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Global Grand Finale of 2021 Hot Wheels

The 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour Global Grand Finale is here. Presented by Mobil 1, this virtual event is the culmination of the largest ever international hunt for the next custom fan vehicle worthy of being inducted into the Hot Wheels Garage of Legendsä and immortalized as a Hot WheelsÒ 1:64 die-cast toy. Ten finalists, representing the top five North American submissions and five best international builds, will go head-to-head in a live-streamed event hosted from Jay Leno’s Garage at 9:00 a.m. PT on Saturday, Nov. 13. 

Ten cars will compete but there can only be one winner. The vehicle that best embodies true authenticity, creativity, and garage spirit will emerge as the next Hot Wheels Legend. The task of crowning this year’s champion will be conducted by an expert panel of judges, including Henrik Fisker, automotive design icon; Elana Scherr, Car and Driver Senior Editor; Ted Wu, Global Head of Design for Vehicles, Mattel; Bryan Benedict, Director of Vehicles Design, Mattel; Brendon Vetuskey, Vehicles Designer, Mattel; and of course car-loving celebrity Jay Leno.

“The Hot Wheels Legends Tour Global Grand Finale is where dreams come true,” said Ted Wu, Vice President, Global Head of Design for Vehicles, Mattel. “By expanding the international tour through both in-person and virtual events across five continents, the 2021 Legends Tour is by far the most competitive to date. Millions of Hot Wheels fans from around the world have attended this year’s tour stops to see which builds will be competing for the top spot. Looking ahead to the finale, we can’t wait to see which vehicle will go on to inspire the next generation of Hot Wheels fans in die-cast form.”

During the finale, fans can also expect to learn more about a Limited Edition Hot Wheels Twin Mill die-cast featuring a unique Mobil 1 livery, as well as get exclusive access to Limited Edition Hot Wheels NFT promo stickers, in anticipation of the Hot Wheels NFT Garage drop on Nov. 16th. 360 Magazine is excited to see competition as it contains a lot of kids’ childhood. 

The 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour finalists include:

  • 1991 Porsche 911 Baja from Sun Valley, California
  • Custom aluminum racer named “Lulu” from Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 1969 Daytona Charger Superbird “Scraptona” from Macomb, Michigan
  • 2003 Exoskeleton Nissan 350Z from San Mateo, California
  • 1968 Mercedes Benz 250S from Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
  • Custom Volkswagen Beatle sedan from Mexico
  • Custom Volvo P1800 Gasser named “Aint No Saint” from the United Kingdom
  • Custom Wittgenstein from Germany
  • 1986 Dihatsu Mira from Malaysia
  • 1973 Mazda 616 Capella from New Zealand

To tune into this legendary event, visit the Hot Wheels Facebook page here: https://fb.me/e/5tMdrD9L1

To check out the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends, visit www.HotWheels.com/GarageofLegends.

Hot Wheels in Houston

The Hot Wheels Legends Tour presented by Mobil 1 headed to “Space City” on September 18 and was set to feature the most awe-inspiring garage builds from across the Southwest. This live, in-person event took place at a Houston-area Walmart Supercenter in Spring, Texas, where one lucky fan car will moved on in the competition for a chance to become a Hot Wheels 1:64 die-cast toy.

With only two finalist spots remaining for the U.S. and Canada, local Houston celebrities, including Trae tha Truth and DJ Mr. Rogers, joined Hot Wheels Designers Ted Wu and Bryan Benedict at the judge’s table to evaluate each entry based on authenticity, creativity and garage spirit.

“Houston is the perfect place to host the next live event stop in the tour, as its car culture is synonymous with customization,” said Ted Wu, Vice President and Global Head of Design for Vehicles at Mattel. “From candy paint to elbow rims, we look forward to seeing the biggest and baddest builds from across the Southwest.”

Fans also saw a limited-run of three (AND ONLY THREE!), fully custom, hand-painted Hot Wheels ’64 Lincoln Continental convertible “SLAB” die-casts modeled after Trae tha Truth’s personal vehicle, which were available for live auction at the event. All proceeds benefitted the Angel By Nature non-profit organization, founded by Trae tha Truth, which provides local aid to the most vulnerable individuals in Houston’s vibrant community, with an emphasis on families with underserved youth.

