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.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Hot Wheels Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

Today I opened a Hot Wheels Harley-Davidson Fat Boy.   

I haven't really kept up with the many motorcycles released over the years but couldn't resist this one.

Fat Boy

It's one hefty hunk of diecast.  I love the black handlebars and seat.  Can't beat it for a buck.

Below is the real 2011 bike.  The Hot Wheels is a bit tall and chunky by comparison but still quite nice.  I imagine customizers will paint the front fender, black-wash the engine and add a few details.

The first bike in the lineup goes back to 1975's Motocross 1.  I can only assume it wasn't popular because there wasn't another bike for years.  Mattel re-introduced motorbikes to the Hot Wheels line-up with 1997's First Edition Scorchin' Scooter, a sweet looking custom.

Scorchin' Scooter
There were many more bikes to follow but I chose to stick to cars.  Until yesterday. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

2012 Hot Wheels Batman Series

Mattel has announced a new Batman series featuring Batmobiles from over the years.  The cars are the same ones already found as mainline cars but now in packaging with graphics unique to the car.

My favorite is the '66 TV Batmobile.

There's also the Batcopter from Batman Begins.  Found only in the Batman 5-pack until now.

There are five additional vehicles from the movies and comics.  My vote is out until pricing is announced.  For a dollar these would be cool additions for the new graphics.  But if it's a few dollars and the only difference is the cards...

I miss my Peeps

It's become somewhat of a personal tradition to buy Peeps when they go on sale after Easter.

Sadly this year I have yet to find them.  I miss my Peeps.

The Munsters LEGO and Hot Wheels Rigor Motor

Hot Wheels released the Rigor Motor in 1994 heavily influenced by The Munsters Drag-U-La.  I remember meeting Butch Patrick, the actor who played Eddie Munster on the TV series, and he commented on how many Rigor Motors he's been asked to autograph over the years.
Hot Wheels Rigor Motor
Alex Jones (aka Orion Pax) brings us The Munsters' mansion seen below from the 1960's hit TV show.

Everything in the photo is built from LEGO's including the George Barris designed Munster Koach and Grandpa's Drag-U-La.  Amazing.  Simply amazing.

Here's the real Drag-U-La show car in front of the Munster Koach in the classic Hot Rod Herman episode for reference.

Striking similarity to the Rigor Motor, eh?

For more LEGO builds please check out The Brothers Brick.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

I Digress A Bit: The Beach Boys SMILE

Every once in a while I digress a bit from toy cars and talk about other interests.  As a long time Beach Boys fan I would be remiss if I didn't blog about their recently released album, SMILE.

If you're not familiar with the history of this infamous never released LP from the late '60s then my ramblings won't mean much.  But if you are aware that SMILE is one of the most talked about albums of all time in spite of the fact that the Beach Boys never released it.  In fact, they never finished it. And there's the rub.

I recently bought the new 2-cd set, The Beach Boys SMILE Sessions, a fantastic mini box set featuring the "album" and many previously unreleased tracks and fragments.  Notice I put "album" in quotes.  The original album was never completed.

The November 2011 release is an attempt to finish the album Brian started.  It would be infinitely more significant if it had been completed in the '60s but not issued.  Then we could attempt to judge it on its own merit and second guess it's impact had it been released back in the day.  As released it is based on the prototype set with Brian's 2004 release Brian Wilson's Smile wherein he attempted to recreate his long lost album with his touring band, The Wondermints.  It was met with critical acclaim.

Also of note is that the outstanding 1991 Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys box set which featured many of the best previously unreleased tracks including Our Prayer, Wonderful, Do You Like Worms? and I Love To Say Da Da.  Had these tracks never appeared the new Smile disc would be more significant.

Another shortcoming is that the original SMILE LP would have been a single disc.  The 2011 release spans one and a half discs on vinyl.  Itself proof that this is not the original SMILE.

From the many song fragments that exist it's easy to see how Brian might have been overwhelmed and lost his way building songs from numerous modular takes.  The songs he did complete such as Good Vibrations and Heroes and Villains are proof enough of his genius.  A number of songs such as the majestic Surf's Up were released in the early '70s on various Beach Boys albums from original Smile-era recordings with new overdubs and mixes.
As it is SMILE is a great album and a must-have for any Beach Boys fan.  Just hearing the songs in a comprehensive order with top-notch mono sound from the original tapes is priceless.

Revel in Smile for what it is rather than what it could have been because we will never know.. 

If you haven't already read the fabulous book, Look!  Listen! Vibrate! SMILE!, you should.  It's primarily media clippings from the period leading up to what would have been Smile's original release.  It reminds us that The Beach Boys were neck-and-neck with The Beatles in terms of popularity and significance in the rock world.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Hot Wheels Bone Shaker

April Fools joke or real deal?

Today Mattel announced Larry Wood's Bone Shaker as the basis for a new men's fragrance!  Cool bottle.  Hope it's true.