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Mattel Hot Wheels Mars Rover Curiosity Mattel, 2016
Day #1,366: January 28, 2016
Mattel Hot Wheels Mars Rover Curiosity Die-Cast Metal VehicleMars Rover Curiosity
HW City - #71 / 250

Hot Wheels 2013 HW City Basic Cars
Item No.:
Asst. L2593 No. BFC82
Manufacturer: Mattel
Includes: n/a
Action Feature: Rolling wheels
Retail: $1.00
Availability: ca. November 2013
Other: Brown wheel variant

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Mattel Hot Wheels Mars Rover Curiosity Die-Cast Metal VehicleWhile I was out hunting for stuff a few years ago I found a bin packed with the Mars Rover Curiosity. I'm glad it was on a good hunt, because if you've ever waited in line at the ChrisTown Walmart, you know that waiting for a single car - especially on a weeknight - is a long process that will make you reconsider just how badly you want the toy you just found. I've left more than a few behind in hopes of finding it somewhere else later with a lesser wait on more than one evening.

While most cars from Hot Wheels function pretty much the same, this is one of those fun exceptions. It sports six rolling wheels with a rotating ChemCam with a ton of other bits and pieces that don't quite move - but they're present. The die-cast metal chassis is painted white with gold and black and silver trimmings, while each wheel is sort of a little brown or rusty - kind of like the Mars soil.

Mattel Hot Wheels Mars Rover Curiosity Die-Cast Metal Vehicle

The paint is good, and it rolls nicely. I have to admit, I wasn't expecting all six wheels to roll well. Mattel's engineers tend to do a great job on these toys, as the bulk of them seem to be designed to work with their various playsets and tracks - wheels on other toys I buy don't always move so well.

The added bonus of the paint job on this figure? NASA tampo up front. Not only is it sharp, it's nice to see a real "space toy" for kids. Sure, we've got Star Wars but this is some real space stuff right here. And somehow, it can also drive real fast. Hey, I'm OK with that.

Mattel Hot Wheels Mars Rover Curiosity Die-Cast Metal Vehicle

One of the things I find really exciting about Hot Wheels is how they can find new ways to play with the format. Toy-sized real-world cars make for a fun collectible and a decent toy, but how do you go beyond that? Creature cars, TV cars, and now interplanetary science labs can make for a great toy for a buck, especially since this format's low cost cracks open the door to some low-level experimentation. If you see it cheap, get one. It's neat!

--Adam Pawlus

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Mattel Hot Wheels Mars Rover Curiosity Die-Cast Metal Vehicle Mattel Hot Wheels Mars Rover Curiosity Die-Cast Metal Vehicle

Mattel Hot Wheels Mars Rover Curiosity Die-Cast Metal Vehicle Mattel Hot Wheels Mars Rover Curiosity Die-Cast Metal Vehicle
Mattel Hot Wheels Mars Rover Curiosity Die-Cast Metal Vehicle

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