1998 Hot Wheels 30th Anniversary Mutt Mobile and Side Kick

I recently added two more models to my collection of Hot Wheels 30th Anniversary reproductions from 1998. This cool series replicates one casting and the original packaging from each of the first 30 years of Hot Wheels. With these two, I now have 11 of the 30 different castings.

This 1971 Mutt Mobile came to me from my friend, Chris, who moved to St. Louis awhile back and keeps an eye out for fun finds for me. As you can see from the photos, in 1998 they had some trouble trying to replicate Spectraflame paint, as many of these models have some serious paint flecking even while they’re still in the package.

Mutt Mobile was originally designed by Larry Wood and the 1971 first release has an opening rear door with two plastic dogs inside. In 1973, the casting was re-released as Odd Job in enamel and flourescent colors (minus the dogs). Mutt Mobile was retooled in 1994 for the Vintage II Series, was gold-plated for FAO Schwartz in 1995, and appeared in the Target Retro Wheels set in 1996. It made its most recent appearance in 2002 in the HWC.com Series 1.

Hot Wheels | 18860 | 1998 30th Anniversary | Mutt Mobile (1971) | blue | redlines

I found this 1972 Side Kick at the Flying Moose. Side Kick is another Larry Wood design, this one featuring a right-side driver’s door that slides out when the rear exhaust pipes are pulled out. The original Side Kick was produced in Spectaflame aqua and light green, and wasn’t seen again until this 30th anniversary issue. Since then, it has seen about 8 variations up until 2011.

For some reason, the metallic purple paint on this one is holding up pretty well, though the unpainted metal base and engine are a little oxidized.

Hot Wheels | 18861 | 1998 30th Anniversary | Side Kick (1972) | purple | redlines

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1998 Hot Wheels 30th Anniversary Auction Finds

In addition to the 1998 Hot Wheels 30th Anniversary cars that I found at a resale shop in July, I also scored a bunch more at the recent die cast auction I attended.

The selection included the VW Drag Bus, and I was quickly outbid by someone who obviously wanted that relatively valuable model. Fortunately, the bidder left the rest of the items on the table, so I was able to bid again and pick up one of each.

The car that I really wanted was the replica of the 1976 Corvette Stingray, the first ever release of this popular model. I still have the original Stingray that I’ve had since I was a child, wearing the identical red enamel paint, blue, yellow and white tampo, and redline tires. As you can imagine, my childhood Stingray is a little play-worn, so it’s nice to be able to see what it would have looked like before it was even out of the blister.

IMG_6272IMG_628218865 | 1998 30th Anniversary | Corvette Stingray (1976) | red | redlines

The original lead-based Spectraflame paint colors were discontinued in 1973 due to new safety standards for toys. When Hot Wheels tried to recreate the look of Spectraflame in this series 30 years later, it seem their paint formula was a bit sub-par. As you can see, the 1968 Deora and 1969 Ford Vicky are suffering a serious case of flecking paint.

IMG_6276IMG_627918857 | 1998 30th Anniversary | Deora (1968) | green | redlines

IMG_6277IMG_627818858 | 1998 30th Anniversary | Ford Vicky (1969) | red | redlines

The ’40’s Woodie made its debut in 1980 as one of the Hi-Rakers – cars with  adjustable-height rear wheels. I also have a yellow version which is not a Hi-Raker.

IMG_6271IMG_628318869 | 1998 30th Anniversary | ’40’s Woodie (1980) | orange | blackwalls

The 3-wheeled XT-3 is a replica of the first-release from 1985.

IMG_6273IMG_628118874 | 1998 30th Anniversary | XT-3 (1985) | black | blackwalls

Path Beater was actually released first in 1983 as Beach Patrol, but this replica of the 1986 model wears the white-hub Real Rider tires which added a more realistic flair to this casting.

IMG_6274IMG_628018875 | 1998 30th Anniversary | Path Beater (1986) | black | GYW