Cars, Cars and more new CARS!
October 19, 2007

I’m starting to feel like the announcer guy from the Price is Right for as many times recently that I’ve announced "A New CAR!"… except I’m always talking about the Mattel line based on the Disney/Pixar film CARS


The Wal-Mart Wave

The Wal-Mart waves that we saw at Comic Con are now shipping to stores… and there is already a card variation!   As you can see the first wave come with and without the "NEW" shield.  (A HUGE thanks to Jim Able for wave 1). Both Waves are currently shipping but the first wave seems to be a bit easier to find (with Cactus McQueen and Ghostlight Ramone being the most commonly found).    They really out did themselves with some great new sculpts like Barney and Al Oft.  They really stand out in the collection.

Card Variation 





The Speedway 6 Boxed Set

This set will be a Red Line Exclusive through the Hot Wheels Collectors Club.  All of the cars in this set have been released previously, but it’s a fun little starter set with a great backdrop. 

The Speedway 6 Boxed Set 


The NEW Card! 

 The best news for me is that they are now numbering the cards!  Here is the layout for the new cards.  They are rebranding the line to be "The World of Cars."   I’ve already seen a few of these new cards at TRUs in So Cal.    It’s interesting that cars like Darrell Cartrip, Tex and Mario Andretti are already coming out on the new cards.   I wonder how many were made on the old card and if those will be the versions people look for.

The new card and logo the new card back

The New Logo 


Here is the new numbering system. 


The numbers on the back of this card skip around a bit.   I’ll be curious  to see if Mattel puts out a full checklist of who’s who.  I also wonder if all of the current cars will be rereleased under the new name and the new card.  The new cardback has a fairly even split of new cars and rereleases.   The highest number listed on this card back it Darrell Cartrip as number #43.

 Personally we were getting so much product that it was getting a little difficult to remember what I had and what I needed so I’m glad to see Mattel going to this system for this line.


More CARS news:

Mattel tells us that the "Speedway of the South" boxed set (shown at Comic Con)  will be available in June at and will include all 35 cars from the Dinoco 400 Race at the Motor Speedway of the South from # 95 Lightning McQueen to # 85 the Apple Car, all the racers will be included.


Also a Seasonal 3-car series of Target exclusives have begun to show up on ebay.   Included in the series are Cruisin’ McQueen, Purple Ramone and Doc Hudson.  These are just card variations for Halloween.   There are rumors of another seasonal series of card variations for Christmas.


Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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