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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Gamora
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Ultron
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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 »

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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?

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

 

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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

Get your special Hot Wheels editions from San Diego Comic-Con! Each piece will be offered on a different day, so you’ll need to come back all three days to get each one. Available quantities are low, so be ready early!

  • 11/11 at 9 a.m. PT: Hot Wheels® Aston Martin DB5
  • 11/12 at 9 a.m. PT: Hot Wheels® The Homer
  • 11/13 at 9 a.m. PT: Hot Wheels® Star Wars™ Darth Vader™ Vehicle (SOLD OUT)

11/13: Hot Wheels® Star Wars™ Darth Vader™ Vehicle

Prepare to take a ride on the dark side with the first ever Hot Wheels® Star Wars™ vehicle, modeled after one of the most iconic villains in film history – Darth Vader™!

What better way to display your 1:64-scale die-cast car than inside Vader’s lightsaber, complete with red glowing lights, lightsaber sounds and heavy breathing from the Sith Lord himself? You won’t want to miss out on this epic Comic-Con item – it’s unlike any across the galaxy!

 

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Availability:

  • Anyone (until sold out): 11/13 at 9 a.m. PT

Pricing and Purchase Limits:

  • Priced at $39.99 plus shipping and processing each
  • Limit one per order
  • Refunds only. No exchanges.

 


© & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd.

Date posted: November 5, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Conventions/Events Entertainment/Pop Culture

Get your special Hot Wheels editions from San Diego Comic-Con! Each piece will be offered on a different day, so you’ll need to come back all three days to get each one. Available quantities are low, so be ready early!

  • 11/11 at 9 a.m. PT: Hot Wheels® Aston Martin DB5
  • 11/12 at 9 a.m. PT: Hot Wheels® The Homer (SOLD OUT!)
  • 11/13 at 9 a.m. PT: Hot Wheels® Star Wars™ Darth Vader™ Vehicle

11/12: Hot Wheels® The Homer

Hot Wheels® proudly presents The Homer from everyone’s favorite animated comedy, “The Simpsons.” This vehicle is a faithful reproduction in awesome collectible packaging of the Homer Simpson-designed car “that’s everything the average man ever dreamed of!”

 

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Availability:

  • Anyone (until sold out): 11/12 at 9 a.m. PT

Pricing and Purchase Limits:

  • Priced at $29.99 plus shipping and processing each
  • Limit one per order
  • Refunds only. No exchanges

 


TM & © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Date posted: November 5, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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Get your special Hot Wheels editions from San Diego Comic-Con! Each piece will be offered on a different day, so you’ll need to come back all three days to get each one. Available quantities are low, so be ready early!

  • 11/11 at 9 a.m. PT: Hot Wheels® Aston Martin DB5 (SOLD OUT)
  • 11/12 at 9 a.m. PT: Hot Wheels® The Homer
  • 11/13 at 9 a.m. PT: Hot Wheels® Star Wars™ Darth Vader™ Vehicle

11/11: Hot Wheels® Aston Martin DB5

It’s the movie car that became almost as famous as 007 himself! This detailed Hot Wheels version of James Bond’s Aston Martin 1963 DB5 comes with a special spy-catching deco and a Comic-Con package you won’t want to miss.

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Availability:

  • Anyone (until sold out): 11/11 at 9 a.m. PT

Pricing and Purchase Limits:

  • Priced at $19.99 plus shipping and processing each
  • Limit one per order
  • Refunds only. No exchanges.

 


007 TM and related James Bond Trademarks © 1962-2014 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation.  All Rights Reserved.
007 TM and related James Bond Trademarks are trademarks of Danjaq, LLC licensed by EON Productions Limited.
Goldfinger © 1964 Danjaq, United Artists. 007 and related James Bond Trademarks, TM Danjaq.

Aston Martin, the Aston Martin Wings logo and the model name DB5 are trademarks owned, licensed or used by Aston Martin Lagonda Limited. All rights reserved.

 

Date posted: November 4, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Conventions/Events Entertainment/Pop Culture HWC Offers

This fun-injected series features the coolest cars in pure Hot Wheels style from your favorite Fast & Furious films. You’ll find them at your nearby Walmart. Start your engines, get in gear and experience the ride of your life!

