Friday, October 31, 2014

Pixar Collection: SDCC 2014 Vinylmation Villains- Series 5 (Pixar)


On July 23rd, 2014, Disney/Pixar released this fantastic group of six Pixar villain themed Vinylmations, sold exclusively at this year's San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC)! Each character is a limited edition of only 480 made, so I'm incredibly thrilled to have had the opportunity to get each one.

These launched the "Vinylmation Villains: Series 5" collection, which then continued at Disney Stores on August 19th with eight additional blind box characters (See post HERE), for a total of 14 Pixar villains in this series altogether.

The six characters in this lineup of SDCC exclusives include: Incrediboy (The Incredibles), Chef Skinner (Ratatouille), Hopper (A Bug's Life), Stinky Pete (Toy Story 2), Zurg (Toy Story 2) and Randall (Monsters Inc.). At the convention, they retailed for $10.00.

The side of the box (seen below) was the first peek we got at the eight additional characters that were released at Disney Stores and the about a month later (again, if you missed it, see that post HERE).

I'm SO thankful to my incredible wife Brita who gave me these this morning as a Halloween present! It was unbelievably generous of her. These were the perfect Halloween present idea since they are villains (inherently pretty scary) and especially because of the insides of the boxes (seen below), which sport some Halloween colors and included written phrases such as "there's no turning back now" as you open them up. Brilliant!

 Ok, lets get to checking out these amazing Vinylmations in more detail now:
Incrediboy (by artist Enrique Pita)

 Chef Skinner (by artist Gerald Mendez)

 Hopper (by artist Marvin Lao)

Stinky Pete (by artist Marvin Lao)

 Zurg (by artist Marvin Lao)

Randall (by artist Enrique Pita)

There we have it! Six very well designed characters that are a very exciting additions to my Pixar Vinylmations collection. These do not disappoint in the slightest. 

For the most part, the only way to get these at this point is on eBay. Individually, they basically sell between $30-$80. As sets of six, they usually are listed for about $200-$230 (so yah, not cheap, but better than when they were first starting to pop up on eBay for over $300-$400 for all six). 

 If you're looking to purchase these on eBay, visit this direct link to current listings.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you all have a fun, festive, spooky and safe Halloween. Be sure to check back here daily as more items from my Pixar collection will be added soon.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cars: Barney Stormin

Here we have Mattel's 1:55 scale diecast/plastic release of Barney Stormin as seen in the original Cars! No, this is not a "Planes" character.

Barney is a "Deluxe" size vehicle and has been released three times (in three different lines) over the years including: the "The World of Cars", "Race O Rama" and "Disney/Pixar Cars" lines.

In the film, he is a professional skywriter seen writing "Piston Cup" in the sky right before the final climatic Piston Cup tiebreaker race at the Los Angeles Speedway. He also makes a brief appearance in in the Cars Toon: Air Mater.

There are no future re-release currently planned for Barney, but you can bet he'll show up again one of these upcoming years. In the mean time, you can pick him up on Amazon or eBay using the link below:
Cars: Barney Stormin

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cars 2: Kabuki Mater

From Mattel, here we have last year's Cars 2 Kabuki Mater! This is a "Deluxe" size 1:55 scale diecast (with plastic accessories) and was part of the 2013 "Maters" sub-series. The umbrella is removable.

In the film, as shown in the screen shot above, Mater is seen wearing a Kabuki costume during the "arrival to Tokyo montage."

If you're looking to pick this one up for your Cars collection, head to Amazon or eBay using the link below:
Cars 2: Kabuki Mater

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cars 2: Tubbs Pacer with Paint Spray and Tolga Trunkov 2-Pack

Here we have last year's Cars 2 Tubbs Pacer (with Paint Spray) and Tolga Trunkov "movie moments" 2-pack! This was part of the 2013 "Lemon" sub-series (#7/7).

As shown in the screen shot above, Tubbs Pacer is seen getting sprayed with purple paint by Ramone near the end of the climatic London chase scene. Tolga is one of the black Trunkovs seen in the background (he is also seen attending the Lemon meeting in the Porto Corsa, Italy casino).

If you missed this great 2-pack during its initial release last year, be sure head to Amazon or eBay using the link below to purchase:
Cars 2: Tubbs Pacer (with Paint Spray) and Tolga Trunkov 2-Pack

Monday, October 27, 2014

Cars 2: Trike Feldman (Super Chase)

Here we have one of the rarest of the Mattel Cars 2 characters released in 2014...Trike Feldman! This is a 1:55 scale diecast (with plastic accessories) and is one of the four 2014 "Super Chases" released this year (the others include Carateka, "95" Fans Luigi & Guido, and "Ciao" Francesco Bernoulli).

If you're unfamiliar, the term "Super Chase" just means that a very limited quantity were made ("no more than 4,000 units produced" as stated on the back of the package).

As seen in the screen shot above, Trike is another one of those brief background characters who only makes a split second appearance in the film. He is a Francesco Bernoulli souvenir/merchandise vendor, seen in Porto Corsa as Finn races through the streets in the attempt to stop Acer and Grem.

