As we approach the holiday shopping season a plethora of new product has hit the stores. 5-packs, 9-packs with new multi-pack cars, C cases, Retro, and Cool Classics. We can look forward to a busy collecting year ahead of us. With all that happening the Hot Wheels Newsletter gives you our pick of the “C” Mix.
1) #29 ALFA ROMEO 8C COMPETIZIONE – This is one looks like a fun car to drive. We do prefer the clear window version over the tinted window.
2) #30 1990 HONDA CIVIC EF – A friend of mine had one of these and it was a blast cruising around the winter streets of Chicago.
3) #130 Street Noz – One of our favorite motorcycles in the Mattel assortment. This one in black with the purple rims looks sick.
4) #132 Chevy Silverado – We like the grabber blue color and the tribal flames on the version.
5) #245 ’70 CHEVELLE SS WAGON – Station wagons seem to be more popular now with collectors then they were in the 70′s. This one looks good in mf white and Hurst logos.
It’s the being of the 2014 Hot Wheels mainline and it looks as if this will be the Kmart Collector Day assortment will be last of the 2013 cars. We are not expecting any new recolor models of the 2013 line in future mixes. We hope you all had a good time at Kmart and are looking forward for the 2014 mail-in line-up. The first one as of now will be in February no date announced yet.
These are the Hot Wheels Newsletter choices for the Top 5 cars in the ‘B’ mix.
191 – Volkswagen Beetle (Herbie The Love Bug) We know it’s not a new Volkswagen casting but you just gotta love Herbie. We’re waiting to see more variations of Herbie.
114 – Meyers Manx – This issue is simple and sweet. Living in the Midwest it’s all ways cool to see these coming down the street in the summer.
200 – Aston Martin 1963 DB5 – One of the most popular James Bond movie cars ever. It’s grand to see this one making it to the Hot Wheels stable.
135 – Sandblaster – OK nicely done. The super is amazing but we’re glad to see the regular issue was redone to incorporate the remove the roll bar and make it a part of the body.
120 – RIP ROD – The first time we looked at this we thought u-g-l-y. Now knowing it a real stunt machine created for Hot Wheels Test Facilities. We gave it a second chance, then we saw a model of it at SEMA and thought wow this is kind of cool.
Check this out from CBS Morning Show. A great look at the design center at Mattel.
From Barbie and Ken, to Hot Wheels cars, to Chatty Cathy and countless others, California-based Mattel is the largest toymaker in the world. Mo Rocca went for a rare behind-the-scenes tour to see how the magic happens.
Kmart Collector Day
Saturday November 2, 20139 AM is the last collector day this year. It should be a popular one for Kmart and Hot Wheels® Collectors. The mail-in is the well-liked Volkswagen Drag Bus. Check the link for the mail-in rules. OK now what to look for.
Kmart Color exclusives
Cadillac CTS-V – M/F Pearlescent Gray
Nissan Titan – Candy Red
Custom ’64 Galaxie
08 Dodge Challenger SRT8 – Black
First to Market
Chevy Silverado – Grabber Blue
VW Kool Kombi – Red
Toyota AE-86Corolla – M/F Anodized Silver
Night Burner – mf blue
Super Trea$ure Hunt
Sandblaster – mf green
Deck the tree with this American Greetings “Yur So Fast” or the Carlton Cards “Bone Shaker” Christmas ornaments. Racing at you though the loop and down the orange track at you is a yellow Yur So Fast. Topped with a red ad white Hot Wheels logo. Then we have the Bone Shaker hardtop in satin green and flat black with redline 5 spoke mag. It surely would brighten any Hot Wheels collector’s Christmas morning.
In addition check out the miniature Hot Wheels Holiday Ornaments at Lowe’s. Seven ornaments to put the sparkle in any collectors tree.
We found these two new 5-packs that included some of the most interesting casting choices. First is the HW Wheels City Works. The casting choices used are interesting. The Rapid Transit makes a excellent police car, as does the Hyperliner as a school bus but the green Ballistik as a taxi just doesn’t make to much sense to us. Second one we received is the Monster Mission. The only car that doesn’t fit in this group is the Formula Street in gold chrome It’s more of a street racer not something you would chase monsters with. The one surprise in this pack is the Hi I.Q. It’s one and only release was in 2004 and after a nine year hiatus, lead most collectors to think it was a one-and-done casting. Never say never. You can see all the individual casting on the 5-packs page.
Pick of the Mix “Q” case
As the year comes to a close we look at the ‘Q’ case pick of the mix. This is the last mix for 2013 and 2014 is all ready upon us. This mix offered some of the best and bad Hot Wheels this year. This mix included four color exclusives from Kmart and the final three zamac cars from Walmart. The Hot Wheels Newsletter team is hoping the zamac exclusives continue for the 2014 model year.
In no particular order, this are our picks for the Q case.
24 ’11 Corvette Grand Sport - Even in the store I gravitate to this color combo. It just looks sharp,
190 ’55 Chevy Bel Air Gasser - We know it’s the third color but we can’t seem to get enough of this model. The flat black on this one is the best of the bunch.
208 ’76 Greenwood Corvette – It’s not the color selection but the casting itself. It’s great to see this one in the mainline. after the Hot Wheels Racing line never made it to the USA.
211 Custom 56 Ford F100 - Any time you can get a heavy metal to metal casting in the mix it’s a win-win. This one is sharp in zamac and blue and red flames.
205 2014 Corvette Stingray – OK we had to get one new model in and we choose this one. We know it’s another Corvette but it’s sharp in bright red and blacked-out wheels.