Friday, October 4, 2013
Lamley News: 2014 for Hot Wheels has begun, so check your Walmarts...
It is always fun to have a surprising day on the hunt.
I have enjoyed the reputation I have as the finder of everything. There is some truth to that. I live in an area that has plenty of collectors, but their interest appears to be more geared on finding hard-to-find models like Treasure Hunts.
I consider myself a car guy first, so when I make my way to the pegs I am looking for the minicars I want, and am very happy when I find them. It just seems that because I travel all over the state I live in, I tend to happen upon Super Treasure Hunts and other hard-to-finds that the whatever local collector has yet to come across. I don't find all the Hunts, but when I do it is usually between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm, when I visit a store to buy some food to take with me to an office visit for work. It is just dumb luck, and to be honest that is how it should be.
So I had another one of those dumb luck days yesterday. I was visiting a town I go to every three weeks or so, and I decided to check the toy section at the local Walmart. The pegs and one dump bin were very full, but with models that had clearly been there for some time. I checked the Hot Wheels and Matchbox sections as I normally do, and then headed out empty handed. That is until swung around the back of the aisle and found a Hot Wheels sidekick hung awkwardly on the end, way too high and well out of the reach of any passing kid. I saw that these were A case cars, so I went digging for more of my precious Datsun 620's. I found them, and then was surprised to find the Subaru regular Hunt and Opala Super as well. All my finds are pictured above (I happily left all the Jetson cars).
So I am here to report that A cases are hitting, as are Walmart exclusive Q cases with the last three Zamac exclusives of 2013. I haven't found those yet, but hope dumb luck strikes again.
In the meantime you might want to ask your local toy manager if they got a sidekick, you might get lucky. Let us know if you do...
Some of the models to look for: