Re: Hot Wheels

Subject: Re: Hot Wheels
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 1997 14:58:51 -0500 (CDT)

Dear Ed et al,  I have a couple of students who work at Target and Walmart.  
I'll ask them if they can keep an eye out for them.  I'll just have them buy 
a bunch if they show up and I'll let you know.  No promises, of course, 
'cause they are no better than Toys 'R Us at having a dependable inventory, 
but they did get us the only talking Darth Vader piggy bank in Denver, so 
it's worth a try!  janet

> This is a request to all you Mars Maniacs out there to see how lucky you 
>at finding the Hot Wheels action pac's of Sojorner. 
>I also would like to know if there are any plastic models that you could
>I am a teacher and want to follow up on the Live from Mars project from 
>with my new students this school year.
>I am not a collector I just want a model for students to look at. I may 
>try to
>build my own.
>Can anyone help>
>>Dear Mars Educators--
>>It sounds to me like Lori Darter's student was VERY lucky
>>that he found the Mars spacecraft in his Toys R Us store.
>>I did some research this morning (i.e., I *want* these toys).
>>Here is what I learned:
>>There are 2 Mars toy sets and they are just now hitting the market---
>>(a) Action Pac containing several spacecraft (MGS, MPF): no. 16145
>>(b) 24-carat gold-plated Sojourner rover: no. 17897
>>They are being sold as Hot Wheels models, according to the Matell
>>Consumer Information Office.  (I didn't see them on the 
>>HotWheels web page, yet --
>>Both items sell for around $5 to $6 (but I bet they will rapidly become
>>collectors items, selling for much more than that-- you would do well
>>to keep them inside their original packaging).
>>I called Toys-R-Us here in the Phoenix, Arizona area.  They told me
>>that their stores on the east coast usually get stuff in earlier than
>>the west coast-- so these toys probably aren't in the stores int
>>the west, yet.
>>I asked Toys-R-Us if they could keep an eye out and set these items
>>aside for me, and they said no.  They get random shipments of stuff 
>>almost every day.  With luck, one of the shipments sometime in the next
>>few days will contain some of these Mars toys.  I was told that I'd have
>>to phone every morning to see if they came in.  Worse, the particular
>>store that I called said that they have about 10 hard-core Hot Wheels
>>collectors that come in to the store every morning when it opens, to
>>pick through all the new stuff.  
>>This is like trying to get a Tickle-Me-Elmo or something! It's nuts!
>>Matell told me that they are not allowed to sell these products 
>>directly (i.e., I wanted to just call and order them with a credit card).
>>They are bound by contract with the various stores that carry their
>>product--- these include Toys R Us, Kay Bee Toys, K-mart, Wallmart, and I
>>think Target.
>>In addition to the Mars spacecraft, I found an article on the Web that
>>said Matell is going to do a Cassini (saturn) spacecraft, and I think it
>>also said they would do the Stardust spacecraft (of which Challenger 
>>is involved in their K-12 outreach).
>>If anyone finds a huge stash of these somewhere- I'd love to buy them.
>>Ken Edgett
>>Arizona State University
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