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AcceleRacers: HOLLOWBACK

10 years ago, the AcceleRacers debuted much to the dismay of the Hot Wheels collecting community as it was a followup to the Highway 35 World Race of 2003 that featured a lineup of first edition unlicensed fantasy castings. Where the HWY 35 World Race succeeded in telling a […]

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Flag Flyers 5-Pack: JAGUAR XJ220

When I shifted my collecting focus from “cardboard completist” to “buy-what-you-like” & “casting collector” in 2012, I began tracking down wheel variations of the castings I had already collected. I still have a long way to go on the wheel variations of the Jaguar XJ220 (I know most of […]

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Cop Rods Series 1: DAIRY DELIVERY

Anyone remember K•B Toys? Remember when they used to be in your local mall? The stores were always a tease as they carried a limited number of mainline Hot Wheels at the $1.29 price point which led to the stock rarely rolling over. Ultimately, this small-scale failure [pun not intended] […]

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HW Race Team: LANCIA STRATOS

So the Lancia Stratos is back, eh? I couldn’t believe it either when I first saw the 2015 Hot Wheels mainline list at the beginning of the year. As for most castings that are not produced for 5 or more years, they often join the ranks of our […]

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Hot Wheels 5 5-Pack: LANCIA STRATOS

In the Hot Wheels world, a general rule-of-thumb is that if a casting doesn’t appear for 5 years, there is a good chance that casting is gone for good. The Lancia Stratos recently defied the odds by making a comeback after a 7-year hiatus. Read about its comeback >> HERE <<. […]

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1998 First Editions: BAD MUDDER

Hot Wheels castings often drive off into the sunset without warning. The Bad Mudder’s lone release (as a 1998 First Edition, shown below) came and went but it wasn’t until a couple years that the rumors started to swirl in regards to its demise. In the world of […]