Holiday Season, 2020s are Coming
What's in-store for this holiday season? Most
of the same, some new series and repaints in the 1/64 diecast world.
I know you'll find more series of Hot Wheels and Matchbox, some
interesting pieces so keep your eyes out for those. Greenlight is
doing more Kings of Crunch variations for monster trucks so those are
popping up. I do plan to probably get their 1/18 Bigfoot 4x4x4 #1
Monster Truck diecast as a gift to myself and pop a review up here.
Others have covered this truck probably but will give my own slant on it,
maybe a good start for 2020. More 1/64 Fast and Furious is in the
Hot Wheels line-up, repaints and new cars for Matchbox, M2 is not really
doing too much but almost everyone has their own version of the squarebody
1973 to 1987 Chevy / GMC Pickups out there in 1/64 scale. Jada is
going to be doing some lighted cars it seems in 1/24 scale and I think
1/18 but not entirely sure - one of them is the Back To The Future BTTF
Time Machine. Knight Rider KITT's prototype KARR is out in 1/24
scale with a working scanner and repaint like in the series to
differentiate the two which I think is a good idea, maybe later they could
do an earlier version of KARR. So for now shop around. Looks
like new designs on the 9-vehicle gift packs for Mattel's Hot Wheels line
and they might be doing a two car exclusive for their 20 packs, I have to
see one in person and research that more to give you info on that.
Tomica is in Walmart, they are randomly putting out different cars.
We shall see what else is in store. For now, enjoy what you like out
there and don't feel like you have to buy all the new stuff. There
is enough out there for every budget so don't fret.
Monster Trucks, Nano Rides, Tomica
Returns, and Hunting Around
The holiday season is soon here so we'll see more
stock in the stores thankfully as summer has been slow here but it is
September and soon fall so looking forward to some new releases.
One of the biggest news is Tomica's return to the US again exclusively at
this time through Walmart Stores. They seem to have a limited
line-up at the moment but will probably expand them if the demand is
there. These are blister packaged with the car and box clearly shown
to be hung on the hooks / pegs for display in the store. Something
different out there, glad to see a new player to help keep the others on
their toes a bit. They are holding their own but nice to see
There have been some new stuff over the summer such as we saw more station
wagons from Greenlight in 1/64 scale, GM this time around such as their
Olds Vista Cruiser along with a Pontiac variant. Greenlight's 1/18
Monster Trucks with Bigfoot 4x4x4 #1 Ford Truck being the first one out
the door. This is a 1979 Ford or a 1974, long story short is that
the truck started out as a 1974 then Bob Chandler updated it with a 1979
front clip / grille, etc. Some state the first regular truck as a
4x4 was a 1975 but it can get confusing - anyway, great to see monster
trucks as diecast in 1/18 scale - though we did have some r/c trucks
but never at this detail - while static models they should be nice as long
as the price is reasonable for the common collectors.
Hot Wheels, Matchbox, M2, etc. has their line-ups
coming out with new paint schemes, some new cars, etc. but the big thing
is square-body aka 1973 to 1987 Chevy Pickups coming from Greenlight and
M2 including Auto World. I probably forgot other releases but keep
your eye out for a flood of these trucks to make the Chevy and GM people
happy. The Ford people are glad to see the older 1970s F-Series
trucks and I'm sure the Dodge Mopar fans will get their share later if not
already with some trucks and SUVs out there, etc.
SpinMaster has their Monster Jam line, Mattel their
Hot Wheels Monster Truck line and as mentioned before and above about
Greenlight's 1/18 Monster Trucks. We'll see more cars in all scales
like under Jada's Metals line, some more Fast and Furious R/C cars and
diecast in their scales like 1/24 and 1/32 even the Nano Rides which are
smaller than 1/87 scale in a three pack but nothing from Mattel at
this time sadly unless their trickle out on Amazon or other online
outlets, we shall see. So keep hunting and looking at your favorite
places, browse and search online, never know what you'll find.
Sometimes collecting older stuff at low prices or deals are good so don't
be afraid to check toy shows and flea markets for deals that meet your
budget. Remember don't overspend with your budget in mind.
Mid-2019 Brings Jada's 20th
Anniversary 1/24 Cars, Regular & Apple Hot Wheels
While this focuses mostly on 1/64 scale, Jada for
2019 is celebrating their 20th Anniversary. You can spot their
special 1/24 line-up of bare metal zamaz style vehicles from each of their
lines they had done in the past. Each vehicle contains a plaque in
which if you put them all together you get a nice mosaic. This means
having to buy two of each if you want to keep one in the box but a neat
thing though. Not sure if they'll do anything in 1/64 or other
scales but never know. No special news for Matchbox, etc. or
Greenlight except for their 1/18 old school diecast Ford 1979-style
Monster Trucks which should be out probably in the fall. They will
be pricey but worth it as like the original Bigfoot 4x4x4 will have a tilt
front end and other details. The first time collectible monster
trucks ever done in 1/18 diecast if I remember correctly. The
Monster Jam and Mattel trucks are roughly 1/24 scale, larger ones are
radio control but none in diecast. GameStop has the 51st Satin and
Gold Hot Wheels series but hard to find as they sell out quickly.
They don't carry a lot of Hot Wheels near me but I hear others have more
probably due to how popular it is for that store location as they focus
mainly on video games, you can find collectibles in there - I wouldn't go
out of your way but stop in sometime if one is nearby they might surprise
One last big note is Apple via Mattel has their own
line of Hot Wheels id track and cars with a chip inside to allow your
Apply I-product like the iPhone or iPad to track these special Hot Wheels
1/64 cars. They are available from Apple - a bit pricey but have
exclusive packaging, paint schemes and the NFC chip. This seems
interesting as it drives into the new age but then you need to have the
equipment, another line to collect if you like the special paint schemes.
