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Start your engines! Beginning May 9, 2015, the Hot Wheels: Race To Win™ traveling exhibit will kick off at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. And an exclusive car will be offered through the museum and its future host venues.

The traveling exhibit highlights the thrilling world of racing and features behind-the-scenes looks, hands-on experiences, authentic racing gear and captivating memorabilia. Best of all? You’ll be using Hot Wheels cars and track as your tools to test the world’s fastest and safest speed machines.

A commemorative edition of Larry Wood’s Blvd. Bruiser will be made available exclusively through the museum and its future host venues. The car features Hot Wheels Race Team deco with the exhibit logo emblazoned on the hood. It’s also wearing Real Riders five-spoke wheels with red stripe tampo.

Here are some other planned stops on the exhibit’s tour (subject to change):

WHEN WHERE
Summer 2015 The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Fall 2015 Discovery Cube, Santa Ana, CA
Spring 2016 Strong Museum, Rochester, NY
Summer 2016 The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Fall 2016 Discovery Centre, Halifax, NS
Spring 2017 Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA
Summer 2017 The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Fall 2017 Omaha Children’s Museum, Omaha, NE
Spring 2018 Science World, Vancouver, BC
Summer 2018 The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Fall 2018 COSI, Columbus, OH
Spring 2019 Minnesota Children’s Museum, St. Paul, MN
Summer 2019 The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Fall 2019 Orlando Science Center, Orlando, FL
Spring 2020 Discovery Cube, Los Angeles, CA

Hot Wheels: Race to Win is produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Mattel, Inc.

About The Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary family learning experiences across the arts, sciences and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. For more information about the tourist attraction and museum, visit www.childrensmuseum.org, follow us on Twitter @TCMIndy, Facebook.com/childrensmuseum and YouTube.com/IndyTCM.

Date posted: March 30, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Collecting Conventions/Events Retail Series

Our Spring Race Week is a great way to catch up on some hot items for your collection. Half off Convention cars! Free shipping for orders over $25! And a “super” surprise when you buy select HWC Series cars! Here’s how it all works.

Wednesday 4/1 – 50% Off Convention Cars & FREE SHIPPING!

All of the special Convention cars on the Convention Cars shelf in the Shop will be 50% off on Wednesday! Not only that, but standard shipping is free when you spend $25 or more. Pick up some great deals! The offer is open to everyone from 8:00 a.m. CT until 7:59 a.m. CT on Thursday. No purchase limits, while supplies last.

HWC Series Seven Neo-Classics Hot Bird

Thursday 4/2 – 4/5 – Super Surprise with Purchase

We’ve chosen five HWC Series cars and paired them up with a “super” surprise for this offer. Buy one of the following HWC Series cars at regular price and get a super surprise free! Super surprise limited to the first 1,000 of each item. The offer is open to everyone from Thursday at 8:00 a.m. CT until 7:59 a.m. CT on Monday, 4/6, whiles supplies last.

Date posted: March 24, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: HWC Offers

2015 HWC NationalsWhen you’re having a great time at the Collectors Nationals, don’t forget about the Charity Auction. You can pick up some great Mattel-donated items and help a good cause, too – the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The Mattel donations consist of various pre-production or non-production pieces, consisting of things like First Shots, EPs and Resin models.

What: Charity Auction
When: Friday, March 27, 2015
Where: 15th Annual Hot Wheels® Collectors Nationals
Hyatt Regency Lexington – Lexington, KY

Below are the special items being donated by Mattel. Make sure you’re there to bid on your favorites!

'40 Ford Coupe’40 Ford Coupe '63 Plymouth Belvedere 426’63 Plymouth Belvedere 426 '65 Ford Mustang Fastback’65 Ford Mustang Fastback
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2008 Dodge Challenger SRT82008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 2014 Copo Camaro2014 Copo Camaro 2015 Ford F-1502015 Ford F-150
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Pontiac GTO convertible’67 Pontiac GTO convertible Science FrictionScience Friction >
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The HomerThe Homer 'Tooned Dodge Daytona‘Tooned Dodge Daytona Volkswagen Drag TruckVolkswagen Drag Truck
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Date posted: March 20, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Collecting Conventions/Events

Join Team Hot Wheels SweepstakesEver wonder what it’s like to be part of the most elite, epic race team on the planet? Find out first hand by joining Team Hot Wheels. You could even win prizes!

