68/365 – ’nuff said.
65/365 – I love how Hot Wheels has all of the cool cars from TV franchises I loved as a kid. This Batmobile is really well done. There are several versions of it, and I hope to get one of the “Retro Entertainment” series ones soon, to go with my Miami Vice and Ferris Bueller cars. They are hard to find in stores though. As with anything known to be highly collectible, they don’t stay on the shelves long. Might be time to get a subscription to the Retro Entertainment series so I can get the cool cars as they come out, instead of trusting luck and the screwy distribution systems of the large retail chains.
64/365 – Seems fitting, since it snowed last night. I love snow machines of all kinds. I have seen snowcat-type thing in the Matchbox line, but not in the Hot Wheels line. Instead they seem to make fantasy style snow machines, like this Snowride. Certainly it looks like a snowmobile, but I don’t know how functional it would be out in the woods. Maybe this is the direction X-Games sleds will go however.
63/365 – I was out doing some shopping the other day and came across this awesome piece – the A-Team Van. Here’s the funny thing though – this was released in 2011. As in over 2 years ago. There have been a number of reports of old cars showing up at Kroger’s around the country. I’ve decided I’ll never understand how logistics works in some of these larger companies. But if it gives me a chance to catch up on old cars I missed, then so be it.
62/365 – The Fig Rig is another dual purpose car in the Hot Wheels lineup. It adds an extra dimension to a kids playtime by letting them attach a Lego Minifig (mini figure) to one of four different mounting points. The engine intake stacks serve as gfootpegs, and there are also footpegs in the back, behind the cab. Or their hands can grip the “wing” on the end of the bed, or the grips on the sides of the cab. It’s a pretty cool feature I had no idea about when I bought this car, but was pleasantly surprised when it was pointed out to me. What other dual-purpose Hot Wheels do you know of?
61/365 – Some Hot Wheels you look at and wonder “what were they thinking?” This is one such car – the Carbonator. Yes, it is shaped like a pop bottle. And yes, it has a cool, Dodge Daytona-style wing on the back. But what you may not know (I didn’t until recently), is that this car serves double duty as a bottle opener. That’s right, you can open beer and old pop bottles with this car. In fact, this one was given to me with a keychain on it, so I could put it on my keychain and always have a bottle opener. I think there is another car that doubles as a whistle, and one I will show you tomorrow that has an added play dimension to it. Now grab a beer and you Carbonator, sit back, and enjoy the rest of your Sunday.
60/365 – This piece is new for 2014, and was released in the “F” case in time for the February 2014 K-Day. That said, it is the hottest car of the year. People are having a heck of a time finding them. I have gotten mine through some online acquisitions, and the 1 I got at K-Day. And of course, my 8yo had to have one. She loves the TV cars (like the Jetson’s capsule) – you’d never know she was just 8. I was surprised that this is being more sought after than the Jetson’s car or the Mystery Machine, but that’s OK – it is a pretty cool casting.
59/365 – I love trucks, always have. And I love racing. That seems well established now. But I can’t figure out the NASCAR truck series. Seems like it should be more popular than it is. Is the caliber of drivers less than that of the Sprint Cup? Is it harder to find on TV? I have to admit, I don’t really watch it, though I would like to see it live. Which makes me wonder, in the grand scheme of things, how successful is this series? At any rate, I do like the Circle Trucker truck, I like how many race car variants Hot Wheels has in the garage. Thanks for joining be for a week of Treasure Hunts, watch for more weekly themes down the road.