The Score: Five-Car Release

Featuring the HW Ferrari LaFerrari

Hot Wheels 2015 HW Workshop Ferrari 599XX, Dark Grey

ExternalView:

Paint: 2.4

Styling: 2.2

Detail: 1.8

InternalView:

Brand: 1.6

Desirability: 2

Car-To-Brand Relationship: 2

Total Score: $53.30

Hot Wheels 2018 50th Anniversary Then and Now Porsche 911 GT3 RS White

ExternalView:

Paint: 0.7

Styling: 1.2

Detail: 1.8

InternalView:

Brand: 1.7

Desirability: 1.7

Car-To-Brand Relationship: 1.7

Total Score: $6.6

Hot Wheels 2016 Lamborghini Urus Blue

ExternalView:

Paint: 2.1

Styling: 1

Detail: 1.1

InternalView:

Brand: 1.5

Desirability: 1.5

Car-To-Brand Relationship: 1.7

Total Score: $8.07

Hot Wheels 2012 Aston Martin DBS Green/Blue

ExternalView:

Paint: 2.2

Styling: 1.7

Detail: 1.1

InternalView:

Brand: 1.4

Desirability: 1.9

Car-To-Brand Relationship: 1.9

Total Score: $16.23

Hot Wheels 2014 LaFerrari Silver

ExternalView:

Paint: 2.3

Styling: 2

Detail: 1.9

InternalView:

Brand: 1.7

Desirability: 2

Car-To-Brand Relationship: 2.1

Total Score: $32.42

The PCollect Showcase:

Hot Wheels 2014 LaFerrari Silver

This is the 2nd post in our PCollect Showcase series. In the Showcase we’re focusing on specific models from the PCollect collection with a review that highlights its specific pros and cons.

The Hot Wheels LaFerrari silver is an especially notable model in our collection. One huge reason is that it one of the most expensive models in the collection. Another is that it marks the last year Ferrari collaborated with Hot Wheels. Sadly, from this point forward, new Ferrari models are no longer added. This makes this Ferrari a sort of time-capsule for the pinnacle of the Hot Wheels-Ferrari relationship.

Another element is the design of the Hot Wheels model itself. Hot Wheels designed the LaFerrari replica by incorporating the agression that Ferrari put into the model. The result was a really defined and detailed side-vent, clear frontal lines that mark the headlights and vents, and a back that maintains the wow-factor.

In terms of the basic standard of Hot Wheel design, this is definitely near the top. However, some rearlight detail would be the only main thing we at PCollect would recommend.

Finally, the price. At $29.98 on Amazon currently, the LaFerrari 15x the average Hot Wheels model. Is it worth it? A special edition of the Score: Five Car Release will feature this model and answer the question — stay tuned!

The PCollect Showcase:

Hot Wheels Factory Fresh Series ’17 Audi RS 6 Avant Blue

This post kicks off the PCollect Showcase page. In this series, specific models from the PCollect collection will be selected and we’ll provide a review. We’ll essentially be highlighting our pros and cons and what we think this model added to our collection.

Audi’s RS6 is particularly special model for a number of reasons. First of all, it’s centered around the famous Audi “quattro” or all-wheel drive system. It’s a hatchback, but is packing some serious horses – 605.

For the Hot Wheels model, the detail is really high quality! As seen in the picture, the front grill includes a license plate, audi logo, and a really nice depiction of the Audi LED headlights. The detail is one of our favorite aspects of the car. Another is the color. The deep blue works really well with the audi lines and isn’t as gaudy as a green or yellow may have been.

The biggest negative to this model is the interior. The biege is pretty standard and the wow factor would have been huge if a red or silver interior had been implemented instead.

The Collector’s Journey

Framing Your Collection

Step 1: 

Your Lineup –

The key to creating the ultimate collection is to first of all know what the ultimate collection is for you.  Different approaches will be needed whether your goal is to have 10 rare hot wheels models or 100 of any hot wheels models. So, knowing your goal is very important.  

            To help you determine you goal, we’ve put together some questions: 

  • What’s my ideal number of cars? 
  • Are there any limited edition cars that have caught your eye recently? 
  • What’s your budget? 
  • What would you say your top 3 favorite autonomive brands are? 
  • How do you plan to display your collection? 

This post will try to answer some of these questions with suggestions: 

What’s my ideal number of cars? 

Some collectors begin their with the idea of some sort of end-goal collection size.  It doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to have one, but it is helpful in knowing how you’d like to structure your collection.  Here @ PCollect, we focus on finding meaningful and interest production car models that pique our interest.  Thus, our collection goal doesn’t really have an end number.  However, we don’t usually buy multiple replicas of the same model – since that’s not really what we’re looking for.  However, some collectors do want a bunch of the same model to build volume and that’s cool too. 

Are there any limited edition cars that have caught your eye recently? 

This type of Hot Wheels car search is what the team @ PCollect love.  Limited editions and unique styling on models is really interesting for a few reasons.  One, those models are limited in number and are therefore a lot more special than most others.  Two, the level of detail and interesting finish is often dialed up on the limited edition cars.  If you are interested in these types of hot wheels your collection will probably end up in a similar vein to PCollect’s.  

What’s your Budget?  

This is a vital question. Part of the fun of Hot Wheels is that they are so inexpensive (retailing in stores for usually around $1.99). However, once these cars cease production, their value often rises quickly.  This is the purpose of our scoring system, to provide a price gauge to help you find good and affordable buys.  However, if your budget is on the smaller side (say $50-100), it would be better to aim to build a collection of lower-priced recent models – as opposed to limited editions and previous year models.  That way you can still have fun and collect a lot of cars without having to worry about spending a lot of cash.  That being said, if your budget is significantly higher, you can take some risks and choose to purchase some of the rarer models.  

