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BREAKING NEWS:  MINECRAFT Character Cars , All-New Star Wars CARSHIPS, and New Retro-Entertainment Pieces

BREAKING NEWS: MINECRAFT Character Cars , All-New Star Wars CARSHIPS, and New Retro-Entertainment Pieces

IMPORTANT: My apologies if this entry seems “late” or “old!” I was on-track to have this thing posted early Thursday morning, within a few hours after making these finds. Unfortunately, I have also been experiencing crippling internet downtime issues. But whatever. We might be 2 1/2 days late, but these are still some damn cool finds.

Alright alright alright everybody: I’ma try to blaze through this as quickly as possible with as little extraneous material as I can manage. Why? Because I got a lot to tell you about, I’m about 26 hours later doing so, and I’m worried my internet will start blipping in and out again inexplicably. Note: This internet bullshit has delayed me yet another several hours.

Let’s go back to late late Wednesday night…technically it’s Thursday morning at this point. I went out to the closest Walmart (I find this to be a very relaxing time to shop, both instore and on the roads) and got there about 5am. Not too long ago 5 or 5:15 would signal the dawn (dawn is the moment when the sky first begins to get light, then the morning twilight follows until the sun actually peeks over the horizon, which marks sunrise and the emergence of “daytime” proper), but with the colder months in the mail, it was actually quite dark outside at 5.

I dreamily wander back to the toys. It’s weird, I know I’m not going to find something new every visit and I temper my expectations appropriately, though I also know what it’s like to stumble across that new shit and be totally blown away. My main hope yesterday morning was for the Ragnarok Character Cars or perhaps Deadpool, possibly even something new from the Star Wars trifecta (Character Cars, Carships, Starships) whose release I was unaware of.

What my eyes first landed on caused some minor cognitive overload. Yes, that old familiar “Character Cars” logo appeared, yet here they were on these foreign black and green cards. And there sir you have it, a new set of 6 Minecraft Character Cars! Now I don’t know a whole helluva lot about Minecraft, so I’m just gonna touch on them briefly and save my deeper thoughts for an unboxing day.

Minecraft Character Cars

  1. Creeper
  2. Enderman
  3. Skeleton
  4. Iron Golem
  5. Spider
  6. Zombie

With all that’s been going on I haven’t given these cars a proper look, but from what I have seen, they are pretty cool and unique. I’m surprised at how “neato” these vehicles look and I look forward to bustin’ into ’em in the near future. And by the way, the Spider is damn big – maybe up there with the likes of K-2SO or the Rancor.

As I’m busy scrambling to get all 6 of these and making sure they’re the right 6, my eyes sweep across a few other new things on the shelf as well – namely a few new Carships!

Basically we got 3 new Carships: the Resistance A-Wing, Naboo N-1 Starfighter, & Rebel Snowspeeder.

A-Wing Carship

Resistance A-Wing Fighter

N-1 Starfighter Carship

Naboo N-1 Starfighter

Snowspeeder Carship

Rebel Snowspeeder

My kid always likes to double up on Carships and Starships that would exist en masse in the Star Wars universe and luckily I was able to do just that!

2 A-wings
2 N-1s
2 Snowspeeders

Lastly, the shelves were also well-stocked with the Retro-Entertainment series. Many of these seemed from the previous release, such as Brian’s Skyline from the Fast & Furious franchise, Snoopy’s motorized house-thingamajig, the BvS Batmobile, and the Milano from Guardians Vol .2. However, they also had several newcomers (or possibly re-releases) such as the Flintstones’ main method of transport, the DeLorean as it appears in the third Back to the Future flick, and my personal favorite (so far), the Justice League Batmobile! I picked up 2 for good measure.

Flintstones and Back to the Future III

Justice League Batmobiles

Pretty fucking cool, huh? It’s days like this whre all the endless hunting and searching pays off. And it was cool because it wasn’t like I knew a release date of a particular toy or whatever, so everything was a freakin’ surprise. Anyway, I’m gonna wrap this up and go ahead and publish it because of all the delays. Enjoy, let me know what you think of all the new stuff and as always clue me into anything else new and exciting you know about!

