When it comes to early- to mid-1990s Hot Wheels 5-Packs, the cars included were often identical to variations released individually a year or two previously. So it’s hard to be sure, but I suspect these four Hot Wheels – which came to me loose in the JG Collection – came out of the 1992 Construction Crew 5-Pack.
The CAT Road Roller made its debut in the 1987 Workhorses series. That first release had black and white Caterpillar tampos on the sides and also could be found with either 3 or 5 bars cast into the safety rail. This Malaysia-cast model with no tampos and a single bar on the safety rail was found individually in the 1989 Workhorses series, in 1990 and 1992 as Collector #55, as well as in the 1992 Construction Crew 5-Pack.
Hot Wheels | 1992 Construction Crew 5-Pack | 3871 | CAT Road Roller | yellow, no tampo, black plastic base | MY | black rollers
The CAT Wheel Loader was first released in the 1980 Workhorses series, cast in Hong Kong and with CAT tampos. The Malaysia-cast, no tampo version you see here was found individually in the 1982 Workhorses, in 1989, 1990 and 1991 as Collector #3, as well as in the 1992 Construction Crew 5-Pack.
Hot Wheels | 1992 Construction Crew 5-Pack | 1173 | CAT Wheel Loader | yellow, no tampo, yellow plastic base | MY | yellow ct
The CAT Dump Truck is also a 1980 Workhorses first-release. It was cast in Hong Kong, and had a metal dump bed, with either tampos or a raised “C777” cast into the sides. My Malaysia-cast model with smooth sides, no tampo and a plastic dumper was found individually in 1992 as Collector #38 or in the 1992 Construction Crew 5-Pack.
Hot Wheels | 1992 Construction Crew 5-Pack | 1171 | CAT Dump Truck | yellow with smooth sides, plastic dumper | MY | yellow ct
The Ford Stake Bed Truck was first released in the 1983 Extras Series. In this case, this Malaysia-cast red with yellow and white tampo version was released in the 1992 Construction Crew 5-Pack the year before it came out as the 1993 Collector #237. (Although I’ve seen photos online that show the Construction Crew 5-Pack with a blue cab Ford Stake Bed Truck).
I also have the metallic dark red 1986 Ford Stake Bed Truck which you can see by clicking here.
Hot Wheels | 1992 Construction Crew 5-Pack | 4018 | Ford Stake Bed Truck | red with yellow, red and white trim and yellow bed | MY | bw
The casting I’m missing to make the Construction Crew 5-Pack complete would be the Oshkosh Cement Mixer in white with blue fenders and a red mixer, also the first-release from 1992. I guess I’ll be on the lookout for one of those.