The 2021 Treasure Hunt Series is part of the 2021 Hot Wheels lineup. Since 2013, Mattel has incorporated Treasure Hunts into other series rather than being its own series. Treasure hunts are denoted by the ‘circle of flames’ icon. Jack of Hearts graphics on the sides, the letter “A” on the roof.
The letter refers to the year of manufacture, while the number refers to the week number (1-52) within that year. For example, if the code is M36, the letter “M” indicates the car was manufactured in 2019, and the number “36” indicates the car was manufactured in the 36th week of that year.
Just like in the auto industry low production Hot Wheels usually increase in value over time.
As you’d expect, this built-in rarity is like shark collector’s blood, allowing Super Treasure Hunts to fetch anywhere from $50 to $500 for popular castings.
All 12 Treasure Hunt cars are set to be released in both regular and super versions. The Super Treasure Hunt can go for hundreds of dollars on the map because of the rubber tires and special paint job.
But these toys probably won’t cost you more than $1 each, and even if you could sell them for hundreds more, that’s an achievement. In 2018, auto insurance company GoCompare compiled a list of valuable toy cars, including a single prototype of Matchbox’s 1961 Magirus Deutz truck valued at approximately $11,000.
Hot Wheels come with loose axles that roll with the wheels as the cars move. The wheels roll, the axles roll (often). The common practice when modding cars is to glue the axles down so there is one less moving part in your car which means less friction which means more speed. I see.
There are 20,000 different variants of Hot Wheels cars. Hot Wheels works with almost every automaker in the world. Over 130 new car designs are introduced each year and sold in over 150 countries. Each of the 16 original Hot Wheels is based on an actual customized vehicle.