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Encyclopedia > Hot Wheels
Some 2008 models, the Porsche Carrera GT, and the Dodge Challenger
Some 2008 models, the Porsche Carrera GT, and the Dodge Challenger
Hot Wheels Car — Dodge Viper

Hot Wheels is a brand of die cast toy car, introduced by American toymaker Mattel in 1968. It was the primary competitor of Johnny Lightning and Matchbox until 1996, when Mattel acquired rights to the Matchbox brand from Tyco. Image File history File links 2005_Hot_Wheels_Logo. ... The Porsche Carrera GT was a supercar manufactured by Porsche in Germany. ... Dodge Challenger is the name of three different automobile models marketed by the Dodge division of the Chrysler Corporation since the 1970s. ... Image File history File links Hot_wheels. ... Image File history File links Hot_wheels. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... A die cast toy is a type of toys that is popular among collectors. ... Mattel headquarters in El Segundo Mattel Inc. ... Johnny Lightning Topper Toys Big Rig from 1971 Johnny Lightning is a brand of model cars originally produced by Topper Toys, similar to the hugely successful Mattel Hot Wheels die cast racing cars. ... Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Y-2 (A) 1911 B-Type Bus, released 1956 Matchbox 1-75 models typical of the modern (Mattel) era 1960s box for model #30 (B), Magirus-Deutz Crane, from the 1-75 series Matchbox is a die cast toy brand currently owned by Mattel, Inc. ... Tyco Toys is a division of the Mattel toy company. ...


The original, and now famous, Hot Wheels logo was designed by California artist Rick Irons, who at that time worked for Mattel.

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Models

Hot Wheels are die-cast model vehicles manufactured by Mattel and were introduced in 1968. Originally the cars and trucks were manufactured to approximately 1:64 scale and designed to be used on associated Hot Wheels track sets, but by 1970 a series of 1:43 scale 'Gran Toros' were introduced and more recently a range of highly detailed adult collector vehicles, including replicas of Formula One and NASCAR cars, have found success. However the brand remains most famous for the small scale free-rolling models of custom hot rods and muscle cars it has produced since the range first appeared. Today, there are roughly 10,000 different models of Hot Wheel Cars. F1 redirects here. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... For the Transformers character, see Hot Rod (Transformers). ... The Pontiac GTO started the muscle car trend. ...



The Hot Wheels product line has also included various tracks, accessories, and other kinds of vehicles such as 'Sizzlers' rechargeable electric cars, 'Hot Line' trains, 'R-R-Rumblers' motorcycles and 'Hot Birds' airplanes.


Sizzlers

Boss Mustang Sizzler
Boss Mustang Sizzler

Sizzlers were a 1970s Hot Wheels spin off with a built-in motor and a tiny rechargeable battery. (The X-V racers of the 90s were similar.) Mattel recently struck an exclusive deal with Target stores, and re-released Sizzlers in 2006. They currently sell for about $8 per car. Sizzlers run on black Fat Track, which is three lanes wide and designed to allow Sizzlers to run free. In action, Sizzlers display a unique, competitive "passing action" when running on the Fat Track, as if each car were piloted by an impatient driver trying to get ahead of the rest. Sizzlers were (and are) charged with four or two D cell chargers called Juice Machine and Goose Pump respectively. A 90-second charge of the tiny internal NiCad battery gives up to five minutes of frenetic run time. It has been said that the 90-second charge time was "the longest minute and a half in a kid's life," as they waited impatiently for the car to charge sufficiently to get back into the race.


History

1968

A custom Volkswagen from 1968, one of the first Hot Wheels cars

Before Hot Wheels, the huge market for small car models was dominated at that time by the British company Lesney with their Matchbox cars. Elliot Handler, co-founder of Mattel, decided to produce a line of die-cast toy cars for boys. Although his executives thought it was a bad idea, he was able to capture much of this market by introducing a number of revolutionary features, including low-friction wheels suitable for racing on a track, and styling in tune with the times of customized, racing and show cars coming out of places like California. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 531 KB) Summary Custom Volkswagen Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 531 KB) Summary Custom Volkswagen Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Lesney Products & Co. ... Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Y-2 (A) 1911 B-Type Bus, released 1956 Matchbox 1-75 models typical of the modern (Mattel) era 1960s box for model #30 (B), Magirus-Deutz Crane, from the 1-75 series Matchbox is a die cast toy brand currently owned by Mattel, Inc. ...


There were sixteen castings released in 1968, eleven of them designed by Harry Bentley Bradley, with the first one produced being a dark blue Custom Camaro. Although Bradley was from the car industry, he had not designed the full-functioning versions of the real cars, except the Dodge Deora concept car, which had been built by Mike and Larry Alexander. Another of his notable designs was the Custom Fleetside, which was based on his own heavily-customized '64 El Camino. For other uses, see Dodge (disambiguation). ...


