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Saturday, December 29 2012 23:24

Retro Flashback: HOT WHEELS CRACK-UPS Crash Course

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I've been on a real retro-kick lately, and while my wife hasn' been too keen on my thoughts of remodeling my office space into a retro-styled world of fun, I've still been recapturing some feelings of youth as my daughter and I continue rockin' the Hot Wheels. While I've mentioned my daughter's car-obsession regularly, I've really been catching the bug again myself. Case-in-point: I stopped at Dollar Tree today and picked up a pair of Hot Wheels' "The Hot Ones" funny cars that are re-tooled versions of ones I had growing up in the 1980s. From that same era came something that popped into my head tonight that I hadn't thought of in many years... the Hot Wheels Crack-Ups Crash Course!

crackups1I don't know how I'd forgotten about them, but Hot Wheels Crack-ups were some of my favorite toy cars from the mid-80s, and the pinnacle of their line was the Crash Course playset. Produced by Mattel, each car had a rotating panel that was spring-loaded to make the car appear "damaged" depending on where it was hit. There were side, front, and rear models available, and I distinctly recall having a few of each. My wife says she remembers her brother having some as well. Check out the vintage goodness in all of it's glory below:

 
While a few of these are currently available on eBay in carious conditions,  I'm curious what the original retail for the Crash Course was back in the 80s. Actually, I need to look into the current crop of Hot Wheels playsets since my little one doesn't have any to go with her rapidly-expanding fleet of vehicles. If anyone has some suggestions, feel free to let me know.

Stay tuned to The Rock Father for more Hot Wheels posts to come... 

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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