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  • Kenner Fast Ones "Blazin' Bandit" 1979-80 Pontiac Firebird

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    Kenner Fast Ones (often spelled "Fast 111's") were a short lived series that lasted less than 4 years. Early models were made in Hong Kong, and later models were made in Macao. Early bases were typically chromed, and later bases were often unchromed black, though that isn't a hard and fast rule and some HK models can be found with black base and some Macao models with chrome. A feature unique to this series were individual license plates, including some for Canada and England in those respective markets. This particular issue was a track set exclusive not found in single blister.

    The Universal Group gained access to the tooling from Kenner, and having the rights to Matchbox at the time retooled 4 models and moved them to the Matchbox line. A Sandrail Dune Buggy saw one issue before, as rumor has it, the tooling broke. The Foxbody Mustang was used extensively in the Matchbox line up until Mattel bought Matchbox. A Jeep and Chevy Blazer still make occasional appearances, I saw a new issue of the Jeep last year.

    About half of the models in the Kenner line were fantasy issues, and even the models based on real cars had a great deal of artistic liberties taken. For reasons known only to the company, the model names are not listed on the base as is typical with most models even at that time, so they can be hard to trace without a cheat sheet model list.
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    Thank you for your understanding.

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    Not bad. I have this one. It's one of only three Kenners I own. Mine has South Dakota plates, I think. The others are the white Firebird, and a dune buggy.

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    • #3
      This was a fun series to collect years ago - I really enjoy taking them off the pegs and checking the license plates - always wanting to find the Washington State ones since that was where I was born.

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      • #4
        Probably a bit odd, but Kenner Fast One Elevens is what I've always called them, guess that might have been the first name I ever heard given them, so it stuck with me, or maybe just me not knowing any better, that was the name I'd given them way back when.😃

        Have these two, Blazer, and Jeep, and I think I have another one or two in whatever box these are in, but I forget which, from memory seems like my other might be a police Blazer.

        These are shown with Matchbox versions

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          The Mustang...the Kenner issues are the two front right, the rest are Matchbox.
          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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          • #6
            Here's the white one. Stumbled across it going through stuff to put out, put away, or sell. I'm gonna have to get some alcohol on a Q-Tip and see if it can remove the crayon without taking the paint with it.

            KIMG2352 by cody6268, on Flickr

            SC Plate: The rear bumper, period is my main issue with all Fast 111s.

            KIMG2353 by cody6268, on Flickr

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