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This post is for our regular readers out there. It’s time to update your bookmarks, links, feedreaders, etc. Cars Toys Blog has moved from our WordPress.com subdomain to our new home at http://carstoysblog.com. Underneath, nothing will change. If you go to the old subdomain, it will continue to redirect to the new site. It’s really just a formality to make this site a bit more professional. But you can help us out by spreading the word. Thank you. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

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Fred Car is Now Out Along with B Case

The next assortment of Cars, the B case, is now out. The Cars B case is starting to show up on eBay. Remember that the fan favorite “Fred” car is part of the B case, which means Fred is now available at retail for the first time. You can see Fred is available on eBay as well. Here is a picture of Fred at San Diego Comic Con. (Photo credit: Michael Crawford)

Fred Car

Here is the list of Cars that are available in the B case.

Hudson Hornet
No Fin Cruising McQueen
RPM #64
Darrell Cartrip
Fred
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Mario Andretti
Dinoco Helicopter
Lightning McQueen
Chick Hicks
Dinoco McQueen
Bling Bling McQueen
Dinoco Chick Hicks
Cruisin’ Ramone
Snot Rod
Pit Crew Hornet
Pit Crew Filmore

Cars Cases Available at BigBadToyStore.com

If you are looking for somewhere to buy Cars by the cases, you may want to check out BigBadToyStore.com. They just announced they have the 2008 Cars cases A, B and C up for pre-order at $69.99 each. That is a good price for cases, but remember shipping is extra. I still think that this is the cheapest price I have seen on a case of Cars.

Here is the list of Cars included in each case. This list is subject to change. Also remember, that each case has 18 Cars so some of these will have doubles.

Case A

Radiator Springs McQueen
Young Mater
No Fin Cruising McQueen
RPM #64
Bob Cutlass
Darrell Cartrip
Mario Andretti
Dinoco Helicopter
Dinoco McQueen
Ramone (Green)
Pit Crew Hornet
Pit Crew Fillmore

Case B

Hudson Hornet
No Fin Cruising McQueen
RPM #64
Darrell Cartrip
Fred
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Mario Andretti
Dinoco Helicopter
Lightning McQueen
Chick Hicks
Dinoco McQueen
Bling Bling McQueen
Dinoco Chick Hicks
Cruisin’ Ramone
Snot Rod
Pit Crew Hornet
Pit Crew Filmore

Case C

Ramone (Yellow)
Boost RF 2
No Fin Cruising McQueen
Dirt Track McQueen
Tex Dinoco
RPM #64
Fred
Yeti
Dinoco Helicopter
Lightning McQueen
Sally
DJ
Dinoco McQueen
Ramone (Green)
Bling Bling McQueen
Dinoco Chick Hicks
Pit Crew Hornet

Cars 2006 Factory Sealed Set

At San Diego Comic Con this year, Mattel had a drawing for a set of Cars known as the 2006 Factory Sealed Set. This is a set of the first 30 Cars all on the desert cardbacks, including singles and Movie Moments. You can see the picture at the bottom of this post. Credit goes to Two a Day for the image and the info.

There were 500 made, and two were given away at San Diego, which means there are 498 left. It has been rumored for a while that Mattel would be putting this set up for sale sometime through their web site. It has now been announced that the remaining sets will go up for sale through HotWheelsCollectors.com on November 27, 2007 at 9 AM PT.

No price has been announced yet, but you can expect anywhere from $149 to $249. Also, the only thing special about this set is the inclusion of Dirt Track McQueen and Rollin’ Bowlin’ Mater on the desert background cards. This will be the first time those Cars appear individually carded on the desert cardbacks, and this set is the only place you can get them for now.

To me, this set is only for completists to get the McQueen and the Mater, or for those collectors that want a really rare collectors item. But if you really want the McQeen and Mater, you could wait and see if someone will break the set and put them on eBay.

Mattel Cars 2006 Factory Sealed Set

Cars Movie Moments for 2008

1stopdiecast.com has posted a list of upcoming Cars Movie Moments case assortments for the rest of 2007 and 2008, which are now available for pre-order starting with case A. Going through the list, I noticed some interesting ones that I thought I would post here.

I am only pointing out the ones that we have not seen individually or available everywhere yet. I have also posted with each one the case designation. They did not list when these would be available other than case A which is out now. Some of these assortments are likely to be canceled or possibly delayed.

Rusty Rust-eze & Dusty Rust-eze – Release A – Nov. 2007 – out now

Dinoco Mia & Tia – Release C – Mia and Tia with Dinoco paint jobs

PT Flea & Flik – Release E – This interesting because I thought we were supposed to see these after Rusty and Dusty, but the first time they show up on the list is case E.

Gasprin & Tow Cap – Release E – These are Piston Cup racers.

