THE ULTIMATE HOT WHEELS COLLECTION

___________________________________________ Hot Wheels came out in 1968 when Bruce was just 7 years old. He was hooked then as a child, and the love affair with Hot Wheels started over again in 1999 when his mother gave him a cigar box with his childhood cars. Within 6 months of that day, he jumped at the […]

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One of the world’s largest Matchbox car collections resides in Durham Connecticut

For Charlie Mack, it all began on the cement patio outside his Durham home. When they were kids, he and his brother used to spend hours there playing with their beloved Matchbox cars and trucks, using chalk and bricks to construct miniature worlds for their miniature vehicles. More than 50 years later the patio is […]

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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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