Mattel Co. celebrated the 25th anniversary of its diecast toy cars, Hot Wheels, in 1993. They were an instant success in 1968 and they continue to be loved by children and collectors alike. The 686 wonderful color photographs in this new book cover nearly every casting from the first car through the 1999 model year. They provide a complete visual guide for collectors. In addition, there is a listing of the many variations to help collectors sort through the vast and rapidly growing world of Hot Wheels. The scope of Hot Wheels collecting is international as collectors can be found throughout the world. It is enjoyed by people of all ages. This book will expand their knowledge, interest, and enjoyment of collecting Hot Wheels.
Corgi Juniors and Husky Models brings together the story of these small-scale model cars and other toys into one book for the first time. Once the #3 brand in many markets, they competed head-to-head with Mattel's Hot Wheels cars and Lesney's Matchbox Series. This widely collected line of diecast toy cars and trucks are examined in every detail. Over 500 full color photos and well-researched text presents the entire history of these cars, from the introduction of Husky Models in 1964, to the Corgi Classics of today. Here are Corgi Juniors, Corgi Rockets, Husky Toys, Whizzwheels Conversions and many more. The text includes never before published information on prototype, pre-production, and promotional models. An extensive section of variation listings, and details on every known model. The alphabetical cross-reference section provides readers with easy access to model numbers and current values.
The dollhouse is both subversive and seductive. Dollhouses provide a microcosmic view of the world and preserve vanished aspects of daily life and culture. But they also present an idealized version of life, sometimes airbrushing out the more basic and functional elements of everyday living. This new volume uses the dollhouse's contradictions to explore interior design, new technology, professions, and family relationships, considering such topics as the role of the domestic servant and the gendering of spaces and household roles. The V&A Museum of Childhood's collection of dollhouses, representing homes and ways of living spanning three and a half centuries, provides the backdrop for these tales. For collectors and casual fans alike, the tiny rooms of dollhouses hold many stories.
The Cabbage Patch Kid craze started in the 1980s, and continued into the 1990s, where it is perpetuated by a strong community of collectors. This excellent book picks up the story at the start of the 1990s, where the authors' successful first book left off. It shows the full line of Kids produced by Hasbro from 1990-1994, including Birthday Kids, Kissin' Kids, and the 10th Anniversary dolls. All the Kids produced by Mattel between 1995-1998 are here as well, including OlympiKids, Snacktime Kids, and the Keepsake Collection. The book also features pets, with lots of valuable information about the adorable Koosas. The authors have included an excellent 85-photo reference for head molds used through both the '80s and '90s. Learn to recognize fakes and altered Kids in the marketplace, and see some creative ways to turn shabby flea market finds into beautiful Kids again.
Welcome to the exciting world of fast food toy collecting. Over the years fast food restaurants have distributed hundreds of toys based on Disney characters. This book contains a thorough listing and price guide for all of your favorite toys and over-the-counter promotions. Hundreds of color photographs give you a visual reference for fast food figures from around the world. There are listings for toys dating back to 1987, organized by year, country, and restaurant to help you pinpoint that missing or unknown toy, and to assemble your want list.
"Cruise on a trip through my memories of drawing lowriders and tees, of creating Homies for the last thirty-five years. A pictorial narrative of one artist following his dreams..."Created by David Gonzales, the Homies first appeared as an underground comic strip that debuted in Lowrider Magazine in 1978, a reflection of his friends and lifestyle. At first a group of tightly knit Chicano buddies from East Los Angeles, the Homies expanded their crew to over 300 characters from all different cultures, genres, and even species. In an inner-city world plagued by poverty and oppression, they formed a strong, binding cultural support system that enabled them to overcome negativity and turn to laughter and good times as an antidote for reality. Homies erupted as a mainstream sensation in 1994 when trend-savvy retailer Hot Topic offered Homies shirts for sale, rapidly becoming popular with the youth market. Following on the heels of a successful T-shirt run, Homies was licensed for figurines in the vending machine toy industry, where all sales records were broken, with over 150 million figurines sold worldwide. The licensing program soon spread to products such as action figures, remote-control and die-cast cars, notebooks, posters, plush, Halloween masks, video games, music, and more, carried by specialty and mass retailers everywhere. History of the Homies is a triumphant celebration of the turbulent times, remarkable artistry, and youthful street culture of a pop culture phenomenon, including hundreds of pictures and a complete guide to Homies figurines.
Extensive information and color photos present all the Hot Wheels die cast vehicles that Mattel, Inc. made from 1968 to 1999. Collecting Hot Wheels continues to grow as a popular hobby. In this revised and expanded edition, over 240 color pictures display nearly all of the Hot Wheels made up to 1999, with newly updated values. This book is an essential reference for collectors of all types of die-cast vehicles.
The Hot Wheels*r 1/64th scale die-cast cars produced by Mattel from 1995 to 2001 are fully described and beautifully displayed in 560 color photographs. Included among the images of these fast moving, highly-sought vehicles are models from the Segment Series*TM, the elusive Treasure Hunt Series*TM, First Editions*TM, and Final Run Series*TM, Virtual Collection*TM, Legends*TM, 1/64th Scale Collectibles*TM, 100% Hot Wheels*TM, and convention cars from The Wild Weekend of Hot Wheels*TM. Each Hot Wheels car produced is listed by year and a Variation/Price Guide details the variations of every vehicle and provides current market values for every one. This book is the definitive guide to Hot Wheel's recent production by one of the field's leading experts.