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Maelstrom
Debut Series 2001 First Editions
Produced 2001 - Present Day
Designer Fraser Campbell
FE Maelstrom



Description

"Speed, Power, and Attitude define the realm of Hot Wheels. One of the finest examples of these characteristics can be seen in the Maelstrom. Twin V-8 engines power the many curves of this wild ride with large scoops to pull in power giving air. Side vents and twin rear pipes quickly remove the exhaust from the firing of those 24 cylinders. The single seat cockpit allows for just one lucky soul to take the ride of their life at a time. Wouldn't you like to wait in that line?" I know I sure would!

The origins of the Maelstrom started in 2001 when Hot Wheels Director Of Design Nathan Proch, gave Fraser Campbell a design brief to create the ultimate vehicle for the European Hot Wheels market. Hailing from the United Kingdom himself, this was Fraser's first vehicle attempt for the Hot Wheels basic line. His first idea was to have the engines up front and the cockpit over the rear wheels. There was a concern however that it beared too much resemblance to the existing Twin Mill and Twin Mill II castings, so a change was needed. Back at the drawing board and wanting to keep the elements of "big engines, big power, and big attitude", Fraser continued to toss the layout of his design around. Eventually, his final forward cockpit and mid-engined design made it into production as 2001 First Edition car called the Maelstrom. The Maelstrom has been said by some to resemble the Hairy Hauler or the Vulture. It also tends to bear some similarities to the Vector M12.

This car made its first appearance in the videogame Hot Wheels: Bash Arena (PC) (2002). It makes a reappearance in the following videogames: Hot Wheels: Velocity X (PC, GBA, PS2, GC) (2002) and Hot Wheels: World Race (PC, GBA, PS2, PC) (2003).

Versions

Maelstrom has been released in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Toy # Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Country Notes Photo
28754 24 2001 First Editions 12/36 Dark Blue Grey Flames Chrome Plastic Tinted Chrome 3 Spoke Malaysia Light Blue FE Maelstrom
53762 233 2001 Mainline Neon Yellow Orange Flames Black Black Chrome 5DOT Malaysia 233 Maelstrom
69554 2002 Crash Curve Track Set White Grey Flames Chrome Tinted Chrome 3 Spoke Malaysia Crash Curve Maelstrom
89090 2002 Metro City Police Track Set Red Grey Flames Chrome Tinted Chrome 3 Spoke Malaysia Metro Trackset Maelstrom
89043 2002 Pavement Pounders Black Grey Flames Chrome Tinted Chrome 3 Spoke Malaysia Maelstrom 2002 Pavement Pounders 89043
47378 2002 Power Launcher Yellow Black Flames Black Tinted Chrome PR5 Malaysia Launcher Maelstrom
54436 221 2002 Mainline Silver Octopus Tampo Red Chrome Red Red Chrome PR5 Thailand 221 Maelstrom
56026 2002 Originals Black & Chrome Red, Blue Stripes Black Tinted Chrome PC5 Malaysia Target Exclusive Originals Maelstrom
2002 Palm Desert Toy Fair Red, White, Blue Stars, Flame Outline, "Toy Fair 2002" Chrome Light Blue Chrome PR5 Malaysia Toy Fair Maelstrom
54435 2002 Octoblast 5-Pack Silver Octopus Tampo Red Chrome Red Red Chrome PR5 Thailand 221 Maelstrom
57042 2003 Cop Squad 5-Pack Red-Orange Bomb Squad Tampos Black Tinted Chrome SB China Sawblade-Cop Squad Maelstrom
57042 2003 Cop Squad 5-Pack Red-Orange Bomb Squad Tampos Black Tinted Chrome PR5 China PR5-Cop Squad Maelstrom
57042 2003 Cop Squad 5-Pack Red-Orange Bomb Squad Tampos Black Tinted Chrome 5 Spoke China 5SP-Cop Squad Maelstrom
C4560 2003 Mutant Biotronic Kingdom Set Purple Mantis Tampo Black Orange Chrome PR5 Thailand MBK Maelstrom
B3589 2004 Zero-G 5-Pack Metalflake Light Blue Circuit Board Tampos Black Light Blue Chrome Blue PR5 China AKA: Velocity Vortex Zero-G Maelstrom
H9057 149 2005 Mainline Black Red Flames Red Red Chrome 5 Spoke Thailand 149 5SP Maelstrom
H9057 149 2005 Mainline Black Red Flames Red Red Chrome PR5 Thailand 149 Maelstrom
H9057 149 2005 Mainline Black Red Flames Red Red Chrome PR5 Malaysia PR5 149 Maelstrom
H6996 2005 2X Power Launcher Blue HW Logo & Flames Black Light Orange Gold Gold PR5 China Dual Maelstrom
H7047 2005 Toys 'R Us Track Set Flat Neon Yellow Flames Chrome Tinted Silver PR5 China VHTF Short Run TRU Maelstrom
J3294 2006 Crazy Croc 5-Pack Teal Swamp Rocket Tampos Black Green Chrome Gold 5 Spoke China GL5SP-Croc-Rod Maelstrom
J3294 2006 Crazy Croc 5-Pack Teal Swamp Rocket Tampos Black Green Chrome Green OH5 China OH5-Croc-Rod Maelstrom
J2549 2006 X-Pandables - Pizza Palace Teal Swamp Rocket Tampos Black Green Chrome Green 5 Spoke China G5SP-Croc-Rod Maelstrom
J2560 2007 QuickShot Launcher Silver Flame Tampos, "06" Red Chrome Red Chrome Red 3 Spoke China Quick Maelstrom
M6996 94 2008 Web Trading Cars 18/24 Red Orange, Yellow & Blue Tampos Black Blue Silver PR5 Malaysia Moved Name Maelstrom 08-94 Maelstrom
M6996 94 2008 Web Trading Cars 18/24 Purple Orange, Yellow & Green Tampos Black Green Silver PR5 Malaysia Web Trading Purple Maelstrom
H6291 2008 Crash Curve Track Set Flat Light Blue Brighter Circuit Board Tampos Black Light Blue Chrome Blue PR5 Thailand Zero G Maelstrom Comp 08CC Maelstrom
M1018 2008 G-Force Track Set Darker Teal Swamp Rocket Tampos Black Green Chrome Green 5 Spoke Thailand CC Maelstrom Comp 08 ZG Maelstrom
N8256 2008 Black Friday 10-Pack Dark Blue HW Logo & Flames Black Orange Gold Gold PR5 Thailand Wal-Mart Exclusives Blue Maelstrom Comp 10pk Thailand Maelstrom
X3217 2011 Team Hot Wheels Commemorative 20-Pack Gray Orange, Yellow & Blue Tampos Blue Light Blue Gold PR5 Malaysia 2011 Maelstrom
2012 Various Multi-packs White Red, Teal& Blue Tampos Blue Red Gold PR5 Malaysia New Base Text Style 2012 White Maelstrom
Y8135 2013 Mystery Models Series 2 12/12 Orange Orange, Teal & Blue Tampos Blue Light Blue Gold PR5 Malaysia 13 Mystery Model Maelstrom
BDW30 2014 High-Speed Wheels Track Stars #9/25 Maroon Red, White & Blue Black Tint Dark Blue Chrome HSRW Malaysia Changes made to casting 2014 Track Stars
CDT20 2015 Track Aces 5-Pack Dark Blue White & Blue Tampos Yellow Clear Chrome PR5 Thailand

