I remember a few years ago buying a model off of ebay, and being a tad surprised to see the model arrive in a yellow envelope. Not padded, just an envelope. I was of course a little miffed, but let it slide for two reasons. One, I was going to open the model anyway, and two, going back I saw the seller sold very few toy cars. I did send the seller a note mentioning the problems that could occur with other buyers in the future if more packaged toys were sent in envelopes.
Ultimately it wasn’t a big deal. This, however, is:
This is the latest offering from hotwheelscollectors.com, the absolutely stunning ’70 Mustang Boss 302. I have a video on it coming in a bit. I bought two, for $20 each plus shipping. They arrived in the envelope you see in the photo. Sure, it’s padded, but it’s an envelope.
Thankfully the car wasn’t damaged. The packaging is intact as well. But that might just be luck. Padding won’t keep these models from getting crushed during the shipping process, and clamshell protectors aren’t purposed just to protect models while shipping.
From what I have heard, I got lucky. Several folks have opened their envelopes to find damaged models or packaging. I open my cars, but many of you don’t. Nonetheless, while freak accidents can occur out of anyone’s control, taking on this much risk with models this expensive isn’t cool.
My guess is whatever entity – could be an external shipping service – is in charge of shipping isn’t aware of how lame this is. I also have to guess that Mattel is on this. I know the folks who handle the RLC, and know they are trying hard to improve things, and would have never approved this. And this has to be causing serious facepalming at Mattel. It is a big company, and sometimes can suffer from one hand not knowing what the other hand is doing.
But I also think mentioning it is the right thing to do. It is just another setback in a long frustrating run of RLC setbacks.
Please, make your comments. I think the multitude of comments can be a good thing. But PLEASE keep it respectful and constructive. Personal attacks are more reflective of you the commenter, not the person you are attacking. And I hate having that kind of “complain-y” environment here, but this issue should be addressed.