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Hot Wheels is a new 1:64, 1:43, 1:18 and 1:50 scale wracking toy automobiles introduced by American toy manufacturer Mattel in 1968. It was the key competitor of Matchbox until 1997, when Mattel bought Tyco Toys, then-owner of Matchbox.
Many auto manufacturers have licensed Hot Wheels to make scale models of the cars, allowing using original design patterns and detailing. Although Hot Wheels were originally meant for kids and young adults, they’ve become popular with adult lovers, for whom limited edition models are now made available.
Racing track set
Besides the cars themselves, Mattel produced a racing track set (sold individually). Though it could be updated throughout time, the initial track consisted of a collection of brightly colored orange road segments (pieced together to make an oblong( circular race track), with one (or occasionally two) “super hitter” (artificial service stations through which cars passed onto the paths, featuring battery-powered spinning wheels, which could propel the cars along the paths).
Through time, Hot Wheels cars are gathered mostly by kids, 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 ordinary collector has over 1,550 cars, and kids between the ages of 5 and 15 have an average of 41 automobiles. Most believe the collecting trend began with the Treasure Hunts in 1995. Mike Strauss was called the father of Hot Wheels amassing; he’s organized two collectors’ occasions each year in some form since 1986. The first event was the yearly Hot Wheels Collectors Convention, usually held each year in the fall. The convention occurred in a variety of locations around the country until 2001, once the very first Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals was set together. Since that time, the Conventions are held each year in southern California. The Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals rotate among cities out of California through the spring. Strauss has also released the Rs Hot Wheels Newsletter since 1986 and was among the first to unite collectors all around the world. He also writes the Tomart’s Guide To Hot Wheels, a book listing history, car descriptions and values, which is used by virtually every collector to find out more about the hobby along with their own collection. Strauss sold his group in 2011 and retired in the Hot Wheels Newsletter.
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