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Bumblebee will be the Rarest non TH Hotwheels Car in 2024's Collection

Postby william-james88 » Mon Jun 10, 2024 1:51 pm

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For some reason, Mattel has decided to make their first Transformers Hotwheels car, Bumblebee, massively shortpacked. How shortpacked? Well the 2024 mainline has 250 non exclusive cars, and they come split in 15 waves/cases throughout the year. As with most cars, Bumblebee will only appear in 2 of those waves but each time he will be 1 in 72.
That means that in each case he's in, he will be on par in rarity with the standard Treasure Hunt cars. And looking at it from an entire year's output, he will be 2 out of 1080. That makes the Hotwheels Bumblebee car the rarest standard car from the 2024 set, which is not a Treasure Hunt car.

For those unaware, Treasure Hunt cars are those which are at most 1 per case and will not repeat in a following case (so at most 1 out of 1080 if you buy every case of 72 cars in a given year).

With both Transformers fans and Hotwheels fans interested in this collectible, Bumblebee could become quite the hot commodity. Especially since this would be the very first release in a growing collection of Hotwheels Transformers cars. So, for those wondering which other cars are in the same waves as Bumblebee, we have videos of the cases below.



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Re: Transformers Hotwheels Discussion

Postby TulioDude » Mon Jun 10, 2024 3:30 pm

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Dang, looks like it will be difficult.
I'm more hyped for this than the hotwheels version of g1 toy Optimus.

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Re: Transformers Hotwheels Discussion

Postby o.supreme » Mon Jun 10, 2024 3:44 pm

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Soi glad I have no desire to get these. Hotwheels fans are ruthless. Going to be interesting if these ever actually show up in a store.
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Re: Transformers Hotwheels Discussion

Postby Till-all-R1 » Mon Jun 10, 2024 4:28 pm

Yeah, I'll keep an eye out and if I spot it I'll buy it, but I'm not a big collector of HW in general so if I can't find it oh well. It's a neat niche item to have but not worth any hassle.

I suspect that if the employees don't snatch it ups first the early bird HW collectors will be there first thing.
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Re: Transformers Hotwheels Discussion

Postby william-james88 » Mon Jun 10, 2024 4:38 pm

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Till-all-R1 wrote:Yeah, I'll keep an eye out and if I spot it I'll buy it, but I'm not a big collector of HW in general so if I can't find it oh well. It's a neat niche item to have but not worth any hassle.

I suspect that if the employees don't snatch it ups first the early bird HW collectors will be there first thing.


My local dollar store gets stuff half a year late but the employees dont care. So today I actually found a treasure hunt item. Will probably see this bumblebee at the beginning of next year
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Re: Transformers Hotwheels Discussion

Postby Emerje » Tue Jun 11, 2024 12:54 pm

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I'm really hoping that the only reason it's rare is to get people talking (like we are) and they plan on doing many other releases later on, maybe even in a multipack with those other cars that were listed but haven't been revealed yet.

william-james88 wrote:
Till-all-R1 wrote:Yeah, I'll keep an eye out and if I spot it I'll buy it, but I'm not a big collector of HW in general so if I can't find it oh well. It's a neat niche item to have but not worth any hassle.

I suspect that if the employees don't snatch it ups first the early bird HW collectors will be there first thing.


My local dollar store gets stuff half a year late but the employees dont care. So today I actually found a treasure hunt item. Will probably see this bumblebee at the beginning of next year

I was reading an article recently about things you didn't know about Dollar Tree and one of the things they said was that it isn't uncommon for them hand over a HW case to whoever shows up first as long as they put the cars they don't want on the pegs for them in return. What an unexpected dichotomy, usually you hear about HW buyers being a nuisance.

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Re: Transformers Hotwheels Discussion

Postby chuckdawg1999 » Tue Jun 11, 2024 5:00 pm

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Emerje wrote:I'm really hoping that the only reason it's rare is to get people talking (like we are) and they plan on doing many other releases later on, maybe even in a multipack with those other cars that were listed but haven't been revealed yet.

william-james88 wrote:
Till-all-R1 wrote:Yeah, I'll keep an eye out and if I spot it I'll buy it, but I'm not a big collector of HW in general so if I can't find it oh well. It's a neat niche item to have but not worth any hassle.

I suspect that if the employees don't snatch it ups first the early bird HW collectors will be there first thing.


