Before this year, the last time I bought a Hot Wheels car was in about 1986.
This year I was at the store and thought it would be fun to find s cool looking Hot Wheels car and keep it on my desk. I'm not a big fan of cars, but some of them do look pretty nice. So I get one and...it's light. Real light. The entire thing was made of plastic - what happened to the metal chassis?
So then I start looking around and there's this whole Hot Wheels line called Hot Wheels Classics, and man are they sharp. They take some classic releases and re-release them with the ol' metal chassis, flashy paint jobs, and some really cool tiny details. Like the ones you grew up with only better. They also cost 3x the usual Hot Wheels at $2.99.
I then poked around at some of the collector sites online. I didn't understand what half of them are talking about, but I do know that a lot of them keep their cars in the package. That's great I guess if you see it as a financial investment, but how in the world can you really enjoy these things without settin' them free?
Anyway, apparently there's this thing called Treasure Hunt, which I'd never heard of, where there's a rare edition car randomly inserted into cases. Apparently they are doing this to encourage friendships with the local Toys R Us stock boy and to get people to rifle through the merchandise. How people know which car is a Treasure Hunt I have no idea.
With Ebay on the scene they're saying that the value of these cars have plummeted from about $50 a car to $10 a car. Sound familar card collectors? I'm wondering if maybe the natural evolution to this would be like the sports card industry has done - serial numbering, 1 of 1 masterpieces, actual chunks of cars on your Hot Wheels, etc. But as long as this treasure hunt has gone on I guess they would have already moved towards this if it was doable. The only thing is how can you make it a random find when nearly the entire vehicle is visible in the package?
Anyout out there bonkers about Hot Wheels or know someone who is?
Dang, I wish I had an image to throw in here. The Corvette Stingray is the one that got me interested.