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HotWheels- Because growing up is too main stream

If you spend some time with a man, you’ll realize that we’re all still little boys- Late Mr Paul Walker( WE miss you 🙁 ). Well everyone reading this post will agree with Mr Walker. Those who disagree can confirm it themselves by locking up a grown up man in a room full or atleast one toy car . I bet you wont disagree on that. Speaking about the toy car, let me ask you one simple question. Whether you are a car guy or not, whether you watched Schumacher push his Ferrari to its limits or watched cartoons during your childhood. Just a simple question. Anyone out here who does not know about Hot Wheels??

Hot_Wheels

This one little thing used to bring smile on our faces. This little thing which cost  fifty bucks(seems pretty cheap huh?? Our parents have the answer to it :P) made our childhood awesome. Who wouldn’t want a car that did not require license to drive. Who wouldn’t want to roll in a Mercedes or a BMW or a Ferrari at an age when all this seemed a distant dream(it still is :P).

HotWheels it is. Established in 1968 and owned by Mattel, an American toy maker , HotWheels has since then been rolling high. Its fan base not only include kids and young boys but also grown up adults. Hotwheels has been responsible for bringing out the car guy in most of us. All of us had that one moment in our childhood where it all started. Call it love at first sight or whatever seems apt to you. The pleasure of loving and admiring a car without actually owning one but its f 1:64 die-cast car by Hotwheels lets you feel it.

At that time HotWheels had a competitor- Matchbox which is now owned by Mattel itself. Hotwheels cars were tweaked and customised version of regular street cars unlike Matchbox which produced scaled down replica of regular street cars. Apart from cars, HotWheels has also been rolling out various tracksets, turbolaunchers and customizable car parts too. Soon after it was established Hotwheels rolled out its first 16 cars in 1968. Go ahead and have a look at all of em.

Custom Barracuda
Custom Barracuda

Custom Barracuda

Custom Camaro
Custom Camaro

Custom Camaro

Custom Corvette
Custom Corvette

Custom Corvette

'68 Custom Eldorado
’68 Custom Eldorado

Custom Eldorado

'69 Custom Firebird
’69 Custom Firebird

Custom Firebird

Custom Fleetside
Custom Fleetside

Custom Fleetside

'67 Custom Mustang
’67 Custom Mustang

Custom Mustang

Custom T-Bird
Custom T-Bird

Custom T-Bird

Custom Cougar
Custom Cougar

Custom Cougar

Custom Volkswagen Bug (designed by Ira Gilford)
Custom Volkswagen Bug (designed by Ira Gilford)

Custom Volkswagen(designed by Ira Gilford)

Custom Deora-Harry Bentley Bradley
Custom Deora-Harry Bentley Bradley

Deora(designed by Harry Bentley Bradley)

Ford J-Car(Ford GT40 Mk IV)
Ford J-Car(Ford GT40 Mk IV)

Ford J-Car(Ford GT40 Mk IV)

Hot Heap(Model T Roadster)
Hot Heap(Model T Roadster)

Hot Heap(Model T Roadster)

Python
Python

Python (cheetah)

'68 Silhouette Bill Cushenbery’s
’68 Silhouette Bill Cushenbery’s

Silhouette(Bill Cushenbery’s)

Beatnik Bandit
Beatnik Bandit

Beatnik Bandit( Ed Big Daddy Roth)

Well, this was just a glimpse at the HotWheels first lineup ever. Since then there has been no looking back for it and it has gone ahead with producing more and more such cars and complimentary products to them.

If you are in your mid 20’s or even older or lets just say you belong to the 20-25 age group, try re collecting the term “Power Launcher”. A circular object to which you need to feed a car and at the click of a button it just shoots out that car and gets your adrenaline pumping( well , that’s a lot for a child)
Another type of power launcher was a long rectangular open launcher kit which also fulfilled the same purpose but this one had the option of connecting it to a track set. Enough of talking now. Go ahead and have a look yourself and enjoy the nostalgic moments .

power_launcher tracksets

Hotwheels_power_tracksets

HotWheels started it with small scaled down models of cars and now it has shifted to real life size cars.
Team HotWheels is what they call themselves and do real badass stunts that we have been doing on the tracksets with our toy cars.

Anything that touches your heart deserves to be a collectors item and HotWheels car are no exception to it. Fans; young and old have been collecting these cars , tracksets and the lineup they own will just blow your mind off. HotWheels has till now designed around 700 unique car models. These are just the unique car models . Just imagine the massive volume of cars it has rolled out in these many years. Hard to imagine huh ?? Let me help you with it .

An average hotwheel car collector has over 1500 cars and children between the age s of 5 and 15 have around 41 cars. Mattel has stated from its own research that an 41 million are the estimate number of children who grew up playing with hotwheels. That’s a mind boggling figure , aint it ?? The highest price paid for an hotwheels was 72000$ in 2000 for a Volkswagen Beach Bomb. That is roughly 14lakhs INR for a toy car. Asking for this car from our parents can be biggest mistake of our lives right ?? :P. It used to cost anything between 50-100 INR for these cars around 15 years back. The price hasn’t elevated since then. Infact many of the model prices have dropped since then . Aint an expensive hobby right ??? So what are you thinking of??? Start collecting them . Before we end it, here is a small preview from my own Hotwheels collection.Latest addition are the Nissan Skyline R34 GTR and a Ferrari Italia 458.

Nissan Skyline GT-R R34
Nissan Skyline GT-R R34
Mercedes CLK-LM
Mercedes CLK-LM
The 1995 Camaro Trio
The 1995 Camaro Trio
Nascar Car
Nascar Car
Nascar Car
Nascar Car
Ferrari Italia 458
Ferrari Italia 458

For people who haven’t experienced this  joy of owning them, you may end up spending your entire day playing with them and shooting them (clicking :P) . I can bet on that. Years down the lane when you’ll bring up your own kids, better be ready with a story to tell them and cars to show them too. 😉  I’d now better go and spend some time in my hotwheels garage and see you all soon…

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Deep Kataria a.k.a Bhphunter. Mumbai based IT engineer cum gamer inclined more towards Automobiles than Computers. On the weekends you can spot him hunting corners on the NH4 and NH3 on his bike and writing for TurboZens . However if you fail to do so, you can always find him at www.facebook.com/bhphunter