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Three More Down – THE FLASH (Justice League) & Others

Three More Down – THE FLASH (Justice League) & Others

This all actually went down several days ago, I’m just now getting around to putting it to paper. I had a little hiccup during the week that caused me to have to drop everything and go to the State Fair (if I wanted to go at all and avoid weekend traffic). A good time was had by all and although I wish I had some fun “toy news” from the event, the State Fair isn’t exactly a toy place. It celebrates agriculture and the harvest and as such, pretty much the only toys you’ll find are the $$$ handmade, wooden, one-of-a-kind sorts of stuff, juxtaposed with the endless bits of worthless cloth and plastic that comprise the illustrious “prizes” given out by all the game booths.

Anyway, I’ve made a few fun discoveries/purchases along the way. Remember how the big wave of Justice League cars was conspicuously devoid of The Flash? A few weeks later a few Flashes began popping up, but these sold pretty quick and the one or two sellers with more than one were quick to adjust their prices. I shit you not, I watched one guy sell one for $20, the next for $25, then $30, and then $35. I know he had one priced at $40 after that, but I don’t know if it sold. By then I was getting antsy about what it would take to get my own Justice League Flash.

Justice League Flash

Well well what the hell – just then, the ever-vigilant C. stepped in to tell me of a Flash for sale on Amazon, although it would take it like 7 or 8 days to ship. I was still pretty satisfied with this because the vehicle was available for it’s regular retail, $3.99. The biggest kicker was that it was listed as an “add-on” item, a really shitty practice Amazon has started for god knows what reason. It goes like this: Amazon will offer up an item for $3.99 and call it an add-on item and tell you that you’ve got to get your cart up to $25 to actually purchase this item. The good news is that at least the $3.99 counts towards the $25 total. The bad news is that there is no other way to buy an “add on.” I could understand if $3.99 was the “special add-on price” and then you could buy it for like, I dunno, $5.99 or even $8.99 as a standalone, but the way it’s set up right now, it’s like some kind of arbitrary discrimination based on how much money one has spent. Amazon is a really great vendor to deal with in a lot of ways, but this add-on shit just feels shady.

Regardless, I snagged a couple of rarer vehicles from Blaze’s catalog (I’ll show you those a little later!) and patiently waited for The Flash. According to Amazon, the site would receive more on the 8th and ship them then. Continually outdoing themselves, I actually had the package on my porch on the afternoon of the 6th. Again, big thanks to C. for making me privy to the opportunity. The thing is, I had actually looked on Amazon before all this, but check it – it was listed fucking bizarrely – like “Justice League Vehicle 1” or something equally retarded and not including the word “flash” anywhere in it.

I am 1,000% appreciative of tips like this and I’m super glad to hear any information that any reader may have to pass on – thanks again for those that have helped and thanks in advance to those that are bound to. Also, please keep in mind that I’m open to trades or helping to track down goodies you may have a hard time finding.

Ticking off Justice League Flash means finishing off the DC pamphlet – cool I guess but now what’s coming!? I wish we could be hoping for Steppenwolf and Parademon Character Cars, but right now, things don’t look so good. We will be getting some kinda “exclusive deco Cyborg” on or around November 1st in the form of a 5-pack…along with 4 other cars that most of us will probably already have…

Overall I like the new Flash car. The old one looked sort of backwards. The new one skews a bit towards the more traditional car-shape, but the paint job does a decent job of representing the character’s beetle-like armor(?) we’ve been seeing in Justice League previews.

Interestingly, the shop.mattel.com site had both Deadpool and Loki listed (maybe Armored Hulk too?), with a special “Notify Me” button whereby the user would receive an email when the cars were available. Well, as of a few days ago, Loki had disappeared (along with the new Hulk, if it was ever there) and Deadpool was just all grayed-out with the typical out-of-stock “More Ways to Buy” button lit up. Where the fuck were my notifications, Mattel? Ugh. It’s confusing to me why in this day and age companies seem so disconnected from their products. Look at the highly automated systems that govern the nationwide inventory of places like Walmart, Amazon, Target – these systems are wildly impressive. Yet we aren’t at a point where I can’t type in some shit like “hot wheels deadpool character car” on an official Mattel site and in .0235 seconds get a list of exact locations where I can buy the damn thing within a 5, 10, 20, 50 mile radius of my zip code? Better yet, why doesn’t Mattel hold on to some of them and sell them via their site? I mean I know they do this with some of their stock, but fuck, look at all the shit that isn’t listed for sale – and then take a moment to look at how much of the shit that is listed is straight up out of stock (most likely permanently).

(shop.mattel.com actually has some pretty interesting stuff listed for their Star Wars stuff…more on that later – perhaps!)

Feeling a bit despondent about Loki but also a bit incensed at eBay’s prices, I was faced with that age-old question: do I get it now and revel in the fact that 4 weeks later I wasn’t forced to pay twice as much…? Or do I get it now and kick myself in the ass when it’s on shelves everywhere for 20% of what I paid for it in a week’s time…? It’s a hard thing to gauge. Like Guardians 2 – I only ever saw the first wave of those 4 times at 2 separate stores. As for the second wave, well, I saw Drax once and Gamora twice, both at Barnes & Noble, and I’ve yet to see Nebula or Mantis “in the wild.” But then Spider-man: Homecoming dropped and pretty much every Walmart and Target has kept a steady supply of the new Spidey and Iron Man along with Venom, Doc Ock, and Rhino.

So when considering Loki, I started thinking I should err towards the “rare” side since we still hadn’t seen any sign of Valkyrie or Armored Hulk. Does it actually mean shit when the “set” is divvied up across multiple cases released at different times? Fuck if I know, but I do notice that the more they seem to “trickle” out online, the less likely I am to just see 4-6 new Character Cars go “BAM” on the shelf 1 to 2 weeks later. At the moment in question, there was a single Loki up for sale, and judging from what the others had sold for, I decided it wasn’t awful and I saw that it certainly get worse. So I bit.

Loki

Loki is a fine looking car, and honestly it’s one I wish we’d gotten like 3 years ago or whatever. The horns are wacky and exaggerated just like Loki’s, and the matte, understated color scheme help to remind us of his time as a villain – even though I think he’s being played up as one of the protagonists in Ragnarok.

About a day later I decided to take stock of the Vulture situation…the fact that this one didn’t come out with the rest of the Homecoming stuff and was accompanied by no new pieces from Homecoming was a bit disconcerting. Looking at the “Sold” stuff surprised me even further – I didn’t expect so see just how few had made it over to eBay. Sellers caught on quick though – the first one sold for like $10, the last one was just over double that. So I carefully monitored the “Vulture situation” for the next 2 or 3 days…nothing popped up. Finally I got a hit – the guy was open to a Best Offer and free shipping and we came to an agreement. Yeah yeah, it was a little more than I wanted to pay, but a) the free shipping softened the blow a little, b) this is one of those cars that I could see potentially skyrocketing (as far as Character Cars go), and c) I bought it late Friday night, the guy shipped Saturday, and it was at my mailbox Monday morning. Can’t beat that. I’ve noticed that about 15-20% of the time, sellers with small items that they’re willing to ship for free are damn eager to knock off $0.35 wherever they can, and something that could’ve gotten here in 2 days for $2.48 ends up taking 6 days for the SUPER SAVING MEGA RATE of…$2.16 or some shit.

Vulture (Spider-man Homecoming)

Vulture is a good looking car, even if he was a less than stellar villain. I just wish we’d seen a frickin’ Shocker alongside it. Essentially the car reminds me of a more masculine, angular version of Wasp. He’s a bit on the plain side, but really, I can’t fault it too much when considering the source material. If you ask me, as dopey as the comic version was, he still had a bit more panache than this “more realistic” version conjured up for today’s movie-going audiences.

