Hot Bird
Debut Series Flying Colors
Produced 1978 - 2013
Designer Larry Wood, Bob Rosas
Number 2014
Hot Bird - 78 Flying Colors.jpg


Description

This Firebird was introduced in 1978 as the Hot Bird in the Flying Colors series in black and with Blackwalls, (bw). It was available in the Thundershift Roarin' Raceway. In 1979 it was gold-plated as part of the Golden Machines 6-Pack. In 1980 it was changed to brown in the basic line for a short run and then changed again to blue. In 1982 it was changed to black again and joined the Hot Ones series. The Captain America also uses this casting. Several paint and tampo variations followed from "glitter black" to metalflake blue. There are also SEVERAL tampo variations over the years.

The original Hot Bird was made in Hong Kong, Malaysia and China. In 2006 a completely new casting was made and produced in both Malaysia and Thailand. This new casting was used from 2006 on. Although very similar to the original, the dimensions of the car differ. The first noticable difference is the size of the shaker scoop on the hood. The new version's shaker is slightly longer than the old. Also, both bases are different. A few other differences are the detail of the rear tail lights and the hood bird tampo. One constant similarity of both models through the years is they have both ALWAYS been all diecast. This Firebird also appeared in Burt Reynold's popular feature film "Smokey And The Bandit."

FUN FACTS

All hood bird tampos of the original Hot Bird have the head facing to the driver side of the car. The collector #469 hood birds are the only ones that face the passanger side.

The very last of the original Hot Birds was produced for the 50' track set. Although it is a Hot Bird, the name on the base says Pontiac Firebird.


This casting is set to return for the 2021 Muscle Mania Series, for it's first release since 2013.

Versions

The Hot Bird Has been released in the following versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1978 Flying Colors Black Yellow & Red stripes & Firebird Unpainted
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Blue tint Tan BW's - 6144bf.jpg 2014 Hong Kong Hot Bird - 78 Flying Colors.jpg
1979 Golden Machines 6-Pack Gold plated Blue & Red stripes & Firebird Unpainted
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Blue tint Tan BW's - 6144bf.jpg 2014 Hong Kong  6-pak only 4844.JPG
1980 Mainline Brown Yellow & Red stripes & Firebird Unpainted
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Blue tint Tan BW's - 6144bf.jpg 2014 Hong Kong Hot bird 2.JPG
1980 Mainline Blue Yellow & Red stripes & Firebird Unpainted
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Blue tint Tan BW's - 6144bf.jpg 2014 Hong Kong Blue hot bird hong kong.jpg
1982 The Hot Ones Black Yellow & Red stripes & Firebird Unpainted
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Blue tint Tan GHO's - 6146bf.jpg 2014 Hong Kong Gw.JPG
1982 Blue Yellow & Red stripes & Firebird Unpainted
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Blue tint Tan BW's - 6144bf.jpg 2014 Malaysia Blue hot bird hong kong.jpg
1982 The Hot Ones Black Yellow & Red stripes & Firebird Unpainted
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Blue tint Tan GHO's - 6146bf.jpg 2014 Malaysia Gw.JPG
Dark Blue Yellow eagle, Yellow & Orange stripe on roof Unpainted
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Clear Red GHO's - 6146bf.jpg India Hot Bird LEO.jpg
White Red '80s Firebird tampo Unpainted
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Blue tint Red GHO's - 6146bf.jpg India Hot Bird leo,.jpg
