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.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

My Favorite Lunch Box

I'm going to come right out and say it.  My favorite lunch box is not the classic Hot Wheels design with its dramatic illustrations of the iconic Splittin Image and TwinMill.

No.  My favorite lunch box, and the only one I remember from childhood, is the fantastic Auto Race Magnetic Game Kit.  It sported the popular Chaparral 2E Can Am racer on box and thermos (Mattel introduced the Hot Wheels Chapparal 2G in 1969 and the Chaparral 2 in 1998).

Produced in 1967 by King Seeley Thermos what made this kit special was the auto race game found on the back side. 

Featuring two plastic cars (with magnetic inserts) and a spinner wheel to determine number of moves on the race course.  I recall countless school lunchtimes in the cafeteria playing this game with friends.  By the way the box pictured here recently sold at Serious Toyz's auction for just over $100.  Not a bad price since it came with all the pieces still sealed in baggies.

1969 Hot Wheels Chaparral 2G

For a history of classic lunch boxes you'll want to read Collector's Guide to Lunchboxes: Metal, Vinyl, Plastic: Identification & Values and Lunch Boxes, Metal & Thermoses.

For more about Jim Hall's Chaparalls there is Chaparral by Richard Falconer abd Cars in Profile No 4: The Chaparral 2, 2D and 2F.  If you just want to play with toy cars go for Chaparral 2D Coupe #7 AFX Racing.

Chaparral 2D Coupe #7 AFX Racing

1 comment:

Torsten Adair said...

Thanks for solving the mystery!
I was the last of four boys in my family, and by 1977, all that remained of this lunchbox was the box itself. (I think we used a generic plaid Thermos bottle.)

For some reason, we never took our Hee Haw lunchbox to school...