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, October 20, 2012

Hot Wheels Altered Ego

Today I found a TH Surf Crate but opened the Altered Ego.

AA Fuel Altered (AA/FA) class of drag racers is the subject here.  Mattel has done numerous dragsters and funny cars over the years including the latest Funny Side Up but this is the first custom fuel altered.

The controversial design element is the front wheel wells left open.  Gives the car a somewhat odd yet unique look.  Cool place for the driver to crawl in and out perhaps.

Altered Ego would be totally awesome if the body flipped open.  I like the positive negative flame graphics and the name, too, especially in the retro font on the front spoiler.

Designed by veteran Hot Wheels designer Larry Wood this 2012 New Model is just the thing to get your drag racing blood pumping.

Check out Awful Awful Fuel Altereds!

Hot Wheels 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Today I Opened a Hot Wheels 2012 Volkswagen Beetle.  That's the new new Beetle.  It's the turbo model by the way.  Nicely done is a black skyroof and black topped spoiler.

Well done are tampos for head and tailights, VW emblem and license plate.  Not so niice are the too small wheels/tiresl.  Lately Hot Wheels has been using oversized tires that ruin the look '71 Trans Am Firebird and '70 Toyota Celica come to mind.  Here we get the opposite effect. 

The roofline is squat compared to the real car.  Overall, instead of a cool hot rodded classic we have a tame rendition of an uber cool auto.

For a bit of fun with the old New Beetle check out this great VW Bug Coupe CD Player.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Hot Wheels Funny Side Up Funny Car

Today I Opened A Hot Wheels Funny Side Up.

Not a fan of plastic bodied diecast but on a funny car it's a natural.  After all, real funny cars have fiberglass bodies.
This flopper's plastic body is easily removable adding another realistic touch.  Place the diecast chassis with plastic engine and roll-cage nearby and you're on a roll.

Another cool aspect is that some of the body is clear plastic: rear window and spoiler, side vents, front grille and windshield.  Yet it appears to be monolithic.  How'd they do that?!!!  Closer inspection reveals what appears to be a two-part process: red plastic injected first then clear.  Nice.

I like the name, too: a nice play on my sunny side up breakfast.