Black Yellow & Red stripes & Firebird Unpainted
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Blue Tint Brown 2415bf.jpg Malaysia HotBird hwc.jpg
1988 Color Changers Purple White Bird on Hood Unpainted
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Clear Tan BW's - 6144bf.jpg 7284 Malaysia Color Racer 3-Pack Hot Bird-1988 Color Racer.jpg
1989 Double Barrel Stunt Set Metalflake Dark Blue Gray & Orange tampo Unpainted
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Blue tint Gray GHO's - 6146bf.jpg Malaysia Set exclusive IMG 8973.jpg
1989 Double Barrel Stunt Set Metalflake Dark Blue Gray & Orange tampo Unpainted
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Blue tint Gray UH's - 6143bf.jpg Set exclusive IMG 0022.jpg
1989 Double Barrel Stunt Set Metalflake Dark Blue Gray & Orange tampo Unpainted
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Blue tint Tan GHO's - 6146bf.jpg Set exclusive IMG 9317.jpg
37 1989 Mainline Metalflake Blue White Firebird, Red & Yellow flames on side & hood Unpainted
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Blue tint Tan GHO Malaysia 3681.JPG
37 1989 Mainline Metalflake Blue White Firebird, Red & Yellow flames on side & hood Unpainted
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Blue tint Gray GHO Malaysia Hot Bird mtbluegreyint.JPG
37 1989 Mainline Metalflake Blue White Firebird, Red & Yellow flames on side & hood Unpainted
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Tan UH IMG 0553.jpg
37 1990 Mainline Black Yellow firebird on hood, Yellow & Red stripes on roof Unpainted
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Clear Red GHO Malaysia IMG 9493.jpg
37 1990 Mainline White Blue or Turquoise (1991) & Red stars & Stripes, ALL AMERICAN FIREBIRD in Blue on sides Unpainted
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Clear Red or Tan GHO or UH Malaysia 3684.JPG
37 1991 Mainline White Blue or Turquoise (1991) & Red stars & Stripes, "ALL AMERICAN FIREBIRD" in Blue on sides Unpainted
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Clear Red or Tan Gold UH Malaysia International line only International 1.jpg
1990 Metalflake Silver Yellow Firebird on hood Unpainted
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Clear Tan GHO Malaysia Hot Wheels cereal Hot bird hw cereal.jpg
1992 Hot Wheels Collector Glitter on Black no tampo Unpainted
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Pink tint Pink UH 0462 Malaysia 4001.JPG
1996 100th Anniversary of the Automobile Set Yellow Black firebird on hood Black Clear Black PC6 China 4843.JPG
469 1996 Mainline Metalflake Gold No tampos Unpainted
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Gray tint Beige 5SP 15978 China Hot Bird - 96 5sp no-bird.jpg
469 1996 Mainline Metalflake Gold Black Firebird on hood Unpainted
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Gray tint Black 5SP 15978 China Hot Bird - 96 5sp bird.jpg
469 1996 Mainline Metalflake Gold Black Firebird on hood small Purple HW logo Unpainted
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Gray tint Black LW 15978 China Hot Bird - 96 LW Bird.jpg
1997 Pontiac Power Collection 3-Car Set Black Yellow Firebird on hood Unpainted
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Blue tint Beige Gold 5SP LE7000 China K-Mart Exclusive, 70th Anniversary of the Pontiac set IMG 8984.jpg
2004 The Lost Cars of China Metalflake Red Black & Gold Firebird Unpainted
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Clear Gold RL2 G5509 China

