Custom ’67 Pontiac Firebird

This Hot Wheels Custom ’67 Pontiac Firebird is a new casting. The Hot Wheels Wiki claims that the metal body is unpainted. The base and the interior are black plastic. The front wheels are smaller than those in the rear. I love the fact that the hood has been removed, exposing the engine.

The colors on the model’s engine (black in the middle, silver in the front) do not match the ones in the card’s image (silver in the middle, black in the front).


Spot the difference

What’s better than having two blue Hot Wheels ’77 Pontiac Firebirds? Having one of them be an error copy. As you can see from the picture below, the one on the right is missing the decorations on (at least) one side. While errors are highly sought after in the philatelic and numismatic world (and, in some cases, in the comic book collecting world), I’m not sure how they are treated in the toy business.


GreenLight Pontiac Firebirds

I recently went to the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City for Toy Kingdom’s The Great Holiday Toy Sale from December 4-6, 2015. I went on December 3, 2015 shortly before 2 PM for its “soft opening” and saw a stall selling high-end scale models. I saw a beautiful Siku 1:64 scale car carrier being sold for 2,000 pesos. I left to go back to a conference I was attending, and when I got back to the stall a few hours later, the car carrier had just been sold to someone else. (Owning a good quality 1:64 scale car carrier is one of my childhood dreams.)
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’77 Pontiac Firebird

When I was a child, my favorite scale model was a Hot Wheels Pontiac Firebird (most likely the Hot Bird). (I blogged about it here.) I have always wanted to buy another one, but it seems that the last mainline Hot Bird was made in 1989, and all the ’77 Pontiac Firebirds that I saw for sale were very expensive. I’m glad to say that today I was able to buy the first mainline Hot Wheels ’77 Pontiac Firebird T/A (and at a 10% discount, too).

For some reason, the base of the car is labeled “77 Pontiac Firebird T/A” but the card is labeled “’77 Pontiac Firebird.” The copyright date on the bottom is 2015, but this model seems to have been first made in 2008. A small Hot Wheels logo is on the door, a Firebird emblem is on the C-pillar, and the words “TRANS AM” are on the side behind the front wheel, and on the hood near the front. Although I prefer this model in black and gold, this “micro apple red” one is also pretty nice. It doesn’t look exactly like the real Pontiac Firebird that I earlier blogged about. (It has a rear spoiler, a T-top and a different image on the hood.)

1977 seems to have been a good year for cars. (One of my other favorite cars is the 1977 Lotus Esprit S1.)