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It was the primary competitor of Matchbox until 1997, when Mattel purchased Tyco Toys, then-owner of Matchbox.
Many auto manufacturers have licensed Hot Wheels to make scale models of the cars, permitting the use of original layout blueprints and detailing. Although Hot Wheels were originally meant for kids and young adults, they have become popular with mature lovers, for whom limited edition versions are now made available.
Racing track Collection
Besides the cars themselves, Mattel produced a racing track set (sold individually). Though it would be upgraded during time, the initial track consisted of a series of brightly colored orange road segments (pieced together to form an oblong, circular race track), with a single (or sometimes two) “super chargers” (faux service stations through which cars passed on the tracks, including battery-powered spinning wheels, which would propel the cars along the tracks).
During the years, Hot Wheels cars are collected mostly by kids, but in the last 15 years[vague] there’s been an increase in the number of mature collectors. Mattel estimates that 41 million kids 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 a mean of 41 cars. Most believe the collecting craze began with the Treasure Hunts at 1995. Mike Strauss has been called the father of Hot Wheels collecting; he has arranged two collectors’ occasions each year in some sort since 1986. The very first event was the yearly Hot Wheels Collectors Convention, normally held each year in the fall. The conference occurred in a variety of locations around the country before 2001, when the very first Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals was placed together. Since then, the Conventions are held every year in southern California. The Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals rotate among cities outside of California throughout the spring. Strauss has also released the Rs Hot Wheels Newsletter since 1986 and was among the first to combine collectors all around the world. He also writes on the Tomart’s Guide Into Hot Wheels, a publication listing history, auto descriptions and values, which can be used by almost every collector to find out more about the hobby and their collection. Strauss sold his group from 2011 and retired in the Hot Wheels Newsletter.
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