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It had been the main competitor of Matchbox before 1997, when Mattel bought Tyco Toys, then-owner of Matchbox.
Even though Hot Wheels were originally meant for kids and young adults, so they have become popular with mature lovers, for whom limited edition models are now made available.
Racing track set
Along with the cars themselves, Mattel made a racing track record (sold separately). Though it would be upgraded during the years, the original track consisted of a set of brightly colored orange road segments (pieced together to make an oblong( circular race track), together with one (or two) “super hitter” (faux service stations by which cars passed on the tracks, including battery-powered spinning wheels( which could propel the cars along the tracks).
Through the years, Hot Wheels cars are gathered mostly by kids, but at the previous 15 years[vague] there has been a growth in the amount of adult collectors. Mattel estimates that 41 million children grew up playing with all the toys, the average collector has over 1,550 automobiles, and children between the ages of 5 and 15 have an average of 41 automobiles. Most consider the collecting craze started with the Treasure Hunts in 1995. Mike Strauss was called the father of Hot Wheels amassing; he has organized two collectors’ events annually in some form since 1986. The first event was the yearly Hot Wheels Collectors Convention, generally held each year in the fall. The conference occurred in various locations around the country before 2001, when the very first Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals was put together. Since then, the Conventions are held every year in southern California. The Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals rotate one of cities outside of California throughout the spring. Strauss has also published the quarterly Hot Wheels Newsletter since 1986 and was one of the first to combine collectors all around the world. In addition, he writes the Tomart’s Guide To Hot Wheels, a publication listing history, automobile descriptions and values, which is used by virtually every collector to learn more about the hobby along with their own collection. Strauss sold his group from 2011 and retired in the Hot Wheels Newsletter.
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