The 2014 Hot Wheels come out early - I had no idea - and the first one I snagged was The Jetsons Capsule Car. Rather than use a display stand like The Enterprise, the vehicle has been adapted to be an actual car. It has a larger bottom half, plus clear plastic wheels that roll quite nicely. I literally just found it last week.
I found mine at a Fry's Electronics in Los Angeles, and it seems to have the international packaging - hence, no "NEW! for 2014" call-out on the card. It's cast in green plastic, with both dark green and light green die-cast metal elements. A clear dome covers the top and you can see seats for four, possibley more depending on your mood. No figures are included.
Mattel has made Jetsons cars in the past for Hot Wheels, but not based on this design - you'd see the characters slapped on a bus. Previously they have also produced The Mystery Machine from Scooby-Doo as well as the car from The Flintstones, neither of which I have had the good fortune to find at retail. The TV and movie cars in this line continue to grow and thrive, and for a buck I'm not complaining.
This will probably be tough to find - if I find another one, I'm getting it for my parents. I'm sure many are going to get scalped on Amazon and eBay. It's my hope that Mattel cranks out a ton of them and satisfies the market, because why the heck not. It's not like they make money from eBay. Attention toy hunters: note the Jetsons logo at the top of the package, the blue stripe on teh right, and that the "theme" text has changed from white to black this year. Good hunting.
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