(The joke is they somehow spelled the name wrong on every tampograph it appears on)
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You know, when I bought that I guess “speculative release” edition of Nonnef’s Exhaust add-on kit, I did so assuming I’d be waiting most of the rest of the year before I’d have the toy it was supposed to be put on. Instead it was six or seven weeks. I’m not complaining, it just seems weird somehow.
I guess saying it’s just six weeks later is slightly misleading; we don’t as of the time I’m writing this know quite when Selects Exhaust is technically supposed to be released. A few have been sold early from channels that don’t always strictly adhere to Hasbro’s target on-sale dates, and that’s the source for this one. Hasbro has not even publicly acknowledged that this toy exists yet, so a known release date is also still lacking.
If you don’t know the backstory, Exhaust is based on a Diaclone deco of Wheeljack, itself based on a Marlboro-sponsored rally car. That connection caused headaches with the Masterpiece version of Exhaust some years ago because of laws about having tobacco branding images on toys or other things notionally aimed at children. And Exhaust’s original deco was pretty undeniable in that respect, even having been mildly genericized.
Selects Exhaust upholds the spirit of the “Marlboro Wheeljack” deco, but makes the car look much less like a rolling pack of cigarettes, which I’m totally cool with. I do miss the little green accents, though.