Time to update my 2014 Super Treasure Hunt Experiment.
To refresh your memory, I am trying to see how many of the 15 Super TH’s of 2014 I can find on the pegs. And by pegs, I mean on the pegs, in a sidekick, in a dump bin, or a Kmart Kdays case. Basically in store and not on a pallet. And without doorwarming or overnight raiding.
Can I walk into a store in the middle of the day and leave with a Super TH?
Well, I am 4 for 4*.
And yes, that is an asterisk. Why, because I am technically 4 for 6. With the Gasser earlier this month, 6 Super TH’s have been released in 2014. I have now found the first four, in order. That makes 4 for the first 4, with the ’07 Mustang and ’55 Gasser still to find. And who knows if I will.
Here is how my latest find went down, as described on HWC:
Sunday means roasted beet salad, so we were off to our favorite grocery store to prepare.
We bypass several other stores to get to this one, but their produce and meats are second to none, they try to stay as local as they can, and their prepared foods are fantastic. But I have never gone there for Hot Wheels. From what I have seen they stock about a half-case of Hot Wheels in a small toy section once a year around Christmas.
So I was a bit shocked to see a four-sided peg tree in the seasonal aisle full of Matchbox and Hot Wheels. I decided to check, and quickly came across a Speedbox Regular TH. I left it, but wondered if that was a sign that these may not have been raided. There were some models that had fallen to the ground, but that could have been a kid’s doing.
Sure enough, about halfway through one of the sides, something caught my eye:
Let me look closer:
The ’71 Mustang Super. My fourth Super for 2014.
So of course I would keep looking. And there, at the bottom of the next side, hanging above some models that had fallen to the ground:
A little closer:
Found in November at a Walmart close to my house. I have had success at this store before (3 previous Supers, plus the Fast & Furious Mustang), mainly because the toy manager stocks the Hot Wheels at different times during the day. His night staff is instructed to keep the Hot Wheels off the floor overnight, and he stocks them the next day. I found the Sandblaster on some endcap pegs at about 5 pm. I saw the manager soon after and he told me he had pegged one case about 3 hours before, so that is as long as it hung:
How I found it:
Moved to the front of the pegs:
3. 2013 Hot Wheels Chevy Camaro Special Edition:
Found mid-December at a Walmart in a suburb about 30 minutes from my house, at about 3 pm. This Walmart sits right in the middle of typical urban sprawl, which means a lot of young families, and a very busy store and toy section. Especially during the holidays, the staff is constantly roaming the toy section cleaning up and keeping the pegs full. There was a dump bin around the corner overflowing with several batches, but it appeared well-picked-over. It is clear, based on the look of the pegs, that someone had recently filled some gaps with all or part of a case, and the Camaro was right out in front:
How I found it:
And placed next to the Fangster Regular TH I left behind: