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

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 Mtlflk blue. There are also SEVERAL tampo variations over the years. Bases vary from origin= 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 1st 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.


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 Black White Unpainted Metal Green Tint Tan BW Hong Kong Prototype HPIM6739
Blue Metallic Yellow Unpainted / Metal Blue Tint Tan Hong Kong 2nd Prototype Promohotbird
2014 1978 1978 Flying Colors Black Yellow Firebird on hood, Yellow and Red stripes on roof Unpainted Metal Blue tint Tan BW Hong Kong Prototype has White instead of Yellow tampo Hot Bird - 78 Flying Colors
1979 Heroes White Red and Blue Stars and Stripes "Captain America" Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Red BW Hong Kong Named Captain America for this issue Captainamerica
1979 Heroes White Red and Blue Stars and Stripes "Captain America" Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Orange BW Hong Kong Named Captain America for this issue Image Not Available
1979 Heroes White Red and Blue Stars and Stripes "Captain America" Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Red GHO Hong Kong Named Captain America for this issue CaptainAmericaGHO
2014 1979 Golden Machines 6-Pack Gold plated Blue Firebird on hood, Blue and Red stripes on roof Unpainted Metal Blue tint Tan BW Hong Kong Golden Machines 6-pack only 4844
2014 1980 1980 Hot Wheels Brown Yellow Firebird on hood, Yellow and Red stripes on roof Unpainted Metal Blue tint Tan BW Hong Kong Short run on color Hot bird 2
2014 1980 1980 Hot Wheels Blue Yellow Firebird on hood, Yellow and Red stripe on roof Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Tan BW Hong Kong Blue hot bird hong kong
2014 1982 1982 Hot Wheels Hot Ones Black Yellow Firebird, Yellow and Red stripes on roof Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Tan GHO Hong Kong Gw
2014 1982 Blue Yellow Firebird on hood, Yellow and Red stripes on roof Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Tan BW Malaysia Blue hot bird hong kong
2014 1982 1982 Hot Wheels Hot Ones Black Yellow Firebird on hood, Yellow and Red stripes on roof Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Tan GHO Malaysia Gw
Dark Blue Yellow eagle, Yellow and Orange stripe on roof Unpainted / Metal Clear Red GHO India Hot Bird LEO
White Red '80s Firebird tampo Unpainted Metal Blue tint Red GHO India Hot Bird leo,
Black Yellow Firebird on hood, Yellow and Red stripes on roof Unpainted / Metal Blue Tint Brown Silver HO Malaysia HotBird hwc
1989 Metalflake Dark Blue Gray and Orange tampo Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Gray GHO Malaysia Double Barrel Stunt set only IMG 8973
1989 Metalflake Dark Blue Gray and Orange tampo Unpainted Metal Blue tint Gray UH Double Barrel Stunt set only IMG 0022
1989 Metalflake Dark Blue Gray and Orange tampo Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Tan GHO Double Barrel Stunt set only IMG 9317
1451 1989 1989 Hot Wheels Collector #37 Metalflake Blue White Firebird, Red and Yellow flames on side and hood Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Tan GHO Malaysia 3681
1451 1989 1989 Hot Wheels Collector #37 Metalflake Blue White Firebird, Red and Yellow flames on side and hood Unpainted Metal Blue tint Gray GHO Malaysia Hot Bird mtbluegreyint
1452 1989 1989 Hot Wheels Collector #37 Metalflake Blue White Firebird, Red and Yellow flames on side and hood Unpainted / Metal Tan UH IMG 0553
1990 1990 Hot Wheels Collector #37 Black Yellow firebird on hood, Yellow and Red stripes on roof Unpainted / Metal Clear Red GHO Malaysia IMG 9493
1990 1990 Hot Wheels Collector #37 White Blue or Turquoise (1991) and Red stars and Stripes, ALL AMERICAN FIREBIRD in Blue on sides Unpainted / Metal Clear Red or Tan GHO or UH Malaysia 3684
1991 1991 Hot Wheels Collector #37 White Blue or Turquoise (1991) and Red stars and Stripes, "ALL AMERICAN FIREBIRD" in Blue on sides Unpainted / Metal Clear Red or Tan Gold UH Malaysia International line only International 1
1990 Metalflake Silver Yellow Firebird on hood Unpainted / Metal Clear Tan GHO Malaysia Hot Wheels cereal Hot bird hw cereal
Color Racers Purple White Bird on Hood Tan BW Color Racer 3 Pack 75px
0462 1992 1992 Hot Wheels Collector #178 Glitter on Black no tampo Unpainted / Metal Pink tint Pink UH Malaysia 4001
1996 1996 100th Anniversary of the Automobile Set Yellow Black firebird on hood Black Clear Black PC6 China 100th Anniversary of the Auto gift pack Hotbird100thanniversarypack-1 4843
1996 Pontiac Power Collection Set Black Yellow Firebird on hood Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Beige Gold 5SP China K Mart Exclusive, 70th Anniversary of the Pontiac set LE7000 IMG 8984
469 1996 1996 Hot Wheels Collector #469 Metalflake Gold No tampos Unpainted Metal Gray tint Beige 5SP China Hot Bird - 96 5sp no-bird
469 1996 1996 Hot Wheels Collector #469 Metalflake Gold Black Firebird on hood Unpainted / Metal Gray tint Black 5SP China Hot Bird - 96 5sp bird
469 1997 1996 Hot Wheels Collector #469 Met. Gold Black Firebird on hood small Purple HW logo Unpainted / Metal Gray tint Black LW China Hot Bird - 96 LW Bird
G5509 2004 Hot Wheels Lost Cars of China Metalflake Red Black and Gold Firebird Unpainted / Metal Clear Gold

