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  1. By Gary Barnum NOTE: Our usual specially packed cases with exclusive variations have been unavoidably delayed and are not currently available in most stores, but they will be available at a later date. We'll be sure to let you know when to start looking for them, but keep in mind that the promotion will remain open until May 30, 2020! Not only are our HW Collector Editions valuable additions to your own Hot Wheels garage, but they’re also fun and easy to get. The first mail-in promotion of 2020 is this ’69 Nissan Skyline Van! Get your 20 qualifying Hot Wheels cars at Dollar General stores from 3/15/20 to 5/30/20. Specs: Body Color: Spectraflame purple Deco: Red and white striping; Hot Wheels logo on sides; “1” on hood and sides Body type: ZAMAC Wheels: Real Riders classic 4-spoke wheels w/ red stripe tampo Base: ZAMAC-plated Window Color: Light smoke-tinted Interior Color: Black Want to get off to a valuable start for your 20 cars? Make sure you visit your local Dollar General stores for the Dollar General Exclusive mix! Available only in stores (find a store near you here), the mix will feature the following Dollar General Exclusive variations and first-to-market releases: Dollar General Exclusive variations: ’49 Volkswagen Beetle Pickup – Rod Squad (Metalflake satin gray) ’65 Mustang 2+2 Fastback – HW Speed Graphics (White) ’18 COPO Camaro® SS™ – HW Dream Garage (Candy red) Deora III – HW Metro (Turquoise) First-To-Market: Honda S2000 – Honda (Light yellow) Jaguar XJ220 – HW Exotics (Metalflake polo) Twin Mill Gen-E – HW Dream Garage (Anodized apple red) To get your Collector Edition ’69 Nissan Skyline Van, just follow these instructions (but please read the Official Rules for full details): Buy 20 selected 1:64 scale Hot Wheels Mainline (basic) cars at participating Dollar General locations from 3/15/20 to 5/30/20. Cars must be from the assortment numbers listed on the OFFICIAL RULES. Mail the original cash register receipt(s), 20 blister cards (the entire cardboard piece, but not the car or plastic window) for each vehicle you order (limit of ten vehicles per household), and the completed order form (fill out the form and print it), along with $4.99 US shipping and processing for each vehicle you order – check or money order only (unless you pay online via credit card) – made payable to MATTEL to: ’69 Nissan Skyline Van P.O. Box 1229 East Aurora, NY 14052 PLEASE NOTE: All requests must be postmarked by 6/4/20 and received by 6/15/20. Limit of one Hot Wheels Collector Edition ’69 Nissan Skyline Van for every 20 basic cars you purchase within the promotional period, regardless of how many receipts those 20 cars are on. Offer is limited to ten vehicles per household per promotional period. Receive a 1:64 Collector Edition ’69 Nissan Skyline Van. Allow 8 - 12 weeks for receipt of vehicle.
  2. By Gary Barnum UPDATE: Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting state and national regulations, the 2020 Nationals event in Charlotte, NC has been canceled. Please refer directly to the Nationals website for details and further updates: http://www.hwcollectorsnationals.com/ The 2020 Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina — home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame! Sounds like a great car town to us, so let’s get there by any means we can. The show runs from Wednesday, April 1 to Sunday, April 5, and the fun will be coming fast and fantastic. What: 20th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals When: Wednesday, April 1 – Sunday, April 5, 2020 Where: Le Meridien/Sheraton Hotel – Charlotte, NC Info: Click here for more information The collecting hobby is more than just having your own die-cast cars. Once you attend a show, you’ll understand that it’s an easy social activity with like-minded enthusiasts. Get your motor running as you meet old friends and make new ones. Buy, sell, and swap Hot Wheels both rare and common from all eras. Included with your ticket are autograph sessions with Hot Wheels designers and other guests, room-to-room trading, and more. Special Events Make time in your busy schedule to have a seat and grab a gourmet meal on Thursday evening, or have a pull or two in one of the Hot Wheels Vending Machines sessions. Tickets are sold separately and in advance for these events. Dinner with Jeremy Cox – Thursday, Apr. 2: Help us honor the colorful career of Hot Wheels graphic designer Jeremy Cox at this special event! Dinner guests will receive a souvenir dinner car (produced by Mattel), T-shirt, pin, and more. Seats are limited and usually sell out quickly. Hot Wheels Vending Machine: You’ll want to get your fill of pulls at the Vending Machine sessions. Like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. (Hint: It will be Hot Wheels merchandise.) Charity Events Not only do these events accelerate the fun, but they also help out a great cause: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Full details are on the Convention website: Charity Button Bingo Charity Convention Mania Charity Hold ’Em Poker While you’re combining fun with feeling charitable, you can also help the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by helping your collection grow when you bid on special Hot Wheels items at the Charity Auction held during the show (no advance tickets required). Hot Wheels Show & Sale Show attendees have to option to exhibit and sell at the Hot Wheels Show on Sunday, April 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The fee per space is $25.00 and includes an 8-foot space and a 6-foot table with tablecloth. Spaces are limited and will be sold on a first-come basis, limit is ONE table per ticket holder. This is open to the public! Non-ticket holders can come in for a nominal fee of $5 per person (and $5 to park at the hotel) to shop for Hot Wheels. Great way to find new collectors! Ticketing Tickets are $70 each ($75 if purchased online) and good for all five days. All ticket sales will end February 21 or when the last ticket is sold, whichever occurs first. Get your tickets by mail or online; click here for all the details. This event is produced by Collectors Events Unlimited, LLC under license from Mattel.
  3. By Allen Voivod In 2018 – the 50th Anniversary of Hot Wheels! – we released a bevy of cars especially for the celebration. 111, to be exact. We gathered them in a massive HWC 50th Anniversary Master Set, which sold out quickly when it went on sale last year. If you missed your chance to get that set, now you have a special opportunity to add it to your collection through a special charity auction for the Boys & Girls Club of Carson (CA). Their mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. And you can help! Click here to go to the auction site and place a bid. The auction runs through Wednesday, November 13th, and is scheduled to end between 7:30pm and 8:00pm Pacific Time. Place your bid now and support this worthy cause!
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