Joining is free. Simply visit www.hotwheels.com/jointeam and sign up. There are lots of cool reasons to join, but if you want to win prizes, here’s what to do:

  1. Purchase one or more specially marked boxes of participating Hot Wheels brand products.
  2. Open the product to reveal its Code. (You can also get a free Code online at www.hotwheels.com/jointeam by following the on-screen instructions.)
  3. Once you have your Code, visit www.hotwheels.com/jointeam, enter the Code where requested, complete the entry form and submit your Limit one (1) entry per email address per day.

Also, everyone who plays the instant-win game with a valid Code will be entered into a Grand Prize Sweepstakes random drawing for a chance to win the Grand Prize – an “Ultimate Racing” package that consists of an assortment of Hot Wheels gear!

The promotion runs through 5/19/2015 at 10:00 a.m. PT. For complete rules and to enter, just click here. Joining Team Hot Wheels is a win, no matter how you look at it. Good luck!

Date posted: March 18, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Collecting Uncategorized

015 HWC Nationals

 

If you’re like us, you can hardly wait to get to the Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals in Lexington, Kentucky, this month. For Red Line Club members, this means we’re in the home stretch for the RLC Party!

What: Red Line Club Party
When: Friday, March 27, 2015 at approx. 9:00 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Lexington – Lexington, KY

Getting In

The party will begin once the Charity Auction is over, or at 9:00 p.m., whichever is later. Since it’s a Red Line Club membership benefit, only 2014/2015 Red Line Club members are allowed to enter the party and purchase the RLC party car.

If you joined the Red Line Club for 2014/2015 before September 18, 2014, your RLC membership number should appear on your Nationals badge, and you’ll be admitted to the party.

If you recently joined the Red Line Club (September 18 or later), make sure you bring:

  1. Your RLC membership Order Summary print out. Go into your “My Account” section in the Hot Wheels Shop, and go to the Order Status page. Print out the Order Summary which reflects your purchase of the current year’s membership. Or you can print out the Order Summary email. You will have received both an Order Confirmation and an Order Summary email when you purchased your membership. The Order Summary email — which should be the second email you received and also includes your name in the information displayed — is the one to print out.
  2. Your Collectors Nationals badge.
  3. A photo ID.
  4. Please make sure the names on all three of these match so you can jump into the fun as soon as possible.

Party Car/Raffle Tickets

As you enter the party, you have a chance to purchase the always-hot RLC party car for $10.00 (cash only!). (See previous examples below: the Custom ’38 Ford C.O.E. from the 2014 Nationals and the Noodlist from the 2014 Convention.) . Also, we’ll be raffling off some very cool Hot Wheels prizes later in the party. When you enter the party, you’ll be given one raffle ticket for free. More RLC raffle tickets will also be available for RLC members to purchase if you like.

If you want even more RLC raffle tickets and more chances at winning a prize, don’t forget to bring HWC and RLC cars — still packaged — to open. Why? You’ll have a chance to open the packaged HWC Series cars, RLC sELECTIONs cars, or RLC membership cars that you bring at the “Opening Party.” For each one you bring and open at the party (limit of 10 per guest), you’ll receive one FREE RLC raffle ticket!

Custom ’38 Ford C.O.E

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring?

  1. Your Nationals name badge (the badge you receive when you register)
  2. $10 (cash only!) to buy the party car
  3. Your RLC membership Order Summary and a photo ID (if you joined after September 18)

Who can attend the RLC Party? Can I go to the party if I’m here for the Collectors Nationals?

Only 2014/2015 Red Line Club members who have a paid ticket to the 15th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals will be admitted. You can’t join the Red Line Club at the event, but you can join now.

I have five RLC memberships. Can I bring four people to the party?

No. You can only use one of your memberships to get in, and you can only buy one RLC party car regardless of how many memberships you have.

