2011 Treasure Hunts: DATSUN 240Z

2011 was the last year before Super Treasure Hunts went into hiding…also known as the “green stripe removal of 2012”. In the 5 years prior (2007-2011), the 2-tier Hot Wheels Treasure Hunt system consisted of 12 to 15 castings that each had a Regular Treasure Hunt and a Super Treasure Hunt version. In 2012, Regular Treasure Hunts still wore the “green stripe cardboard” in that the green stripe and wording “Treasure Hunts” were still displayed on the packaging. Super Treasure Hunts transcended the other segment series as the “Supers” were hidden among them — meaning, no identifying packaging marks to indicate the Treasure Hunt status. The only way to identify a super from 2012 to the present day is to look for the real rider tires, spectraflame paint and “TH” somewhere on the vehicle. In recent years, additional tampos have also been introduced to separate supers from their segment series counterparts.

Every-so-often, a regular version is better than a super-ized version, which for me, was the case for the 2011 Treasure Hunts Datsun 240Z. While I would still take the super’s real rider wheels, the red/white paint combo matches the graphics unlike the spectraflame dark red and white paint combo on the super as the tampos remained unchanged. The plastic wheels are nice however if you like to race your Hot Wheels.  As you can see in the picture, there is a small chip in the front of this one (right in front of the front-wheel). This particular Datsun 240Z is a great racer on the 3-Lane Super Speedway track Hot Wheels released in 2011…check out the YouTube video below from RaceGrooves of this track in action!

Overall, its the paint scheme that makes the car. One can definitely link the similarities in the scheme to the BRE Datsuns. The #24 is on there as a nod to the 240Z. The one I have photographed below also seems to be missing the “IMAI” tampo on the back quarter-panel (its on the other side) making this an error.

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RELEASE DETAILS: Red/White Body (metal). Clear Windows. Black Interior. Chrome-Rim, Black Muscle Car 5-Spoke (MC5) Wheels. Gray Base (plastic). Made in Malaysia. Toy# T9732. Released in 2011 as #12 of 15 in the 2011 Treasure Hunts Series.

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