Hot Wheels Super Treasure Hunts (or $upers, or Soups) remain the most talked about Hot Wheels among collectors every year. It seems to be that news on a new Super will always out buzz the news on a new casting. I might be more excited about the R33 Skyline, but more folks seem to be excited about the ’70 Nova Soup. Hot Wheels knows what they are doing.
And it isn’t just us nerdy adult collectors that get excited enough to sacrifice out nights, mornings, evenings, lunches, and every other waking moment to find one. A couple of weeks ago, at the request of a good friend, I brought some extra Hot Wheels to his son’s birthday party. The party was full of 10- to 11-year-old boys and girls. The birthday boy wanted me to teach everyone about Treasure Hunts. So I did. I first explained what a Regular TH was, then dove into the subject of the day, the Super. Watching the interest on each of their faces was hilarious. Pretty soon they were 100% focused on Supers. So were their parents.
After the lecture, I let them blindly pick Hot Wheels in a box. I told them I included two Supers as well. They closed their eyes, reached in, grabbed a car, looked at it, looked at me, asked if it was a Super, I told them no, and they asked if they could pick again. Young pallet raiders in training.
Eventually the two were found, and then everyone got to focus on how cool their other cars were. But the Supers had them obsessed.
They just do that. And to me too. I love finding Supers. Not enough to spend a lot of time looking, but when I do come across one, it makes me smile.
But I am a blogger, so I like writing about them and photographing them. Some Supers would be sought after no matter what. Others only get snagged because of those Real Riders, and that paint, and most importantly, that “TH”. If that TH is on the car, collectors pick it up.
So I will continue to write about them, and feature them on the YouTube Channel. Mattel was nice enough to send the 2018 Supers over so I can do my Super Showcases on the Channel, and of course I will feature them here too.
But by the time I show them – about when the cases hit – you already know what they are. So I need a different angle. Hopefully what I find out about each of them from Mattel is interesting, as are the pics. But I thought it would be cool to compare each new Super to older Supers. The connection might be obvious, it might make no sense, but hopefully it will be interesting.
So here is a practice run. Last year’s ’67 Camaro Super compared with…the 2013 ’67 Camaro Super. Easy, right?
Both are ’67 Camaros, and both are Supers, but there is a fair amount of difference. For one, the Summit Camaro is the old casting – metal base, opening hood. The 2017 Camaro is the new casting – plastic base, no opening hood. The Summit also goes a little more hot rod with wide rear wheels, while the red Camaro runs on narrow steelies.
But damn, they are both beautiful. The ’67 Camaro boasts as much Hot Wheels history as any, but as a casting it lacks a bit compared to other newer Camaros. But who cares? The ’67 is always treated as royalty by Hot Wheels, and these two Super Treasure Hunts provide ample evidence. One just looks badass, the other takes a retro Camaro deco and makes it look amazing.
I could have included the other two ’67 Camaro Treasure Hunts, but technically they aren’t Supers. The famous 95 and anniversary 2005 were both Treasure Hunts, before HW introduced the Super. Plus, I don’t have either one of them.
But I don’t need them. This pair more than suffices.