Welcome to HTBomb's Magical Hot Wheels. I played with Mattel Hot Wheels when I was a kid and began collecting them as an adult in 1996 shortly after leaving a 79 cent limited edition Treasure Hunt Passion on the pegs at KMart. That car is now worth $100! Several months later I found and bought three Treasure Hunts at Target. I was hooked.

I am interested in buying childhood collections of toy cars: Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Corgi, Husky, Dinky and Topper Johnny Lightning; Slot cars from Cox, Aurora and Tyco AF/X; Plastic model kits from AMT, Monogram, MPC. Please contact me via my website link below.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy new year.  If you're in a reflective mood listen to Dan Fogelberg's Same Old Lang Syne.  Prefer to ring out the old and ring in the new?  There's George Harrison's Ding Dong, Ding Dong from Dark Horse.  For the traditional you simply can't beat The Beach Boys' Auld Lang Syne from their classic Christmas Album.

The best is yet to come.  Cheers!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Batmobile Four-1 (Bat-1)

Hot Wheels Four-1

The Hot Wheels Four-1 is a custom design along the lines of a Smart car. This pint-size vehicle sports a huge 4 cylinder engine where a passenger might otherwise sit.  The black paint and wing-like rollbar extension  immediately reminded me of the Batmobile.  The blue windshield recalls one of my favorite toys: the Corgi #267 TV Batmobile from the 60s TV series.  The blue wheels allude to the glowing hubs on the Batmobile from Batman Forever.

The "Bat-1" (No room for Robin in this 1)

I removed most of the graphics from the side and the racing number from the rollbar.  The Corgi Batmobile inspired the bat sticker on the door for a retro touch.

The Bat-1 in front of a 1966 movie poster

King of the Kustomizers: The Art of George Barris 
King of the Kustomizers: The Art of George Barris is a fantastic book that covers many of Barris' creations including the 1966 TV Batmobile.

Hot wheels 1966 Batmobile Elite Version Limited

If you're a fan of the 1966 Batmobile you'll want this incredibly detailed 1:18 scale  Hot wheels 1966 Batmobile Elite Version Limited.  Mattel scanned Barris' 1:1 car to generate the casting. 

Friday, December 3, 2010

I'd Like To See A Hot Wheels Chaparral 2J

The 2J had two snowmobile engines turning props that sucked the car to the ground.  The boxy back end with enclosed wheel wells kept the air in and created the suction footprint. 

I have a cool Tyco HO racer from childhood like the one in this pic..

Jim Hall created some of the most innovative Can-Am race cars of all time.  To read more about the man and the cars there's this cool book (click on picture to buy from Amazon):


If you'd rather race than read there's this cool Scalextric slot car:

Scalextric C2916 - Chaparral 2F #4