Leakless & 123 No Stall – Release F – This is the No Stall that was previously only available in the Dinoco 400 Target exclusive set.

Tumble Weed Lightning McQueen & Doc Hudson – Release G – Tumble Weed McQueen is, I’m guessing, McQueen with tumbleweeds from when he crashes in the desert.

Lightning McQueen & Kori Turbowitz – Release J – Kori Turbowitz has only been available so far as a Wal-Mart exclusive.

Andretti & Patti – Release L – This is Mario Andretti and Patti is his wife?

Race Damage King & Lightning McQueen – Release M – Race damage King sounds interesting, probably from when he crashes in the big race at the end of the movie.

Chick Pitty (aka Bruiser) & Chick Hicks – Release N – The Chick pitty or Bruiser was only previously available as a Wal-Mart exclusive.

Here is the full list that was posted, taking out duplicate entries. I’m assuming all of these will have the World of Cars packaging and not the Supercharged. Packaging completists that have to have one of everything, you can start freaking out now.

Sally & Crusin McQueen
Mike & Sullly
Luigi & Guido
Luigi & Guido & Tractor
Ramone & Flo
Boost & Snot Rod
Red with Stanley
Mr and Mrs The King
Rusty Rust-eze & Dusty Rust-eze
Guidio (Whitewall tires) & Luigi, and Michael Schumacher
Mia & Tia
Tex Dinoco & Dinoco Lightning McQueen
Dinoco Mia & Tia
Fillmore & Sarge
Bob Cutlass & Cartrip
PT Flea & Flick
Gascap & Gasprin
Buzz & Woody
Leakless & 123 No St.
Tumble Weed Lightning McQueen & Doc Hudson
Fillmore & Lightning McQueen (Whitewall)
Lightning McQueen & Kori Turbowitz
Andretti & Patti
Race Damage King & Lightning McQueen
Chick Pitty (aka Bruiser) & Chick Hicks

Cars Blu-ray DVD Out This Week

For those collectors waiting for the Cars movie on Blu-ray, the wait is just about over. It will be out this Tuesday. Retail is $34.99, but you can get the Cars Blu-ray DVD at Amazon.com for just $23.95. By comparison, Target has it on sale in this week’s ad for $29.99.

Bonus features include:

  • Animated Shorts: “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “One Man Band”
  • Deleted Scenes
  • “Cine-Explore” mode
  • “Car Finder” interactive feature allowing users to search for the 217 different cars featured in the film
  • Featurette: “Radiator Springs”
  • Bonus Deleted Scene: “Traffic School”
  • Movie Showcase

Update – 11/7/07: Apparently, buyers of Cars on Blu-ray have discovered a special offer inside. Here is the description.

Blu Ray DVD Exclusive Mail In CAR: Disney/ Pixar ordered 15K to offer the consumers the option to mail in and receive this special Dinoco Blu Ray Deco McQueen. It is a double Rangsburg Blue Metallic.

This blue Lightning McQueen is the same Car that came with the case that was auctioned off a few weeks ago for the AIDS charity in California. According to this description, 15,000 of these were made.

To get it, you need a code, which is inside the packaging. To redeem it, you visit DisneyMovieRewards.com. Once there, it will ask you if you are a member of Disney Online. If you are not, you need to register. Once registered, you can then enter the code. You can either use the points immediately and order the car, or save up the points to get bigger gifts. Below is an image. Check out http://carsdiecasttoys.blogspot.com/ for the full story. Update 2: There are several sellers with the Blu Ray Lightning McQueen for sale on eBay.

Blue Lightning McQueen

In other Pixar DVD news, two more Pixar DVDs will be released this Tuesday. The first one is Ratatouille, which will also be released on DVD and Blu-ray this Tuesday. Bonus features include:

DVD Features:

  • Documentary
  • Exclusive short ‘Your Friend the Rat’
  • Deleted scenes

Blu-ray HD Exclusive Content:

  • “Cine-Explore”
  • Interactive game: “Gusteau’s Gourmet Game”

You can get the Ratatouille DVD for $14.99 or the Blu-ray DVD for $23.95 at Amazon.com.

In addition, Pixar is releasing another DVD this Tuesday, called the Pixar Short Films Collection Volume One. This will include thirteen Pixar award-winning short films. Here is the list of shorts included.

  • The Adventures of Andre & Wally B
  • Luxo Jr.
  • Red’s Dream
  • Tin Toy
  • Knick Knack
  • Geri’s Game
  • For the Birds
  • Mike’s New Car
  • Boundin’
  • Jack-Jack Attack
  • Mater and the Ghost Light
  • One Man Band
  • Lifted

You can get the Pixar Short Films Collection on DVD for $19.99 or Blu-ray DVD for $23.95 at Amazon.com.