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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Obi-Wan Kenobi™ vs. Darth Vader™

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

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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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War Machine

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

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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 »

Categories: Collecting Conventions/Events Hottest News

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

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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

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.

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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

“Speed, power, performance and attitude” doesn’t just apply to Hot Wheels. There’s plenty of that in the Fast & Furious films, and in this series of eight thundering editions expected to arrive in stores April 2015. Go get ’em only at Walmart.

’69 Dodge Charger Daytona
(Fast & Furious 6)

’70 Dodge Charger R/T
(Fast & Furious 6)

’72 Ford  Grand Torino Sport
(Fast & Furious)

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’94 Toyota Supra
(2 Fast 2 Furious)

Buick Grand National
(Fast & Furious)

Ford GT- 40
(Fast Five)

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Nissan 350 Z
(The Fast & The Furious:Tokyo Drift)

Subaru WRX STI
(Fast & Furious)

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Fast & Furious is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLC 2015.
All Rights Reserved.

All Trademarks not owned by Mattel are the property of their respective owners, and are used with permission.”

Items and dates subject to change.

Date posted: January 29, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Collecting Retail Series

Recibe gratis este increíble vehículo ’71 El Camino Edición de Colección con la compra de 20 increíbles autos Hot Wheels en Kmart o Kmart.com del 14/02/2015 al 21/03/2015. ¡Es como si tuvieras dos maneras de mejorar tu colección!

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Especificaciones:

  • Color de carrocería: Negro Spectraflame
  • Diseño: Techo y cuello de cofre rojos, diseño de llama roja y dorada en los lados
  • Llantas: Real Riders con franja roja y rines de “acero”
  • Base: Chasis con acabado de cinc
  • Color de ventanas: Transparente
  • Color del interior: Plateado

¡Empieza a comprar tus 20 autos el 14 de febrero durante nuestro evento del Día del coleccionista de Kmart!! En el evento habrá nuevos estuches, incluyendo colores exclusivos para Kmart.

Simplemente sigue las siguientes instrucciones (lee las reglas oficiales para los detalles completos) y este modelo ’71 El Camino estará de camino a tus manos.

  • Compra 20 autos básicos Hot Wheels escala 1:64 selectos en tiendas Kmart participantes y en Kmart.com del 14/02/2015 al 21/03/2015. Los autos tienen que ser de los números de surtido indicados en las REGLAS OFICIALES.
  • Envía los recibos originales, 20 tarjetas blíster (toda la pieza de cartón sin el auto o ventana de plástico) de cada vehículo que estés ordenando (límite de 10 vehículos por domicilio) y un formulario de pedido completo (llenar el formulario e imprimirlo), junto con un cheque o giro postal a nombre de MATTEL por US$3.50 de manejo y envío por cada vehículo que ordenes, a:

’71 El Camino
P.O. Box 1229
East Aurora, NY 14052 U.S.A.

ATENCIÓN: Los pedidos tienen que tener fecha de envío del 27/03/2015 a más tardar y ser recibidos para el 14/04/2015. Límite de un vehículo ’71 El Camino por cada 20 autos básicos que compres dentro del periodo promocional, sin importar cuántos recibos de compra tengas de dichos 20 autos. La oferta está limitada a diez vehículos por domicilio por periodo promocional.

  • Recibe un vehículo ’71 El Camino Edición de Colección a escala 1:64. El envío del vehículo puede demorarse de 8 a 12 semanas.
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Date posted: January 28, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

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