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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 manufacturer Mattel in 1968. It was the primary competitor of Matchbox until 1997, when Mattel purchased Tyco Toys, then-owner of Matchbox.
Many automobile manufacturers have licensed Hot Wheels to make scale models of the cars, permitting using original design patterns and detailing. Although Hot Wheels were originally intended for kids and young adults, they have become popular with adult lovers, for whom limited edition models are currently made available.
Racing track set
Besides the cars themselves, Mattel made a racing track record (sold individually). Though it would be upgraded throughout the years, the initial trail consisted of a string of brightly colored orange street segments (pieced together to form an oblong( circular race track), with one (or occasionally two) “super hitter” (faux service channels by which cars passed on the tracks, including battery-powered spinning wheels( which could propel the cars along the paths).
Through time, Hot Wheels cars have been gathered mostly by kids, but in the previous 15 years[vague] there has been a growth in the amount of adult collectors. Mattel estimates that 41 million kids grew up playing with the toys, the average collector has over 1,550 automobiles, and children between the ages of 5 and 15 have a mean of 41 automobiles. Most believe the collecting craze began with this Treasure Hunts in 1995. Mike Strauss was called the father of Hot Wheels amassing; he has arranged two collectors’ events annually in some sort since 1986. The first event was the yearly Hot Wheels Collectors Convention, usually held every year at the fall. The conference occurred in a variety of locations around the country until 2001, when the first Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals was placed together. Ever since then, the Conventions are held every year in southern California. The Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals rotate among cities out of California throughout the spring. Strauss has also released the Rs Hot Wheels Newsletter since 1986 and has been among the very first to unite collectors all around the world. He also writes on the Tomart’s Guide Into Hot Wheels, a book listing history, car descriptions and values, which can be used by nearly every collector to learn more about the hobby and their own collection. Strauss sold his group in 2011 and retired in the Hot Wheels Newsletter.
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