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Mattel Hot Wheels Zombot Mattel, 1991
Day #803: December 2, 2013
Mattel Hot Wheels Zombot Die-Cast Metal VehicleZombot
Stands or Rolls!

Hot Wheels 1991 Basic Cars
Item No.:
Asst. ??? No. 4346
Manufacturer: Mattel
Includes: n/a
Action Feature: Rolls
Retail: $1.00
Availability: 1991 (or so says the cardback)
Other: #224

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Mattel Hot Wheels Zombot Die-Cast Metal VehicleNow this was a solid idea. Part of what I've found to be delightful about Hot Wheels is just how much variety there is - one "car" is a kid on a skateboard, another was designed to be for LEGO figures, and another isn't so much a car as it is the U.S.S. Enterprise. I saw the oddly named Zombot online and have been itching to get one - I stumbled on one at an antique store for a buck, which is pretty much as awesome as a find can be if you collect these older toys short of being given them or stealing them. (Kids: do not steal.)

As usual, the bottom of the car is metal and the top is a silver chrome color that actually matches the unpainted metal quite closely. What's awesome about this car is that it "transforms" when you stand it up - it rolls like a car when the wheels are on the ground, with silver Ultra Hot wheels and a shiny pink gun when he stands in robot mode. There are red, yellow, and blue "robot" markings that look as if they would feel antiquated back when this sculpt debuted back in 1987, let alone in 1991 (or later) when it got reissued.

Mattel Hot Wheels Zombot Die-Cast Metal VehicleDesigned by Larry Wood, this car is more than most toys. We've had a few "robot" cars, but this one is utterly charming. If you told me this guy was a background design on The Challenge of the Go-Bots or someone destroyed by ROM Space Knight I would believe you. Its bent arms and legs give him a bit of an action pose within the confines of the die-cast car footprint. It will still fit on your tracks, and it'll stand up on your desk at 3-inches tall. It's delightfully corny, but Hasbro has used the same "transformation" process in its own Transformers toy robot line.

Mattel Hot Wheels Zombot Die-Cast Metal Vehicle

There are many variants of this figure in numerous colors, the last of which was released around 2008. I picked up this one because it was the cheapest one I saw, which tends to be the driving force of numerous decisions in my life.

Much like the Speed-a-Saurus last month, I give this one a strong recommentadtion because it is just so gosh darned charming. He's the same size as smaller figures like Pheyden from Glyos or an Imaginext guy, so it's a wonderful toy rather than just another realistic car. It's a ton of fun - it's a robot who can roll away in an instant, with no fidgeting. Hasbro did something similar with its quickly-swept-under-the-rug (after a couple of tries) line of die-cast Transformers RPMs, which could also had a robot mode - except they were a sculpted relief on the underside of the car. I like the Zombot a lot more, mostly because the robot has a lot more personality. This is one of my favorites.

--Adam Pawlus

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