|Disney Wild Racers Treasure Planet John Silver|
What is interesting is that this particular eBay auction listed the car as "BEN" (the obnoxious robot) from Treasure Planet. This car is clearly not BEN, it is Silver. It is Silver's arm as a car.
The popular Disney Racers die cast car collection started out as "Disney's Wild Racers" made by Hasbro back in 2002. The cars were sold at toy stores and retail giants like Walmart.
New waves of Disney Wild Racers were announced, but never released. Among those announced was a set of cars for Disney's 2002 animated film, Treasure Planet.
The Treasure Planet set was going to feature BEN and Silver. I have to admit this Silver car looks better than I ever imagined.
There was also an eBay auction for a different, unpainted prototype version of the Silver car.
I lost that auction, too.
The unpainted Silver car is pretty slick, too.
It's not surprising that the Silver car was never released. Treasure Planet did not do well at the box office, and the Disney Wild Racers line was discontinued at toy stores. Luckily, the line became Disney Racers and continues to be sold at Disney theme parks.
Another unreleased Disney Wild Racer is Buster the dog.
You mean you've never heard of Buster the dog?
Buster was the villain in the 2001 movie Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure.
This car would have been the rare exception of a Disney Racer based on a Direct to Video Movie character.
I'm guessing Buster was the victim of a shift in marketing strategies for Lady and the Tramp II.
It is rather shocking that another Disney dog did not make it past the prototype stage.
|Zero Disney Wild Racer|
Zero the dog (with Skeleton Jack) from The Nightmare Before Christmas seem like they'd sell like crazy during the Haunted Mansion Holiday season at Disneyland in California.
It looks like Zero would have been similar to the "invisible" Cheshire Cat Disney Racers.
Dr. Finkelstein from The Nightmare Before Christmas was also made into a prototype Disney Racer.
Dr. Finkelstein also seems like a no-brainer to sell at Disneyland.
Jack, Oogie Boogie, Zero and Finkelstein could sell really well as a boxed set.
Rex and Woody had been announced many years ago as a set for Disney Wild Racers.
Eventually, Woody was released at the Disney Parks.
Given how many Toy Story character Disney Racers have been made, I'm rather shocked that Rex was never produced.
I failed to get any of these Unreleased Disney Racers when they were being sold on eBay.
By 2016, the Disney Racers line has morphed and grown into something very different. Star Wars and Marvel are the big focus now, which isn't that shocking, because they sell.
The search continues for more buried Treasure Planet Disney Racers...