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I became aware of the Starfire version of the
Matchbox Ford Racing Van a few years ago.
I saved a picture of it in my Red, White and
Blue folder as something that I would like to
acquire in the future for my RWB diecast niche.

I set my eBay keyword search and waited, and
waited for the best opportunity to pick one up.
Sure, I could have got a loose one for a few
bucks but sometimes, it is hard to tell by the
pics if it is perfect. I would rather set one
free out of the package myself.

Recently, somebody had a bunch of MB vintage
items for sale so I picked up a few things all
at the same time to save on shipping charge.
I'm glad to finally add this one to the pile as
well as get another version in case I want to
give the casting some downhill racing track time =)

 

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Mmy younger brother and I were just talking about this same casting. We were amazed at how similar it looks to the ford van/ station wagon that they make today. I forget the name of it now. Anyway, great video and congrats on the addition.
 

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Nice going on the vans Markkaz.

It's a funny thing that 'around a dollar' price point they've been trying to maintain for decades. When you consider that in 1987 when these vans were new, .95 cents had the value of nearly $2 today, and nobody thought anything of it. But rather than keep pace with inflation, and potentially turning off casual toy buyers with $2 cars, they cheapened the brand in order to hang onto the one dollar price forever... I truly believe that if Mattel had adjusted the price periodically throughout the years, we could still have quality, all-diecast mainline cars, and people would be paying around $2-3 for them like it's still a great deal.
 

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Fun facts about the real version:

0-60 3 Seconds
0-100 6.5 Seconds
Top Speed 185+
590 HP

Note, video is of Supervan 1 and 2, 'Supervan 2' segment starts 3 minutes into video.
 

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Nice going on the vans Markkaz.

I truly believe that if Mattel had adjusted the price periodically throughout the years, we could still have quality, all-diecast mainline cars, and people would be paying around $2-3 for them like it's still a great deal.
I believe that it is because of the consumer that Mattel
has had to maintain the $1 price point. Look what happened
when they tried to push it to the $1.09 mark. Sales flattened.

Now, Walmart is back to the under $1.00 mark.

As with the Hot Ones, Mattel will just have the better
models, with metal bases and bodies, at the higher price point.

The $1 line is toy cars for kids.
The higher priced lines are intended for adults.

Karl, thanks for the video link. That was an awesome addition to the topic!
 

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I believe that it is because of the consumer that Mattel
has had to maintain the $1 price point. Look what happened
when they tried to push it to the $1.09 mark. Sales flattened.

Now, Walmart is back to the under $1.00 mark.

As with the Hot Ones, Mattel will just have the better
models, with metal bases and bodies, at the higher price point.

The $1 line is toy cars for kids.
The higher priced lines are intended for adults.

Karl, thanks for the video link. That was an awesome addition to the topic!

Stuff the consumer! That whole 1.09 issue was just because people feel entitled and think everything has to stay the same forever. Look what happened, just compare a Matchbox 2012 with a Matchbox 1984. Different company, sure, but...you want the same price forever, you lose quality. And even on Hobbytalk there was all that whining and whinging about it. Sometimes people don't get it. More plastic, less metal, same price. But the so called premium lines of today used to be basic lines in the past, like the Lesney Editions weren't very far off the 1980s mainlines except for a decent wheel suspension.
 

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Look what happened when they tried to push it to the $1.09 mark. Sales flattened.
Walmart is an exception that buyers get spoiled over, because WM buys everything on the cheap and sells on the cheap. But prices for mainline Hot Wheels and Matchbox have been $1.09 or more at less competitive places like Kmart or Walgreens for at least a year or more. At least the ones in my area. Of course we have no Walmart around here either.
 
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