Cars released in 1968

  • Beatnik Bandit (designed by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth)
  • Custom Barracuda
  • Custom Camaro
  • Custom Corvette
  • Custom Cougar
  • Custom Eldorado
  • Custom Firebird
  • Custom Fleetside
  • Custom Mustang
  • Custom T-Bird
  • Custom Volkswagen (designed by Ira Gilford)
  • Deora (based upon a real custom surf-truck designed by Harry Bradley for Dodge)
  • Ford J-Car (based on the real race car that became the Ford GT40 Mk IV)
  • Hot Heap (based upon the Model T roadster known as "Tognotti's T")
  • Python (designed by Dean Jeffries, based on Bill Cushenberry's "Cheetah" show car)
  • Silhouette (based upon Bill Cushenberry's custom car)


Of the first 16 cars (sometimes called the "Sweet 16" by collectors), 9 were based upon customized versions of regular production automobiles of the era, and 7 were based upon real show cars and cars designed and built for track racing. All of the cars featured 'Spectraflame' paintwork, bearings, redline wheels, and working suspension. Steve Fiorillas 1988 cartoon portrait of Big Daddy Roth with Rat Fink Ed Big Daddy Roth (March 4, 1932 – April 4, 2001) was an artist and cartoonist who created the hot-rod icon Rat Fink and other extreme characters. ...


The metallic 'Spectraflame' paintwork also marked out these models from drab enamel of Matchbox cars. The attractive finishes were achieved by firstly polishing the bare metal of the bodyshells and then coating them in a clear colored lacquer, and featured such exotic colors as 'Antifreeze', 'Magenta' and 'Hot Pink'. Because 'Hot Pink' was considered a "girls color", it was not used very much on Hot Wheels cars. For most castings, it is the hardest color to find, and today can command prices ten times as high as more common colors.


In order for the cars to go fast on the plastic track, Mattel chose a cheap, durable, low-friction plastic called Delrin to use as a white bushing between the axle and wheel. The result was cars that could go up to scale 200 mph. The bushings were phased out in 1970, and replaced with flush black inner wheels with outer caps. The early years of Hot Wheels are known as the Redline Era as until 1977 the wheels had a red line etched around the tire rim, popular on muscle cars at the time. Delrin is the brand name for an acetal resin engineering plastic invented and sold by DuPont. ... The concept of scale is applicable if a system is represented proportionally by another system. ...


The "Torsion Bar" suspension was simple, but flawed. Inside the car, the axles followed a "C"-like shape that was connected to the chassis. When pushed down, the axles would bend like a real car. However the axles were hard to install on the chassis while being assembled and would become detached from the lugs on the baseplate if very hard pressure was applied. Well played with cars would develop an obvious "sag" to the wheels. The suspension was redesigned in 1970 with solid axles mounted on a bar of plastic acting as a spring. Packaged along with the cars were metal badges showing an image of the car so fellow collectors could identify each other and compare collections.



Most importantly, there were designed to run on orange plastic track, which could be placed to make interesting jumps and loops. Motive power was by means of gravity, by attaching the starting point of a course to a table or chair via an included C clamp. A two-lane starting gate was available, allowing two lengths of track to be set up for racing. Later sets had both the starting gate and a finishing flag which would be tripped by the first car. One of the most famous sets was the 1970 Mongoose & Snake Drag Race Set, which reached values as high as $500 during the 1990s, but has since been produced in modified replica form. It featured yellow Plymouth Barracuda and red Plymouth Duster funny cars, loops, jumps, and even an apparatus that would deploy drag chutes after they crossed the finish line, all in a box showing Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen. The Barracuda is a two-door coupe/convertible muscle car that was manufactured by the Plymouth division of the Chrysler Corporation from 1964 through 1974. ... The first Plymouth Duster was a semi-fastback version of the Plymouth Valiant automobile, produced in the US from 1970 to 1976. ... Early Jack Chrisman Funny Car from the mid 1960s 1971 Mickey Thompson-owned Funny Car 1975 Gene Snow Funny Car 1990 Don Prudhomme Funny Car Funny Car is a drag racing car class. ... Categories: Possible copyright violations ...


Other sets included a Supercharger that had an electric motor and foam covered wheels that propelled the car around a loop of track as the cars passed through. Accessories included a lap counter and a speedometer. It was the combination of all of these ingredients — speed via the low-friction wheel/axle assembly and racing tires, looks due to Spectraflame paint and mag wheels, plus the inclusion of very American themes such as hot-rod designs based on true American prototypes not seen in great numbers in the competition's product lines — that laid the groundwork for the incredible success story Hot Wheels were to become.


1969

Twin Mill from 1969, one of the most recognizable Hot Wheels designs

As it turned out, the Hot Wheels brand was a staggering success. (This accomplishment must be put in its historical perspective: Basically, the series "re-wrote the book" for small die-cast car models from 1968 onwards, forcing the competition at Matchbox and elsewhere to completely rethink their concepts, and to scamper to try to recover lost ground.) Harry Bentley Bradley did not think that would be the case and had quit Mattel to go back to the car industry. When the company asked him back, he recommended a good friend, Ira Gilford. Gilford, who had just left Chrysler, quickly accepted the job of designing the next Hot Wheels models. Some of Hot Wheels' greatest cars, such as the Twin Mill and Splittin' Image, came from Ira Gilford's drawing board. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 528 KB) Summary Hot Wheels Twin Mill from 1969 Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 528 KB) Summary Hot Wheels Twin Mill from 1969 Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Matchbox Models of Yesteryear Y-2 (A) 1911 B-Type Bus, released 1956 Matchbox 1-75 models typical of the modern (Mattel) era 1960s box for model #30 (B), Magirus-Deutz Crane, from the 1-75 series Matchbox is a die cast toy brand currently owned by Mattel, Inc. ...


