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