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Volkswagen Beach Bomb
Debut Series 1969 Hot Wheels
Produced 1969 Only
Designer Ira Gilford
Number #6274
Blue beach bomb


Description

The Volkswagen Beach Bomb was a casting from the 1969 Hot Wheels line-up. It featured removable surfboards mounted on the sides, and it can be found with a dark brown or white interior.

The Volkswagen Beach Bomb is one of the most valuable redline castings to-date. It is only beaten by its unreleased predecessor, the Rear-Loading Beach Bomb Prototype.  Although it had a very small factory test production of an estimated 200, the Rear-Loading Beach Bomb was not mass-produced and shipped to stores because its' high center of gravity made it prone to tipping off the track, and it was too narrow for the Supercharger to grab its sides and propel the casting properly.

At the time period, track sets and superchargers were hot-sellers and every kid had one. The Beach Bomb not being able to make it through them was a big deal. As a result, the casting was sent back to the drawing board and modified with two pods on the sides (disguised as surfboard holders) to widen it so the supercharger would grab it. A large square chunk of solid metal was molded into the middle of the base to keep the van weighed-down, and a large portion of the roof was removed and turned into a plastic sunroof to further lower the center of gravity.

Standard Side-Loading Versions

The Volkswagen 'Beach Bomb' has come out in the following versions:

Year Series Color sticker Chassis Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type cast # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1969 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Blue Flowers Unpainted / Metal RL Hong Kong Blue beach bomb
1969 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Aqua Unpainted / Metal RL Hong Kong Image Not Available
1969 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Green Unpainted / Metal RL Hong Kong Image Not Available
1969 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Red Unpainted / Metal RL Hong Kong Image Not Available
1969 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Olive Unpainted / Metal RL Hong Kong Image Not Available
1969 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Purple Unpainted / Metal RL Hong Kong Image Not Available
1969 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Copper Unpainted / Metal RL Hong Kong Image Not Available
1969 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Apple Green Unpainted / Metal RL Hong Kong Image Not Available
1969 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Brown Unpainted / Metal RL Hong Kong Image Not Available
1969 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Orange Unpainted / Metal RL Hong Kong Image Not Available
1969 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Rose Unpainted / Metal RL Hong Kong Image Not Available
1969 Hot Wheels Spectraflame Yellow Unpainted / Metal RL Hong Kong Image Not Available

Non-Reproduction Prototype Rear-Loader Versions

The Prototype Rear-Loading Beach Bomb has come out in the following versions:

Notes: Even though the bases are stamped Hong Kong like mostly every redline car produced during the time period, these never saw widespread release into stores.  A small amount were mass-produced and given to kids as a testing group, which was when the issues with the Supercharger accessory arose. The designers halted production immediately and went back to the drawing board to redesign it.  There are over 40 verified versions of these known to be in collector's hands.

Year Series Color sticker Chassis Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type cast # Country Notes / Variations Photo
Proto Spectraflame Green Unpainted / Metal RL HK DSC00015
Proto Spectraflame Red Unpainted / Metal RL HK Beachbomb
Proto Spectraflame Antifreeze Unpainted / Metal RL HK Image Not Available
Proto Spectraflame Blue Unpainted / Metal RL HK Image Not Available
Proto Spectraflame Purple Unpainted / Metal RL HK Image Not Available
Proto Spectraflame Gold Unpainted / Metal RL HK Image Not Available
Proto Spectraflame Rose Unpainted / Metal RL HK Image Not Available
Proto Spectraflame Light Blue Unpainted / Metal RL HK Image Not Available
Proto Spectraflame Hot Pink Unpainted / Metal RL HK Image Not Available

Non-Reproduction Transitional Versions

Notes: These were prototypes kept confined to Mattel's design department, and were only used for developing the side-loading Beach Bomb. They were a hybrid casting that used the chassis of the rear-loader (with weights added), and the body of the side-loader (with part of the side-door casting still unmodified from the RLBB_. Because they were USA prototypes, they have clear windows. Like the rear-loader, all bases are stamped Hong Kong.

As of 2015, only five are known to exist: one antifreeze, one blue, and three unpainted. A different blue transitional prototype is shown in the 1969 International Collectors Catalog, however this model has yet to be found.

Year Series Color sticker Chassis Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type cast # Country Notes / Variations Photo
Proto Zamac (unpainted) Unpainted / Metal RL HK Image Not Available
Proto Spectraflame Blue Unpainted / Metal RL HK TLBB
Proto Spectraflame Antifreeze Unpainted / Metal RL HK Image Not Available

Brightvision Reproduction

In 2000, due to the hype of this casting and the prices being brought by it, a secondary company by the name of "Brightvision" was the first to produce a non-Mattel version of this casting. They created their own tooling and molds, and the casting had at least two different versions:  Version A and Version B (commonly referred to as "Alpha" and "Omega"). There are notable differences between the Brightvison rear-loader and the prototype Mattel rear-loader. Brightvision models had a modern-day spun or unspun post. They never had insert rivets. Mattel eventually stopped Brightvision selling the product, and then used the casting to make its own version several years later.

There was also a Chinese version (known as SAL, or sloppy-ass loader) that was produced in approximately 2003/2004, which was a copy of the Brightvision casting (although of a poorer quality). Ways to identify this copy is the text on the base has errors lie "FDREIGN" instead of "FOREIGN" and poor plating of both the body and the base. These are still offered for sale on ebay today, often as genuine Brightvision releases. Typical value of one of these ranges from $30 in unassembled form to $60 for a completely assembled version.

Brightvison Reproduction Versions

The Beach Bomb has come out in the following versions:

Notes:

Year Series Color sticker Chassis Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type cast # Country Notes / Variations Photo
Unpainted / Metal RL Image Not Available

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