1971 Hot Birds

This was the text from an advertisement for Mattel's Hot Birds, a line of "Great-looking metal airplanes you fly!" The Hot Birds were released in 1971, on the heels of the incredible run that Hot Wheels were making at the time. They were designed by Bob Lovejoy, who created the ahead-of-their-times "Rocket Bye Baby" and "What-4." Even the paint on the planes was similar, as the now-recognizable Spectraflame colors were utilized. Aviation was a huge outlet for kids during this time, so the line seemed like it was destined for success, with the sharp, colorful planes and interactive sets. For whatever reason, however...it produced a debilitating lack of sales, and was scrapped by 1972.

They were alll produced in Hong Kong using the same wheels as other Hot Wheels. They were for sale in North Americaand ???. Issued in 1972. They never became popular and were a one year release.

Color Chart - HK HotBirds
Color Collector Name Difficulty
Opaque Red Red Enamel common

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