I might grab one or two for my personal collection but not invest in
getting a track set or compatible phone at this time. As always
remember to watch your budget as noted in the past as you don't need all
of them, collect what you like, trade others, be patient as you don't need
all the stuff out there, and remember to have fun with the hobby.
March Hot Wheels Month - Fast and
Furious 1/64 Cars
For Fast and Furious fans, I know you are out there
especially the ones who come here for the Mattel 1/55 guide which is a
separate line to their Hot Wheels cars for 2019 Hot Wheels is doing a
Premium line-up of Fast and Furious cars including some new molds.
Be check to be on the lookout for those through the year. The first
batch has surfaced already. Jada under their Metals Diecast label
has been pumping out more JDM cars in their larger than life 1/64 scale
which measures out to about 1/55 scale. Some repaints and other
variations from Greenlight and M2 Machines. As the title says that
March is Hot Wheels month so some Walmart stores have extra stock in but
your locations near you might vary. Nothing much else to cover at
the moment except to note to check the Matchbox cars as they have some
special Superfast 50th Anniversary vehicles plus their new line-up of
vehicles with moving parts such as opening doors with their prices in
between the main ones and the collector cars. I think it is great to
see Matchbox put out some reasonable priced albeit higher than the regular
line but expected due to the cost to produce vehicles with moving parts
such as doors that open or a hatchback, etc. but lower than being in the
New Year Means New Diecast for 2019
- Lots of Cool Stuff Coming Out
While it is over for Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary,
we'll be looking at others such as Matchbox which celebrated their 65th in
2018 but their stock usually rolls over into the next year so be on the
lookout for their Sapphire special marked cards and vehicles with 65
marked on them in a special greenish/white paint scheme - some of them are
the Olds Vista Cruiser wagon, Off-Road VW Golf and in a 5-pack the Jaguar
XKE coupe. We'll have 1/24 Hollywood series cars such as Jada's
Knight Rider TV Series KITT Firebird with working light and more features
and others from Greenlight, M2 Machines and under Round2 such as Auto
World, Johnny Lightning, etc. So while it is winter and some
slowdown, there will be stock still coming out. Greenlight's Ford
Panther Wagons the LTD Crown Victoria and Grand Marquis style are very
popular being the first time down as 1/64 diecasts - they are doing 1979
to 1991 variations from when they were just LTDs to LTD Crown Victorias
with different style grilles and even the Mercury Versions. Monster
Trucks are hot as well so check those out in various scales from
Greenlight including Artisan Series 1/18 - the first for a monster truck I
think in diecast other than a toy that size. Save some of that
holiday money as 2019 looks to be a great year.
Fall / Autumn 2018 - More Diecasts,
Restocks, Holiday Season
Forgot to add if you are in the US to get your USPS
Postal Stamps featuring Hot Wheels. The end of the year is getting closer along with the
holiday seasons so that means the companies pushing out more diecast and
the stores stocking up for the busy time of the year such as Black Friday.
Some highlights in Diecast including Greenlight's 1/64 Bigfoot 4x4x4 1979
Bigfoot #1 Ford Monster Truck, Mattel's Hot Wheels mainlines are flowing
out there and others like the 1980s Panther-based Ford LTD Crown Victoria
Full-Size Station Wagons in 1/64 scale. As always, reissues and new
pieces from Greenlight, M2 Machines, Johnny Lightning and Auto World such
as big 1970s Buick Station Wagons. Some larger scale vehicles as
well. Neat items. Also, more from Jada to cover the JDM market
in the 1/55 sized (1/64 labeled) series like the wide-body Datsun 510
Late Summer 50th Hot Wheels Big
Display, Bigfoot 4x4x4 Ford Monster Trucks
Summer is winding down as I type this near the end
of August 2018. Look in Walmart for a big 50th Hot Wheels Display
with both ends have regular mainlines including a Fast and Furious set for
2018. The sides include their track sets and some transporters.
Looks like it'll be there for awhile maybe a few months. A neat
display a large Bone Shaker 50th deco on top for each side. There is
also a Mopar set as a Wal-Mart exclusive with the interesting vehicle
being the 1970 Dodge Power Wagon pickup truck which is worth the $1.27
each price, the other cars are the Mopar Custom '77 Dodge Van, Dixie
Challenger in a Mopar paint scheme, 70 Charger with Blower (actually
mislabeled as a 70 Dodge Challenger R/T), two different
style Dodge Viper coupes plus a 1971 Plymouth GTX in yellow but not the
best of a paint scheme. Greenlight is doing a monster truck series
featuring the original #1 Bigfoot Ford Monster Truck in 1/64 and larger
scales which should be here for the fall. They are also going to do
some other trucks like Fords F-series Monsters around 1974 to 1979 with
Chevy Monsters Trucks around the 1968 to 1972 body style - King of the
Crunch. M2 Machines recolors but nothing really to note except for
their early 70s Camaro in 1/64 that came out earlier this year plus some
more late 1960s Camaros. Look in the coloring book / magazine
section for a Hot Wheels 50th Black Cover Coloring Book priced at $5.00
Sadly no Mattel 1/55 news at this time for the Fast and Furious 1/55
Line-up. Looks like the stores having a backlog of them did the
series in but I'll try to keep you updated in the
guide section as best I can.
Summer Preview - Hot Wheels 50th
Magazine, Christine 1/24 1958 Fury and more!
On newsstands be sure to look for the special
collectors magazine celebrating Hot Wheels and its 50th Anniversary.
