Last year at the 2015 D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA, Mattel introduced their new line of detailed Cars 1:55 scale Radiator Springs playsets and characters for adult collectors dubbed the "Precision Series." As an avid Cars collector and overall fan of the franchise, this reveal completely blew my mind. Even though I already have the original 2006 Radiator Springs playsets (which I thought were pretty fantastic), I always dreamed that Mattel would release the entire town one day. My wish has now begun to come true! And it's better than I ever expected.
Flo's V8 Cafe here was the very first Precision Series playset to be released (which was late last year). Between then and 2018, Mattel plans on releasing the entire town as seen set up at the D23 Expo below (which now resides in Cars Land at Disney's California Adventure). Fillmore's tent was released this past Spring (which I'll be showing here tomorrow) and now Luigi's shop and Mater's Junkyard have also hit shelves. Release dates for future buildings is currently pending (but it seems like three to four sets will be released each year in order to be wrapped up by 2018).
This Flo's Cafe, as well as the entire Precision Series in general, is absolutely incredible. The best part? Each set has light up features and, of course, this one is no exception. With the press of a button, the "neon" lights illuminate just like in the film (same pattern and everything)! The lights, the colors, the size and all the little details make this set miles ahead of the 2006 version of Flo's. It's like they grabbed the actual building right out of the TV and placed in a box.
Speaking of the box, I also have to briefly note that I really love the packaging for this series. It's a very simple look, yet feels so slick.
Here's everything in the box: the playset itself, an exclusive light-up Flo 1:55 scale diecast (with working tail and headlights), several road pieces (including a "Story Sets" connector piece) and some directions. Batteries are included.
I didn't take the playset completely out of the package, as I want to keep these as new as possible until I assemble the entire town. Here's a closer, semi-loose look at some of the set's details though. Absolutely stunning...
Here's a shot of the aforementioned fantastic light-up feature in action. Wow! If you'd like to see a more detailed look out of the box, visit THIS YouTube video (unfortunately I'm having technical difficulties uploading any video of my own tonight).
Overall, I am so excited for where this series is headed and I cannot wait to get my hands on the entire Radiator Springs over the next couple years! Where am I gonna put it all one day? Who knows... I haven't thought that far ahead ;)
Pick Flo's up on Amazon using the direct link below and enjoy! There's no way you will be disappointed.