We’re featured on Take5!

We’re excited to announce that Dawson’s blog is featured on the Take Five A Day site. For any of you that aren’t already aware, this is the king of all Cars collecting sites.

They had nothing but great things to say about the site, and we couldn’t be more excited. To read the post and check out everything else that Take5 has to offer, click on the picture below or here: “Kids Today – Blog Today, Mattel Takeover Tomorrow”

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Disney Pixar Cars – New Cars for Christmas!

As usual, it was a “Cars” Christmas at our house this year. Check out Dawson’s video review of all his new “Cars” that he got for Christmas!

And as promised, here are some nice photos of his new Cars:

Mater Hawk - Front Angle

Mater Hawk – Front Angle

Mater Hawk is stunning!  The detail is top-notch.  He’s a great match for the Lightning McQueen Hawk car that we reviewed back in November.

Mater Hawk - Profile

Mater Hawk – Profile

As is always the case with the Mater cars, he’s a good mix of plastic and diecast.

Mater Hawk - Rear

Mater Hawk – Rear

He still has the “A113” license plate!

Aviator Mater - Front

Aviator Mater – Front

Aviator Mater is going down as one of our all-time favorite cars.  From top to bottom, this thing is phenomenal.  The propeller in the back moves nicely and the goggles in the front give him that real goofy Mater face.

Aviator Mater - Rear Angle

Aviator Mater – Rear Angle

Love it!

Aviator Mater - Profile

Aviator Mater – Profile

Ready for take-off!

Aviator Mater - Front Angle

Aviator Mater – Front Angle

Down for a safe landing!

Burnt Autonaut McQueen - Comparison

Burnt Autonaut McQueen – Comparison

Burnt Autonaut Lightning McQueen isn’t too different from the original (non-burnt) version, but the expression on the face is priceless.

Burnt Autonaut McQueen - Comparison

Burnt Autonaut McQueen – Comparison

This isn’t the first time Lightning McQueen has been burnt.  Here is Burnt Autonaut McQueen with the original Burnt Lightning from the Rescue Squad Mater cartoon.

Don Crumlin - Front Angle

Don Crumlin – Front Angle

Don Crumlin is technically a bad guy, but he doesn’t look too intimidating with those sad eyes.

Don Crumlin - Rear Angle

Don Crumlin – Rear Angle

Dawson calls him “Purple Grem”.  I can see why.

Erik Lanely - Front Angle

Erik Lanely – Front Angle

The World Grand Prix presents… Erik Lanely!  (brought to you by Honda)

Erik Lanely - Profile

Erik Lanely – Profile

In the package, the flag is not attached.  It’s a separate piece that you have to plug in, but once it’s in there, it appears to be pretty snug.

Erik Lanely - Rear Angle

Erik Lanely – Rear Angle

The details here are so nice that at first glance, this looks like a real car.

Falcon Hawk Black - Front Angle

Falcon Hawk Black – Front Angle

Falcon Hawk Black comes complete with bandaged wing and landing gear down.  Dawson still doesn’t understand why he’s got a smile if his wing is hurt.

Falcon Hawk & Falcon Hawk Black

Falcon Hawk & Falcon Hawk Black

Falcon Hawk (on the right) has no wheels out and is ready for flight.

Grem with Weapon - Comparison

Grem with Weapon – Comparison

Original Grem is on the left.  The weapon (right) is a nice touch to add.

Grem with Weapon - Front Angle

Grem with Weapon – Front Angle

Watch out… missiles are about to fly.

Grem with Weapon - Profile Comparison

Grem with Weapon – Profile Comparison

Grem is our favorite lemon (aka “bad guy”).

Grem with Weapon - Rear Angle

Grem with Weapon – Rear Angle

Can we call this “Orange Don Crumlin with Weapon”?

Holley Shiftwell with Screen - Profile

Holley Shiftwell with Screen – Profile

Holley Shiftwell’s newest addition is a large blue screen, complete with spy images of the engine under the villain’s hood

Holley Shiftwell with Screen - Front Angle

Holley Shiftwell with Screen – Front Angle

Hmmm… whose engine is that?

Holley Shiftwell with Screen - Rear

Holley Shiftwell with Screen – Rear

That looks good, but let’s take a closer look…

Holley Shiftwell with Screen - Close Up Detail

Holley Shiftwell with Screen – Close Up Detail

Perfect!  …and wow, that looks GREAT!  The screen is actually transparent as well, so holding it up to a light really reveals the details.