Lost china 1.jpg

2004 The Lost Cars of China Metalflake Red Black & Gold Bird Unpainted
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Clear Gold BW G5509 China HPIM8211.jpeg
2005 50ft. Track Rolls Red Black & Gold firebird Unpainted
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Clear Gold RL5SP H6975 China Track Set Hotbird red rl.jpg
2006 Classics (Series 2)
24/30
Spectraflame Black Black & Gold phoenix on hood Unpainted
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Clear Tan BF Goodrich 5SP J2780 Thailand "Pontiac Firebird" on base Hot Bird - Classics Black.jpg
2006 Classics (Series 2)
24/30
Chrome Black & Blue phoenix on hood Unpainted
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Clear Gray BF Goodrich 5SP J2780 Thailand "Pontiac Firebird" on base Hot Bird - Classics Chrome.jpg
2006 Classics (Series 2)
24/30
Spectraflame Dark Blue Black & Gold phoenix on hood Unpainted
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Clear Tan BF Goodrich 5SP J2780 Thailand "Pontiac Firebird" on base Hot Bird - Classics Blue.jpg
2006 Classics (Series 2)
24/30
Spectraflame Red Black & Silver phoenix on hood Unpainted
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Clear Black BF Goodrich 5SP J2780 Thailand "Pontiac Firebird" on base Hot Bird - Classics Red.jpg
2006 Classics (Series 2)
24/30
Spectraflame Gold Black & Red phoenix on hood Unpainted
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Clear Black BF Goodrich 5SP J2780 Thailand "Pontiac Firebird" on base Hot Bird - Classics Gold.jpg
2006 Classics (Series 2)
24/30
Spectraflame Green Black & Yellow phoenix on hood Unpainted
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Clear Tan BF Goodrich 5SP J2780 Thailand "Pontiac Firebird" on base Hot Bird - Classics Green.jpg
198 2006 Mainline Black Yellow & Orange flames Unpainted
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Red tint Gray 7SP J8029 Thailand "Pontiac Firebird" on base Hot bird black.jpg
198 2006 Mainline Metalflake Purple Yellow & Orange flames Unpainted
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Clear Black 5SP J8029 Thailand "Pontiac Firebird" on base Hot bird purple.jpg
2007 Hot Wheels 10-Pack Exclusive Pearl White Unpainted
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Clear Blue 5SP 54886 Thailand "Pontiac Firebird" on base Hotbird10white-1.jpg
2007 Hot Wheels 10-Pack Exclusive Flat Black Unpainted
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Clear Red 5SP 54886 Thailand "Pontiac Firebird" on base Hot bird 10 black.jpg
2007 Hot Wheels 10-Pack Exclusive Pearl Yellow Black & Red stripes on top, Firebird on hood Unpainted
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Clear Black 5SP 54886 Thailand "Pontiac Firebird" on base Hot bird 10 yellow.jpg
2008 Since '68: Top 40 Metalflake Blue Blue flames, Firebird on hood Unpainted
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Clear Beige Red line BW L2843 Thailand "Pontiac Firebird" on base Hot Bird - Since 68 Top 40.jpg
2008 Since '68: Collector Top 40 Set Black Blue flames, Firebird on hood Unpainted
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Smoke Blue Red line BW N4608 Base Code(s): Hot Bird - Since 68 Top 40 Set.jpg
2008 40 Years of Hot Wheels Set Metalflake Brown Gold Firebird Unpainted
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Red tint Dark Gold Gold BW M0543 Thailand Wal-Mart Exclusivereads
"Pontiac Firebird" on base
Base Code(s):
40th hot bird.jpg
165/196 2008 Treasure Hunts
5/12
Metalflake Gold Black Firebird on hood, Black stripes on roof, sides & trunk Unpainted
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clear black 5SP M6971 Malaysia "Pontiac Firebird" on base Hot Bird - 08 Reg TH.jpg
165/196 2008 Trea$ure Hunt$
5/12
Spectraflame Gold Black Firebird on hood, Black stripes on roof, sides & trunk Unpainted
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Clear Black RR5SP M6971S Malaysia "Pontiac Firebird" on base
Base Code(s):
Hot Bird - 08 Super TH.jpg
2008 HCW.com Series 7: Neo-Cassics
2/6
Spectraflame Lt. Brown Red stripe along sides & across top, Red stripes on hood Unpainted
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Blue Black RL L8684 China Opening hood
first time on this casting!

Base Code(s):
Hot Bird - HWC Series 7.jpg
2009 Connect Cars
48/50
Metalflake Gold Orange, Yellow & Black graphics, "Arizona," "48," & "Grand Canyon State," Black hood with Cattle Skull Clear Black 5SP Base Code(s): Hot Bird - Arizona Connect Car.jpg
210/240 2010 Race World - Volcano
2/4
Metalflake Blue Red, Orange, Yellow & Blue flames on sides & hood Unpainted
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Red Tint Gray Red 5SP R7639 Malaysia New base
Base Code(s):
Hotbird volcano.JPG
210/240 2010 Race World - Volcano
2/4
Metalflake Red Orange, Yellow & White flames on sides & hood Unpainted
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Orange Tint Black Orange 5SP R7639 Malaysia Pontiac Firebird on base
Base Code(s):
HotBird Volcano Red.JPG
2011 Cars of the Decades
18/32
Metalflake Silver Brown, yellow, orange & red stripes Unpainted
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Tinted Black Gold Chrome LW V4428 Malaysia Opening hood,
"Hot Bird" on base

Base Code(s):
P1100640c 1000.jpg
2011 Hot Wheels Garage: GM
2/22
Gold Black Firebird tampos, light details Unpainted
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Clear Black RR Base Code(s): P1100956c 1000.jpg
2012 The Hot Ones Yellow Black Firebird tampos, "TRANS AM" script on body panels Unpainted
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Clear Black Chrome BW W3789 Thailand Hot Bird on base
Base Code(s):
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2013 Retro Entertainment: The Rockford Files Metalflake Gold Silver trim on front & rear windows, & door handles, Red taillights & '853 OKG' license plate, detailed headlights. Unpainted
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Clear Gold White line RR5SP X8910 Malaysia Base Code(s): F12 HW-Retro Entertainment-Hot Bird-(The Rockford Files).jpg

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