Thank you for following all our posts on the Mattel Pixar CARS line. We try to keep you updated as to what’s what and we updated EVERY post whenever we get reliable information – it’s not always easy and many thanks to the readers who’ve added helpful info & photos.
We just want to recap everything on one page for you so in case you’ve missed something and good for us to keep track of what posts needs to be updated:
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.
The post below outlines why the line is so difficult and some solutions. There is a list of the main retailers, some online options and for international customers,s ome options.
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 for 2008:
Our brand new post with JUST 2008 information on what’s in the cases – not just for the individual CARS but also the multi-packs.
Though Mattel has made some MAJOR changes to the next 5 shipments – here’s our post on what the changes were and why we think there were changes …
Our first post on why you might want to buy by the sealed box.
The older post that covered the last part of 2007 & the intial info for 2008:
Some of the best places to buy factory sealed cases:
Or what’s the latest on the shelf cards & CARS look like?
HOW TO COLLECT
If you just joined the craziness, here’s a starter’s guide:
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 ;-)
Our new post on how to collect and what’s the current running count of being a completist … a complete completist or an ultra completist …
Our older post on collecting?
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 – some have come true.
Whether you want a nice display case or a plastic box to keep it night and sealed/unopened, here are some links that should point you in the right direction.
Here’s what my collection looks like so far … just on a bookcase now because I’m using the last “easy assembly” instruction sheet to wrap my RV :-) though that Ikea glass case looks like nice and at a great price …
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 …
The 2006 Mattel Factory Set …
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: