Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Elusive Mater

For Christmas, we wanted to get Morgan some more character cars from Pixars movie, Cars. Specifically Mater. (I also wanted Sally and Doc.) In the toy isles of stores like, Wal-Mart, Target and Toys R Us, you will find a spot for the Pixar Cars. I have been to all of these isles in search of Mater, (and Sally and Doc) and have never found him! I have seen the version of Doc as he's painted up with the Fabulous Hudson Hornet, but I didn't want him that way.
At Target there were two other Mom's also rifling through the packages of Lightening McQueen, searching for Mater. Apparently he is a precious commodity. I thought I found him once, but it turned out to be Fred, a rusty truck who is very briefly in the movie.

All I want is Mater:

But all I can find is McQueen:

And McQueen with a tar spot:
Or McQueen with night vision goggles:
Or McQueen in Dinaco blue:
Or McQueen wrapped in barbed wire with tires on his eyes:

Or McQueen painted up all fancy by Ramone:
Or McQueen covered in cactus:
Or McQueen as he fantasized about himself in an action movie:
Or McQueen with his tongue out.
Or McQueen with dirty tires:

Gah! Morgan already has the normal McQueen, (which is like his security blanket. Post on that to come) and we don't want any other version of Lightening McQueen! So we figured we'd have to find Mater online. You could get him on Ebay for probably as low as $10, including shipping, (though he would be less than $3 in the stores) and we were ready to do that. But this morning I went straight to the source, ( and found this gem of a collection:

Six cars, including the three I wanted most, plus Guido, whom Morgan loves, for only $8! With shipping and taxes it came to $13, but that's for six cars! We were ready to spend that on Mater alone. Yay. I'm excited. At least Mater wasn't in as high demand as Tickle Me Elmo or the Firby's.


Jana Lee Bumblebee said...

My favorite: McQueen with dirt

Congrats and Yay for the Disney site.

Smullin Family said...

It's so frustrating when you know EXACTLY what you want, but can't find it anywhere.
You got a great bargain..way to go.

Sara said...

Way to score! I can't believe how hard it is to find Mater!