The magazine is priced at collectible prices $12.99 such as issues like
these are as they are one offs such as what is done for TV shows, movies,
comics, etc. I did pick one up for my collection as it has some
interesting info in there. I recommend paging through it briefly
before buying as it does have info and photos but it is nor a complete
history of Hot Wheels or for everyone. In diecast news, Mattel is
getting out more mainline cars out there including the 50th retro five car
series found at Walmart and other places at $6 a car with the US contest
for the 2018 Camaro SS ending in July 2018. Some other cars out
there from Greenlight, M2 Machines, etc. and in the fall of 2018
Greenlight should have out in 1/24 a diecast copy of Christine from the
1983 movie - a special ordered in red 1958 Plymouth Fury. Otherwise
Jada has some repaits in 1/24 scale in their Metals line-up which looks
like they prefer to use Metals on their diecast these days with Jada only
found on the bottom. Target will have a special Hot Wheels day in
June with special Hot Wheels releases to take over from Kmart K-Days I
50th Anniversary Decades Hot Wheels
2018 - Spring Diecast Update
Phew! Looked like winter didn't want to leave
us there for awhile when spring came but slowly and surely it is warming
up. Good chance to get out to the stores and flea markets to see
what's available. One of the newest items I spotted online is a
series of ten 50th Hot Wheels Decades Series which includes the very
popular 1983 Silverado Chevy Pickup, a 1970 Dodge Charger Street Machine
plus a Corvette of course. A nice assortment but right now I only
spotted them online on a certain auction site and others. I think
they might be Target issues or exclusives but I can't be sure. The
cards have nice artwork and the vehicles are done fairly well, more
colorful than the black and gold 50th Anniversary series at Family Dollar.
F series of Mainline Hot Wheels for 2018 are rolling out into stores like
Walmart so look for them on the hooks and browse the aisles for a display
on the end of an aisle / endcap for special 50th units that hold mainlines
for 2018. Some may have older cars but look through them. They
are made that there is a catch bin at the bottom. Unconfirmed
personally but I've read that people are finding 2018 50th reissue 1968
style cars around a street price of $6.00 each at various grocery stores
so they might show up soon in your area with a button like the originals. In other diecast
1/64 news some more issues from Greenlight, M2 Machines, etc. but nothing
really exciting to report at this time. Some more JDM cars so be on
the watch for them.
The 50th Anniversary of Hot Wheels
in 2018 - Winter Update
Be on the lookout for special black and gold carded 50th
Hot Wheels in stores such as Family Dollar and your supermarkets, grocery
stores and other places that may carry newer Hot Wheels. The first
is a six car set mostly in black with gold chrome and blue accents plus an extra chase
/ hunt car being a gold-themed '67 Camaro. There is an error on the
back of the cards as they show the Bone Shaker picture for the '65
Ranchero. Also, Matchbox is putting out some more higher end collectible
cars. They have planned many new vehicles for their basic line-up so
be prepared for some neat cars, trucks and SUVs such as a Jeep Grand Wagoneer and many others. Matchbox is a bit slow with their releases
so they will be out later in the year. Mattel / Hot Wheels will
probably do more for the 50th birthday from they started in 1968.
Nothing else to report except for more releases by Round 2 such as
reissues of Johnny Lightning molds plus a few hobby exclusive colors.
Big new from Greenlight looks to be a hobby shop / online stores exclusive
Bigfoot #1 4x4x4 Monster Truck but no sample images or test shots. I
assume they are using their 1970-era Ford Truck mold to create this.
Restocks and More for the Holiday
Season - 2017
I apologize for the delay in updates here regarding
1/64-ish diecast. Roound2 has some special two car diorama sets out
which are a bit hard to find. Some online retailers have them
though. They are Ghostbusters and a Christine The Movie set with a
58 Plymouth Fury using the Johnny Lightning mold along with Buddy's 1968
Camaro, you also get a figurine in that set. A bit pricey but good to see
them return. Mattel has some more 2018 Hot Wheels slowly coming out
along with the holiday series at Wal-Mart. Don't feel bad if you
missed the 50 car Walmart set for $25 as they mostly had 5-pack cars in
there and nothing special from what I could tell on the photo online.
A lot of people are looking to complete their 1/55 Mattel Fast and Furious
collection but there haven't been any news or updates that I received from
visitors to this site about the cars to complete the first series.
I'm not sure if there will be a second as they were slow sellers due to
many duplicates in each restock and not many new releases. Some
minor updates include new nine vehicle gift pack designs for Hot Wheels
with some new 2018 cars thrown in so be on the look-out. You'll
notice the new artwork on these packs. A new Hot Wheels Car Culture
series is out Cars and Donuts with some nice pieces like the older BMW M1
The Dump Bin Returns, New Cars and
Series for Fall / Holiday Season of 2017
Mattel has finally dished out some new Hot Wheels.
Look in Walmart for the return of the dump bins as the local one finally
got a bin again advertising the Forza six car set for 2017 with the
Australian Ford Falcon as the chase car. The P case is out but was
picked through. A lot of neat pieces like the Forza AMC Javelin AMX
in silver with a black stripe. Hot Wheels will be celebrating their
50th anniversary for 2018 so some of the new package designs are making
their way out already as transition pieces. Be on the lookout for
new diecast from other companies like Greenlight and M2 Machines with new
JDM or Japan-inspired releases plus the Jada customized series.
Nothing else to really report at this time.
Far and Few Between but New Updates
for Late Summer 2017
Coming to online retailers and stores is the Jada
JDM Tuners line-up of 1/64 and larger cars from the Japanese culture.
These are in sets of A and B colors for their 1/64 line-up, they'll have a
"1/32" range and 1/24 cars to go with them. Greenlight has released
a Mad Max Last of the V8 Interceptors Ford Falcon XB so get that while you
can as it'll be very popular. They also have a Matrix 1960s Lincoln
Continental out as another new tool in their line-up. M2 Machines
has their own Walmart only for now release of their Japanese cars mostly
tuners like the Nissan Fairlady or Z of the 1970s and the boxy sedans like
the Bluebird and the Skyline in the Auto-Japan series.
