Friday, December 23, 2022

My Mattel Pixar Cars Holiday/Christmas Diecast Collection!

Merry Christmas Eve, Eve everyone! Today I thought it would be fun and festive to show my collection of Disney·Pixar Holiday/Christmas inspired diecasts that have been released over the years by Mattel. These designs started to be released around the 2009/2010 era (based on the book Mater Saves Christmas and the illustrations therein) and have had multiple re-releases over the years since (even as recent as this year and in 2021, seen the photo from Target above).

I have the eight reissues from last year (since I missed them originally; again, see photo above): Mater (aka Whee-Hoo Winter Mater), Reindeer Snowmobile (who had been cancelled for a long time prior, so I was so happy to see that one finally get released), Ramone (blue; aka Wintertime Cruiser), Doc Hudson (aka Decked Out Doc Hudson), Sarge (aka Sarge with Roof Lights), Sally (aka Snow Day Sally), Lightning McQueen (aka Snowplow Lightning McQueen) and Luigi & Guido...

...and then (see below), I grabbed Fuel Tide Cheer Fillmore and Holiday Spirit Sheriff on eBay recently (since they haven't come out for a long time), Christmas Cruiser Ramone (who I was so happy got re-released last year in 2021) and Holiday Hotshot Lightning McQueen (who happily got a re-release this year for 2022).

Alright, with that I still need Reindeer Mater and Santa Car. Those ones haven't bee re-released recently, but I'm crossing my fingers they do. Otherwise I guess I'll just have to fork out the extra money for them and snag them on eBay to complete the collection. I'm also hoping Mattel releases a holiday Lizzy, Flo and Red one day!

By the way, these Christmas/Holiday character designs can also be seen in the books A Very Mater Christmas (see my recent Instagram reel HERE) and A Cars Christmas. The only diecast design here in this collection that haven't seen in any book or media is the blue/snowflake "Wintertime Cruiser" Ramone above that was released last year. That one seems to be completely made up by Mattel.

Anyway, I hope you all have a fantastic and safe rest of your holiday season! I'll be sure to update this post as soon as I get any of the final three Christmas cars I need. 

Merry Christmas TOW all and TOW all a goodnight!

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Mattel Toy Story Minis Bilind Bags (Series 2) "Special Edition" Black & White Jessie!


After roughly six years, I FINALLY obtained the extremely rare and illusive Mattel Toy Story Minis "Special Edition" Black & White Jessie from the original blind bags SERIES 2 (which came out in late 2016/early 2017). I was never able to find Series 2 (I remember it being completely skipped in my area—things went right from Series 1 to Series 3), so needless to say this is a long time coming and the last Toy Story mini I needed to complete my collection!

You can see what the original packaging looked like for the Series 2 blind bags HERE. By the way, this was the only unique character released in that series (all the other had been previously available).

Listing prices on eBay for this (when they do show up once in a blue moon) can reach $150 or more. I was lucky enough to be able to get this a few months back on eBay for a total steel: $12.99! Let me know what you think down below. Anyone else out there looking for this?

Thursday, December 1, 2022

World of Pixar 16" Rolling Luggage (Disney Store)

Happy December 1st, everyone! This is an exciting month—we have Christmas of course, my son's 3rd birthday, lots of fun festivities planned and DISNEY WORLD! We leave Monday (December 5th) and will be there until Friday the 9th. If you happen to be there and see us around, be sure to say hi! 

Anyway, I realized recently that this upcoming trip meant I could finally bust out this adorable 16 inch "World of Pixar" rolling kids' luggage from the Disney Store that I was gifted a couple years back! This will be perfect for my 3 year old son Aidan. How cute right? I've been meaning to share/document this here for years and figured there was no better time than now. 

I just absolutely love the allover stylized screen art that covers this suitcase and that they included the Pixar ball and Luxo Jr. in the mix—not to mention a whole bunch of classic Pixar characters and icons from some of my all-time favorite Pixar films.

Here are all the official details for anyone interested:

Product Details:

  • Allover pattern of Pixar characters
  • Characters include Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Aliens, Bo Peep (Toy Story); Sulley, Mike Wazowski, Boo(Monsters, Inc.); Joy, Anger, Rainbow Unicorn (Inside Out); Lightning McQueen (Cars); Carl Fredricksen, and his house (Up); Dash and Violet Incredible (The Incredibles); WALL•E (WALL•E); the Pixar Lamp and Pixar Ball
  • Hard shell
  • Zip closure with two zip pulls
  • One side of interior features elastic ribbon cross bands with plastic buckle
  • One side of interior features cover with double zip pull closure
  • Retractable push-button pull handle
  • Top carry handle
  • Four rotating wheels

Extra Information:

  • Ages 3+
  • All man-made materials
  • 16” H x 12” W x 9”D (excluding wheels)
  • Imported

Let me know your thoughts below!