Saturday, November 7, 2020

Cars 3: Track Damage Cruz Ramirez

Before I've even finished collecting at the 2020 Mattel Cars diecasts, the first case of 2021 is already showing up—and I was lucky enough to find it today at Walmart! Almost the entire case was made up of re-releases, but I was thrilled about one new release in particular...Track Damage Cruz Ramirez! You know I snatched it up right away.

The first thing you might have noticed is that Mattel has changed up the packaging design for this upcoming year; not drastically, but they have certainly updated the look. The background is no longer a blue desert and they've added a "NEW for 2021" graphic for all the new releases (like this one), but the most notable difference is that the different themes/categories we've grown used to over the years are now gone. Now it just says "METAL" in the top left corner (I guess if there was any confusion over if these toys are metal or plastic?). Overall, I think the new design looks pretty fresh.

Ever since I saw Cars 3, I thought a track damaged Cruz Ramirez would make an awesome diecast and hoped one would get released someday—and I was right! I'm so happy Mattel went ahead and made this scene-specific variant. I do wish they gave her a new, determined expression, but her standard smile is just fine I guess. As shown in the screen shot above, Cruz's side appears damaged this way after Jackson Storm slams her into the wall during the last few moments of the climatic Florida 500 race. 

Be sure to keep a lookout for this track damage Cruz and the rest of the new 2021 diecasts at your local Walmart and Target. I can't wait to see what other new releases 2021 will bring! Let me know if you have any comments or questions down below. 

Happy hunting!

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