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  1. By Gary Barnum Your Hot Wheels may not need motor oil to reach the end of the track, but the cars and trucks that inspire them certainly do. At least anything with an internal combustion engine. Fortunately, several motor oil brands have kept the automotive world greased for as long as more than a century. We pay homage to Vintage Oil with our fourth and final Pop Culture mix of 2020. Agip – In the mid 1920s, Sinclair Oil and the Italian government split the profits of Sicilian oil. A critic of this private venture was killed and, in 1926, the public Azienda Generale Italiana Petrol
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    Factory 500 H.P. Series at Walmart!

    By Gary Barnum Hot Wheels was built on powerful cars, and powerful cars still define the brand. Some of the most powerful cars ever manufactured have found their way to our 1:64 corral. Nothing says horsepower like the editions in our Factory 500 H.P. series at Walmart! All ten editions in this series pay homage to some of the hottest cars from the factory floors of the modern era. You may not have one in your garage, but now you can have one in your stable — er, collection. Featuring beautiful representational blister cards that scream “GO!”, this is a must-have lineup. They’ll tro
  3. By Gary Barnum There are several words for “red” – crimson, scarlet, cherry… Red or not, these releases are certainly cherry! Here’s your first look at the 2021 Target-exclusive Hot Wheels Red Edition mini collection vehicles. Reach for each three in our mixes D and H as outlined in the Checklist below. There will be a total of 12 Red Editions in all for 2021, and we’ll tell you about the second two mixes later. Start now; you don’t want any black holes in your red collection. Toyota Off-Road Truck ’32 Ford Triumph TR6 (Click here for more images
  4. By Allen Voivod The British may be known for keeping a “stiff upper lip,” but not even the most proper gentlepersons of England could ever gaze upon these exemplars of racing without a smile spreading across their visages! Welcome to the first Car Culture mix of 2021, aptly announced as celebrating British Horsepower! Our castings, as ever, arrive in full-metal glory and sporting Real Riders wheels. And we’ve got even better news for you, too: while supplies last, you can get the full set of this mix directly from our online shop! If you’re a fan of endurance races, you may rec
  5. By Gary Barnum When you hear “By the Power of Grayskull!” and get excited, you know He-Man is about to get rolling. Since our first 2021 Studio Character Cars mix is Masters of the Universe, you can have the Power, too! These new castings are comprised of five exciting characters from the world of Eternia. Prepare for adventure! He-Man: Prince Adam uses the Sword of Power to transform into He-Man – the most powerful man in the universe. Skeletor: He-Man’s primary and most dangerous foe, Skeletor will stop at nothing to seize the throne of Castle Grayskull. Man-At-Arms
  6. By Allen Voivod For the last Car Culture mix of 2020, we're going to take you on a trip … a power trip, to be specific! No, one's getting delusions of grandeur or anything like that. We're talking about a trip through time, to check out some awesomely muscular cars and trucks from the good ol' U.S. of A. These final five vehicles – also known as Mix 6, also known as the Power Trip mix – feature all-metal castings and Real Riders wheels. The 1991 GMC® Syclone debuted in the Mainline earlier this year, and makes an immediate premium jump in this collection with a new diecast chassis! S
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    Orange and Blue Series Mix 1

    By Gary Barnum It’s almost a secret series. But these editions are far too distinguished to go unnoticed! Since our 50th anniversary in 2018, we’ve produced a special dual-colored series each year. This year? We’re going Orange and Blue! It began with the Black and Gold series in 2018, transitioned to the Satin and Chrome series in 2019, and rolled into the Pearl and Chrome series of 2020. These collector-favored editions emerge in their boldest tones yet for 2021! Color your collection with this distinctive palette of cars. You’ll find these editions at select retailers includi
  8. By Gary Barnum Launching nationwide on April Fool’s Day in 1979, Nickelodeon became the first cable channel aimed at kids. Since then, the channel has not only spawned spinoff channels, but it has consistently raised generations of kids on fun and exciting animated programs – some original, and some based on properties which came with their own fan bases. Hot Wheels honors some of Nickelodeon’s greatest stars with our first mix of Animation Character cars for 2021. You like to watch them – now you can collect them! Rugrats debuted in 1991, following the outrageous exploits of a
  9. By Gary Barnum Below are Hot Wheels retail series releases planned for January 2021. NOTE: Some mixes may show up at different times in different locations. Rev up your engines and start searching! 2021 Car Culture Mix 1 – British Horse Power: (Widely available) Jaguar Lightweight E-Type Land Rover Defender 110 Hard Top Lotus Esprit S1 McLaren F1 GTR Morris Mini 2021 Fast & Furious Mix 1 – Euro Fast: (Widely available) Aston Martin DB5 BMW M3 E36 (New die-cast chassis!) BMW M3 E46 (New casting!) Lamborgh
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    Hot Wheels 2020 Entertainment Mix 4!

