Kale’s Modern Diecast TOY CARS Price Guide Issue #2 Has Arrived!

    Kale’s Modern Diecast TOY CARS Issue #2 is a comprehensive price guide book covering Hot Wheels from 1995 to 2020, GreenLight releases from 2008 to 2020 and M2 Machines from 2009 to 2020. This new guide book is twice the size of the first guide that debuted in 2017. It contains twice as […]

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Man who owns $1.5 million worth of Hot Wheels reveals the rarest models that could fetch thousands

This man’s Hot Wheels collection is worth a staggering $1.5 million They first hit toy stores in 1968 and were an instant hit, bringing smiles to kids faces across the globe. But these days, Hot Wheels cars mean big business and big bucks with collectors spending thousands on some models. Meet Bruce Pascal, who first […]

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What put the Hot in Hot Wheels?

In January 1945, while World War II still raged, Elliot and Ruth Handler joined a partner, Harold “Matt” Matson, to start a company in the Handlers’ garage in Los Angeles. Matson and Elliot combined their nicknames to come up with Mattel Creations. The young company produced picture frames, later adding dollhouse furniture made from the […]

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The collectors who spend thousands on rare Hot Wheels

Every year, Mattel sells nearly $1B worth of new toy cars to kids. But on the secondary market, adult collectors and dealers reign supreme.     By day, Bruce Pascal is a successful commercial real estate executive who brokers multimillion-dollar deals in the nation’s capital. By night, he buys $5k Hot Wheels cars on eBay. […]

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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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