The seller claims that it came to them in a large collection that they purchased from the late owner’s family. They have it listed here on eBay where bidding is very active with only a day left. Is it the real deal though?
The rear loading Beach Bomb was a big deal because there weren’t very many made. See, the first batch of miniature VW buses went to Mattel employees’ kids to test out. When they figured out that the shape was too tall and narrow to be used with the track accessories, the design was revamped with surfboard holders on the sides and a little more weight in the bottom. That fixed the problem and made the early version very rare. Some estimate that only 41 exist today.
Could this one of those 41? Or could it even be one that no one knew about? No one could have ever guessed we would get so excited about our childhood toys, but when they have the potential of being more valuable than a car or even a house, it does make sense. The shape is right and the base looks right, but is it the real deal? Fakes would never garner this much attention and the current high bid proves that at least a few people think it’s authentic.
A closer look reveals that there’s a letter D in the word FOREIGN and that proves that this is actually a Chinese knockoff (source). There’s nothing wrong with wanting a replica, but let this be a lesson to us all. Just because a few people think something is real, that doesn’t mean it is. We should always do our own due diligence when buying cars, houses, or even toys. Even though I wanted to believe, a quick search revealed that this little Beach Bomb is bogus!