I ended up with most of a set of Hot Wheels. I forget the proper name of the set but its theme is Mattel Games. There’s Uno, Dos, Rock Em Sock Em Robots, Magic 8 Ball, Guster (Which I think comes from a farting themed game) & Pictionary. Plus an exclusive one from Kroger’s that I don’t know the represented game. We don’t have those out here & it’s a chase car. Additionally, the 8 Ball car has varients for each of the phrases that an 8 Ball can say. Mine says “Ask Again Later.” I don’t particularly care about Mattel Games, but I like the cohesive theme. They put a decent level of thought into the whole thing. The level of variation also amuses me because it takes a 5 car set & makes it closer to, like, 25 if you want to be a completist about it. Mattel knows how to tap in to that part of our brains that like to hunt things, the part that likes the feeling of completing a set. It’s almost insidious.
It’s kind of ironic that I’m dabbling in Hot Wheels, because it was always my experience that collectors of Hot Wheels were huge assholes. Over time I’ve softened, or perhaps altered my opinion. I think it might be more accurate to say that all collectors have an element of asshole to them & Hot Wheels have the curse of having an incredibly broad appeal. Almost every child has had a toy car at some point in their life, so if they’re prone to nostalgia, or collecting in genereal, there’s a much wider audience.
My audience isn’t all that wide, which is why I need to take a moment to talk about my Patreon, so I can earn money & do largely ridiculous things with it. Things like buying $7 worth of game themed toy cars for no real reason other than to do it. I end up giving a lot of them to my nephew, who will probably grow out of them sooner rather than later. Then again, a sandbox can be greatly improved with a Hot Wheel to tool around with well in to the preteens… I think maybe we give up on sandboxes too early in life. It may be course, & rough… And it gets everywhere, but it can be very enjoyable if memory serves… And there aren’t too many cats living nearby.