2012 The Mystery Machine

I got a nice package in the mail last week, courtesy of a friend from the Hot Wheels collector’s message boards. I’d been unable to find the Mystery Machine locally, so I was pretty happy to get ahold of not just one, but both of the package variations. I don’t know the story behind the two different packages (anyone?), but the second one is identical to the look of the 2013 cars, even though it’s emblazoned with “NEW FOR 2012.” The only difference that I can see on the cars is that the bottom of the first is stamped “E25” and the second is stamped “E30”.

img_0332img_03452012 New Models | The Mystery Machine | teal with The Mystery Machine trim | Orange J5

img_0331img_0346HW Imagination – 2012 | The Mystery Machine | teal with The Mystery Machine trim | Orange J5

When I was a kid, one of my favorite things was waking up on Saturday mornings to watch Scooby Doo on television. When my little boy was younger, we found some of the early episodes on DVD (remember when the gang met Batman and Robin?) and bought it for him. Just like that, the love of Scooby Doo was passed on to the next generation. At some point, we picked up these action figures at a garage sale and when I found out there was a Mystery Machine to go with them, I hunted one down on eBay. It’s been one of his favorite toys ever since.

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About marcboz

Marc Bosworth is an artist who teaches printmaking and works as an art director. He lives in a 100-year-old bungalow in Wichita with his lovely wife and their young ninja son.
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3 Responses to 2012 The Mystery Machine

  1. The Angry Birds cars of 2012 also have card variations, some of which are also identical to the look of the 2013 cards. Perhaps the popular Imagination cars of 2012 were “re-released” for 2013?
    I only have the “2013” version of the Angry Birds Minion car; its bottom is stamped “E46.” It’s possible the “2012” version has an earlier base code.

  2. Pingback: 2014 Mystery Machine | The Race Case

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