We had a pretty wet summer, which put a bit of a damper on our garage-saling. One sunny Sunday after a particularly rainy couple of days, I was driving back into the neighborhood after running errands with my wife, son and mother-in-law. We saw a sign advertising a Sunday-only sale and decided to check it out. It was a huge sale, and the nice woman explained to us how she had been thwarted by the rainy weather of the previous few days. There was a table with a few Hot Wheels, and though most of them were uninteresting, there was one that caught my eye. Even my son recognized that it was a Scene Machine and both of us began whispering excitedly. The Incredible Hulk was one of the few 1979 Hot Wheels that I had yet to find at a reasonable price.
Meanwhile, my wife had found some books and my mother-in-law had picked out a bunch of clothes. I handed the car to my son, who set it on the table while the nice woman was totaling up our purchase. She glanced at him and said, “Oh, we’ll just throw that in.”
1979 | 2850 | The Incredible Hulk (Scene Machines) | white with green, red & black trim | HK | blackwalls
The Scene Machines have a lens in the back of the vehicle which allows you to hold it up to the light and peer inside. In this case, the Hulk seems to be causing some commotion in the back of the van. These scenes are a little tricky to photograph, but the following image gives you some idea of the effect.
Other Scene Machines that I have in my collection include Spider-Man, Motocross Team, S.W.A.T. Van and Space Van.
Over the past few years, I’ve acquired quite a few blackwall-era Hot Wheels. But recently I decided to bring my vintage collection a little more into focus. I decided to start with the year 1979 and try to get all of the first castings from that year. Part of the reason I chose 1979 is because I already had a decent start, having previously picked up a number of Super Hero themed cars from that year.
So I’ve been burning up eBay recently, bidding on a bunch of cars from 1979, as well as a few other distractions. The Captain America car is actually a variation of the Hot Bird, which was released the previous year. Instead of the expected Firebird paint scheme, this Pontiac Trans-Am T-top is decorated with stars and stripes worthy of its namesake.
1979 | 2879 | Captain America | white, red and blue trim, red interior | HK | blackwalls
The Human Torch is another one of the Marvel Heroe-themed cars from 1979. It is also based on a casting from the previous year, the Army Funny Car. The body of the Plymouth Arrow is hinged to open, revealing the engine and driver’s cockpit.
1979 | 2881 | Human Torch | black with yellow and red trim | HK | blackwalls