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Grass Hopper
Debut Series 1971 Hot Wheels
Produced 1971, 1974, 1975, 2010 (as Mountian Goat)
Designer Larry Wood
Number 6461
Grasshopper


Description

The Grass Hopper is a Hot Wheels casting designed by Larry Wood which debuted in the 1971 Hot Wheels range of vehicles. It is based on the tried & true Willys MB US Army Jeep. It is a modified 'hot-rodded' version with not one, but two blown V8 engines. One in the front and one in the rear bed. It features a removable white plastic roof and an assortment of tools cast into the side of the vehicle: pick, shovel, canteen, gas can, tool box etc.

Its initial release was only manufactured at the USA production facility and all came with a black interior and a light-gray tinted glass. It came packaged with a metal or plastic 'collectors button'. 

It was painted in a variety of Spectraflame colors. Due to shade differences in the Spectraflame painting process, the existence of Spectraflame Olive and Spectraflame Brown versions receive skepticism by collectors. It is unknown whether they are separate colors rather than darker shades of Spectraflame Yellow and Spectraflame Red.

In 1974, the Grass Hopper was re-tooled without the second rear engine and removable roof, and in 1975 it was re-tooled again without any engines. Both the 1974 and 1975 versions also had the tools removed. The 1975 version was released in Italy by Mebetoys in a small cardboard box.

In 1975, a modified version was released called the Gun Slinger. This vehicle was modeled after the 1975 version with no blown motors, except this time it had an enormous machine gun mounted in the rear.

The Grass Hopper was re-tooled and re-released in 2010 for the HotWheelsCollectors.com Series 9 Neo Classics. It was modeled after the 1974 version with only one motor and renamed 'Mountain Goat'.

1971 Versions

The Grass Hopper has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Year Series Color Stickers Base Color Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Light Blue Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Black) Black RL 6461 USA Hard to Find Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Blue Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Black) Black RL 6461 USA Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Aqua Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Black) Black RL 6461 USA Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Green Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Black) Black RL 6461 USA Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Light 'Apple' Green Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Black) Black RL 6461 USA GrasHoprGrnLF - Copy
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Olive Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Black) Black RL 6461 USA Speculative Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Yellow Unpainted / Metal Smoke tint Black RL 6461 USA Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Red Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Black) Black RL 6461 USA Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Rose Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Black) Black RL 6461 USA Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Pink Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Black) Black RL 6461 USA Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Salmon Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Black) Black RL 6461 USA Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Purple Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Black) Black RL 6461 USA Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Magenta Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Black) Black RL 6461 USA GrasshopperMagenta
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Brown Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Black) Black RL 6461 USA Speculative Image Not Available
1971 1971 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Yellow Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Black) Black RL 6461 USA Grasshopper

1974 Versions

The Grass Hopper has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Year Series Color Tampo Base Color Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1974 1974 Flying Colors Enamel Light Green Orange Stripe with 'Grass Hoppper' on side Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Black RL 7622 Hong Kong 1974 grass hopper w-motor

1975 Versions

The Grass Hopper has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Year Series Color Tampo Base Color Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1975 1975 Flying Colors Enamel Light Green Orange Stripe with 'Grass Hoppper' on side Black / Plastic Tinted (Blue) Black RL 7622 Hong Kong 1975 GRass Hopper no motor

2010 Re-tooled 'Mountain Goat' Versions

The Mountain Goat has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
2/6 2010 HWC Series 9 - Neo-Classics Spectraflame Anti-Freeze Green Green 'Mountain Goat' graphics on sides Chrome / Metal Tinted (Light Blue) Black NCRL R8393 Thailand 5,000 Produced GrassHopper Mountaingoat

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