J. Curby Gremlin - Front Angle

J. Curby Gremlin – Front Angle

J. Curby Gremlin.  The “J” stands for “Jay”.

J. Curby Gremlin - Profile

J. Curby Gremlin – Profile

We love the “hockey stick” decal on the side!

J. Curby Gremlin - Top Angle

J. Curby Gremlin – Top Angle

Purple and brown Grem?

Petey Pacer - Front Angle

Petey Pacer – Front Angle

Petey Pacer comes with a blow-torch… but don’t worry… it’s plastic.

Petey Pacer - Profile

Petey Pacer – Profile

The mask does not lift off his face…

Petey Pacer - Rear

Petey Pacer – Rear

…but the tanks do come out of that back tray.

Rip Clutchgoneski - Front Angle

Rip Clutchgoneski – Front Angle

Rip Clutchgoneski…. it’s about time!  He is the last World Grand Prix racer to be released.

Rip Clutchgoneski - Profile

Rip Clutchgoneski – Profile

The colors really make this car stand out among the rest.

Rip Clutchgoneski - Rear

Rip Clutchgoneski – Rear

Beautiful!

We’re excited to start off the new year with some new Cars. Since Christmas we’ve already picked up a few more. Plus, Dawson got some other toys that he’s excited to share with everyone in the coming weeks. Make sure you check out his YouTube Channel and subscribe. As always, thanks for visiting. And if you have time, leave Dawson a comment below and let him know what you think.

CHASE Cars! Cartney Brakin, Officer Murakarmi, & Becky Wheelin

We normally aren’t this lucky, but we were able to score 3 new chase cars! We were originally going to keep these in their cards and on display in Dawson’s bedroom, but that’s no fun. These 3 cars certainly do not disappoint. Check out Dawson’s video review:

And since these cars are just so beautiful, we took lots of photos.

Cartney Brakin is lightning McQueen’s #1 fan.

Cartney Brakin - On Card

Cartney Brakin – On Card

Cartney looks great in the package… but even better outside. The lightning bolt comes as a separate piece and needs to just be inserted into a hole in the top. It stays in nicely, though… so no worries over it just falling out.

Cartney Brakin - Front Angle

Cartney Brakin – Front Angle

This character’s design is top-notch! Nothing says “Lightning McQueen’s Biggest Fan” like an exact replica of Lightning’s paint job. We’ve been waiting for this car to be released since we first saw the movie.

Cartney Brakin - Side View

Cartney Brakin – Side View

Check out that lightning bolt. If you look close, you can see the words “Lightning McQueen” inside the bolt.

Cartney Brakin - Side Angle

Cartney Brakin – Side Angle

Such a happy little car.

Cartney Brakin - Top Angle

Cartney Brakin – Top Angle

The details never end!  Ka-Chow!

Officer Murakarmi is an airport security guard, responsible for guarding the gates.

Officer Murakarmi - On Card

Officer Murakarmi – On Card

This diecast is pushing its size limits in that package.  We’d better let him out.

Officer Murakarmi - Front Angle

Officer Murakarmi – Front Angle

Don’t mess with this guy.  He’s nearly 100% diecast (only the sirens on top are plastic).

Officer Murakarmi - Top Angle

Officer Murakarmi – Top Angle

The expression on this car is awesome too.  We love when they add personality into the diecast cars.

Officer Murakarmi - Rear Angle

Officer Murakarmi – Rear Angle

Security guard #65

Officer Murakarmi - Low Angle

Officer Murakarmi – Low Angle

Grrrrrrrrrr.

Becky Wheelin only appears as a passerby in the airport scene.  Why use such a terrific character as an extra?  Let’s start a petition to get Becky a better role in Cars 3!

Becky Wheelin - On Card

Becky Wheelin – On Card

Say cheese!

Becky Wheelin - Front View

Becky Wheelin – Front View

The metallic paint job on this car is amazing!

Becky Wheelin - Rear View

Becky Wheelin – Rear View

So sparkly!

Becky Wheelin - Front Angle

Becky Wheelin – Front Angle

We’re not sure why… but Becky Wheelin is a FAST car!  We played with the cars back-and-forth for a while and Becky was rolling more than twice as far as the other cars.  Just be careful that she doesn’t hit the wall and scratch that beautiful paint job.

We’ve got some Chase cars from the first “Cars” movie that we’re getting ready to open, so be on the lookout for that.  And we’re also hitting up stores more than usual… not just because of the upcoming holidays, but because we hear that Prince Wheeliam is on the loose… and he is one of Dad’s favorites!  As soon as we find it, we’ll post it.  Wish us luck!

