Ledy Bolidos and The Four Lost Toppers

In 1993, Carter Pennington published a small 21 page booklet describing all of the Topper Johnny Lightning models made for the US market. In his booklet, he describes four models which were obviously designed but never mass produced by Topper. All four are replicas of American made cars, with the Mustang and Camaro being the […]

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How Chevy Invented Hot Wheels

How Chevy Invented Hot Wheels The history of Hot Wheels is inextricably linked to Chevrolet, as deep-pocketed super collectors like Bruce Pascal can tell you. Hot Wheels® might be the best-selling toy brand of all time, with a total production of more than 6 billion cars since the brand’s founding in 1968. That doesn’t just […]

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2020 Hot Wheels Concours at Pasadera

Second annual Concours at Pasadera launches Car Week 2020 with collector cars, motorcycles, and Hot Wheels!   August 7 2020, the first-ever Hot Wheels Concours will be part of the Pasadera event, inviting both younger and older exhibitors to present their collections for awards. Guests also will enjoy an exceptional culinary experience, with the event benefiting […]

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Johnny Lightning at 50

Celebrating a half century in 2019, and winning fans with speed and attention to detail!   Johnny Lightning, a die-cast car brand commemorating 50 years in 2019, may have started as a perceived Hot Wheels copycat, but, in later years, would blow the market wide open for nostalgic subjects rendered in die-cast. The brand, launched […]

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AMAZING CHARITY AUCTION

Yes, it is called the Gas-hole. And yes, there are only 15 made. And yes, this model is a unique collaboration between the Hot Wheels Designer who created the ‘55 Bel Air Gasser and one of the hobby’s best-known customizers, created to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. Maybe it was quarantine, maybe it was meant […]

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1971 Hot Wheels Mongoose and Snake Wild Wheelie Set

Hot Wheels fans were introduced to Don Prudhomme, the Snake, and Tom McEwen, the Mongoose, through funny cars.  But these two also drove dragsters. The Snake rail dragster. The Mongoose rail dragster. For 1971 Mattel put their rail dragsters on the Mongoose & Snake Wild Wheelie Set. Box art – front. Courtesy eBay. Box art […]

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Don’t let your kids watch this video!

Epic Hot Wheels track takes over Alex Laughlin’s garage   275-feet of Hot Wheels track, 15 hours of work, and 1 NHRA U.S. Nationals winning Pro Stock driver—let the fun begin.   Proving you’re never too old to build your dream Hot Wheels track, 2019 U.S. Nationals-winning Pro Stock racer, Alex Laughlin converted his home […]

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Hot Wheels Redlines— the Ferrari 312P, 1970

Casting: Ferrari 312P   Years of Production: 1970   Country of Origin: US and Hong Kong   Casting Variations:The base on the HK version has four rectangular holes in it. The body lines can be found as raised lines (outy) or indented lines (inny).   Interior Colors: Black is normal White is found in some […]

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1969 – Topper Johnny Lightning Models, The Custom GTO

1969: Custom GTO CASTING VARIATION: The Custom GTO body has two main variations:   Opening Door Sealed Door   PAINT COLORS: The Custom GTO came in a wide variety of colors, some featuring a flat black roof and black grille:   Color Chart in development – TBA   INTERIOR: The interior is a plastic piece. […]

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