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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Cars 3: Heyday River Scott

Cars 3 Heyday River Scott diecast

For tonight's Mattel Cars 3 1:55 scale diecast review, I'm taking a quick look at an awesome release from early last spring...Heyday River Scott! This character was released as part of the of the 2019 "Doc's Racing Days" sub-series.

As shown in the screen shot above, River was seen this way (in his prime, or "heyday") during a Thomasville Speedway race 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. River is briefly shown racing side by side with the Hudson Hornet, Louise Nash, Junior Moon and many other neat looking 1950's era Piston Cup racers.

Cars 3 Heyday River Scott diecast

While this version of River Scott isn't available in stores currently as part of this year's lineup, you can find him easily online at either Amazon using the direct link below or eBay HERE. Have fun on the hunt if you're still looking to add this one to your Cars collection!

Let me know your thoughts down in the comments. Do you have a favorite retro Piston Cup racer?

Friday, January 17, 2020

Cars 3: Tom W.

pixar mattel cars tom w. review

You might have guessed this was coming! Yup, I'm back tonight to document another Mattel Cars 3 1:55 scale diecast release...Tom W.! This character hit shelves in early 2018 as part of that year's "Rust-eze Racing Center" sub-series and was available in both Case B and C (one with and one without a "bonus collector card").

In Cars 3, Tom W. (No. 061) is one of several unidentifiable background next-gen rookie racers ("trainees") seen at the Rust-eze Racing Center. As such, there's unfortunately no screen shot this time around to show exactly where he appeared in the film (if he's there at all). Yah his name and look are pretty generic, but I kind of like all the different color trainees Mattel has released over the last couple of years!

While this racer isn't available in stores currently as part of this year's lineup, you can pick him online at either Amazon using the direct link below or eBay HERE. Have fun on the hunt if you're still looking to add this one to your Cars collection! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Cars 3: Duke Coulters

Cars 3 Duke Coulters diecast

Hey all! Tonight I'm sharing another really neat new Cars 3 1:55 scale diecast release from Mattel...Duke Coulters! This character just hit shelves not too long ago and is part of the 2020 "Doc's Racing Days" sub-series.

As shown in the screenshot above, Duke can be spotted very briefly (honestly you can barely see him) in Cars 3 during the Thomasville Speedway race flashback. He is one of the old school Piston Cup racers (No. 70) from Doc's racing days in the 1950's and is sponsored by Gasprin, Shifty Drug, Re-Volting and Motor Oil.

Cars 3 Duke Coulters diecast

I really dig any and all retro style Cars characters, so this one was a big win for me (love the weathering/rust details). I look forward to sharing the rest in the "Doc's Racing Days" lineup as well; so many unique designs!

You can find this diecast right now at your nearest Target or Walmart. If you're having trouble tracking him down or would just rather pick him up online, I've included a direct Amazon link below for your convenience.

Happy hunting! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Cars 3: Ernie Gearson

Cars 3 Ernie Gearson diecast review

Tonight for my Cars 3 Mattel 1:55 scale diecast review, I'm taking you back to summer 2017 when the film had just been released. Ernie Gearson here (Spare Mint racer No. 93) originally hit shelves that August in Singles Case H and is one of the many Piston Cup stock car racers seen in the film. I know, I'm really behind getting some of these early Cars 3 releases up on the blog. Trust me when I say there are lots more coming!

As shown in the screen shot above, Ernie can be briefly spotted at the beginning of the film during the opening "Run That Race" montage. Blink and you miss him! Apparently this is suppose to be the same Ernie Gearson (even with the same racing number) that was also the Spare Mint racer in the original Cars... but I'm not sure I buy that (especially considering they have a totally different look). If that's what they say though! He is later replaced by a currently unnamed Spare Mint next-gen racer.

Cars 3 Ernie Gearson diecast review

While this racer isn't available in stores currently as part of this year's lineup, you can find him easily online at either Amazon using the direct link below or eBay HERE. Have fun on the hunt if you're still looking to add this one to your Cars collection!

Let me know your thoughts down in the comments. Do you have a favorite Piston Cup racer? 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Cars 3: Wheeldell Lee

Cars 3 Wheeldell Lee diecast

Hey Disney·Pixar Cars fans and collectors! Tonight I'm sharing a really neat new Cars 3 1:55 scale diecast release from Mattel...Wheeldell Lee! This character just hit shelves and is part of the 2020 "Doc's Racing Days" sub-series.

