1979 The Incredible Hulk Scene Machines

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.”

img_9374 img_93751979 | 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.

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Other Scene Machines that I have in my collection include Spider-Man, Motocross Team, S.W.A.T. Van and Space Van.

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1979 Hot Wheels

This page lists all of the 1979 Hot Wheels, with a photo of each one that I have in my collection. The name of each car that I have links to a page with more information and photos. As I acquire the remaining cars in the list, I will add photos and links to this page.

NEW CASTINGS

IMG_02361979 | 2500 | Upfront 924 | yellow with red orange & black trim | HK | bs

IMG_84831979 | 2501 | Royal Flash | white with red and blue Union flag trim | HK | bs

IMG_03081979 | 2502 | Greased Gremlin | red with blue, white, yellow trim | MY | bs

IMG_84771979 | 2503 | Spacer Racer | red w/yellow, white, black trim | HK | bs

IMG_45101979 | 2504 | Hare Splitter | white with red, purple & black trim | HK | bs

IMG_03151979 | 2505 | Auburn 852 | red with dk brown plastic fenders | HK | bs

IMG_02311979 | 2506 | Flat Out 442 | orange w/red, blue, white trim | HK | bs

IMG_02331979 | 2507 | Dumpin’ A | yellow w/orange dumper, brown fenders | HK | bs

IMG_03111979 | 2508 | Vetty Funny | gray w/ black, red and yellow trim (no rivet?) | HK | bs

IMG_03061979 | 2509 | Bywayman | lt. blue w/ white, black and yellow trim, black bed | HK | bs

IMG_0524A 1979 | 2510 | Inside Story | gray, black plastic base, blue, red & yellow trim | HK | bs

IMG_82151979 | 2511 | Bubble Gunner | magenta with yellow, orange, white stripes w/stars | HK | bs
HEROES

IMG_69761979 | 2877 | Spider-Man | black, raised bar on base, red & white trim | HK | bs

IMG_14631979 | 2878 | The Incredible Hulk (Spoiler Sport) | yellow, two small rear windows | HK | bs

IMG_84731979 | 2879 | Captain America | white, red and blue trim, red interior | HK | bs

IMG_69741979 | 2880 | Thor | yellow | HK | bs

IMG_84701979 | 2881 | Human Torch | black with yellow and red trim | HK | bs

IMG_13501979 | 2882 | The Thing | dark blue with black, white and orange trim | HK | bs
SCENE MACHINES

img_93741979 | 2850 | Incredible Hulk Truck (Scene Machines) | white with black, blue & red trim | HK | bs

1979 | 2851 | Captain America Van (Scene Machines) | white with green, black & red trim | HK | bs

IMG_84751979 | 2852 | Spider-Man (Scene Machines) | white w/blue, red & black trim | HK | bs

IMG_84641979 | 2853 | Motocross Team (Scene Machines) | red w/yellow, black & white trim | HK | bs

IMG_13461979 | 2854 | S.W.A.T. Van (Scene Machines) | dark enamel blue with white & orange trim | HK | bs

IMG_14611979 | 2855 | Space Van (Scene Machines) | gray with white plastic top | HK | bs

GOLDEN MACHINES 6-PACK

IMG_30221979 | 2012 | Jaguar XJS | gold chrome with red & black trim | HK | bs

IMG_30191979 | 2014 | Hot Bird | gold chrome with orange & blue trim | HK | bs

IMG_30201979 | 2021 | Race Bait 308 | gold chrome with white & black trim | HK | bs

IMG_05731979 | 9241 | Corvette Stingray | gold chrome with black, orange and white trim | HK | bs

IMG_30241979 | 9639 | Z-Whiz | gold chrome with orange, white & blue trim | HK | bs

IMG_14651979 | 9641 | Spoiler Sport | gold chrome with black, red, orange trim, two small rear windows | HK | bs

REPAINTS AND BASE CHANGES

IMG_70871979 | 2639 | Fire Chaser | red with black, yellow & white trim | HK | bs

1979 | 7647 | Torino Stocker | black with yellow, white & orange trim | HK | bs

1979 | 7660 | Monte Carlo Stocker | dark blue with yellow, white & green trim | HK | bs

1979 | 7660 | Monte Carlo Stocker | dark blue with yellow, white & green trim, Chevrolet on sides | HK | bs

1979 | 8272 | Large Charge | orange with maroon, purple & white trim | HK | bs

IMG_54521979 | 9205 | California Cruisin’ (Super Van) | chrome metalflake with orange, yellow & black trim | MY | bs

1979 | 9241 | Corvette Stingray | yellow with black, orange, yellow & white trim | MY | bs

IMG_84791979 | 9643 | Letter Getter | white, black plastic base, red & blue trim | HK | bs

IMG_71661979 | 9645 | GMC Motorhome | orange with blue, white & yellow trim, chrome plastic base | HK | bs

1979 | 9646 | Show Hoss II | light green with black, blue & white trim | HK | bs

1979 | 9646 | Show Hoss II | yellow with dark red, black & white trim | HK | bs

IMG_71701979 | 9647 | ’56 Hi-Tail Hauler | light blue with yellow & red trim, yellow motorcycles | HK | bs

1979 | 9647 | ’56 Hi-Tail Hauler | light blue with yellow & red trim, black motorcycles | HK | bs

1979 | 9648 | T-Totaller | brown with orange, blue & white trim | HK | bs

1979 Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and the CORGI Supermobile

My son isn’t really into cars. He’s much more interested in superheroes and monsters. About the only way I can get him excited about one of my cars is if it has a superhero or a monster on it. Well, he did approve of this eBay purchase – a lot of four superhero-related Hot Wheels from 1979. These are a bunch of fun – and there are a few more superhero cars from 1979 that I’d like to get ahold of as well.

IMG_6976.JPGIMG_6977.JPG1979 | 2877 | Spider-Man | black, raised bar on base, red & white trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls

IMG_6972.JPGIMG_6973.JPG1979 | 2878 | The Incredible Hulk | yellow, two small rear windows | Hong Kong | blackwalls

IMG_6974.JPG IMG_6975.JPG1979 | 2880 | Thor | yellow | Hong Kong | blackwalls

This Corgi Supermobile was sort of a bonus in the lot. I think it’s the only Corgi I have in my collection (so far). My son was the one who figured out how to make the two fists punch out of the front of the car by pushing the red button on the back. It’s missing most of the glass, but the red plastic Superman is still intact in the cockpit.

IMG_6970.JPG IMG_6971.JPG1979 | Corgi Supermobile | blue, red interior

Update: In my stash of old comic books, I found this ad for the Corgi Superman series on the inside back cover of the 1979 Sgt. Fury #153.

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