Speed Racer Mach 5 Battery-op Children's Ride-on Race Car MIB SUPER RARE!! Designed to be driven by 18 month to 3 year old kids. We have a new find in the world of Japanese toys, one that we didn't expect- a Speed Racer Mach 5 Electric Kids car. Of GoGo Mach 5, aka Speed Racer car, crept into toy consciousness around 1972.Eidai toys produced a sultry die cast in the day. Cartoon or Anime plot was simple and traced back much earlier. The Elvis style "Speed Racer" won races to save the day from evil. This animation was based on an even early set of Shonen Books (magazines) from around 1967. Now fast forward into the early 2000's, and we had a resurrection of the franchise. At the tail end of this venture, around the release of the 2008 movie, the company appears to have produced a kids race car for mass consumption. Appears to, but an official product release is unconfirmed. This brings us to the subject at hand- we were able to get a Speed Racer Mach 5 battery car that was unused. It has a prominent quality control sticker on the steering area noting, we believe, year 8 or August.
In parallel, we dove into the internet archive for this merchandiser and didn't find the product advertised for sale. We viewed snapshots from Summer through Christmas'08 as well as shots from 2009. The aforementioned race car didn't get offered on their site.
Friends at our Japanese history site ToyBoxDX have not heard of this racer either. The latest thoughts are that we have a test run, or feasibility release. It has a prominent quality control sticker. Details look to be ready for a mass production that may have been scrapped. The related anime remastering floundered.
Then another thought was it was a merchandising piece. This is the only one of these that we knw of to ever surface. It is mint unused in original box! This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Diecast & Toy Vehicles\Cars, Trucks & Vans\Contemporary Manufacture". The seller is "littlemarz" and is located in this country: US.
This item can be shipped worldwide.