• Apr 25, 2010

Hot Wheels "Speed Machines" Mix E - Click above for high-res image gallery

If you're a casual die-cast car collector, any mundane shopping trip is an opportunity to grow that pile of toy cars you have taking up space in your house that could probably put to better use. (According to your significant other, at least!) If you have kids, there's that to contend with, too – any unopened toy car they come across will soon be an opened toy car. After all, how do you explain to doe-eyed Junior that really, Daddy would prefer you don't open that green Matchbox Porsche 914 that took two months to find at the store?

Now, the standard buck-a-pop Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars are pretty nicely detailed, but those same castings look a lot better when they're re-decoed and packaged as pricier, step-up subsets sold separately from the regular assortments. Case in point, the Hot Wheels "Speed Machines" cars. These 1:64 scale cars (the same size as regular Hot Wheels) have much more accurate paint and detailing, with better wheels, and yours truly has already succumbed to his inner child on one occasion upon seeing them. Chances are, that won't be a single-time occurrence, either.

As demonstrated above, upcoming Speed Machines range additions like the Ferrari 599XX stand ready to separate disposable income from pocket in $2 increments. It and the other cars in the gallery below are part of Speed Machines "Mix E," which should hit stores in mid-May. Keep your eyes peeled. After all, this is the stuff that makes your desk at work look cooler than the next guy's.

[Source: Mattel]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      The C6R skull car from this line is one of the best hot wheels ever.

      And a solution to the kids going through you cars. And car I want I buy 2. One is in the package on the shelf in my closet. The other is in the 3 year olds collection. Probably going though the hot wheels car wash right now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The proportions seem off on most of these (not to mention that very glitter-like paint on the Aston), but considering their size they still look pretty good.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Their wheel size are so unbelievably disproportionate. They have a Ford GTX1 with wheels that look like they're a scale of 24 inch diameter lol.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've not been able to get into these. Target has had all the releases to this point- not much chase to it. Mattel still gets my $ for the 1st Eds.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I enjoy collecting these and the $1 versions, of the ones I want the big ones of. But all I have been able to find ofr the most part are the Audis.

        Maybe I can retire off of them, or my grandkids can. :-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not into all of them, but some -- like the actual Corvette Racing liveried C6.R, and this upcoming 599XX -- cause $2 to vanish instantly from my possession.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the shelby daytonas wheels are too big adn the Audi TTRS needs a nice shade of orenge, otherwise nice!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "After all, how do you explain to doe-eyed Junior that really, Daddy would prefer you don't open that green Matchbox Porsche 914 that took two months to find at the store?"

      Do what I do...buy one for me, and one for him...and one for him. That way mine always stay closed. And for usually around $1 a piece at Wally World, ya can't go wrong. I often walk out with $12 worth of toys. Mostly the old muscle cars, stuff that is more "real", not much into the fantasy cars. Picked up a red/white/blue Javelin the other day and a Maverick!!!! Never mind they finally came out with the 68 Firebird recently. Can't say I've seen one of those in the last 10 years or more. It's the first place I go when we hit Wal Mart.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have most of these cars, except the ones with the silly decals on them (see: that silver Mustang.) One thing concerns me is the most is an inherent feature of Hot Wheels: the lack of side mirrors. It bothers me so much!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Side mirrors are difficult to cast accurately at such a small scale. It's possible, but it would make them expensive and kill the $1 price. The newest generation of Hot Wheels and Matchboxes are incredibly detailed compared to the originals, and they've cost a dollar since the 70's! You can't say that about many things. Johnny Lightinings and Tomicas (Japanese brand) are even more nicely detailed, but cost a few bucks more.

        Many of these have a ton of detail that looks great if painted. Check out my gallery of 1/64s I've taken apart and detailed:


        • 4 Years Ago
        It is not more expensive to make and it is not a safety issue. Matchboxes all have side mirrors, and they're also made by Mattel and cost the same amount as regular Hot Wheels. I believe the only reason they don't have side mirrors is so they run better on the Hot Wheels tracks, but I prefer accuracy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You know why, right? It's a safety issue. Apparently if you step on a small car barefoot, with pointy little mirrors, it hurts more.
      • 4 Years Ago

      I have at least 6 of the Aston Martins, in every color available, except the recent robin's egg blue. I am definitely going to have to add that BRG number-plate special.

      I have a case of mostly Ferraris, so the 599XX is probably going to have to join it, too. :D

      The TT-RS might have to join a few R8s and RS6 Avant Matchbox, as well.

      I'll need to figure if I need another paint-job of the Ford/Shelby GR1. I have a really nice 1:24 of that car, as well as a couple of colors in hotwheels 1:64. Including both brushed metal silver, and polished aluminum, like the original concept car.

      My only lament is that the offerings of new 1:18 scale cars are so rare anymore. That is my favorite scale, but unfortunately a more measured buying decision, and harder to display.
      • 4 Years Ago
      meh... Not impressed... I'd rather drop a few more dollars on a way
      higher detailed GreenLight Collectibles diecast car... Atleast I get
      what I pay for with their cars.

      I always wonder why an Automobile blog makes a big deal about Hot Wheels lack-luster "toys" when there are much more "realistic" looking diecasts out there that look 10x better. Hot Wheels is most certainly not the end all be all when it comes to authenticity.
      • 4 Years Ago

      You have to convince your wife to "let" you buy $2.00 cars. The future does not bode well for you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Darn it now I have to convince my wife even more to let me continue growing my 4 month olds car collection, he cant even use them yet and I have quite alot piled up for him all unopened lol.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I just am going to let him use just like my dad let me do so with his and he had cars that would now be worth alot like the genral lee and so on, I was talking to my dad last night and he said they where never meant to be collectibles just to be played with and enjoyed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Buy two of each, if you want to keep a set boxed. :D

        A kid can't play with boxed up cars.

        Open them up. They are toys meant to be played with.

        I open all of mine, unless they happen to be factory errors, where the seal will prove that the error wasn't made later. Honestly, I don't care that much about someone someday... I bought them to enjoy and collect them myself.

        Besides, they fit better when unboxed into one of 5 display cases... I think I need a sixth. And I do have some of my favorites duplicated, and stored, or on 1 or 2 of them on my desk.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have become addicted to collecting these since they first came out, all starting with the C6R model which took weeks to find a pair of them. The proportions may be a bit off, but for ~$2 Hot Wheels models, they're nothing to complain about. Love them and can't wait to see what future ones they come out with.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate Hot Wheels for the reason theyre a terrible place to work.
      Unethical company as far as Im concerned.
      Cant support them no matter what.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Have to refute this one. I loved Hot Wheels as a kid and currently work on Hot Wheels as an adult, and have to say, it's by and far the best place I've ever worked. Plus, I've got a much bigger collection of cars than I ever had when I was little! Not sure where the "unethical" comment is coming from, but I can tell you that as far as large corporations go, this place is pretty spot-on. I wouldn't be here otherwise.
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