I have been collecting for the last 20+ years and have kind of stayed away from some of the older cars that I had as a kid. Most of it had to do with being a cardboard collector for the majority of those years, but lately (and maybe this has to do with having a child of my own) I have had a bit of nostalgia.
In October, I attended my first Hot Wheels Collectors Convention and while I was perusing room to room, looking for deals, I found a familiar face. It was Hot Wheels designer, Brendon Vetuskey — whom you may have seen on the latest Hot Wheels episode of Fast ‘n Loud. I greeted him and checked out what he was buying… several 1980s #Real Riders, with one of them being this #1986 Hot Wheels #Jeep Scrambler. Nostalgia hit me as if someone opened the flood gates and I was washed away. Suddenly, I felt the urge to obtain one to replace the one I lost (most likely) in a sandbox, many years ago. I remember it being one of my favorite Hot Wheels vehicles.
Buying a mint one on a decent blister card will cost you north of $30 today, so being the budget collector that I am, I opted to find a loose one for sale — since I was planning to open it anyways. Well, finding a loose one in near-mint condition can be quite challenging for a release that is now over 30 years old. Even in the days of super-awesome camera phones, online sellers seem to still have a hard time taking high-quality images so determining quality can be challenging.
Given that this was a common car back in 1986, there were no shortage of listings over the last several months, but trying to find a near-mint one (with photos to prove so) for under $20 was challenging. As you can imagine, patience paid off as I managed to find one for $16-shipped… but that did involve taking a gamble due to some poor quality images in the listing. Upon arrival, my first order of business was to get this shot in high-resolution, and in the setting it deserves.
This release of the #Jeep Scrambler has one of the most magnificent metalflake blue paint jobs that I have ever seen on a Hot Wheels car… and 30 years later, it still looks brilliant. The graphics kind of have that late ’80s / early ’90s vintage look along with a big #13 and “JEEP” to give it that off-road, racing vehicle look. Lastly, were the #Real Riders wheels. These classic knobby real riders w/ Goodyear tampos on white turbine wheels always stood out to me against that aforementioned, brilliant metalflake blue paint. The thing I remember most about them was that no matter how dirty this car got in the sandbox, they always remained white when you hosed the car off — no discoloration at all!
Originally introduced in 1983, the #Jeep Scrambler was released in a new color every year in the Real Riders line until 1986. The casting was initially retired in 1997 before it was revived by a re-tooling in 2009. It continues to be released today but this #1986 Hot Wheels Real Riders release was the last time it had a metal base paired with any sort of #Real Riders.
While my parents have remained in the same house for the last 24 years, I hold out hope that one day that beat-up, old Jeep Scrambler will show up and I will be able to show you all how truly “loved” that car was. Until then, enjoy this one in all its glory.
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This 30-year-old @hotwheelsofficial #jeepscrambler still looks brilliant today. One of my favorite childhood cars. While mine didn't survive the sandbox of death, this recent eBay purchase will fill that little nostalgic hole just fine! #hotwheelscollectors #hotwheels #hotwheelsphotography #diecastphotography #orangetrackdiecast #hotwheelsoffroad #realriders #fridaythe13th #13