2008 Hot Wheels Collectors Convention Super Van

I’ve had a Hot Wheels Super Van since I was a kid. So when this nice 2008 Convention car showed up as the HWC Thursday Hot Deal back in October, I snatched one up. The Super Van was first released in 1975 but was retooled in 2003 and has also been called the ’70s Van. The Collectors Nationals was held in Chicago in 2008 and this convention car was limited to 10,000 pieces.

img_9199 img_9213L8695 | 2008 8th Annual Hot Wheels Collector’s Nationals Convention | Super Van | 3351/10,000 | white and black with yellow, orange and gray trim | RR5SP with whitelines

A few other Super Van variations in my collection include the 1977 Paramedic, 1979 California Cruisin’, the 2013 Old El Paso, and the 2013 Archie Comics.

Other HW Collectors Club cars I have include the 2006 Neo-Classics 1968 Nova and the 2014 Original 16 Ford J-Car.

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2000 HotWheels.com Gift Pack

I have my wife trained pretty well. She was helping a friend shop for a bed when they stopped at a consignment store. The store was stocked almost entirely with furniture, but they had a few bins of Hot Wheels they had acquired from a collector. My wife spied an Impala in this 5-pack from 2000 and picked it up for me.

img_919725371 | HotWheels.com Gift Pack | 2000 | ’65 Impala | Hot Wheels.com green/white | 3SP | with ’40’s Woodie, T-Bird Stocker, Classic Nomad, ’32 Ford

I like all of the other cars in the pack, so I decided to keep it intact. I already had the blister card version of the ’65 Impala, which is pretty striking in its metalflake green paint and gold chrome plastic base.

img_9196img_921425419 | 2000 | #197 Mattel Wheels | ’65 Impala Hot Wheels.com | metalflake green with white, black, red and yellow trim, gold chrome plastic base

You can see more of my Hot Wheels ’65 Impalas here, here, here and here.

Majorette

Majorette cars were first produced in France in 1964 by the Rail-Route company, which began in 1961 as a manufacturer of model railways. By 1967 the company was known as Majorette and it quickly became France’s largest model car manufacturer by revenue. In 1980, Majorette acquired Solido, the famous manufacturer of collectible models, and Majorette USA was established in 1982. In 1987, production was moved to Thailand and financial troubles in the 1990s caused a series of takeovers and a retreat from the U.S. market. The Majorette brand survives today as part of the Simba-Dickie Toy Group, with production split between China and Thailand.

I only had one Majorette as a kid, the Dodge Camper. But the box of cars I got from RR contained several nice Majorettes, which, like my Dodge Camper, are all the French-made, metal-based models.

Of all the cars from the RR collection, this Citroen Dyane Raid is probably my favorite. I love all of the details and decoration on the car. I also like that it’s still sealed in its original package, though the card and blister are both creased and worn.

img_7955 img_7956Citroen Dyane Raid | white with groovy trim | Series 200 | metal base | made in France | pre 1978 blister card

This nice Citroen Ambulance still has intact plastic flags and the plastic opening rear door.

img_8154 img_8155 img_8156#206 Citroen DS 21 Ambulance | white with red and blue trim | Series 200 | metal base | made in France | 1974-1980

img_8149 img_8150 img_8151#218/210 Peugeot 205 GTI | red with black trim | Series 200 | metal base | made in France | 1985

This Lamborghini Countach from 1983 is still in its blister tray. When I realized the reusable package had been opened, I took the car out and re-photographed it.

img_7948 img_7949img_9418img_9419#237 Lamborghini Countach | black with red and orange trim | Series 200 | metal base | made in France | blister tray | 1983

img_8144 img_8145 img_8146#240 Simca 1308 | royal blue | Series 200 | metal base | made in France |  1977

img_8152 img_8153#264 Renault Alpine A 310 | white with “SOS” trim | Series 200 | metal base | made in France | 1979

2017 HW Flames and 2016 Muscle Mania ’63 Chevy II

A guy down the street from me owns a ’63 Chevy II and I always enjoy seeing and hearing it rumble down the street when he takes it for a spin. Fortunately, Hot Wheels decided to include the ’63 Chevy II in the HW Flames series. I’m not sure my neighbor – whose car is black –  would approve of this pink, yellow and orange paint scheme, but I think it looks pretty sweet. The Super Treasure Hunt version has 5-spoke mags, Real Rider tires and Spectraflame Magenta paint.

img_9194 img_9217DTX85 | 2017 HW Flames 7/10 | ’63 Chevy II | metalflake pink with yellow & orange flames | chrome MC5

I’ve also recently found the metalflake dark red variation of the 2016 Muscle Mania Chevy II, which first appeared in dark blue paint.

img_9195img_9216DHX39 | 2016 Muscle Mania 8/10 | ’63 Chevy II | metalflake dark red with white trim | 5SP

When we were visiting my wife’s family in Canada back in July, I picked up another blue one for the packaging variation. The front of the package has slight differences from the U.S. version and the back has to make room for four different languages. Also, you may notice my wife’s home town of Mississuga, Ontario appears in bold down in the fine print.

img_9181img_9190DHP13 | 2016 Muscle Mania 8/10 | ’63 Chevy II | dark blue with white trim | 5SP | Canadian packaging

This photo compares the U.S. package (top) with the Canadian version (bottom).

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