Hot Wheels of the Day
12th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals
RELEASE YEAR: 2012 • CASTING DESIGNER: Larry Wood
Picking my favorite #Hot Wheels Race Team vehicle is like picking among my kids: I won’t do it. Plus, there are so many — over 300 according to my records — so it would really take some time to do, and would probably change by the time I was finished. Instead, let’s look at a release I consider among my favorites in the top tier of my Hot Wheels Race Team collection: the 12th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals: CONVOY CUSTOM.
10 years ago, the #Larry Wood Designed #Convoy Custom was among collector favorites as Hot Wheels castings were concerned. It was one of really the first “true-premium” modern Hot Wheels castings as this #Semi-Truck never appeared in basics — mainline included — so long as you don’t included the Track Trucks releases that came with an extra axle, plastic body, and a trailer. The original casting has always had a metal base with metal body, and oddly enough, no windows.
Some of the hardest versions of the #Convoy Custom to track down (and most expensive) are the #Convention Exclusive releases. This is one of them. Back at the #12th Annual Nationals Convention in Dearborn, Michigan, this was one of the souvenir vehicles sold. Production numbers for convention vehicles weren’t as high as they are today, and despite the casting’s peak in popularity, was limited to only 2,400 pieces.
Color (material): Metalflake Blue (metal)
Chassis (material): Chrome-Plated (metal)
Deco: #Hot Wheels Race Team
Wheels: Chrome #RR5SP w/ Goodyear Tires
Country of Manufacture: China
Toy# (SKU): X0567
CURRENT MARKET VALUE (Carded, October 2021)
Setting a value for this truck can be tricky as the value has had its ebbs and flows over the last nine years. In the last 3 months alone, sold prices on eBay have ranged from $43 to $100, so the value above is a conservative estimate. Given the fact that this is a fairly popular casting — which was subject to a little collector burnout — and limited to 2,400 pieces, the value is there. And for #Hot Wheels Race Team collectors who still have yet to obtain this beast: do it now! 30K piece RLC cars resell for more now.
As I mentioned above, this ranks among my favorite #Hot Wheels Race Team vehicles. The only sad part is that there isn’t a trailer to go along with it. The tampos are as crisp and clean as you’re going to get as that Hot Wheels flame logo seems to pop off the sides of this truck. It is a convention release of year’s past and one that certainly is considered a steal in today’s inflated market. The only problem is finding one. The limited supply of this #Convoy Custom has led to a lack of inventory out there, but with a little diligence in searching, there is a deal to be had.
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