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UPDATED: Mar.31, 1999
What's going on with Hot Wheels?
With the recent purchase of Corgi, Mattel has flooded the market with loads of "new" castings, adding to the bloat of "Collector #" cars. Unfortunately, these cars, commonly referred to as "China Cars" are not available in Canada. Fortunately, Canucks do have access to the newly expanded line of First Edition cars for 1998, along with the usual name variations. Add to that the fact that even Mattel didn't appear to know how many cars would be in the 1998 lineup, and you have a recipe for confusion.
As the first '98 First Editions started to hit the stores, it became apparent that there was going to be trouble. Cars like the '65 Impala Lowrider were appearing on 1997-style cards, bearing the label "8 of 48", while other cars on the new cut-corner 1998 cards like the Slideout were labelled "2 of 45". But even more turned up marked as "of 40", wich turns out to be the correct number. And variation fans will be pleased to hear that the mis-labelled cars are now turning up with the correct number designation.
In addition to these 40 new First Editions
for 1998, there are the usual 12 4-car series.
1998 Hot Wheels Releases
No. US Name International Name Number Wheel Type #1 Escort Rally - (of 40) #2 Slideout - (of 40) 5sp #3 Dodge Sidewinder - (of 40) 5sp #4 Dodge Caravan - (of 40) tri, 5sp #5 Jaguar XK-8 - (of 45) silver wire #6 Jaguar D-Type - (of 45,40) wire, 5sp #7 '32 Ford Ford '32 (of 40) tri #8 '65 Impala Lowrider Impala Lowrider '65 (of 48,40) old card #9 '63 T-Bird T-Bird '63 (of 40) lambo #10 Dairy Delivery Moo Mobile (of 48,40) 5sp #11 Mercedes SLK - (of 40) 5sp, lambo #12 Lakester - (of 40) 5sp #13 Hot Seat - (of 40) 5sp #14 Ford GT-90 - (of 40) 3sp #15 Pikes Peak Celica - (of 40) gold wire #16 Iroc Firebird - (of 40) black 5sp #17 '70 Roadrunner Roadrunner '70 (of 40) 5sp #18 Mustang Cobra - (of 40) gold wire #19 Panoz GTR-1 - (of 40) wire #20 '40 Ford Ford '40 (of 40) 5sp #21 Go Kart - (of 40) 5sp #22 Super Comp Dragster - (of 40) 5sp #23 Solar Eagle III - (of 40) disc #24 Tail Dragger - (of 40) wire #25 Tow Jam - (of 40) tri #26 Customized C3500 - (of 40) lambo #27 Super Modified - (of 40) wire #28 Chaparral 2 - (of 40) wire #29 Mustang Mach 1 (yellow or bright orange) (of 40) 5sp #30 Sweet 16 II - (of 40) 5sp #31 Callaway C-7 - (of 40) 5sp #32 Chrysler Thunderbolt - (of 40) lambo #33 Bad Mudder - (of 40) constr. triblade #34 At-A-Tude - (of 40) wire #35 Copperhead Dodge (of 40) 5sp #36 Whatta Drag - (of 40) 3sp #37 Express Lane - (of 40) 5sp #38 Cat-A-Pult - (of 40) 5sp #39 Fathom This - (of 40) n/a #40 Double Vision - (of 40) gold wire
Techno Bits Series
#1 Power Pistons - silver 5sp #2 Radar Ranger - silver const. triblade #3 Shadow Jet - silver 5sp #4 Shadow Jet II - Silver 5sp
Tattoo Machines Series
#1 '57 T-Bird - silver 3sp #2 '93 Camaro - silver 3sp #3 Corvette Stingray - silver 3sp #4 Stutz Blackhawk - silver 3sp
#1 Hydroplane - mini #2 Flame Stopper - yellow const. triblade #3 Recycling Truck Eco 1 silver triblade #4 Rescue Ranger - silver 5sp
#1 Ice Cream Truck Tropicool silver 5sp #2 Baja Bug - silver 5sp #3 Classic Caddy Cadillac '35 silver triblade #4 Corvette Convertible Corvette silver triblade
Low 'N Cool Series:
