Angry Birds

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I was recently able to buy the 2014 versions of the Red Bird and the Angry Birds Minion (which for some reason are both called Angry Birds for 2014). They’re essentially the same as the original 2012 versions except for having OH5 wheels instead of 5SP wheels.

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Red Bird

redbird I recently went with my daughter to the mall toy store I regularly visit. As I was looking at the Hot Wheels, she asked me what kind of cars I was looking for. I told her I was looking for those that looked weird. “Like this?” she said, as she showed me the car on the left.

Note that, unlike the Angry Birds Minion that I have, this one has the Angry Birds logo on the upper left.

Angry Birds Minion

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I have played an Angry Birds game only once in my life, and I am not particularly fond of merchandise related to it.  Nevertheless, I bought a Hot Wheels Angry Birds Minion recently because I expect it to be quite difficult to find due to the large demand for it.  (Hot Wheels made two Angry Birds-related vehicles for 2012:  this and Red Bird.)

I wasn’t going to blog about it, but when I searched the internet for information about the two vehicles, I discovered that many card variations of them exist.  For example, there are short cards and there are long cards (like mine).  Some have a yellow stripe with the vehicle’s name; others have a green stripe with the words “HW Imagination.”  Some have the Angry Birds logo on the upper left; others have it on the lower left.  Some have pictures of helmeted riders on the upper left, or a circled “New for 2012” on the upper right, or an illustration with the caption “Scan & Track on Back” on the upper right, and so on.  I have no idea how many card variations exist.

I’ve included a picture of my card’s back.  It states that it was manufactured for and imported into the EU by Mattel Europa B.V. (in the Netherlands), and it was imported by Mattel Canada Inc.  The bottom of the vehicle states that it was made in Malaysia.