Hot Wheels has a track record of joining forces with your favorite entertainment properties, and San Diego Comic-Con is their biggest celebration. We’ve got show collectibles! Here’s how to get them.
The three hot-ticket collectibles are as follows:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Hot Wheels® Character Car
Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn’t hit theatres until December, but Hot Wheels® will be unveiling its first character car from the film at San Diego Comic-Con. This premium vehicle is modeled after a First Order Stormtrooper™ and features a die-cast body, die-cast chassis, Real Riders® wheels with rubber tires and exclusive packaging sure to entice Star Wars™ and Hot Wheels® fans alike! Specially priced offer at the show or on MattyCollector.com for $15.00
Hot Wheels® Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice™ Batmobile™
Batman™ v Superman™ fans get a sneak peek of the first new movie Batmobile produced in a decade, thanks to Hot Wheels®. This fully-authorized reproduction of the Hot Wheels® Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice™ Batmobile™ features a die-cast body, die-cast chassis, and Real Riders® wheels with rubber tires, plus sculpted details like machine guns, missile launchers, and an aerodynamic rear wing. It’s encased in a spectacular package that showcases an amazing reveal of the Batmobile in all its glory. Specially priced offer at the show or on MattyCollector.com for $25.00
Hot Wheels® Marvel Secret Wars™ Character Car 3-Pack
Coinciding with the release of the 2015 Marvel Secret Wars comic book crossover event is this exclusive Hot Wheels® 3-pack, including highly-detailed character cars representing Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man™, Superior Iron Man™ and Sam Wilson’s Captain America™. Each vehicle features a die-cast body, Real Riders® wheels with rubber tires and is displayed in its own window box within an innovative comic book structure that opens to display all three cars in action. And with custom art created by comic illustrator Jim Cheung, this Comic-Con exclusive is a one-of-a-kind find! Specially priced offer at the show or on MattyCollector.com for $35.00.
If you miss the show or the MattyCollector.com offers, don’t panic. Later in the year, we’ll offer these collectibles here at HWC. Watch for more details on dates and pricing.
Batman v Superman fans get a sneak peek of the first new movie Batmobile produced in a decade, thanks to Hot Wheels®. This fully-authorized reproduction features a die-cast body, die-cast chassis, and Real Riders® wheels with rubber tires, plus sculpted details like machine guns, missile launchers, and an aerodynamic rear wing. It’s encased in a spectacular package that showcases an amazing reveal of the Batmobile in all its glory.
The Hot Wheels® Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice™ Batmobile™ will be available for purchase at at San Diego Comic-Con. Read more about it at USA Today!
If you’ve gotta fight crime in gritty Gotham City, you’re gonna need highly effective transportation. For some of the Dark Knight’s best toys, capture this Hot Wheels Batman™ series for yourself!
This series will begin to show up in August. Start patrolling your local Walmart.
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What’s racing faster: the cars on the screen, or your pulse? For 14 years and seven films, the Fast & Furious franchise has used one to drive the other. And these are some of the cars they’ve put into action to do it!
1987 Buick Grand National (Fast & Furious)
A second generation Buick Regal, the Buick Grand National debuted in 1982 as a way to capitalize on winning the Manufacturers Cup the two previous years. It was named for the NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National Series.
1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro SYC (2 Fast 2 Furious)
Created in 1967 to compete with the Ford Mustang, the Camaro proved a suitable rival for the top of the pony car category. Continuing its years of success, Chevy debuted the sixth generation in May of 2015.
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS (The Fast & The Furious, Fast & Furious)
One of the most popular midsize muscle cars of the era, the Chevelle was produced by Chevrolet from 1964 to 1977. There were three generations: 1964 – 1967, 1968 – 1972, and 1973 – 1977. Top production was 86,307 in 1969.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Grand Sport (Fast Five)
The first Corvettes were sold way back in 1953! Currently in its seventh generation, the iconic American sports car has served more than 10 times as the pace car for the Indianapolis 500.
1970 Dodge Challenger (2 Fast 2 Furious)
Based on the Plymouth Barracuda platform, the Challenger debuted in 1970, and was only originally produced through 1974. A second generation bearing the Challenger name showed up as an import in 1978 and finished in 1983. The third generation finally emerged in 2008.
