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Mattel Hot Wheels Express Lane Mattel, 1998
Day #797: November 22, 2013
Mattel Hot Wheels Express Lane Die-Cast Metal VehicleExpress Lane
First Edition

Hot Wheels 1998 First Editions
Item No.:
Asst. ??? No. 18537
Manufacturer: Mattel
Includes: n/a
Action Feature: Rolls
Retail: $1.00
Availability: Late 1997/Early 1998
Other: Collector Number #678 / #37 of 40 Cars

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Mattel Hot Wheels Express Lane Die-Cast Metal VehicleI am not posting Express Lane as some eBay find or something I just recently opened. No, I found this car from 1998 at a Kmart, going out of business, about a month and a half ago. I actually was eyeing it on eBay and while it's basically worthless (that's good!) shipping and handling is never free (that's bad.) It was also marked down, I got it and a couple of others for about seventy cents a pop. There were a few of each and I semi-regret not buying all of them so I could give it out as a Christmas present.

Made mostly of metal, the car has a red plastic chassis and a giant metal engine. If you collect mini-figures like OMFG or MUSCLE, it's roughly sized to match those.

Mattel Hot Wheels Express Lane Die-Cast Metal VehicleIf you have a Glyos Noboto, he's right on the money. Express Lane's wheels roll freely and without too much friction compared to other recent cars I've bought. I didn't have any cars from the late 1990s before this one, and it feels significantly heavier than the bulk of my recent purchases. For a smaller vehicle, only 1 3/5-inches long, it's a lot denser.

Mattel gave it decent deco, but there's not a lot of paint here.

The red plastic is unpainted save for the words "EXPRESS LANE" on the sides and a "Hot Wheels" logo on what is basically the license plate spot. Given some of the wild designs of the late 1990s, I'm more than a little upset at myself for not having bought this back then - but my toy love was all on Star Wars back then, so it's not like I don't have a solid excuse.

Mattel Hot Wheels Express Lane Die-Cast Metal Vehicle

Due to the massive amount of metal, this weighty car seems like a perfect thing to fling across your desk to knock over other toys. If it flew off a Hot Wheels track, I bet you could really hurt someone with it. I'm hardly a hardcore collector of Mattel's seminal die-cast toy line, but I will say that this is one of my favorite cars that I've had the fortune to find at retail this year. If you can score one for $5 or less, buy it. It's fun, it's small, and again, I bet you could injure someone if you really tried.

--Adam Pawlus

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