And that is that, my friends fiends friends. This still leaves Deadpool and Thor as far as cars that we know are out there. Honestly there are some pretty cheap Deadpools online, but the Thors seem to be in a similar boat to Loki, with slightly lower costs. I know Thor is just a repaint, but he be purty damn cool lookin’.

Now stay right there! Or at least resign yourself to check back very soon! I have some abso-smackin-frickin-lutely CRAZY NEW NEWS! And YES, I meant to get to it right about 24 FUCKING HOURS AGO but I couldn’t cuz my DAMN INTERNET was all UP AND DOWN like a vidja game! So sit tight young padwan. I got some bombs to drop.

Strange New STAR WARS Track Sets and Play Sets Popping Up (Mos Eisley Junction & Crait Assault Raceway)

We all know that Hot Wheels is known for their high quality, diecast vehicles. Most of us also know them for their elaborate tracksets and courses, though these are typically relegated to the “kids side” of things and don’t always make much of a splash in the collector’s arena. In fact, I’d be comfortable wagering that a lot of new and/or casual Character Car collectors are completely oblivious to tracksets that they “need” to own in order to have a complete collection of cars!

What I’ve written here is sort of a brief history of Star Wars tracksets. If you want to skip down directly to my newest finds, click here or just scroll down to the turquoise line.

To briefly recap, let’s go back – way back – to a time before Force Awakens. The promise of new Star Wars material was hot on everyone’s mind, but toy companies and retailers weren’t quite sure how to best profit off the hype, so we just saw a massive surge of Star Wars stuff. Character Cars were still a very common appearance, and I want to say we were somewhere near the end of the transition from “blue cards” to “black cards.” It’s entirely possible that you never even saw the relevant Star Wars tracksets had you not taken a second to look down at the shelving underneath the hanging racks of cars.

It was here that you could find the Throne Room Raceway and TIE Factory Takedown for at least 6 to 9 months. Both contained exclusive vehicles not found anywhere else: a Jedi Luke and Ezra Bridger respectively. Now Hot Wheels would go on to release a Jedi Luke / Rancor 2-pack, however this Luke sported a slight but noticeably different paint job. Ezra was released singly as well, but as a “battle damaged” version instead of the “clean” one in the trackset.

Not sure that you’d call these tracksets, but around the same time these Battle Blast Lightsaber Launchers could be found as well – I mostly saw them in Barnes & Noble. They were basically a launcher and short piece of track angled upward meant to propel the car into the air albeit in a somewhat controlled manner. Luke (in his pilot gear) and Vader were the first 2 out and were pretty easy to find. In the months surround Episode VII’s release, 2 more could be found, one with Kylo Ren and one with – surprisingly – the “clean” Ezra Bridger.

I can’t pinpoint a timeframe real well, but I’d say sometime around the transition from 2015 to 2016 when the peak of Force Awakens hype was dying down, I suddenly became aware of the Starkiller Base trackset. Now I never saw this on the shelves of any store, and it wasn’t exactly the hottest selling item online either, but it came with someone very important: Finn! I guess it never really hit me before then, but suddenly I was like, “oh yeah, they haven’t made a Finn car despite all this other Ep. 7 stuff!”

Fast forward a month or two (maybe three) and the Rancor Rumble started popping up. For whatever reason – maybe because “Rancor” was in the title – this set gained a little more visibility than most others. It’s exclusive was a Gamorrean Guard, which would be a great addition if we could get some more of Jabba’s court in the mix (Bib Fortuna, the skiff guards, Weequay, that mean-ass droid, bikini-clad Leia…). Still kind of a cool, off-beat choice.

In the lull that follows the tracksets seem to concentrate solely on Carships. There’s the big Death Star Revolution thing (not sure if I got the name right) complete with battery power 2 exclusive Carships, which turn out to be battle-damaged versions of both the X-Wing and TIE Fighter cars. (Ships?) This set was pretty everywhere and can still be pretty easy to find. Next was something like “Imperial Assault” which included a battle-damaged Millennium Falcon. Never saw this in stores, but it’s all over the place online. Finally there was a set like “TIE Striker Takedown” or something, and it’s stayed pretty well hidden even online; it’s exclusive is a battle-damaged U-Wing.

