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Mattel have just recently bought out a whole new series of Disney Pixar Cars called the Lenticular series. These cars retail at around £3.50 - £4 each, and are widely available from all the usual stockists including Amazon, Tesco and Toys R Us as well as lots of independant retailers too of course.
These are totally different from the original die-cast series apparently, because these ones all have 'Lenticular Eyes'. They are almost identical to the original Cars toys, except for the 'amazing' eyes which basically just appear to move when you angle the car up and down. The technology used here it is the same as they used to use on those little moving card scenes you used to get in your Rice Krispies twenty years ago, so excuse me if I'm not more impressed with it!
What annoys me about these is that they've hardly bothered to change a thing on these cars. They look to be the same size as the original ones are, and side by side I can't see any differences between the two series except for the not-so-great new 'moving eyes' feature. But Mattel know full well that there will be a fair few Cars fans out there who'll insist to their parents that they need these newer versions, despite the fact that they'll essentially just be getting duplicates of toys they already own.
I think these are a rip-off for that reason alone. I also think they feel a little lighter than the original ones do, which suggests that Mattel have cut back on materials a bit with these, but they seem to look and drive as well as the originals do. I think the budget cut will show in how long they last though, as the original ones we have are still going strong after two years of play, whereas I have a feeling that these will be on their way out after that period of time.
I don't recommend these to be honest, I feel they're a big marketing con.