Monday, January 4, 2021

Cars: Lizzie (w/Radio & Bumper Sticker)—"Welcome to Radiator Springs"

*Much of the info here is lifted from yesterday's post*

Late this past summer, I posted about some new Target exclusive Mattel Disney·Pixar Cars diecasts that were released as part of an unexpected (at least to me as they weren't on the official 2020 poster) "Welcome to Radiator Springs" series. At the time, there were six single cars in this little side-series (each of which comes with a brand new/unique bumper sticker and a neat little character specific accessory): Radiator Springs Lightning McQueen (with video phone), Blowing Bubbles Mater (with hay bail), Sally with Tattoo (with dinner table), Ramone (with oil can), Doc Hudson (with Piston Cup trophy) and Sheriff (the only one with no accessory). You can see them all HERE. A "Welcome to Radiator Springs 4-Pack" (with Sarge w/traffic cone) was released at that time as well. 

Flash forward to early fall and a second "Welcome to Radiator Springs" wave hit with three additional characters—which was just as surprising as the first! It featured Fillmore (with organic fuel gas can), Lugi & Guido 2-pack (with tires) and this here Lizzie (with radio)! I was able to find these at Target a little while back. Now I certainly didn't need to pick up yet another Lizzie diecast, but I'm a sucker for any kind of extra accessories for world-building. This radio was only ever released in THIS 2016 "Radiator Springs Friends" 11-Pack and was not included with the Precision Series Lizzie's Curios Shop playset.  

I'm so happy Mattel decided to re-release this radio in a $4 single pack for all of us collectors (that includes me) who didn't fork out for that $40 11-pack four years ago. I was sure tempted and almost bought it several times, but never actually did. I guess you could say my patience paid off, though I honestly never expected to see this radio make a comeback (especially outside of a multi-pack). It was such a pleasant surprise! Now my Precision Series Radiator Spring Curios Shop playset will feel that much more complete/movie accurate when I set it up for display. To me, this is an essential component.

You can still find Lizzie with radio, and essentially all the "Welcome to Radiator Springs" diecasts, at your nearest Target—so be sure to get them while you can! If you'd rather snag this one online, I've included an Amazon affiliate link below. You can also check out current eBay listings HERE.

Good luck on the hunt! Let me know if you have any questions. 

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