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Darrell Cartrip is Out in California

In addition to Mario Andretti, the Darrell Cartrip car is out in California. Mario Andretti and Darrell Cartrip are both part of the new U assortment case of Cars from Mattel. Right now, there are several dealers from California that have multiple Darrell Cartrip’s up for sale on eBay.

What does this mean for you? Well as I have said before, you have a couple of options. If you ordered a U case from a dealer, you should expect to receive it soon. You can buy from one of these dealers on eBay, or you can wait for Darrell to show up at retail.

Hopefully, now that these are available in California, they will show up at retail soon. Right now though, with the Mattel Cars recall, almost none of the stores in my area have any Cars for sale. Let’s hope Mattel is able to rectify this situation soon.

Darrell Cartrip

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Mario Andretti is Out in California

The Mario Andretti car is apparently out in California. Right now, there are several dealers from California that have multiple Mario Andretti’s up for sale on eBay.

What does this mean for you? Well, you have a couple of options. If you ordered a U case from a dealer, you should expect to receive it soon. You can buy from one of these dealers on eBay, or you can wait for Mario to show up at retail.

Hopefully, now that these are available in California, they will show up at retail soon. Right now though, with the Mattel Cars recall, almost none of the stores in my area have any Cars for sale. Let’s hope Mattel is able to rectify this situation soon.

Mario Andretti

Dale Jr. Now on eBay

In addition to Bob Cutlass, Dale Jr. is now showing up on eBay. There are 20 auctions on right now. Some of these are pre-sales or customs, but it looks like California, Texas, Maryland, Arkansas, New York and even Australia dealers actually have it in hand. This means Dale along with Bob will probably be making it across the US to a store near you very soon. Amazingly, Dale is going for as high as $36 right now.

Dale Jr. and Bob Cutlass are being released as part of the T case assortment of Cars and looks like they are 1 per case. If you are interested, you might want to wait until these fully hit stores before buying on eBay. You might pay a higher price now for one you may find at retail later.

Upcoming Cars Case Assortments and Release Dates

Here is a great blog post detailing the upcoming Cars case assortments and release dates. From what I can tell from this list, there are 4 remaining cases of Cars, T, U, V and W.

The T assortment is scheduled to ship in mid-August. New Cars included are Bob Cutlass and Dale Jr.

The U assortment is scheduled to ship in late-August. New Cars included are Darrell Cartrip and Mario Andretti.

The V assortment is scheduled to ship in September. New Cars included are Dinoco Helicopter and Fred.

I’m not too sure about those release dates, especially with the recall going on. It looks like there are only 2 new Cars per case and all are only 1 per case, which is disappointing.

Also in the post is info on a new mini poster included with the Cars. Not sure what that is referring to since I have yet to see one myself.

Mattel Cars Recall Causing Shortages?

I posted last week about the Cars recall. One thing I have seen is that some retail stores are completely out of the diecast Cars, including the peg warmers, even though Sarge was the only one that was part of the recall. It made me wonder if the stores are sending all of them back or just pulling all of them off the shelves due to the recall. It could be that either they aren’t aware of the details of the recall, or they are trying to put their customers at ease.

I also wonder if it could be the recall is driving up demand for the Cars and collectors are buying up entire supplies, either because they are being pulled or they think they might become scarce or valuable. Either way, this could potentially cause a shortage of Cars in the US, so you might want to be prepared for that.

Update: Checking on this a little more, it looks like Target and Toys R Us are pulling or refusing to sell all single pack Cars. Wal-Mart is the only one pulling the Sarge as they are supposed to. What I have seen at my local stores seems to confirm this.

Bob Cutlass on eBay

Well, it’s official. New Cars are hitting. How do I know? Bob Cutlass is now showing up on eBay. There are 11 auctions on right now. Some of these are pre-sales, but it looks like some California dealers actually have it in hand. This means Bob will probably be making it across the US to a store near you very soon.

Bob Cutlass is being released as part of the T case assortment of Cars and looks like he is 1 per case. If you are interested, you might want to wait until this fully hits stores before buying on eBay. You might pay a higher price now forone you may find at retail later.

Sarge Part of Mattel Toy Recall

Mattel announced a massive toy recall last week due to lead based paint that was found in some of the toys it produced. Today they announced that the recall is being expanded and one of the toys from the Cars line is being recalled. Sarge, from the diecast line, is now being included in the recall. They recalling the ones that were produced between May and July 2007. Go to Action Figure Insider for the full press release.

Flo’s V8 Cafe Reissued

Apparently, the Cars playset Flo’s V8 Cafe saw limited release in toy stores and became a sought after set for many collectors. Well, Mattel seems to be trying to make most of the Cars line easier to find over time. Mattel is re-releasing the Flo’s V8 Cafe in the Supercharged packaging. Look for it in stores near you now. The rumor is that this might be a Toys R Us exclusive, so you might look there first!

Action Figure Insider San Diego Cars Photo Gallery

The guys over at actionfigureinsider.com have connections with Mattel and have a pretty thorough photo gallery of the Cars on display at the San Diego Comic Con. Click on the links below to see them all. There were a few surprises in there for me!

Wal-Mart Exclusive Cars Wave

In addition to all the new Cars announced at San Diego Comic Con, Mattel announced there will be a Wal-Mart exclusive wave of Cars scheduled to be out in October 2007. The wave is planned to consist of the following Cars, some of which were shown at Comic Con.

  • Ghostlight Ramone
  • T. J. Hummer
  • Official Pace Car
  • Cactus McQueen
  • Lightyear Blimp
  • Kori Turbowitz
  • Chick‚Äôs Crew Chief
  • Plane

Here is a link to a photo gallery on Michael Crawford’s web site and on figures.com of the Mattel Cars display at SDCC.