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Mattel Hot Wheels Speed-A-Saurus Mattel, 1998
Day #786: November 7, 2013
Mattel Hot Wheels Speed-A-Saurus Die-Cast Metal VehicleSpeed-A-Saurus
Turquoise

Hot Wheels 1998 Basic Cars
Item No.:
Asst. ??? No. 19983
Manufacturer: Mattel
Includes: n/a
Action Feature: Rolls
Retail: $1.00
Availability: 1998
Other: #814

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Mattel Hot Wheels Speed-A-Saurus Die-Cast Metal Vehicle

I had another stegosaurus toy set for today but I stumbled on a Speed-A-Saurus, 49 cents at an antique mall. Of course I'm going to post this first. (Also, fewer pictures means I have less work to do on a busy business trip week. I'm on another one as I post this.)

There's a lot of plastic here - the amorous dinosaur is a rubbery material, with the orange metal undercarriage being a heavier material. The gold chrome pipes are plastic, but a harder ABS. For the curious, the dinosaur has a red Hot Wheels logo stamped on its posterior, making it a tramp stamp before tramp stamps were popularized by girls, presumably going wild.

Mattel Hot Wheels Speed-A-Saurus Die-Cast Metal VehicleDesigned by the great Larry Wood, this toy has been in circulation from 1995-2000 and is, like many cars (and Star Wars figures) of this era, largely worthless. The trick is to find one for sale in person because in this digital age, shipping is where you really waste your money. You can see on the Amazon link above that this guy is basically free - but it's not available via Prime or Super Saver Shipping or whatever, so it effectively increases the price to six or seven bucks. This is why it's still important to network with local collectors, particularly on low-dollar purchases. Or in my case, find a glass case at an antique mall run by someone not plagued with delusion as to what his wares were worth.

Mattel Hot Wheels Speed-A-Saurus Die-Cast Metal Vehicle

Variation hunters take note - the toy is also available in purple, grey, and multiple shades of green. The dinosaur's sculpt is actually quite good, on par with dino toys of his day and the detail of the final product is on par with numerous modern mini-figure lines. The final detail isn't as sharp as OMFG, but the amount of work in the sculpt is considerable and largely quite impressive. It's worth noting that the figure you see here is not broken - the actual design is missing a plate on his back, and his tail has only two spikes. Accuracy aside, it's still fantastic and fun.

I've been itching to get one of these for a while now so I'm super pumped to have found one for basically nothing, sans packaging. The wheels roll nicely for a used piece, so I assume a new one in the package must be twice as nice. Get it if you want, particularly if what you want is a dinosaur seemingly raping a freshly-crushed hot rod.

--Adam Pawlus

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