There hasn't been anything worthwhile to report
regarding diecasts as of July 29th. The local stores around here are
thin on stock and there are the usually recolors and reissues from M2
Machines, Greenlight, etc. plus Auto World and others but nothing worthy
of reporting here. I'll keep you updated if there is anything of
note to keep your eye out for. There is a new Lamborghini Hot Wheels
set of cars available at Walmart but the good one out of that set is the
Lamborghini Countach as most of the others are newer cars. The Diablo
was retired thus they would have to do a new mold to bring back that car
albeit slightly different.
New Fast and Furious Hot Wheels for
2017 Spotted and Minor Updates
Nothing much new to report except that Mattel's set
of Fast and Furious cars for 2017 have trickled into Walmart stores.
They have included different cars this time around. There is Brian's
White Supra that stands out. No 1970 Dodge Charger R/T with Blower
this time around but there is the 1970 Plymouth GTX / Road Runner in Dark
Gray instead. Greenlight and M2 Machines are putting out new
releases and new colors as always in their respective 1/64 line-ups but
nothing stands out at this time to report here. It is M2's 10th
Anniversary in 2017 so they did offer up 750 special 10th Anniversary
Boxes which sold out quickly, in it you get a gold colored1957 Chevy Bel
Air. Walmart is promoting Hot Wheels Month for March 2017 so check
that out on some of the cards. The mainlines are slowly coming in
for 2017 with some interesting issues. Maisto has some new cars and
r/c for 2017 coming out later this year. Right now the season is a
bit slow but it takes time for new products to come out.
Tips on Hot Wheels Three Packs for
Issues found in 2017
For the most part, older three packs from Hot Wheels
included at least one vehicle that wasn't a regular mainline issue and not
found elsewhere unless in other gift packs such as the 9 and 20 packs.
Now I have noticed cars flowing over into these three packs from the
previously issued five pack sets. Examples include the white VW Golf
GTI from the VW 5-pack and the black 1969 COPO Corvette with flames
from the Flames five pack. I'm not saying they are no longer
collectible 3-car sets but to be alert when buying these.
Hot Wheels are Rolling in for
February 2017 and New Old Stock 2015s
There are restocks of A, B, C and D cases in Walmart
locally here along with fresh new old stock mainlines from 2015.
They might have found some old cases somewhere or Mattel was clearing out
some leftover stock. I noticed that two sizes of Fast and Furious
1/55 Movie Scenes Playsets are now out. The cars look the same as
what the single ones are so nothing to be that excited about. Maybe
if you'd be interesting in setting up some of the scenes from movies.
Some restocks of Johnny Lightning cars but they're getting pricey at $6.00
each. Also, be on the lookout for some leftover Hot Wheels Walmart
Fast & Furious cars. The 50th Anniversary Camaro sets are out in
special bins at Walmart with the '67 Camaro being the car sought after as
it is still all metal with an opening hood. A few had noted that
they might have a painted motor while others don't. I think the bare
engine bays are more common but again they're selling them both at the
same price. Looks like a nice set of cars but would have been good
for them to have included the 1970 Camaro Road Racer in the series instead
of one of the newer Camaros. There is also to be a special muscle
car series at Walmart but my local one hasn't had any in at this time
which is priced a bit higher at $2.50 each or so.
Look for Jada to be using new packaging for their
Fast & Furious line-up especially their pull-back or "1/43-1/32" type cars
with Dom and his infamous '70 Charger as a logo similar to what Mattel is
using on their 2017 line of merchandise. I'm not sure if they'll be
doing this across the whole line but have noticed it popping up on a few
Mattel's New Furiously Fast New
Line for 2017 - Fast and Furious
They were a bit of a surprise to me but Mattel
released in early January a new line-up of Fast and Furious movie cars and
vehicles. These are not, I repeat not Hot Wheels branded. The
scale is roughly about 1/55 very close to what Jada put out for their
Build N Collect series. The cars seem to be well done for the retail
price of around $4 to $5 each. According to the package, there will
be a total of 32 different designs. Expect vehicles in the line-up
like the 1970 Charger R/T with Blower plus the primer gray 1970 Charger
with a black hood, the Furious 6 Custom Charger Daytona and even the
Maserati. Some special issues spotted at Wal-Mart include a three
pack with one exclusive car to that pack. Each one has a specific
name to it. This seems to be a start of something as online I
noticed 5 packs that will be at certain stores along with action packs
with figures especially of Dom (Vin Diesel) so expect lots more to come.
Another note is the Car Culture Hot Wheels Series
with a red, white and blue 1970 Charger, a copper 1968 Cougar Road Racer
in a stock looking paint job (without numbers), a 1968 COPO Camaro, the
new for 2016 yellow 1969 Corvette Convertible Road Racer with Roll Cage
and the very popular orange-ish 1955 Chevy Gasser. These are more
pricier than your mainlines but keep looking around as street price is
about $3.49 but you might have to pay $5 to $10 on the secondary market.
A few online retailers are stocking these around $4 a piece so grab them
while you can. Wal-Mart is also having a series of muscle cars and
such but I don't have much on those at the moment. So far 2017 is
looking like a good year for collecting but remember you don't have to
have them all, collect which ones you like and don't worry if you miss out
on a few as they'll be around.
