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Cabbie McHale - transports the Smokejumpers in Disney's Planes Fire & Rescue movie!
on June 19, 2014
Oh man, is Cabbie sharp looking! Grandpa will be taking a day off of work on July 18 so we can bring our 6 and 2 year old grandsons to see Disney's "Planes" sequel, and they're SO excited! We understand Cabbie used to be a military transport plane, modeled after a Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar, who's now back in action carrying the Smokejumpers (Dynamite, Pinecone, Avalanche, Blackout and Drip) to fight fires at "Piston Peak" (none of the Smokejumpers are included with Cabbie - you have to purchase those separately.) The back hatch of this oversized 1:55 scale plane drops down, so up to three of the Smokejumpers can "parachute out" and help save the day! Cabbie measures @ 16"L with an 18" wing span, and stands @ 6-3/4"H at the top of his tail. Walmart originally listed him at $18.97, but then raised the price to $24.99 - still the best price we've seen so far. Unless Amazon comes down (the lowest price as of today is $39.50 & $4.01 shipping, and even more - $51.99! - with "free" shipping on orders over $35... guess they're trying to take advantage of the pre-release hype!), we'll probably go ahead and pick one up there and hide him away until Christmas. The only negative we see about Cabbie is that he's got stickers... we'll see how they hold up, as compared to the tampograph decals that were etched into the super durable plastic of the R/C Everett plane transporter and Stephenson train transporter we purchased as part of our "Cars" collection.
We started collecting Mattel 1:55 scale diecasts for our older grandson with "Cars 2", and our satisfaction with the quality led us to starting a "Planes" collection for him last Christmas. He really enjoys lining up these sturdy little guys for races, with Grandpa and I in the family room "grandstands" rooting for our favorites, and they're durable enough that his little brother can occasionally snatch one and hurl it through the air with no damage done. We've got another grandson due to arrive around Labor Day, so all of these diecast collections will do triple duty, and we really believe they're tough enough that we'll be able to box them up one day to be shared a generation later with our GREAT grandchildren!
(P.S. I did end up purchasing this from Amazon for $19.99 on 11/19, and a few other Fire & Rescue items as well.)