Tag: Discontinued Castings

These castings have been discontinued. Though some have not been officially retired, our rule-of-thumb is that if a casting has not been used in the last 5 years, it joins the ranks of our discontinued castings. Like all rules, there are exceptions to it.

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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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1998 First Editions: HOT SEAT

The Hot Seat lives in Hot Wheels infamy due to its absurd concept and grotesque nature. Some collectors hate it, some collectors love it, some collectors just love to hate it. Whatever your idea is of it now, I actually remember this being quite a hot casting back in […]

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1999 Hot Wheels #1115: FERRARI F355 CHALLENGE

Towards the end of the last year of the last millennium (1999), Hot Wheels slipped in four Ferrari castings: Ferrari 456M, Ferrari F50 (hardtop), and the Ferrari F355 in both the Challenge and Spider trim levels. Had this happened in 2015, it would have been a much bigger deal given […]

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Hot Wheels Workhorses: AIRPORT RESCUE

Its been 30 years since the Airport Rescue last appeared, and a behemoth of this nature will never see the Hot Wheels mainline again. Sporting a metal body and metal chassis, the Airport Rescue you see below was released as part of the Hot Wheels Workhorses in 1981. It is […]

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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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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 […]

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Tattoo Machines: BMW 323

The #Tattoo Machines were Hot Wheels vehicles that came with a small sheet of temporary tattoos. There were 12 vehicles in this 1993 series and all featured graphics and odd names that matched the tattoos they came with. Take a look >>HERE<< to see what I mean. The […]