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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2018 Hot Wheels Stars & Stripes ’66 Chevy Nova

I’ve enjoyed seeing all of the different Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary series in the stores this year. But after finding the ’66 Nova from the Stars & Stripes series, I’m having mixed feelings about it. I’m trying to be selective about what I add to my collection these days, so I chose to only buy the Nova, rather than buy and display the entire series so that I could spell out “HOT WHEELS”. As much as I like the weathered Americana packaging, I’m not sure how I feel about having a car with a giant “T” on the package, which looks pretty random when you see it on its own. Still the car itself is a beautiful metalflake blue with a flashy stars and stripes motif, and it will be a nice addition to my collection of many ’66 Novas.

FKV84 | 2018 Stars & Stripes 50th Anniv. | ’66 Chevy Nova | metalflake blue with red, white and gold trim, stamped ’68 Nova on base | PR5

It’s interesting that the base of this model is mistakenly stamped “’68 Nova”, just like the multipack exclusive I picked up earlier this year.

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.

2018 Gift-Pack Exclusive ’66 Chevy Novas

Back in March at WalMart, I found the first of these two Hot Wheels 9-Packs, which contain exclusive variations of the ’66 Chevy Nova. When I took the gray Nova out of the package, I realized it was mistakenly stamped “’68 Nova” on the bottom. I looked online at several sources trying to find more info, but have yet to find it listed on any of the usual sites. Meanwhile, I noticed that a white variation was showing up on eBay and I quickly found that 9-pack at WalMart more recently. (The white model is correctly stamped “’66 Nova” on the bottom.)

2018 Hot Wheels Gift-Pack Exclusive | ’66 Chevy Nova | metallic gray with red and black flames, stamped ’68 Nova on bottom | PR5

2018 Hot Wheels Gift-Pack Exclusive | ’66 Chevy Nova | white with orange and black flames, | black PR5 with gold rims

Click this trail to see a few more of my Hot Wheels ’66 Novas.

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