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