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Mattel Pixar Disney Cars: The Variant Checklist (May 2008 Update)

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Mattel Pixar Disney Cars: Mini Playset Sale

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Target & TRU both have the MINI ADVENTURES Dragstrip on sale – probably moving a little slowly at $20.00+. Target’s price is better – $15 than TRU’s at $16.99.

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Target also has the MINI’s 2-pack on sale – $4.94? But with so few in stock and nothing new since a month ago, who cafes?

Toys R Us has the better sale on MINI’s 2-packs – Buy 2, Get 1 Free or @3 for $11.98 or about $4 a 2-pack … again, the TRU’s closest to me haven’t gotten any new MINI’s since the first shipment months ago …

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This is a good chance to jump in – the older ones are the only ones listed online.

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Mattel Pixar Disney Cars Checklist: The Book

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If you love CARS, if wonder if your collection is complete complete and if it’s really been 2-years, how about a book that collects EVERY item released and one long run on sentence about collecting CARS from Day 1?

Well, wonder no more – we have put together the perfect book for you. It’s 100% about CARS. Yep, 100% about the real world of CARS between the April 2006 and December 31, 2007.

This book, “Mattel Pixar CARS: The Diecast Story & Checklist 2006-2007-Volume One” is only about one thing. Over 110 pages, and OVER 250 full-color photographs of EVERY CARS item released by Mattel including every CAR on card, every Movie Moment, every packaging variant, every Movie Double, every box set and many surprises! All photos are high resolution photos.

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It is a “on-demand” published book at Lulu.com so when you order one, they print one up – takes about 5-7 days for you to get one. It’s a large oversized trade paperback – 8.5″ by 11″. You’re also protected with your credit card info as it’s all done through their secure website.

You can check out a preview of the first ten pages also.

It’s $39.99 which reflects a small profit for us but the main cost is it’s 114-pages long – there’s not much to trim to make much of a price difference … so really blame Mattel for releasing at least 250 items! :-) I didn’t actually stop to count but I think there are actually closer to 350 photos since I included cardbacks, variants, Wal*Mart ads, posters, etc … for instance, every card that has NEW is along side it’s “blank” brother. I might have left a few pebbles unturned but it’s pretty complete. As for the text, I think in the preview of the pages you can see it’s real content with my experience and insight into marketing, advertising and retailing.

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Of course, for everyone that contributed, your thanks is on the back page :-)

BTW, it is NOT a price guide – there are some prices listed within the text when discussing the original prices but other than that, it is a recap of CARS from 2006 to 2007 in words and photos.

So, grab a copy and buy a t-shirt, crack open a cold one, and enjoy the nostalgic, thrilling, enthralling, agonizing and teary road trip down the memory lane that is/was CARS.

(The writing was the easy part, the assembling of photos and the process at lulu was frankly a lulu but enjoy … yes, there should be more blank pages to separate sections but hey, every non blank page is a cost savings passed on you!)

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Disney Pixar CARS: A Walk Down CARS Advertising Memory Lane

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Mattel Disney Pixar Cars: Cars Mini Adventures Ultimate Visual Checklist (Summer 2008 Update)

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Mattel Speed Racer Movie Diecast Checklist 2008: Go, Speed Racer Go! (to the Store to Buy, Buy, Buy)

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Mattel is going to be crazy busy this summer with new movie launches.

But in a way, Batman is easy – people pretty much just want the Batmobile – give it us in every scale and at every price point, we’re in.

But Speed Racer beyond the Mach 5 is going to require a little more work but it’s almost a can’t miss.

You have the Wachowski brothers who brought us the Matrix directing, so you know the Special Effects and CGI won’t be the local weather guy’s green screen … based on a story that’s hard to foul up – a kid who likes to drive fast on a circuit where the rules of gravity don’t seem to apply. Throw in a cute girl named Trixie, a monkey and a fat guy named Pops … who cares what the real plot is?

I’ll be at the theater on May 9, 2008 so I haven’t watched the trailer that closely other than to see things flying through the air … I’m in! :-)

And of course, there are some toys to go with it.