Fast forward again to late 2016, on the eve of Rogue One, and it seems like these sets may be a thing of the pass. (Though to be fair, sometimes you do have to dig to find out about them.) During this period promotional shots of a Rathtar Escape set begin appearing, but of course this makes no sense because the Rathtars were from Episode 7 a whole freakin’ year ago and have absolutely no place or mention in Rogue One. The specifics of it completely befuddle me, but for whatever reason, this thing saw the light of day this past summer. (I wrote a whole article on it if you’re interested.) And what do we get for our wait? A barely perceptible battle-damaged BB-8. Can you hear me rolling my eyes yet…? I mean I’m ok with the clean vs. worn-and-torn versions to an extent, but to go to the trouble of calling it an “exclusive” and packaging it with another $20 – $50 worth of product just to paint a couple of scratches and scorch marks on it begins to feel a little like gimmickry to me, and I don’t like it. I suppose this is one reason I haven’t bothered to collect the damaged Carships, as much as it seriously bugs me not having them.

And then, as the world begins gearing up for The Last Jedi and the end of summer is in sight, the Millennium Falcon set pops up alongside the very first pieces of Episode 8 merchandise. It’s a nice big set with all sorts of sounds and an exclusive Chewbacca, though it just looks to be a darker version of the Chewbacca we’re already familiar with – no change in casting or decoration or detail, just some lighter browns and grays replaced with some darker ones. We can safely ascertain that this is the first of the new wave of tracksets because it features the new white packaging whereas the ol’ Rathtar Escape still sports a mostly black package. (I wrote a short piece on this trackset as well.)


And finally, in what I’m pretty damn sure are the days leading up to Force Friday II, I spotted 2 more as-yet-unknown sets online: Mos Eisley Junction and Crait Assault Raceway. For what it’s worth, the Mos Eisley set is subtitled with the “Character Cars” text while Crait Assault specifically identifies with the “Carships.” Through some clever usage of Amazon Prime, I got both of these for about $60 of what they would’ve cost individually plus they made it to my door about 13 hours later.

Mos Eisley Junction

Mos Eisley Junction

The Mos Eisley set is…well…weird. It functions more like a small (read: damn small) hub that’d be best suited to connect larger sets. Hot Wheels is always quick to advertise the fact that nearly all their sets are connectable, but what I feel like they blatantly ignore is that most sets rely on gravity to work, i.e. place the car up high, let it roll to a lower point. So yeah, we can connect them…but to what effect? Some kind of odd, mutant staircase? And where’s the convenience? I dunno. Maybe I’m not imaginative enough. Maybe I need to see others’ visions realized to understand the potential. Anyway, Mos Eisley Junction is rather small, so small that I wonder what kids are expected to do with it. But hey, that’s not why I bought it, right? I was after that exclusive. And right there on the box, it says, “Exclusive R2-D2 Character Car.” That was all I needed to see before buying it.

Exclusive R2-D2

Go ahead and grab your R2 car. Can you tell any difference?

However, now that I’ve got it, I seriously cannot tell the difference between the car in the set and your everyday average R2 Character Car. I mean I have examined this shit up and down, had my kid inspect it, made my mom look at it…there’s nothing that appears to be any different. No painted on scorches, scratches, or smudges…no differences in color…design is exactly the same…I can’t figure it out. It is fucking weird. Did I get some kinda bum set? Doesn’t look like it. I am, for the time being, 100% bewildered.

Crait Assault Raceway

Moving on to more obvious pastures, we have Crait Assault Raceway, a more straightforward trackset. Basically 2 cars start off at the same point, and due to atmospheric variation or human error or an unlevel foundation or quantum fluctuations, one car either finishes before the other or they slam into each other in a spectacular crash. Yeah, this is just what I wanna do with my collectibles: slam ’em the hell into each other! At any rate, the exclusivity proclamation is cleverly if not confusingly worded on the package. In the window you’ll notice 2 Carships, and the text reads: “Exclusive Poe’s Ski Speeder Carship & First Order TIE Fighter Carship.” Ambiguous, ain’t it? Well I’ll go ahead and set the record straight. Neither of these is “battle damaged,” so I guess that’s good. The FO TIE is not an exclusive, as we saw a couple of weeks ago when it dropped with the other new carships. The FO TIE is definitely a new member of the Carship crew, but it is not an exclusive.

