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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 maker Mattel in 1968. It was the primary competitor of Matchbox until 1997, when Mattel purchased Tyco Toys, then-owner of Matchbox.
Even though Hot Wheels were initially meant for kids and young adults, they’ve become popular with mature lovers, such as limited edition models are currently made available.
Racing track Collection
Besides the cars themselves, Mattel produced a racing track record (sold separately). Although it could be upgraded during the years, the first track consisted of a set of brightly colored orange street segments (pieced together to form an oblong, circular race track), using one (or sometimes two) “super hitter” (faux service channels by which cars passed onto the tracks, featuring battery-powered spinning wheels, which could propel the cars across the tracks).
During the years, Hot Wheels cars are collected mostly by children, but in the past 15 years[vague] there has been a growth in the number of adult collectors. Mattel estimates that 41 million kids grew up playing with the toys, the normal collector has over 1,550 automobiles, and children between the ages of 5 and 15 have an average of 41 cars. Most believe the collecting craze started with this Treasure Hunts at 1995. Mike Strauss was known as the father of Hot Wheels collecting; he’s arranged two collectors’ occasions each year in some sort since 1986. The very first event was the Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Convention, normally held every year at the fall. The conference happened in a variety of locations around the country until 2001, once the very first Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals was assembled together. The Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals rotate among cities outside of California throughout the spring. Strauss has also published the quarterly Hot Wheels Newsletter since 1986 and has been among the very first to unite collectors all over the world. In addition, he writes on the Tomart’s Guide To Hot Wheels, a book listing history, car descriptions and worth, which is used by nearly every collector to learn more about the hobby and their collection. Strauss sold his collection in 2011 and retired from the Hot Wheels Newsletter.
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