Flying Moose Hot Wheels Finds

Back in June, I found a vendor at the Flying Moose Antique Mall who was having a 20% off sale. I flipped through a bunch of $5 bags of loose cars and picked out two bags – one full of Hot Wheels and the other full of Matchbox – that looked interesting. A casting like the Hot Bird is usually a pretty safe buy. I thought I had this one already, but the red interior makes it a little later variation (1990) than the tan interior version from 1982 that’s already in my collection. Both are black with gold Hot Ones wheels.

1990 Hot Wheels Collector | Hot Bird | black with yellow and red trim, red interior | MY | gho

I was glad to see this Classic Cobra still had an intact windshield, even after having been tossed into a bag with four other cars. This black model from the 1989 Park ‘n Plates series makes a nice companion to the red version from 1986 that I recently found on eBay.

1989 Hot Wheels | Park ‘n Plates | Classic Cobra | black with orange, red and yellow trim, red interior | MY | BW

The other three cars in the bag were not anything I wanted to add to my collection. I’ll show the Matchbox cars in another post.

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1992 Hot Wheels Classic Collection 5-Pack

This 1992 Hot Wheels Classic Collection 5-Pack is the last of four 90’s multipacks that I found at the Wichita Community Market. I recently bought an identical ’65 Mustang Convertible and Classic Cobra from the same seller on eBay, which leads me to believe those might originally have been from this same 5-pack. Still, I’m happy to have all of these cars in mint condition (even if the package is a little less so.)

1992 Hot Wheels | 1629 | Classic Collection Five Pack

The ’65 Mustang Convertible was first released in 1984. Here’s a link to my eBay ’65 Mustang, which includes more information about this popular casting.
’65 Mustang Covertible | dark red with yellow trim, tan interior | MY | WW

This is the first Mercedes 540K that I’ve added to my collection. The casting first appeared in 1982 and has seen about 22 variations up until it was included in the 1999 Final Run series. This blue with red glitter version was also used in the 1995 Hot Wheels series.

Mercedes 540K | blue with red glitter, lt blue roof | MY | BW

The Hot Wheels ’57 Chevy goes all the way back to 1977 and has come out in dozens of variations since then. I also have a similar model from 1984 – the first of the exposed engine versions – with the same paint and tampo as this one, but with gold Hot Ones wheels. This Ultra Hot version could also be found in the 1991 mainlines.
’57 Chevy (exposed engine) | yellow with white and red flames | MY | UH

I already have the first casting of the ’35 Classic Caddy from 1982. It has since appeared more than two dozen times up until 2012. This metalflake dark blue and dark purple version with white walls was also found in the 1989 Mainline Classics series.

’35 Classic Caddy | metalflake dark blue with dark purple fenders, tan interior | MY | WW

The Classic Cobra was first released in 1983. Here’s a link to my eBay Classic Cobra, which includes more information about the casting.
Classic Cobra | red with yellow, black and white trim, black interior | BW

1994 Hot Wheels Racing Team 5-Pack

This Hot Wheels Racing Team gift pack from 1994 is the third of four multipacks that I picked up recently at the Wichita Community Market. The Hot Wheels wiki shows a Release 1 and Release 2 of this five-pack, however, mine seems to be a different mix of the cars from both.

1994 Hot Wheels | 1631 | Racing Team Five Pack

This 80s Camaro with a giant wing on the back began as Flipper Snapper for the 1985 Hot Wheels Flip Outs series. For the 1986 Flip Outs, it was renamed Road Flipper. In 1990 it lost its flipability and briefly became Firebird before the name changed for the last time to Camaro Wind. I have the original Flipper Snapper, but I haven’t photographed it yet.

Camaro Wind | chrome with yellow, red and purple triim | MY | BW

Sol-Aire CX-4 was designed by Larry Wood – an amalgam of various GT racers – and first released in the 1984 Ultra Hots series. After about 9 variations, the model was retooled in 1989 to have an open wing and the retool has seen about 3 dozen more versions. This colorful variation matches one of three from the 1992 mainlines.