The success of the 1968 line was solidified and consolidated with the 1969 releases, with which Hot Wheels effectively established itself as the most important brand of small toy car models in the USA.


Cars released in 1969

  • Brabham Repco F1
  • Chaparral 2G
  • Classic '31 Ford Woody
  • Classic '32 Ford Vicky
  • Classic '36 Ford Coupe
  • Classic '57 Bird
  • Custom Charger
  • Custom AMX
  • Custom Continental
  • Custom Police Cruiser
  • Ford MK IV
  • Indy Eagle
  • Lola GT70
  • Lotus Turbine
  • Maserati Mistral
  • McLaren M6A
  • Mercedes-Benz 280SL
  • Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
  • Shelby Turbine
  • Splittin' Image
  • Torero
  • Turbo fire
  • Twin Mill
  • Volkswagen Beach Bomb

The Splittin' Image, Torero, Turbofire, and Twin Mill were part of the "Show & Go" series and are the very first original in-house designs by Hot Wheels. Joakim Bonnier 1966 in the Chaparral during practice at the Nürburgring Mike Spence 1967 in the Chaparral 2F during practice at the Nürburgring Chaparral Cars was a United States automotive company which built prototype race cars from the 1960s through the early 1980s. ... Pontiac woodie A woodie is a type of car, more specifically an early station wagon (US) or estate car/shooting brake (UK), in which the rear portion of the cars bodywork is made of wood. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Lincoln Continental, an automobile produced by the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company, began for the 1939 model year. ... Lotus Logo with monogram of its founder, Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman Lotus Cars is a British manufacturer of sports and racing cars based at Hethel, Norfolk, England. ... The Maserati Mistral, named after a cold northerly wind of southern France, was the successor to the iconic 3500 GT. It was the first in a series a classic Maseratis to be given the name of a wind and the last model from the Casa del Tridente to be equipped...


The initial prototypes of the Beach Bomb were faithful to a real VW Bus's shape, and had two surfboards sticking out the back window. During the fledgling Hot Wheels era, Mattel wanted to make sure that each of the cars could be used with any of the play sets and stunt track sets. Unfortunately, testing showed that this early version (now known as Rear-Loader Beach Bomb, or RLBB) was too narrow to roll effectively on Hot Wheels track or be powered by the Super Charger, and was too top-heavy to negotiate high-speed corners.


Hot Wheels Designers Howard Rees and Larry Wood modified the casting, extending the side fenders to accommodate the track width, as well as providing a new place on the vehicle to store each of the plastic surfboards. The roof was also cut away and replaced by a full-length sunroof, to lower the center of gravity. Nicknamed "Side-loader" by collectors, this was the production version of the Beach Bomb.


The Rear-Loader Beach Bomb is widely considered the "Holy Grail" of any Hot Wheels collection. An unknown number were made as test subjects and given to Mattel employees, and today there are only about 25 known to exist. A regular production Beach Bomb may be worth up to $600, depending on condition. Market prices on RLBBs however, have easily reached the five-figure plateau. Within the last decade, one of two existing hot pink RLBBs sold for reportedly above $70,000 to a well-respected and widely known Hot Wheels collector. The Hot Wheels Collectors Club released a new, updated version of the rear loading Beach Bomb in 2002 as a limited edition.


1970s

1970 was another great year for Hot Wheels. This was also the year that Sizzlers appeared. Howard Rees, who worked with Ira Gilford, was tired of designing cars. He wanted to work on the Major Matt Mason action figure toy line-up. Rees had a good friend by the name of Larry Wood. They had worked together at Ford designing cars. When Wood found out about Hot Wheels at a party Rees was holding, Rees offered Wood the job of designing Hot Wheels. Wood agreed, and by the end of the week, Larry Wood was working at Mattel. His first design would be the Tri-Baby. After 36 years, Larry still works for Hot Wheels. Major Matt Mason was an action figure created by Mattel, an astronaut who lived and worked on the moon. ...


Another designer, Paul Tam, joined Larry and Ira. Paul's first design for Hot Wheels was the Whip Creamer. Tam continued to work for Mattel until 1973. Among the many futuristic designs Tam thought up for Hot Wheels, some of the collector's favorites include Evil Weevil (a Volkswagen with two engines), Open Fire (an AMC Gremlin with six wheels), Six Shooter (another six wheeled car), and the rare Double Header (co-designed with Larry Wood). VW redirects here. ... The AMC Gremlin is a subcompact car that was made by the American Motors Corporation (AMC) for nine model years. ...


1972 and 1973 marked a slump for Hot Wheels; few new castings were produced, and in 1973 most cars changed from Mattel's in house "Spectraflame™" colors to less-shiny solid enamel colors, which mainline Hot Wheels cars still use today. Due to low sales, and the fact that many of the castings were not re-used in later years, the 1972-3 models are known to be very collectible.