2015 Maelstrom

DLH90 2016 Scavenger Hunt 4/4 Lime Green White & Blue Tampos White Clear Chrome PR5 Thailand 2016Maelstrom

"Atomix" Versions

In 2002, the Maelstrom was released in the Atomix series.

Year Series Number Color Tampo Base Color Window Color Wheel Color Country Photo
2002 Atomix Display Case N/A Blue Silver ZAMAC Red Chrome China FE Atomix Maelstrom
2002 Scrap Yards Track Set #7 Black Red & Yellow Flames ZAMCA Silver Chrome China Scrap Yard Atomix Maelstrom
2003 World Race Street Breed #3 Purple Street Breed Tampo ZAMAC Neon Green Chrome China Street Breed Atomix Maelstrom
2003 Shark Park N/A Light Blue Shark Park Tampo ZAMAC Orange Chrome China Shark Park Atomix Maelstrom
2003 Atom Moblies N/A Black Flame Tampos ZAMAC Silver Blue China Atom Mobiles Atomix Maelstrom
2004 Hot Rods N/A Orange Flame Tampos ZAMAC Silver Chrome China Hot Rods Atomix Maelstrom
2003 Rally Case Keychain N/A Neon Yellow Black Black Chrome China Micro Maelstrom

"Speed Demons" Versions

In 2003, the Maelstrom was released in the Speed Demons series. It features a pull back motor inside.

Year Series Number Color Tampo Base Color Window Color Wheel Color Country Photo
2003 Hot Wheels 1/4 Blue Silver Hood Flames Chrome Black Chrome China Blue SD Maelstrom
2003 Hot Wheels 3/4 Grey Silver Hood Flames Chrome Silver Chrome China Grey SD Maelstrom
2003 Yu-Gi-Oh! Set N/A Purple Yu-Gi-Oh Tampos Chrome Black Red China Yu-Gi-Oh SD Maelstrom
2003 Hot Wheels 1/4 Metalic Pink Silver Hood Flames Chrome Black Chrome China Pink SD Maelstrom
2004 Chrome 4/4 Chrome Blue Flames Black Red Blue China Chrome SD Maelstrom
2004 Tinted Chrome 1/4 Red Chrome No Tampos Chrome Black Chrome China Red SD Maelstrom

Gallery (Original Casting)

Gallery (Speed Demons Casting)

Gallery (Atomix Casting)

External Links

Hot Wheels Originals: MAELSTROM Scavenger Hunt Special Edition: MAELSTROM

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