As shown in the screenshot above, Wheeldeel can be spotted briefly in Cars 3 during the Thomasville Speedway race flashback (when Doc is seen going up against the rookie of his day). He is a 1946 Hudson Pickup that worked as a RSN (Racing Sports Network) cameraman in the 1950's.

Cars 3 Wheeldell Lee diecast

I love any and all retro style Cars characters, so this one was a big win for me. I look forward to sharing the rest in the "Doc's Racing Days" lineup as well; so many unique designs!

You can find this diecast right now at your nearest Target or Walmart. If you're having trouble tracking him down or would just rather pick him up online, I've included a direct Amazon link below for your convenience.

Happy hunting! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Cars 3: Ronald & Junyi 2-Pack

Mattel Cars 3 diecast ronald & Junyi 2-Pack

How's it going everyone?? I'm back to document another Mattel Cars 3 1:55 scale diecast release from last summer...this awesome 2-Pack featuring Ronald and Junyi! This set is part of the 2019 "Rust-eze Racing Center" sub-series and was released in Case N.

In the film, Ronald (No. 035) and Junyi (No. 057) are two rookie next-gen "trainees" seen at the Rust-eze Racing Center. Ronald is actually one of the only featured trainees with dialog (he's the "fluffy cloud" that Cruz motivates during the treadmill training session), while Junyi is just one of the background trainees and is much harder to spot. You can see them both in the screen shots above.

Mattel Cars 3 diecast ronald & Junyi 2-Pack

You most likely won't find this 2-Pack in stores at this point, but if you're still looking to add these unique characters to your Cars collection, I'll include an Amazon link down below for your convenience. Happy hunting!

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Toy Story 4: Hot Wheels "Character Cars" Collection + Buzz Lightyear Carnival Rescue Trackset

toy story 4 hotwheels character cars

Back in 2010, right around the theatrical release of Toy Story 3, Mattel released a fantastic collection of Toy Story character inspired Hot Wheels diecast vehicles (see my full post featuring all original 16 HERE). I was thrilled to see the collection continue last year with four brand new Toy Story 4 characters—Forky, Bo Peep, Ducky & Bunny and Duke Caboom; all in the same style as the ones released a decade ago! It's like no time has passed at all.

As seen on the back of the package below, there are technically eight Toy Story 4 diecasts. Woody (#1/8), Buzz Lightyear (#2/8), Alien (#3/8) and Rex (#4/8), however, are all almost identical to the 2010 versions (essentially re-releases) There are some minor differences, but not enough for me to justify getting them again. For those who missed them originally though, this is good news for you! For me, I purchased only the brand new characters.


I won't be taking these out of the packages at this time (since I'm saving them for when my boy Aidan is older), but you can see them all pretty clear in my close-up shots below! The designs are, once again, very clever—brilliantly stylized to capture the feel/essence and colors of the characters without any kind of face or body (Forky is kind of the exception).

Check em' out!

FORKY HOT WHEELS (#5/8)
toy story 4 hotwheels character cars forky

BO PEEP HOT WHEELS (#6/8)
toy story 4 hotwheels character cars bo peep

DUKE CABOOM HOT WHEELS (#7/8)
toy story 4 hotwheels character cars duke caboom

DUCKY & BUNNY HOT WHEELS (#8/8)
toy story 4 hotwheels character cars ducky and bunny

Also released last summer was this super fun Toy Story 4 inspired "Buzz Lightyear Carnival Rescue" track set! A track set was something we never got back in 2010, so this was an awesome addition this go-around (adding that much more play value to the diecast cars). It comes with the Buzz Lightyear character car (same as the single pack version) and two exclusive Ducky and Bunny "Minis"! It's cool that Mattel combined their Hot Wheels and Toy Story 4 Minis collections into one toy.

Again, I haven't opened this track set up here, but I have tested it elsewhere! It works as it should and is a whole lot of fun. See how it works and all the different play features on the back of the package below and be sure to check out THIS YouTube video from my friends at TTPM to witness it in action. Retail price is around $17.99, but it varies slightly by location.

HOT WHEELS BUZZ LIGHTYEAR CARNIVAL RESCUE TRACK SET
toy story HOT WHEELS BUZZ LIGHTYEAR CARNIVAL RESCUE TRACK SET
toy story HOT WHEELS BUZZ LIGHTYEAR CARNIVAL RESCUE TRACK SET

Note: I'm still not sure why the Ducky and Bunny Minis didn't get a decent paint job for this track set (Bunny has no green in his ears or on his tummy and Ducky doesn't have orange feet). That would be only slight complaint here, but at least the regular editions of the Ducky and Bunny Minis look much better.

