Tag: Opening Feature

These releases of castings all feature an opening feature.

Orange Track Diecast

Volkswagen 5-Pack: VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 181

Turns out the Custom Volkswagen Beetle from the newly released Volkswagen 5-Pack wasn’t the only variation found in the pack. While it was surely the most noticeable, the Volkswagen Type 181 from that same 5-Pack received a more subtle casting modification. The VW Type 181 on the left […]

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2004 First Editions: ’69 DODGE CHARGER

If you’re a fan of #First Edition Hot Wheels castings, the #2004 First Editions were great because the series featured 100 brand-new castings — well, 101 if you count the mail-in Volkswagen Drag Truck. Even if you weren’t a fan of the ‘Tooned, Blings, Hardnoze, Fatbax and Crooze castings, […]

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2006 First Editions: ’55 CHEVY PANEL

The old Hot Wheels standard seemed to be to release “castings destined for premium lines” into the mainline. Its unclear if this was to stir up interest in them or what, but this was the case with popular premium castings like the Volkswagen Drag Bus, Volkswagen Karmann Ghia […]

Orange Track Diecast

1996 First Editions: VOLKSWAGEN DRAG BUS

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year is one of, if not the most popular Hot Wheels vehicle of all time. Picked as the #1 Hot Wheel of all-time in 2008 for Hot Wheels 40th Anniversary, the Volkswagen Drag Bus (or VW Bus) continues to be a collector favorite. As the […]

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2000 First Editions: MINI COOPER

The Mini Cooper is possibly one of the more underrated castings in Hot Wheels history. While its never been a huge money-grabber for Mattel / Hot Wheels, couple of its releases fetch high-dollar. Designed by Hot Wheels designer Phil Riehlman, this Mini Cooper was special from its original […]

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2009 New Models: VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 181

The Volkswagen Type 181 was originally manufactured for the West German Army, but also sold to the public from 1968 to 1983. It was meant to be a small off-road military vehicle but its “uniqueness” created enthusiasts that cherish this car to this day. Known by many names, the […]

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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. […]