Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars
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Here, you will learn the basics of the world of diecast cars this holiday season for that automotive enthusiast on your list.

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First, some info on LiveandLetDiecast.

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We are kinja's automotive enthusiast based diecast blog. With roots deep from Jalopnik's Oppositlock sub-blog, we have grown a lot featuring an array of Photography, Custom building, diecast trading domestic and international, in-depth Reviews, and various appreciation of this automotive hobby. We are always welcoming new authors. If interested, please ask below.

"I'm probably just going to grab some HotWheels, is there anything I should look out for?"

The most common diecast gift every holiday season will be the classic HotWheels. They are the perfect automotive stocking stuffer. First of all, although they usually do not pass $0.99 throughout the year, we suggest looking through ads and checking online for the best deal.

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Daily specials could include a buy 1 get 2 free sale, $0.50 specials, and various package deals changing on a weekly basis.

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HotWheels Categories:

2014 New Models

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Popular for the enthusiast on your list. Featuring production based cars like Fiat, Mustang, Porsche, Alfa Romeo, Datsun, Corvette, and others that are perfect for desk car show.

List of 2014 New Models

Treasure Hunt

If you click here, this is a LaLD guide to the Treasure Hunt items.

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List of 2014 Treasure Hunt Models

Super Treasure Hunt

Featuring cars like '55 Bel-Air Gasser, '70 Chevelle SS, '71 Datsun 510 Wagon, and '83 Silverado, they offer exclusive liveries and exterior modifications straight from HotWheels.

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List of Super Treasure Hunts

"There are too many people on the HotWheels section, are the other brands any good?"

Yes! Prices will vary but the types of vehicles and overall added detail equal a good value. The range in cars is incredible from much more detailed production based cars and car sets.

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"How about those models you can build, what are some good ones?"

These are always a hit for the auto enthusiast on your list. It is something they can build with their hands awhile at the same time building assembly and problem solving skills. Auto enthusiasts love working with their hands. Kits can be found at various hobby shops. Hobby Lobby offers a very good section with various amount of cars. Enthusiasts are usually fans of a certain make or brands so try and do a little research before hand. A Mustang bought for a Camaro fan is a big no no :] I honestly think it is a awesome idea for a younger future enthusiast. A very good sense of accomplishment once complete.

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Custom is key with these especially with paint. One is going through all the individual components of a car. Let their inner mechanic come out creating an awesome car, or ship, or airplane.

"I've seen some much bigger cars on people's desks before, what can you tell me about those?"

The popular scale sizes are:

1:64 (classic HotWheels size)

1:24 (around 5-6 inches with much more detail)

1:18 (most popular of the lager sizes feature active suspension opening doors,bonnet, boot, and working steering wheels. 8-11 inches long 4 inches wide)

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At the moment, Maisto brand 1:18 cars can be found at Sam's and Costco in the $13 range

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"What if the person on my list is a diecast collector?"

Places to find items can vary from big store local hot spots. There are many outlets to score your favorite diecast model for cheap. During the holiday shopping season, several wholesale clubs like Sam's Club place full pallets on their shopping floors full of new diecast models. These models are usually mid-level in terms of quality and detail, and they're usually heavily discounted. Flea markets and local hobby shops are other great places to hunt for diecast models. Larger scale models may have been previously displayed, but most collectors trying to resell their diecasts take excellent care of their models and the original packaging is most likely available. Smaller diecast cars, such as Hot Wheels, are also easy to find at these outlets. The great thing about these smaller cars is that they are more valuable in their original packaging. Flea Markets (link 1, link 2, link 3) and hobby shops offer a unique opportunity to scoop up some older models not currently available in the big box stores. Not to mention the big box stores have probably already been picked clean of the current models worth buying. Expect to pay the same price for older, mainline Hot Wheels as you would in the big box stores. Taking the time to hunt for that harder-to-find model while still getting a great price takes your gift to the next level. Again, do some research specifically to what kinds of cars they are into.

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Here's what Live and Let Diecast authors are purchasing.

Link 1 and Link 2

This again was a basic rundown of the world of diecast. ANY questions at all are appreciated and we will do our best to answer all of them. Happy shopping, hunting, and holiday season from the admins and Live and Let Diecast.

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