New Hot Wheels Nine Car Gift Pack
Designs for 2017
Mattel has revamped the front design on their Hot
Wheels Gift Packs for their new issue 2017 series packs. You can see
the new photo on the right featuring the Rodger Dodger car design and
possibly a MS-T Suzuka? sporty exotic type car. Some of the 20 car packs includes the Rodger Dodger
design but the new 2017 line has this on them. From the gift pack
that I had received, the new Exclusive car is a reissue of Mattel's Hot
Wheels 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda Convertible that hasn't been out for a few
years. So be on the lookout for more Exclusive cars throughout the
coming year. For the 2016 series packs, we had Datsun 620 pickup trucks, 1968
Cougar Road Racers, Ford Fairlane Thunderbolts and the 1968 Plymouth Cuda
Hardtop in gift pack only Exclusive Colors not available as mainlines and
I probably missed one or two. Remember to check the other cars in
the packs as they'll feature new colors and cars for 2017 plus gift pack
November 2016 - What to Cover and
What Not to Cover
Hot Wheels are showing up slowly but surely, look
for their 2017 line-up in stores as they have been releasing their 2017
cars already which is fairly common similar to model years for the
automotive industry as next year models would be out around September or
so. As retailers put out stock to fill their shelves be sure to look
for some older stuff that could have gotten lost in the shuffle.
Right now there's nothing really new in the Fast & Furious line except for
a new set exclusive to Wal-Mart for 2016 with the usual cars except this
time they took their Honda S2000 casting painted up like the one from 2
Fast 2 Furious. Jada is working on a new JDM line but I'm not sure
if they're only going to have them in larger scale and not their
1:55-1:60th size like the Fast and Furious cars. Other than that I
don't think there is much else to cover. One note I should point out
is that a few Auto World Release 5 cars seem to have snuck out with
Exclusive Walmart stickers while they are regular issues. The only
special Walmart Auto World cars are the Yellow Firebird with the bird on
the hood as the regular one comes without one plus the green one comes
without one while the regular one has one if you can follow that.
October 2016 - Last of the 2016 Hot
Wheels are Out with the Q Case and 2017s!
Well it looks like the end of 2016 Hot Wheels are
upon us with the Q case cars. These are the ones marked with a Q at
the end on the back of the package. It is like a secret society.
You have to learn all the behind-the-scenes details about these little $1
diecast cars. What is interesting is that the Q case is also a
transition case as they'll put in a few of their 2017 line-up such as the
new color for the 1977 Firebird in the HW Flames series with a new model
number scheme of #13 out of 365 instead of the 250. From what I read
about this, they're going to number each color variation for the line-up
this the jump in cars released while technically they're about the same.
This case also includes some of the last of 2016 New Models like the #86
'69 Corvette Racer and the #240 Tour De Fast. I remember a few years
back when they did a more drastic package change, I got the exact same car
in the two different packages probably when they went from the Q case to
the A case. Be on the look-out for the new 2017 Hot Wheels as
they'll be pouring in soon. Not much to report on the other diecast
manufactures except for reissues and repaints from Racing Champions /
Johnny Lightning / Auto World. Fast and Furious news include Dom's
Off Road '70 Dodge Charger for 2017 in the regular Hot Wheels line and the
return of KITT so keep your eyes peeled. Some cartoonish reissues
are coming back like the tooned Mustang and Charger Daytona.
September 2016 Update: The
Fall Collecting Season Begins! Look for Restocks
There will be new stock in your favorite retail
stores as this is the time for them to get in new items for the holiday
season. Be on the lookout for exciting diecast release. I need
to get a photo but Maisto Fresh Metal series under the Adventure Wheels in
Walmart has a new design for their nine car packs now called Adventure
Force. The last of the Hot Wheels for 2016 should trickle in slowly
for the rest of the months of the year and then before we know it 2017s
will be showing up. The year goes by fast but remember to keep
checking your spots because older earlier stock usually shows up in case
you missed out on earlier releases. One of the harder to find ones
for me was the Hudson Hornet regular Hot Wheels as locally I didn't spot
any but I bet others in other parts found plenty. You never know but
watch for the last of the releases of 2016 Hot Wheels because they're
still coming out from the regular ones to collector issues.
I would like to add that before the end months
leading to the holidays that some retailers will put out some earlier
issue stock so check in the stores such as Wal-Mart because at times you
might find some sets or cars that were sold out for awhile. They'll
be getting in new stock as well so remember to make your journey around
and don't be disappointed if the stock looks stale because new stuff will
be coming in soon and you might find some re-stock surprises which you
missed out earlier in the year.
Store out of Hot Wheels, Same Old
Stock? - Look at Nine Vehicle Gift Packs
If you're ever in a bind and notice that the stock
of Hot Wheels is stale at your local store where you buy your single Hot
Wheels, check out their nine car gift packs. Why you ask? The
reason is that they offer one exclusive color or design car to the line-up
for the year so that one won't be found in the main line-up in that color
or design plus while the rest of the eight vehicles might be in the
line-up you may find some gift pack only cars. I can't guarantee
anything special but you could gather up a few neat ones in that pack that
aren't in the main line-up. Examples coming soon. Just wanted
to throw that tip out there. Remember to always keep your collecting
in check but if you hit a dry spell and wish to get something different,
the gift packs are the way to go.
The Heat Arrives in July 2016 with
Beatles, Mustangs and Humidity
There's yet another exclusive set to Walmart, The
Beatles this time around so check them out along with the more expensive
Star Trek 50th collectible series of vehicles with Kirk, Spock and the
rest of the crew of the Enterprise including Bones. Hot Wheels is
bringing out another Mustang set of cars again in Walmart. Look for
two special color Toys-R-Us only Hot Wheels - 2015 Mustang and a 1966
Chevelle. Jada in their 1/32 line-up is bringing over their Fast and
Furious tooling such as the 1970 Chevelle, 1970 GTX and the 1973
Barracuda. Be on the lookout though as they have skipped on some
detailing such as the headlights on the 'Cuda but overall look good for
collecting. Matchbox is rolling out their new vehicles slowly but
surely. Nothing else really to report that sticks out except that
Maisto has new packaging for their collectible 1/64 All-Stars along with
new paint schemes, themes and colors. Get them at your favorite
online or other retailer that carries Maisto products.