1970 Dodge Charger R/T (The Fast & The Furious, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7)
The Dodge Charger has seen several size iterations since its concept debut in 1964. The R/T (Road/Track) editions began to appear in 1967 with more powerful engines and other performance upgrades. Despite a 19-year absence from 1987 to 2006, the Charger is in its seventh generation.
1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport (Fast & Furious)
Named after the Italian city, the Ford Torino debuted in 1968 as a higher model of the Ford Fairlane. The Gran Torino, an even higher performance model, debuted in 1972 and is known for the oval-shaped front grille — which many have compared to the face of a big fish.
Ford GT40 (Fast Five)
Originally produced to beat Ferrari in long-distance races, the iconic racing car managed to win at Le Mans four times from 1966 – 1969. Success!
2006 Nissan 350Z (The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift)
The fifth generation of Nissan’s Z-car line, the 350Z was produced from 2002 to 2009. In 2009, it was replaced by the 370Z.
Wish you could fill your own garage with cars like these? Check out our Hot Wheels Fast & Furious series to start some serious 1:64 scale action.
Original Hot Birds
HWC Light My Firebird
Sizzlers Firebird Trans Am
Sizzlers Fire Works
Lost Cars of China Hot Bird
HWC Custom Firebird
HWC Hot Bird
’77 Pontiac Firebird
’67 Pontiac Firebird 400
’73 Pontiac Firebirds
Only three cars can claim to have begun simultaneously as both a life-sized version and an inaugural Hot Wheels version: the Mercury Cougar, the Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird. Of the three, only one of them is still being produced (the Camaro); Sadly, Pontiac ceased production in 2002.
But years of Firebirds live on in Hot Wheels form! Let’s start this Firebird-palooza with a little basic Firebird background. It begins with the Pontiac Banshee, a line of concept cars that started in the mid-’60s and which John De Lorean originally had a hand in developing. When the Camaro was emerging in 1967, Pontiac wanted to produce the two-seater Banshee, but GM felt it would compete with their Corvette. Instead, GM handed over the F-Body platform (small rear-wheel drive automobile platform) being used on the new Camaro.
About six months after the Camaro’s debut, the Firebird arrived late to market in low production numbers. It shared a few similar design elements with the Camaro, but came with pure Pontiac engine options under the hood. It would become a mainstay of the Pontiac line.
Meanwhile, the inaugural fleet of 16 Hot Wheels editions was set to debut, and the convertible version of the new pony car was honored with a release as one of them. The Custom Firebird would catch fire at 1:64 as well.
Within a couple of years, Hot Wheels would release the “spoilers” Light My Firebird, as well as a Firebird Trans Am version for the Sizzlers series. But when 1970 came along, Pontiac moved the Firebird to its 2nd Generation.
Firebird 2nd Generation
Despite stumbling a bit out of the gate, the 2nd Generation Firebird would become a dominant force throughout the ’70s. After almost being discontinued in 1972, the Firebird would emerge with the now-iconic “screaming chicken” logo on the hood. Also in 1973, Hot Wheels would add the “Fire Works” Pontiac Firebird Trans Am to the Sizzlers line.
After that, things would gradually heat up for the Firebird. By 1976, the T-top would be introduced, as well as the special edition black-and-gold Trans Am. Firebird sales would top 100,000 for the first time.
But 1977 would change the game forever. The 1977 special edition black-and-gold Trans Am starred alongside Burt Reynolds in the film Smokey and The Bandit, and the Firebird would skyrocket in popularity.
Hot Wheels designer and Firebird expert Brendon Vetuskey points out that the Firebird also appeared on other screens, large and small. “There was a movie with John Wayne in the early ’70s – he had like a ’73 Trans Am. And also that movie Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.” And Firebirds would show up on television. “Ponch had one on CHiPs – a gold Trans Am. The Rockford Files had the Firebird Formula. He had multiple Firebirds over the years.”
Striking while the iron was hot, Hot Wheels would release the Larry Wood-designed Hot Bird in 1978. This became one of the most iconic Hot Wheels castings of all time.
