1978 ’57 T-Bird

Both of these Hot Wheels ’57 T-Birds are from the first year of its release, 1978. I found the white one on eBay, the yellow one came from The Dealer.

Early versions of this car could be found both with and without the small round porthole window on the side. But after 1982, Hot Wheels settled on the casting without the porthole for its many variations of this long-running model.

IMG_1340 IMG_13411978 | 2013 | ’57 T-Bird | white with red, blue & black trim, round rear side windows | Hong Kong | blackwalls

IMG_7151 IMG_71521978 | 2013 | ’57 T-Bird | yellow with red, blue & black trim, round rear side windows | Hong Kong | blackwalls

Of course, the original Hot Wheels T-Bird is the Classic ’57 from 1969.

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2015 1968 Nova

For 2015, Hot Wheels has tucked a new ’68 Nova variation inside some of their mulipacks. This new version is a really sharp anodized gray model with yellow and black trim. I found mine in a 9-pack at Toys “R” Us, although I have since seen it in a Target 9-pack with a different assortment of cars.

IMG_5616 IMG_5617X6999 | 2015 Hot Wheels Various Multipacks | 1968 Nova | anodized gray with yellow & black trim | chrome & black MC5

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Lesney Matchbox 1966 Dodge Dump Truck

The Dodge Dump Truck was added to the Matchbox line-up in 1966. I bought this one on eBay along with a bunch of loose Hot Wheels from the same seller and added it to my collection of well-loved Lesney-era Matchbox models.

IMG_0562IMG_0563 IMG_0564 1966 | 48 | Dodge Dump Truck | red | black plastic wheels

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2004 Nova 1968 Short Card

Here in the U.S., we don’t see too many short cards. So I thought it would be fun to have an example of the packaging variation for one of my all-time favorite Hot Wheels first castings, the 2004 ’68 Nova. As I understand it, the 4.25″ tall blister card is the Hot Wheels packaging standard in Europe. I found this one on eBay.

The front of the card doesn’t have room for much more than the Hot Wheels logo, so it’s missing the car illustration that we’re used to seeing on our longer cards. This one also has the “Hot 100″ logo in the top left, which does not appear on my U.S. version. The back of the card includes translations in quite a few more languages than the English, Spanish and French that we see in the States.

Below I’ve included photos of the U.S. package for comparison. You can also see the rest of my ’68 Novas here.

IMG_56152004_nova_short_card_back_012004 First Editions #5 | Nova 1968 | metalfake steel blue with white trim | 5SP | short card

IMG_1748 2004_nova_card_back_012004 First Editions #5 | Nova 1968 | metalfake steel blue with white trim | 5SP | U.S. packaging

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2014 Greenlight Hot Pursuit 1967 Chevrolet Wisconsin State Patrol

I was happy to find another variation of the Greenlight ’67 Biscayne at Toys “R” Us the other day. I don’t specifically collect police vehicles, but I feel I can justify adding this to my Impala collection. I previously posted about my Greenlight Impalas, including the Louisiana State Police version from Series 12, with more information about the Chevrolet Biscayne and the nice details of this casting.

IMG_5612IMG_56192014 | Greenlight Collectibles Hot Pursuit Series 14 | 1967 Chevrolet (Biscayne) Police Pursuit | dark blue and white with Wisconsin State Patrol trim

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1980 Greyhound MC-8

The Hot Wheels Greyhound MC-8 was only produced in 3 variations which are different only in their country of origin. The two 1980 releases were made in Hong Kong and Malaysia, the 1983 version is the somewhat more valuable Mexican-made model. Somewhere along the way in my collecting adventures, I picked up one of these that was badly worn and missing most of the tampo. Without the familiar blue and red arrow graphics, it didn’t pack a lot of punch, so I found this one in a little better shape on eBay.

IMG_0567 IMG_05681980 | 1127 | Greyhound MC-8 | white and unpainted with blue and red trim | Hong Kong | blackwalls

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2011 Street Beasts ’68 Chevy Nova

After I recently did a thorough inventory of my Hot Wheels ’68 Novas, I decided to try to fill in some of the holes in my collection. I’ve had some success finding a few of the Novas I was missing on eBay. This satin red model – which was a Walmart exclusive – is one of three color variations of the 2011 Street Beasts ’68 Nova. This is one of the slightly less common alternate tooling, which has a “normal” SS hood in place of the big-block COPO SS hood.

