REVIEW: Mattel CARS "Sarge's Boot Camp"

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    Mattel CARS "Sarge's Boot Camp"

    TRU exclusive set shines with all-new sculpts

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    It feels like toys surrounding Disney/Pixar's film CARS have always been around, but in reality it's only been around since 2006. And much like the popularity of the random background characters in Star Wars, CARS collectors cherish and love all the detail that went into this film and Mattel loves putting these obscure characters out there.

    Toys"R"Us has an exclusive box set that you won't want to miss: SARGE'S BOOT CAMP. Seen during the end credits of the film, this box set is 80% new which is quite rare for an exclusive box set these days. And depending on when you got involved with CARS collecting, the set might even be 100% new since the character of Sarge was recalled for lead paint in mid-2007 and never re-released until recently.

    The box set includes:

    - Sarge – 1942 WWII Willy’s Army Jeep

    - TJ – Hummer H1 Civilian Style – New Oversized scale!

    - Murphy –(orange) Emerycraft Inka – New!

    - Frank "Pinky" Pinkerton – Clebert Battleaxe – New!

    - Charlie Cargo -- New!

    Aside from Sarge, all the cars are brand new sculpts although there have been changes to Sarge around the eyes to be two individual panels rather than one large one. TJ is an all-new larger scale car. He was originally released as a Wal-Mart exclusive so it's great to get the more appropriately sized version in this set. Murphy, Frank "Pinky" Pinkerton, and Charlie Cargo aren't as large as TJ but are larger than Sarge. The set is priced at $30, which isn't bargain priced but it's pretty close to how it would cost if you bought each one separately.

    Paint is decent for the most part but a bit sloppy at times. Make sure you take a good look as I've found a few sets where the rear view mirrors weren't properly painted. Another problem I had was with TJ; his side mirror was installed completely wrong so one is facing down. It's glued in pretty good so I can't fix it but I couldn't have avoided this problem if I paid closer attention to what I was buying. But then again, this is a problem that Mattel shouldn't even be allowing through.

    Aside from the mirror on TJ and some of the paint, this is a set not to be passed up on if you're a fan of the toy line. Let's see more sets like this, Mattel!

    For a complete image gallery tour of the new CARS "Sarge's Boot Camp" set, CLICK HERE!

    Review and Photos by David Yeh

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