Who says Hot Wheels are just for kids?
A dizzying video shows what it’s like to take a spin inside one of the speeding matchbox-sized Hot Wheels cars as it races along a 200-foot track.
The footage, posted to YouTube Monday, captures the toy car embarking on this “road trip,” which includes a 360-degree loop, jump and dive into a swimming pool.
The two-minute video wasn’t shot at one time — or in one location — but was instead edited together.
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Silly Billy’s Toy Shop stocks both Hot Wheels and Matchbox vehicles.
Hot Wheels is a brand of 1:64, 1:43, 1:18 and 1:50 scale die-cast toy cars introduced by American toy maker Mattel in 1968. It was the primary competitor of Matchbox until 1997 when Mattel bought Tyco Toys, then-owner of Matchbox. Many automobile manufacturers have licensed Hot Wheels to make scale models of their cars, allowing the use of original design blueprints and detailing. Although Hot Wheels were originally intended for children and young adults, they have become popular with adult collectors, for whom limited edition models are now made available.
Matchbox is a popular toy brand which was introduced by Lesney Products in 1953, and is now owned by Mattel, Inc. The brand was named as the original die-cast Matchbox toys, which were sold in boxes similar in style and size to those in which matches were sold. Subsequently, the brand would encompass a broad range of toys including larger scale die-cast models and various non die-cast lines such as plastic model kits and action figures.
During the 1980s, Matchbox started to switch to the more conventional plastic and cardboard “blister packs”, that were used by other die cast toy brands such as Hot Wheels. The box style packaging was re-introduced for the collectors’ market in recent years. Particularly with the release of the “35th Anniversary of Superfast” series in 2004.
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