Oddly enough, the flags included with this release are American, rather than the Italian flags he is seen having in the film. Interesting! I wonder if this was done on purpose by Mattel, as it seems that it's not a detail that could have slipped by them.

Again, this one is not easily found in stores, but of course it's still possible! Best of luck on the hunt. If you'd rather just resort to picking him up online (as I did), be sure to head to Amazon or eBay using the link below to purchase:
Cars 2: Trike Feldman (Super Chase)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cars 2: Fred Pacer & Holley Shiftwell

Here we have the Cars 2 "movie moments" 2-pack featuring Fred Pacer and Holley Shiftwell! These are 1:55 scale diecast vehicles from Mattel.

This Walmart exclusive was released in 2011 under the "Mater's Secret Mission" label. I'd also like to point out that there is different version of the packaging out there as well, which refers to Fred as "Fred Fisbowski" rather than "Fred Pacer." Which version do you have in your collection? From what I've read, this "Fred Pacer" version is the more rare of the two.

Holley is, of course, one of the film's main characters, but what about Fred? Fred was actually never seen on screen at the same time as Holley, but does appear a couple times during the film. As shown in the screen shot above, he is briefly seen on the streets of Tokyo fighting Finn during his "Karate demonstration" in addition to making a background appearance during Rod Redline's "torture scene." He is not to be confused with Acer, one of the film's main "lemons", who looks very similar.

This 2-pack has become quite hard to find online and usually sells between $40-$60. I'm glad I was able to get this in stores at the time of its release! If you're still trying to find this one for your collection, your best bet would probably be Amazon or eBay. Best of luck on the hunt!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Cars: Marty Brakeburst

Here we have Marty Brakeburst, a Piston Cup race fan seen in the original Cars! This is a 1:55 scale diecast release from Mattel and was originally a part of the 2009 "Final Lap" collection. Additionally, he has recently been re-released as part of a Target exclusive "Race Day Fan" 4-pack,

Marty is briefly seen a couple of times in the crowds throughout the film (screenshot of one of his moments above).

If you're looking to pick up this character online, be sure to check out Amazon or eBay for the best prices.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Cars 2: Sal Machiani

From Mattel's 2011 original Cars 2 series, here we have Sal Machiani! This is a 1:55 scale diecast and was featured in a 2-pack with "Race Team Mater".

Sal Machiani is seen in Porto Corsa as Finn races through the streets in the attempt to pursue Acer and Grem. Sal makes a VERY brief appearance in the film, like literally he's on the screen for two seconds and you have to squint your eyes to see him. See that yellow speck in the background in the screen shot above? That would be Sal.

Even though his appearance in the film is so brief, Sal is actually getting a 2014 re-release this year. If you missed him back in 2011, look for him in stores soon in a new 2-pack!

If you'd rather just pick this character up online, you can buy him on Amazon or eBay using the link below:  Cars 2: Sal Machiani

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cars 2: Mile Axlerod

Here we have the original Cars 2 2011 release of Sir Miles Axlerod (#17)! This is a 1:55 scale scale diecast car from Mattel.

Axlerod is the founder of the WGP (World Grand Prix) race and is revealed to be the story's main villain near the end of the film. He is the mastermind behind the greedy plot to turn the world against alternative fuel. The WGP race was used as a public display to make alernative fuel look bad with the hope that more cars would then "race back to gasoline, bringing profits to himself (and a gang of "lemons") due to the fact that they own one of the largest oil reserves "in the world."

Mattel has also had other versions of this character released as well, such as last year's Miles Axlerod "with open hood" and this year's "Wild Miles Axlerod". Additionally, there was also a talking "lights and sounds" release as well.

This car is not currently available in stores, but if you're looking to add him to your collection, be sure to check eBay or Amazon.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cars: Mrs. The King

Here we have last year's re-release of Mrs. The King from the original Cars! This is a 1:55 scale car diecast from Mattel and was part of their 2013 "Piston Cup" sub-line.

In the film, she is usually seen with the famous race car Mr. The King, her husband (screen shot from one of her brief moments above).

This release of Mrs. The King came in a "movie moments" 2-pack with Tex Dinoco. She has never been released on her own outside of 2-packs, however this is her first release with Tex; usually she is paired with Mr. The King (such as in the "World of Cars" line from a few years back).

If you're still looking to pick up this character for your collection, you can most easily find her on Amazon or eBay using the link below:
Cars: Mrs. The King

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cars 2: Vladimir Trunkov

From Cars 2, here we have the 2011 diecast release of Vladimir Trunkov. He was first released in the original Cars 2 series (#28) and is a 1:55 scale vehicle from Mattel. He has since been re-released a couple times, including in this year's 2014 series.

In the film, Vladimir is seen several times with the other "lemons" and is the leader of the Trunkov family (screen shot from one of his moments above).

If you missed this one the first time around, be sure to keep an eye out for his re-release in stores now. Or, if you'd rather just pick him up online, you get purchase him over at Amazon or eBay using the link below:
Cars 2: Vladimir Trunkov