hot wheels invader – 2012 Hot Wheels INVADER
Hot Wheels is a brand of 1:64, 1:43, 1:18 and 1:50 scale die-cast toy cars introduced by American toy manufacturer Mattel in 1968. It had been the primary competitor of Matchbox until 1997, when Mattel purchased Tyco Toys, then-owner of Matchbox.
Although Hot Wheels were originally intended for kids and young adults, so they have become popular with mature collectors, for whom limited edition models are currently made available.
Racing track set
In addition to the cars themselves, Mattel made a racing track set (sold separately). Although it could be upgraded during the years, the first track consisted of a set of brightly colored orange road segments (pieced together to make an oblong, circular race track), together with one (or occasionally two) “super hitter” (faux service stations by which cars passed on the paths, featuring battery-powered spinning wheels, which would propel the cars along the paths).
During time, Hot Wheels cars are collected mostly by kids, but in the previous 15 years[vague] there has been a growth in the number of mature collectors. Mattel estimates that 41 million children grew up playing with the toys, the typical collector has over 1,550 automobiles, and children between the ages of 5 and 15 have an average of 41 automobiles. Most believe the collecting trend began with this Treasure Hunts in 1995. Mike Strauss was known as the father of Hot Wheels collecting; he’s organized two collectors’ occasions annually in some sort since 1986. The very first event was the Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Convention, usually held every year at the fall. The conference occurred in a variety of locations around the nation until 2001, once the first Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals was set together. Since that time, 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 has been among the first to combine collectors all over the world. In addition, he writes the Tomart’s Guide Into Hot Wheels, a publication listing history, auto descriptions and values, which is used by almost every collector to learn more about the hobby and also their collection. Strauss sold his set in 2011 and retired in the Hot Wheels Newsletter.
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