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The Hot Ones (1981)

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Debut Series The Hot Ones
Produced 1981 - ?
1981 Science fiction Hot Ones Blisterpack


The Hot Ones History

Introduced in 1981 with a wheel no one had ever seen on a Hot Wheel. Up until this time they had always been a Cragar style wheel. This new concept also had a thinner axle bringing back some of that lost speed that had made Hot Wheels famous. The first castings released in 1981 were on a regular blister either with or without "The Hot Ones" printed in a "ka-pow" caption." The card would change to show off this new style with a completely new blisterpack.

The Hot Ones Frontrunnin' Fairmont 3bf

This was the first new wheel style to be seen on all four wheels of a car. This wheel was just called "Hot Ones" or "HO" for many years to come, until Mattel shipped out a limited number of cars with Silver Foil (SHO) on them. This necessitated the change from "Hot Ones" to "Gold Hot Ones" (GHO).

Although many collectors books and guides slate many of the first cars as 1982 releases, they were released in 1981. An example is Science Friction.

This may not be true for all the original released castings; without blisterpack it is impossible to tell. This was at a time that Mattel was bringing the Malaysia plant on line to start producing Hot Wheels in 1982.

I believe this and other new ideas came from Bob Rosas.

Yes, it did, we did a enormous amount of testing to get a wheel and a thinner axle to reduce friction.  Only then could we make the claim "Fastest Non-Powered Metal Cars."

Bob Rosas, Hot Wheels designer/engineer 1969-1989

Versions

These Hot Wheels vehicles have come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Year Name Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Cast # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1981 Science Friction Enamel White Yellow, Black and Red Unpainted / Metal Chrome N/A GHO 2018 Hong Kong
1982 Science Friction Enamel Dark Red Light Blue, Blue and Orange Unpainted / Metal Chrome N/A GHO 2018 Hong Kong
1983 Science Friction Metalflake Dark Red Light Blue, Blue and Orange Unpainted / Metal Chrome N/A GHO Malaysia
1981 Packin' Pacer Orange Red, Purple and Blue graphics Unpainted / Metal Yellow tint Chrome GHO Hong Kong Packin pacer gw orange
1982 Packin' Pacer White Red, Purple and Blue graphics Unpainted / Metal Yellow tint Chrome GHO Hong Kong Packin pacer white
1982 Frontrunnin' Fairmont Metalflake Red Yellow, Orange, and White "27" and "Fireball Jr." tampos Unpainted / Metal Clear Black GHO 3257 Image Not Available
198x Metal GHO
198x Metal GHO

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