First Sneak Peek of the 14th Nationals

Check it out the first sneak peek for the 14th Annual Hot Wheels® Collectors Nationals

’70 Dodge HEMI Challenger – race team deco, originally designed by Phil Riehlman in 2006. Steve Vandervate did the deco for this awesome piece along with the Nationals logo. This is limited to 2000 pieces total and will be available at the Nationals in Oak Brook, IL beginning on Tuesday April 1, 2014.
Hope to see you all there.

14th Nationals '70 Dodge HEMI Challenger

Pick of the Mix “E”

Pick of the Mix “E”
#42 ’10 Camaro SS police car – making this concept Camaro into and police/fire model is one of the best design changes. The yellow HWFD design heading to a fire will burn up the street.'10 Camaro SS (police car) (e)
#111 Team Hot Wheels® Corkscrew Buggy – In it’s fifth release, we can see this orange version flying high over sand dunes in the dessert.Team Hot Wheels Buggy (e)
#170 ’68 Mercury Cougar – This new model of a Trans-Am styled race car with flared fenders, hood scoop and spoiler was made for the track.'68 Mercury Cougar (a)
234 ’69 Dodge Daytona – This one screams heavy metal with it black stripes and muscle car 5 spoke wheels we personal think this is one of the best Zamac in this series of cars so far.'69 Dodge Charger Daytona (c)
#235 ’69 Ford Torino Talladega – This model in metalflake red with the yellow and white stripe design on this car and showing off with “428″ on the hood and the chrome rim muscle car 5 spoke makes this car a looker. '69 Ford Torino Talladega (k)

Melts in your Hands

RLC Kool Kombi
This car is amazing. It almost melts in your hands with it’s Spectraflame gold finish with a brown and tan roof, chrome metal base, brown interior, and clear windows. Rolling on chrome redline 10 spoke real riders, it comes in a clear acrylic case showing off the two different M&M designs on the sides. Limited to 4000 pieces. Miss this one in the RLC shop, check out the ones offered on The Toy Peddler.KOOL KOMBI M&MKOOL KOMBI M&M5 KOOL KOMBI M&M4 KOOL KOMBI M&M3 KOOL KOMBI M&M2 KOOL KOMBI M&M 1

Pop Culture Looney Tunes

A look at the latest Pop Culture release – Looney Tunes

Just received the next issue of Pop Culture from A&J Toys. We like the choice of castings but think Marvin The Martian on the ’71 Plymouth Satellite and the Tasmanian Devil on the Kenworth W900 would of been a better choice. Look at all Pop Culture releases at the 2014 Pop Culture page. Enjoy the pictures.

Looney Tunes 3 Looney Tunes 4 Looney Tunes 5 Looney Tunes 6 Looney Tunes 1 Looney Tunes 2

 

Mustang Mach 1 changes

Mustang Mach 1

Introduced as a New model in 1998, this staple in Mattel arsenal with over 54 release including variations over the last 17 years.  I’m sure Mustang collectors will notice and other collectors may not notice this but the latest issue of the Mustang Mach 1 appearing in the Cool Classics series has gone through a casting modification. No longer are the louvers and rear spoiler a separate piece and can easily be removed or lost. The lovers are now a part of the interior and the spoiler is no part of the body. This is a much need and a great improvement to this casting.

Image by Mattel

Image by Mattel

 

“D” Case Pick of the Mix

Pick of the Mix “D”
44 ’07 CHEVY TAHOE – Candy blue and back to a metal body makes this a heavy version I think would be great for racing.'07 Chevy Tahoe (j)
21 Mazda RX-7 – A hit with Mazda collectors since it first release This model in a true Mazda Apple Red color is remarkable. This version comes with a racing interior with roll bar or a stock interior.Mazda RX-7 (e) 99 ’71 Mustang Funny Car – This is a great example of a Hot Wheels® funny car diecast metal on metal with a flip up body. In candy blue this funny car is a great choice for the 50th Anniversary of the Mustang series.'71 Mustang Funny Car (q)
230 Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) – No this is not he 2013 model re-released. It’s the latest version and has been retooled with a metal spoiler. This is the sixth version of these car since it’s release in 2010.Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 (R32) (g) 240 1974 Brazilian Dodge Charger – This ones a hit that is based on the Dodge Dart from South America, it came with elongated C-pillars  and  318 V-8 engine.1974 Brazilian Dodge Charger (a)

New Retro Entertainment and Pop Culture

Recently received the latest cases of Pop Culture and Retro Entertainment cars from A&J Toys. As always they are quick to ship and are well packed. Pop Culture has the ever popular Convoy Custom and the Retro Entertainment series has the much anticipated 1980 Dodge Macho Power Wagon.

The Hot Wheels® Dodge Power Wagon is an excellent example of the real 1980 model. It’s big, bold and heavy. Maybe just a little oversized yet well proportioned. Here’s a look at it next to the new Pop Culture Convoy Custom DSCN5585DSCN5584DSCN5586

Pick of the Mix C

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.

Alfa Romeo windows1) #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.

1990 Honda Civic EF (a)Street Noz (d)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.
Chevy Silverado ’07 (m)    '70 Chevelle SS Wagon (n)

‘B’ case Pick of the Mix

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.

VW Bug (bk)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.

Meyers Manx (r)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.

Aston Martin 1963 DB5 (a)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.

Sandblaster (g)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.

Rip Rod  (a)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.

Mattel a Toy Story

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.