Life Imitates Art, 80s Style: Shot Wheels Cars

You never know what you find when you start looking into the profound cultural effects of Wacky Packages. Not only did they begat Topps' Weird Wheels, but one card inspired real-life toy cars: Shot Wheels!
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Hot Wheels + Rocket Power = Inner Child Very Pleased

If you're anything like we were as kids eventually your mischievous dad handed you five pounds of bottle rockets with a subversive smile and told you not to blow your hands off.. well, you nearly wet yourself with joy, didn't you? What is it about pyrotechnics that makes young boys lose their minds with happiness? Why, … » 2/21/08 1:00pm 2/21/08 1:00pm

Jalopnik Holiday Gift Guide: Matchbox 50th Anniversary Commemorative…

Whether you're merely a novice Matchbox collector with a Rubbermaid container full of well-worn cars, or you're a pro carefully dusting your mint condition 1966 Open Diplomat, we think you'll enjoy this tome dedicated to the die-cast toys that filled our dreams. Filled with more pictures than details, the Matchbox 50th … » 11/21/07 2:30pm 11/21/07 2:30pm

What's Your Favorite Car Toy?

I'll make a confession. While I no doubt owned Matchbox and Hot Wheels toys as a kid, I wasn't that into 'em. I loved cars of course, and seeing how we managed to spend so much time in Beverly Hills and Newport Beach when I was young, I could wander the streets with my car geek friend David while our folks finished… » 6/07/07 12:00pm 6/07/07 12:00pm

Mattel To Make Pink Sparkly Matchbox Cars For Future Soccer Moms

What this country needs is more girls who grow up wrenching on beater hoonmobiles, girls who see the Radiator Hoes as their role models. Mattel feels that it's kinda OK for little girls to play with toy cars, as long as they're, you know, all girly about it. Thus, a new line of toys is born: Polly Wheels! Essentially… » 3/01/07 5:24pm 3/01/07 5:24pm