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Posted in Sci-Fi Toys but this is an Ertl question so posting here as well. Have collected the original Ertl Blade Runner cars for a long time. All retail items were made back in 1982, bases molded with Ertl TM/Made In USA and Blade Runner Partnership TM in separate area. On the one I have, the base is molded with the same Ertl TM but Made In China instead of Made In Usa and the Blade Runner Partnership area is blank or covered (with plastic, not tape). Uploaded pics of this sample(?) and a 1982 original but won't be good quality. Mainly, since I'd imagine Ertl started using plants in China long after the 1982 retail release, when and why was this made in China for Ertl? I have called and e-mailed Ertl but no response or info came back. I am hoping someone in this forum knowledgeble in the Blade Runner cars or who knows someone at Ertl might be able to help with any known info. If not for the base being made (well after the original release?) in China, would have figured it to be a custom. Unlike the original retail release, it does not say "Blade Runner" but just well detailed tempos/paint/decals. That is how the plastic spinner (not Ertl) which was included in the special Final Cut DVD set was done, no movie logos, just paint/graphics based on the film spinners. If Ertl did make this for some reason, they may not acknowledge it since never meant to leave the company. It was shipped from Dyerville and although the seller didn't want to discuss it, did indicate he worked at Ertl at some time and got the car from someone else there. But the Made In China base has to be traceable, if nothing else, maybe someone here knows about when Ertl started using plants in China. Thanks.
 

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I have an Ertl tractor that was made in China, and its Julian date was for 1990. I don't know for sure what my John Deere AMT 600 is dated, but it might be a bit older. So I couldn't even hazard a guess as to when Ertl began producing in China.

Do your Blade Runner cars have a Julian date? It would be a four-digit number, either tampo'd or stamped on the base. That would help me to figure out when, exactly, they were made.
 
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