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The Hot Ones (1981)

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Debut Series The Hot Ones
Produced 1981 - ?
The Hot Ones Frontrunnin' Fairmont 3bf


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.

1981 Science fiction Hot Ones Blisterpack

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 Ones 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 Science friction gw
1982 Science Friction Enamel Dark Red Light Blue, Blue and Orange Unpainted / Metal Chrome N/A GHO 2018 Hong Kong Science friction magenta
1983 Science Friction Metalflake Dark Red Light Blue, Blue and Orange Unpainted / Metal Chrome N/A GHO Malaysia Image Not Available
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 Hong Kong Hot Wheels Front Runnin' Fairmont 1983 - 01339eff
1982 Porsche 911 Black White, Yellow and Red "95" Unpainted / Metal Black tint Black GHO 7648 Malaysia Porsche P-911 (- 95) Metal base, GHO
1982 The Hot Ones White Red, Orange and Yellow Unpainted / Metal GHO 3255 Hong Kong Datsun 200SX Wht
1982 The Hot Ones White Red and Yellow Unpainted / Metal GHO 3255 Malaysia Datsun 200 SX-20633
1982 The Hot Ones Yellow Black, Purple and Blue Unpainted / Metal Tinted (Blue) Black GHO 3255 Hong Kong 3-Pack Datsun200SX Yellow
1983 The Hot Ones Metalflake Gold Red, Orange, 'Datsun' and '200SX' on sides Unpainted / Metal GHO 3255 Datsun 200SX Gold
1983 1983 Hot Wheels Red Yellow firebird on hood Black / Plastic Clear Tan GHO 3918 Hong Kong 80s Firebird Red
1983 1983 Hot Wheels Red Yellow firebird on hood Black / Plastic Clear Tan GHO 3918 Malaysia 80s Firebird Red

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