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I saw those in Walmart yesterday, almost bought one in fact. But then I got disgusted with Mattel for charging so much for it and they STILL couldn't color the taillights. 88 cents, I'll overlook it - $3.47, and I won't. A pet peeve of mine I guess.
 

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Awesome Bird Can't wait for walmart here to get them,But probably won't be to soon. Still have the second series warming the pegs.
Hey Duncan I partially agree with you, whats a few more underpaid people standing in a assembly line with paint brushes ready to paint going to hurt.
Although for the $3.47 you pay for the Boulevard series cars you get another Paint scheme, A Full metal Car and Real Rubber Tires and thats something you don't get with the .88 Cent cars.
 

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Really? The metal base and the Real Riders are the only thing that makes these worthwhile.

I agree.

Thought all of the cars in these series were all die cast.Guess not.

That being said,the Vega in this batch is all metal,and quite nice to boot.

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False alarm.............

It IS in fact a metal base.......

Popped it out of the package when I got it and took a quick look at it......the base is flat black,I assumed it was plastic but now that I looked again it is metal.:tongue:

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Wheeww.... I was REALLY looking forward to finding this one. Plastic base...not so much. The hunt is back on!
False alarm.............

It IS in fact a metal base.......

Popped it out of the package when I got it and took a quick look at it......the base is flat black,I assumed it was plastic but now that I looked again it is metal.:tongue:

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Awesome Bird Can't wait for walmart here to get them,But probably won't be to soon. Still have the second series warming the pegs.
Hey Duncan I partially agree with you, whats a few more underpaid people standing in a assembly line with paint brushes ready to paint going to hurt.
Although for the $3.47 you pay for the Boulevard series cars you get another Paint scheme, A Full metal Car and Real Rubber Tires and thats something you don't get with the .88 Cent cars.
True, but for 50 cents more I can get an M2 Driver with much better detail, although, admittedly, the base is plastic, but the rest makes up for it compared to 3.47, imho.

Although your visual picture of the underpaid people standing in an assembly line makes one think twice.
 

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whats a few more underpaid people standing in a assembly line with paint brushes ready to paint going to hurt.
Although for the $3.47 you pay for the Boulevard series cars you get another Paint scheme, A Full metal Car and Real Rubber Tires and thats something you don't get with the .88 Cent cars.
Unless it's a certain super TH, and at around a dollar they probably still make money on that. They market the metal/metal with RR's like it's a huge deal, but all Hot Wheels are constructed very simply, and a metal base is actually pretty basic. We've just been conditioned over time to think it's really special. It wasn't that long ago some mainlines still routinely had metal/metal.

But Mattel doesn't mind exploiting the adult collectable market when they think it consists almost exclusively of nostalgic middle age white guys with nice pensions and eager paws. They offer bread and butter, but I don't look to them for innovation. Or great value - outside of mainlines.
 

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nice 67 pontiac firebird 400 find congrats.:wave::thumbsup:
 

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I saw those in Walmart yesterday, almost bought one in fact. But then I got disgusted with Mattel for charging so much for it and they STILL couldn't color the taillights. 88 cents, I'll overlook it - $3.47, and I won't. A pet peeve of mine I guess.
After currency conversion every Boulevard costs about $6.90 US dollars here in New Zealand, so...disgusted is a strong word there. You're still luckier than some. Just saying...
 

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I maybe should clarify a little - I still think the OP got a great model, and I didn't mean to denigrate that, although it may have inadvertently come across that way - I came very close to buying the firebird myself. The timing was just bad, I think - for me - because I had just looked at a number of the Blvds deciding which to buy and was already a little unhappy so many were lacking that one pet detail of mine - colored taillights - for the price, when I saw the Firebird. I immediately went for it because I thought it outshone all the others, but when I saw the lack of taillights it was like, alright Mattel, enough is enough. I'd probably go back in the next day and be happy to buy the bird without a second thought, although it will probably be gone because the next guy behind me was probably smarter than me.
 

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I agree they should color the taillights, but when they don't, I just look at it as an opportunity for some fun light customization. Put down a base of silver marker, then color it red. I've done it for many cars, it's simple and fun to do.

There seems to be a plateau with Hot Wheels. Cars of about $3.50 will get you a good metal/metal casting, most likely with RR's, and so-so tampo detail. $5 cars will get you metal/metal, RR's and the addition of premium paint, and much better details.
 

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I agree they should color the taillights, but when they don't, I just look at it as an opportunity for some fun light customization. Put down a base of silver marker, then color it red. I've done it for many cars, it's simple and fun to do.

There seems to be a plateau with Hot Wheels. Cars of about $3.50 will get you a good metal/metal casting, most likely with RR's, and so-so tampo detail. $5 cars will get you metal/metal, RR's and the addition of premium paint, and much better details.
I have colored a few taillights myself, but for me it's the price point. For as much as they are getting for the Blvds, they should be colored. For 88 cents, yeah, I can pull out a marker or two. Have to remember your tip on the silver marker base. Sounds like that would give it a little more sparkle/depth like a taillight would have?
 
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