I’ve been hit by more CARS!
September 5, 2007

CARS-  Mattel’s most addicting line.

As you have seen from our Comic Con coverage there is a whole FLEET of new cars coming from Mattel’s Disney/Pixar Cars line. Wal-mart exclusives, boxed sets and a WHOLE LOT MORE are coming our way. Out here in LA it looks like most retailers have panicked over the "Sarge" recall and pulled ALL of the die-cast CARS singles and two-pack product. The Targets in my area are still too spooked to put out new product, but Toys R Us is finally getting some new product back in stores. The new 2-packs shown below are currently hitting Toys R Us store in the US.   I’m so happy that Mattel made Mia and Tia. Their brief appearances in the movie were fun and memorable.

Also coming soon are the next waves of single carded characters. A few weeks back I visited a local "collector" toy shop; behind the counter I saw the long awaited "Yeti The Abominable Snowplow" car that we have all been waiting patiently to arrive on store shelves and to stop taunting us from it’s picture on the back of the packaging. I asked the nice gentleman behind the counter how much he was asking for any one of his FOUR Yetis. He replied “I’ve got some up on Ebay now for $35, but I’d be willing to go lower.” I some how doubted he would go down to my $5 offer in my mind so I thanked him and left.

Included in the next batch of single cars are cars based on actual NASCAR drivers. I imagine that any fan of this line will want to pick these up when/if they see them as they will appeal to a wide audience of fans of the movie, Hot Wheels, NASCAR and cool stuff will all be out looking for them as well.

Thanks to the gang at Mattel for the sneak peek at all the new product!


New 2-packs 


Mr. and Mrs. The King 



Mia and Tia



new 2-pack card back

 New 2-pack Card back

New Single Packs


Mario Andretti #11


Darrell Cartrip #17




Dale Earnhardt Jr. #8 

#8 Dale Jr.

#8 Dale Jr. 


New Single Card back

New Single Card back 

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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