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We talk toys again, and the Chevy Colorado gets a snorkel

On this week's Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Green Editor John Beltz Snyder and Associate Editor Reese Counts. We talk about driving the updated, turbocharged 2018 Mazda6, 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo 4S Sport Turismo and the 2018 Nissan Titan S 4x4 King Cab. We also discuss aftermarket parts for the Chevy Colorado, pick our favorite 50th Anniversary Hot Wheels and, as always, help a listener buy a new car in our "Spend My Money" segment.

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Hot Wheels is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and is doing so in a myriad of ways. There's a special edition Camaro in race track orange, and a nationwide tour to find a car to turn into a new Hot Wheels car. But if you can't afford a new Camaro or make it to a tour event, there's a cheaper, more widely available way to get in on the celebration: by picking up some re-released original Hot Wheels.

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1948 Ford F5 dually truck will be the first modeled as a 1/64-scale diecast

Hot Wheels is celebrating the half-century milestone with the Legends Tour. A traveling car show with a heavy dose of Hot Wheels, the tour will double as a search for the next generation of Sweet 16 cars.

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There's even a Hot Wheels COPO Camaro.

This is the 50th anniversary of Hot Wheels.

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We're loath to describe anything as "epic," but this track comes close.

We're kids again after watching this.

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Developers Playground Games bring a childhood dream to life in the latest Forza Horizon 3 expansion. Race around the iconic orange tracks with 10 new vehicles featuring legendary Hot Wheels cars. Six new islands are all connected with plenty of loops, corkscrews, and boosted pads.

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GoPros are wonderful.

It's a small-scale roller coaster.

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Including the rarest of 'em all: a VW Beach Bomb Rear-Loader that's worth $150,000 on its own.

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Forget about video games, this is how you race against a computer in real life.

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Perfect for an attack on the Death Star.

You're all clear, kid. Now let's blow this thing and go home!

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There's a car with a skull for a grille!

Forza Motorsport's car packs are usually cool, but this month's has our inner seven year old jumping for joy. We can actually race Hot Wheels!

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The Hot Wheels Retro Style puts some classic toys back on Target shelves to make you feel nostalgic.

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Jay Leno climbs into a hot rod inspired by Darth Vader's helmet to experience the dark side from the driver's seat of this full-scale Hot Wheels car.

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Hot Wheels Version Is Pimped, Matchbox Is Stock

Mattel will unveil Matchbox, Hot Wheels die-case mini versions of the Tesla Model S electric sedan.

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To celebrate Take Your Child to Work Day and teach children about engineering, workers at Ford built the world's largest Hot Wheels track loop at the company's Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn.

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Harry Bentley Bradley, who designed the very first run of Hot Wheels cars and the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, created this in 1970: the Pontiac Firebird One concept. It can be yours right now for $95,000.

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If you're anything like this writer, chances are you've got a diecast model or two kicking around the house. And if one of those models replicates a Ferrari, chances are it's made by Hot Wheels. The Mattel brand secured an exclusive contract from the Maranello automaker in the late 1990s, but the latest word from Hemmings has it that Ferrari has ended its partnership with Hot Wheels and awarded it instead to the May Cheong Group.