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Hot Wheels is a new 1:64, 1:43, 1:18 and 1:50 scale wracking toy cars introduced by American toy manufacturer Mattel in 1968. It was the main competitor of Matchbox before 1997, when Mattel bought Tyco Toys, then-owner of Matchbox.
Many automobile manufacturers have licensed Hot Wheels to make scale models of their cars, allowing the use of initial design blueprints and detailing. Though Hot Wheels were initially intended for kids and young adults, so they have become popular with mature collectors, for whom limited edition versions are currently made accessible.
Racing track Collection
Along with the cars themselves, Mattel produced a racing track set (sold individually). Though it would be upgraded during time, the first trail consisted of a collection of brightly colored orange street sections (pieced together to form an oblong, circular race track), together with one (or sometimes two) “super chargers” (faux service channels by which cars passed on the paths, featuring battery-powered spinning wheels, which could propel the cars along the tracks).
During time, Hot Wheels cars have been collected mostly by kids, but in the previous 15 years[vague] there has been a rise in the amount of mature collectors. Mattel estimates that 41 million kids grew up playing with all the toys, the typical collector has over 1,550 automobiles, and kids between the ages of 5 and 15 have an average of 41 automobiles. Most consider the collecting craze began with the Treasure Hunts in 1995. Mike Strauss has been known as the father of Hot Wheels amassing; he’s arranged two collectors’ occasions each year in some sort since 1986. The very first event was the yearly Hot Wheels Collectors Convention, generally held every year in the fall. The convention occurred in a variety of locations around the nation before 2001, once the very first Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals was placed together. The Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals rotate among cities outside of California during the spring. Strauss has also published the quarterly Hot Wheels Newsletter since 1986 and was among the very first to unite collectors all over the world. He also writes the Tomart’s Guide To Hot Wheels, a publication listing history, automobile descriptions and values, which is used by virtually every collector to find out more about the hobby and also their own collection. Strauss sold his collection from 2011 and retired in the Hot Wheels Newsletter.
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