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Hot Wheels is a brand of 1:64, 1:43, 1:18 and 1:50 scale die-cast toy cars introduced by American toy maker Mattel in 1968. It was the main competitor of Matchbox until 1997, when Mattel purchased Tyco Toys, then-owner of Matchbox.
Although Hot Wheels were originally meant for children and young adults, they’ve become popular with adult lovers, such as limited edition versions are now made accessible.
Racing track Collection
Along with the cars themselves, Mattel produced a racing track set (sold separately). Though it could be upgraded during the years, the first trail consisted of a series of brightly colored orange road sections (pieced together to form an oblong, circular race track), together with a single (or sometimes two) “super chargers” (faux service channels through which cars passed on the tracks, featuring battery-powered spinning wheels( which could propel the cars along the tracks).
During the years, Hot Wheels cars have been collected mostly by kids, but in the last 15 years[vague] there has been an increase in the amount of adult collectors. Mattel estimates that 41 million children grew up playing with all the toys, the typical collector has over 1,550 cars, and kids between the ages of 5 and 15 have a mean of 41 automobiles. Most believe the collecting craze began with the Treasure Hunts in 1995. Mike Strauss has been known as the father of Hot Wheels amassing; he’s organized two collectors’ events each year in some sort since 1986. The very first event was the yearly Hot Wheels Collectors Convention, usually held each year at the fall. The conference occurred in various locations around the country before 2001, when the first Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals was put together. Ever since then, the Conventions are held every year in southern California. The Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals rotate among cities outside of California through the spring. Strauss has also released the Rs Hot Wheels Newsletter since 1986 and has been among the very first to unite collectors all over the world. In addition, he writes the Tomart’s Guide Into Hot Wheels, a book listing history, automobile descriptions and values, which is used by almost every collector to learn more about the hobby and their own collection. Strauss sold his collection in 2011 and retired from the Hot Wheels Newsletter.
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