In 1974, Hot Wheels began using the slogan "Flying Colors", and added flashy decals and tampo-printed paint designs, which helped revitalize sales. As with the low-friction wheels in 1968, this innovation was revolutionary in the industry, and — although far less effective in terms of sales impact than in 1968 — was copied by the competition, who did not want to be outmaneuvered again by Mattel product strategists.


In 1977, the Redline Wheel was phased out, with the red lines being erased from the wheels. This cut costs, but also reflected that the red lines popularized during the era of muscle cars and Polyglas tires were no longer current. The Pontiac GTO is a classic example of the muscle car. ... 1970 ad for Polyglas tires A trademark of Goodyear, it was the name of a tire common on late 1960s muscle cars which used belts made of fiberglass. ...


1980s

Hot Wheels Torino Tornado from 1985 with Hot Ones™ Wheels

What happened in the 1980s for Hot Wheels sent them in the path of what they are today. In 1981, Hot Ones wheels were introduced, which had gold-painted hubs and thinner axles for speed. Ultra Hots wheels, which looked like the wheels found on a Renault Fuego or a Mazda 626, were introduced in 1984 and had other speed improvements. Hot Wheels started offering models based on 80's sports and economy cars, like the Pontiac Fiero or Dodge Omni 024. In 1983, A new style of wheel called Real Riders were introduced, which had real rubber tires. Despite the fact that they were very popular, the Real Riders line was short-lived, because of high production costs. In the late 80s, the Blue Card was introduced, which would become the basis of Hot Wheels cars still used today. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 546 KB) Summary 1985 Hot Wheels Torino Tornado from the Hot Ones series Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 546 KB) Summary 1985 Hot Wheels Torino Tornado from the Hot Ones series Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Renault Fuego was a four-seater, three-door coupe based on a Renault 18 platform. ... The Mazda 626 is an automobile produced by Mazda for the export market. ... Old Pontiac Fiero Base model Fiero gauge cluster The Pontiac Fiero is a mid-engined sports car that was built by the Pontiac division of General Motors from 1984 to 1988. ... The Dodge Omni 024 was a modified version of the popular Dodge Omni made from 1979 to 1982. ...


Two other innovations were introduced briefly in Hotwheels cars in the 1980's - Thermal Color Change paint, and rotating Crash Panel vehicles. The former were able to change color on exposure to hot or cold water, and there were an inital release of 20 different cars, available as sets of three vehicles. The latter were vehicles with a panel that, on contact, would rotate to reveal a flip side which appeared to be heavily dented. Variations in crash-panels included front, rear and side panels, the last of which's mechanism has proven to be the most durable.


1990s

A 1990s Hot Wheels car still in the package.
A 1990s Hot Wheels car still in the package.

1995 brought a major change to the Hot Wheels line, where the cars were split up into series. One was the 1995 Model Series, which included all of that year's new castings. In 1996, the Model Series was renamed to First Editions. 1995 also saw the introduction of the Treasure Hunt Series (see below). The rest of the series included four cars with paint schemes that followed a theme. For example, the Pearl Driver cars all had pearlescent paint. Sales for the series models soared, causing stores across the nation to have shortages. Several new wheel designs were also introduced. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1345 KB) Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1345 KB) Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Treasure Hunt vehicles were introduced by Mattel in 1995, and consisted of 12 cars; one released per month. ...


In 1997, Hot Wheels signed a sponsorship deal with NASCAR driver Kyle Petty, and thus began making replicas of NASCAR race cars. Hot Wheels signed another deal in 1999 with five Formula 1 teams to manufacture scale model Formula 1 cars.[1] Kyle Eugene Petty (Born June 2, 1960 in Randleman, North Carolina) is an American NASCAR driver, the son and grandson of racing legends Richard Petty and Lee Petty, respectively. ...


Treasure Hunts

Main article: Treasure Hunt Series.
A 2005 Mini Cooper Treasure Hunt still in the package.
A 2005 Mini Cooper Treasure Hunt still in the package.

The Treasure Hunt series was introduced in 1995 with 12 cars that were specially detailed and produced in limited numbers. The initial run consisted of 10,000 units worldwide. The Treasure Hunt Series was an instant hit, and as a result, production increased to 25,000 units per car in 1996 and 1997. Starting in 1998, Mattel stopped releasing production numbers of Treasure Hunts. Treasure Hunt vehicles were introduced by Mattel in 1995, and consisted of 12 cars; one released per month. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (443x661, 752 KB) Summary 2005 Hot Wheels Mini Cooper Treasure Hunt (collector number 130), mint on mint card. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (443x661, 752 KB) Summary 2005 Hot Wheels Mini Cooper Treasure Hunt (collector number 130), mint on mint card. ... Minis The Mini is the name of a small car produced from 1959 to 2000, and the name of its replacement (known as New MINI) launched in 2001. ...