#1 Mini Truck Sonic Special gold triblade #2 '59 Impala Impala '59 gold wire #3 '59 Caddy Caddy '59 gold wire #4 Limozeen - gold wire
Dash 4 Cash Series:
#1 Jaguar XJ220 - silver wire #2 Ferrari F40 - gold wire #3 Avus Quattro Audi Avus gold wire #4 Dodge Viper RT/10 - silver triblade
Race Team Series IV:
#1 '67 Camaro Camaro '67 silver 5sp #2 Mercedes C-Class - silver 5sp #3 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C - silver 5sp #4 '63 Corvette - silver 5sp Artistic License Series #1 1970 Plymouth Barracuda - silver 5sp #2 Alien - silver 5sp #3 Speed Blaster - silver 5sp #4 VW Bug - silver 5sp
Flyin' Aces Series
#1 1970 Dodge Charger Daytona- silver 5sp #2 Dogfighter - silver 5sp #3 Sol-Aire CX4 - silver 5sp #4 XT-3 - silver 5sp
Mixed Signals Series
#1 '80s Corvette - silver 5sp #2 Ambulance - silver 5sp #3 Nissan Truck - silver 5sp #4 School Bus - silver 5sp
Sugar Rush Series
#1 '95 Camaro - silver 5sp #2 '96 Mustang Convertible - silver 5sp #3 Funny Car - silver 5sp #4 Mazda MX-5 Miata - silver 5sp
Tech Tones Series
#1 Avus Quattro - silver 5sp #2 Buick Wildcat - silver 5sp #3 Silhouette II - silver 5sp #4 Speed Machine - silver 5sp
Treasure Hunt Cars
#1 Twang Thang - silver 5sp #2 Scorchin' Scooter - silver #3 Kenworth T600A - silver 3sp #4 3 Window '34 - silver lambo #5 Turbo Flame - silver 5sp #6 Saltflat Racer - silver 5sp #7 Street Beast - gold wire #8 Road Rocket - silver 5sp #9 Sol-Aire CX4 - white wire #10 '57 Chevy - silver 3sp #11 Sting Ray III - silver 3sp #12 Way 2 Fast - silver 5sp
Street Beast - silver triblade '58 Corvette Corvette '58 silver lambo Flashfire - silver lambo Lamborghini Diablo - silver lambo ? Dodge Charger Daytona 1970 silver triblade ? Power Plower silver const. triblade Camaro Z28 - silver 3sp Ferrari 308 - silver lambo Ferrari 348 - silver lambo Skullrider - silver 5sp
4 X 4 G-Force Figure 8 Racers Rad Rigs Showroom Specials Flag Flyers Race Team III Race Team Crew Volcano Blowout
Cars listed in gray not yet found in Canada.
What Canadians Just Don't Get
One of the most common questions we receive at Collector's Planet is "Where can I find a Hot Wheels ______ in Canada?" Well, the answer is usually that you can't. Outside of First Editions and Series cars, not a lot of Mattel Hot Wheels products make it across the border and abroad. This may be a marketing decision, or simply a cost-cutting measure. Products sold in Canada must have bilingual (French & English) packaging. This adds to the cost. Copy must be translated and new packaging must be made up for the specific market it will be sold in. This may be why Johnny Lightning cars in Canada are few and far between. On the plus side, sometimes screwups occur during translation, or other interesting package variations are created in the process. The above list attempts to point out one such example - name variations. Below is a brief list of some Hot Wheels products you can and can't expect to find in Canada this year:
|Collectible||Available in U.S.?||Available in Canada?|
|Treasure Hunt Series||Yes||No|
|Collector Number Cars||Yes||No|
|Mystery Bonus Cars||Yes||No|
|5-Car Gift Packs||Yes||Yes|
|Hot Wheels World Playsets||Yes||Yes|
|Hot Wheels Track Sets||Yes||Yes|
|F.E. Year In Review Sets||Yes||No|
|Mattel Media Software||Yes||Yes|
|Hot Wheels Collectibles||Yes||No|
|Hot Wheels Pro Racing Cars||Yes||Yes|
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