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    I only have a few Mego models, mostly open wheel racers that started as Penny. As I understand the story, and it is a bit vague to me (so knowledgeable correction is invited), Mego acquired access to some models that began as AMT Pups. Initially the line was called "Jet Wheels" along with packaging that loosely mimicked the new upstart Hot Wheels, and as I understand a court order forced the company to change the name and packaging, so the "Wheels" part of the name was dropped. That wasn't enough to keep the company solvent, and they sold in turn to another company whose name escapes my memory just now (I don't have any). Besides the Penny racers and the AMT Pups, a few other models were added to the line by the time it officially ended a few years later, but these are a short lived modest range of models that are highly sought by a loyal and devoted cult of collectors...and prices generally reflect that demand. I was fortunate to find this one buried in a lot with 20 or so other pieces, and the condition really isn't that bad considering the scarcity and desirability of this line.

    The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

    Thank you for your understanding.

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    Thanks for sharing, Juan. Despite decades of collecting, I only have had one AMT Jet Wheels pass through my collection when I got a good deal on a mint in box '68 Camaro. It was too nice for me to keep and not too long afterwards thought it better in the collection of a Camaro collector, so I traded it. My Holy Grail remains that 1968 Pontiac Catalina convertible which I did not know even existed until maybe a few years ago on Swiftys Garage. I saw a similar 1970 model today, and that era Pontiac convertible is on my top ten or so list of cars. It's just so imposing, swanky, stylish, elegant, and whole bunch of other adjectives that I like! Also it was very typical of the cars on the street back then. Full-sized sedans. What I would do to see the Jet Wheels models recreated like JL did when they resurrected the brand circa 1995. (Anyone with lots of extra money and diecast collecting pleasure, that's a hint!!!)

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    • #3
      Far as I know, there were only 4 AMT Pups castings, each being a 68 model and they were only found in a specific color.

      Charger - Green
      Mustang - Red
      Cougar - Orange
      Camaro - Yellow

      A couple of interesting links ...

      https://www.hemmings.com/stories/art...ikes-youre-out

      https://www.planetdiecast.com/index2...e=0&Itemid=918

      Image borrowed from a friend Chuck G

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      Eric

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      • #4
        Nice post Wes and thanks for the extra pic Ivan.

        Where were these made at?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by craftymore View Post
          Where were these made at?
          Hong Kong

          The image file limits have been reset. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

          Thank you for your understanding.

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