But you really need the proper music to play along with this post … so, click PLAY …

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There are two 1:18 (ish) scale of the Mach 5 & 6. The detailing looks nice but not metal diecasts. They have a sound feature:

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There are several 1:24 (ish) scale “Speed Racer Deluxe Battle Vehicles” (plastic – not diecast) with cars that open up & a 3″ action figure (Mach 5, Mach 6 & Racer-X version):

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There is a also a “Race & Flip” Series of cars.

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There is another series “Speed Racer Battle Vehicles” which are smaller than the 1:24ish “deluxe” version:

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I think this Race Track Trailer is for this series … otherwise, it’s honky huge if it’s really for the 1:24ish series cars to park inside:

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But, what’s a Mattel Hot Wheels line without 1:64 scale cars?

The first lineup is 12-cars. I suppose with real investigating, we could figure out each name but it might be more fun to wait for the movie :-)

Each car comes with a plastic attachment – as of course, each car has its own unique set of attack and defense weapons … in our world, we have to rely on hand gestures and small arms ;-)

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Here is a close up of the blister …

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And of course, two-packs where you get an “exclusive” car …

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There is also a very nice 1:64 scale transport and launcher …

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And a 4-pack with accessories!

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And some Toy Fair photos:

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Of course, you also need some playets or in this case, tracks …

There are at least three introduced at Toy Fair, a Casa Cristo 5000 Ice Caves set, the Speed Racer Fuji Helexicon set – nice – much like the sets they sell now that you can attach to a door frame …

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But I am saving this best for last – the most kick-*** track Mattel has ever put together … the innocuously named, “Speed Racer Sky Jump Box.”

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Let’s crack that bad-boy open and set ‘er up!

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That’s right, drop cars into the giant funnel and off to the launcher it goes – and around the track … where’s our official Speed Racer bucket to dump the cars in?

The only disappointing thing is that the Speed Racer 1:64 are mostly all plastic but I suppose that’s the keep the weight down for the flying sky jump (and of course, save Mattel some money).

If you don’t mind all-plastic, Target has this exclusive for $7.99:

Most serious diecast collectors are going to want the metal series. Surprisingly Jada is offering a set of 4 (so far?) that are super nice at $2.99 – great detailing, solid – all metal – 1:55 scale:

Jada is also offering a 1:32 version that is a great deal at $4.99:

For collectors, Mattel is offering a 1:64 version that is all metal – it’s more spendy at $4.99 each but it is attached to a display case like the Kyosho cars:

(I have not seen the Mach 5 version yet, not sure if it’s short-packed or not shipped yet).

Mattel has two 1:24 scale metal Mach 5 & Mach 6 at $29.99 – Jada is doing the Mach 5 1:24 for a great price at $14.99.

A few years back, Johnny Lightning did up a great set of Speed Racer diecasts made of solid heavy metal (in other words – real diecasts) and great sculpts (as always) – AllAboardToys still has them in stock.

Some great Toy Fair photos here of other Speed Racer gear.

There are also some great Legos – we’ll cover those in a separate post.

Not exactly up my alley but for once, Ken does not look like a dork or as the clearly-gay beard of Barbie …

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Christine Ricci plays Trixie – not a bad likeness of her.

Most everything should be out for sale by end of March. The movie doesn’t open until May 9, 2008.

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It’s clear that the Mach 5 is like the 1966 Batmobile – cool in any era …

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Though this other car from the movie … DAAAAAMMMMMMNNNNNN ….

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The official website is pretty sparse … though for film buffs, there is an interesting audio podcast of the press conference at the Berlin Film Festival with all the stars and Joel Silver, the producer.

You can listen by opening a new window or browser tab or right click to download it.

Official SPEED RACER movie trailer:

Or if you prefer the HD version to download.

Int’l Trailers …

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The original animated series is available on DVD – All 52 episodes are available split up on 5 discs (Amazon Link) 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5.

