Tag: Trucks

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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 […]

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Retro Style Series: ’87 TOYOTA PICKUP

This is the final vehicle in our 4-part series on the #Target Exclusive Hot Wheels Retro Style Series (for now). We’ve already took an in-depth look at the series along with three cars that are in it — Volkswagen SP2, Power Pipes and the ’84 Hurst Olds. So naturally, our […]

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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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Twenty+ Series: SWITCHBACK

In 2005, the Hot Wheels Switchback “switched” its black and red colors as part of its run in the 2005 mainline Twenty+ Series. Over 10 years later, the reason for this is still unclear but right away collectors noticed the “switch” as one version showed up exclusively in Canada. The […]

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2010 New Models: SANDBLASTER

Trucks have long been popular in the Hot Wheels line. These days, any truck with Real Riders seems to fly off the pegs. I’m sure some people wonder why Hot Wheels trucks are so popular considering the Hot Wheels brand was built around the “fastest metal cars in […]