The HW Flames 5-pack changed country of origin. Previously they were made in Thailand and currently coming from made in Malaysia. Checking to see if others have changed, I found Dragon Blast 5-pack also is coming out of Malaysia. Continuing my search for other differences I notice two more 5-packs the Track Builder Systems and a new X-Racers. I was surprised to find them being made in Indonesia (Idon). I believe that this is a new manufacture for Hot Wheels cars by Mattel. Lastly there was another new 5-pack called HW City Works, which includes one of my favorite casting the Cockney Cab II. Keep an eye out for other change of manufactures and Check out all the new 5 packs along with other 5-packs from 2017 here.
When the Dodge Viper RT/10 was first released in 1993 it was immediately popular with collectors. On the first run of the First Edition the casting lines were a little rough around the edges and was immediately corrected on later releases. Now nearly 24 years later a retooled version is released in the 2017 mainlines in the Then and Now series #281. Quite a few notable changes include:
- On the sides you can notice smaller wheels wells, an extended side pipes and detailed door lines.
- On the top is a more detailed windshield, and a cleaner interior opening
- The interior is looks the same but fits better to the opening
- On the front there is a more proportionate grille, smaller hood vents, and less pronounced fog lights.
- The rear end is flatter with more realism, with a smaller license plate holder and more details tail lights and bumper vents.
- The base has some change but nothing to drastic.
- It also a tad lighter weighing in at 36gms which is 1 gram lighter than the original.
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