Do you miss the "variations?"

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Would you like to see a return to more variations like we had 10-20 years ago?

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Do you miss the "variations?"

Postby sfamiler » Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:08 pm

Do you miss the variations we used to see more often up until the last few years?

I know we do get a lot of color variations now, but it has become all too predictable. Most releases now will give us 2 color variations each year, sometimes 3 if one is an exclusive to a particular retailer. But it seems the days of short-printed variations are over. I miss hunting for a hard-to-find car with a different set of wheels, or a different color interior, tinted or un-tinted windows, and many of the other small variations we used to look for. Some of the releases from 10-15 years ago would have 3 or 4 wheel variations but you just don't see that anymore.

I think Mattel needs to bring that back. Add some unpredictability to our hobby.

What do you think?

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Re: Do you miss the "variations?"

Postby mars » Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:34 am

I agree that the days of yesteryear are gone, but today's variations are mixed in 3 pack, 5 pack, 9 packs. For instance, the dark blue and the light blue '85 Camaro IROC-Z is released only in various multipacks. Currently, I have a rare '70 Camaro from a 3 pack.


So far, it is the only one in existence. Another collector found the same car but with OH-5 wheels and is (so far) the only one in existence and it is in a blisterpak. The variations are out there, some are more difficult to find then others.

I believe, that Mattel got creative and decided to make more money by placing these exclusive variations in multipacks.
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Re: Do you miss the "variations?"

Postby 1hotrod » Mon Jul 28, 2014 5:33 am

I also think that there are still a good number of variations out there, today.
It may not be to the extent of the past years but several cars are showing up with wheel, interior, and base changes.
I can remember a certain burgandy Lexus model from the past, that I found with 8 different sets of wheels. I don't think I would like to have that number of changes today. It seems to me that most of the variations today are harder to find. There are probably a lot more people looking for them now than there used to be, though.
I think, overall, I wouldn't mind seeing a little more variations show up.
Good topic Trenton! Thanks for posting it.

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Re: Do you miss the "variations?"

Postby Imincredible » Sat Aug 02, 2014 6:05 am

I agree... I used to hunt Hot Wheels every night because I had to to get all the variations, they changed that fast. These days it seems "it is what is" has taken over. No multiple of country of origin basses, no tampo color changes, nothing to separate the men from the boys.... lol

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Re: Do you miss the "variations?"

Postby mars » Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:11 am

Imincredible, there has been base changes with different country origins and tampo color variations.

Base variations list (courtesy of HWC):

9 Ice Cream Truck - "made in MALAYSIA" on left base, on right base.
18 Custom 12 Mustang - different fonts.
26 Subaru WRX – Base w small old style HW logo and smaller “1186 MJ, 1, NL” text, and larger.
27 Porsche 993 GT2 Old and New logos on bases.
49 Super Van text relocation, Old and New logos on bases.
50 So Plowed large and small logos on base.
61 The Batman Batmobile – Old HW logo base (facing rear), New logo base (facing left) Text is rearranged.
99 Mustang Funny Car - different text and logo placement.
110 Fast 4WD - small logo and large logo bases.
117 Boneshaker - base w old and new logo.
120 Rip Rod- text variation small and big "TM" on base.
135 Sandblaster – 3 bases 1 W/O “1186 MJ, 1, NL” cast on it (’10 – “11 base) is ink printed on, text swapped sides.
136 83 Silverado - logo base and no logo base.
139 Datsun 620 - HW logo size variation (only about 1/16th of an inch) like the Custom 65 Galaxie.
142 Night Burner, different base fonts.
144 Circle Tracker, Text differences on bases, "made in Malaysia" tight together.
152 Madfast, "made in Malaysia" in large and smaller text on bases.
158 Whip Creamer II, New HW logo, and no logo base.
167 Bump Around, Old HW logo and Reversed (mirrored) logo on bases.
179 69 Chevelle, with and without HW logo on engine oilpan.
187 Covelight, Old and new HW logo bases.
191 Custom Volkswagen Beetle – New HW logo base and No logo base. Text is rearranged on bases.
194 Morris Mini - New logo and no logo bases, different text.
211 68 Dodge Dart - ink stamped and punched date codes.
213 69 Camaro - bases w large old style logo and tiny new style logo.
218 Custom 65 Galaxie – Large and small old style HW logo.
229 14 COPO Camaro - Large and small old style HW logo.
229 '13 ('14) COPO Camaro - base has '13 instead of '14, all I've seen have the smaller logo.
247 custom volkswagen beetle logo and no logo base.
248 '72 Ford Torino - w and w/o HW logo on base.

Non mainline base changes:

Mustang 50th
99 Mustang - w and w/o HW logo on base.
65 Mustang - grey plastic base.

Tampo variations (courtesy of HWC)::

99 - 71 Mustang Funny Car sublime w/ purple tampo (top shadow)
141 - Sling Shot Gold Afflair White OH5s - large & small "1" tampo
191 - Volkswagen Beetle (Herbie) White gray & light gray door circle w/number
229 - ’14 COPO Camaro White no side tampos
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