The 2014 High-Speed Wheels Track Stars came and went as the line never hit big box stores here in the United States. Found mostly at Hobby Stores, smaller retailers and even among the few cars hanging at Kohl’s department stores, this series had my eye from the beginning. I had tracked who was finding them and where, but was never able to track any of these down at retail — even made a few trips to local Kohl’s stores specially for these Hot Wheels.
Comprising of mostly “track cars”, these #Track Stars do not command on high dollar on the secondary market despite there seeming scarcity. That’s not to say that won’t change as there tends to be a niche market for performance-based Hot Wheels. Couple that with the fact that this line was discontinued, making the last several cars nearly impossible to find.
Unlike the #High-Speed Wheels found in the Team Hot Wheels lines a few years earlier, these High-Speed Wheels were skinny and featured a honeycomb pattern versus the 3-spoke design. The back of the blister card states the science behind the wheels. Beyond the honeycomb pattern, these wheels are produced with a “slick tire surface” and a “low friction sidewall”. Possibly the coolest aspect of the wheels, were that they were produced with graphics on them.
As I mentioned, the High-Speed Wheels Track Stars line was very hard to find. While I would have loved to collect this line, my only option was to buy online. With the higher cost to do so, I limited myself to buying only a couple cars that I liked. One of them was the Jack Hammer.
The Hot Wheels Jack Hammer is another one of those #Former AcceleRacers castings that found its way into other lines. This futuristic, Chevy-Nomad-looking station wagon has no shortage of eclectic engine parts as it debuted in the AcceleRacers Metal Maniacs series. For this HSW Track Stars release, its gray plastic body looks nice with its graphic design and its dark chrome interior. However, this car was designed for speed over looks as the painted metalflake gray base is heavy and should provide a low-center of gravity for above-average track performance.
Personally, I’m glad I obtained this one when I did as at the time of writing this article, none are currently listed for sale on eBay and The Toy Peddler. This release, along with the others from this series, could prove very hard (and very costly) to obtain in the near future.
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