Sol-Aire CX-4 | light blue with magenta, orange, pink trim, black plastic base, smoke tinted windows | MY | UH

Speaking of colorful, the glitter paint on this Chevy Stocker might be one of the more obnoxious paint schemes I’ve seen on a Hot Wheel. Another Larry Wood design first released in 1989, the Chevy Stocker is based on the 1986 Monte Carlo Aerocoupe and has about 30 variations up until 2010. This sparkly model matches one of two variations from the 1992 mainlines.
Chevy Stocker | orange with gold metalflakes | MY | BW

Turbo Streak debuted in 1983 and has seen about 30 variation up to 1997. I have one of several variations from that first year.
Turbo Streak | Day-Glo yellow with red, yellow Hot Wheels logo | MY | BW

Shadow Jet was first cast in 1988 and has come out in about 20 different variations up until 2008. I have the yellow version from 1988 (which I haven’t yet photographed) as well as a purple variation from 1991 and another green version from the Case of the Sad Dad.
Shadow Jet | green with yellow and blue trim | MY | BW

1992 Hot Wheels Emergency Squad 5-Pack

This 1992 Hot Wheels Emergency Squad gift pack is the second of four five-packs I picked up at the Wichita Community Market. It’s a little different configuration than what’s shown on the Hot Wheels Wiki, which lists a Ramp Truck instead of the Police Chopper included here.

1992 | 3870 | Emergency Squad 5-Pack

Propper Chopper first came out in 1990 wearing “Newschopper” livery and has since been seen in more than 30 variations. This Police version in my five-pack appears to be identical to the mainline release from 1992.

Propper Chopper | white with red, black, yellow Police trim | MY

I already have a few variations of Sheriff Patrol, which was first cast in 1978 as Highway Patrol. This black and white Police version matches the mainline release from 1990.
Sheriff Patrol | black with blue, white and yellow Police trim | MY | BW

This is the first Hot Wheels Ambulance I’ve added to my collection. It was first cast in 1989 with this same paint and tampo. It has come out in about two dozen variations up until the Final Run series of 2003.
Ambulance | white with red, blue American Ambulance trim | MY | BW

In the past couple of years, I’ve had good luck finding mint condition blackwall Fire Eaters. The popular model was first cast in 1977 wearing redlines. This red version with the blue insert has no holes in the base, which makes it different than the other mint red model I have.

Fire Eater | red with black and yellow trim, blue plastic insert | MY | BW

This casting, first released in 1983 as Beach Patrol and appearing in about two dozen variations, is also new to my collection. Based on a first-generation Chevy S-10/GMC S-15, this model looks great in the striking red, yellow, black and white tampo with construction tires – identical to the 1991 mainline release.
Surf Patrol | yellow with red, white, black Rescue trim, red plastic interior/light bar | MY | CT

1994 Hot Wheels Blimp & Support Team 5-Pack

I don’t really seek out packaged Hot Wheels blackwalls – most of my pre-2000 collection is made up of loose cars – but when I recently came across a bunch of 90s Hot Wheels 5-packs at the Wichita Community Market,* I realized it was a great way to add a bunch of mint condition blackwalls to my collection. The Peterbilt Tank Truck in this Blimp & Support Team 5-Pack from 1994 was what initially caught my eye, but all five models make for a whole bunch of fun.

Hot Wheels 1994 | 11364 | Blimp & Support Team 5-Pack

Flame Stopper was first released in 1988 and has seen about 15 variations up until 2010. The yellow construction tires differentiate this 5-pack model from the 1988 first casting.

Flame Stopper | red with yellow and white trim, yellow plastic water cannon | MY | CT

The Hot Wheels Goodyear Blimp first appeared in 1991 and has since become a flying billboard for such brands as Fuji Film, Tide, Citgo, Dewalt and more.

Blimp | white gondola with gray fuselage, blue and yellow Goodyear logo | MY

The Peterbilt Tank Truck debuted in the 1981 Hot Wheels Workhorses series. I recently found a nice Hot Wheels Railroad version from 1986. Notice that the helium tanker in this 5-pack has a gray plastic tank, rather than the metal tank of the earlier versions.

Peterbilt Tank Truck | green with gray plastic tank, lt. green, white, black and blue trim | MY | BW

Rescue Ranger began in 1975 as one of my childhood Hot Wheels, the Emergency Squad, before having its name changed in 1986. This Airship Support Team version can be found with either white, red or black tampo for the words “Oxygen” and “First Aid.”