There we have it everyone! I absolutely recommend this collection, especially if you or your little one is a Hot Wheels/diecast cars lover and Toy Story fan. By the way, if you're looking for a neat starter 6-pack, you can start  your collection with this one HERE from Amazon using the link below. I'll link all the others below as well, but you can also still find them very easily at Walmart and Target stores. Each diecast retails for $3.99.

Let me know all your thoughts down in the comments! Which one is your personal fave? Have you collected any of these?

Happy hunting!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Toy Story: Alien Pizza Planet "I Have Been Chosen" Notebook (ShopDisney)

toy story pizza planet alien I have been chosen journal notebook

OooOOOooooOOOooo. Here's an interSTELLAR item I received for my birthday last May...this Toy Story inspired Pizza Planet Alien/Claw Machine Notebook (or journal)! This was released at the Disney Store and ShopDisney.com on April 1st 2019 and, though I already have too many Pixar notebooks to count, this was one I couldn't resist asking for. I love any and all Pizza Planet themed merch and I was really drawn to this cover's minimal style screen art! It may be hard to tell from my photos (look closely below), but the rocketship on the front even has some dimension to it. Very cool touch.

What's also really neat and unique about this hardbound journal is that it's actually a 3-in-1. The tip of the rocket pulls out to be a bookmark and the Alien in the prize slot on the cover is actually a sticky note pad with 20 sheets! The size of the book is 6" W x 8.5" H x 1/2" D and it originally retailed for $14.95.

toy story pizza planet alien I have been chosen journal notebook
toy story pizza planet alien I have been chosen journal notebook

I love the classic "I Have Been Chosen" quote on the cover and spine, as well as the Pizza Planet/Alien icon on the back!

toy story pizza planet alien I have been chosen journal notebook

Upon opening, you'll first notice that the endpapers feature great art of the Aliens and two more quotes: "The Claw is Our Master" and "OOOOH!".

toy story pizza planet alien I have been chosen journal notebook

The journal has 80 sheets (160 pages) of grid paper featuring more Alien artwork alongside the bottom of each page. This is my only issue—I had no idea it was grid/graph paper. I'll certainly never be using it for plotting graphs of functions, experimental data or drawing curves. Oh well. Hopefully I can find some other use for it, but the grid lines make it harder to write just simple notes in.

toy story pizza planet alien I have been chosen journal notebook

Besides the graph style pages, I really do love this journal (mainly because of the amazing art and colors, plus some of the unique features). Though it's since sold out at the Disney Store, you can actually find it on Amazon if you're interested in picking one up! I'll include a direct link below.

Let me know all your thoughts down in the comment section and stay tuned for more from my Pixar collection soon!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Events: Disney·Pixar 'Onward' Toys by Mattel— In Stores Now!

pixar onward toys

Pixar's next original film, Onward, doesn't hit theaters until March 6th—but you can find the toys on shelves right now at your nearest Target! I knew they must be coming soon (as merch for Pixar films typically hits two months before the theatrical release), but I hadn't heard any word on an official street date. Over the last week I had been checking my local Walmarts and Targets every day until I found them just yesterday! What an amazing surprise, especially since I hadn't seen any of these toys revealed previously. Mattel has created a magical lineup!

I've documented the in-store release of toys for every Pixar film here on the blog since Monsters University back in 2013 (you can find them all under the "Events" label). I'm thrilled to be able to continue the tradition here with Onward! As a Pixar toy collector (and someone who loves documenting in general), I always want to make sure each toy launch is preserved here. It's a bit of history and something fun to look back on years down the road.

disney pixar onward toys mattel

Right now, there isn't a ton of toys for Onward, but honestly it's just the right amount. After several huge Pixar sequel/franchise releases (Toy Story 4, Incredibles 2, Cars 3, Finding Dory, etc.), it's kind of nice to have a simple, straightforward toy line that's not too overwhelming. So far for Onward, Mattel has produced four plush (Ian & Barley Lightfoot, Corey the Manicore and a Unicorn; DewDrop coming soon), three basic action figures (Ian & Barley Lightfoot and their dad, Wilden Lightfoot), one action figure gift set ("Manticore's Tavern Quest Pack" with exclusive Corey the Manticore) and a collection of "Minis" (featuring two vehicles and 12 super fun blind bag characters—continuing off of Mattel's successful Toy Story 4 "Minis" series). Though there will probably be more toys closer to the film, this is what's currently available now; all the main/core characters. Check it all out below!

