015 HWC Nationals

The 15th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals has sold out, so you know it’s going to be an awesome show. You can still get your tickets for the Charity Events (Button Bingo, No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament, Hot Wheels Convention Mania Game) that benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. But hurry or they’ll be gone!

What: 15th Annual Hot Wheels® Collectors Nationals
When: Wednesday, March 25 – Sunday, March 29, 2015
Where: Hyatt Regency Lexington – Lexington, KY
Info: Click here to purchase tickets or for more information.
Facebook: Collectors Events Unlimited

Destined for your collection, special commemorative edition Hot Wheels vehicles are made especially for the Convention. Some of the sweet releases for the show include:

Drag Dairy

’69 Ford Mustang Boss 302

’67 Ford Bronco

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Drag Dairy '69 Ford Mustang Boss 302 '67 Ford Bronco

There are a couple of more great pieces that will debut at the show as well. Make sure you get all of yours.

Want to get the most out of your visit to the show? Take advantage of the following activities (included with your Convention ticket):

  • Room-to-room selling and trading – Pound the floors and expand your collection, meet other collectors and make new friends
  • Autograph sessions – Legendary Hot Wheels designers Larry Wood, Howard Rees, Mark Jones, graphic designer Steve Vandervate and more
  • Custom Car Contest – Check out the wild entries and/or enter your own creation
  • Seminars – Custom Cars, Redlines Collecting, Variations
  • Downhill & Sizzlers Racing – Fast fun for everyone
  • Children’s Activities – Includes Scavenger Hunt and Coloring Contest
  • Finale (Saturday) – Guest speaker and Q&A with Mattel, plus Finale car
  • Hot Wheels Toy Show (Sunday) – Loads of merchandise, open to the public

 

This event is produced by Collectors Events Unlimited, LLC under license from Mattel.

Date posted: February 25, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

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Hop on one of our most exciting series—Hot Wheels Motorcycles! Complete with funky riders (think Redline-era Rrrumblers), these editions are your favorite two- and three-wheeled vehicles. Here are the mixes planned for 2015.

Mix 1:

  • Batman Bat-Pod
  • Blast Lane (New deco!)
  • Dodge Tomahawk
  • Ducati 1098R (Rider #1)
  • Hammer Sled
  • W-Oozie (New deco!)
  • Estimated availability: November 2014

Mix 2:

  • Blast Lane
  • Blastous
  • Canyon Carver
  • Dodge Tomahawk
  • Ducati 1098R (Rider #2)
  • Scorchin’ Scooter (New deco!)
  • Tri & Stop Me (New deco!)
  • Estimated availability: January 2015

Mix 3:

  • 3-Squealer
  • Bad Bagger
  • Blastous
  • Dodge Tomahawk
  • Gamma Racer (New deco!)
  • Hammer Sled
  • Pit Cruiser (New deco!)
  • Estimated availability: April 2015

Mix 4:

  • 3-Squealer
  • Airy 8 (New deco!)
  • Blastous 2 (New deco!)
  • Ducati 1098R (Rider #2)
  • Harley Davidson Fatboy
  • Street Noz (New deco!)
  • Tred Shredder (New deco!)
  • Estimated availability: June 2015

Mix 5:

  • Airy 8
  • Blastous 2
  • Fright Bike (New deco!)
  • Hammer Sled
  • Harley Davidson Fatboy
  • HW450F
  • Street Noz
  • Urban Weaver
  • Estimated availability: August 2015

Mix 6:

  • Canyon Carver
  • Ducati 1098R (Rider #1)
  • Fright Bike
  • HW450F
  • Tred Shredder
  • Tri & Stop Me
  • Urban Weaver
  • W-Oozie
  • Estimated availability: October 2015

Tri & Stop Me

Tri & Stop Me®

Tri & Stop Me

Blast Lane

Blast Lane™

Blast Lane

Scorchin' Scooter

Scorchin’ Scooter®

Scorchin' Scooter

W-Oozie

W-Oozie™

W-Oozie
Date posted: February 20, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Collecting Retail Series

The old story goes that Ferruccio Lamborghini was a tractor maker not far from Ferrari. Lamborghini bought himself a Ferrari and, feeling that it could be improved, he took his ideas straight to Enzo Ferrari himself. It is said that Enzo told Lamborghini he didn’t require supercar advice from a tractor maker. So Lamborghini decided to make his own high-performance cars.

Sant’Agata-Bolognese may sound like an Italian dish, but that’s where Lamborghini now makes some of the coolest cars on the planet. It’s just outside Bologna, about a half-hour from Ferrari headquarters. Keep your friends close, and your rivals closer?

After my visit with Ferrari (Part I & Part II), I checked into a hotel that seemed to be in the middle of nowhere. Lovely nowhere, but still nowhere. Fortunately, the hotel had a shuttle that takes Lamborghini dealers-in-training to the factory, so I was able to hop a ride.

The Lamborghini campus is smaller than Ferrari, and not as elaborate. It was hard not to try to make comparisons, but there are two very different operating philosophies. Ferrari runs a tight ship; Lamborghini just seemed so much more laid back. Both approaches are producing astounding results!

My tour was led by the daughter of a Lamborghini factory employee – a second-generation member of the team. As with Ferrari, there were no cameras allowed inside the factory, but they let me take a lot of pictures of the gorgeous array of Lamborghinis on display.

Lamborghini produced their first car, the 350 GT, in 1963. At the time of my visit, they are working on just two models: the Aventador and the Huracán. I think she said they knock out about 13 cars a day. It’s a more up-close and personal tour as we walked in among the assembly line, which made it harder to hear. Especially in the moment when, for the very first time, they fire up the engine in one of the Aventadors! There were none of the robots I saw at Ferrari – just hard-working, fun-loving human beings.