What are your Top 3 Automotive Brands? 

Another key element of the Hot Wheels search are the car brand models you choose to buy.  Knowing what your favorite models are will help you build a collection in part to highlight cars you actually admire and enjoy the aesthetics of.  This will help produce what we call your “car collection culture.”  

How do you Plan to Display your Collection? 

Hot Wheels collectors take numerous different methods to presenting their collections.  Some create intricate dioramas that model cities or hotels, others use collectors cases, others still keep them in the box to preserve them from any damage! Here @ PCollect, we create mini dramatic “lineups” of our cars and present them in our PCollect Showcase Gallery.  Thus, we enjoy pairing cars that look best together for different photographic effects.  Thus, our methodology of having a smaller selection of unique cars fits with this display thesis. Just, keep in mind how your cars will look at final presentation, and try to select cars that will fit best in your planned scenario.  

Lastly, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy collecting Hot Wheels cars that you think are great! 

The Score: 5-Car Release

Lamborghini Edition

Hot Wheels 2017 Lamborghini Series Replacement for Lamborghini Murcielago Yellow

ExternalView:

Paint: 1.1

Styling: 1

Detail: 1

InternalView:

Brand: 1.5

Desirability: 1.9

Model-Brand Relationship: 2.1

TOTAL SCORE: $7.8

Hot Wheels 2017 Lamborghini Series Replacement for Lamborghini Reventon White

ExternalView:

Paint: 1.4

Styling: 1.7

Detail: 1.2

InternalView:

Brand: 1.5

Desirability: 1.9

Model-Brand Relationship: 1.5

TOTAL SCORE: $9.2

Hot Wheels 2018 HW Exotics Lamborghini Aventador Miura Homage Red

ExternalView:

Paint: 1.8

Styling: 2.2

Detail: 1.5

InternalView:

Brand: 1.5

Desirability: 2.2

Model-Brand Relationship: 1.7

TOTAL SCORE: $28.3

Hot Wheels 2017 HW Exotics Lamborghini Veneno Neon Green

ExternalView:

Paint: 1.9

Styling: 1.9

Detail: 1.6

InternalView:

Brand: 1.5

Desirability: 1.9

Model-Brand Relationship: 2.1

TOTAL SCORE: $13.8

Hot Wheels 2018 50th Anniversary HW Exotics Lamborghini Huracan LP 620-2 Super Trofeo White

ExternalView:

Paint: 1.5

Styling: 1.7

Detail: 1.6

InternalView:

Brand: 1.5

Desirability: 1.9

Model-Brand Relationship: 1.7

TOTAL SCORE: $9.9

The Score: 5-Car Release

Hot Wheels 2018 50th Anniversary HW Exotics 2017 Pagani Huayra Roadster Silver

ExternalView:

Paint: 2.1

Styling: 1.1

Detail: 1.4

InternalView:

Brand: 1.8

Desirability: 1.7

Model-Brand Relationship: 1.6

TOTAL SCORE: $12.2

Hot Wheels 2018 50th Anniversary Factor Fresh McLaren P1 White

ExternalView:

Paint: 1

Styling: 1.5

Detail: 1.3

InternalView:

Brand: 1.6

Desirability: 1.5

Model-Brand Relationship: 1.5

TOTAL SCORE: $6.3

Hot Wheels 2018 50th Anniversary Factory Fresh Porsche 918 Spyder Silver

ExternalView:

Paint: 1

Styling: 1

Detail: 1.2

InternalView:

Brand: 1.5

Desirability: 1.4

Model-Brand Relationship: 1.3

TOTAL SCORE: $5.6

Hot Wheels 2018 50th Anniversary Factory Fresh McLaren 720S Orange

ExternalView:

Paint: 1.2

Styling: 1.3

Detail: 1.3

InternalView:

Brand: 1.6

Desirability: 1.2

Model-Brand Relationship: 1.4

TOTAL SCORE: $8

Hot Wheels Then and Now Corvette C7 Blue

ExternalView:

Paint: 1.4

Styling: 1.9

Detail: 1.4

InternalView:

Brand: 1.3

Desirability: 1.3

Model-Brand Relationship: 1.3

TOTAL SCORE: $8.6

The Collector’s Journey: The Mission

The PCollect Collection Gallery

As a Hot Wheels Collector, especially one focused on real-life production models such as Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Audis, you always have to be on the lookout for the next “find”. This is really part of what makes the search fun. However, where do you even start? There are so many models. I mean, literally thousands! So what should your go-to brand be? Ferrari? Lamborghini? PCollect’s Collector’s Journey is here to provide the collector with the tips and insights to help you build the ultimate collection! First of all, what’s our goal?

This blog is taking the ultimate aim of collect the best assortment of hot wheels cars that are actual car brand models. This way we know what to look for and have some “real life” examples of cars that we like. It’s important for the collector to not only consider brand and model, but also color, paint job, design, and special editions. Hot Wheels has an incredible number of these and part of a collection is finding unique colors and paint jobs on unique models.

Like with every cool collection, each individual car, not just the whole, is very important. At PCollect, our goal is that each car in your collection can have its own story — whether it’s how you found it or what it’s come to mean to you over the years.

Welcome to The Collector’s Journey