How often does one of your favorite Hot Wheels castings become popular, then hoarded, making it hard to find at times? That was the #Ferrari 599XX for me! Sure, its a beautifully designed #Exotic #Race Car, so I don’t mind that other collectors share my liking of it. Some profiteers though, see this car as a money making machine as several of its releases have been pretty hard to find and can fetch high dollar on the secondary market. Fortunately, I was able to obtain the complete collection of this casting before the monetary value of some releases hit absurd proportions.
Fresh off four hot Hot Wheels Speed Machines releases, many collectors — especially this one — were ecstatic to see that the 599XX was coming to the mainline for 2012. I had planned to buy multiples of it for sure! Perhaps, just as fast as we learned it was coming to the mainline for the first time, we also learned it would have a Super Treasure Hunt variation — cue the “uuuuugh, this is going to be hard to find”.
The Super Treasure Hunt variation and the regular variation of this 2012 All Stars series release have several notable differences. The difference that stands out the most is the color. The super features spectraflame dark red paint whereas the regular features a brilliant bright red enamel. Its one of those circumstances where both colors fit this car and definitely make it epic.
Past that, those premium Real Riders Exotic (RRE) Wheels on the Super Treasure Hunt give that variation the ultra premium advantage. Its easy to see why this car now fetches a premium price. In addition to the wheels, the remaining differences are extra black roof and trunk tampos, detailed hood pins, and the small “TH”, ALL on the Super Treasure Hunt.
We could tout the Super 599XX add day, but the regular 599XX in bright red is no slouch. It comes in that bright red that looks pretty close to the standard Ferrari Red and is orange track worthy. The common variation features chrome Muscle-Car 5-Spoke (MC5) Wheels (shown below) whereas the rare variation has chrome Open-Hole 5-Spoke (OH5) Wheels — still searching for that one.
Values on both Super and Regular variations of the 2012 All Stars series Ferrari 599XX are rising. The Super is fetching anywhere between $80 and $120 (carded) and the regular MC5 variation is bringing in anywhere between $10 and $18 (carded).
With Mattel and Ferrari still at an impasse over a licensing agreement, we aren’t likely to see any #Ferrari cars in any of the Hot Wheels lineups any time soon. Its too bad as we are all deprived of future releases like this …