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So we went out for an overpriced dinner (way too much cost for basically institutional food...), and since we were out, on a whim I drove to Toys 'R Us. Now our TRU so far as we know wasn't going to restock their Hot Wheels. After all, it seemed as if they hadn't every time we stopped in between now and Christmastime.

I pulled in, saw I had half an hour before they close, told my wife I would just go and see if they had restocked anything interesting. She knows I want to quit Hot Wheels and Matchbox, so I told her I just wanted to see if they had anything worth saving pennies for. I hoped, in fact, to find some of the Nose Art cars, but no luck.

I asked my son if he wanted to go with me, since his mom was waiting in the car.

"Nah."
"You sure?"
"I'll sit with mom."
"You know if I come out with a treasure hunt, you'll hit the roof."
He shook his head. My wife agreed with me. She's seen it before.
I went in, I came back out with a bag. My wife was shaking her finger at me as I crossed the parking lot ("quitting Hot Wheels?" she seemed to say, or maybe "you said you wouldn't buy anything").

As I come up to the car, I hear my son:
"That's just an empty bag."
Apparently, I've pranked my son just a few times...
"No, It's a '52 Chevy Treasure Hunt Pickup and a Hidden Ford Fairlane."
I hand him the bag, and yes there are two cars in it:


"No way he found a hidden!"
I just smiled, got in, started the car.
"Well," he says, "the tires are rubber, but I don't see the TH."
"Look on the trunk."
"He found a hidden super!"

Now he is unhappy with me. He won't go looking for T-hunts because he never finds them. When I reminded him he could have gone in, he said that it would have just meant we found none of them. Oh well, he had his chance. Maybe next time I offer, he'll go.

Now, I am very jazzed. This is my first Super Hidden. I am very happy. I despaired of ever finding one in the wild. Now I can stop collecting Hot Wheels altogether without it nagging me that I never found one. (Of course, I won't pass up the racks, I'll still thumb through them, I just won't go out just for HW anymore.)

But I need to know this: Is the Fairlane considered an error, on top of it all?

I am having trouble getting a really good pic out of our camera, even close-up mode isn't helping. This is the best of several I took. Look on the driver's side wheels. There is still some flashing from the die-casting process in front of both the front and back wheels.

Error or not, I'm still happy, I'm just curious.
 

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Haha, sounds like a bad day for your son. Great find though, I've only seen the regular mainline Ford so far. Mind you, from what I've seen in the other thread about winning a case of HW, that case had only one in it so it's not all that common either I guess.

Now, about the error, I can't see anything, sorry. The way I do it though is use a very simple test. I take it out of the pack and if it rolls, it's good. Just because I don't collect carded die cast. Then again, the illusion might be nice too because when I tried my (only) hidden super, which was the Super Bee, it didn't roll. Disappointed. The base was a wee bit too tight so the rubber wheels at the back would scrape against the body of the car. Hm, well, in any case, congratulations. :)
 

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Here's the original pic:


And here I've circled the extra bits.


The front bit sits on a 45 degree angle, not square like it should be. Compare the driver's side and passengers side. The back wheel is similar, though the extra bit is of a different shape.
 

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I wouldn't consider untrimmed flash on the base as an error really, just a sloppily made base.
The Fairlane is a sweet hunt though. Congrats! :)

I just found a super today - and my first hidden. The '71 Challenger.
 

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I wouldn't consider untrimmed flash on the base as an error really, just a sloppily made base.
The Fairlane is a sweet hunt though. Congrats! :)

I just found a super today - and my first hidden. The '71 Challenger.
What he said about the error ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Congrats on your hidden..... :thumbsup:

I do not look anymore nor do I care for the THs anymore.... I probably passed many by since I do not look

I turned a new leaf on how I collect these days. I been spending my money on higher end Cars. :)
 

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So as the night progresses, I realize that while I got lucky with those two cars, there were easily a dozen camaro road race's there. They didn't look like TH's, but I wasn't too sure. I wish I had paid more attention to them while I was there.

I went back this morning. Took a good long careful look at all of the cars there (anyone else surprised that the Galaxie doesn't seem to be a TH?). Turns out I did miss a TH. It was the regular '67 Mustang. Now that's a pretty car. My wife will likely wag her finger at me again when she finds out, and I don't think I'll tell my son for a while. He's still pretty steamed at me.

That makes 3 THunts from the same TRU. This is only partially surprising, because my first ever THunt came from that store, and the day I found it, I passed on several identical THunts, thinking I only needed the one... So it looks like at that store anyway, I'll luck out about every 6 months or so.
 

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Congrats on the Fairlane :thumbsup: It IS what used to be known as a $uper TH. Rumor has it that later this year the 2013 line will have no green stripe on the cardboard for THs. So what are now THs and hidden THs will all be "hidden."
 
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