My local dollar store gets stuff half a year late but the employees dont care. So today I actually found a treasure hunt item. Will probably see this bumblebee at the beginning of next year

I was reading an article recently about things you didn't know about Dollar Tree and one of the things they said was that it isn't uncommon for them hand over a HW case to whoever shows up first as long as they put the cars they don't want on the pegs for them in return. What an unexpected dichotomy, usually you hear about HW buyers being a nuisance.

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Re: Transformers Hotwheels Discussion

Postby Dino-Snarl » Tue Jun 11, 2024 7:56 pm

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Re: Transformers Hotwheels Discussion

Postby Till-all-R1 » Wed Jun 12, 2024 9:07 am

Emerje wrote:I was reading an article recently about things you didn't know about Dollar Tree and one of the things they said was that it isn't uncommon for them hand over a HW case to whoever shows up first as long as they put the cars they don't want on the pegs for them in return. What an unexpected dichotomy, usually you hear about HW buyers being a nuisance.

Emerje

Interesting, when I worked retail this was not something that would be allowed by the bigger chains. Sure a customer could look through a box of product If they so choose to, but not put product away on the shelf. That is your job as an employee.
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Re: Transformers Hotwheels Discussion

Postby william-james88 » Wed Jun 12, 2024 9:23 am

Motto: "'till All Are One"
Till-all-R1 wrote:
Emerje wrote:I was reading an article recently about things you didn't know about Dollar Tree and one of the things they said was that it isn't uncommon for them hand over a HW case to whoever shows up first as long as they put the cars they don't want on the pegs for them in return. What an unexpected dichotomy, usually you hear about HW buyers being a nuisance.

Emerje

Interesting, when I worked retail this was not something that would be allowed by the bigger chains. Sure a customer could look through a box of product If they so choose to, but not put product away on the shelf. That is your job as an employee.


It's cause Dollar Tree has next to no enforced policy for stuff like that. They don't even have enough workers to man the store, so anyone showing up and volunteering to put stuff away is given an ok from the staff there.
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Re: Transformers Hotwheels Discussion

Postby william-james88 » Mon Jun 24, 2024 6:09 pm

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o.supreme wrote:Soi glad I have no desire to get these. Hotwheels fans are ruthless. Going to be interesting if these ever actually show up in a store.


After looking into it, I kinda get it. We’d be just as ruthless if a TF we wanted was 1 per case of 72 (or 1 per 5 cases of 72)
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Re: Transformers Hotwheels Discussion

Postby chuckdawg1999 » Mon Jun 24, 2024 6:14 pm

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First Look at Dedicated Transformers Hotwheels Line

Postby william-james88 » Mon Jun 24, 2024 6:19 pm

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We’ve seen several Transformers Hotwheels toys already but all were part of another Hotwheels line. Well now we have images for a subline dedicated to Transformers. There are a few odd bits about it though, so these images from Instagram might be fake.
While these are cars of Transformers alt modes from live action media, the Transformers characters are not named, nor are they shown on the art. Instead, each pack simply has the name of the car with standard evergreen Transformers art, not reflective of the product, making them a lot less interesting to collect for MISC collectors.

Still, if real this would be another way to get Bumblebee, which is rare in the mainline.

The « characters » in this subline are Crosshairs, Bumblebee, Stinger, Drift and Barricade.

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Re: First Look at Dedicated Transformers Hotwheels Line

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Re: Transformers Hotwheels Discussion

Postby EvasionModeBumblebee » Mon Jun 24, 2024 6:44 pm

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Re: Transformers Hotwheels Discussion

Postby whacko » Tue Jun 25, 2024 6:08 am

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The Transforming diecast Optimus Prime we got a few weeks ago was really cool, but all of these seem really low effort. These are diecast molds Mattel already had, painted in movie colors and stuck to generic evergreen packaging. They didn't even bother to put the character name on the card.
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Re: Transformers Hotwheels Discussion

Postby TulioDude » Tue Jun 25, 2024 9:56 pm

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They look nice!

I like seeing Crosshairs here, I kinda hoped that he would become the standard version of the character, like how Barricade became a recurring Decepticon.
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Re: Transformers Hotwheels Discussion

Postby Quantum Surge » Wed Jun 26, 2024 12:07 pm

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We need someone to make custom blister cards featuring thr actual character art for Crosshairs, Drift, Barricade, and Stinger. That Bee looks weird, though.
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