Exclusive Poe's Ski Speeder Carship

The actual exclusive is Poe’s Ski Speeder. Again, I like this better than the clean/damaged approached, but check it out: Poe’s Speeder uses the exact same casting as the regular Resistance Ski Speeder and simply replaces “Resistance Blue” with some red color that we’ve never associated with Poe. I mean I guess it’s cool to give one guy’s machine a different and recognizable look all it’s own, but remember all the love that Poe’s black-and-orange X-Wing got in Force Awakens?> Now, remember how much of it we actually saw? (In case your forgot, it was blown up: not in the sky in some glorious dogfight, but on the ground – and not after a movie of associating it with Poe becoming familiar with it – but in the first fucking scene!)

Crait Assault

Keeping up with Character Cars is hard enough: for every 6 or 8 released, there seems to be another 1 or 2 lurking a 2-pack somewhere. For everyone big wave or two there’s an oddly ill-publicized trackset to be found. Hot Wheels is obviously very committed to this line, but it’s just so strange how readily available some info is compared to how hidden away other chunks are. I’m sure other tracksets will pop up (give us one with bodhi bodhi bodhi dammit) and who knows – I might find out 2 days later or 2 months later! If you ever find out about one, let me know! I mean I like to think I’ve done my research, but honestly, I wouldn’t even be that shocked if some old-ass set came to my attention out of the middle of nowhere!

Promised MARVEL Character Cars Begin to Trickle Out

Sometime in the last couple of weeks ago, Hot Wheels has reminded us that all is alive and well on their Marvel and DC fronts with the releases of Deadpool and Justice League Flash. On the one hand, Deadpool seems to be more and more common as the days pass while Flash is still quite rare and fetching some unreasonably high prices. The site shop.mattel.com suggests that both Deadpool and some members of the Ragnarok collection will be available for purchase on the site itself. I definitely want to hold out and get a good deal if possible. I feel like such a chump when I buy these things for $10 – $15 and then 2 weeks later they’re everywhere for $3.99.

As of today or yesterday, 3 new Marvel Character Cars have appeared, all on eBay and all in the hands of only a couple of sellers, which is really driving prices up. At any rate, we can finally confirm the existence of Vulture – why this didn’t hit shelves a month or two ago is beyond me. We’re also getting a glimpse into the upcoming Ragnarok film with both a re-colored Thor and a highly unique Loki. No word on the others yet, though hopefully they won’t be too far behind!

Check out the new additions via these screen-caps. I really hope some adequate competition pops up soon and beats these prices back from the $15 – $20ish mark to the $7 or $8 mark.

Vulture

Thor
Loki

So whatcha think of the newcomers? Seen any around where you live yet? Anything I’ve missed? Feel like sendin’ me Justice League Flash!!?? Help me out yo!

ROSE Character Car (from The Last Jedi) Revealed!

Big thanks to C. for dropping this in a comment a few days ago – it’s basically a tweet from Hot Wheels pumping Force Friday. What’s interesting is that the accompanying image includes a shot of the upcoming Rose Character Car from The Last Jedi. And why is this interesting? Well, because with all the material that was released on FF2, Rose’s car is just a blacked out silhouette.

Hot Wheels Tweet

The original image accompanying the tweet. Click to see full sized version in a new tab.

Rose

Rose herself!

Again, big thanks to C. for bringing this to my attention! Now stick around – I got a whole truckload of stuff to get around to regarding all new Carships! Don’t miss it!

