Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

1:32ish HAWL

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Went to Menards (home improvement store, for those of you not in the midwest) and as we were walking in, I saw they had a selection of 1:32ish cars at convenient kid level. I've seen these same cars in various places for $8-10 a pop, but they were priced at $4. My daughter really wanted the blue Stingray, and how can I say no to that? So I let the kids each pick out a car and snagged one for myself.

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There are actually a two different brands represented here, although they may come from the same factory, for all I know. They were all in the same box, and I think I've seen them together before.

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One of the boys chose this bus, because bus. This is branded Kinsfun by Kintoy and has no scale on the bottom, but does have a heart-shaped balloon thingy on top, because why not? Door opens. Can't see it in the picture, but it has signal lights that are individual tinted clear plastic pieces. Also, it has a pull-back motor.

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The other boy grabbed this one. It is branded Kinsmart and I assume is also by Kintoy and claims to be 1:32. Nicely detailed, opening doors, also pull-back motor. Interior has some nice details and painted dash details, although some of the molding or assembly is a little sloppy (the gearshift in particular is kinda wonky). Individual pieces for head and tail lights. Sorry I didn't get more pics, but I was only able to have them for pictures very briefly.

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My daughter immediately grabbed this one, and I am not going to say no to taking home a '63 Sting Ray. Another Kinsmart, this one is 1:36. Again a nice level of detail with various individually molded pieces on the inside, sticker gauge cluster. Nice tampos on the exterior. Again, opening doors and pull-back motor. If my daughter hadn't grabbed this one, I would have.

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Picked up the '70 Elky for myself. There's no brand name on the bottom, just a logo with an "S" with speedy lines, so I'm not really sure. No scale given, but it feels closer to 1:43 than anything else. This doesn't have the detail that the Kinsmart cars did, but it feels maybe a little more solid. Not much detail inside: it's all one piece except for the center console and I guess the steering wheel is probably a separate piece. No interior paint or stickers. Exterior tampos are fine. There is no actual bed, just the plastic tonneau cover. Doors open, but no pull-back motor :-(

If you live in Menards land, it might be worth stopping by, as there were a couple Lambos, Porsches, etc. For $4 each, these are not a bad deal.

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