Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Cars 3: Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez Wooden Collectibles—Limited Edition

cars 3 disney store limited edition wooden collectibles

Last summer during the 2017 D23 Expo, Disney & Pixar (with creative guidance from John Lasseter) debuted a new collection inspired by traditional Japanese wooden collectibles known as Kokeshi dolls. The collection began with three Disney Store D23 Expo exclusive sets: Buzz & Woody (which I picked up of course, see my full blog post HERE), Anna & Elsa and Moana & Maui—each set limited to only 300 units produced. 

Now flash forward to last month, when released (to my surprise) another set; this time from Cars 3 and featuring wooden collectibles of Lightning McQueen & Cruz Ramirez! This set is a limited edition of only 400 and is sold only on the ShopDisney website HERE (not sold in stores). I LOVE the way these characters are stylized and will go perfect with my Toy Story ones. 

Note: You may have have seen this already, but even John Lasseter's signature D23 Expo Reyn Spooner Hawaiian shirt last year featured these and other characters (from films he's worked across all studios) in this same Japanese style (which you can view and purchase on eBay HERE).

cars 3 disney store limited edition wooden collectibles

Once again, the packaging is so clean and minimal—definitely marketing to adult collectors like myself. You can tell right away from looking it it that this is a special item. The box is essentially one big clear plastic case with a cardboard "sandy" ground base and Fireball Beach as the backdrop. The Disney Store logo/seal is featured in the top left corner.

Though I didn't remove the cars completely (I wanted to keep these ones relatively mint for now), I was able to slide them out of the plastic case [very easily] for these photos and then slide them right back in when I was done. If you wish to do the same, I found it best to open it from the bottom.

Take a closer look at Lightning McQueen and Dinoco Cruz Ramirez below! 

cars 3 disney store limited edition wooden collectibles
cars 3 disney store limited edition wooden collectibles

Just like the wooden Buzz & Woody collectibles, these are maliciously designed, quality crafted and hand painted. They're made of a very lightweight wood and appear to be hollow and not solid. How cute are they, right?!

Each car is 2 1/2'' H x 2 1/2 W'' x 3 3/4'' L. The dimensions of the packaging are 5'' H x 8'' W x 5 1/2'' D. Retail price for this set is $59.95 (which yes, is extremely pricey, but hey, it's Disney and a limited edition—it's what I expect at this point).

cars 3 disney store limited edition wooden collectibles

No limited edition item is complete without a certificate of authenticity. My edition number is 37/400—not too bad at all! The certificate can be found under the cardboard base.

cars 3 disney store limited edition wooden collectibles

As a big fan of the Cars trilogy, this is a most welcomed addition to my collection! And what's even more exciting? It seems as though this line is continuing, since a Monsters Inc. inspired set (featuring wooden Mike & Sulley) just came to pretty recently! Look for more on that one soon right here.

Again, if you're interested in this set, I wouldn't hesitate too much. It's still in stock on the ShopDisney site HERE (surprisingly), but once it's gone, it's gone. Be sure to let me know your thoughts or any questions you might have in the comments below!

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