I’ve been hit by CARS!
June 28, 2007

I’ll admit…. I’ve been resisting picking up the Mattel CARS line based on the Disney/Pixar film.  I love the movie.  I love the products Mattel is doing… I just don’t need another line to collect.

   I follow the threads about the line on the boards, I followed how difficult they have been to find all the way through Christmas… I’ve even picked some of them up in Toys R us and carried them around the store.   But I eventually talk myself out of them telling myself "I’m not a Hot Wheels/car guy" and put them back.   But I love Pixar… and I’m still a bit of a Disney nut from my years there… and my daughter really loves the movie and the Mattel designs are so spot on… and then it happened.  A friend bought me one the the 3-packs.  …



ggrrrrrrrraaaaarrrgh!!!!!….. OK!  I’m IN!!!!!!


Yes.  Now I have almost a complete set and my struggle is whether to keep them all carded, because the card design is SO nice, or to open them all up.   *sigh* 

 So for you folks as hooked as I am here is the latest batch released by Mattel: (Click on the thumbnails for larger versions)


Bling Bling McQueenTounge McQueen

Bling Bling McQueen (with fancy Piston Cup Hubcaps "Ker-CHOW!"), Tounge McQueen 

Dinoco Chick Hicks Tex Dinoco

Dinoco Chick Hicks, Tex Dinoco 

Ferrari F430 RPM #64

Ferrari F430, RPM #64 


 Cruisin’ Ramone and Bug Mouth McQueen


I still have not seen the Yeti anywhere yet.  If you come across it be sure to post on the Cars thread on the Mattel message board.

I have heard that there is a good chance we will see some more new Cars product revealed next month at Comic Con international!



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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 www.ActionFigureInsider.com. 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 MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, 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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