Treasure Hunt Vehicles are found by the denotion on the package. Usually it will say "Treasure Hunt" or "T-Hunt" in a green bar with a picture of a treasure chest. The cars are decorated with flashy designs and usually have special "rubber" wheels. They have a high price tag when they are first released. The price does typically stabilize once more of the cars are available on the market. Sometimes collectors will see this as the car dropping in price but empirical data strongly states otherwise. Instead, the high prices we see initially are the result of the internet boom. When only a few new Treasure Hunts are available on the market and hundreds of collectors are after it the price will skyrocket. Data collected over the past twelve years actually indicated the price on Treasure Hunts is rising quite well generally. Prices off on the internet are generally much higher than it first appears. Often when collectors quote a value they do not take into account shipping, risk, and inconvenience as all negative factors on the online market.


A noticeable thing about Treasure Hunts is that every year, not only are they released separately, but also in complete boxed sets. These sets come in greater rarity than the Treasure Hunt cars, ranging from as low as 2,000 sets to 6,000. The set is worth the combined value of each car plus the box itself and is worth even more than a loose set.


In 2007 Mattel released 12 Super Treasure Hunts along with the 12 normal Treasure Hunts. The Super Treasure Hunts have a different paint job than their normal counter-parts, as well as rubber wheels.


2000

A new generation of Hot Wheels Designers came in. Eric Tscherne and Fraser Campbell along with former designer Paul Tam's son, Alec Tam, joined the design team. Many still work for Mattel today. Tscherne's Seared Tuner (formerly Sho-Stopper) graced the mainline packaging from 2000 to 2003. The Deora II, one of only two Hot Wheels concept cars ever made into full-size, functional cars, was also released this year.

1:18 scale Deora II in a metalflake blue paintjob.
1:18 scale Deora II in a metalflake blue paintjob.

Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 474 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Picture of the Deora II 1:18 scale model car. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 474 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Picture of the Deora II 1:18 scale model car. ...

2001

Hot Wheels First Edition, Shredster.

During this year Mattel issued 240 mainline releases consisting of 12 Treasure Hunts, 36 First Editions, 12 Segment Series with 4 cars each, and 144 open stock cars. Popular models that debuted include the Hyper Mite and Fright Bike. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


2002

For 2002, the mainline the consisted of 12 Treasure Hunts, 42 First Editions, 15 segment series of 4 cars each, and 126 open stock cars. Popular new models included the `68 Cougar and the Nissan Skyline.


2003

Hot Wheels celebrated its 35th anniversary with a full-length computer animated Hot Wheels movie called Hot Wheels Highway 35 World Race. This movie tied into the Highway 35 line of cars that featured 35 classic Hot Wheels cars with special graphics and co-molded wheels. Another celebrating moment in the 35th anniversary was the creation of a full-sized model of the Deora II shown at the Hot Wheels Hall of Fame event at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California. The Petersen Automotive Museum is located on Wilshire Boulevard along Museum Row in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ...

Die cast model of a 1:18 Formula 1 car. This is a Ferrari F2005 model driven by Michael Schumacher in the 2005 season
Die cast model of a 1:18 Formula 1 car. This is a Ferrari F2005 model driven by Michael Schumacher in the 2005 season

Also in commemoration of Hot Wheels' 35th anniversary, recording artist and Hot Wheels supporter Rick Tippe was commissioned by Mattel to write a song about Hot Wheels. CD singles featuring the song were given out in grab bags at the 35th Anniversary Convention in California. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (892x594, 163 KB)[edit] Summary This is a photo of my scale model F2005 car [edit] Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (892x594, 163 KB)[edit] Summary This is a photo of my scale model F2005 car [edit] Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ...


2003 also saw the release of five cars themed after Sega video games: Jet Set Radio Future, Space Channel 5, Shinobi, House of the Dead and Super Monkey Ball This article is about the video game company. ... Jet Set Radio Future (often abbreviated JSRF), is a video game developed by Smilebit and published by Sega. ... Space Channel 5 (スペース チャンネル5)is a console game, which was first released in Japan for the Dreamcast on December 16, 1999. ... Shinobi is a video game in the Shinobi series for PlayStation 2, developed by Overworks and published by Sega. ... The House of the Dead (abbreviated as HotD) is a video game franchise, produced by Sega. ... Super Monkey Ball is an arcade platform game developed by Amusement Vision and distributed by Sega featuring a cast of humorous monkey characters (see below). ...


2004

In 2004, Hot Wheels unveiled their "Hot 100" line, comprised of 100 new models. These new models included cartoonish vehicles such as the 'Tooned (vehicles based on the larger Hot Tunerz line of Hot Wheels created by Eric Tscherne[citation needed]), Blings (boxy bodies and big wheels), Hardnoze (enlarged fronts), Crooze (stretched out bodies), and Fatbax (super-wide back tires and short bodies). These vehicles did not sell as well as Mattel expected, and many could still be found in stores throughout 2005. Mattel also released 2004 First Editions cars with unpainted Zamac bodies. They were sold through Toys 'R' Us and were made in limited numbers. Toys Я Us NYSE: TOY is a toy store chain based in the United States. ...


2005

In 2005, Hot Wheels continued with new "extreme" castings for the 2nd year, debuting 40 distorted cars, in addition to 20 "Realistix" models. The rest of the line included the standard 12 Treasure Hunts, 10 Track Aces, 50 Segment Series Cars, and 50 Open Stock Models. Four Volkswagen "Mystery Cars" were offered as a special mail-in promo. Each Mystery Car came with a special voucher. Upon collection of all 4 vouchers, one was able to send away for a special 13th Treasure Hunt, a VW Drag Bus. Photos: [[1]] VW redirects here. ...


