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Monday, August 31, 2015

Cars: Benny Brakedrum

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From the original Cars, here we have Benny Brakedrum - a brand new, never before released 1:55 scale "Deluxe" diecast from Mattel! Benny is part of the 2015 "Race Fans" sub series (#9/9).

As shown in the screenshot above, this car is another one of those "blink and you miss it" background characters. He is seen near the end of the film at the Los Angeles Speedway (during the race track's establishing shot).

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benny brakedrum

This is a great car since it's such a unique design that really hasn't been before! He will fit right in with my other "fan" cars and will come in handy to populate dioramas. Be sure to pick this one up if you see it! I found mine at Toy R Us just this past week, but you can also snag it online. Check out the direct link to Amazon below-

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Cars 2: Scott Spark

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Here we have yet another new Mattel Cars 2 diecast character...Scott Spark! He is part of this year's 2015 "Palace Chaos" sub-line (#6/7) and is Mattel's signature 1:55 scale.

In the film, Scott is one of the London police officers (or "bobbies" since we're talking about England here) seen protecting the Queen from Miles Axlerod's "bomb." However, since there are many of these officers that look completely identical during the film's London scenes, it's hard to know exactly which one is actually Scott. The screenshot above is my best bet.

Scott here almost 100% identical to another London police car released in 2013 (Doug Speedcheck, seen in this 2-pack with Finn Mcmissile). The only slight differences are his eye color, license plate number and facial expression. Mark Wheelsen (yet another "bobby" with a very similar design to this one) was also available in 2013 as well (see post HERE).

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You can find Scott in stores now (just found him at my local Target). If you'd rather snag him online, be sure to check out current eBay listings HERE or visit Amazon using the direct link below. Happy hunting!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Inside Out: 2015 D23 Expo Exclusive Lithograph

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On the last day of the 2015 D23 Expo, this beautiful 8" x 10" Inside Out lithograph print was randomly given out to a select few attendees near the Pixar booth. You just had to be in the right place at the right time! It features wonderful concept art of Joy and Bing Bong riding the train of thought and appears to the the distinct style of the film's production designer, Ralph Eggleston.

A big thanks to my great friends Steve, Sarah and Lyla (of Media Meltdown Mousecast) who snagged this for me while I was attending a different event there at the expo! Since there was so much happening all at once at D23 (it's impossible to see, do and receive all that the convention has to offer), it was nice to have friends there that had my back in cased I missed something like this. Can't wait to matte and frame this one!

If you're looking to track this down for your collection, keep your eyes peeled on eBay...it might just show up on there! Best of luck.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Wall·E: Eve & Wall·E Mug Set

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A couple weeks ago, during my visit to Anaheim, CA for the D23 Expo, I was also able to visit one of my favorite places to be... the World of Disney Store at Downtown Disney! As I was casually meandering through the store looking for anything unique and Pixar related, suddenly I saw this incredible Wall·E and Eve mug set. I think I even did a double take and gasped! I was thrilled since I hadn't seen this before (or at least I had forgotten about it). It's not too often that a great piece of Wall·E merch gets release.

This mug set captures perfectly one of the most beautiful scenes in Pixar history: the film's "define dancing" sequence. Wall·E and Eve twirling through the stars to Thomas Newman's gorgeous score has to be one of my top personal Pixar moments of all time.

How cool is it that these mugs form a heart when placed next to each other? That's what really sold me; but I also love the art/style of the both characters on the front of their names on the back. Lets take a better look at them out of the package!

wall-e eve mugs
wall-e eve mugs

The mugs are ceramic, are 3 1/2'' H x 4'' Diameter in size and hold about 12 oz. The set retails for $24.95, which I thought was a really reasonable price.

wall-e eve mugs

This set is a Disney Parks exclusive. Like I mentioned, I found it at the World of Disney Store in Anaheim, CA, but I'm sure it's also available elsewhere. I'm guessing you can find this throughout all the Disney Parks in both CA and FL as well. Definitely be on the lookout! If you're a big Wall·E fan, than these are a must have.