June 2016 Report: Dollar
Stores, Matchbox and More
First would like to clarify that there is a new
Matchbox Jeep series out with vehicles such as the new Cherokee and an
older late 1990s early 2000 style Grand Cherokee plus some other odds and
ends including a special color to that series Willys Pickup. Some
more Hot Wheels are out for 2016 including a few new models for this year.
They haven't shown up locally yet as my Wal-mart still has a bunch from
the other month of May and Late April mainline Hot Wheels including a lot
of the BMW series. There are various tie-ins to comic book series
such as special cars and 5-packs. I'm not really into them but did
pick up one or two to get a 1957 Plymouth Fury in white with Captain
America deco. Jada is planning a series 3 for their Fast and Furious
1:55 line. Nothing else to report at this time except to check your
dollar stores such as Family Dollar because I noticed they had cardboard
trays of Matchbox and Hot Wheels vehicles. This time of year is
usually a bit slow for the summer. Who do you call? Ghostbusters!
Look for Hot Wheels Twin Packs and Retro Entertainment Ecto-mobiles from
the old and new movies. They might be in other toy aisles compared
to regular Hot Wheels.
Lots to Choose From: Loaded
Shelves, Bins - Late April 2016
The local Walamart got in their huge order of
diecasts recently around April 19th or so because the entire section where
they have toy cars and diecasts wee fully stocked, loaded with tons of
stuff to buy for us collectors. They had a well-stocked dump bin
with newer release Hot Wheels for 2016 from cases such as F, G and H.
They were picked through in the bin (I still found a decent amount of new
ones that were nice from new models and paint schemes) but there was still a lot left over on the
shelves and on the hooks. Hot Wheels from regular ones to special
series like the Stars & Stripes, Redlines and for the longest time in
about a three year hiatus locally Retro Entertainment series such as the
Back to the Future Delorean, Star Trek 50th New Style Movie Enterprise and
even the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine. Onto the Matchbox line-up they
had their regular stock including the Jeep line-up but nothing
interesting. There was a restock of Racing Champions and Johnny
Lightning with the new 2016 series of Street Freaks customs and such.
M2 Machines was well represented with the Drivers line-up and even a bunch
of Jada cars, trucks and their Fast and Furious line-up. A bit of
something for everyone was there. I was amazed to see them stock-up
like this. Remember you don't need to collect everything and only
pick out stuff that you like within your budget. Forgot to mention
that Auto World Release 4 was there.
Brief note on the new for 2016 Hot Wheels Custom
2001 Acura Integra GS-R where I spotted both styles of wheels in the same
bin so I'm not sure if one style is more rarer than the other. From
doing some research, it seems the chrome five spokes are said to be harder
to find than the blacked out spoke chrome outside rims.
Batman, Superman, Hot Wheels,
Family Truckster, JL - April 2016 Frenzy Fever
Whew, where do I start for the beginning of April
2016. Mattel has out some exclusive Walmart Batman vs. Superman cars
with Wonder Woman thrown in. They added a chase in there of Hero
Batman. A fresh stock of Hot Wheels came in the other month of March
but they were quickly cleaned out. Round 2 is getting out their
stock of more series of Johnny Lightning cars by reissuing certain muscle
cars, customs and the like. Some of them have full blister packaging
while others have a new carded blister in which supposedly you can open
the blister and reseal it after examining the car. They have out
Release 4 of their Auto World line-up with some previous tooling done up
in new colors and new molds such as the '64 Plymouth Barracuda, '64
Pontiac Grand Prix and the '63 Dodge Polara.
Other 1/64-ish news include a second series of Fast
and Furious cars in 1:55 scale bringing us more cars from the series such
as Letty's Barracuda, Dom's Charger Daytona Custom and others.
Greenlight put out their Hollywood series again including the National
Lampoon's Family Truckster. While you either love it or hate it, the
Truckster brings us a 1980s full-size wagon in 1/64 scale even though it
is heavily customized. Some new Matchbox should be coming out soon
but I haven't noticed anything around here. Keep your budget in
check though as the market is being flooded with diecast. Maisto is
doing 1/64 like before with new packaging designs so I thought to warn my
readers that we could get stuck in trying to collect everything. M2
Machines is still putting out releases but mostly new paint schemes.
They did do a 1971 Dodge Charger SE with a vinyl top and new design
instead of their older mold being repainted.
Lastly, check your Walmart for some other special
Hot Wheels series such as the Stars and Stripes of ten vehicles and the
BMW series of eight with one of them being a motorcycle. Some very
nicely done cars in both series and at a reasonable price.
More Hot Wheels and New Series Out
from Round 2 / Playing Mantis
By now you should have noticed the new 2016 Johnny
Lightning line-up out in the stores. Hot Wheels had their Kmart
K-day Collectors Event recently. Look for some special Kmart only
colors of certain mainlines for 2016. There hasn't been much new
locally for Hot Wheels except for new 2016 9-car gift sets and the Mystery
Cars for 2016 with one special chase in the bunch. With the gift
packs, the Exclusive is a Datsun 620 pickup or the '68 Cougar Racer in
yellow so far that I have seen myself. I think the other one is a
'64 Ford Thunderbolt in red from what I saw from other sources. Look
for some other special colors mixed in with the rest exclusive to the
9-car and the counter register 3-car packs. A special stars and
stripes set was a Walmart exclusive by Hot Wheels and Mattel but I was
only to get the Fire Eater, that was the only one there. The rest
must have sold out quick. I thought I would see them around for
weeks like the Hot Trucks series.