My friend/spouse/parent/child has an RLC membership that I paid for, so the membership has my name on it. Can he/she get in? Can he/she buy a party car?

If your friend/spouse/parent/child has an RLC membership in your name, you can both come in — but you can only purchase one party car.

Can I bring my kids to the party?

Yes. However, they won’t receive any of the RLC benefits (even if you have a membership in their name). RLC members have to be 18 or older, so we can’t honor a membership for a minor.

Will there be a party car?

Yes, but we try to keep it a secret until the day of the RLC party.

How much does the party car cost? How many can I buy?

The party car is $10 each (cash only!) and is limited to one per person who must be an RLC member.

For the Opening Party, where do we get cars to open? Do you buy them at the event? Or bring them from home?

The eligible cars must be HWC or RLC editions. You can bring them from home or possibly buy them in the room-to-room trading or elsewhere at the show.

How many RLC raffle tickets do I get for opening up an HWC/RLC car? Can I open more than 10 HWC/RLC cars?

You’ll receive one ticket per car, up to 10 maximum. You can open as many as you like, but we’ll only give you 10 tickets maximum.

Do I have to be present to win a raffle prize?

Yes.

The party is always a great time and a great reward for RLC members. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Date posted: March 17, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Collecting Conventions/Events Red Line Club

These are the show cars you’ll want to show off! The Hot Wheels Entertainment series features vehicles from your favorite films and television shows.

Along with several new castings, this 1:64 line features authentic details, Real Riders wheels and full–metal castings. Here are the mixes planned for 2015:

Mix 1 (June 2015):

  • ’58 PlymouthChristine
  • ’83 Chevy SilveradoFriday Night Lights
  • Ford F–250Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    New Casting!
  • Rapid ResponderEmergency!

Mix 2 (August 2015):

  • ’67 CamaroChristine
  • ’70 Dodge Charger R/TThe Fast & The Furious
  • BTTF Time Machine – Hover ModeBack to the Future II New Casting!
  • BTTF Time Machine – Mr. FusionBack to the Future
  • Toyota 2000GT Roadster James Bond “You Only Live Twice” New Casting!

Mix 3 (October 2015):

  • ’56 ChevyThe Brady Bunch New Casting!
  • ’74 Checker Taxi Cab/Checker Marathon Cab – Taxi
    New Casting!
  • ’80s CorvetteJames Bond “A View To A Kill”
  • The Dark Knight BatmobileThe Dark Knight trilogy
    New Die-cast Chassis!
  • Kawasaki GPZ 900RTop Gun New Casting!

Mix 4 (October 2015 – available only at select hobby retailers):

  • ’76 Ford Grand TorinoStarsky & Hutch New Casting!
  • Back To The Future Time Machine – 1955Back to the Future III
  • The BatThe Dark Knight Rises New Die-cast Chassis!
  • Ghostbusters Ecto–1 Cartoon CarThe Real Ghostbusters (animated) New Casting!
  • Lotus Esprit S1James Bond “The Spy Who Loved Me” New Die-cast Chassis!

 

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 ’58 Plymouth  ’58 Plymouth
’58 Plymouth – Christine
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‘83 Chevy Silverado ‘83 Chevy Silverado
‘83 Chevy Silverado – Friday Night Lights
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Ford F–250 Ford F–250
Ford F–250 – Close Encounters of the Third Kind
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Rapid Responder Rapid Responder
Rapid Responder – Emergency!
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Items and dates subject to change.
Date posted: March 9, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Collecting Retail Series

Dark side or not, you can feel the power of the force from our Hot Wheels® Star Wars character cars. Well, maybe that’s just g-force – but you’ll want to pull these into your collection! Here are the next mixes and multi-packs to look for.

