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Road Trip Finds

I was gone on a 21 day road trip with my wife and dog. We got a travel trailer and took it out on the maiden voyage. 21 days, 11 states, 4200 miles. Along the way I was able to stop in a plethora of WalMarts, Targets, a few Toys R Us’ and a couple of Walgreens. I even made it to a Fred Meyer in Oregon, which is owned by Krogers, so they had lots of Hot Wheels.

The tally of finds was:

Marvel Legends:
6 of the 7 Spider-Man Homecoming
The Walgreens Exclusive Invisible Woman
The Toys R Us Exclusive 2-pack Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson

The Jim Lee Cyclops figure from the Warlock Series

Transformers:
Blitzwing (Voyager Class)
Octane (Voyager Class)
Bumblebee (Deluxe Movie)
Barricade (Deluxe Movie)
Berserker (Deluxe Movie)

Star Wars:
Tusken Raider (Sand People) (40th Anniversary Black Series)

Diecast:
10 Premium brands
Lightning McQueen (Target Exc)

13 Matchbox
75 Hot Wheels

 

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Smell Swell Lightning McQueen

Well, the stuff is coming out in droves to the store for the upcoming Cars 3 movie. The $3.99 price tag for the basic cars is way too steep for me. I was at WalMart, and they had single boxes like the old Matchbox cars. All 6 are different versions of Lightning. And all of them had come out before. I did not have the privilege of finding the Smell Swell Lightning McQueen before, so I grabbed him.

These are the same great vehicles that come in the standard packs, but they are just boxed specially. If you collect all 6 boxes, there is art that connects them. I don’t care to collect doubles, just so I can build some art.

Now, for those who don’t know Smell Swell Deodorizers is the first sponsor Lightning ever had. You can tell this is pretty early in his career. He only has the one sponsor. There are no little stickers either. Just the main Smell Swell sponsor and his light stickers. Pretty plain.

Even his “95” is a very plain font, with the lightning bolt running through it. What I like is that as he became better and got more cocky, his lightning became bigger.

This is a fun car to add to my ever growing Lightning collection. There are lots of great cars coming out, and I would not mind grabbing all of them. There is going to have to be a killer sale or price drop before I start collecting all of these though.


Star Wars inspired Cars

There are a lot of cars out there right now being inspired by Star Wars.  The Hot Wheels cars are outstanding.  There is also a set that came from the Disneyland Resort that is from the Pixar hit Cars, that really takes the characters to a new level.

On a recent trip down to Disneyland, my wife saw Cars characters dressed up as Star Wars characters, and new my love for both, and decided to get me a variety.

In the first set I opened, it featured two Pitties as Jawas, and Luigi as C-3PO.   I was a little sad to not also get Guido as R2-D2, but you can’t get the Pitties any other way, so I think this was an okay way to do it… but you know C-3PO is nothing without his R2.

Lightning McQueen is Luke Skywalker.  There are a few similarities that run between the two characters, so it is not a big surprise that this is the way they went.  It is also not the first time we have seen Lightning in a helmet.  He has also been a jet fighter as well as an astronaut.

I think Red as Chewbacca has to be my favorite.  He is so dynamic and fun.  He has his bandolier wrapped around both sides of the chassis, as well as the bag on the right side.  he also has his bow-caster on the roof.  The paint is great, with a pinstripe feel to it.   I love the snarl on his face.  The irony of Red snarling is not lost on me.

Guess I have a reason to get back down to Disneyland sooner rather than later.  There are a few more down there that I think I need.  This is a great reflection of what Disney has acquired in the last few years, and has put to good use.


Off-Road Lightning McQueen (Radiator Springs 500 1/2)

I am a huge fan of the Cars (and Planes) franchise. When I heard they were coming out with yet another short, I knew we would be in for some fun. Add in some toys, and we have magic. This is the first of the cars, of course Lightning McQueen. He has been outfitted with off-road gear in order to race the other off-road vehicles in an epic race around Radiator Springs.

The vehicle is a classic Lightning in the style of the ending of the first movie. I think pretty much where all of the Mater’s Tall Tales take place as well.

 

He has a great addition of wheels with large travel to accommodate the off-road terrain. He gets a bit of extras on top as well, including a roof rack with a spare wheel as well as lights.

This is probably the dirtiest toy review to date, but it didn’t seem right to take a look at an off-road vehicle and have it clean and shiny.  I have plenty of those.  This one had to be different.


Disney’s Planes, the toys from the Disney Store

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).


Mater’s Tall Tales – Take Flight – Autonauts Lightning McQueen and Mater from Moon Mater

Usually we come to an end of a series and then it goes away.  Disney is not letting the Cars line die out any time soon.  As Cars 2 toys still warm the pegs at every major toy aisle in existence, every so often we are gifted with a new car or two.   In this case, we get 4 of the large scale “oversized” vehicles.   Lightning and Mater in their space clothes, as well as a couple of support aircraft for their return to Earth.

Lightning looks great.  Take a general Lightning model, add a jetpack, wheels, and a really great helmet, and you have one of the best Cars figures to date.

I will say one of the best for Lightning, because Mater IS the best figure to date.  There was so much work done with him.  Boosters all over, a hood, white paint, touches of gold paint, an external fuel tank, and of course the great clear helmet.

I was pretty sure I was done collecting the Cars line of vehicles.  But these two were too good to pass-up.   They stand out in the collection with a great unique look.


Cars 2 – Ridemakerz Lightning McQueen

This past week I grabbed the newest of the Cars 2 toys to be released.   We have a ton of new dicast vehicles, but the local Toys R Us’ are filled with these big boxes of cars with lots of accessories.  There are three sizes.   This is the Deluxe kit including a car, and a lot of accessories to play with right out of the box.  This is not a set for the faint of heart, costing nearly $40.  It does however come with a lot of great accessories.   I really wanted the green Lightning McQueen, so I was going to get the starter set that comes with the body and tires (wheels sold separately).  Then I was going to add on a blown engine and some of the 8-barrel wheels.  Seeing all of that and more, really made this set a good deal for me.

Out of the box:

Think that is enough accessories?  Just a drop in the bucket for what they have available.

So, here is a base Lightning McQueen.  He is sporting the new headlights (no more sticker headlights for an international racer).  He comes with the standard fin he will have in the movies and the side pipes that are unique to him.  Both are removable for changing accessories.  The body is quite solid and really rolls well.  I was a little timid about a product from a company I had not heard of before.  But the paint is flawless and the plastic is high quality.

I am thinking this is distracted driving.   How can he see with that giant thing on his nose?   I don’t see how.  So this is what I was after.   The great blown engine.  It has movable air intakes and there is a braided wire for the fuel line.  Way better than I would have expected.

A little more of a subtle hot rod.  I REALLY like the side pipes.  They remind me of the Shelby Cobra or the Corvette Stingray.   I can’t wait to try them out on some of the other vehicles in the line (Mater, Finn McMissile, and Francesco).

And in case you were wondering, here is a size comparison.  This is a huge increase in size from the standard Cars Dicast toys.

If you feel the need to set up a little engine shop like I did, you will not be disappointed.   You do however need to go to Toys R Us to get your stuff… unless you live by one of the Disney parks where they are setting up a temporary shop.


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