5/29/2018 — With the disappearance of all the Kmarts and Toys R Us stores nationwide, the Hot Wheels team was running out of options for their 2018 mail-in promotions. Case in point: We are over half way through the Hot Wheels year and yet have only had one (of usually six) promos. As of the last few years, Walmart has held one of their two mail-ins in the Spring, while Toys R Us had one in the Summer, with Kmart holding two in September and November to coincide with their Kmart Collectors Day Events.
It appears with how rapid the Toys R Us stores were liquidated here in the U.S., that Mattel has found a new dance partner (for their summer mail-in) in Target. It hasn’t been announced officially yet, but this new event will be held Saturday, June 16th at 10:00AM. Check out the side of the shipper from this Instagram post by @hotwheelshunter_82. It does state that this is a “Kids’ Race & Play Event”, which one can assume will be similar to the event Toys R Us had last summer.
No word yet on the format of the event — whether it will truly cater to kids — or if all stores will be participating. What we do know is that there will be a promotional mail-in vehicle to coincide with the event. The Custom GMC Panel Van has already appeared on the Mattel mail-in site and the disclaimer states that “…you will need to supply the basic car blister cards, or UPC codes from multipacks, and original Target retail store or Target.com receipt(s) with Hot Wheels basic cars or multipack purchases totaling $20.00 or more before tax…”.
It will be interesting to see what details come out about this event (ie. will there be exclusive cars???). With the event less than 3 weeks away, we should have them soon. Check back here and we will keep you informed by updating this page with all pertinent details.
UPDATE 5/31/2018 — Mattel has confirmed the event. The collector event will be at 11:00AM (local time) and feature Target-specific “L” cases that contain the Red Editions for that mix (Fairlady 2000, Custom ’53 Chevy and ’15 Dodge Challenger SRT) AND 3 first-to-market cars (HW Exotics Lamborghini Huracán LP620-2 Super Trofeo in orange, Muscle Mania ’15 Ford Mustang GT Convertible in black, and HW 50th Race Team ’70 Pontiac Firebird in Matte Blue). Collectors will have 5 minutes to select 5 cars from the cases, before more numbers are drawn, which is very similar to the Kmart Collectors Day events.
Please follow the link to view the list of participating stores. Details on the Custom GMC Van MAIL-IN PROMO can be found HERE.
UPDATE 6/13/2018 — Target stores received the following information pertaining to the event:
- Saturday, June 16 10AM to NOON
- This is a 50th Anniversary Event
- Will cater to both kids and collectors
- Kids Event will consist of 4 stations around the store
- Station 1 will be at the front of the store where there will be a dump bin and an employee handing out a free car to each kid and event map to guests and telling them about the event
- Station 2 will be in toys: kids will be given a sticker sheet to decorate their free hot wheels
- Station 3 also in toys: kids will play a guessing game of which decade a car is from
- Station 4 also in toys: kids will be able to race their free car on a track
- Collector Event starts at 11AM. Collectors will line up at electronics where they will have the opportunity to purchase “a limited number of never-before-seen” hot wheels. There will be 3 or 4 cases of cars available to collectors. Along with the dump bin at front of store and a large roller display of cars which looks like a 4-sided wall hanging display.
Thanks for the head’s up. I will be going to that event.👍
What does my son need to participate in the race at the hot wheel event at target june 16th 2018
Not really sure at this point. I would probably get there about 30 min early (9:30) to find out.
As a note, the displays say 10am, the website says 11am
New details have been added.
I already scored the orange Lamborghini Huracan L.P. 620-2 Super Trofeo yesterday 6-8-18
Yes, I unfortunately came across these cars at the two stores I went to.
Currently in the States on holiday from the UK, so gonna pop along this morning and see what’s what. Any tips for a newbie to one of these types of events?
Never happend show up an nothing springdale oh said no cases and go home had a track are kids was camping
Muncie Indiana got no cases just the car to hand out as a door prize for coming
The event sucked. There were only 12 cars. Target did not know what they were doing. For all the people that came and to have only one small box with only 12 cars was ridiculous.
So what happened at the Washington,pa Target? I couldn’t make it, I heard they couldn’t find the boxes!!!
so i left my target receipt at target the day of the event. i bought 20+ cars.
if i’m reading the MAIL IN rules correctly, i just need to supply the blister cards right? don’t need the receipt?
wouldn’t that mean you can just mail in ANY blister card regardless of where you bought it from?
I haven’t read these rules, but you always need the receipt. I would go back and double check them.
thanks for the response. Is that something Target can actually do? pull up a receipt from 2 days ago? as long as my lat 4 digits of the card match right?