’67 Ford Mustang
(The Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift)

’69 Dodge Charger Daytona
(Fast and Furious 6)

’70 Dodge Charger R/T
(The Fast and the Furious)

'67 Ford Mustang '69 Dodge Charger Daytona '70 Dodge Charger R/T
'67 Ford Mustang (F&F 3: Tokyo Drift) '69 Dodge Charger Daytona (F&F 6) '70 Dodge Charger R/T (F&F 1)
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’72 Ford Gran Torino Sport
(Fast and Furious)

’08 Dodge Challenger SRT8
(Fast 5/Fast and Furious 6)

’11 Dodge Charger R/T
(Fast 5)

'72 Ford Gran Torino Sport '08 Dodge Challenger SRT8 '11 Dodge Charger R/T
 '72 Ford Gran Torino Sport (F&F 4)  '08 Dodge Challenger SRT8 (F&F 5/6)  '11 Dodge Charger R/T (F&F 5)
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Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34)
(2 Fast 2 Furious)

Toyota Supra
(The Fast and the Furious)

 Nissan Skyline GT-R  Toyota Supra
Nissan Skyline GT-R (F&F 2) Toyota Supra (F&F 1)

 

Fast & Furious is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLC 2014.
All Rights Reserved.

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

Date posted: October 30, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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In 75 years, he’s appeared in comics, cartoons, television shows, films and video games. He’s been called the Dark Knight and the Caped Crusader, but we all know him best as Batman™. Hot Wheels salutes this iconic hero with the Batman™ 75th Anniversary series.

Featuring your favorite Batman-themed Hot Wheels castings on eye-stealing blister cards, this series should be available now at your local Walmart. Grab ’em while you can!


The Bat

Batcopter
Batman™
Arkham Asylum Batmobile
The Bat Batcopter Batman™ Arkham Asylum Batmobile

The Batman™ Batmobile
Batman™
The Brave and The Bold Batmobile
Batman™
Classic TV Series Batmobile
The Batman™ Batmobile Batman™ The Brave and The Bold Batmobile Batman™ Classic TV Series Batmobile
Batman™ Live Batmobile Batmobile (Hardnoze)
Batman™ Live Batmobile Batmobile (Hardnoze)
Date posted: October 16, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Collecting Entertainment/Pop Culture Retail Series

Get ready for things that go bump in the night: ghosts, monsters, skulls and more! Hot Wheels takes its annual dark road with the 2014 Halloween series, featuring five scary castings with spooky deco.

Beginning in September, you’ll want to start haunting your local Kroger stores for these eerie editions. Put the creepy into your collection!

‘57 Plymouth Fury Bone Shaker®
Ford Gangster Grin®

‘57 Plymouth Fury

Bone Shaker®

Ford Gangster Grin®

 ‘57 Plymouth Fury
Bone Shaker®
 Ford Gangster Grin®
 
 Ghostbusters Ecto-1
Rigor Motor®
Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Rigor Motor®
Ghostbusters Ecto-1 
Rigor Motor®
 

 

Date posted: September 15, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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FerrariIt felt like having Wonka’s Golden Ticket. Being admitted to the factory from which so many legendary cars emerge fills me with wonder and awe. We’re going in, but you should know in advance: Ferrari doesn’t allow any photos to be taken inside. Top secret!

Maranello is a 20-minute cab ride down the road from Modena. It was Monday morning, so I got an early start. Yes, they have traffic in Italy, too. No, they don’t all drive Ferraris… some of them drive Maseratis, Alfa Romeos, Fiats…

Arriving at Ferrari, the cab driver pointed to my left. There it was – the famous entryway to Ferrari. I got out and walked into reception (a Ferrari-red desk with Ferrari-red accents) and announced my arrival. I was seated in a waiting area with a few other guests (Ferrari owners, unlike me). There were a few miniature Ferrari models on display as well as an F1 car on a wall.

Maranello02_156_F1_1961_300pxOne of the first things you notice throughout the Ferrari factory is that it’s clean and orderly. They run a tight ship. These people are serious about their product, and the conditions provided for workers reflect that. They began an initiative in the 1997 they call “Uomo.” With this plan, the factory was upgraded to provide both safe and sustainable conditions. It’s well-lit with natural light, and it’s filled with trees and gardens. The temperature remains comfortable, and the decibel levels are low. They’ve reduced CO2 emissions and conserved energy. Bicycles are provided for employees to get from building to building on the campus. And employees are both heard and rewarded.