    By Allen Voivod From comics to cartoons to video games to the real world – that about as wide a range of entertainment as you can imagine, and goes from 2D to 3D to fully interactive! That's what we've managed to capture with this fourth and final 2020 mix for our Hot Wheels Entertainment series. The premium castings feature all-metal castings, and most have Real Riders wheels – with the exception of the Invisible Jet, since it's meant to fly, and metal isn't exactly transparent. And before you ask, yes, there is actually a 1:64 jet in there. Our April Fool's prank from 2010 was a cl
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    Star Wars 2020 Starships Mix 4!

    By Allen Voivod Sand, as one desert planet native might tell you, is coarse and rough, and it gets everywhere. Our Star Wars™ Starships are widely available, too, and thankfully are much smoother and sleeker by comparison! Our fourth and final mix for 2020 includes ships from all across the Skywalker Saga as well, and in this mix, the new casting comes from the movie celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back™. The Cloud Car™ is a patrol craft that escorts the Millennium Falcon™ to a landing pad on Cloud City™. Get both and you can re-create the sc
  12. By Gary Barnum Unbelievable! That would be your reaction to a row of cars like these if you saw them on the street. With the fourth mix of our Hot Wheels Boulevard series, it’s like a fantasy garage parade. The original ’69 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is known as the first production vehicle to feature dihedral doors (aka “butterfly doors”) and less than 20 were produced. It makes its stunning Hot Wheels debut here. Though it’s been a Hot Wheels casting, the Toyota AE86 Sprinter Trueno has been retooled! The AE86 was popularized for use in drifting, and it has appeared in manga and in pop
  13. By Allen Voivod Wahoo! Gaming Character Cars are back for 2021! Our Character Cars, of course, take their design cues from the heroes, enemies, creatures, and objects in your favorite controller-controlled video game inventions. And to start off our 2021 line, we've booted up a classic: Super Mario™! If that makes you want to jump for joy, we've got even better news for you. You won't have to travel through any pipes, eat any mushrooms, break any blocks, or jump on to any flagpoles to get this mix for yourself. All you need is a few bucks and a trip to your local Hot Wheels retailer,
  14. By Gary Barnum Grow your collection even faster with our Hot Wheels 5-packs! Each 5-pack features smartly decorated editions with a thrilling theme. Grab ’em by the handful! You can expect 17 fabulous 5-packs to be released for 2021. Following are the first nine themes and the vehicles you'll find in each. HW Exotics: ’16 Bugatti Chiron Aston Martin Vantage V8 Lamborghini Veneno Lotus Esprit ’15 Jaguar F-Type
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    2021 Flying Customs Mix 1 at Target

    By Gary Barnum The flashy Flying Colors series appeared from Hot Wheels way back in 1974. At the time, the deco mirrored the style of the day. In 2013, we got nostalgic and paid homage to that series and those old-school style with Flying Customs! Last year, we restored the series from 2013 for you. Ready to fly again? Here’s the first mix from 2021 of Target exclusives. Relive the glory days in glorious color! ’67 Custom Mustang ’68 El Camino™ ’71 Dodge Demon ’71 Mustang Mach 1 ’73
  16. By Gary Barnum They’re just too big to contain on the pages of comics! Marvel characters have hit the big screen, big time. And if you’re gonna think big action, you’ve got to think Hot Wheels. Next step from the screen? Hot Wheels Character Cars! In this 2020 Studio Character Cars mix, we present larger-than-life adventurers -- including two new castings! Whether you’ve read or seen their stories (and you should!), you can make your own stories with these Hot Wheels editions right in your own collection. Black Panther Black Widow
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    Hot Wheels 2020 Team Transport Mix 3!

