“Sweet Sixteen: The Original Hot Wheels Cars of 1968” Revisit the launch of Hot Wheels Redline cars, as collector Gary Nabors walks the viewer though each of the sixteen models. All the original cars were based upon real cars of the time – some were hot rod versions of cars being produced by the big […]

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The Grand Prix series Redline Ford J-Car, 1968

  Ford J-Car (1968) Ford J-Cars in white enamel (L) and Spectraflame purple (R). The Ford J-Car was one of the original 16 Hot Wheels cars that debuted in 1968.  It was originally packaged on the regular blister cards, but later came out in Grand Prix Series blister packs. The real Ford J-Cars were the […]

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ROSEBUD FACTORY BUTTONS

In 2011 a collector made an amazing discovery, thousands of unused buttons from the one time Mattel Rosebud factory in the UK. Here are the words he used to describe the find:   “Here is the history. We all know that Mattel had a factory in UK. Rosebud. I do not know what the date […]

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1969 – Topper Johnny Lightning Models from the First Year – Custom GTO

1969: Custom GTO Casting Variations: 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.   White […]

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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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The Muky Story

 The Story   Many small diecast models have been made in Argentina. Brands such as Buby, Galgo, Aguti, Loden, Rapitoy, and Jet (by Gillette) have all originated within this South American country. In addition, the Muky models were produced there during the 1970s and 1980s. The history of Muky begins in the early 1970s. 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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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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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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The Toy Peddler Collector Spotlight – BRANDON NIELSEN

Brandon has unearthed some of the most amazing collections in the Redline Hobby, thats for sure… lets take a look into the mind of Brandon Nielsen!       My Hot Wheels Story   My Dad and I have always been into “treasure hunting”.  Years ago he had bought several antiques and asked me to […]

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