New Maters found at Kroger!

We couldn’t believe our eyes when we found these cars at Kroger this week. We were just running in to get hamburger buns, and of course we had to check the toy section. We didn’t even know that these cars were out yet, so we were in complete shock when we saw them sitting on the shelf.

We’ll be taking some nice photos of these over the next few days, so be sure to check back!

Ivan Mater

Kabuki Mater

Hot Rod Mater – Disney Store Chase

A couple weeks ago, we found Hot Rod Lightning McQueen, and we’re happy to present his new counterpart, also a Disney Store “Chase” exclusive:  Hot Rod Mater!

Hot Rod Mater (Chase) - Front Angle

Hot Rod Mater (Chase) – Front Angle

He’s totally tricked out in his dragster body-style and is ready to race!

Hot Rod Mater (Chase) - Rear Angle

Hot Rod Mater (Chase) – Rear Angle

The all-black body with the red and white details makes this car a stunning addition to our collection.

Hot Rod Mater (Chase) - Side Profile

Hot Rod Mater (Chase) – Side Profile

Dawson describes this car as “full of engines and awesome stuff.”  That pretty much sums it up.

Hot Rod Mater (Chase) - Top Side

Hot Rod Mater (Chase) – Top Side

No doubt, the hippest tow truck in all of Radiator Springs.

Hot Rod Mater (Chase) - Decals

Hot Rod Mater (Chase) – Decals

Here is an extreme close-up of the side decals and his new tattoo-style logo.

Hot Rod Mater (Chase) - Top Front

Hot Rod Mater (Chase) – Top Front

Leave us a comment below and let us know what you think of Mater’s new look.

Gold Lightning McQueen – New Disney Store Chase

The Disney Store keeps releasing these non-canon versions of the Cars 2 cars. And we seriously cannot pass these up. The newest one is Gold Lightning McQueen. The paint job is very similar to the Fabrizio car that we reviewed a couple weeks ago.

Gold Lightning McQueen (Chase) - Front Angle

Gold Lightning McQueen (Chase) – Front Angle

The extra-shiny golden-orange paint job is a nice compliment to the flame-colored decals that cover Lightning McQueen from front-to-back.

Gold Lightning McQueen (Chase) - On Base

Gold Lightning McQueen (Chase) – On Base

Here he is on the base that the Disney Store cars come with.  This one only says “Lightning McQueen”.  There’s no mention of his new golden paint job.

Gold Lightning McQueen (Chase) - Rear View

Gold Lightning McQueen (Chase) – Rear View

This toy is brought to you by Allinol and the World Grand Prix.

Gold Lightning McQueen (Chase) - Side Profile

Gold Lightning McQueen (Chase) – Side Profile

They could (and should) release this car in every color!

Gold Lightning McQueen (Chase) - Top Angle

Gold Lightning McQueen (Chase) – Top Angle

Let us know what you think of this car.  Will it be a part of your collection too?  Leave us a comment below.

Disney Pixar Cars – Prince Wheeliam

Before “Cars 2” was released, we saw a promotional photo released of a new car called Prince Wheeliam. From the moment we saw that car, we knew that we had to own the diecast model. This car is just amazingly beautiful. And then last summer, the diecast was officially released. Now for the bad news… because he is a “Chase” model, this makes the car SUPER rare. And despite repeatedly stopping in every single Walmart, Target, and Toys R Us, our search was unsuccessful. Our next option was going to be eBay, but we’d prefer to NOT spend $30 on this one car (it retails for only $4 in stores (if you can find it).

A couple months ago, we picked up an extra Rip Clutchgoneski (as mentioned in our Christmas Cars posting) for a fellow collector. They said that they already had that car and politely passed on the one we bought. So we stored it in a closet with plans to just return it to the store. But then we looked up the value online and found Rip was also selling for $30.

That’s when we turned to the message boards. One of our Favorites is Cars The Toys and we found a dedicated Trading Board. And in no time, we had 2 offers to swap our Rip Clutchgoneski for a brand new Prince Wheeliam.

So without further ado, let us present Prince Wheeliam:

Prince Wheeliam - on Card

Prince Wheeliam – on Card

He looks good on the card, but we just couldn’t resist taking him out.

Prince Wheeliam - Top View

Prince Wheeliam – Top View

The paint job is amazing, with the Union Jack flag highlighting the top of the car, and running down the front and back as racing stripes.

Prince Wheeliam - Front Angle

Prince Wheeliam – Front Angle

It goes without being said that he’s the car-ized version of Prince William.  In the movie, he is always cruising alongside the Queen (his grandmother).

Prince Wheeliam - Rear View

Prince Wheeliam – Rear View

We have yet to decipher the license plate, “LR58 GYI”.  Any guesses what this stands for?

Prince Wheeliam - Rear Angle

Prince Wheeliam – Rear Angle

He’s modeled after the Bentley Continental GT, which is one of the top cars on our “if we win the lottery” wishlist.  I’m sure you can see why.

Prince Wheeliam - Rear Top Angle

Prince Wheeliam – Rear Top Angle

You can’t stop looking at it either, can you?

Prince Wheeliam - Side Profile

Prince Wheeliam – Side Profile

Pure royalty from bumper-to-bumper.

Needless to say, we’re excited to add Prince Wheeliam to our collection!  Leave us a comment and let us know what you think of the prince.

Pics – Hot Rod Lightning McQueen & Fabrizio

As promised, here are some detailed pics of the new Chase Hot Rod Lightning McQueen and Fabrizio from the Disney Store. These ones are 1:43 scale (bigger than the 1:55 scale that Mattel produces).

Hot Rod Lightning McQueen - Front Angle

Hot Rod Lightning McQueen – Front Angle

Hot Rod Lightning McQueen is on fire!

Hot Rod Lightning McQueen - Top Angle

Hot Rod Lightning McQueen – Top Angle

Jet black with custom red decals and flames all over

Hot Rod Lightning McQueen - Rear View

Hot Rod Lightning McQueen – Rear View

The stealth look of this car is beautiful!

Fabrizio - Top Angle

Fabrizio – Top Angle

Fabrizio is 100% Gold… colored.

Fabrizio - Front Angle

Fabrizio – Front Angle

Definitely one of the slickest vehicle designs in the entire movie.

Fabrizio - Profile

Fabrizio – Profile

This is one aerodynamic vehicle!

Fabrizio - Rear

Fabrizio – Rear

Tigre (Tiger) is a town in the Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. Today’s geography lesson is brought to you by Disney/Pixar (and Wikipedia).

Fabrizio - Top Rear

Fabrizio – Top Rear

…wow.

Cars 2 Screenshot - Fabrizio

Cars 2 Screenshot – Fabrizio

Every time we show someone this car, they say “I don’t remember him from the movie”.  well… here he is.  Proof that Mattel didn’t just make this guy up.

Giugiaro 2009 Frazer-Nash Namir concept car

Giugiaro 2009 Frazer-Nash Namir concept car

He is modeled after this beauty… the Giugiaro Hybrid Namir Concept from 2009– a true masterpiece! This photo is courtesy of Autoblog.

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.