Mixes

Mix 4 (March 2015):

  • Boba Fett™ New casting!
  • Chopper™ (Star Wars Rebels™) New casting!
  • Darth Maul™
  • Darth Vader™
  • Luke Skywalker™ (X-wing gear)
  • Stormtrooper™ (clean)

Mix 5 (May 2015):

  • C-3PO™ (shiny) New casting– at Kmart first!
  • The Inquisitor™ (Star Wars Rebels™) New casting– at Kmart first!
  • Boba Fett™
  • Chewbacca™
  • Chopper™ (Star Wars Rebels™)
  • Darth Vader™

 

Multi-Packs

Beginning as early as February, you can also expect to find the following special 2-packs widely available:

  • R2-D2™ & C-3PO™ Exclusive “weathered” decos!
  • Chewbacca™ & Han Solo™
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi™ Exclusive car!
    vs. Darth Vader™ Exclusive “Episode IV” deco!
  • 501st Clone Trooper™ vs. Battle Droid™
    Exclusive car!

 

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Chopper™ (Star Wars Rebels™)
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Obi-Wan Kenobi™ (exclusive car!) vs. Darth Vader™ (exclusive "Episode IV" deco!)
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Date posted: March 5, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Collecting Entertainment/Pop Culture Retail Series

If you love bikes, less is more when you’re talking wheels. And Hot Wheels motorcycles have been capturing hearts and imaginations almost right from the start. Let’s take a ride.

The Early Years

If you’re of the Redline-era age, you cannot possibly have forgotten the Rrrumblers series – pretty much where the bike business for Hot Wheels all started. Almost as soon as they perfected the four-wheel cars, Mattel started in on these fewer-wheeled vehicles in 1971. Outrageous designs and clever names were the hallmarks for the series, but the most notable features were the riders, who added a new dimension to play and a sort of living personality to the toys.

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Rrrumblers, 2 Wheels  Rrrumblers, 3 Wheels  Chopcycles

The following year, the Chopcycles series was added to join the ranks of the popular Sizzlers series of cars that you could “juice up” and they would run on their own power. Like the Rrrumblers, the Chopcycles featured wild designs, witty names and riders. But by 1973, the new Hot Wheels line was struggling, and both motorcycle lines came to an end.

Only two years later, a couple of new motorcycles would appear in the mainline – but sadly, without riders. The Motocross I and the Street Eater, each issued only once, are considered hard to find now. Larry Wood is credited for designing both. Then in 1977, Mattel would issue the 1:50 scale Mean Machines series of bikes, still with no riders.

 

Bikes Return, Blast Lane

After 1977, it would be 20 years before Hot Wheels issued any more motorcycles in 1:64 scale (although some larger scale motorcycles would appear once or twice during that period). The Scorchin’ Scooter would subtly appear in the mainline in 1997, but it would be very well received.

Hot Wheels designer Mark Jones recalls that by 2000 “We were really trying to do variety and differentiation of silhouettes.” Mark’s Blast Lane would join the Hot Wheels mainline and herald a new era for Hot Wheels two-wheeled wonders. How did it happen?

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Blast Lane Sketch – Mark Jones Blast Lane, Exploded View Blast Lane Editions

Prior to joining the Hot Wheels brand, Mark had worked in the Motorcycle Design department of Honda. At the time, Mark recalls, “They wanted us to do more chopper-style, American-influenced stuff.” He even remembers helping motorcycle customizer Arlen Ness assemble a piece that Honda had commissioned him to build. Mark Jones became a bike enthusiast.

Mark joined Mattel in 1984. Working with Larry Wood, who was also a motorcycle enthusiast, both designers would occasionally ride their bikes to work. “One morning,” Mark recalls, “I came in and I tilted the thing over like the racer I thought I was… and slammed into the ground. When I tried to get up, I realized there was grease on the ground from one of the trucks. I limped in, sat down, and was talking to Larry. He asked ‘Did you feel that (grease) in the driveway? I almost fell down this morning when I came in.’ On his motorcycle. He made it without falling down, but I didn’t.”

When he designed the Blast Lane, Mark says there was a lot of creative stuff happening with custom bikes. “When you’re a car designer, you try to think of body work and start covering stuff up. From a motorcycle point of view, a lot of people want to see the mechanical things… the engine and all the details. With the Blast Lane, I was trying to minimize the body work and pull it right down over the engine. I went for the classic v-twin engine, ’cause most custom bikes would probably be based on that.”