Hundreds of custom fan cars registered for the event, and onsite experiences and appearances by Hot Wheels Garage of Legends icons Twin Mill, Bone Shaker, Deora II and Midas Monkey guaranteed fun for the whole family.

As with other event champions, the Houston winner will advance to the Semi-Finals later this year and then possibly the Global Grand Finale for a chance to have his or her car inducted into the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends and immortalized as the next 1:64 die-cast toy sold around the world. To date, North American winners include a 1968 Mercedes Benz 250S from Penticton, British Columbia, Canada; a custom aluminum racer named Lulu from Santa Fe, New Mexico; the 1969 Daytona Charger Superbird “Scraptona” from Macob, Michigan; “Loosie,” a Miami-winning 1929 Ford Model A; and the Detroit-winning 1975 Opel Manta, along with the exoskeleton 2003 Nissan 350Z from San Mateo, California.

Upcoming Tour Dates include:

  • October 9: In-Person Event & Social Coverage from El Segundo, California
  • October 28: Global Virtual Livestream Semi-Finals #1
  • November 4: Global Virtual Livestream Semi-Finals #2
  • November 13: Global Grand Finale In-Person Event & Livestream (Location TBD)

Fans may register their cars for one of the upcoming virtual and in-person events or learn more about the Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour by visiting their site here

About Mattel

Mattel is a leading global toy company and owner of one of the strongest catalogs of children’s and family entertainment franchises in the world. We create innovative products and experiences that inspire, entertain and develop children through play. We engage consumers through our portfolio of iconic brands, including Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, Fisher-Price®, American Girl®, Thomas & Friends™, UNO® and MEGA®, as well as other popular intellectual properties that we own or license in partnership with global entertainment companies. Our offerings include film and television content, gaming, music, and live events. We operate in 35 locations and our products are available in more than 150 countries in collaboration with the world’s leading retail and e-commerce companies. Since its founding in 1945, Mattel is proud to be a trusted partner in empowering children to explore the wonder of childhood and reach their full potential.

About Mobil 1

Mobil 1™ motor oil is the world’s leading brand of synthetic motor oil. Our advanced technology allows Mobil 1 motor oils to meet or exceed some of the industry’s toughest standards and to provide exceptional protection under even extreme driving conditions. Mobil 1 motor oil is designed to help protect critical engine parts, maximize engine performance, and extend engine life. For more information, visit us online at www.mobil1.us or and follow @Mobil1 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Winner of Hot Wheels Legends Tour

The winner of the 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour Houston live event stop has been announced.

Michael Tran of Houston, Texas will go on to compete for a chance to have his fully customized 2007 “Soo Sik C6” Corvette become the next Garage of Legends inductee and made into a 1:64 Hot Wheels die-cast toy sold around the world.

About the “Soo Sik C6” Corvette:

The Houston-winning “Soo Sik C6” Corvette started life as a factory 2007 Corvette. It is now anything BUT. In true garage spirit, Michael Tran, a Houston-native, custom fabricated an entirely new body AND interior for his C6 Corvette. The only original components remaining are the frame and the engine, which now makes roughly 1,000 horsepower thanks to a pair of rear-mounted turbos. Having built custom cars since 1998, Tran also fitted the “Soo Sik C6” with custom wheels, exhaust and a one-of-a-kind headlight design to complete the vehicle’s winning looks.

Judges for today’s Houston Hot Wheels Legends Tour live event included:

Bryan Benedict, Design Director Hot Wheels and Matchbox Die-casts

Matthew Gabe, Lead Designer, Hot Wheels Packaging

Trae tha Truth, Houston Rapper, Activist, Record Executive and Angel By Nature Charity Founder

Bill Carlton, Ekstensive Metal

Tim Donelson, Ekstensive Metal

Sean Tajipour, West Houston Muscle

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Hot Wheels Legends Tour in Detroit

Hot Wheels Legends Tour Presented by Mobil 1 Arrives in Detroit on August 7

  • Scores of custom car creations from across the Midwest to be featured – submit your entry now!
  • Live judging continues in Detroit with Motor City mavens helping to choose the next Legends Tour finalist
  • Family-friendly outing will take place at Walmart Livonia from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT

The Hot Wheels Legends Tour presented by Mobil 1 is heading to the Motor City and set to feature the best garage builds in the Detroit area. Taking place on Saturday, August 7, the second in-person live event of the 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour will see one additional finalist from North America move on for a chance to have their custom car become the next Hot Wheels 1:64 die-cast toy.