Rescue Ranger | yellow with black and blue trim, red plastic insert | MY | BW

This Airship Tug version of Rig Wrecker is one of three variations wearing blackwalls, including the first release from 1983. Rig Wrecker was included in the 2003 Final Run Series after a good run that includes more than two dozen variations.

Rig Wrecker | white with red, blue, black trim, gray plastic boom | MY | BW

*The Wichita Community Market is where many of the vendors of the now defunct Village Flea Market have resettled, only about a mile down the street. In fact, I’ve bought from this same vendor at the previous location.

1979 Hot Wheels S.W.A.T. Van and other Estate Sale Finds

I’m a big fan of the Hot Wheels Scene Machines, so when I found this S.W.A.T. Van at an estate sale recently, I took it home with me even though I already have one. And since it was half-price day, I took home a few other interesting models as well. The 1979 S.W.A.T. Van is based on the Letter Getter from 1977, but like all Scene Machines, it has a lens embedded in the back so you can peer inside to see what’s happening in the interior.

Hot Wheels | 1979 | 2854 | S.W.A.T. Van (Scene Machines) | dark enamel blue with white & orange trim | HK | bs

This Scene Machine has a lot of dust inside, so the image isn’t particularly clear, but I’m including a photo here of the scene inside of my other S.W.A.T. Van.

Continuing my recent trend of finding open-wheel race cars, I nabbed this 1993 version of  Thunderstreak. It’s from the short-lived Hot Wheels Pro Circuit series, a collection of cars that came with special wheels and a collector card in an oversized blister pack. I might have to attempt some repairs to the bent front wing and axles, but the Al Unser Jr. Valvoline livery takes me back to my days of watching Indy car races at Phoenix International Raceway in the late 1980s.

Hot Wheels | 1993 | 2690 | Pro Circuit Series | Indy (Thunderstreak) | blue, white and red with Valvoline Al Unser Jr trim | China | PC6 chrome

This last Hot Wheels model is the second well-worn 1968 Custom Fleetside I’ve added to my collection. Both are missing the plastic bed cover, but this one is even more beat-up and is also missing a rear wheel. Still, who can resist one of the original 16 – especially the Fleetside, which was the first casting designed by Harry Bradley, who based the model on his own daily driver?

Hot Wheels | 1968 | 6213 | Custom Fleetside | Spectraflame purple, missing box cover, missing wheel | HK | rl

Yet another open-wheel racer, this one a Matchbox Formula 1 Racer. First released in 1984, this popular model has been issued in about 35 different variations

Matchbox | 1984 | #16 F1 Racer | dark blue with white and red Bosch STP 20, red driver, chrome lettering on wheels | Macau

The lady who was taking money at the sale must have been a Benz fan, as she had this Matchbox Mercedes Benz 300E on her table and told me it was the “best one” of the bunch. The casting debuted in 1987 and features opening front doors.

Matchbox | 1987 | #58 | Mercedes Benz 300E | metallic light blue, dark blue interior, opening doors | 8-dot rims | made in Macau

 

1989 and 1994 Hot Wheels Thunderstreak

Since I picked up the Malibu Gran Prix on eBay recently, I’ve been finding open-wheel race cars left and right. These two blackwall Hot Wheels Thunderstreak variations are from a different lot of three cars that I nabbed on eBay.

This casting began as Formula Fever in 1983, then was renamed Thunderstreak for the 1985 Real Riders series. The original tool had a fairly small wing which was part of the car’s metal base. This blue and yellow Kraco version from 1989 could be found both with and without STP on the sides. Though the metal base is pretty tarnished, this model is in otherwise fairly good shape.

Hot Wheels | 1989 | 3915 | Thunderstreak | blue and yellow with Kraco blue, yellow, white and red trim, “STP” | MY | BW

In 1992, Thunderstreak was retooled for the Pro Circuit series, now sporting a larger tail wing which is attached to the upper body of the car rather than the base. The Aquafresh promo from 1994 could be found with either “WaterPik” or “Aquafresh” on the tail.

Hot Wheels | 1994 | 9545 | Thunderstreak | turquoise with red, white and blue Aquafresh trim, “Aquafresh” on tail wing | MY | BW