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    Posted 3 years ago

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    Just picked up a Buddy L "The Rebel" Trans-Am in the box. I've posted many members of this series before. It was Buddy L's entry into the unlicensed DOH race in the early 80's. This one actually works! It's a Trans-Am instead of the more common Vette also. I've only seen one other Trans-Am on EBay. It wasn't working and had a broken windshield pillar. I paid just slightly less for it than this boxed functioning one. The box isn't in the best of shape, but they're hard to find period. These things never work if found loose, the ones on Ebay that work are always boxed. The first time I got one(Vette) I pushed down on it and it spit out small pieces of plastic gears. The last picture shows the ridiculously delicate "motor", this thing was supposed to made for kids to actually play with.. I see toys from the 50's all the time that still work, how many from the 80's with action features that were played with do you see that work. That's one reason I just loves my bullet proof Hubleys, respect for being able to survive me as a kid! This thing would've lasted maybe an hour with me when I was five. A picture on the box shows a blue Vette. I've never seen any Rebels in anything but orange plastic. They made some white painted metal vans and pick ups. Was this a prototype photo of an existing Vette(they made the Rev 'em Ups before the rebels) with stickers applied before they were molded in orange? If they did actually produce a blue one, The Toyrebel must possess one for his collection.

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    1. JenniferH JenniferH, 3 years ago
      Can we race? This is to test it on the road with Homie Hopper bumping along:)
    2. Toyrebel Toyrebel, 3 years ago
      I've "raced" it twice after about 6 pumps instead of the recommended 10. It's too fragile, I concede the race to Homie!
    3. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Congrats on this prize. I am sure any resemblance to DOH was a coincidence.
    4. Toyrebel Toyrebel, 3 years ago
      Thank you both. Ftapache, the amazing coincidences seemed to be quite numerous. Warner Bros. seemed to only go after obvious flagrant violators that used a orange ' 69 Charger, the Flag and a obvious rip off name in conjunction. The only ones I knew to be sued were Gay Toys and Processed Plastics for all of the above. WB pretty much left Matchbox, Buddy L, Mattel etc. alone. Gay toys sold 500,000 of their Chargers in '81 and had 500,000 backorders! It was kind of stupid not to get licensed, Mego got their permission for $3500.00, IMO that's a steal based on the popularity. Ironically Mego made one the WORST plastic Chargers and Processed Plastics made one of the best. The court transcripts are a riot to read too.

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