With only four finalist spots remaining for the U.S. and Canada, an expert panel of judges – including Cristy Lee of All Girls Garage and Rory Carroll, Editor in Chief, Jalopnik – will be on the hunt for those builds that best embody the Hot Wheels passion for authenticity, creativity and garage spirit. Gamuts of custom fan cars are already registered, and onsite experiences and appearances by Hot Wheels Garage of Legends icons Twin Mill, Bone Shaker, Deora II and Midas Monkey guarantee fun for the whole family.

“The Motor City never disappoints and the entries we’re already seeing are a true testament to the legendary automotive history and enthusiasm of this iconic city,” said Ted Wu, Global Head of Design for Hot Wheels. “We already know that competition will be steep between all the great customs from Detroit.”

As in previous events, the Detroit winner will advance to the Semi-Finals later this year and then possibly the Global Grand Finale for a chance to have his/her car inducted into the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends and immortalized as the next 1:64 die-cast toy sold in Walmart stores around the world. To date, North American winners include a 1968 Mercedes Benz 250S from Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, a custom aluminum racer named Lulu from Santa Fe, New Mexico, the 1969 Daytona Charger Superbird “Scraptona” from Macob, Michigan and the Miami-winning 1929 Ford Model A dubbed “Loosie.”

This event will take place at Walmart Livonia located at 29555 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150 from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT. For more information, visit the Hot Wheels Facebook page.

Upcoming Tour Dates include:

  • August 26: Virtual Livestream
  • September 18: In-Person Event in Houston, Texas
  • October 9: In-Person Event & Social Coverage from El Segundo, California
  • October 28: Global Virtual Livestream Semi-Finals #1
  • November 4: Global Virtual Livestream Semi-Finals #2
  • November 13: Global Grand Finale In-Person Event & Livestream (Location TBD)

Fans may register their cars for one of the upcoming virtual and in-person events or learn more about the Hot Wheels Legends Tour here. To check out the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends, visit the official website.

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Hot Wheels Legends Tour Winner Announced

The Hot Wheels Legends Tour presented by Mobil 1 kicks off its first live, in-person stop for 2021 in Miami, Florida on Saturday, July 10. Fun for the whole family, this event is set to feature amazing local custom fan builds, Hot Wheels Garage of Legends icons, including the Twin Mill, Bone Shaker, Deora II and Midas Monkey, as well as onsite experiences for fans of all ages. 

The competition intensifies for this fourth North American stop, as tons of cars will be accepted and reviewed by an expert panel of judges. This team will consist of Hot Wheels designers and Miami automotive influencers, including Hot Wheels die-cast graphic designer Leeway Chang, automotive visionary Elo of Miami Supercar Rooms, John Temerian of “We Are Curated” and Maximilian Trullenque of Cars & Coffee Miami. As always, each judge will be looking for authenticity, creativity and, most importantly, garage spirit in determining which custom fan build has the chops to potentially be immortalized as the next 1:64 die-cast Hot Wheels toy. 

“We are excited to see these cars in person again. Miami is what we have been waiting for all year and we expect custom builds from all over the Southeast to register,” said Ted Wu, Global Head of Design for Hot Wheels. “In true challenger spirit, these live tour stops allow builders to showcase their passion projects, and provide a fun, friendly experience for the whole family, which is exactly what Hot Wheels is all about.” 

 As in previous events, the winner of this stop will go on to compete in the finals later this year to see if their build will be inducted into the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends and immortalized as the next 1:64 die-cast toy sold around the world. So far this year, North American winners include a 1968 Mercedes Benz 250S from Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, a custom aluminum racer named Lulu from Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the 1969 Daytona Charger Superbird “Scraptona” from Macob, Michigan. 

This event will take place at Walmart Doral located at 8651 NW 13th Terrace Doral, FL 33126 from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT. 