You can also find this online HERE and on eBay HERE.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cars: "Radiator Springs" Cars Land Postcards

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When I visited Cars Land at Disney's California Adventure this year (back in April, see my post HERE), I thought it would be fun to get some of the little exclusive "trinkets"/"knick knacks" for my collection to remember our great times there by. The style of many of the items there in Cars Land at the giftshops are a more "touristy" style, stuff like little snowglobes, mugs, antenna toppers, keychains, postcards, etc. to make you feel like you are visiting the real Route 66/Radiator Springs on a roadtrip (at least that's kind of how I saw it, so I embraced that). Little gift shops and gas stations in small towns across the country always have those types of things.

I thought the Cars Land / Radiator Springs post cards looked really neat, so I figured I'd grab a few while I was there! They have a very cool retro/vintage feel to them and some really cool designs. The key locations represented here with these are: Flo's V8 Cafe, the Court House, The Mother Road (Route 66), Willy's Butte, The Wheel Well Motel, The Cozy Cone Motel and Luigi's Tire Shop. Additionally, there are the "Welcome to Cars Land" and "Greetings from Radiator Springs" designs as well- love those.

Check them all out in more detail below!

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The back of each postcard looks like this:

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These are a standard postcard size of 6" x 4" and come in sets of four or five (I can't remember which ones came with which). They can be found in Lizzy's Curio Shop there in Cars Land (and perhaps other locations, but that's where I got these ones). I believe there are even more there that I didn't get.

If you're a fan of Cars, these are real fun to have! I think I'll be displaying them just on a small bulletin board near my other Cars Land items. I think that would look pretty sweet. A big thanks to my my wife Brita who purchased these for me and included them in a Cars Land themed package for my birthday back in May!

Thanks so much for dropping by and be sure to come back daily for more from my collection! Please contact me if you have any questions or comments. I'd love to hear from you! 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Inside Out: AMC Theater Exclusive Pins

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Here we have an AMC movie theater exclusive Inside Out Anger pin! This was only available to members of the AMC "Stubs" reward program (a $12 a year membership) who saw the film in back in June. It measures about 1 1/3" tall.

Pins of the other four emotions were also available, as well as a rare (one out of 50) Bing Bong. They were all "while supplies last" (meaning that they all must have been relatively limited) and were distributed in "blind bags". While I'm not a member of this rewards program (so I'm not totally familiar with exactly how it works), I got a hold of this in a cool, roundabout way.

When I was visiting my wife's family for a wedding earlier this month, my brother in-law Johnny told me he had something to give me...and this was it! He actually has some friends who follow my blog (Matthan & Noah) and they were the ones who gave Johnny this to give to me (Phew, ha!).

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Anyway, that was super thoughtful and I appreciate it a ton. It's really cool! A big thanks to both of them for this awesome little addition to my collection. If you're interested in tracking it down yourself (or any of the others), be sure to visit this direct link to current eBay listings. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments and be sure to check back daily for more from my collection of Pixar merch and memories!

UPDATE 11/08/15-  
Thanks to my good friends T.J. and Julie (over at pixarpost.com), I now have the the rest of the AMC theater exclusive Inside Out emotion pins! Since they happened to have a few extras (and since they knew I previously only had Anger), they were nice enough to send me these four as a surprise this past week. Again, that was very thoughtful! You know I love completing collections.

Check out each pin in more detail below (this time mint on the card)-

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Inside Out: Box of Mixed Emotions

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This Inside Out "Box of Mixed Emotions" set is probably the most fun I've had with board books...ever. Even as an adult, I really enjoyed reading these simple stories and was in awe of the vibrant, simplistic illustrations throughout.

The set includes five 23 page storybooks, each highlighting one of the emotions from Inside Out. What's really cool is if you read them order (Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and then Fear), their stories run into each other. In other words, each book brilliantly sets up the next on the very last page.

Another cool thing (seen below) is that the outer slipcase has a die-cut circle on the back, so kids can "feature" the emotion that they're feeling that day!

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Additionally, the little stories are written just so well by author Brittany Candau (as simple and short as they are). Each book features an emotion who basically talks about life from their perspective. It's actually very clever and funny; I even laughed out loud a couple times (which isn't common for me when I read)! It's also a great tool for helping young kids understand their emotions and what they mean.

