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Your collection needs these Hot Wheels 50th-year toy cars

The black-and-gold color scheme looks so damn good

Collect all six fine pieces in this special series. PHOTO BY ANTONNE SANTIAGO

On May 18 this year, the popular toy car brand Hot Wheels marked its 50th anniversary. According to Mattel, the company that owns the well-loved line of 1:64 die-cast cars, Hot Wheels is currently the world’s best-selling toy, moving “nearly 500 million units” every single year. Safe to say most car nuts grew up on these little automobiles. They taught us basic car appreciation and made us fantasize about one day owning and driving our own ride.

Now, to celebrate its half-century of existence, Hot Wheels has been rolling out special-edition models that are sure to send avid collectors rushing to their favorite toy stores. And of all the 50th-anniversary series we’ve seen so far, this black-and-gold one is our favorite. The pieces just look so expensive (they’re not; they cost just P200 each) and classy (they are; they match almost any surface you park them on).

Choosing just one is simply impossible to do. PHOTOS BY ANTONNE SANTIAGO

The series—we don’t know what it’s officially called—consists of six pieces: Bone Shaker, Twin Mill, Rodger Dodger, ’68 Dodge Dart, ’64 Impala and ’65 Ford Ranchero. Believe us when we say these make for an attention-grabbing display wherever you put them. They look so great we left them on the table of our office’s small meeting room. We figure they’ll do a good job of entertaining guests while they hang out and wonder how we managed to put up such a kick-ass workplace (ahem).

But seriously, grab these Hot Wheels toy cars while you still can. They might sell out fast after we publish this story collectors start spreading the word around. Here are more photos to convince you…

Our visual editor has got mad skills, but even you could do it if you had these toy cars. PHOTOS BY ANTONNE SANTIAGO

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 26 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.