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My son developed an interest in toy cars at around 2 years of age and got a lot of car-related toys for his second birthday. At his friend's house he had started to show a real liking for his friend's growing collection of diecast cars from the Disney Cars range, despite having not seen the film himself. I decided to start him up his own collection and have been buying a few from the series as and when for an occasional treat. He has built up a little collection now and one of those that he has is this Mater Tow Truck.
The Disney Cars diecasts are for children aged 3 years plus, as are most other die cast cars. However, I had no reservations in letting my son have them from aged 2 as he had outgrown the phase he went through of putting everything and anything in his mouth and they have no small parts either (some of the range I would feel a little small to give him but that is personal preference and I just choose not to buy these ones).
Mater is the tow truck character from Cars and Cars 2. He is good friends with Lightning McQueen. The diecast car is a good replica of this character, who is predominantly a dirty brown in colour. The car itself is different to the other diecasts we have from this range in that it doesn't have the same metallic finish that the others have. The others are a smooth metal, if not shiny, whereas this one is very matt and has a plasticky appearance. It is coloured predominantly a muddy-rusty brown with blue-green colouring along the sides. Our Mater is the Cars 2 version as it had the race team number 95 emblazoned on the doors on either side of the car.
From the front of the car, you can see Mater's face which is almost 'goofy' in appearance. The windscreen features a white background and two green eyes and the front of the car has two front teeth. There is no bonnet, and a brown plastic engine can be seen here. One headlight is also missing. At the back, there are a series of tow ropes which are made from a soft, bendable plastic. The wing mirrors are also made from this plastic. The wheels of the car spin freely and the back wheels are twice the thickness of the front. I would say that the overall size of the car is just larger than the average size of a diecast car.
My son doesn't often choose to play with this car. He much prefers the more 'attractive' cars from the collection that have a more metallic appearance. I would suggest that, had he more interest in the films themselves, he would be more likely to play with Mater as the character is quite popular. It does move nicely along the floor and in his garages and road maps and, as his imaginative play develops, he will benefit from having a tow truck to rescue broken down cars etc.
The car cost me £3.99 on Amazon when I bought it, although it is nearer the £5 mark now. The Disney Cars range is more expensive than other diecast cars - with them all pricing at around £5. I do think that this is expensive but they are well made - and Mater is no exception. I had reservations about the amount of plastic detailing on this car but it has remained completely intact and the car itself feels solid and well made, with no scratches or scuffs to the paintwork etc.
Overall, a nice car and a good addition for any collection of Disney diecasts but not one that I would put at the top of the 'to buy' list.
Mater is a fab character in the Disney movies Cars and Cars 2. He is a battered old tow truck who is Lightening McQueen's best friend in the movie. The Mater diecast truck is scales 1:55 and is aimed at children aged 3 and upwards. You can also purchase other Disney Cars characters. Mater can currently be purchased from Amazon for £4.49 (February 2013), my Husband picked our Mater up in Tesco before Christmas for £3.25, on sale. Mater looks exactly the same in diecast as he does in the movie, he is made from a mix of metal and plastic, his wheels spin round and his tow truck on the back is soft, pliable plastic, that you cannot really use to actually tow anything with and you cannot open his doors.
My son loves playing with Mater the Tow Truck and the toy is a fab addition to his car collection and we have now bought a few more characters to keep him company. Overall I think that Mater the Tow truck is a fab diecast toy that is well made, pretty sturdy, if you are a fan of the Cars movies then Mater will be a big hit in your household.
Our son is cars mad and has almost all the die cast cars available from the film.
Mater is one of his favourite characters and so, of course he has this Mater die cast metal car. This vehicle seems to me (and him) to be a really good replica of the film character and as Mater is a really funny main character in the film, somehow this friendly, funny character seems to have been transferred perfectly into this well made car.
Although the Disney Cars die cast vehicles are quite a lot more money than normal die cast cars such as Hot Wheels etc (this one cost us £3.49 from Tesco's aproximately one year ago) they are worth every penny in general as they seem to last a lot longer and withstand a lot more vigourous, boyish play than the aforementioned brand. My little boy has thrown, pushed, wheeled and crashed this Mater down slides, stairs, whizzed it in dirt, raced and crashed it on laminate floors, roundabouts, carpets - in fact you name it, my son has probably done it and apart from a few minor chips of paintwork and the thin plastic tow cables at the back of the car snapping off, its as good as new.
The only thing I would say is once you buy one Disney cars car it does get addictive (and expensive) as you just have to have more - and more there are - there are literally hundreds of different models available and it might not be just your kids who are desperate to get more (my hubby, daughter and I get so excited when we see these cars in shops in the hope that we might find a new one - be warned - they are addictive for all ages!!!!)
My son is going through a phase of loving the disney film cars and one of the main cars in it is a lovely little tow truck called mater. We purchased this play tow truck from amazon for £4.99 which is about average for each of the characters from this range.
Mater itself is made up of plastic and metal. His main body is metal and the tow wires on the back of him are made with strong plastic. Every detail is the exact copy of the character from the movie even the writing on the side of his doors. the shading of old green and brown are perfect and at the front of the tow truck are his big wide ayes and goofy smile just like the TV character.
As he is made from metal and plastic he is very durable my son has had him for around 6 months now being carried everwhere many drops and scraps with many things but he still looks as good as new no marks or wear and tear.Mater once got covered in chocolate cake and was easily cleaned with a quick wipedown no colouring came away. The tow cables can be a little flimsy and do feel iff they were twisted and turned they would snap.
None of the doors open nor does the tow facility at the rear work the wheels do spin but that is about it so I was a little dissapointed as £5 is alot of money for a small diecast car to me. Saying that this does not bother my son he loves using his imagination to use mater and his friends have adventures so I suppose that is all that counts.Although I do not rate it highly my son loves it and that is all that counts so I would recomend this toy tow truck to anybody with a cars fan child
We got Mega Bloks version of the Disney Cars Tow Truck Mater in a value pack along with numerous other cars and accessories. You can buy him seperately though from places like Amazon and he costs around £5 though is sometimes sold for a little bit less.
We got him in a set for the equivilant of that price along with his little garage made of building blocks. I think he's good value as part of a set, but very overpriced if you're going to purchase him on his own.
He consists of a chassis brick with two bricks that make up his body, a third that makes his tow handle and a fourth brick that makes up his eyes. Finally there is a little button that can be pressed firmly between the spaces in the brick pins to create a nose. This bit is a little tricky and needs to be done by an adult.
This looks really smart and is easy to assemble and reassemble by a budding little builder. I think he costs too much money to buy on his own because he's only small and has just a few bricks to make him up. But as part of a set I think he's great and he'll be played with over and again by our grandson for a good while to come I think.
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