IMG_5614 IMG_5618T9984 | 2011 Street Beasts #02 (Walmart Exclusive) | ’68 Chevy Nova | satin red with white trim | chrome & black MC5 | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)

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Hot Wheels Star Wars Themed Cars

In the summer of 1977, I went to see the movie Star Wars at the Rivoli Theatre in downtown Hastings, Nebraska, where I was visiting my sister. I became a fan right away, and spent some of my precious allowance money on a few of those original action figures. Surprisingly, it was only after Star Wars creator George Lucas sold the franchise to Disney 35 years later that Hot Wheels was able create a partnership with this amazing movie franchise.

I found these Star Wars themed Hot Wheels at a Walmart right before Christmas last year. In this series, existing Hot Wheels castings were given paint schemes and decoration inspired by the movies. There is also a series of character cars that are custom castings, of which Darth Vader and R2-D2 are my favorites. The Death Star Battle Blast Track Set, with its X-Wing fighter inspired car, is another highlight.

As much as I enjoy all of the Star Wars Hot Wheels, I only purchased the original trilogy and admit I bought them mostly for the package art.

IMG_4925 IMG_4922CJY07 | 2015 Hot Wheels – Star Wars Themed Cars | A New Hope – Motoblade | orange & gray with tan plastic, red & black trim | black & silver PR5

IMG_4926 IMG_4923CJY09 | 2015 Hot Wheels – Star Wars Themed Cars | The Empire Strikes Back – Spectyte | white with yellow, red gray & black trim | bronze PR5

IMG_4927IMG_4924CJY11 | 2015 Hot Wheels – Star Wars Themed Cars | Return of the Jedi – Ballistik | gray & black with white, silver & black trim | silver OH5SP

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Hot Wheels 1968 Nova

This page lists all of the Hot Wheels 1968 Novas, with a photo of each one that I have in my collection. The name of each car that I have links to a page with more information and photos. As I acquire the remaining cars in the list, I will add photos and links to this page.

IMG_5616X6999 | 2015 Hot Wheels Various Multipacks | 1968 Nova | anodized gray with yellow & black trim | chrome & black MC5

IMG_1332X8933 | 2013 Retro Entertainment Series Beverly Hills Cop | ’68 Chevy Nova | blue primer with white top | RRSC | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)

IMG_1728_2013X6999 | 2013 Hot Wheels Various Multipacks | 1968 Nova | metalflake green with light green, beige & gray trim | chrome & black MC5 | loose

IMG_0890Y2088 | 2013 Hot Wheels Easter (WalMart Exclusive) 5/8 | ’68 Chevy Nova | black & red with purple gold & beige flames | 5SP

IMG_1737V5576 | 2012 HW Racing #01 | ’68 Nova | black with silver, red & yellow trim | chrome MC5

IMG_1736V5475 | 2012 HW Racing #01 | ’68 Nova | metalflake blue with white, red & yellow trim | red MC5

IMG_1752V0104 | 2011 Racing Kits 2-Pack 3/12 (Street Race) | ’68 Nova | yellow with black, white & gray trim | chrome & black OH5SP | With road, barricade, cone and Nissan Skyline

IMG_1739T9789 | 2011 Street Beasts #02 | ’68 Chevy Nova | satin green with white trim | chrome & black MC5 | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)

IMG_5614T9984 | 2011 Street Beasts #02 (Walmart Exclusive) | ’68 Chevy Nova | satin red with white trim | chrome & black MC5 | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)

IMG_1738V0015 | 2011 Street Beasts #02 | ’68 Chevy Nova | metalflake blue with white trim | chrome & black MC5 | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)

IMG_1742V3691 | 2011 Easter Eggsclusives (WalMart Exclusive) | ’68 Nova | metalflake dark blue & gray with silver & black trim | 5SP

T8309 | 2011 Hot Wheels Garage GM Series 15/22 | ’68 Chevy Nova | red and metalflake gray with red, gray and silver trim | RLRR5SP

IMG_1741R7936 | 2010 Happy Birthday | ’68 Chevy Nova | orange with black & yellow trim | yellow & black OH5SP

IMG_1727(left) 54886 | 2010 Hot Wheels 10-Pk | ’68 Nova | metalflake dark blue with white trim | 5SP | Alternate tool (no hood scoop) | loose
(center) 54886 | 2010 Hot Wheels 10-Pk | ’68 Nova | metalflake gray with gray trim | 5SP | Alternate tool (no hood scoop) | loose
(right) 54886 | 2010 Hot Wheels 10-Pk | ’68 Nova | orange with white trim | 5SP | Alternate tool (no hood scoop) | loose

N4170 | 2009 Hot Wheels Connect Cars #20 Mississippi | ’68 Chevy Nova | red with blue and white trim | 5SP | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)

