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Maelstrom
Debut Series First Editions
Produced 2001 - Present
Designer Fraser Campbell
Number 28754
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.

Versions

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

Toy # Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Country Notes Photo
28754 24 2001 First Editions
12/36
Dark Blue Grey Flames Chrome Plastic Tinted Chrome 3SP 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 3SP Malaysia Crash Curve Maelstrom
89090 2002 Metro City Police Track Set Red Grey Flames Chrome Tinted Chrome 3SP Malaysia Metro Trackset Maelstrom
89043 2002 Pavement Pounders Black Grey Flames Chrome Tinted Chrome 3SP 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 Hot Wheels 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 5pk 2002 Octoblast Silver Octopus Tampo Red Chrome Red Red Chrome PR5 Thailand 221 Maelstrom
57042 5pk 2003 Cop Squad Red-Orange Bomb Squad Tampos Black Tinted Chrome SB China Sawblade-Cop Squad Maelstrom
57042 5pk 2003 Cop Squad Red-Orange Bomb Squad Tampos Black Tinted Chrome PR5 China PR5-Cop Squad Maelstrom
57042 5pk 2003 Cop Squad Red-Orange Bomb Squad Tampos Black Tinted Chrome 5SP China 5SP-Cop Squad Maelstrom
C4560 2004 Mutant Biotronic Kingdom Set Purple Mantis Tampo Black Orange Chrome PR5 Thailand Maelstrom 2004 24
B3589 5pk 2004 Zero-G Metalflake Light Blue Circuit Board Tampos Black Light Blue Chrome PR5 China AKA: Velocity Vortex Zero-G Maelstrom
H9057 149 2005 Mainline Black Red Flames Red Red Chrome 5SP 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 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 5pk 2006 Crazy Croc Teal Swamp Rocket Tampos Black Green Chrome 5SP China GL5SP-Croc-Rod Maelstrom
J3294 5pk 2006 Crazy Croc Teal Swamp Rocket Tampos Black Green Chrome OH5 China OH5-Croc-Rod Maelstrom
J2549 2006 X-Pandables - Pizza Palace Teal Swamp Rocket Tampos Black Green Chrome 5SP China G5SP-Croc-Rod Maelstrom
J2560 2007 QuickShot Launcher Silver Flame Tampos, "06" Red Chrome Red Chrome SB China Quick Maelstrom
M6996 94 2008 Web Trading Cars
18/24
Red Orange, Yellow & Blue Tampos Black Blue Silver PR5 Malaysia Base Code(s): 08-94 Maelstrom
M6996 94 2008 Web Trading Cars
18/24
Purple Orange, Yellow & Green Tampos Black Green Silver PR5 Malaysia Base Code(s): Web Trading Purple Maelstrom
H6291 2008 Crash Curve Track Set Flat Light Blue Brighter Circuit Board Tampos Black Light Blue Chrome PR5 Thailand Base Code(s): 08CC Maelstrom
M1018 2008 G-Force Track Set Darker Teal Swamp Rocket Tampos Black Green Chrome 5SP Thailand Base Code(s): 08 ZG Maelstrom
N8256 2008 Black Friday 10-Pack Dark Blue HW Logo & Flames Black Orange Gold PR5 Thailand Base Code(s): Wal-Mart Exclusives 10pk Thailand Maelstrom
X3217 2011 Team Hot Wheels Commemorative 20-Pack Gray Orange, Yellow & Blue Tampos Blue Light Blue Gold PR5 Malaysia Base Code(s): 2011 Maelstrom
2012 Various Multipacks White Red, Teal& Blue Tampos Blue Red Gold PR5 Malaysia New Base Text Style  Base Code(s): 2012 White Maelstrom
Y8135 2013 Mystery Models 2 12/12 Orange Orange, Teal & Blue Tampos Blue Light Blue Gold PR5 Malaysia Base Code(s): 13 Mystery Model Maelstrom
BDW30 2014 High-Speed Wheels Track Stars
9/25
Maroon Red, White & Blue Black Tint Dark Blue Chrome HSW Malaysia Base Code(s): 2014 Track Stars
CDT20 5pk 2015 Track Aces Dark Blue White & Blue Tampos Yellow Clear Chrome PR5 Thailand Base Code(s):

2015 Maelstrom

DLH90 2016 Scavenger Hunt 4/4 Lime Green White & Blue Tampos White Clear Chrome PR5 Thailand Base Code(s): 2016Maelstrom
11 2016 Mystery Models (Canada Exclusive) Green White and blue Stripes, 68 on side White Clear Chrome PR5 Malaysia Base Code(s): Image Not Available
? 6/6 2017 Easter Metalflake Gold Dark Pink & White stripes, & 'Easter' on sides Yellow / Plastic Tinted (Pink) Chrome OH5SP Thailand Base Code(s): Easter 2017 Maelstrom

"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
2002 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