Today I stopped at a store I’ve driven past at least thousand times called “Bargain in a Box”. It’s a closeout store, think Big Lots but without all the fancy shelves. The merchandise are simply in big boxes on pallets. Obviously, I was hunting for diecasts. I got a couple nice metal 1:64 trains for Hurricane Daughter (she loves trains), they were $2 a piece. I found a single solitary Hot Wheel that I didn’t want at the not at all discount price of $1. Then I found this pile of 1:24 diecasts (or so I thought) for $5-10 a piece.
I don’t collect 1:24 vehicles anymore, simply because something had to give in a collection that was getting a bit out of control. A notable exception I make is race cars. I love a nice big race car. For $5, this C6R was coming home with me. I wasn’t sure about the quality, but I figured for $5 the worst case scenario is my kid gets another toy.
Immediately after opening it I realized it’s not a diecast, but rather it’s plastic. No big deal, it still looks pretty darn good IMO.
Then I turned it over. Huh, isn’t that odd? Clearly this base was designed for it to be an RC car. There was a sticker over a battery door. I didn’t think to take a picture before I peeled it.
Yep, that’s a battery box. No electrical bits though.
I then looked back at the box, and noticed the word “Friction” on it. When you spin the rear wheels, they actually accelerate for a bit, before rolling to a stop. At this point I was still unsure if this was going into my collection or not. I mean, it’s obviously a toy ... but it’s a pretty good looking toy. Then I tried it. A very small shove, and it shoots at a nice clip across the room. Decision made, the kiddo and I are going to have way too much fun playing with this. No way this is getting stuck on a shelf.
It wasn’t until I was writing this post, that I went back and looked at the picture of the stack of cars and trucks in the store and realized that the $10 ones are actually RC cars.