We’d love to hear your feedback.  Leave us a comment below and let us know what you think.  Do you have a favorite Chase car?

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Lightning McQueen Hawk (Pixar Cars)

Dawson’s back!  Our apologies for the delay, but kindergarten’s been taking up a lot of  our time.  Now that we’re in a good groove with things, we’re ready to start blogging again.

Lightning McQueen Hawk - Front Angle

Lightning McQueen Hawk

To celebrate Dawson’s first year of kindergarten, mom picked up this awesome Lightning McQueen Hawk, the official Mattel 1:55 scale diecast from the Pixar animated short, “Air Mater”. It’s part of the new “Cars Take Flight” lineup of diecast cars.

When we say “diecast”, we’re not kidding… This thing is full diecast. It is definitely solid and well worth the sticker price of $5.99. We got this car a few weeks ago and it’s certainly racked up a lot of miles of playtime since we got it. But let’s face it… Anything Lightning McQueen is guaranteed to be played with at our house… more than any other toys.

It was enough fun to motivate a 5-year-old to make another YouTube video. Check out his newest video review:

And because the video does not do this toy any justice in the detail department, here are some pictures too:

Lightning McQueen Hawk - Rear Angle

Lightning McQueen Hawk

Lightning McQueen Hawk - Front View

Lightning McQueen Hawk

Lightning McQueen Hawk - Rear View

Lightning McQueen Hawk

As you can see, the eyes have a really nice tinted plastic shield over them. This detail is especially nice. The logos and paint job are also very sharp. Once Dawson moves on from this toy, it’s going on display in his room. It’s definitely one of our favorites.

We’re just starting to find new Cars toys in the stores (it’s not just Lightning and Finn McMissile anymore). So be on the lookout for some more Cars Toys reviews in the near future.

We’re really glad to be back. So, please leave us a comment below and let us know what you think. You can also subscribe to the blog and to our YouTube channel. Thanks for visiting!

Cars: Tokyo Mater and Dragon Lightning McQueen

Dragon Lightning McQueen with Tokyo Mater

Dragon Lightning McQueen with Tokyo Mater

Tokyo Mater and Dragon Lightning McQueen are two of our favorites! These cars were featured in the “Tokyo Mater” short.  If you haven’t seen it, you have to check it out.  Low-quality clips are available on YouTube, but we highly recommend picking up Mater’s Tall Tales on Blu-Ray and DVD. This video has the first 9 Mater Tales (also called “Cars Toons”) and is a great addition to your video library.

When the Disney Channel premiered “Tokyo Mater”, we DVR’d it.  And it stayed on our DVR for a long time.  Dawson must’ve watched it at least once  a day for a good month solid.  We were anxiously awaiting the release of these die cast cars.  There was a whole series of “Tokyo Mater” die cast cars as well as from other Mater Tales.  These are some of our favorites, as the Cars tend to be a little more “extreme” (especially the ones from “Tokyo Mater”).

Be on the lookout for more Mater Tales cars to be posted.  We figured we’d kick of the series with our favorites.  Here are some more photos of these ones:

Dragon Lightning McQueen (with Oil Stains) - Profile

Dragon Lightning McQueen (with Oil Stains) – Profile

Tokyo Mater (with Oil Stains) - Close Up

Tokyo Mater (with Oil Stains) – Close Up

Tokyo Mater (with Oil Stains) - Profile

Tokyo Mater (with Oil Stains) – Profile

Summer Garage Sale Finds

One of our favorite things about summer is that it’s Garage Sale season.  And if you keep your eye out (and visit enough of ’em), you’d be surprised how many great toys you can get  So without further adieu, we present our TOP 10 Summer Garage Sale Finds!!!

#10 – Sonic the Werehog (Unleashed)

Sonic the Werehog - Action Figure

Sonic the Werehog – Action Figure

No, that’s not a typo. It’s a “werehog”… kinda like a werewolf / hedgehog. Mom found this only a few weeks ago at a garage sale and paid only 25-cents for it. When she brought it home, she noticed that it only had one ear (the other ear had been broken off). We did some research online and it appears thatt this toy was a limited edition. Looking it up on Amazon, we found that it’s currently retailing for $50! So, unless that other ear was worth $49.75, I’d say this was a great buy! It is about 5” tall and has some real weight to it. The curved feet can make it difficult to pose, but it makes up for that in all of its werehog awesomness.

