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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I'd Like To See A Hot Wheels Rolls Royce Ghost

I'd like to see a Hot Wheels Rolls Royce Ghost.  The Ghost was added to the RR lineup in 2010 giving buyers a lower cost and sportier alternative to the massive Phantom.

I'm guessing Mattel hasn't been able to get the licensing from parent company BMW.  But Mattel had it when they released the Hot Wheels Silver Shadow in 1969 which I have in my collection both loose and in blister pack.  This version stayed fairly true to the real car except, of course, for the mag wheels and enlarged wheel wells giving it an aggressive 2010 look.  Most were produced in silver though other colors can be found.  It features an opening hood (or bonnet to the British).
Hot Wheels Rolls Royce Silver Shadow

I have the Matchbox Silver Shadow which stays truer to the real car and is cool because it has an opening trunk (boot).  The metallic red paint is rather sporty for a luxury car but looks great.  There was also a convertible version.

Matchbox Silver Shadow

I also have the older Lesney Matchbox Phantom V.  The rear end of the Phantom was copied by Cadillac in the 80s and grafted to the tail end of the Seville but that's the subject of a future blog.

Matchbox Phantom V

I would actually like to see any of RR's current lineup including the Phantom, Phantom Coupe or Phantom Drophead Coupe (convertible).  Since toy cars are about fantasy there's nothing like a good ol' top-of-the line luxury car to make your day.  I'd like to see a Hot Wheels Rolls Royce.  Or Matchbox.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Cars 2

Please bear with me as I attempt to embed a fellow collector's video for your viewing pleasure. I'm anxiously awaiting seeing Cars 2 in 3D over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

2011 L.A. Auto Show: Hotwheels 2012 Chevrolet Camaro

Among the unique features that Mattel introduced in 1968 with its Hot Wheels was "Spectraflame" paint.  It was essentially pearl colored paint (translucent), similar to that used on Hot Rods of the 50s and 60s, over bare metal.  Spectraflame paints gave a dramatic look to what were previously rather drab looking enamel paint jobs from the likes of Matchbox and other toy companies.

At the 2011 L.A. Auto Show Chevrolet displayed a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro sporting candy apple green paint over chrome. Spectraflame paint brought to life.