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Hot Wheels is a new 1:64, 1:43, 1:18 and 1:50 scale wracking toy cars introduced by American toy manufacturer Mattel in 1968. It was the primary competitor of Matchbox before 1997, when Mattel purchased Tyco Toys, then-owner of Matchbox.
Many auto manufacturers have licensed Hot Wheels to make scale models of the cars, allowing using original design patterns and detailing. Though Hot Wheels were originally meant for children and young adults, so they’ve become popular with adult lovers, for whom limited edition models are currently made accessible.
Racing track Collection
Along with the cars themselves, Mattel made a racing track record (sold separately). Even though it could be upgraded during the years, the first track consisted of a series of brightly colored orange road segments (pieced together to make an oblong, circular race track), with one (or occasionally two) “super chargers” (faux service channels by which cars passed onto the paths, including battery-powered spinning wheels, which would propel the cars across the tracks).
Through time, Hot Wheels cars are collected mostly by kids, but in the last 15 years[vague] there has been a rise in the amount of mature collectors. Mattel estimates that 41 million kids grew up playing with all the toys, the typical collector has over 1,550 automobiles, and children between the ages of 5 and 15 have an average of 41 cars. Most consider the collecting trend began with this Treasure Hunts at 1995. Mike Strauss was called the father of Hot Wheels collecting; he has arranged two collectors’ occasions annually in some sort since 1986. The first event was the Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Convention, usually held each year in the fall. The conference happened in various locations around the nation before 2001, once the first Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals was placed together. Since then, the Conventions are held each year in southern California. The Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals rotate among cities out of California during the spring. Strauss has also published the quarterly Hot Wheels Newsletter since 1986 and has been one of the first to unite collectors all around the world. He also writes on the Tomart’s Guide Into Hot Wheels, a book listing history, auto descriptions and values, which can be used by nearly every collector to learn more about the hobby and also their own collection. Strauss sold his collection from 2011 and retired in the Hot Wheels Newsletter.
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