News-Antique.com - Nov 26,2014 - IOLA, Wis — As the old adage states, “The devil is in the details,” and that couldn’t be more true than in the case of Hot Wheels variations.
In the just-released Hot Wheels Variations, 2000-2013, Hot Wheels historian and two-time Guinness World Record Holder Mike Zarnock, demonstrates just how important even the smallest details and differences are when it comes to these iconic collectible racers. Details like a five-spoke wheel and a six-spoke wheel seemingly on the “exact” same Hot Wheels car; or perhaps a car sporting a gold metallic hood with flames outlined in silver on one car, and outlined in gold on a variation of the exact same model. Again, it’s all about the details, and those details often influence value.
As time and the market have proven, even the smallest difference in a single detail can contribute to a significant variance in the value of two seemingly “exact” Hot Wheels cars. Knowing the potential differences and how to spot them is where Hot Wheels Variations, 2000-2013 proves itself invaluable.
Organized by year, then by series, and finally by the number of the car, each of the more than 5,000 listings in this book contains: The official name of the vehicle, a detailed description with color, accent features, tire and rim information, and known variations of that model, as well as value. Plus, more than 3,000 of the models are illustrated with an intricate color photo.
This book provides a robust education in the fine details of Hot Wheels. An education appreciated by many, as demonstrated in the changes of the Hot Wheels variations market in the last few years, Zarnock explains in the introduction.
“Collectors around the world have taken great notice of the now copious amount of variations once considered insignificant in collectability, or even value. Seeking out variations has also afforded a substantial number of collectors the opportunity to build larger and more diverse collections. In retrospect, it seems that Mattel has also noticed this shift in collecting and begun accommodating the collectors with more and more variations to collect. It’s actually a win-win situation, them selling more cars and the collector being able to acquire more cars.”
Hot Wheels Variations, published by Krause Publications, an imprint of F+W, A Content + eCommerce Company (fwmedia.com), retails for $34.99. It is available for purchase at KrauseBooks.com. It is also available at booksellers nationwide.
About the author: Michael Zarnock has been collecting Hot Wheels cars since they were introduced in 1968. Widely respected as the leading authority on Hot Wheels cars variations, Zarnock is a member of the Diecast Hall of Fame and has twice been selected a Guinness world record holder for his Hot Wheels collection. Mattel honored Zarnock by producing the Mike Zarnock’s Altered Roadster from the Drag Strip Demon Series in 2009. Mattel based the car on Zarnock’s hot rod he built and raced throughout the Northeast.