Barricade Prototype

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  1. AutoCon2076

    AutoCon2076 Brightest can in toolshed

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    Hi everybody! I turned 24 yesterday, and got some really nice stuff for gifts. Of them was a Deluxe Barricade prototype. I noticed some numbers stamped on the bottom of my store-bought Barricade (70581A). The numbers inscribed on the prototype are 70021A. Does anyone know what exactly these numbers are?

    Anyone want pics comparing the two?

    ~Z
     
  2. tikgnat

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    Yes please, I've been grabbing as much Movie Barricade as I can, that whole modified Ford Mustang thang is super sweet.

    I'd like to see what the differences are on the prototype.
     
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    Sure pic away.
     
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    mold revision number, possibly?
     
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    Hmmmmm!
     
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    AutoCon2076 Brightest can in toolshed

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    Okay! Here we go; noticeable differences are as follows.

    Pure black & clear - NO paint apps
    Frenzy is all silver - even the eyes
    Serial(?) numbers are different.

    I haven't transformed it - I dont know if I want to, either. It cost a fair amount of change, and I dont want to break it. Its already back in its Ziploc bag as I type this.

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    ~Z
    "Mmmmm, Barricade; just can't get enuff o' that Saleen S281!"
     
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    While technically it is a modified Mustang the actual make and model is a Saleen S281. The S281 fits in similar to how an RUF isn't a Porsche even though every RUF starts out as a factory Porsche. This makes them a different manufacturer and model recognized by the government and the auto industry.

    Article on the Saleen S281, Barricade, and Bumblebee.
     
  8. AutoCon2076

    AutoCon2076 Brightest can in toolshed

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    ROUSH Mustangs can be considered Roushes
    COBRA Mustangs can be considered Cobras

    When an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) vehicle is modified enough, the company doing to modifications can actually sell the vehicle as a completely different make. Good call on that RUF line there, pal.

    ~Z

    "And now you know - and knowing is half the battle!" -1980s cartoons

     
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    Nice prototype. Very happy birthday you obviously had. Cheers.
     
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    seven RIP Poopers 4-1993/5-2008

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    I was getting there, I have a tendency to post then go back and edit in stuff after the fact. The heavy server loads caused me to take longer than I normally would have to get it edited to where I wanted it.
     
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    If ever you see a number stamped on miscellaneous plastic part A or whichever, 9 times out of 10 it's a mold ID number. That way, if there's a problem with a part run, you can look at it and know what mold it came from and (ideally) go fix the problem.
     
  12. AutoCon2076

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    Awesome. That answers my question! Now why is it different, eh? Maybe, Im guessing based off of what I read through replies, it *is* due to changes. The number on the proto is a lower number than the final version. Mayhaps each time they changed a color here or added a tampo there, the number changed. So, for fun....

    What's your shelf-bought (or eBay) Barricade have stamped on him? Again, mine is 70581A. If anyone has a different number, look for a variant against my pics. Also, has anyone found these stampings on the other figures? I have all of them except Leader-Class Prime, and I haven't seen another stamp as such.

    ~Z

     
  13. Jarodimus

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    Hmm. Another possibility is date stamps. (Do they put those on the toys themselves, or just the packages?)

    I'm not sure what the "A"s mean, but if they're date stamps, those numbers would translate to production times of Jan. 2, 2007, 1st shift for the test shot, and Feb. 27, 2007, 1st shift for the final version. (First digit = last digit of year, next three digits = day # (out of 365, natch), and last digit = work shift (out of 3).)
     
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    Roush Stage 3 > Saleen S281

    *is kitbashing a Barricade into a lightly modified Mustang GT*
     
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    Molds dont decide colors or tampos. revisions would be for thickness, plastic type, or addition/removal of details, or in some cases a completely new sculpt in some parts.
     
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    Well, I was curious and I checked mine.

    63401A

    If it was a date stamp, it would mean it was made on December 6th, 2006... almost a month before the test shot. Hrm.

    However, looking at it, I don't think it's a mold identifier, either, as it's unevenly applied and looks more like it was stamped into the piece itself instead of part of the casting.

    Now I'm curious.

    EDIT:

    Of further interest, on the inside of Wreckage's back plate is stamped "63401" again. Maybe it identifies production batches? I'd be interested to see if these numbers are equally varied among other people.
     
  17. Jarodimus

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    Hmm, again.

    My Barricade has "70021A", same as AC2076's test shot. And my Wreckage is stamped "63401", same as QJ's Barricade and Wreckage.

    I'd say the fact that the same numbers are on two different figures means they're obviously not mold identifiers. I think they've got to be date stamps, and AC2076's test shot is from after they entered full production mode, for whatever reason.
     
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    That test shot looks better than Recon Barricade. :D 
     
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    Don't have mine handy to check the number (and I'm too lazy to go walk across the room for it at this point in the evening) but my guess would be each mold revision would produce a test shot before running it through full paint-apps. So, maybe on that date they tweaked something a touch, or tried a new type of plastic on one sprue or something?
     

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