These WHEELS are HOT!

70s Celica

70s Celica

I have a confession to make. I’ve not played with a Hot Wheels car since I was in the single digit age range. After childhood, I just never went back to them. And, to be perfectly honest, they were never my favorite toys. That slot was reserved for my beloved Transformers.

But I think that’s because my childhood Hot Wheels never looked like THIS!

S2000 in silver

S2000 in silver

Skyline in the Park

Skyline in the Park

Datsun 510 Racer

Datsun 510 Racer

Let’s face it, Hot Wheels of the 80s were never high on details. Heck, they never seemed (to me) to be very realistic at all. I remember when Micro Machines came out. Everyone was amazed at how much detail and realism they threw into such a microscopic package. I always wondered why Hot Wheels never tried to do anything that nice.

Fast forward 30 years and SHAZAM! Detail!!! I mean, seriously. Look at that S2000. That’s insane detail for something that’s still under $1 in most stores. That approaches the more high dollar Japanese diecast cars.

S2000 Sunset

S2000 Sunset

The Suburbs will never be the same.

The Suburbs will never be the same.

Datsun in red.

Datsun in red.

Needless to say, I’m loving me some Hot Wheels lately.

A note about my small collection: nearly all of it came from my buddy Randy who runs MazdaRoadster.net. I found a few extra white RX-7s (they’re somewhat rare) at my local supermarket and asked Randy if he wanted to trade a few cars (knowing that he’s huge into these little things). In exchange for my 3 or 4 RX-7s, I received something like 16 different, awesome cars! I’m still just blown away.

And every now and then an extra car arrives in the mail. I think out of my small collection, I’ve only bought 4 or 5 myself. The rest are from Randy’s Garage.

Did I mention that I love shooting these little things?

Panning Hot Wheels is not the easiest thing ever.

Panning Hot Wheels is not the easiest thing ever.

A red Skyline from the modern era.

A red Skyline from the modern era.

Skyline Sunset

Skyline Sunset

And my favorite car by far, the AE-86 in panda colors!

Waiting to go deliver some tofu!

Waiting to go deliver some tofu!

A billion thanks for the Hot Wheels love, Randy!!! You have re-ignited something in myself. Heck, maybe IGNITED. I was never a huge fan of these little cars. Not until now! Now it’s all I can do to leave Target without a few new cars for the collection.

Yeah, I think there will be a steady stream of Hot Wheels posts in this blog in the future…

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  • Dave says:

    Ok, I’ve been in your neighborhood and some of those shots made me double take. Well done!

    • revlimiter says:

      These things really require some creativity with backgrounds. However, it’s also often a surprise. A bunch of things I thought would be awesome backgrounds were just awful. And others (S2000 sunset) had no background objects at all (so I thought) and came out awesome.

      Yes. I’m loving these tiny cars.

  • Phatmiata says:

    Hey I’m glad you are happy with the cars!! I knew your camera skills would do them justice! You can thank me now, but I’m sure later on you will curse me for getting you addicted to this little cars, hahhahaha

  • 94R says:

    I have that red datsun! My son (6 yrs. old) and i are starting a collection.

    • revlimiter says:

      I highly recommend the AE-86. And any of the S2000s (I saw a red one today that I managed to not come home with). And the Mad Manga (not yet pictured). And the RX-7s. And… well… all of them.

  • OnePaintedMan says:

    I had starting collecting toy cars for my two young sons – it can very quickly become an obsession!

    That is a fantastic collection you have starting there Adam – great photo skills too!

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