There are a lot of reasons that we collect. One is the joy of finding something unique. That is why so many will spend a completely irrational amount of time looking for Supers. When you step back, it makes absolutely no sense that someone would spend that much time, that much gas, and lack that much sleep, just to find a random Hot Wheels that really doesn't look that much different than the others. And then, once that one is found, it is put aside and the collector's mind focuses on the next one.
Frankly, Supers don't merit that much effort, nor do they deserve the vitriol that some emit when they see someone else found a Super they wanted, but logic isn't part of this game, is it? We have all been guilty of one of these irrational pursuits during out collecting existence.
But those are Supers, and there is a certain exhilaration when one is found in the wild. It is something entirely different when you find an error. Instead of the "oh boy!" reserved for a Super, it is more of a "well...I'll be..." kind of response. Maybe a double take, a close examination, and even a quick image search on your phone to make sure your hunch that something isn't right is correct.
Sometimes it is totally obvious. The wheels are mismatched, or the model is tampo-less. Sometimes it is harder to see, like an unriveted base or missing windows. Whatever the error, and whether or not you buy it or leave it, errors are always interesting to find.
But in the world of errors, there is a special place for the epic errors. Those that go past the unriveted base, or missing tampos or mismatched wheels. They are the errors that are completely bonkers. The errors that make you second guess whether or not you are actually looking at what you are looking at. The error that there is no way QC would let get through, but they did. The error that you know you will never see again.
That happened to me on Tuesday. I walked into a Walmart while traveling and did my normal perusal. What I found on the Road Trippin' pegs was a mind-blower. A type of error that I had seen in pics, but never in person, let alone on the pegs:
What the?!? How the hell?!? I don't know what to call it. An unriveted, no-base, no-interior, no-window, no wheels error. It is just the body, and nothing else. Definitely a bonkers error.
I have no idea how this happens. Something tells me this might be a factory worker having a little fun, but there is no doubt this was done in the factory. However it happened, it made it through the line, through quality control, into a case, over to the US, and onto the pegs. And now I have it.
And I am glad I do. It is a casting I really like, and now one of the most unique models in my collection. I feel fortunate it is a casting I like, because I doubt I will ever see this type of error again.
This is the fourth time I have found a bonkers error. Interestingly, only my second Hot Wheels bonkers error. The other two were Matchbox.
The other Hot Wheels error was this Ferrari that had a piece of tape on it. Tape in a blister is not uncommon, but the full rear tampo printed on the tape is:
The other two, as I said, were Matchbox. It seems finding Matchbox errors is not a common occurrence, so when they do them, they do them right.
The first is this International Brush Truck with no top piece or windows:
I found this right before the Matchbox Gathering one year, and actually took it to the convention to show to the Matchbox team. I remember Ryu Asada wondering how that happened considering the top piece had to be riveted to the bottom in order for the whole model to stay together.
The last is still probably my favorite bonkers error. I have mentioned this one before, but it is appropriate to mention again. I still remember my shock when I found this Matchbox Olds Vista Cruiser on the pegs. It is a mismatched wheel error, which happens, but not with a large Hot Wheels white line wheel:
Once again, how this happened is beyond me. Hot Wheels and Matchbox are created in different factories. This might be employee shenanigans, like the Toyota possibly is, but one way or the other it ended up in a blister and hanging at my local Walmart. Incidentally, there are Hot Wheels wheels on the back side as well.
These types of finds don't happen often. But it is a blast when they do.
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