The Flintstones at the Drive-In collectible is made by McFarlane toys and is designed for the person who is a cartoon or Flintstones fan and would like a piece to display. They originally sold for $19.99 but we were able to find them on clearance and actually picked up two sets for only $10.00.
First, let me begin by saying this is a collectible and not a toy. The pieces come attached to the base stand, and even though the wheels on the car spin, if you were to remove it you wouldn’t be able to roll it as there are pieces attached to keep it in the stand which would prevent it from rolling. The figures inside the car are also attached to it and would not be easy to remove without damaging them. And damaging them is very easy. In fact we got two sets so cheaply because one, still in the package, already had two broken parts. This seemed to not be a rare occurrence as the shop had five or six of never opened but broken sets. The giant Bronto ribs and the waitress were the two most commonly broken off parts. This piece was clearly designed to be handled carefully and for display only, not for playing with.
For collectible purposes I wouldn’t rank this very high. It was on clearance which shows they were not terrific sellers to begin with. They are also made of plastic and damage quite easily. The package looks ok, but with the large plastic piece on front and on top it can also be dented or ruined easily. This would hurt the collectible value as many true collectors prefer to leave these things in their original packaging. The pieces do look great though, and are very colorful. Perhaps with so many being damaged or easily broken if you can find one in mint shape, especially cheap, it might be worth sticking away. They also did 2 series of cartoon figures but I do not believe this is an annual collectable offering like a Holiday Barbie or something like that.
Overall I wouldn’t give this particular piece a very high rank. It was cheap and a fun little display piece but it is rather fragile and doesn’t particularly offer any real upside for value or for becoming a line to keep collecting. For someone who just likes the Flintstones or cartoons though it might make a nice little gift.