DEADPOOL Character Car Appears, Marvel’s Ragnarok Cars On Deck

Things at the Marvel camp have been relatively quiet lately, and I am seriously baffled as to why scores of fans aren’t in full-blown revolt mode over Hot Wheels’ lack of impetus to produce Marvel villains. How hard is it? Why have we yet to see Vulture? Why wasn’t Shocker even a contender? Did we see any baddies from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in Character Car form? And what of the upcoming Ragnarok? Judging from the pamphlet, it doesn’t seem like they plan to include any of Ragnarok’s antagonists!

Alright, that was just me getting a little pissed; even with the trickle we’re seeing right now, the bad dudes seem to be a foregone conclusion.

Deadpool has been appearing on eBay for about $20 but don’t let your impatience get to you. I can almost guarantee this will drop down to a reasonable price fairly quickly. What’s worth noting is that Deadpool just recently(ish) appeared over at shop.mattel.com alongside other newcomers Armored Hulk and Loki, both hailing from the forthcoming Ragnarok film. Strangely enough, an image is only provided for Deadpool and it appears that at least a few people have access to him in order to sell the car (obviously). New Loki and Hulk are nowhere to be found.

Deadpool

Now here’s where it gets a little interesting. The way the site has their entries for these 3 worded implies that they had all 3 in stock and are now just waiting for more to arrive. I don’t buy it, because even if quantities were very limited, we’d be seeing some Hulks and Lokis. Also, it just doesn’t seem like enough Deadpools have been up for sale for an entire production run to have been sold. The good news is that it doesn’t just brush you off like it normally does with out of stock item. It gives you the choice to receive an email when what you want does come back.

My conclusion: I think the site just uses some general language to keep the customer vested and feeling like they’re looking at the next hot thing. I can’t really explain why Deadpool has “leaked,” but ultimately I’m thinking that all 3 cars will magically be “in-stock” around the same time. Hopefully Mattel will throw some of the other Ragnarok cars our way as well!

And that’ll cover the extent of my Marvel knowledge up to this point! I know there’s a bit of speculation in there but I think those Ragnarok cars will be coming in quicker than I might’ve originally thought, especially with how fast other Ragnarok toys have dropped and how hard all the Justice League stuff has filled up shelves. As always, lemme know if you’ve got something to add to the story that I don’t!

New Justice League FLASH and Upcoming DC 5-Pack

This’ll be a quick one.

I know that the new Justice League Flash isn’t necessarily news at this point but hey, it’s out there. Or rather, it was out there. Looks like only a couple of sellers have gotten their hands on it, prices shot up as their popularity and scarcity became apparent, and supplies quickly sold out. I’m not sure why The Flash got shortended here, but he did. Prices were a little high to begin with, so I decided to wait for a drop in price..now of course they’ve disappeared.

Justice League Flash

The car is…ok looking I guess. Looks a lot like a “regular” car. Looks kinda like Wonder Woman. The cool thing about getting this guy is that it’ll finally mean that the DC pamphlet is complete!


If you want to be sure to remember, mark down November 1st on your calendars. This is when the Justice League 5-Pack will be released, consisting of recent “Justice League” versions of Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and then one more – a supposedly exclusive version of Cyborg. The Amazon.com page where I first found the pre-order describes Cyborg as having “power-up deco.” Huh? At a glance he doesn’t look any different. I guess I’ll trust Hot Wheels’ DC department or whatever, but more and more it looks like their DC stock is going the way of their Marvel releases – re-release upon re-release with all sorts of exclusivity that result in minute variations.

Justice League 5-Pack

And conspicuously missing from the 5 pack is JL Flash, so it looks like I’m still stuck hunting him down. (Why didn’t I just eat that fucking $15 last week and get him…)


That’s alls I got when it comes to the DC side of things. I really hope they make a Steppenwolf in light of the upcoming Justice League film but if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that villains are never a sure thing when it comes to Character Cars, particularly in the DC and Marvel arenas. A Parademon would be nice too… The good news is that if you’re still in need of Swamp Thing and/or Doomsday they’re finally starting to fall in price a little and become a little more widely available. I’m still kinda shocked that most of them are clocking in around the $16 mark though.

Know anything else DC-related? Drop me a comment as always!