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Hot Wheels 2019 Master Set – Hot Wheels TV

Hot Wheels 2019 Master Set – Hot Wheels TV

With so many collectors spending time at home right now its a great opportunity to check out some of the interesting diecast content available on YouTube. Our resident Hot Wheels expert and historian Mike Zarnock has a YouTube channel called Hot Wheels TV which is full of great insights on the most famous name in […]
50th Anniversary Favorites – Hot Wheels TV with Mike Zarnock

50th Anniversary Favorites – Hot Wheels TV with Mike Zarnock

Die Cast X’s resident Hot Wheels Guru Mike Zarnock showcases a new series called 50th Anniversary Favorites in the upcoming issue (on sale September 25) but he previews the first wave of this cool new line in his latest episode of Hot Wheels TV. Check it out and get the inside scoop on the first […]

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Hot Wheels Flashback  – Celebrating Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary with Black & Gold

Hot Wheels Flashback – Celebrating Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary with Black & Gold

By Mike Zarnock For the celebration of Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary in 2018, Mattel is pulling out all the stops! There will be a retro series of cars, new cars with 50th Anniversary logos, special cars within the mainline series, and exclusive cars for specific stores and hobby dealers. One of the most anticipated 50th […]
Hot Wheels Highway – 2017 Factory-Sealed Master Set

Hot Wheels Highway – 2017 Factory-Sealed Master Set

For the past 10 years or so, during the month of December, through its hotwheelscollectors.com website, Mattel has been offering a complete Master Set of all its mainline Hot Wheels cars to the public for $549.99 plus shipping. They are offered in limited quantities; in past years, the quantity has been 500, then 700. For […]

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The Strong and Toy Industry Association Form Hall of Fame Partnership

The Strong and Toy Industry Association Form Hall of Fame Partnership

The Strong and Toy Industry Association Form Hall of Fame Partnership The Strong and the Toy Industry Association (TIA) have entered a partnership to house TIA’s Toy Industry Hall of Fame alongside The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, N.Y. The two halls of fame—one recognizing classic toys and the other recognizing the […]
Toy State and Mattel Partner for Hot Wheels Brand

Toy State and Mattel Partner for Hot Wheels Brand

Toy State and Mattel Partner for Hot Wheels Brand Mattel’s Hot Wheels has entered a new licensing partnership with Toy State, a manufacturer of licensed and highly stylized lights and sound toy vehicles. The agreement kicks off this year and runs through 2016. Toy State will develop high-octane custom versions of Hot Wheels’ R/C and […]

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Elwoods Garage Visit!

Elwoods Garage Visit!

I’m really looking forward to sharing our visit to Elwoods Garage (aka Larry Wood) in the pages of the next issue of Die Cast X Magazine and with the video that we shot here on the DCX Website!. It was an amazing visit and the things that we got to see and photograph were just […]
2012 Thrill Racers Mega-Duty Color Variation

2012 Thrill Racers Mega-Duty Color Variation

2012 Thrill Racers Mega-Duty. I found it with a tan or pink (Barbie Flesh) plastic body! I don’t know which is the rare one yet since this is the first that I have seen of them. (addendum 6/7/12) I have come across a few more of these and have found (in my area) that the […]

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`47 Chevy Fleetline Taxi 2012

`47 Chevy Fleetline Taxi 2012

While putting things in order here in the office, I noticed a difference in the `47 Chevy Fleetline Taxi from the “WH City Works 12” series. The first one that I got at the Kmart Event is light pearl yellow metallic. The ones that I got a few days ago at Wal*Mart are yellow enamel. […]
2012 Ford GTX1 Variations

2012 Ford GTX1 Variations

Look closely to the 2012 Faster Than Ever Ford GTX1. There is a base Variation along with a side stripe Variation. One base has a large Hot Wheels Logo in the center and the other has it smaller with “© 2006 Mattel” The one with the larger logo has a light brown side stripe and […]
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