IMG_1746P2456 | 2009 Faster Than Ever #10 | Chevy Nova | metalflake copper with black trim | FTE

IMG_1747P2456 | 2009 Faster Than Ever #10 | Chevy Nova | metalflake copper with black trim | FTE | snowflake card

IMG_1728_2009P2456 | 2009 Target 10-Pk | Chevy Nova | metalflake copper with black trim | OH5SP | loose

IMG_1744P2456 | 2009 Faster Than Ever #10 | Chevy Nova | black with gold trim | FTE

P2456 | 2009 Faster Than Ever #10 (KMart Exclusive) | Chevy Nova | metalflake blue with white trim | FTE

N4608 | 2008 Hot Wheels Top 40 Set | ’68 Chevy Nova | metalflake silver with gray & black trim | RLBW

IMG_1740M1562 | 2008 Since ’68 Series 13 of 40 | ’68 Nova | pearl yellow with black, gray & red trim | RL

IMG_1743M6894 | 2008 Team: Muscle Mania #4 | ’68 Nova | red with white, yellow & silver trim | black OH5SP

IMG_1753M6894 | 2008 Team: Muscle Mania #4 | ’68 Nova | red with white, yellow & silver trim | black OH5SP | short card

M1810 | 2007 Walgreens 3 Pack Exclusive #4 of 12 | ’68 Nova | spectraflame aqua with black & white trim | RL5SP

L0749 | 2007 Hot Wheels Classics #21 | ’68 Chevy Nova | spectraflame magenta with pink & white trim | RL5SP

IMG_1749L0749 | 2007 Hot Wheels Classics #21 | ’68 Chevy Nova | spectraflame dark orange with black & white trim | RL5SP

IMG_1750L0749 | 2007 Hot Wheels Classics #21 | ’68 Chevy Nova | spectraflame gold with black & white trim | RL5SP

IMG_1751K3385 | 2006 HWC Neo-Classics #3 | 1968 Nova | spectraflame blue w/blue flames | RL

J3424 | 2006 Red Line Series #3 (KMart Exclusive) | 1968 Nova | metalflake green with Red Line Series tampo on sides | RL5SP

IMG_1745J3424 | 2006 Red Line Series #3 | 1968 Nova | metalflake purple with Red Line Series tampo on sides | RL5SP

K3818 | 2006 Nationals | ’68 Nova | silver and black with red and checkerboard trim, convention logo on roof | RLRR

J4237 | 2005 sELECTIONs #4 7950 produced | ’68 Nova | spectraflame steel blue with black trim, RLC logo on sides | GYRR

IMG_1731G6916 | 2005 Robo Revenge 5-Pk | 1968 Nova | metalfake brown with white, orange & black trim | 5SP | loose

G5553 | 2004 Nationals Ticket Car | ’68 Nova | metalfake dark burgundy with black & white trim, convention logo on roof | RR

IMG_1729C2642 | 2004 Hot Wheels Affinity Motor City Muscle (3/4) | ’68 Chevy Nova | metalfake antifreeze green with magenta & white trim | RR5SP | loose

B3532 | 2004 First Editions #5 Zamac Limited Ed. | Nova 1968 | unpainted with white trim | 5SP

IMG_1748B3532 | 2004 First Editions #5 | Nova 1968 | metalfake steel blue with white trim | 5SP | carded

IMG_5615B3532 | 2004 First Editions #5 | Nova 1968 | metalfake steel blue with white trim | 5SP | European short card

IMG_1733B3532 | 2004 First Editions #5 | Nova 1968 | metalfake steel blue with white trim | 5SP | loose

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1986 Fangster and 1988 Sharkruiser

Speaking of ugly Hot Wheels (see previous post), the Speed Demons series came up in an online discussion of the subject. The Speed Demons – hot rods with creature-like characteristics –  were first released in 1986. I have two of them, both from the Collection of Big A. While I admit Fangster is pretty ugly, I’ve become a fan of the Sharkruiser and enjoy seeing it pop up every now and then in a new variation.

This Fangster is from the original release and wears the signature mid-80s Ultra Hot wheels.

IMG_5582 IMG_55831986 | 2059 | Fangster | green | Hong Kong | Ultra Hots

Sharkruiser was a 1987 addition to the Speed Demons series. This variation in blackwalls is actually from a 1988 Color Racer 3-Car Pak. I’m not sure what colors it’s supposed to vary between because it seems to have lost its changeability and has settled into a permanent state of glossy pale yellow.

IMG_5584 IMG_55851988 | 3286 | Sharkruiser from Color Racer 3-Car Pak | pale yellow | Hong Kong | blackwalls

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