And just as the Ford Futurama show car was the basis for the Batmobile, when you see the Ferrari 250TR Testarossa … you can see where the Mach 5 was inspired by … and of course, the Ferrari’s headlights are pointed forward – a little more useful when going 150 MPH than headlights that point to the ground like the Mach 5 … though the saw blades and weaponry are more useful :-) … though I think Trixie would join you if you had either car :-)

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Mattel Disney Pixar Cars: CARS at Target

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Was at Target. Surprised, they’re actually overstocked with Pit Crew Guido’s … and lots of Wingo’s … here’s a box I predict will not sell very well …

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As we suspected, Chick is all outer shell with not much inside :-)

I did find these for Easter … perfect for one MINI CAR and a couple pieces of candy so no over sugar overload …

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Disney Pixar CARS: The Art of CARS Live at the L.A. Petersen Automotive Museum

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The great Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will open the “The Art of Cars” starting on March 29, 2008 (and running ’til November 2, 2008).

“The Art of Cars” exhibit includes more than 60 watercolor and pastel drawings, pencil and marker sketches, and a variety of three-dimensional pieces, including:

•Life-size replicas of the movie’s main characters: Lightning McQueen and his tow truck buddy, Mater.

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•Three-dimensional maquettes of Mater, Doc Hudson, Sally, and The King, which were used as reference to guide animators when drawing their characters.

•Illustrated character studies that illuminate the development of supporting characters Flo and Ramone, Luigi and Guido, Fillmore, Sarge, DJ, and Wingo.


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•Digital, pencil, and marker sketches interpreting the cars’ eyes, gestures, and expressions.

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•Pencil and marker drawings of the fictional Los Angeles Motor Speedway, Sally’s “Cozy Cone” motel, and iconic diners, curio shops, and service stations based on actual locations along “The Mother Road.”

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•Pastels, watercolors, and pencil sketches of such scenic vistas as Ornament Valley, Cadillac Range, and Radiator Cap Butte, based on familiar landmarks as Arizona’s Monument Valley rock formations and the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas.

The book, Art of CARS was great – however, it will be so much better to see the actual sketches, drawings and maquettes used as the path to the completion of the film.

While MoMa & the New Science Museum (UK) has featured an exhibit on Pixar Art (20 Years of Pixar), this is the first exhibit devoted entirely to the film CARS and the Petersen Museum in LA is perfect – as it’s a place that only reveres cars but also understand how much fun cars can be.

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The Petersen Museum has this upstairs …

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The LA County Museum a few blocks away has: “German Expressionism: The First Generation” …

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Maybe your kids should decide which museum to linger longer … :-)

Petersen Automotive Museum exhibit info (CARS is not up yet). Admissions Info & Directions. (note – they are closed on Monday’s).

Perfect part of town for the whole family, near the Grove & Beverly Center shopping (as well as Beverly Hills) and lots of restaurants.

All Art © Copyright Disney/Pixar and Courtesy of Disney/Pixar and the Petersen Automative Museum.

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PIXAR’S “THE ART OF CARS” EXHIBIT LAUNCHES AT THE PETERSEN

Pixar Animation Studios and the Petersen Automotive Museum Announce
“The Art of Cars,” an Exhibit Featuring Pre-Production Artwork from the Golden Globe-winning feature film

Los Angeles, Calif. (February 2008) – Route 66 ends this year at Fairfax and Wilshire with the launch of a special exhibition “The Art of Cars,” the first-ever creative collaboration between Pixar Animation Studios and the Petersen Automotive Museum. “The Art of Cars” showcases the artistic process behind the creation of the animated feature film Cars. The exhibit will run from March 29 through November 2, 2008.

Inspired by a family trip and his overwhelming love for cars, Director John Lasseter’s enthusiasm seeped into every detail of the movie. Lasseter and his team enlisted some of today’s most famous automotive personalities to give life to the vehicles, including Paul Newman (Doc Hudson) and racing legends Mario Andretti (as himself), Richard Petty (The King), Michael Schumacher (Ferrari), even Darrell Waltrip and Bob Costas (announcers). “The Art of Cars” exhibit guides fans through the process of creating the films’ many characters, personalities, and locations.

“When we started working on Cars, I knew that getting the details right would be essential to the story,” says Lasseter. “The spirit of Route 66 is in every scratch on a fender and every curl of paint on a weathered billboard. Pixar is honored to partner with the Petersen Automotive Museum on the ‘The Art of Cars’ exhibit, so that the public can experience firsthand our passion for the movie through our artists’ eyes.”

