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.

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.

Autonaut Mater & Lightning McQueen

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The first series of toys that we started collecting together was Pixar Cars (Dad has a couple collections in the basement).  There are SO MANY different kinds of Cars toys, but our favorites are the 1:55 Diecast Cars, made by Mattel.  These two are from the Cars Toon short called “Moon Mater”.  The detail on these cars is fantastic!  We love that the helmet is clear plastic!  And the rockets on the back are SO COOL!  And Mater’s expression is classic!  …Not sure why Lightning’s eyes have a pink tint to them, but all of the ones on the shelf were like that.

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You can see that no details were missed on this Mater.  Three decals on the side include “NASCA” (the Cars-world version of NASA), the American flag, and this great logo for the “Impala XIII Rescue Mission” (aka “Operation Moon Mater”):

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These cars are part of a brand new line called “Take Flight”.  These are already popping up in the “Cars” aisle at Toys R Us and Target (our two favorite “Cars” spots).  Since this line is so new, it’s safe to assume that there will be lots more to come!  Happy Toy Hunting!