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Are You Ready for Toy Fair ’08?

The 2008 New York Toy Fair is just 3 days away, February 17-20. The big question on Cars collectors minds is, what new Cars toys will Mattel have on display? Well, the obvious and easy answer is anything that was shown already that’s not out yet and anything new that has already been announced. This ranges from Piston Cup race cars, Movie Moments 2 packs, more boxed sets and gift packs and retailer exclusives. Really though, Cars collectors should be ready for anything. Here are my predictions, plus how likely I think it is to come true.

The missing Cars from cases E-J (very likely):

  • Chief Trunk Fresh
  • Dinoco Crew Chief
  • Marco Super FAV18 (Jet)
  • Octane Gain Crew Chief
  • Pit Crew Sarge
  • Richard Clayton Kensington (Security Van)

Piston Cup Racers (almost certainly):

  • Apple (#84)
  • Bumper Save (#90)
  • Creme Filled Gask-its (#80)
  • Easy Idle (#51)
  • Gasprin (#70)
  • Lil’ Torque Pistons (#117)
  • Mood Springs (#33)
  • No Stall (#123)
  • Octane Gain (#58)
  • Retread (#79)
  • Rev-N-Go (#73)
  • Shifty Drug (#35)
  • Shiny Wax (#82)
  • Spare Mint (#93)
  • Sputter Stop (#92)
  • Tach-O-Mint (#101)
  • Tank Coat (#36)
  • Tow Cap (#4)
  • Transberry Juice (#63)
  • Vinyl Toupee (#76)
  • Vitoline (#61)

Other Cars (very likely):

  • Luke (Dinoco pit crew member)
  • Tar Lightning McQueen
  • Racing Sports Network Helicopter
  • Chick Hicks Pit Crew Chief
  • Dinoco Toys R US Gift Pack
  • Anime Chuki

Rest of the Cars announced through June 2008 (likely):

  • Octane Gain Pitty
  • Van
  • Lightning Storm McQueen
  • Mini
  • Yellow Pitty Leak Less
  • Cora Copter
  • Jay Limo
  • Ron Hover

As you can see, I am being pretty ambitious here. How will I do? Stay tuned to find out. Here is what I would be excited to see: Jay Limo, Lightning Storm McQueen, Anime Chuki, the Apple Car, rest of the Hummers (including Sven Hummer) and Marco Super FAV18. What are your predictions and what would you like to see? Leave ’em in the comments.

Cars Toys Blog is now at CarsToysBlog.com

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.

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 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.

Mattel Auctions Off Cars for Children Affected by AIDS Charity

Every year Mattel donates several one-of-a-kind toys to be auctioned off for children affected by AIDS. This year they are auctioning off some really cool diecast Cars items.

The event is called the Dream Halloween. It will be held Saturday, October 27 from 5pm to 8:30pm at Barker Hanger in the Santa Monica Air Hanger, 3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Jamie Lee Curtis will be the celebrity host and the event will be chaired by Bob Eckert CEO of Mattel and Jerry Storch CEO of Toys R Us. For more information please go to: www.caaf4kids.org and click on “events”. You can be present in person or call in a bid over the phone.

Here is more information about the Cars display case to be auctioned off:

  • Size 32” H x 32” W x 6” D, Weight Approx. 20-30 lbs. Holds 70 slots for up to 75-80 cars.
  • Holds two Exclusive deco McQueen Cars. – a Red Rangsburg Lightning McQueen and a Dinoco Blue Rangsburg McQueen.
  • Cars logo cut from solid Aluminum Billet. The case will be lit.
  • Signed by John Lasseter.
  • Wood Billboard frame.
  • Free standing base or can be hung on wall.
  • More than $300 dollars worth of diecast cars.

In addition this set will contain early releases of 2008 Cars diecast characters.

  • Not Chuck
  • Security SUV, Richard Clayton Kensington
  • Piston Cup Tow Truck
  • Pit Crew Guido
  • Pit Crew Ramone.

Check out TNI for more info including pictures. Also, see these posts on Action Figure Insider and the Two a Day blog. Here is a picture of the case that is being auctioned off below. If you look closely, you can see a few more Cars that aren’t really out yet. Here are the ones I spotted.

  • Rusty and Dusty Rust-eze
  • Flik and P.T. Flea
  • Dinoco Mia/Tia
  • Fred

Cars Charity Set

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!

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This blog is all about Cars toys from the Disney Pixar movie. This a really hot collectible line right now. Stay tuned for all the coverage. I hope to be able to keep up with all of it!