Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Hot Wheels Invader Invades 2007

I love this tank-like vehicle design. It looks mean and dangerous. Pictured here is the sand camouflage paint scheme released as a blueline last year and the sinister dark grey blueline for the 2007 model year.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

2007 Mustang 5 Pack

This 5 pack made a great gift for a young Hot Wheels fan. The yellow '65 has an opening hood and the tooned '68 is a bit more geared towards his tastes than mine. The red Mach 1 is probably the best looking of the bunch and the gold GT is a great casting with a classy paint colour. I suppose the blue cobra is ok too :)

Monday, August 27, 2007

2007 First Editions '69 Ford Mustang Variations

Some of you may be new to the hobby or just have a passing interest in collecting Hot Wheels and might wonder what to consider. This model is a typical example where there are 3 completely different variations in colour. Other variations would include the tampos (paint decals applied over the main paint), rims (dozens to pick from) and other materials (glass colour, base colour, etc.) The variations here are pretty obvious, but some variations might take a keen eye to spot.

Also, you can imagine that one of these three might have been produced in a smaller quantity and so it would be more rare and therefore more valuable to collectors. Keep them in good shape, sometimes you don't know which one turns out to be the rarity until they are no longer available.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

5 Pack Informaiton

Many collectors might not be aware of the full contents of a 5 Pack gift set. Of course there are the 5 cars, but there is also a collector card that is punched out of the cardboard below the peg hanger. Look at this:

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Complete 2007 Pop-Offs series

Here are the 4 models of the "Pop Off" series. I don't usually try to complete the series cars but I do like the "pop offs" as they are called. Its like getting a bonus ability above the normal Hot Wheels - a little extra playability.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Dodge Challenger Concept - Another Red Variation

Check out this colour variation of the Dodge Challenger Concept. A beautiful deep red. I have posted a less recent version - The green one was found months ago and featured in a previous post. I must say that either colour looks great on this car. In my mind the green is more of a classic muscle car era colour and the red is more suited to the modern re-interpretation of the Challenger design.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Buick Grand National Variation

I mentioned before how I like this car. Now I see this colour variation. Another nice deep red. I like how this model isn't all gaudy with crazy tampos. Just simple and classy.

But still if I had to call a favorite, it would still be the black one.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

2007 First Editions Porsche Cayman S

I have so many cars to go through I decided to make this a 2 post day. This one I just picked up today. It is a yellow colour variation of the Porsche Cayman S. The previous metalic colour was nice but not quite as exciting as a canary yellow.

2007 Chevy Silverado Variation

This is the first variation I have seen of this popular model. the body colour is a nice deep red. This classic colour would make any model look good.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Hot Wheels 2007 Mystery Cars

This is a great marketing idea from Mattel. As a consumer, I am not entirely sold on the idea. What you would see with a mystery car, is a car packaged on the same type of blister pack as most other basic cars. The band marking what series it belongs to is black, and there are no indications of model name or number on the packaging. The blister itself is blacked out so that it is impossible to know what car is inside.

Why this is cool: you never know what you will get - it could be a rare model.

Why this sucks: you never know what you will get - it could be the same car you got in the last 3 packages (like what happened to me with the pictured purple Volkswagen Beetle convertible).

Monday, August 20, 2007

Ferarri 512M Revealer

I didn't know it at the time but the Ferrari 512M found in a three pack a few months ago was a preview of one of the revealer's series. It is an interesting variation of a good casting - the colour is hard to describe - metalic-orangy, but with brownish tint. See for yourself:

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Many new cars!

Ok, it has been a long time since my last post - I have had a lot going on but I plan to make up for it - I will profile a number of cars I have found lately. There are many new 2007 First Editions hitting shelves now and a few unexpected variations as well.

I will start with what might be the most unique casting of the year - Sky Knife. It is 2007 First Editions #13. A very cool futuristic helicopter. I'll let the picture speak for itself.