The early 90s saw an explosion of toys with this thermal-paint that changed colour if put in the fridge. Many toys from Asia had this feature, and among these, many were low budget toys, so I assume it was not much more expensive than normal paint.
|Matchbox's Catalogue 1989|
Matchbox was no exception in the die-cast world, and released a short but intesting line of colour changing cars in the popular 3 inches, "superfast", series. The models released within this series are not new casts, they are all known from the previous years.
I guess they must be a bit rarer than the normal series. Taking a look at the catalogues, I see they were available for not very long, they only appear in 1989 catalogue.
I own only these two: the Ferrari F1 and the Chevrolet Chevy. Note the strange pink paint. When cooled down, they turn kind of white. I have to check other models I have that appear in the catalogue picture above, since some of them may be Super Colorchangers. I have to find that out.
All colour changing models are made in Macau.
FACTS AND FIGURES:
- Name: '57 CHEVY and F1 RACER
- Scale: Around 1:64
- Year: 1989
- Company: Matchbox (United Kingdom)
- Size: approx. 7 cm