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.

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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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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

Cars Collect & Connect Puzzle

Disney Pixar Cars Collect & Connect Puzzle - Box 2 of 4

I think we should file this under “Dawson’s Steals and Deals”.  We’ve had to pass on these puzzles several times in the aisles because of their original $6.99 price tag.  But then we saw this at Target, priced at $2.08 and we couldn’t pass it up. (Note the multiple clearance stickers on top of one another.)  At first, we thought that it maybe was missing the “Exclusive” diecast, but after a few box flips, we found him hiding against the side (still attached to a small piece of cardboard).

Disney Pixar Cars Collect & Connect Puzzle - Raoul Caroule Diecast

Now, depending on the kind of collector you are, this “Exclusive” car may not be all that exclusive.  It’s essentially the same Raoul Caroule car that was released on the cardback… except the white stripe in the middle has been replaced with silver (not that big of a difference).

This is puzzle #2 of 4.  And when you put it together, you get a small racetrack.  Of course, the intention is that you would buy all 4 puzzles and “connect” them together (sit them side by side… no real “connecting”), giving you one big racetrack.  Each puzzle is 24 pieces, so we assumed it would be simple, but since it’s 24 pieces that are mostly identical (all just sections of road), it may take your little one a bit longer than a usual 24-piece puzzle.  To see this thing in action, check out Dawson’s newest YouTube video:

So the big question…. is it worth it?  You can tell from the video that Dawson definitely has fun with it.  The idea of being able to play with a puzzle after you build it (instead of just building and tearing down) is really nice!  We had no problem spending two dollars on this.  Would we buy it at full price?  Um…. maybe if we didn’t already have the original Raoul diecast.  We may pick up the other three, but only if we can get them on clearance.