The next release from Round 2 aka Playing Mantis aka
Auto World has hit Walmart here locally: Racing Champions Mint.
I noticed they got a mixture of the cars in but they're a bit pricey like
the 2016 JLs at $5.99 suggested retail. They're ok but nothing
really that special about them. The series do have some chases in
them so be on the lookout. Most of the good colors were taken of the
examples there. I wish there would be more Hot Wheels out as the
local stock is pretty low at the local Walmart unless the bin was already
raided. I'll keep my eye out though and don't be disappointed in
your hunting because they'll show up eventually, be patient!
January 2016 - A Brand New Year For
The 2016 series of Hot Wheels are still rolling out
so be on the lookout for them. They did update the card a bit.
Jada has put out the next line of 1/24 and smaller 1/32-ish Fast and
Furious series cars such as the bare metal 1970 Charger, white Supra, etc.
Round 2 aka Auto World is said to be slowly getting out their Johnny
Lightning line and Racing Champions Mint. The only thing is that
they'll be pricey at around $5.99 suggested retail price from what I
heard. You'll find some neat Hot Wheels through in the $1 mainline
series so don't be worried you'll go over budget. You can't collect
them all. Matchbox will be putting out some new ones here and there
so be on the lookout. Nothing else to report at this time.
Walmart does have an exclusive series of eight Hot Wheels pickup trucks so
check them out as you'll find a 1979 Ford F-Series with Camper, Datsun 620
in red, white and blue along with some others like the lowrider Nissan
Furious 7 - Fast and Furious Diecast
These are not 1/64 scale and definitely not Hot
Wheels as Jada Toys has released for March 1, 2015 in Target as an
exclusive for now a line of Furious 7 tie-in movie merchandise but now is
everyone but remember to check the Target website as they usually list
their r/c cars on there and some 1/24 and 1/18 diecasts. This
line includes cars from the Fast and Furious movie
Furious 7 along with other Fast and Furious cars. They are in 1/24
and 1/32 scale with the molds looking to be modified Jada cars from
previous line-ups for the 1/24 cars but the others seem to be refreshly
minted. I highly doubt they would be doing a 1/64 line-up
as Mattel / Hot Wheels is doing a set for 2015 for the mainline series
along with a special six car set for Walmart but as you might have read
they did do two series of 1:55 or so cars. Look out for some 1/16
radio control cars from Jada as well. Greenlight is covering them in
1/43 scale but that series can get pretty expensive to collect all the
Fast and Furious cars.
Furious and Faster - Greatness
Save your pennies and dollars because Greenlight is
coming out with a 1/43 Custom Dodge Charger Daytona from the Fast and
Furious franchise. They are also to be rumored to have a 1/18 in the
works. My guess at this time is mid-2015. Good things come to
those who wait. Jada is out with some new 1/32 diecasts or repaints?
such as 1969 Dodge Charger Daytonas, 1970s Firebirds and late model
Camaros. They are also expanding their truck line with the 2014
Silverado in various paint schemes and styles. Hot Wheels is
releasing their 2015 line-up slowly but surely. Some of the treasure
hunts and paints look alright for 2015 but wish they could do some
different cars in the form of some muscle cars and street cars that are
missing from the current line-up instead of repaints. I know they
need repaints but hopefully they can bring back some others even in a
special line. I'll keep you updated once I gather more information.
And for all the Fast and Furious fans out there expect more releases from
Hot Wheels in another special eight car set, Greenlight in their 1/43
line-up and even 1/18 plus possibly some others.
Looking for older news and articles?
Check out the diecast 1/64 small car
article archive part of this site. Lots more good information
below about collecting and finding Hot Wheels and other cars so don't
leave just yet.
Finding Hot Wheels in the Oddest
Most everyone knows to check pharmacies and the
smaller stores but sometimes you can find them in the larger stores where
you least expect it. This happened to me by chance as I was looking
around a section of my Kmart store near layaway and hardware. They
have a huge spinning rack full of Hot Wheels right beside the layaway and
online order window. Looked to be mostly common ones but since it
was Kmart you can get Kmart only colors there. I marked a 2008
Challenger off my want list because I spotted one hanging there.
Check the registers as well since some are even stocked there. The
main toy department was pretty void of them but they were kind of hidden
elsewhere. So look around! It won't be as easy at Walmart
since they seldom move their dump bins and racks from the toy section but
sometimes they might move it closer to automotive or even seasonal at
Christmas. You just never know. A tip for the casual collector
out there and be sure to check your grocery stores since they might get
older stock in.
Hot Wheels 1959 Chevrolet Impala
vs. 1959 Impala "Bel Air"
Something looked odd about the recent flamed 1959 Impala I got for
my collection but I
couldn't pinpoint it. Anyway a close friend of mine is into collecting 1959 Chevy diecasts especially the Hot Wheels '59 Impalas so after getting in a
few from trading, I showed him some
of them in case he didn't have them yet.. I looked them up
online since I was curious about what all they came out with over
the years. I wondered why at the reference site that
they were split up into two groups. Now I see why since there is the
original 1997 First Edition '59 Chevrolet Impala style with different colors
schemes released through 2002 and then it evolved
into the separate 1959 Chevy Impala "Bel Air" sedan with the B-pillar post
added and missing side skirts around 2003 to present. The first issue of the '59 Bel Air coming out around 2003
from my research while still called a 1959 Chevy Impala by Mattel on the
Hot Wheels 2013 mainline package but has Bel Air stamped on the chassis bottom. The strangest thing about this is
that I haven't even noticed the difference at first but thought this
newest issue with the flames looked a little different. My take on this is that they
either needed to revise the mold or just wanted to slightly update
it. They are are so close
that you can't really consider it a new release but possibly an update or
Only Buy What You Like Not What
They Like - Keep Your Diecast in Check
I'll elaborate on this more but for now the basic
thing to remember is collect what cars you like and not what is popular at
the moment. This way you won't be looking at boxes of cars later on
and thinking where did all of that come from. Now sometimes you
might want to put an extra piece or two which is good for trade material
but the key is not to go overboard with it. This will save room for
your collection. For example, the new AutoWorld 1/64 cars that are
coming out. I will get one or two from each series because I
actually like those automobiles but will not collect the rest just because
they are part of the series. For some, they will want a complete
series be it Hot Wheels, Matchbox, etc. but for me it is more to gather
what I like than just to have them all. This goes for other diecast,
I might verge back into some larger scales but have restricted myself to
1/24 as the largest I'll buy as 1/18 can get expensive and / or take up a
lot of space.
