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Mercedes-Benz 380SEL; dog in back seat
Topic Started: Jul 16 2017, 08:01 PM (136 Views)
atombaum
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Picked this up today at a flea market. Was studying it, and thought the back seat had an "error" (like an extra glop of plastic). Looked at it from different angles, and then it appeared to be a dog with a German Shepherd profile. Too lazy to check my other examples right now, but do others have this feature? I'm sure it's standard, but I don't recall ever seeing it. I also have a metallic blue example, and may remember seeing the dog with that color and lighter interior. Will investigate.

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That's very cool! I so want one!
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Yes, this is standard for the casting. I have quite a few examples of this. My 1997 Showroom Specials 5 pack actually has a "fun fact" on the top telling you to look for the pet in the back of the 380 SEL.
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How embarrassing :rolleyes: all the years I had that casting in my collection and I never noticed the dog in the back seat. Talk about not observing things. :lol:
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it may be the first car alarm.
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And now it is time for a public service announcement:
Please don't ever leave your pet in a hot car.

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Welly also made the 380 SEL with a dog in the backseat. The dimensions are smaller than the Hot Wheels, but the dog in the back lends credence to the theory that Welly used the Hot Wheels casting as a guide and made a scaled down copy, right down to the German Sheppard in the back seat.

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Dean was faster than me pointing out that the Welly, that is at least "heavily inspired" by the HW one has the dog there too.

I like the HW casting, have some versions myself but would like more of course. My favourite version is the one from my childhood, a pink glitterpaint version with UH wheels.
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Dean-o-mite
Jul 17 2017, 03:31 AM
And now it is time for a public service announcement:
Please don't ever leave your pet in a hot car.

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Welly also made the 380 SEL with a dog in the backseat. The dimensions are smaller than the Hot Wheels, but the dog in the back lends credence to the theory that Welly used the Hot Wheels casting as a guide and made a scaled down copy, right down to the German Sheppard in the back seat.

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Did you swap the wheels on the first one? Looks great. Re: the "stack" - impressive number of variations! :thumbup: I checked my catalog, and have accumulated six of the dark red metallic examples, and one medium blue metallic example, but that's it. Never saw any others. Nice selection. When I put this one away, will have to note of each wheel type and update the catalog. My latest one obviously has seven spokes, but I think I have some with that "double hamburger patty with bun" style. Is there a better-known name for those? :lol:
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Jul 16 2017, 10:39 PM
it may be the first car alarm.
This makes perfect sense since Mercedes also pioneered the air bag, and ABS. This must be a beta version of the alarm system. :lol:
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Dogs do make good alarms. We had a little mutt who loved to ride in the car - small town so in the summer windows always down - stopped at the grocery store and one of the employees almost dropped the bag of groceries when Magic popped up and started barking at him. :lol: And now I see a Welly police car that I need. :D
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atombaum
Jul 17 2017, 05:13 AM
Did you swap the wheels on the first one? Looks great. Re: the "stack" - impressive number of variations! :thumbup: I checked my catalog, and have accumulated six of the dark red metallic examples, and one medium blue metallic example, but that's it. Never saw any others. Nice selection. When I put this one away, will have to note of each wheel type and update the catalog. My latest one obviously has seven spokes, but I think I have some with that "double hamburger patty with bun" style. Is there a better-known name for those? :lol:
The first one is all original, from the Real Riders series, which came with those "real rubber" tires. It's one of the more expensive variations these days, which stinks extra stinky that it was one of the variations that melted on me.

The hamburger wheels are know as "Ultra Hot" wheels, or just "Ultra Hots" and they are often abbreviated to UH, as Ripa did in his post.
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The first one is all original, from the Real Riders series, which came with those "real rubber" tires. It's one of the more expensive variations these days, which stinks extra stinky that it was one of the variations that melted on me.
Wow, I figured you swapped them. Real nice looking. Might have to watch for that one.
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The hamburger wheels are know as "Ultra Hot" wheels, or just "Ultra Hots" and they are often abbreviated to UH, as Ripa did in his post.
That went over my head. :blush: Good to know. Have to update the catalog again.
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for Ripa...

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