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China

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G5509 2004 Lost Cars of China Metalflake Red Black and Gold Bird Unpainted / Metal Clear Gold BW China HPIM8211
H6975 2005 50ft. Track Rolls Red Black and Gold firebird Unpainted / Metal Clear Gold RL5SP China Track Set Hotbird red rl
J2780 2006 Hot Wheels Classics Series 2 24/30 Spectraflame Black Black and Gold phoenix on hood Unpainted Metal, reads "Pontiac Firebird" Clear Tan BFG5SP Thailand Hot Bird - Classics Black
J2780 2006 Hot Wheels Classics Series 2 24/30 Chrome Black and Blue phoenix on hood Unpainted Metal, reads "Pontiac Firebird" Clear Gray BFG5SP Thailand Hot Bird - Classics Chrome
J2780 2006 Hot Wheels Classics Series 2 24/30 Spectraflame Dark Blue Black and Gold phoenix on hood Unpainted Metal, reads "Pontiac Firebird" Clear Tan BFG5SP Thailand Hot Bird - Classics Blue
J2780 2006 Hot Wheels Classics Series 2 24/30 Spectraflame Red Black and Silver phoenix on hood Unpainted Metal, reads "Pontiac Firebird" Clear Black BFG5SP Thailand Hot Bird - Classics Red
J2780 2006 Hot Wheels Classics Series 2 24/30 Spectraflame Gold Black and Red phoenix on hood Unpainted / Metal, reads "Pontiac Firebird" Clear Black BFG5SP Thailand Hot Bird - Classics Gold
J2780 2006 Hot Wheels Classics Series 2 24/30 Spectraflame Green Black and Yellow phoenix on hood Unpainted / Metal, reads "Pontiac Firebird" Clear Tan BFG5SP Thailand Hot Bird - Classics Green
198 2006 2006 Hot Wheels #198 Black Yellow and Orange flames Unpainted / Metal, reads "Pontiac Firebird" Red tint Gray 7SP Thailand Hot bird black
198 2006 2006 Hot Wheels #198 Metalflake Purple Yellow and Orange flames Unpainted / Metal, reads "Pontiac Firebird" Clear Black 5SP Thailand Hot bird purple
54886 2007 Hot Wheels 10-Pack Exclusive Pearl White Unpainted / Metal, reads "Pontiac Firebird" Clear Blue 5SP Thailand 10 pack only Hotbird10white-1
54886 2007 Hot Wheels 10-Pack Exclusive Flat Black Unpainted / Metal, reads "Pontiac Firebird" Clear Red 5SP Thailand 10 pack only Hot bird 10 black
54886 2007 Hot Wheels 10-Pack Exclusive Pearl Yellow Black and Red stripes on top, Firebird on hood Unpainted / Metal, reads "Pontiac Firebird" Clear Black [5SP]] Thailand 10 pack only Hot bird 10 yellow
L2843 2008 Since '68 Series Metalflake Blue Unpainted / Metal, reads "Pontiac Firebird" Clear Beige RLBW Thailand Hot Bird - Since 68 Top 40
N4608 2008 Since '68 Top 40 Set Black Smoke Blue RLBW Hot Bird - Since 68 Top 40 Set
M0543 2008 40 Years of Hot Wheels Set Metalflake Brown Gold Firebird Unpainted / Metal, reads "Pontiac Firebird" Red tint Dark Gold Gold BW Thailand Wal-Mart Exclusive 40th hot bird
M6971 2008 2008 Treasure Hunts Metalflake Gold Black Firebird on hood, Black stripes on roof, sides and trunk Unpainted / Metal or Silver painted, reads "Pontiac Firebird" clear black 5SP Malaysia Hot Bird - 08 Reg TH
M6971S 2008 2008 Super Treasure Hunts Spectraflame Gold Black Firebird on hood, Black stripes on roof, sides and trunk Unpainted / Metal, reads "Pontiac Firebird" Clear Black RR5SP Malaysia Hot Bird - 08 Super TH
L8684 2008 HotWheelsCollectors.com Series 7 Spectraflame Lt. Brown Red stripe along sides & across top, Red stripes on hood Unpainted / Metal Blue Black RL china Opening hood - first time on this casting! Hot Bird - HWC Series 7
2009 Connect Cars - Arizona Metalflake Gold Orange, Yellow and Black graphics, w/"Arizona," "48," and "Grand Canyon State," Black hood with Cattle Skull Clear Black 5SP Hot Bird - Arizona Connect Car
210 2010 Race World Volcano 2/4 Metalflake Blue Red, Orange, Yellow and Blue flames on sides and hood Unpainted / Metal Red Tint Gray Red 5SP R7639 Malaysia

New base

Hotbird volcano
210 2010 Race World Volcano 2/4 Metalflake Red Orange, Yellow and White flames on sides and hood Unpainted / Metal Orange Tint Black Orange 5SP R7639 Malaysia Pontiac Firebird on base HotBird Volcano Red
18 / 32 2011 2011 Cars of the Decades Metalflake Silver Brown, yellow, orange & red stripes Unpainted / Metal Tinted Black Gold Chrome LW V4428 Malaysia Opening hood, "Hot Bird" on base P1100640c 1000
2 / 22 2011 Hot Wheels Garage - GM Garage Gold Black Firebird tampos, light details ZAMAC Clear Black RR P1100956c 1000

Race World

On the back of Race World Volcano card

Horsepower: 415

Speed: 150

Acceleration 0-60: 4.9

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