hot wheels collectors newsletter – Hot Wheels Collectors Newsletter Part 4
It was the key competitor of Matchbox until 1997, when Mattel bought Tyco Toys, then-owner of Matchbox.
Even though Hot Wheels were originally intended for kids and young adults, so they’ve become popular with adult collectors, such as limited edition models are now made accessible.
Racing track Collection
Along with the cars themselves, Mattel produced a racing track set (sold separately). Even though it could be upgraded throughout time, the initial track consisted of a string of brightly colored orange street segments (pieced together to make an oblong( circular race track), together with a single (or two) “super hitter” (artificial service channels through which cars passed on the tracks, featuring battery-powered spinning wheels( which could propel the cars across the paths).
During the years, Hot Wheels cars are gathered mostly by children, but in the past 15 years[vague] there has been a rise in the number of mature collectors. Mattel estimates that 41 million children grew up playing with all the toys, the normal collector has over 1,550 cars, and kids between the ages of 5 and 15 have an average of 41 cars. Most consider the collecting craze started with the Treasure Hunts in 1995. Mike Strauss has been called the father of Hot Wheels collecting; he has organized two collectors’ occasions each year in some form since 1986. The very first event was the yearly Hot Wheels Collectors Convention, usually held every year in the fall. The convention happened in a variety of locations around the country before 2001, once the first Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals was set together. The Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals rotate one of cities outside of California during the spring. Strauss has also published the quarterly Hot Wheels Newsletter since 1986 and has been among the first to unite collectors all over the world. In addition, he writes the Tomart’s Guide To Hot Wheels, a book listing history, automobile descriptions and values, which can be used by nearly every collector to learn more about the hobby and their collection. Strauss sold his group in 2011 and retired in the Hot Wheels Newsletter.
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