Note: This isn't a full review for each item. My full thoughts and detailed photos of each toy will be coming soon! Consider this a sneak peek at many blog posts to come ;)

Onward Plush
Pixar onward plush, Ian, Manticore and Unicorn
Pixar onward plush, Ian, Manticore and Unicorn

Onward 7" Action Figures
Pixar onward action figures, Ian, Barley and Wilden
Pixar onward action figures, Ian, Barley and Wilden
Pixar onward action figures, Ian, Barley and Manticore

Onward "Minis" Blind Bags 
(full review with blind bag codes coming soon)
Pixar onward toys mini figures mattel
Pixar onward toys mini figures mattel
Pixar onward toys minis mattel
Pixar onward toys minis mattel

Onward "Minis" Vehicles
pixar onward toys minis guinevere
pixar onward minis vehicles

There we have it guys! Visit your local Target today (consider it a quest) to see all of this (and possibly more) in person—and be sure to share this post to spread the word about this release. Definitely let me know YOUR thoughts on all this glorious new merch in the comment section below! Which toys are your favorites and are on you "must have" list? Can't wait to hear what you all think!

I'll update this post as more becomes available. 

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Up: Young Carl & Ellie Plush Set (D23 Expo 2019 Exclusive—LE 300)

d23 expo 2019 up young carl and ellie plush

Adventure is out there! Speaking of, attending last year's D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA was quite the adventure indeed. If you've been following along with my posts, you know that one of the most adventurous things we did was stay up in line all night long in order to get into the convention's show floor Disney Store and purchase the exclusive items we wanted. I went in only planning on buying one or two things, but then there was so much irresistible Pixar merch that I had no idea about—like this Up Young Carl & Ellie Plush Set for example (Limited Edition of only 300)! How could I pass this up? Exactly. And here we are.

The main concern I had when I made this purchase was how I was going to get it home on the plane (especially considering all the other items I bought). I told myself I would figure it out when the time came and, well, I did it! Not sure how it ended up working out, but I did it. This box is huge and very sturdy! It measures 14" H x 16" W x 5.5" D. Its large size and the "My Adventure Book" themed packaging is part of what makes this plush set something really special though and I appreciate all the little details. I love that it's in celebration of the film's 10th anniversary last year as well!

Original retail price was $79.95.

d23 expo 2019 up young carl and ellie plush

Above is the back of the box, which features an image of the plushies found inside and the film's iconic logo. What's really cool is that the front, seen below, is actually a door (with magnetic closure) that opens up to reveal a window showcasing our two favorite little adventurers! Aren't they just too adorable?

d23 expo 2019 up young carl and ellie plush

All the "scrapbook" details on the backside of the door (South America, Charles Muntz, Paradise Falls, etc.) is the icing on the cake. You can tell how much thought was put into this product.

d23 expo 2019 up young carl and ellie plush

These are authentic Disney Store/ShopDisney plush, so they have all the quality you'd expect! One of my favorite aspects is Carl's aviator hat; all the materials used to bring it to life here are fantastic. There are so many great stitched and embroidered details overall here across the board! Just look at all Ellie's badges and patches—so well done. And how could I not mention her wild hair which captures her character from the film perfectly?

d23 expo 2019 up young carl and ellie plush
d23 expo 2019 up young carl and ellie plush

Take a closer look at each plush below. Ellie measures around 13" tall and Carl measures about 11.5" tall.

YOUNG ELLIE
d23 expo 2019 up young carl and ellie plush
d23 expo 2019 up young carl and ellie plush

YOUNG CARL
d23 expo 2019 up young carl and ellie plush
d23 expo 2019 up young carl and ellie plush

Unfortunately the only way to get these plush at this point is through a third party seller. There are a few eBay listings currently (direct link below), but the price ranges anywhere from $250-$500. If you're a diehard Up fan/collector willing to drop that much, I absolutely recommend getting this set! You will not be disappointed.

eBay listings direct link: Carl & Ellie D23 Expo 2019 Plush Set

Let me know all your thoughts and any questions you might have in the comment section down below! Which plush is your favorite?

d23 expo 2019 up young carl and ellie plush
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