#9 – Movie Voyager-Class Megatron

Movie Voyager-Class Megatron

Movie Voyager-Class Megatron

Movie Voyager-Class Megatron (Jet Mode)

Movie Voyager-Class Megatron (Jet Mode)

Garage sale lesson: When you buy a transformer action figure, ask the seller if they have an instruction manual (or hunt for one online). If none are available, beg the seller’s kid to show you how to do it. This one took about 20 minutes to figure out without the instruction booklet. We had no problem paying $1 for this, since it also sells brand new for $50.

Note: Dad went back to this sale later on and scored a fully transformable Barricade, also for just $1. And since Barricade is Dad’s favorite, this toy lives on Dad’s desk at work.

#8 – X-Men Legends: Beast

X-Men Legends:  Beast

X-Men Legends: Beast

X-Men Legends:  Beast

X-Men Legends: Beast

Only at #8 on Dawson’s list, but this is one of Mom and Dad’s favorites. The flexibility (and durability) of this toy is unbeatable! Moving parts include arms, legs, mouth, hands, fingers, toes… you get the picture. The best part is that the parts aren’t flimsy, so it’s incredibly easy to pose and it stays in place. We’ve certainly encountered a good number of toys that are so flimsy that even making them stand is impossible. We’re confident that this toy could even do a hand-stand if we asked it to.

#7 – Carnage (Deluxe Edition)

Marvel: Carnage (Deluxe Edition) Action Figure

Marvel: Carnage (Deluxe Edition)

We came across a comic collector who had TONS of collectibles for sale… but of course, those all came with big price tags. We were ready to abandon the sale empty-handed, but found this Carnage action figure (still in the box at the time) for just $2. We don’t know why this one was so cheap, but Dawson was excited (mostly because he thought this was a red-and-black Venom). It’s about 10″ in height and did come with a couple extra attachments for his arms.

#6 – Green Goblin (Movie Version)

Marvel: Green Goblin (Movie Version) Action Figure

Green Goblin (Movie Version)

This one is another of Dad’s favorites… again, mostly because of its flexibility. Nearly every part of this toy moves. Brand new, this toy comes with a glider and retails for nearly $50 on Amazon (or $30 on eBay). Garage sale means no glider… but at only 50 cents, who needs a glider!

#5 – Venom with Removable Mask

Venom with Removable Mask Action Figure - Mask On

Venom with Removable Mask (on)

Venom with Removable Mask Action Figure - Mask Off

Venom with Removable Mask (off)

Venom has always been Dawson’s favorite comic book villain. So it’s no surprise that when we found this in the bottom of a cardboard box marked only 50 cents, we absolutely had to have it. The surprise came when we got into our car and Dawson shouts “Hey mom… the mask comes off!” And this isn’t one of those toys where the heads are interchangeable (regular face vs face with mask); it’s a silicone/rubber-like mask that fits over the action figure’s head. Totally awesome! And maybe we would’ve noticed had he let us hold it at all. This toy didn’t leave his side for a solid couple days. The only times we got to touch it was when the mask fell on the floor of the car and we needed to reach back and pick it up.

#4 – The Hulk (2 Toys:  Punching Hulk & Smash-and-Crush Hulk)

Punching Hulk Action Figure (2003)

Punching Hulk

Smash and Crush Hulk Action Figure (2003)

Smash and Crush Hulk

Since previews for “The Avengers” started airing a year ago, Dawson was all about HULK. He has the Hulk Punching Hands, Hulk T-Shirts, and anything else “Hulk” that he could get his hands on. We just needed action figures. We found these 2 at separate garage sales about a week apart. Together, these two cost about a dollar. No doubt, these are terrific toys… though there is a disagreement between Dawson and Dad. Dawson likes Punching Hulk best (because it has a lever on its back that makes him punch) and Dad likes Smash-and-Crush Hulk the best because when you bend him forward at the waist, his head tilts up and he opens his mouth (like he’s screaming). You can find them both on Amazon, but for the pair, you’ll end up spending over $50. (Can you see yet why we love finding these at garage sales?!!)

