Here’s one for you! Something that you don’t see or hear about all too often. There were many releases of the Hot Wheels #Tool Box in just a couple of years, but the #Hot Wheels Racing products just don’t seem to have the collector following the other collectible Hot Wheels lines have — which could have been caused by the products having a premium price point and really only appealing to the #NASCAR fan base which had several diecast companies vying for this niche crowd. I have to be honest, if it weren’t for the #Hot Wheels Race Team graphics on these, they wouldn’t be in my collection, therefore I do not have the other several releases of the Tool Box from the 1999 #Pit Crew Series.
You have to admit that these Tool Boxes are a nice addition to any #Hot Wheels Race Team collection. Some collectors may consider them to be more of a “prop” versus an actual Hot Wheels casting, but I would argue that these metal/metal Tool Boxes are just as much of a Hot Wheels casting than some of the more plastic pieces out there today. They have the Hot Wheels logo on their bases, copyright date and country of origin just like any other Hot Wheels casting would have.
If you don’t remember Hot Wheels selling these two, it may be because they were part of a 2-Pack that also included the Hot Wheels sponsored, Kyle Petty #44 Pontiac Grand Prix Stock Car.
A quick view of the rear of the blister card reveals a “Fast Track Fact” about the Tool Box. It states:
The team’s actual “tool box” is brought into the pit the morning of the race to be unloaded and set up for action. It contains everything the pit crew needs to keep the car running at peak performance, including: tools, spare parts, compressed nitrogen for the tires, generators, computers, overhead video camera and satellite dish to monitor the race and communicate with the driver.
As you can imagine, the tool box is a vital part of a #NASCAR team so its really cool that Hot Wheels captured these in a Hot Wheels casting. The unfortunate side of things for this casting is that it was only produced by Hot Wheels from 1998 until 2000 or so. Also, the tool box was only released in these 2-Packs, never being produced with anything other than licensed NASCAR graphics, or sold individually.
As an interested collector, you are incredibly fortunate. Even though these are almost 20 years old, if you plan on picking these up, you can find these for around the original retail price of $7, shipped, in the package — as was the case with these I picked up on the secondary market in the last couple years. If you’re a #Hot Wheels Race Team collector, #NASCAR fan, or even just a customizer looking for a unique casting to let your mind go wild on, make sure you check out all the Hot Wheels #Tool Box releases out there!
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