Hot Wheels also unveiled its new "Faster than Ever" line of cars, which had special nickel-plated axles, along with bronze-colored Open-Hole 5 Spoke wheels. These adjustments reduce friction dramatically, resulting in cars that are "Faster than Ever." The first run of these cars were available for a limited time only, from the beginning of October towards the end of November 2005. For other uses, see Nickel (disambiguation). ... An axle is a central shaft for a rotating wheel or gear. ... For other uses, see Friction (disambiguation). ...


Also, the continuation of the movie Hot Wheels Highway 35 World Race called Hot Wheels AcceleRacers was created, taking place two years after Vert Wheeler won the World Race. It is featured in four movies and many short segments where the drivers (old ones, gangs, like Teku, Metal Maniacs, the evil Racing Drones, and the stealthy Silencerz). All of the shorts and previews of the movies were placed on a temporary website that was deleted shortly after the last movie. Hot Wheels World Race is a video game of the racing genre released in 2003 by Climax Studios. ... For other uses, see Fantastic Four (disambiguation). ...


2006

A 2006 Sema Edition CivicSi sporting the special Dropstars logo.
A 2006 Sema Edition CivicSi sporting the special Dropstars logo.

The 2006 releases consisted of 38 First Editions (all realistically proportioned), 12 Treasure Hunts, 12 Track Aces, 60 Segment Series, 96 Open Stock Models and 5 Mystery Cars. Some limited editions produced in 2006 include a Honda Civic Si sporting a Dropstars logo that was only available at the 2005 SEMA convention and the CUL8R with Faster Than Ever (FTE) wheels which was only available by mail. 2006 is also the year that Sizzlers were re-released. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (960x391, 253 KB) Summary Hot Wheels Civic Si. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (960x391, 253 KB) Summary Hot Wheels Civic Si. ...


2007

Mattel is planning to release 36 New Models (formerly First Editions), 12 Treasure Hunts (with a hard-to-find regular version and even rarer "super" version of each),[2] 12 Teams of 4 cars each (formerly Segment Series), 24 Code Cars (codes imprinted on underside of the car that can be used to unlock web content), 12 Track Stars (formerly Track Aces), 24 Mystery Cars (packaged on a card with a blacked-out blister, so the buyer cannot see which car is inside without opening it), and 24 All Stars (formerly Open Stock). In late 2006, a new package design for 2007 was released. Some 2006 cars and all 2007 cars released so far are packaged on a blister card with the new design. Hotwheels released a series called Modifighters, which are similar to transformers except for the fact that they were originally cars and were modified into robots.


2008

There will be 40 new models for 2008: ’07 Shelby GT-500™ L9915 1 Spector™ L9917 2 Audi R8 L9918 3 Ratbomb™ L9919 4 Also there will be Speed Racer Sets.


Collectors

Through the years, Hot Wheels cars have been collected mostly by children, but in the last ten years there has been an increase in the number of adult collectors. Mattel estimates that 41 million children grew up playing with the toys, the average collector has over 1,550 cars, and children between the ages of 5 and 15 have an average of 41 cars. Most believe the collecting craze started with the Treasure Hunts in 1995. Mike Strauss has been widely hailed as the father of Hot Wheels collecting; he has organized two collectors' events each year in some form since 1986. The first event was the Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Convention, normally held each year in the fall. The convention occurred in various locations around the country until 2001, when the first Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals was put together. Since then, the Conventions are held each year in southern California. The Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals rotate among cities outside of California during the spring. Mike has also published the quarterly Hot Wheels Newsletter since 1986 and was one of the first to unite collectors all over the world. Mike also writes the Tomart's Guide To Hot Wheels, a book listing history, car descriptions and values. It is used by almost every collector to learn more about the hobby and their collection.


In 2001, Mattel saw how much collecting was affecting their sales and put together HotWheelsCollectors.com as an online way to unite collectors by offering limited edition cars, information about upcoming releases and events, as well as chat and trade boards. Each year, they sell memberships to the Redline Club, which gives members the opportunity to order additional limited edition cars, as well as access to areas of the site with information such as sneak previews of new cars.


There are hundreds, probably thousands, of web pages dedicated to Hot Wheels collecting. People are collecting everything from only new castings to only Redlines and everything in between. For the most part it is a relatively inexpensive hobby, when compared with coin collecting, stamp collecting or Barbie collecting, with mainline cars costing about $1 (USD) at retail. The price has not changed much in almost 40 years. After the cars are no longer available at retail the cost can vary significantly. A common car may sell for less than retail, while some of the more difficult cars can sell for many hundred or even thousands of dollars. This article is about a hobby. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Information Occupation See: Barbies careers Family See: List of Barbies friends and family Created by Ruth Handler Barbie is a best-selling fashion doll launched in 1959. ...


Dates on Cars

The date on the base of a Hot Wheels car is a design copyright date, not a manufacturing date. (Specifically, the date is the copyright date for the design of the base of the car, but there are only a handful of cases where that is not the same as the copyright date for the design of the entire car.) The date is usually the year before the car was first introduced, but it is sometimes the same year.


