Saturday, August 8, 2020

Cars: Blowing Bubbles Mater (2020 "Welcome to Radiator Springs" Version)

Pixar cars Blowing Bubbles Mater

As a longtime Disney·Pixar Cars collector, I'm absolutely thrilled with this re-release! Mattel has finally brought back their 1:55 scale diecast "Blowing Bubbles Mater" for the first time since 2010 (when he was available as a single in the "Final Lap Collection" and as a lenticular release in THIS 3-Car Gift Pack). I missed out on him originally and have been trying to track him down for a decade now. He got up there in price on eBay, typically selling between $30 and $50, so I could never justify it. I'm glad I didn't have to!

I had no idea this was even coming this year, since this new "Welcome to Radiator Springs" series wasn't on this year's poster—so when I saw it at Target a week or so ago, I was so excited! If you compare this one to the 2010 version though, it's not 100% the same (there are some minor updates to his eye expression and coloring), but it's close enough. What's really cool is that he even comes with a hay bail accessory now (which seems to be the same as the one that was available in THIS 5-Pack; good for me since I never got that set) and a brand new "Tow Mater Towing·Salvage" bumper sticker.

Pixar cars Blowing Bubbles Mater

As shown in the screen shot above, Mater can be briefly seen blowing a bubble while getting bored listening to Sally's long spiel about the importance of Radiator Springs during Lighting's court sentence scene.

Pixar cars Blowing Bubbles Mater

There are five other (six total) single cars in this little sub-series (like Mater here, they all come with a brand new/unique bumper sticker): Radiator Springs Lightning McQueen (with video phone; I'll be showing that one here soon), Sally with Tattoo (with dinner table), Ramone (with oil can), Doc Hudson (with Piston Cup trophy) and Sheriff (no accessory). You can see them all HERE. There's also a Sarge (with traffic cone) available in THIS "Welcome to Radiator Springs" 4-Pack. All of these are available at Target right now, so be sure to get them while you can!

What are your thoughts? Let me know what you think and any questions you might have in the comment section below.

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