disney pixar Cars 3 Band-Aids
disney pixar Cars 3 Band-Aids

Smaller size
disney pixar Cars 3 Band-Aids
disney pixar Cars 3 Band-Aids

Be sure to race over to your local store soon if you're interested in adding these to your home's first aid box. You just might come across them! I personally found them at Walgreens for $3.99 (after searching around assuming they were released), but I'm sure they'll show up at Walmart and Target stores soon as well. If your little ones are already fans of Cars then these are a must have!

Ka-Chow! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.