Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Hot Wheels 101: How to start- Part 2

How to start?
There isn’t specific rule you need to follow, just pick up those love. Most collectors started from mainline models from the real life replicas.

Asia collectors have preference on models from Japanese cars’ makers, for instance Honda, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Datsun. But there are collectors only collecting American classics, muscle, Porsche, Ferrari, Mini or Volkswagen, It’s just about your flavor and taste.

Pursuing Segment Series, Casting and Variation
Work up the collections you have, Hot Wheels series have 4 cars in 2008 increased to 10 in 2009 line-up, complete the series will be the joy and achievement you are looking for.

Every casting is elite, if your preferred casting is Mini Cooper, this will take you awhile to complete. Total variations for this casting are not less than 22 models since it introduced in year 2000.

Alternative, you can choose a newer casting such as 2008 Lancer Evolution with only 3 variations in red, grey and blue plus additional 2 colours in Color Shifters.

Treasure Hunt
Treasure Hunt is the series identified by the green label on its right; it is always in the top wanted list. It introduced in 1995, consists of 12 cars every year, one released per month. Initially the production run was 10,000 pieces worldwide, that number has been increased since the rising popularity as a collector's item.

In 2007, Mattel introduced a two-tiered Treasure Hunt system. A regular Treasure Hunt will feature normal enamel paint and normal wheels like other Hot Wheels cars. The super Treasure Hunt features premium wheels (rubber wheels), and Spectraflame paint.

All 12 Treasure Hunt cars are released in both regular and super versions, but the super version are much rarer.

Referring to the mistake done in the production line, the car was slip through the QC cycles and packed in the blister. You are real lucky to see any of this hanging on the display rack.

Error could be in car or the card, error cars usually with wrong wheels, no tampo, no windows or etc. Error cards with car either up side down, wrong side or wrong car in card. Error Hot Wheels can fetch quite a good value due to its rareness.

Related Posts
Hot Wheels 101: My Hobby, My Hot Wheels - Part 1
Hot Wheels 101: How to start- Part 2
Hot Wheels 101: Join Hot Wheels Club - Part 3
Hot Wheels 101: Investment - Part 4
Hot Wheels 101: Hot Wheels terminology - Part 5

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