Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Cars: Johnny Blamer (Faux Wheel Drive)
From Disney·Pixar Cars, here is the newly re-released Mattel 1:55 scale diecast of Johnny Blamer, better known by his sponsor Faux Wheel Drive (No. 54)! This character has only been released as a single once in 2010, and that release was part of the Kmart exclusive line of race cars featuring rubber tires. This particular single pack release is from this year's 2017 "Piston Cup" sub series (#5/11) and is the first ever single release of Johnny with plastic, non-rubber tires. I've been waiting for this one to come back for a long time (since I missed him originally), so I'm very happy he's finally hitting store shelves once again. I'm that much closer to finally having all the Piston Cup racers.
As shown in the screenshot above, Faux Wheel Drive 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 literally goes by in a blur- so don't blink or you'll miss him.
Here's a look at Faux Wheel Drive fresh out of the package...
Such a cool design with amazing colors and detailing! Love the muddy tire tread marks on the roof.
You can find this one in stores now (I just found him at Target a couple days ago, but he's been hitting stores consistently for the past month or so), or be sure to snag him online by visiting eBay HERE or Amazon using the link below. Best of luck on the hunt!