There are few toys with quite as iconic a status as Hot Wheels. Many of us look back on these little plastic cars with warm affection- and children today are still playing with them!
It is only fitting that something so multi-generational and memorable be immortalized in not only one NFT collection but two! The manufacturer announced its intention to launch a second collection after the mammoth success of the first venture over the weekend. Here is what we know so far!
The First Collection
Hot Wheels is not new to the world of NFTs. The first collection dropped in November 2021. NFT Garage Collectible was the name, and packs of iconic Hot Wheels models were the game. It launched in partnership with WAX (Worldwide Asset eXchange).
There were 40 different designs in total, which were all sold in packs or trading-card style NFTs- each designed around the classic Hot Wheels packaging. Prices started at $15, and they came in sets of four or ten.
Like most trading card NFTs, there were varying degrees of rarity: Base, Rare, Premium, and Treasure Hunt. One thing fans loved was the excellent mixture in the packs. Regardless of the price, there was a decent variety of rarity. The addition of 5000 specialty rare cards that could be exchanged for a physical collectible Hot Wheels classic.
Unsurprisingly, it was a huge success- so much so, in fact, that a second release is on the way!
Hot Wheels Collection Number Two
What is round two all about? NFT Garage Series 2 is the second partnership between Hot Wheels and Worldwide Asset eXchange. The basic setup is going to be the same, following the mixed rarity packs. Fans can expect the same level of nostalgic excellence, with trading cards feature models from the Hot Wheels Flames, Rod Squad, Hot Wheels Car Meet, and Nightburnerz collections.
New additions to the second installment are 10 licensed vehicle cards featuring some of the most iconic models from across the various collection. These cards are set to be available in a range of packs, but it is going to be a bit of a treasure hunt!
Another two changes for the second lap are new partnerships. General Motors and Honda have also teamed up with the Hot Wheels crew to take the new drop to a higher level. Thanks to the collaboration, we should expect to see some special vehicles in the new NFT trading card packs.
From General Motors, the following cars are getting ready for their NFT debut:
- 1955 Chevy Bel Air Gasser
- 1967 Oldsmobile 442
- Corvette C8 R
- 1971 Buick Riviera
- 1991 GMC Syclone
Honda’s offerings for the hot new drop are equally exciting, with the following models featured:
- Honda S2000
- Custom 2001 Acura Integra GSR
- 1990 Acura NSX
- Honda Civic Type R
As you can see, the next Hot Wheels NFT collection has a lot of star power and even more horsepower. Anyone with a nostalgic love for the Hot Wheels toys or a passion for these classic traditional cars is in for a treat.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better- a few lucky buyers who find one of several ultra-rare trading cards featuring either the 1995 Chevy Bel Air Gasser, Corvette C8 R, or a Custom Otto can claim a real-life representation of their NFT.
What to Expect Next
There is not yet an official release date, although it is expected to come later this year. Because of the extra additions, fans can expect a few twists and turns along the way.
The second collection is definitely more extensive than the first with several extra layers to get excited about. It remains to be seen exactly what setup the manufacturers plan to follow and how much the new partnerships with Honda and General Motors may affect the final collection- but we are certainly looking forward to finding out.
If NFT Garage Series 2 is as successful as NFT Garage Collectibles, there could even be a third drop in store for the future. One thing is for sure: the power of nostalgia and iconic status has never been stronger than in these classic non-fungible Hot Wheels trading cards.