Mechanics and Engines

In the mechanical workshop, we took a look at the engine building process: materials, assembly of cylinder heads, cylinder blocks, crankshafts… There are three work shifts, with no more than 75-80 workers on a shift. We met “Romeo and Juliet” – a pair of robots (well, two pairs, actually – one for V8 and one for V12) that handle fitting cylinder heads into valves. Engines on display were not just for Ferrari, but also for Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Turns out Ferrari provides quite a bit to Maserati.

Maranello05_512_M_1970_300pxThere’s also a model in this building of Ferrari World. Ferrari World is a huge amusement park in the middle of the desert in Abu Dhabi. It boasts the fastest roller coaster in the world at 250 km/hour.

Between buildings, we visitors rode a shuttle bus. We passed the wind tunnel building, where they test the single-seaters for F1. We also passed the paint shop, where they paint 30 Ferraris a day. (They paint Maseratis, too.)

In the engine assembly building, there are two workshifts. They assemble 54 V8 engines per day for Ferrari and Maserati, but only 9 V12 engines per day. Our tour guide pointed out with pride that the Ferrari engines have about 100 hp more than Maserati. The LaFerrari clocks in at 963 hp!

FerrariThere’s a replica model of the engine from the 125S, the first Ferrari cranked out of Maranello in 1947. Only three were made, and Enzo had had them destroyed because they weren’t “winners.”

Back outside, you can hear the sound of excitement: the Pisto de Fiorano race test track. Someone was giving it a good run today.

Body

We finally reached the moment we’d been waiting for: the body assembly building. No matter what you expect, you aren’t prepared for the breathtaking sight of a variety of sweet, brand-new Ferraris rolling off the line. The 458 Spyder, the California T and more in colors of red, black, white, yellow, gray and blue. I’ll take one of each, in each color, thank you.

FerrariThey complete 24 or 25 cars per day on the first floor (V8), with about six per day on the second floor (V12). They produced 6,922 cars last year. Every single car is street tested locally. Imagine driving around Maranello in that kind of Ferrari traffic.

The cars move through the line, each on its own platform, on a giant conveyor belt. The platform can raise or lower, and rotate 360 degrees. It makes it easy to access and work on every spot of the car. There are several stations, like the station for “marrying” the transmission into the car, another one for where the wheels and tires are put on (Station 27, for the record) and one for the windshield installation.

On the second floor, we see an FF (Ferrari’s first four-wheel drive) in production. We also get a good look through the upholstery department, where they’re cutting patterns out of South American leather, used by Ferrari beginning in the 1960s on their F1 cars. Other materials include Kevlar!

FerrariWe step aside to allow a completely self-operated droid pass. It’s a large platform-y kind of thing, but it seems to know what it’s doing and where it’s going. This is where Ferrari meets Star Wars.

F1 and Museum

Another building houses a very low quantity of the F1 cars produced, and they also sell used F1 cars after the seasons are through. There are also racing versions of Ferrari’s street cars. None of these are street legal. The cars in this building are way more expensive than the “average” Ferrari (Michael Schumacher’s ’04 car went for EU 3 million!). Not only that, but in order to purchase, you have to have a special garage, certified mechanic, and your own track to drive them on. It’s like your own life-sized Sizzlers driving. Note that you’d also have to replace the engine about every 3,500 km, at a cost of EU 3-400,000. You can, however, pick up an engineless replica for a mere EU 150,000.

FerrariThe Museum, of course, is filled with the sort of wonders you expect from Ferrari. They had a special “California Dreaming” exhibit (in my honor, of course). Turns out that California is a big market for Ferrari (no surprise). In fact, Ferrari credits the California market as playing a large role in the rise of Ferrari and its success as a manufacturer. Also displayed are several F1 cars, helmets of former Ferrari drivers, a display of some of the wind tunnel models, and a huge assortment of trophies.

You’re in a daze when you leave after the tour. Maybe that’s why they don’t let you test drive one on the Pisto de Fiorano. They do, however, turn you loose on the factory store across the street. And you can practically go nuts in there – from clothing to accessories, it’s all less expensive than the cars.

FerrariNot far from Ferrari, near the town of Bologna, is Lamborghini. But that will have to be another day. Ferrari has wiped me out.

(Read part I here)

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Ferrari

 

 

 

Date posted: September 15, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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