Hot Wheels hot deals

I’m used to Hot Wheels charging several bucks apiece for licensed character cars, so when I saw this series of six Peanuts cars for $1 at my local Ralphs grocery store (with membership card, natch), I scarfed them up without pausing to think “do I really need Hot Wheels cars?”

Observations:

  • The Charlie Brown car is “Bone Shaker”, in tribute to the WHAM! he lands with after missing the football. I like that.
  • The Lucy car is “Purple Passion”. It’s blue.
  • Remember when grocery stores like Ralphs wanted customers? Now they just want members. Oh, the old days…
  • Notice how I didn’t put an apostrophe in “Ralphs”? There’s a reason for that. The Ralphs chain was started by George Albert Ralphs. That’s the kind of attention to detail you get when you have a professional writer and editor in charge of the blog. All the typos you’ve seen in the past? That was just me checking to see if you were paying attention.

Added later that day: I realized why Purple Passion had an odd name for a blue car. This are not new Hot Wheels designs. Rather, these are repainted versions of older cars. The vehicle name remains the same. The original Purple Passion was released in 1990, and has been rereleased under various repaints ever since.

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When my wife asked for the checkbook, I handed her this

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Comic book Peanuts
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