“The Art of Cars” exhibit includes more than 60 watercolor and pastel drawings, pencil and marker sketches, and a variety of three-dimensional pieces, including:

• Life-size replicas of the movie’s main characters: Lightning McQueen and his tow-truck buddy, Mater
• Three-dimensional maquettes of Mater, Doc Hudson, Sally, and The King, which were used as reference to guide animators when drawing their characters
• Illustrated character studies that illuminate the development of supporting characters Flo and Ramone, Luigi and Guido, Fillmore, Sarge, DJ, and Wingo
• Digital, pencil, and marker sketches interpreting the cars’ eyes, gestures, and expressions
• Pencil and marker drawings of the fictional Los Angeles Motor Speedway, Sally’s “Cozy Cone” motel, and iconic diners, curio shops, and service stations based on actual locations along “The Mother Road”
• Pastels, watercolors, and pencil sketches of such scenic vistas as Ornament Valley, Cadillac Range, and Radiator Cap Butte, based on familiar landmarks as Arizona’s Monument Valley rock formations and the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas

“It’s been our pleasure working with John Lasseter and his team to create ‘The Art of Cars’ exhibit” says Dick Messer, Executive Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum. “This movie was very special to me and many other car nuts I know–young and old–because of the way it entertains with real-life references to the racing industry with non-stop action and more than 100 years of automotive history.”

About the Petersen Automotive Museum:
The Petersen Automotive Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, a pioneer in automotive education, and one of the nation’s largest and preeminent automotive museums. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles. Admission prices are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students with ID, and $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Museum members and children under five are admitted free. Covered parking is available for $6 per car. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday and holiday Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For general Museum information, call (323) 930-CARS or visit the Museum’s website at http://www.petersen.org.

About Pixar Animation Studios:
Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, and most recently, Ratatouille. The Northern California studio has won 20 Academy Awards® and its eight films have grossed more than $4 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The next film release from Disney•Pixar is WALL•E (June 27, 2008).

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Disney Pixar CARS 2: Sequel Coming in 2011 (Update Confirmed – 2012!)

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(OFFICIAL CARS2 LOGO – see new post)

According to DarkHorizons.com, they are reporting that CARS 2 is coming 2011.

“… the studio is filling up its schedule again with big sequels and franchise entries. Most exciting is that the studio plans to release a sequel to 80′s sci-fi classic “Tron” in Digital Disney 3D in the Spring of 2011. Previous reports had Joseph Kosinski in talks to direct.

The studio also has “Cars 2″, “National Treasure 3″ and “Pirates of the Caribbean 4″ scheduled for that year as well.”

Guess that’s why they’re hiring animators.

Not that the date is a big surprise … room on Pixar’s calendar AND conveniently the year Disney is opening CARLAND … our original post on sequel news & thoughts.

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If Mattel has any say, here’s the plot to maximize CARS on screen, CARS on sale and SEALED cases of CARS in our garage …

“After winning back to back Piston Cup’s (seen in glorious flashbacks of course), McQueen retires with Sally and the little subcompacts back in Radiator Springs where he teaches up and comng Piston Cupers … his kid-CARS don’t believe dad could once be a great racer so McQueen joins the great race around the world for one last thrill.”

That should be good enough for about 600 CARS? (in addition to the 400 we’ll have by 2010).

Clear out the guest room, kick out the mother-in-law, emancipate the kids to live on their own – we all need more room!

BTW, the story on DarkHorizons alludes to they think CARS was not a hit … of course, since Pixar sets a benchmark perception-wise, anything short of a $100 million dollar opening has the feel it didn’t hit on all cylinders, but I think DarkHorizons might want to take a look at the top 5 domestic grossing films of 2006 … humm, who’s that at #3?

Top Five Films of 2006

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”
$423.3 million

“Night at the Museum”
$250.8 million

“Cars”
$244.0 million

“X-Men: The Last Stand”
$234.3 million

“The Da Vinci Code”
$217.5 million

CARS was also the 2nd best selling DVD of 2006 – just a shade behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest at around 12 million copies sold – 5 million sold in its first week.

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2-Pk Disney Cars Movie Moments On Sale at Target

Dropped in at the Target in the northern ‘burbs of Atlanta, Georgia to see if the peg warmers had any new company and noticed this:

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Looks like our little buddies are on sale through March 24th! At least in the Southeast part of the U.S……    Happy hunting everyone…

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