The Lamborghini symbol is a bull because Ferruccio was a Taurus. Fun trivia: Lamborghini car names come from Spanish bullfighting bulls or terms.

I was most impressed with the level of customization you can get on your Lamborghini. Lots of colors, Italian, Swiss or Austrian leather… even the color of stitching used can be personalized!

At the end of the day, I caught the shuttle back to the hotel with the trainees. They were still excited about their day. Who wouldn’t be?

Wanna see more Lamborghini pics from the visit? Check out our Facebook page to see all of the awesome pictures!

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The 350 GT (1964 – 1966), the first Lamborghini.

 

Countach LP 400 (1974 - 1978)

Countach LP 400 (1974 – 1978)

 

Gallardo – Polizia Stradale (2004)

Gallardo – Polizia Stradale (2004)

 

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Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster (2013 – present)

Date posted: February 11, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Collecting Entertainment/Pop Culture Racing

It’s time to get back on the road! The Hot Wheels Road Trippin’ series went all over the country last year, but this year – the world! To find them, take a trip to your local Walmart.

With a nod to some of the most famous driving roads, each release in this series represents picturesque, historic or otherwise noteworthy highways. With six new highways this year, the series ventures into global territory with the Swiss Alps and Mount Fuji. Don’t miss the beautiful card art and souvenir deco on these classic editions.

Mix 1:

  • 69 Dodge Charger (A1A Coastal Highway)
  • 80s Pontiac Firebird (A1A Coastal Highway)
  • Backwoods Bomb (Road 14 Turquoise Trail)
  • Custom ’64 Galaxie 500 (Great Ocean Highway)
  • Megane Trophy (Swiss Overalp)
  • Switchback (Great Ocean Highway)
  • Estimated availability – March 2015

Mix 2:

  • Hiway Hauler 2 (Mount Fuji)
  • MX48 Turbo (Swiss Overalp)
  • Neet Streeter (Road 14 Turquoise Trail)
  • Nissan Skyline GT R34 (Mount Fuji)
  • Estimated availability – May 2015

Mix 3:

  • ’47 Chevy Fleetline (Pan-American Highway)
  • Classic Nomad (Great Ocean Highway)
  • Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-X (Mount Fuji)
  • Roll Patrol (Pan-American Highway)
  • Estimated availability – June 2015

Mix 4:

  • ’56 Custom Ford Pickup (Pan-American Highway)
  • ’70 Chevelle SS Wagon (A1A Coastal Highway)
  • Rivited (Great Ocean Highway)
  • Estimated availability – August 2015

Mix 5:

  • ’40s Woodie (Road 14 Turquoise Trail)
  • Toyota 2000 GT (Mount Fuji)
  • Volkswagen Scirocco GT 24 (Swiss Overalp)
  • Estimated availability – September 2015

Mix 6:

  • ’57 Buick (Pan-American Highway)
  • Carbonator (New Year Car)
  • Estimated availability – November 2015

Items and dates subject to change.

Hiway Hauler 2

Hiway Hauler 2

Nissan Skyline GT R34

Nissan Skyline GT R34

MX48 Turbo

MX48 Turbo

Megane Trophy

Megane Trophy

’80s Pontiac Firebird

’80s Pontiac Firebird

’69 Dodge Charger

’69 Dodge Charger

Neet Streeter

Neet Streeter

Backwoods Bomb

Backwoods Bomb

Switchback

Switchback

Custom ’64 Galaxie 500

Custom ’64 Galaxie 500

Date posted: February 10, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Collecting Retail Series

Can’t make it to a Kmart store for the Collector Day? You can still join the fun – jump over to Kmart.com to pick up the event cases packed with special Hot Wheels recolor editions!

Even though the event is on Saturday, February 14, the special cases are now available on Kmart.com. Here are the hot recolor editions to look for in these cases:

69 Chevelle SS 396 – Muscle Mania
(Grabber blue)

 ’86 Monte Carlo SS – Muscle Mania
(Amazon green)

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Datsun 620 – HW Hot Trucks
(Light yellow)


Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept – Track Aces
(Satin white)

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Date posted: February 5, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Retail Series

Put some spring in your collection with our 2015 Hot Wheels Easter series! Packaged on colorful cards, these six fun-filled editions will brighten up your basket. Hunt for them at your local Walmart beginning in March.

Amazoom

 

Custom ’69 Chevy Pickup


Deora II

Amazoom Custom '69 Chevy Pickup Deora II
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Super Gnat

Tarmac Attack

Toyota RSC

Super Gnat Tarmac Attack  Toyota RSC

Items and dates subject to change.

Date posted: February 3, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Collecting Retail Series

It’s the toy and die-cast show that keeps on growing! Back for another year, the Super Toy Convention stays in Las Vegas with guests, goodies and more.

What: 2015 Super Toy Con

When: Friday, February 27 – Sunday, March 1, 2015

Where: Circus Circus Hotel – Las Vegas, NV

Info: Click here for more information.

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Among the celebrity guests for the show will be legendary Hot Wheels designer Larry Wood, fielding questions on Saturday. Historic Hot Wheels engineer Bob Rosas will also appear at the show. Other Hot Wheels designers from past and present are also expected, as well as numerous other celebrity guests.

You can also look for some famous life-sized cars at the show. The 1966 TV Series Batmobile, the Back To The Future DeLorean and more will be on display. Besides in-room trading and lots of die-cast, other highlights of the show include:

  • Diecast Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony
  • Toy Collector Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony
  • Customizers Hall
  • Customizers Conference
  • Toy Custom Contest
  • Championship Downhill Diecast Racing
  • Hall of Fame Collector Auction
  • And lots more
Date posted: February 2, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Conventions/Events