The Hot Wheels Garage: 11 October 2011

October 11, 2011 --Well, the 2012 Hot Wheels year is shaping up to be an expensive one for collectors! We've got the new $uper Treasure Hunts hidden in the Mainline cars, with no markings on the blister to look for. And now, sneak peeks of the '12 line were presented at the 25th Collectors Convention in Los Angeles, and I've got to say...I'm completely impressed, and looking forward to dumping my hard-earned money into toys... ;p

Two very popular 2011 lines were continued into 2012: The Hot Ones and Nostalgia series. True to form, both series look like they've gotten even hotter for the upcoming year! The blister card art on the Nostalgia series looks AMAZING, and it adds so much to the appeal of the car itself. I believe Mattel hit a home run with this series, simply because of the brands that are being featured. The 4 planned for 2012 are going to be incredible. But, without further ado, here are your (non-Mainline) Collector Lines for 2012:

The Hot Ones
  • 50 Cars from the 80's. Status of 2012 chase pieces unknown, as of yet.

    Boulevard Series
  • Celebration of the good, the bad and the ugly of automotive history
  • 6 Segments: Show Rods, Concept Cars, Legends, Big Hitters, Underdogs & Ahead of Their Time
  • 70 Cars, total

    Racing Assortment
  • Honors various styles of racing
  • 2 Segments: NHRA and Racing Muscle
  • 48 cars, total

  • Merges Hot Wheels with other affinity brands
  • 4 Segments: Hannah-Barbera, Coke, Saturday Evening Post & Pin-Up Nose Art
  • 48 cars, total

    Batman (1:50)
  • Celebrates the history of the Batman franchise
  • Will feature the new vehicle from "The Dark Knight Rises"
  • 13 models, total

    Tour Haulers
  • Iconic cover art from the world's most influential bands
  • Will feature artists such as Kiss, Ozzy, The Who, AC/DC, Joan Jett & more
  • 12 Haulers, total

    The Hot Ones line was a very reasonably-priced series, so I'm glad this one was continued. I know the Nostalgia line is fairly pricey at $4.47+ each, but consider the fact that you're getting an amazing display piece that's comprised of all-metal and Real Riders, plus the cover art. My only problem is running out of wall space, because I like the blister art and don't overlap them!

    I'm completely stoked about the Tour Haulers! Being the Rock 'n Roll nut that I am, I could conceivably be tempted to buy each of them, depending on the artist! An inherent problem, though...will this line be widely distributed? The cost could likely be around $14-15 for each hauler, which may turn some folks off, as it exceeds their reasonable range of spending for toy cars. I mean, that's 14 individual Hot Wheels you could buy! ;) I'm truly hoping that I don't have to hit eBay for these, but I suspect that may be the case, due to availability issues. Hopefully, I'm wrong!

    The Nostalgia Hannah-Barbera segment looks to be a good one, with the following cartoons signed on: The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Yogi Bear, Hong Kong Phooey and Tom & Jerry. Not sure about the others. The blister card art looks amazing, though. The Coca Cola segment is a sure-fire thing. Most of you are familiar with the Coke advertising; it's some of the best in the world, and their Christmas stuff ranks very high up the list. The Saturday Evening Post, if you're familiar, features some very iconic American art. This should translate very well into the series. And lastly, the Pin-up nose art, which will feature pin-up girls from the World Wars and deco from vintage warplanes. I'm going to be hard-pressed to leave ANY of these segments off my list, when the time comes!

    In closing, I'd definitely say that collectors have an exciting year coming up. Mattel has listened, and stayed with what was hot in 2011. More sales for them, and more stuff for us to chase! Have fun. Until next time...

    Neal Giordano Founder/Editor

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