I can’t tell you how many times I have stated that collecting is all about the thrill of the hunt, but for one particular collectible that thrill is wearing thin. Hot Wheels cars are the one “collectible” that my kids and I both enjoy — I buy Batmobiles and they choose whatever catches their eye, the crazier the better. For almost five years now, I have been telling them about Treasure Hunt cars — rare cars that look almost identical to the other cars on the pegs except for a few significant little enhancements.
We regularly sift through all the cars on the pegs and the boys love to dive through the large bins at Wal-Mart, but we have never seen a Treasure Hunt. I know they are rare, I know they are supposed to be hard to find — they are the diamonds in the rough — but shouldn’t the law of averages have delivered at least one of these mythical toys after all these years? Hot Wheels bloggers and YouTubers seem to find Treasure Hunts ALL THE TIME. As of now, there are over 14,000 Treasure hunts available on eBay, so how rare can they be?
I know that my kids will lose their minds when/if they ever find one, much like they did when they discovered the recently released Minecraft mine car. The hunt is certainly fun, but my little hunters are starting to doubt that these cars even exist.
For Christmas this year, I’m planning to put a couple of Treasure Hunts into their stockings, which means finally resorting to eBay, but I’m curious if our luck has been really that bad or if others have had success finding them in the wild?