I have wanted to show these pics for the last week, but a busy schedule got in the way. But here we go...
Some of you are lucky enough to be near a Mattel Toy Store, and of those of you that are, I think most are in Southern California. And of those of you who keep track of these things, you know that the Mattel Store had a huge sale a weekend ago.
Instagram was littered with photos of collectors lucking out on all kinds of goodies, finding them for super cheap. There was a lot to be had, but it seemed that the stuff being gobbled up the most was Golden Era Matchbox. Collectors like @calininja81 and @hw_jay went bargain bonkers, scooping up all kinds of orange brand goodies.
Mid-morning that Saturday, my phone started buzzing as an influx of photos starting flowing in. My good friend HW_Jay was in the parking lot of the Mattel Store, where the sale was taking place, and was sending over photos of a diecast paradise:
See? Imagine walking into that? I would not know where to start. Within 5 minutes I would be hovering in the corner in the fetal position mumbling that is was too much. But Jay managed things wonderfully. After maneuvering the stand-alone displays, he dove right into this mess:
Carded Matchbox on top, sealed cases below.
And these castings were no slouches. As you have seen in some of my Golden Era Unboxing videos, most models from this era were licensed. Jay even had enough time to do a rapid Case Report:
The 5-packs were next. Yeah, there were a few of us who asked for one or two or twelve:
$.40 each. I would buy that many too. Jay made a lot of collector friends happy that day.
He still wasn't done:
Inside the store, the hard-to-find Dodge Charger Police Mission Force pack, much cheaper than the $11.99 I see them going for.
I think I learned two things from that Saturday. First, if the Mattel Store is having a sale, go. Second, don't tell your friends. They will deplete the battery on cell phone in minutes.
A lot of those models are coming my way, and it was very cool of Jay to do that. As cool as that is, just seeing what Jay got to rummage through made it for a great day indeed. He let me share these pics, and I think they may interest a few of you. See you all at the next Mattel Store Sale...