Buy Them When You See Them (Within
I will expand on this further but for now my advice
is when you seen them in the store to buy what you like and not wait as
next time they could be gone. Overall remember to stay within budget
though as this is a hobby to enjoy and not stress over it. You might
have a $1.00, $10.00, $20.00 or even $50.00 to spend but don't go
overboard. If you run across too many cars, pick out the special
ones that jump out at you. You do not need to buy the new colors or
variations or new releases just because they are different or new.
Buy what you like and don't think you have to have them all. As I
call myself a casual collector, I don't feel the need to drive everywhere
or check the local stores just to find what is new there. If I am at
the store, I will check the department where the Hot Wheels or other
diecasts are when I have the time but I don't make it a big priority.
I consider this as a hobby to be fun and not stressful trying to track
down certain cars. Remember to keep the collecting simple and fun!
Hunting for Hot Wheels Part 1
(Note: Both Parts 1 and 2 have
archived news from 2013)
It has been on the quiet so far for the end of April
and beginning of May 2013 with new stock locally of Hot Wheels. I
was lucky enough to find a Star Trek Enterprise along with a gold 1955
Gasser plus a Super TH 1971 El Camino including some others like the Fast
and Furious Supra. Now I noticed they have not restocked the areas
where they are in. I assume they wish to let them sell out of what
they have before getting more cases in. I know it was piled with
them for awhile. For me, I don't really go specifically for Hot
Wheels at the stores. Some will travel to maybe five stores within a
30 mile radius to check them all out. I have no time to do that nor
wish to waste precious fuel on looking for the recent issues. I
figure I'll get them when I do. Also, I do have a few to trade but I
have decided against hoarding them for sale or trade later.
An example was the last time they dumped a few cases
out. I could have gotten an extra Super TH, extra THs and gathered
all the popular at the minute Hot Wheels. I did get an extra gold
1955 Gasser for my close friend who is into the 1955 1956 1957 Chevys but
left all the extras there. Too much hassle in gathering them up then
finding buyers or traders then shipping, running to the post office, etc.
Not worth it. I consider myself a casual collector than a diehard
in the hobby running like mad to get the newest ones.
Hunting for Hot Wheels Part 2
They have finally restocked here at the end of May
with a new shipment of Hot Wheels. These included the Fast and
Furious 1970 Dodge Charger in the regular line-up along with the 1972
Ranchero, Cuda Convertible with Flames, 1969 Camaro Convertible and many
others. There was plenty of regular ones to choose from but the
bunch has been picked clean of any Treasure Hunts or special editions.
The line of special packaged specific collection of eight Fast and Furious
series cars were due to be out but I was waiting for the local store to
get them in. I was surprised to see them on display the beginning
week of June with a separate display of special packaged 60th Anniversary
Corvettes as well. The previous set is a must for any Fast and
Furious fan. The good part about them is that they are priced the
same as the regular Hot Wheels which means about $1.00 each but have a
special background card and slightly more detail to the car itself.
These include the 1970 Dodge Charger, Supra, 2008 Challenger, Nissan GT-R,
Nissan Skyline R34, 2011 Dodge Charger, 1970 Chevelle SS and rounding out
the group is the 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback in Green with White Stripes.
From checking sources online about this release, the Mustang is rumored to
hardest to find of them all. I have to agree as there was plenty of
others on display except for the Mustang but it is not a special piece out
of the set. All of them are marked equal. I'm sure they'll turn up in
future re-stocks in a higher quantity so just be patient instead of throwing cash out just to get that one car.
Sometimes you can work out a trade or just wait as they will turn up.
As I'm not a diehard collector, I don't worry about trying to get the
must-have Hot Wheels of the moment. Now I just need to see when that
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona new model for 2013 will be showing up but
there's plenty of time. As I mentioned before and I say it again,
patience is what will bring the cars to you. You remember to stay within
budget and not go overboard traveling to other stores searching and
battling with other collectors / dealers / hoarders. It is just a
waste of time, money and too much stress over toy cars.
Know Your Subject Matter for
Collecting 1/64 Die-cast
This might sound so simple but it really helps you
from getting taken when collecting. Most of the time when you
purchase from a retail store either in person or online, you are sure to
get a factory production item. The problem comes either from an
auction or other private party where they have taken a regular piece and
combined it into a custom but use confusing words. Another one is
just an error in a listing even for an online store, be sure to match the
description and photo to be sure you are getting the correct item.
Some diecast come in assorted colors, do not assume you will get the one
pictured. Most that sell Hot Wheels especially the specialty shops
do know to make sure you get the correct color from that same item number.
Mattel likes to offer the same model Hot Wheels in various color shades
for the same year. A few might be special such as Secret or Super
Treasure Hunts but many are just factory variations to allow more sales.
Update: For 2017, Mattel is expanding their model number system from
250 to 365 to avoid this issue for their Hot Wheels Mainlines but it is
always a good idea to match item numbers to make sure you're getting the
correct product from any manufacturer.