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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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

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!