Mattel reuses many models of Hot Wheels cars, both as part of the regular line and as "commemorative" replicas. As a result, a car with the date 1968 on the base could have been made at any time between 1968 and the present.


As of the 2006 First Editions, the date is no longer placed on the bottom of the car but rather on the inside where it isn't seen unless taken apart.


Hot Wheels Classics

2005 Hot Wheels Series 1 Classics car still in package
2005 Hot Wheels Series 1 Classics car still in package

The Hot Wheels Classics line was an immediate hit with enthusiasts everywhere, particularly collectors who had observed the decline in standards that accompanied forty years of keeping the cars at one dollar. Series 1 from 2005 consisted of 25 models, each with all-metal body and chassis, decked out with Spectraflame paint, in packages similar to those used from 1968-1972. Each car had a retail price of about three dollars (USD). Each of the 25 cars were released with 7 or 8 different colors. There were also track sets in similarly-retro packaging, and 1:18 scale Hot Wheels Classics. The Classics version of the Purple Passion was released with Real Riders tires at the San Diego Comic Con. Mattel also produced a Classics Olds 442 in Spectraflame blue for the 2005 Toy Fair. In 2006, Series 2 consisted of 30 models including the '67 Camaro Convertible and Mustang Mach 1. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 559 KB) Summary Hot Wheels Classics - 2005 Series 1 Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 559 KB) Summary Hot Wheels Classics - 2005 Series 1 Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... Modified 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. ... For other Ford Mustang models and concepts, see Ford Mustang Variants. ...


In 2007, a Series 3 line of Classics was introduced, containing 30 classics in what is expected to be multiple colors of each car.


Special Model Lines

Hot Wheels has also released slightly larger, more detailed models, such as the Dropstars line (a model line of "blinged" cars). Also in this larger scale are the HIN (Hot Import Nights), G-Machines and Customs lines. These lines were introduced in 2004-2005. “HIN” redirects here. ...


Other larger lines from Hot Wheels include: Sizzlers, XV Racers, Hot Tunerz and Stockerz.


Hot Wheels has produced many replica scale models in the industry standard 1/43rd, 1/24th and 1/18th scales. In 2004 They released a 1/12th scale replica of the C6Corvette. French steam corvette Dupleix (1856-1887) Canadian corvettes on antisubmarine convoy escort duty during World War II. A corvette is a small, maneuverable, lightly armed warship, smaller than a frigate and larger than a coastal patrol craft. ...


Notable models

Twin Mill

The Twin Mill was introduced in 1969 and was the first original Mattell design. All previous releases had been based upon actual 1:1 vehicles. The Twin Mill was designed by Ira Gilford, formerly of GM design. Many styling cues of GM design of the time, headed by Bill Mitchell, can be seen in the Twin Mill most notably the 1968 Corvette Stingray and various concept cars of the era. The original Twin ceased production in 1977. Original releases include the original 1969 redline in various colors, 1973 Shell promotional and 1976 and 1977 Flying Colors in chrome and orange. After 1977 the tooling is believed to have been destroyed. With new tooling the Twin Mill was reproduced in 1993 as part of the 25th Anniversary series. Since then the Twin Mill has been exclusively released in limited or other special upscale releases often including premium paint and wheel schemes. To date Mattell has refused to release the Twin Mill in the mainline making 1977 the last year the Twin Mill was released in this fashion.


In celebration of Hot Wheels' 35th anniversary, the company had a full-size version of the car built. It debuted at the 2001 SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) of the automobile aftermarket was formed in 1963 by Roy Richter, Ed Iskenderian, Willie Garner, Bob Hedman, John Bartlett, Phil Weiand, Jr. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ...


VW Drag Bus

Special 13th Treasure Hunt VW Drag Bus
Special 13th Treasure Hunt VW Drag Bus

The VW Drag Bus was first offered as a 1996 First Edition, and is the heaviest Hot Wheels model made to date. It has a flip up body, big engine, and is extremely popular with collectors. Speculation was that because of its higher cost and huge popularity, Mattel moved the VW Drag Bus from regular production to a limited edition only product. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 791 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3201 × 2428 pixel, file size: 488 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Summary:2005 VW Drag Bus from Hotwheels Treasure Hunt Author:troy@calivw78 Source URL: www. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 791 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3201 × 2428 pixel, file size: 488 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Summary:2005 VW Drag Bus from Hotwheels Treasure Hunt Author:troy@calivw78 Source URL: www. ...


Go Kart

The lightest Hot Wheels casting to date. Its only plastic parts are the wheels and seat. It was introduced in 1998.


Rear-loading Volkswagen Beach Bomb

The rear-loading Volkswagen Beach Bomb had 2 surfboards sticking out of the back window. The casting proved to be too thin to run through the "Supercharger" track accessory and was subsequently redesigned with the surf boards moved to new side pods. An unknown number of the cars were made as test subjects and given to Mattel employees. Currently, there are only about 25 known to exist and is widely considered to be the "holy grail" of Hot Wheels collecting.


In 2000, Bruce Pascal obtained a pink variation and paid over $70,000 for it, setting the biggest record in history for the amount of money paid for a Hot Wheels car.


