Hot Wheels cars were inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in 2011, a testament not just to their longevity but to how much kids, even those bombarded with screens everywhere they go, seem to love the miniature cars. Chances are you played with them when you were young, and that your kid also loves (or will love) playing with Hot Wheels today.
But getting some new wheels for your son or daughter can be tricky, as a lot of them seem to differ only aesthetically. We looked through what’s on the market now and found a solid variety of options. From branded models to exotic luxury cars to an impressively huge bulk pack, these are the best Hot Wheels to buy for kids. Or, honestly, for yourselves.
These six cars inspired by the Toy Story franchise are a great gift for kids who want to take their Hot Wheels to infinity—and beyond! Each car was inspired by a beloved character from the film.
You know this set of wheels from the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. And here is a gorgeous 1:64 scale replica that any self-respecting 007 aficionado and collector needs to own.
This car is based on the Dodge Charger driven by the Marvel character Robbie Reyes, also known as Ghost Rider. It's meant for the more serious collector.
DC fans will love this five-pack of cars, each inspired by a different legendary character. Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, the Flash, and Green Lantern come to life in these cars, with art on the box and the vehicles by Alex Ross, a beloved illustrator who's worked on both Marvel and DC titles.
Kids use their Hot Wheels cars to defeat a giant spider and save Hot Wheels city. This mean defeating spiders, scorpions and alligators.
This epic set features a gigantic Cobra that can trap cars in his jaws. But kids can crush the cobra by launching a car over its head and down its tail.
Save this one for kids who simply can't get enough Hot Wheels. The 50 cars in this set come individually packaged, so you can stock up and have gifts on hand just in case you need them. The designs themselves are random and diverse, with both classic and new models in every pack.
The big, red Spider-Man-themed car is actually an easy-to-use launcher for smaller cars. It has eyes behind its windshield that narrow when its spoiler is depressed, firing the included white web car (or most Hot Wheels car) from behind the grill forward with speed.
If your kids love dinosaurs, and they love Hot Wheels, they will love this set. Kids load a Hot Wheels car onto the launcher and slam the wheels into the Triceratops to try and take him down. Hours of fun!
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