The Hot Bird received such prominence that it became a flagship car of the Hot Wheels brand. According to Brendon, the Hot Bird was used in coloring books and McDonald’s Happy Meals and such. “They used it a lot of times to represent Hot Wheels.”
For Pontiac, Brendon says the Firebird reached critical mass in 1979. “It was outselling the Camaro; it was outselling everything else… the peak production was in ’79 for the Trans Am.”
Firebird 3rd Generation, Beyond and Backward
By 1982, Pontiac would introduce the 3rd Generation Firebird. Once again, the car would get a little boost from Hollywood. This time, the small screen was the main generator of interest when the TV show Knight Rider used the Firebird as K.I.T.T. – a talking computerized car. While Hot Wheels wouldn’t release an edition of K.I.T.T. until 2012, it did continue to knock out the ’80s Firebird in 1983.
Pontiac moved on to the 4th Generation of the Firebird in 1993. During this time, the Firebird would come its closest to resembling one of Pontiac’s Banshee concept cars – the Banshee IV they had produced in 1988 (also a Hot Wheels casting). Sadly, this would be the last generation of Firebirds as Pontiac ceased to be a producing line in 2002.
Hot Wheels would produce the IROC Pontiac Firebird in 1998, and look backward with the ’68 Custom Firebird Convertible for the 100% line. Another 100% line release, the 1970 Firebird T/A would show up in 2000.
Several Hot Wheels releases of earlier Pontiac Firebirds were still to come, all gaining popularity with Hot Wheels enthusiasts. Notably, the 1969 Pontiac Firebird T/A came in 2005, the one-time-only Custom Pontiac Firebird was released by HWC in 2007, and the ’67 Pontiac Firebird 400 arrived in 2010. The most recent Hot Wheels editions are the ’73 Pontiac Firebird and K.I.T.T., both from 2012, and the K.I.T.T. Super Pursuit Mode of 2014.
Brendon Vetuskey has designed several of the Firebirds for Hot Wheels. The ’67 Pontiac Firebird 400, the ’73 Pontiac Firebird, and “Every version of the Knight Rider car we’ve done but one.” Knight Rider‘s K.I.T.T. was based on the 1982 Trans Am. “Even though that show went from ’82 to ’86,” Brendon says, “they still kept all the Trans Am details ’82-specific.”
If he could, Brendon says he would love to do a 4th Generation Trans Am for Hot Wheels, such as the LS1 Ram Air. “The only 4th gens that have been done have all been LT1 based. I’m talking ’93 through ’97. We had that IROC Firebird and two different Firebird Funny Cars, but they’re all the older styles; they’re not LS1 based. We haven’t done any LS1 based Camaros or Firebirds yet.”
Will Brendon get his wish? Here’s hoping we see more Firebirds in the Hot Wheels line, even though production of the real car is long over.
1:64 Hot Wheels Firebirds
- Custom Firebird (1968 O16 – convertible)
- Light My Firebird (1970 – Spoilers)
- Firebird Trans Am (1970 – Sizzlers)
- Fire Works (Pontiac Firebird Trans Am) (1973 – Sizzlers)
- Hot Bird (1978)
- Firebird Funny Car (1978 – Human Torch in ’79)
- ’80s Firebird (1983)
- Firebird Funny Car (1997)
- IROC Pontiac Firebird (1998)
- ’68 Custom Firebird Convertible (100%) (1998)
- Pro Stock Firebird (2000)
- 1970 Firebird T/A (100%) (2000)
- Pontiac Funny Car (100%) (2000)
- 1969 Pontiac Firebird T/A (2005)
- ’70 Pontiac Firebird (2007)
- Custom Pontiac Firebird (HWC) (2007)
- ’69 Pontiac Firebird (2007 – Sizzlers)
- ’77 Pontiac Firebird (2008)
- ’67 Pontiac Firebird 400 (2010)
- ’73 Pontiac Firebird (2012)
- K.I.T.T. (2012)
- K.I.T.T. Super Pursuit Mode (2014)
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.
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™
- Chopper™ (Star Wars Rebels™)
- Darth Vader™
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™
||Chopper™ (Star Wars Rebels™)
||The Inquisitor™ (Star Wars Rebels™)
||Obi-Wan Kenobi™ vs. Darth Vader™
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