`55 Chevy Panel

Introduced in 2006 as a First Edition, the `55 Chevy Panel was one of the year's heaviest models along with the VW Karmann Ghia. It has a metal body and base. The Panel also has a rear hatch that opens to reveal a motorcycle that can slide out. Due to the model's significant weight and production cost, the `55 Chevy Panel is not expected to return to the mainline after 2006. It is however, scheduled to make an appearance the Since '68 series. The Karmann Ghia is a two-seater sports car marketed by Volkswagen, designed by the Italian firm Ghia, and built by German coach builder Karmann. ... For other uses, see Motorcycle (disambiguation). ...


Mars Pathfinder/Sojourner

In June 1997, Mattel released a Hot Wheels toy vehicle based on the Mars Pathfinder and Mars Sojourner rover, in cooperation with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Mars Pathfinder was launched on December 4, 1996 by NASA aboard a Delta II just a month after the Mars Global Surveyor was launched. ... The Mars Pathfinder was launched on December 4, 1996 by NASA aboard a Delta II just a month after the Mars Global Surveyor was launched. ...


Special Wheels

2 Hot Wheels cars with Screamin' Wheels
Screamin' Wheels
Screamin' Wheels had treads on them, making them screech as they rolled down the track. They were only offered on 3 models sold with the starter set and the 2 models included in the "Serpent Cyclone" track. They were sold in very small numbers, making collectors snatch these up for high prices. They appeared once again in 2005, only on Escort Rally for a short amount of time in the Hot Wheels Racing Series.
A Miata with Lime Hub wheels.
Lime Hub Wheels
The Lime Hub wheels were offered with black plastic tires and a lime wheel. There were only a couple of models, which were sold in small numbers, making them very collectible.
Real Rider Wheels
These were plastic wheels with real rubber tires. While sales were strong, Hot Wheels cut the line after only three years, because they were too expensive to make. They have appeared only on limited edition cars and special series, such as Treasure Hunts, since then.
Faster Than Ever
See the section on 2005 Hot Wheels.

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Real Life

Real life versions of popular Hot Wheels Twin Mill, Deora II and Whatta Drag have been created.


See also

Johnny Lightning Topper Toys Big Rig from 1971 Johnny Lightning is a brand of model cars originally produced by Topper Toys, similar to the hugely successful Mattel Hot Wheels die cast racing cars. ... Toy model of Daihatsu Midget Tomica (トミカ) is the line of die-cast toy vehicles and related products that Tomy Co. ... Matchbox Superfast window sticker A miniature Matchbox Gowings van Matchbox is a die cast toy brand currently owned by Mattel, Inc. ... The Corgi logo A Corgi Citroën 2CV Corgi Cars was launched in 1956 as a new range of die cast toy model cars by Mettoy Playcraft LTD, the toy car company founded in 1936. ... Corgi Toys (trademark) is the name of a line of die-cast toy vehicles manufactured by Mettoy Playcraft Ltd. ... Majorette is a French toy manufacturer which mostly produces small die-cast cars, particularly in 1:64 scale. ... Maisto model of a McLaren F1 roadcar in 1:18 scale Maisto is a company that manufactures die-cast models of automobiles, aircraft, and a number of Tonka products. ... Jada Toys, Incorporated of City of Industry, California, USA is a manufacturer of collectible die-cast model cars founded in 1999 by husband and wife Jack and May Li. ...

References

  1. ^ "Mattel's Hot Wheels Racing finalizes licensing agreements with top five Formula One race teams", PR Newswire for Journalists, 1999-10-11. Retrieved on 2006-10-16. 
  2. ^ HotWheelsCollectors.com article: "2007 Mainline Cars Headed Your Way!"
  • Hot Wheels, A collectors guide — Bob Parker, 2001
  • Mike and Diane Strauss — "The Hot Wheels Newsletter" — Feb. 2006
  • Leffingwell, Randy (2003). Hot Wheels: 35 Years of Speed, Power, Performance, and Attitude. Motorbooks International. ISBN 0-7603-1573-6. 
  • Strauss, Michael (2002). Tomart's Price Guide to Hot Wheels, Updated 5th Edition. Tomart Publications. ISBN 0-914293-52-4. 

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External links

Wikia (no official pronunciation[2]; originally Wikicities) is a selective wiki hosting service (or wiki farm) operated by Wikia, Inc. ... Michael Zarnock (born April 21, 1958 in Utica, New York) is an American author, columnist, and Guinness World Record holder. ... For other uses, see Fantastic Four (disambiguation). ... Treasure Hunt vehicles were introduced by Mattel in 1995, and consisted of 12 cars; one released per month. ... Hot Wheels Turbo Racing is a racing game for the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation released in 1999. ... Hot Wheels Extreme Racing is a racing game for the Sony Playstation, released in 2001. ... Hot Wheels Velocity X is a video game of the racing genre released in 2002 by Beyond Games. ... Hot Wheels World Race is a video game of the racing genre released in 2003 by Climax Studios and THQ. The game is based on the movie and TV series of the same name that was released by Hot Wheels and Mainframe Entertainment, as well as the 35 Hot Wheels...

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