Tag: 1997 Hot Wheels

These Hot Wheels were released in 1997 lineups.

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1997 Hot Wheels #613: LONDON BUS

Chances are, if you were collecting 20 years ago, you remember the influx of #Ex-Corgi Castings that appeared in the Hot Wheels mainline starting in the summer of 1997. Whether you liked them or thought their proportions were too far off from your standard Hot Wheels vehicle, they are […]

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Road Repair 5-Pack: DODGE RAM 1500

Don’t let the orange paint, realistic proportions and industrial graphics throw you off. This is not a Matchbox truck, this is a Hot Wheels truck. Since Mattel bought Matchbox in 1997, Hot Wheels and Matchbox have diverged in brand direction. Matchbox focuses on regular, everyday vehicles while Hot Wheels […]

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1997 Hot Wheels #712: TIPPER

The Summer of ’97 brought Hot Wheels collectors a relatively unexpected surprise — Ex-Corgi castings popping up in the Hot Wheels mainline! When Mattel bought out Corgi in 1989, it released the former Corgi castings primarily under its “Hot Wheels Auto-City” line which was sold mainly in European markets. […]

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1997 First Editions: MERCEDES C-CLASS

As a young collector in 1997, the #First Edition of the Hot Wheels Mercedes C-Class brought me a new appreciation for great design. It also taught me that color combination & graphics must fit the product — this was something that curated my love for design and led me down the path […]

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Heat Fleet Series: RIG WRECKER

Known as the Ramblin’ Wrecker for this release, the Rig Wrecker was a semi-popular Hot Wheels casting until it was retired in 2002 2003. Originally slated to be “final run’d” in 2002, the line was dropped by Toys R Us early in the year and it ended up appearing […]

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1997 First Editions: WAY 2 FAST

For a while, it seemed as though the Hot Wheels casting, Way 2 Fast, was a staple of the Hot Wheels lineup. Having been released as a mainline vehicle, a promotional vehicle, a Treasure Hunt, and in a slew of other premium lines, the Way 2 Fast was definitely […]