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box of mixed emotions

As I mentioned above, the illustrations really captivated me. They're actually what drew me to the book in the first place. The minimal, colorful style of each page is exactly the style I love and seek out when it comes to art. Artist Jerrod Maruyama (one of my absolute favorite Disney artists), did a phenomenal job. To Jerrod and Brittany, my hat goes off to both of you! Great team.

Anyway, you can check out each of the books below- and be sure to snag this on Amazon if you haven't already! It currently sells for only about $10, which is a great deal if you ask me.

Young or old, if you're a fan of the film, you will most definitely love this. Five out of five stars.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Inside Out: "Every Day is Full of Emotions" Card

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Here we have an amazing Inside Out card featuring the popular (and stunning) minimal artwork of Stacey Aoyama! This "Every Day is Full of Emotions" design has shown up on a variety of different products, but this card is special since it's only found at the Pixar Studio Store in Emeryville, CA. The inside of the card is blank and the back (seen below) has the Pixar Animation Studios logo with Joy in the place of the "i". It measures roughly 4.5" x 6.5".

This will look great displayed along with the rest of my Inside Out collection! I definitely consider a prized piece (as I do anything directly from Pixar's Studio Store). Every since I saw this design come online earlier this year (first as a french poster with the translated title "Vice-Versa"), I hoped it would be released in some way. Though I don't have it as a full poster, this absolutely satisfies the "need".

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A big thanks to my good friends over at PixarPost.com for picking this up for me during their visit to Pixar a few months back. It was super generous of them and I appreciate it a ton! 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Cars 2: Nat McLugnut & Michael Honksel 2-Pack

Michael Honksel

From Cars 2, here we have this brand new Mattel 1:55 scale diecast release of Nat McLugnut & Michael Honksel! This great 2-pack of air marshalls is part of the 2015 "Airport Adventure" sub-series (#s 4/5 out of 6). This is the first these characters have ever been released- and they have a fun look to them! I love their orange color, headsets and glow signals. They're a bit bigger (well, at least taller) than previous pitty releases as well.

As shown in the screen shot above, at least one of these guys can be seen directing the plane before Lightning and his "95 Pit Crew" take off to Tokyo (right at the beginning of the "You Might Think" travel montage).

You can find this one in stores (or online) now! I found it at Target just last week. Good luck on the hunt!

Michael Honksel

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Cars: Cars Land Oil Can Sippers

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On May 22nd this year, Disneyland Resort (during their 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration 24-hour event) debuted these three brand new Dinoco Oil Can Sippers at Cars Land in Disney's California Adventure! You can find them exclusively at the Cozy Cone Motel snack area.

These are available to purchase with an included (non-refillable) beverage- or you can just buy them on their own (like I did). Without a beverage, they retailed for about $10 each.

I was so happy to see they still had these when I took an unexpected visit to California Adventure last weekend! I have been seeing them online for months now and have been totally jealous of those who have gotten them. I was really hoping they would still be available and, sure enough, they were! Apparently they'll be there for the remainder of the year.

While Dinoco brand oil is prevalent in the Cars films, these exact cans are never seen on screen. The blue T-Rex Dinoco logo is seen many times, but not on any can like this. FUN FACT: Dinoco brand was originally featured in Toy Story. It was the name of the gas station that Woody and Buzz get left at. The brontosaurus Dinoco logo here on the red can is a great homage to that original design (see Toy Story screen shot HERE). The green stegosaurus Dinoco logo, I think, is seen only around Cars Land and nowhere in the films (though it somehow look familiar...).

Anyway, even though these oil cans aren't necessarily "canon" per se (catch that?), I still think they are great collector's items for Cars fans. They do, at least, seem like they're straight out of the films and they will no doubt look great on display with my other Cars items.

Check out all the fun details on each can below!

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cars land oil sippers green
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cars land oil sippers red

Details:
  • The cans are completely plastic with no paper stickers (which is good for washing). 
  • Each measures about 5" tall (about 9" including the spout) with a 3.75" diameter. 
  • Screw on lid 
  • Each holds about 24 oz.
If you can't make it to California Adventure to get these, be sure to visit this direct link to current eBay listings. I highly recommend them!