Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Cars: Rusty Cornfuel (Tow Cap)
Released this past summer from Mattel, here we have their latest Cars 1:55 scale release of Rusty Cornfuel (or better known by his sponsor, Tow Cap)! If you're an avid Cars collector, you might notice that this is not considered a numbered mainline 2016 release. This was released in a separate "movie moments" sub-line that saw very, very limited distribution (found only at really random grocery stores, like Kroger for example, across the US). Several Piston Cup racers were featured in this "movie moments" series, including Lightning McQueen and Sidewall Shine (among others). Each one comes with a neat pit stop barrier accessory according to their sponsor (this one says "Tow Cap Hitch Protector").
The last time Rusty here was released was clear back in 2008, 2009 and 2010 in a 2-Pack with Gasprin as well as a 2009 single pack Kmart exclusive release with rubber tires. Interestingly enough, this is the first single release of this character with standard plastic, non-rubber tires.
As shown in the screenshot above, Rusty is briefly seen speeding by the camera in the film's opening Motor Speedway of the South (Dinoco 400) race. He is one of the 36 race cars competing for the Piston Cup. He's only on screen for a couple moments, so don't blink or you'll miss him.
I've been waiting a long time for this one to hit shelves again (since I missed getting him originally), so I'm happy he's back— even if I did have to resort to eBay this time around. I'm that much closer to finally having all the Piston Cup racers.
The only nitpick I have here is that his color is a bit off from what it looks like in the film (this one is far too blue); regardless this is another fantastic diecast from Mattel.
If you're still looking to add Tow Cap to your Cars collection, be on the lookout at any major grocery store chain near you. If you're not having any luck, you can always check out eBay or visit Amazon using the direct link below.