Mark Jones Designs Scorchin' Scooter Editions W-Oozie Editions
Mark Jones Designs Scorchin’ Scooter Editions W-Oozie Editions

“On the original design, on the exhaust side of the bike, there was a carburetor tube sticking out, but that didn’t make it through production. On the non-exhaust side, I tried to indicate that there is a belt-driven overhead cam, as opposed to the push-rod typical of Harleys. I wanted the motor to look like a sophisticated European motor.”

 

Cranking Out Bikes

The same year (2000), over in the 100% Collectible line, Hot Wheels issued a four-piece Harley-Davidson set. The set includes the 1920 Racer, Buell, Fatboy and Panhead. Hot Wheels motorcycles were really revving up.

In 2001, two more bikes would join the mainline. The Fright Bike was one. The other was the Mark Jones-designed Outsider, which finally featured tiny riders. “We started adding a bike every year to the line,” Mark notes. “We found out that people really like ’em.”

HWC Motorcycle Editions Early Thundercycles Later Thundercycles
HWC Motorcycle Editions Early Thundercycles Later Thundercycles

Over the next 10 years or so, Hot Wheels had added about a dozen motorcycles to their 1:64 scale lines, including the W-Oozie, the Pit Cruiser (which had debuted as a promotional piece) and the Bad Bagger (which had debuted in the Hot Wheels Classics series). The bikes were really cranking… but where were the riders?

 

Riders Return

In 2012, it finally started to happen. Several of the existing 1:64 scale motorcycles were released in a series of their own — with riders! The Motorcycles series continues, adding not only new riders, but also new motorcycles, including the 3-Squealer – named after one of the original Rrrumblers pieces.

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Various HW Motorcycles w/Riders Blastous Editions Tri & Stop Me Editions

One of the more recent motorcycles to debut in the series is the Skullface, which features a pirate rider and is most reminiscent of the rare and popular Bone Shaker from the original Rrrumblers. The Skullface was designed by none other than Mark Jones.

Mark continues to contribute great designs to the Hot Wheels line, with both four wheels and two. He has just finished the Kawasaki GPZ 900R, a new bike for Hot Wheels that will debut in the Entertainment series this year. “I did a new Real Riders wheel for that which is kind of cool,” he tells us. “I tried to make it look like the Kawasaki wheel of that era. It’s a two-part wheel.”

Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Editions Fly-By Editions Skullface, 3-Squealer
Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Editions Fly-By Editions Skullface, 3-Squealer

Two wheels. Two parts. Hot Wheels Motorcycles are still on a roll, and it looks like easy riding from here.

— HWC Gary

Date posted: March 4, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Collecting Red Line Club RLC Hottest News

With Avengers: Age of Ultron coming to theaters soon, you’ll want to make sure you assemble your collection with the newest editions. Here are the next mixes and multi-packs to look for, and their estimated availability dates.

Mixes

Mix 1 (February 2015): 

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
• Gamora New casting!
• Rocket Raccoon
• Star-Lord

“Classic” Marvel
• Captain America
• Hulk
• Iron Man
• Spider-Man
• Wolverine

 

Mix 2 (April 2015): 

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron
• Ultron New casting!
• War Machine New casting!

“Classic” Marvel
• Captain America
• Hawkeye
• Hulk
• Iron Man
• Thor

 

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Multi-Packs

Target (April 2015)
The Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron 5-pack will feature exclusive movie-themed decos of the following cars.

  • Captain America
  • Hulk
  • Iron Man
  • Thor
  • Ultron—Exclusive “Ultron Prime” deco!
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Toys “R” Us
The Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron 2-packs will feature movie-themed character cars, including one exclusive character deco per pack.

  • Captain America and exclusive-deco War Machine (April 2015)
  • Iron Man vs. Ultron—Exclusive “Ultimate Ultron” deco! (April 2015)
  • Hulk and exclusive-deco Black Widow (May 2015)

Iron Man vs. Ultron (exclusive "Ultimate Ultron" deco!)Captain America and exclusive-deco War Machine

 

© 2015 MARVEL

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

Categories: Collecting Entertainment/Pop Culture Retail Series