Wednesday, December 20 2017 01:03

Toy Review: PJ Masks Diecast Vehicles - Big Adventure in Small Scale!

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Over the past year, there have been a ton of PJ Masks toys released. While I love what Just Play has done with the line, I do think that there comes a point when "overkill" comes into play, and it happens to the best of toy lines. When there's duplication between characters and vehicles in different scales, it can become confusing for families - parents and kids alike. This has happened with PJ Masks, and earlier this year I shared a picture of four different scales of the Catcar, along with five variations of Catboy. Since that time, there's been four additional versions, and an equal collection of Owl Gliders and Gekko Mobiles. Now comes yet a different scale, but it's one that I don't mind at all. In fact, it's a whole new realm when it comes to PJ Masks, and these may be my personal favorites when it comes to this line... PJ Masks diecast. Launched as a Toys "R" Us exclusive to begin with, the first wave consists of five vehicles - the three heroes, alongside Romeo's Lab and the Night Ninja's Bus. I dig 'em.

PJ Masks Diecast Review

It's a rare thing to find licensed character vehicles rolling into the diecast aisle if they're not manufactured by Mattel, who typically has that corner on lock thanks to their Hot Wheels, Matchbox and Disney•Pixar Cars collections. They're even responsible for Mickey & The Roadster Racers diecast under the Fisher-Price banner, so seeing Just Play getting in on the action is notable.

PJ Masks Diecast Review PJ Masks Diecast Review

When we received our review samples, I was more excited than our girls, the youngest of which is the resident PJ Masks expert around these parts. Cracking into them, I was taken back to a very specific moment, and I can't really explain why. Back in 1989, Ertl made a diecast version of the Batmobile from Tim Burton's BATMAN, and I loved that little 1:64-scale car. Opening these, there was a very similar vibe - perhaps just the uniqueness of seeing these animated vehicles come to life in such a small, yet tangible form. By my unscientific guesstimation, I'd say these are closer to 1:50 in scale than 1:64, but the kids are letting these hit the road with plenty of their other toy cars and trucks.

PJ Masks Diecast Night Ninja Bus PJ Masks Diecast Romeo's Lab

As of this writing, you'll have to look for these at your local Toys "R" Us store, where single packs should be priced under the $5 mark. There's also a Night Time Adventures Spiral Playset (MSRP $39.99), but keep in mind that if you see these for sale anywhere other than Toys "R" Us (as of December 2017), they'll likely be sold through third-party sellers, and at an inflated price.

PJ Masks Diecast Cat Car

The PJ Masks Diecast collection is a late selection for my "Best of 2017," as a great assortment of toys that kids - and dare I say, collectors - will enjoy. It's an affordable way to build an entire fleet of vehicles from the hit eOne series (which airs daily on Disney Junior), and their small size makes them perfectly portable for adventure on the go!

PJ Masks Diecast are featured on The Rock Father™ Magazine alongside the ReadySetz Urban Playset (reviewed here), and considered one of my picks for the Best of 2017.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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