“I do not collect Hot Wheels, I do not collect Hot Wheels…” I find myself saying that to myself an awful lot lately. The problem is that every time I go to the store, these shiny little bits of awesomeness are calling to me from the pegs.
There is simply no better value on the toy store shelves than Hot wheels cars. You can keep your kids quiet and well-behaved for the entire shopping trip with a few simple words–“If you’re good, you can get ONE Hot Wheels car.” For just $0.99 you can buy a peaceful, trip to Target–now, THAT is a bargain.
This past weekend, I took the kids to the Greenberg Toy and Train show, which was 99.8% trains, but there was one guy there with several tables full of Hot Wheels cars, including several bins of brand “new” cars for a dollar. I told my kids to find the silliest cars they could, and they succeeded…
What could be better than a shopping cart with a giant motor and exhaust pipes?
I was never really into Hot Wheels as a kid, but something about them is just so appealing to me now, and I hate to say it, but I think it boils down to the price point. You simply can not buy another toy with as much personality and playability for a dollar.
I’ve been slowly gathering pop culture-centric cars (FINE I DO COLLECT THEM!), such as this ECTO-1 from Ghostbusters. I’ve been on the lookout for KITT, the BTTF Delorean, and now there’s a Mystery Machine out there. So, if you have any extras, give me a shout.
It really is impressive how much detail they can pack into these tiny cars. This one is called Boneshaker and has a cool skull on the front grill.
I honestly don’t know what the “normal” Hot Wheels collector goes for, but I love the vintage hot rods and muscle cars–the crazier the better!
If I’m not careful, I might end up like Crazy Jack, so I’ll just keep saying it: “I do not collect Hot Wheels…”