Well, it was nice while it lasted.
The Mattel Pixars CARS line – nothing really exclusive … nothing really limited but that dream world had to end …
Mattel is designating 15,000 of these CARS as a limited time & production exclusive.
In order to get one, you have to buy the CARS Blu-Ray DVD*
Then sign up at Disney Movie Rewards (free signup).
What is Disney Movie Rewards? You earn points for DVD’s and theater ticket purchases … benefits? As they note …
“Disney Movie Rewards is an exciting adventure where you get rewarded by doing what you and your family enjoy doing already watching Disney movies!
Enjoy these great member benefits:
* Access to exclusive Disney Movie Rewards one-of-a-kind experiences, digital downloads and Disney merchandise
* Savings and special offers on Disney DVDs
* Special preview opportunities
* Chances to win exciting prizes in our Disney Movie Rewards Instant Win Games
* Special Disney Movie Rewards eNewsletter on exciting upcoming Disney movie releases
In this case, by purchasing the Blu-Ray DVD version of CARS, you get a code to enter …
(BTW, the code below is incomplete and has already been used, it can only be used once).
While the CAR is “free,” you do have to pay $3.50 + tax (in certain states) to have it shipped to you.
Each DVD comes with its own code so only one car per Blu-Ray DVD.
You can however purchase more than one Blu-Ray DVD and get a “free”/$3.50 CAR with each purchase but you’ll need to sign up with a DIFFERENT email address for another Disney Rewards Club membership – membership is free but your points will be diluted since you’re not keeping all your points in one account but two.
AGAIN, one CAR per email account.
It’s fine to use the same STREET/MAILING address but no PO Boxes.
The CAR will be sent in a plastic bag – no card! (in a padded envelope).
Also NOTE: Their website seems to be easily bogged down so if you want your transaction to go smoothly, do it very early in the morning or very late at night!
DEAL GETS EVEN BETTER!
BTW, Disney is now offering a $10 rebate if you own the original CARS DVD & are buying or have bought the CARS Blu-Ray disc. You can download the PDF at the Disney Blu Ray DVD site so you can do the math if it’s better to buy the BR disc minus $10 (presuming you have the regaular CARS DVD) and mail it in the next few days or …
The Blu Ray CAR has shipped and as of this week – selling for around $40 with shipping … though pricing may be skewed as it might be a gift so people are willing to spend a few dollars more – in the next few days, we will be closer to actual pricing though the CAR might be a sellout in a few days or presumably before January 1 and then what will pricing patterns be?
A lot of people have run into problems with getting a confirmation number back after you submit your credit card info – instead they get a weird error code – but it seems what happens is your information got submitted okay but the return page from the website gets messed up. If that happened/happens to you, email them from the EMAIL address you gave and you should get a response that your order was accepted.
If you don’t a reposnse in a few days, then try their customer service number is: 1-866-246-8646 Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Central Time.
And yea, open to US and non-Quebec Canadians ONLY – sorry everyone else …
Shipping time should be fast as fufillment is ongoing.
You can check your status of your order by going here.
Here is a photo of the actual CAR in its beautiful plastic baggie … and yes, it seems to be more purople than blue …
Here’s the offer on the sleeve of the Blu-Ray DVD
ALSO – Don’t panic or think if the DVD has no sticker on the front in regards to the Blu CAR promotion – IT’S ALL FINE! Every Disney DVD comes with a Disney Reward code inside. As noted, the memberships points and the CAR are separate issues so after you enter the number, it’s smart to realize you just purchased a DVD that qualifies you for the CAR offer … for instance, I purchased the Ratatouille DVD which has a separate number and after keying that in, I get the Ratatouille offer which are Disney pins to buy or an entry into their sweepstakes. Buy the Blu-Ray CAR DVD, get the Blu CAR offer AUTOMATICALLY whether there is a sticker on the front of the DVD or not.
And of course, the Blu CAR is ONLY offered with the Blu-Ray DVD purchase and NOT with the regular DVD (that came out last November).
So, okay, go! Good luck! Promotion ENDS on January 30, 2008 so HURRY!
As of today (January 20), people are still reporting no problems in coding in and getting a conformation but you only have a little over a week so hurry!
* In case you’re wondering what is Blu-Ray or how does it compare to HD DVD or regular DVD, here’s our take on the matter.
Full Sized Screenshots at out FLICKR page.
This is the FINAL RELEASED version (same as the bagged one above) – a couple of crucial differences from the Disney supplied shown at the very top and the same photos they used on the website & promotional art – the Dinoco logo on spoiler and much more purple than blue in color … so purple & with logo, not a fake or a custom, this right below is the FINAL release version of ‘Blu Ray’ McQueen.
OUR OTHER POSTS:
If you want a recap of the Mattel Pixar CARS line from the beginning.
Unlike other toys/hot items that stay hot for a few weeks or months – this Mattel Pixar CARS diecast line has pretty been SIZZLING for 16 months – not just rare but almost un-heard of.
Of course, we would love to tell you that if you show up here at 7:00 AM, you are assured of seeing it on the shelve un-touched … or course, that is not really possible with this line due to real demand and eBay “re-distribution” demand but we have tried to sum up why it’s seems impossible and some buying tips that while not foolproof, might make things slightly easier …
BUYING CASES & WHAT’S NEXT
First, one way to skip the driving around is to buy sealed cases, here is a brief rundown on what that is AND what are the CARS coming this holiday season (the last two months of 2007):
And what’s coming in 2008:
Or what the latest on the shelf cards & CARS look like?
If you wish to plot out what CAR will make its first appearance & in what box in 2008, a friend of 2aDay has thoughtfully provided a spreadsheet you can download or it’s also been added to our online checklist/spreadsheet.
HOW TO COLLECT
For those on the intermediate & advanced stages of this obsession (yes, I has the fever! I has the fever ) … you’ll want a “field guide” to spotting what’s what:
A Basic Checklist (in spreadsheet form)
The checklist offers a few versions on how you like your poison
Then of course, a more indepth guideline on how to collect them – just one of each? one of each available on a different card?
As you progress further, you might need or want a guide to understanding what do the three different designs on the front indicate and how complete of a collector you want to be:
Info on the Blu-Ray Dinoco “Blu” CAR
MORE INFORMATION THAN NORMAL
Of course, by now, you’ll want to know everything and plan your budget carefully … Mattel will definitely release 35/36 of the Piston Cup Racers in one massive collector’s set but will they release them in smaller sets? Our speculation on why rioting is probably not necessary:
If you prefer to see some of the cardbacks in a larger file size or to view the two posters for a visual look at the CARS to collect, our FLICKER page is here.
Did you know the Blu-Ray DVD (for HDTV’s) will include a “name-spotter” feature that will let you see the names of 217 CARS within the movie?
And while we’re at it – pure speculation on our part as to what might be coming next?
MORE USEFUL INFORMATION
Details on the Mattel sponsorship & CARS charity auction for CAAF (Children Affected by AIDS Foundation):
While Frank the Combine on eBay seems enticing, you might want to know that he’s very small and all plastic but there are some other options …
Too much money in your bank account – starting collecting the other CARS line …
The Sarge Recall:
Nothing very insightful about what’s coming but still good to know that CARS is bringing in money and everything is looking smooth.
CARS 2, THE SEQUEL?
Yes, more speculation & answers on our part but the stars and other things seem to be syncing up for a 2011 sequel: