With a new Disney movie comes a new toy line. As we see dwindling Cars lining the shelves, we will see them being replaced with Planes. This looks to be the way Disney is going to go here in the future. They have already slated the second Planes movie for 2014, Planes: Fire & Rescue. We should be seeing these in the stores for a while then.
Here’s the thing. I was a little disappointed… okay a lot disappointed with what I was seeing showing up at retail. The vehicles are small. They are about the size of the Cars vehicles, which is way to small to be in scale with the cars. I am not down with that. I have not been collecting all of these Cars to then move onto Planes that are out of scale. Well, there is good news. I took some friends, visiting from England, to the Disney store. And what did I see? Planes of course. But better than that, they were the larger scale vehicles in the acrylic boxes. There have been Cars versions of these for a long time.
I took these guys outside for a little photo shoot today. Isn’t it better to have airplanes outside. It is however 90+ degrees outside, so this was a labor of love. Burned knees and a sweaty shirt, and I am done! Each figure comes mounted to the box at the bottom. They all have the same base design that looks like a runway. The background has a scene tailored to where they are from. On the back is the animated picture of each. Getting these in the proper size meant that they HAD to come out of the packaging.
In all of their loose glory. They are diecast and they have a good heft to them. The propellers are made of a rubber like substance, probably to keep them from breaking off. That would be good for kids who will want to play with them. At $10 a pop, they are on the high side of the market, as the Cars in acrylic are $7. There are even a couple of fighter planes and a rescue copter that are larger and are being called Deluxe. They are a bit bigger, and they look good too.
Our hero, Dusty can be found in two version. The standard version, and this one that is called Turbo Dusty. Looks to be the addition of the wing tanks. Either this is going to be the pivotal change for the character in the movie to allow him to better compete in the race, or a dream sequence. Either way, this is the one I grabbed. I have not seen the standard version since. Gah! 50/50 chance. I thought this one would go faster. Guess I was wrong.
Ishani, the Indian plane. This flying champ looks good in these colors. I really like her backwards designed propeller. She really stands out.
Ripslinger. Think of him as Chick Hicks from Cars. Ironically sporting the similar green paint, which may not be a coincidence. He is suited for speed with his long body and dual propellers that spin independent of themselves.
I am guessing La Chupacabra is going to be the Mater of this story. One of my all time favorite airplanes, the GeeBee Racer. Not the first time we have seen a GeeBee in a Disney movie. You may recall the Rocketeer’s Cliff Seacord flew a GeeBee early in the movie before it was destroyed by some gangsters. This one however takes on the persona of a Luchador, wearing a trademark mask and a cape.
In a pretty close scale. Dusty is supposed to be a crop duster, so he is pretty close in scale. La Chupacabra is a little larger in scale, and may be a little closer to the correct size. The Deluxe planes would be even better.
Where there’s Lightning, Mater is not far behind. In Take Flight Air Mater, he takes a car to get fixed at the closest garage, which is on an airfield. Our first look at a truly separate world from Cars. Mater of course takes on the challenge of learning to fly. He and Ishani share a rear-facing propeller. And I think that is where their similarities end. 😉
Great planes. I am looking forward to getting more of them. There are two more listed on the Disney Store website (Skipper and Bulldog). I think I am definitely going back to get the Deluxe vehicles. The helicopter will be awesome, and come on, who doesn’t want airplanes of Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer (Goose and Iceman).