    By Allen Voivod Team Transport doubles the joy once again in this final 2020 mix! It's not like these cars are wilting wallflowers, by the way. They're all very experienced racers, as you can tell by their decos! But when you're the best of the best, you like to save your mojo for when it really counts. Luckily, all of these speedsters have transporters to get them as close to the starting line as possible. This third mix for 2020 features the perfectly paired mixes you've come to love and support since we extended the Car Culture line to this new premium series. The cars and their t
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    Hot Wheels 2020 Entertainment Mix 3!

    By Allen Voivod Just think – people used to sit, listen, and stare at radios the size of a gas station pump back in the day. Now, we have so many ways to be entertained, it's almost impossible to be bored anymore! Our third mix in the 2020 Hot Wheels Entertainment series takes a sampling from a variety of media pastimes. You can go old school or new school with the cartoons. You can go video gaming or animated with your driving. Or you can get them all and enjoy the full spectrum of fun! They all feature all-metal castings, and most have Real Riders wheels – with the exception of the
  19. By Allen Voivod Once more, with feeling! The fourth and final Hot Wheels Walmart Premium Set for 2020 brings the heat with a set of iconic racers from the Car Culture collection! All-metal castings and Real Riders wheels come standard in this diorama set, and the three vehicles appearing alongside our Carry On come from three distinct racing eras. The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL features a livery you might have seen during a Mille Miglia in the 1950s. The Jaguar Lightweight E-Type is a classic 1960s car you may have seen going the distance in endurance events. And the Porsche
  20. By Gary Barnum Our rare “naked” Hot Wheels releases – the popular ZAMAC editions – return for 2020 with some exciting vehicles. They’ll be showing off at your local Walmart stores beginning with Mix E in February. Stripped of paint, polished to a shine, these editions have become collector legends. They’re sure to stand out in your collection! Here we expose the first nine releases of the year; there will be nine more for us to reveal at a later date. 2020 ZAMAC Editions Mix E Checklist (February 2020): ’64 Chevy® Impal
  21. By Allen Voivod It's time to share details about the last mix of Studio Character Cars for 2020, and from a certain point of view, it's a sequel! Earlier this year, the third mix of Studio Character Cars featured iconic heroes, villains, and scoundrels from Star Wars™. For the sixth mix in this series, we return to a galaxy far, far away. Speaking of sequels, many of the castings in this mix honor Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back™, the 1980 sequel to the very first movie in the franchise, Star Wars: A New Hope™. The Empire Strikes Back™ is celebrating its 40th anniver
  22. By Allen Voivod A race in Mario Kart™ tends to go for three laps, and so does our Walmart-exclusive Mario Kart™ Item Boxes series for 2020! Series 3 features a mix of returning favorites from Series 1 and 2, while adding a few new surprises to the blind boxes. You'll have the opportunity to collect eight items you might find in the game, including the coveted Star Cup Trophy! The other seven items in this mix are each mounted on their own mini karts, with the Mario Kart™ logo in front, and a Hot Wheels logo in back. New for the series includes the nearly unavoidable Blue Spiny Shel
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    HW Gaming Character Cars: Overwatch!

    By Gary Barnum The world could always use more heroes! In a war-torn future threatened by robotic forces, only you can help Overwatch defend humanity. Just don't forget your Hot Wheels! Inspired by the dynamic heroes in the game, these Character Cars continue the spirit of adventure from a challenging world. Hard to pick a favorite? Don’t worry – you’ll be sure to play your part if you just grab all five! D. Va Soldier: 76 Tracer Reaper Genji
  24. By Gary Barnum We knew when it came to Muscle Mania, we could count on you to do the heavy lifting. That’s why we turned to you to pick the castings in the Mini Collection for the 2021 Mainline. It’s time to reveal the strong choices you made in last year’s survey. The top ten made the cut. Below are the 2021 Muscle Mania Mini Collection vehicles, and this is the order in which they finished: 1 ) Shelby Cobra 427 S/C
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    Hot Wheels 2020 Entertainment Mix 2!

    By Allen Voivod You know what this is? It's entertainment, is what this is. Specifically, Hot Wheels Entertainment! Our annual series continues its tributes to the vehicular stars on screens and pages, in live action and animation. Mix 2 for 2020 draws inspiration from all across that spectrum. For your additional enjoyment, all of our premium Entertainment series castings look like they're jumping off the screen or page, as the case may be. They also feature Real Riders wheels and all-metal construction. And speaking of that all-metal construction, we're thrilled to br
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