Friday, April 10, 2020

Cars: Paul Valdez

Cars Paul Valdez diecast

Back in the spring of 2017 (right before Cars 3 products hit), Mattel released five 1:55 scale diecast "Deluxe" size semi truck characters from the original Cars—all Toys R Us exclusives under the "Radiator Springs Classic" banner: Gil, Chet Boxkaar, Jerry Recycled Batteries, Ben Crankleshaft and, tonight's blog post, Paul Valdez! This week I'll be taking a long overdue closer look at each one of them.

As shown in the screen shot above, Paul can be seen very briefly watching the Los Angeles tie-breaker race on TV at a gas station near the end of the film (alongside Gil and some other semis). What's fantastic about this release is that he actually comes with a tiny oil can molded to him (and a sipping expression) to recreate the exact movie moment! This was such a fun little detail I hadn't noticed until writing up this review. Nice one Mattel.

Cars Paul Valdez diecast
Cars Paul Valdez diecast

Paul was also released as a full hauler over a decade ago (2009 or 2010 I believe), but I missed out on that one when it was originally available and now prices for it have skyrocketed. This release was the next best thing! Did you pick this one up or any of the semis that hit Toy R Us a couple years back? Let me know your thoughts and look for more right here soon.

If you're looking to add Paul Valdez to your Disney·Pixar Cars collection, you can check out current eBay listings HERE or Amazon using the direct affiliate links below.

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