Author Kris Palmer’s book Hot Wheels: From 0 to 50 at 1:64 Scale offers a look back at the first 50 years of Hot Wheels. It’s packed with rare images from Mattel’s archives, including design sketches and prototypes, and comes packed in a sweet replica Hot Wheels carrying case.
5MadMovieMakers is playing with toy cars again. This time, they lined up a bunch of parallel Hot Wheels tracks with the bars from a xylophone, then launched a series of toy 65′ Ford Mustangs to play a little tune. It was done with some clever video editing, but it’s still fun to watch.
While you can certainly just go buy a Hot Wheels set, Mini Gear thinks its more fun to build your own track from scratch. He proves yet again that with cardboard, popsicle sticks, hot glue, and rubber bands, you can make just about anything with enough time and effort.
Despite the idiotic sound effects, the corkscrew jump in James Bond’s The Man with the Golden Gun is still one of the greatest car stunts ever. Wekster’s Geeky Stuff designed a 3D printed ramp which lets Hot Wheels cars perform the same trick. Download the STL file here.
Jay Leno’s Garage talked to Hot Wheels’ designer and builder about the fully functioning life-size replica of the Darth Vader toy car. It’s amazing how Leno got through such a lengthy interview while barely knowing anything about Star Wars. Test drive at 17:13.