Yesterday on an evening outing, I went to a local toy store. You know the kind, the place where they sell vintage toys, generally for an overpriced amount. They were having a buy two, get one free sale on all of their Hot Wheels toys. It was too good to pass up, so I perused their ample collection for about 25 minutes. I came away with 8 new cars that ranged from 1999-2006. It is always fun to find the older stuff that is not available any more, but without having to pay ridiculous prices for shipping on eBay.
As I was putting the cars into my excel database (I know, nerdy right?) I realized that I hit number 400 in my Hot Wheels collection. I am by no means a completist, but there are some well designed cars out there that I just had to have.
Of course I had Hot Wheels growing up, but my renewed love for them came in 2003 when I was babysitting a pair of boys who had a giant collection. One, the 1/4 Mile Coupe (pictured above) really grabbed my interest. At the time I was really into car modeling, and the creative juices really started to flow for designing that car someday. I still want to build it, but I think I need some practice before I delve into something that major.
Over the years I would grab a car here or there, but in 2010, I really went for it, still only collecting the cars that really grabbed my interest. Occasionally I will grab a car that is a Hot Wheels original design, but for the most part I am sticking to the real world vehicles. Classic muscle to the exotics of Italy. I am not picky wether it is a Japanese or rocket or a US beast of a truck, as long as it is aesthetically pleasing or something that really peaks my interest or grabs that part of my childhood.
Fast forward to 2012. A big purchase last weekend at the toy show, and a few more yesterday, put me at 400 Hot Wheels. I was actually surprised to be that high. The car, shown at the top of the post, is one of my favorite all-time vehicles, the Ford GT-40. What is better, is that the model I got was the First Edition in 1999.