For HW 50th: My 50 Favorite Hot Wheels

Instead of singing, although I have the voice of an angel as YouTube viewers know, I decided to run through my 50 Faves.  Can you guess my Top 10?

Tell me what you agree or disagree with.  Enjoy.

17 Replies to “For HW 50th: My 50 Favorite Hot Wheels”

  1. Well I get your not a Redline guy. That said the 31 Ford Woody is probably thee best Hot Wheel made. Your list is great but the Ford Torino above the ICONIC 67 Camaro is just ridiculous! Then I can understand the Redline 55 Alive not making the cut but for the 55 Nomad another Icon of the Hot Wheel franchise not to even make your top 50 is a slap in the face of the history of Hot Wheels! No disrespect but this is Hot Wheels 50th. HW began their iconic history by producing and promoting the days of american and even European Muscle! I’m sorry but even though RLs are not your thing the originals should be celebrated! The fact that even Mattle has only reproduced only a few of their iconic RLs is just sad! Even the Black wall years should be celebrated in their diamond anniversary! So many castings should be celebrated this year but are just getting set aside! The early Monte Carlo and Torino stockers. OH YEAH another ICON The Poisn Pinto! Funny Money my very first favorite from HW! The VW Drag Bus, as over produced as it was. It’s inception into the line was historical for HW! Not a mention, to me that is just a little disrespectful imo! Not trying to kill you here you asked for opinions. This is 50 years we are talking about! Real Riders were not even thought of until the 70s. Casts like Short Order, Gremlin Grinder, Open Fire Gremlin some really ass kicking casts. I’ve grown to love JDM the 55 Gasser is an incredible cast but again this is 50 years and your top 50 celebrates mostly premium models just sad to me!

    1. Remember I called this my 50 favorites. I didn’t call it the 50 best Hot Wheels. It is basically this. Put every Hot Wheels ever made from 1968 until now in front of me and these are the 50 I would pick.

      1. In your face J.Nil! LOL! Seems like a waste of time, typing an essay, only to be rebutted in 3 sentences! On another note, your picks almost line up with mine, only I have more JDM faves on the list…

  2. Cool video, thanks for sharing. Nothing against your taste, it’s a personal thing and can’t be questioned. I don’t question your taste. More so, it makes me wonder, do you know that HotWheels (celebrating 50 years) were made before 20##? By the looks of the video, one couldn’t tell…

    Again, you’ve highlighted some great ones from the last 5-10 years or so. The Boulevard 510 Wagon in that robin egg blue with red rims, amazing simplicity and it introduced me to Japanese classics. This one always eluded me, from retail till now. I intend to come by one, the same way I always have over the last 21 years of collecting, by luck. And diecast karma willing…near retail cost. Or at least a trade for something I already have paid retail for and therefore I avoid high secondary prices. That toy fair Porsche is cool but I always thought the gold chrome was upstaged by its retail twin in plain old enamel yellow (as seen in your 40 list). I think the oldest casting I saw in your 40 list even was the 308 Ferrari, great casting too, simplicity and beauty in a small zamac package. It all just makes me wonder do no older HotWheels strike your fancy?


    1. They just don’t. I had plenty of Hot Wheels and Matchbox as a kid but I am not particularly nostalgic for them. I just think the models made today look better. Ultimately they interest me more. I can certainly appreciate the old stuff, but I prefer the newer models.

      1. Interesting for sure, I guess I’d appreciate newer stuff more too if it was arriving on my doorstep and diecast companies are providing material for reviews on the website. I have a bunch of questions I think I need to email you for sure off-line.

        But for the purposes of your list did you only consider castings that were created for the “mainline” segments with a few that were eventually given “premium” status only? What is your opinion on the 100% line? Would or could any of those highly detailed/articulated castings earn a spot if you actually considered them for a list? Granted, there were never many, if any, foreign castings included in that line outside of Ferrari and Jaguar. I’d love to see Mattel/HotWheels take a nostalgic run at those again, although it would be cost prohibitive to get them to market for anything below $15-20 for multi-piece castings like the 99-2005 100% line. They would for certain crush M2/Greenlight in terms of quality and craftsmanship. It would be killer too to take some of the JDMs and turn them into 100%….oh to dream.

      2. That just made me think…that Ferris Bueller Ferrari 250 California in a revised 100% with opening doors and hood would look killer. I know they did a large scale one for Hobby/Europe release but to see it in 1:64…dayuuuuuuumn!

  3. I don’t exactly mirror your list, but we seem to have a similar preference for the newer and better detailed castings over the all metal, misproportioned, shapeless blobs of yore.

    1. Larry Wood is rolling over in his garage at this comment!

      I like to think that like a great Jedi master, LWood can feel a disturbance in the diecast force when ridiculous comments like this are made.

      1. Is an accurate comment ridiculous? Go compare Z Whiz or the original P-911 to one of the recent 240Z or 911 castings and get back to me. No need to apologize, we both already know you’re wrong.

    2. The original castings from ’68-72 were the most iconic models Hot Wheels would ever create, and will always remain at the top of the collector heap for that reason. They were so far from shapeless blobs. Yes, they were exaggerations at times, but one would look to custom car culture of that era to understand where people like Larry Wood were coming from.

      1. Compare areas like the headlights, bumpers, lower fascias, etc. That’s what I’m talking about. The newer castings are crisper and have details that would have been omitted on earlier era castings, that’s why I’m pointing out specific match-ups like I did. Between improvements to the design process and improvements to the actual casting process it’s barely a fair comparison. They might be ‘iconic’ and at ‘the top of the collector heap’ but that’s irrelevant to my point. They’re less accurately proportioned and they’re less detailed – that’s all I’ve claimed. Maybe you prefer them, that’s fine and you’re perfectly welcome to prefer the objectively less well detailed, exaggerated toys of your youth. I’m not criticizing your taste, I simply don’t share it.

      2. Perhaps the longest-lived exaggeration, for better or worse depending on the casting, is the large rear wheels. They gave the cars the attitude that these are definitely not MB, but are much more powerful, and therefore, faster.

        The Spectraflame paint imitated the candy colors on custom cars of that era, while the wheels replicated chromed Torque Thrusts, and the redlines were from muscle cars of the time. The Python (one of the original 16), with its asymmetrical styling, is the perfect early-mid ’60s period piece.

  4. Cool video. I didn’t see any cars I didn’t like. I would say my two favorite would be the original chrome Boss Hoss cause I had a club car version as a kid and the Real Riders Thunderbolt because I was a big fan of Gas Ronda and Hot Wheels made a prefect copy of his T-Bolt

  5. As a redline guy, I also collect many new castings. I have to say that I would include several of these castings in my Top 50. But you forgot the 2017 Nissan GT-R (R35)!!

    Hate to see Jun Imai leave. He’s designed several of my favorite newer castings.

  6. I started collecting from the Vintage Racing series.
    I have a lot of cars shown in this video.
    One of my favorite doesn’t appear, the underused 1980 Dodge Power Wagon (2014 Retro Entertainment).

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