#3 – Spider-Man Bump ‘N Go Web Rider

Spider-Man Bump 'N Go Web Rider Action Figure

Spider-Man Bump ‘N Go Web Rider

Spider-Man Bump 'N Go Web Rider Action Figure

Spider-Man Bump ‘N Go Web Rider

Spider-Man Bump 'N Go Web Rider Action Figure

Spider-Man Bump ‘N Go Web Rider

Parent confession time… We bought this at the same garage sale as the Green Goblin and Venom with Removable Mask toys (apparently, their kids were Spider-Man fans too at one point). We noticed the On/Off switch on the back, but assumed (since that switch did nothing) that the toy was probably part of a remote control, which was probably missing. But since the Spider-Man action figure came off, we were cool with it just being a plastic motorcycle. It wasn’t until we were looking it up online to get the actual name of this toy (for the purpose of blogging) that we realized that there is a screw underneath the seat that opens it up to reveal a battery pack (of which the batteries are absent). So we popped the 2 AA’s out of our TV remote, stuck them in and flipped it on. We were so excited to see this thing riding along our living room floor… and when it hit the wall (or couch, or desk, or rug), it backed up, turned, and drove along in a new direction. What a cool toy! Dawson had a blast chasing it around the living room putting obstacles in its way. This only retails for less than $10 on Amazon, but the garage sale was still a great deal at only 75-cents.

#2 – Spider-Man & Venom Walkie Talkies

Spider-Man & Venom Walkie Talkies

Spider-Man & Venom Walkie Talkies

Spider-Man & Venom Walkie Talkies

Spider-Man & Venom Walkie Talkies

First question… Does Dawson like these? Yes (he rated them at #2). Next question… Do they work? No…. at least, not as walkie talkies. One arm on each raises up to act as an antenna, but in order for it to pick up a signal, it has to be literally within only a few feet. And that’s no fun because if you’re standing 3 feet away from someone, a walkie talkie is pointless. So we turned them off and he uses them as giant action figures. And they work out great because they’re the same size (about 10″) as the Carnage action figure (from above). And now for pricing info… (buckle up)…. we bought the pair of these for $6 while Amazon is selling them brand new for $109. And if you like them enough, you can buy a Spiderman and Sandman walkie talkie set for $117. Amazon reviews also confirm that these are horrible walkie talkies, but awesome action figures (though their only mobility is the antenna arm).

#1 – Wolverine: Slashin’ Action Logan

Slashin' Action Logan / Wolverine Action Figure

Slashin’ Action Logan / Wolverine

This Wolverine figure is huge (around 12″ tall) and in great condition. When we got this one, he had been beaten up quite a bit (crayon markings, colored scratches, the usual wear-and-tear). But Mom took a Magic Eraser to it (as she does with all his garage sale toys) and now he shines like new. One arm has retractable claws that pop-out with the push of a button. Another button on his back creates the “slashing” motion (and sound effect). And the button on his belt makes him talk. All of the sounds are clear and nicely configured. For example, if you push the button on his back while his claw is retracted, the arm swings, making a strong “punching” sound…. but when the claws are out, the sound changes to a sharp “slicing” sound. And as usual, we only paid 50-cents for this, but it’s retailing on Amazon for $55.

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Even though Garage Sale season is coming to an end, we are not slowing down…. after all, the Fall is “Mom 2 Mom” Sale season!!!  Bring on the deals!!!

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… and now for a Q&A with Dawson about Garage Sales! (word-for-word)

Which one is your favorite and why?
Wolverine, because it has really cool claws that pop out and swing and punch (and stuff like that).  I also like that he talks.  The only thing I don’t like about it is that he isn’t in his costume.  But I think it’s awesome besides that.

Why do you like finding toys at garage sales?
I think they’re a fun thing to look for.  Every time I go to garage sales, I get excited to look for toys.  But every time we go to a garage sale where they don’t have toys, I don’t like that garage sale.

What are some tips you can give for people who want to find cool toys at garage sales?
The first step is to get your mom into liking toys.  And then you won’t have to look for toys… she will look for toys for you.  And if she does really good for you, maybe you could look at garage sales for stuff for her.  And that is it.

What is the best toy you’ve ever found at a garage sale?
Oh, man.  All the toys.

What color are garage sales?  (just to see if he’s paying attention)
They don’t have colors.  And my dad’s tricky too… Type that in.

(turns out he was paying attention)

How do you know you just scored a great toy?
I test it out and see what it does.  And if it does awesome stuff, then I know I scored a good toy and a good garage sale.

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So, how do garage sales work for you?  Any tips for finding great toys?  Any great finds you want to share?  We’d love to see ’em.  You can post your story in the comments (below) or E-Mail Us Your Story (we’d love to see pictures of your finds too!).