Upcoming Tour Dates:

  • • August 7: In-Person in Detroit, Michigan 
  • • August 26: Virtual Livestream 
  • • September 18: In-Person Event in Houston, Texas 
  • • October 9: In-Person Event & Livestream from El Segundo, California 
  • • October 28: Global Virtual Livestream Semi-Finals #1 
  • • November 4: Global Virtual Livestream Semi-Finals #2 
  • • November 13: Global Grand Finale In-Person Event & Livestream (Location TBD) 

Fans may register their cars for one of the upcoming virtual and in-person events or learn more about the Hot Wheels Legends Tour by visiting here

To check out the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends, visit here

About Mattel 

Mattel is a leading global toy company and owner of one of the strongest catalogs of children’s and family entertainment franchises in the world. We create innovative products and experiences that inspire, entertain and develop children through play. We engage consumers through our portfolio of iconic brands, including Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, Fisher-Price®, American Girl®, Thomas & Friends™, UNO® and MEGA®, as well as other popular intellectual properties that we own or license in partnership with global entertainment companies. Our offerings include film and television content, gaming, music and live events. We operate in 35 locations and our products are available in more than 150 countries in collaboration with the world’s leading retail and e-commerce companies. Since its founding in 1945, Mattel is proud to be a trusted partner in empowering children to explore the wonder of childhood and reach their full potential. 

About Mobil 1 

Mobil 1™ motor oil is the world’s leading brand of synthetic motor oil. Our advanced technology allows Mobil 1 motor oils to meet or exceed some of the industry’s toughest standards and to provide exceptional protection under even extreme driving conditions. Mobil 1 motor oil is designed to help protect critical engine parts, maximize engine performance, and extend engine life.

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Hot Wheels To Host First 2021 In-Person Stop in July

The Hot Wheels Legends Tour Presented by Mobil 1 to Host First 2021 In-Person Stop on July 10 in Miami

Live judging is back for Miami event with local icons helping to choose this stop’s winner, tons of cars to be showcased at this event – submit your entry now!

Family-friendly event will take place at Walmart Doral from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT

The Hot Wheels Legends Tour presented by Mobil 1 kicks off its first live, in-person stop for 2021 in Miami, Florida on Saturday, July 10. Fun for the whole family, this event is set to feature amazing local custom fan builds, Hot Wheels Garage of Legends icons, including the Twin Mill, Bone Shaker, Deora II and Midas Monkey, as well as onsite experiences for fans of all ages.

The competition intensifies for this fourth North American stop, as tons of cars will be accepted and reviewed by an expert panel of judges. This team will consist of Hot Wheels designers and Miami automotive influencers, including Hot Wheels die-cast graphic designer Leeway Chang, automotive visionary Elo of Miami Supercar Rooms, John Temerian of “We Are Curated” and Maximilian Trullenque of Cars & Coffee Miami. As always, each judge will be looking for authenticity, creativity and, most importantly, garage spirit in determining which custom fan build has the chops to potentially be immortalized as the next 1:64 die-cast Hot Wheels toy.

We are excited to see these cars in person again. Miami is what we have been waiting for all year and we expect custom builds from all over the Southeast to register,” said Ted Wu, Global Head of Design for Hot Wheels. “In true challenger spirit, these live tour stops allow builders to showcase their passion projects, and provide a fun, friendly experience for the whole family, which is exactly what Hot Wheels is all about.

As in previous events, the winner of this stop will go on to compete in the finals later this year to see if their build will be inducted into the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends and immortalized as the next 1:64 die-cast toy sold around the world. So far this year, North American winners include a 1968 Mercedes Benz 250S from Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, a custom aluminum racer named Lulu from Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the 1969 Daytona Charger Superbird “Scraptona” from Macob, Michigan.

This event will take place at Walmart Doral located at 8651 NW 13th Terrace Doral, FL 33126 from 8am-12pm EDT. For more information, visit the Hot Wheels Facebook page.

Upcoming Tour Dates (Register HERE)

  • August 7: In-Person in Detroit, Michigan
  • August 26: Virtual Livestream
  • September 18: In-Person Event in Houston, Texas
  • October 9: In-Person Event & Livestream from El Segundo, California
  • October 28: Global Virtual Livestream Semi-Finals #1
  • November 4: Global Virtual Livestream Semi-Finals #2
  • November 13: Global Grand Finale In-Person Event & Livestream (Location TBD)

About Mattel

Mattel is a leading global toy company and owner of one of the strongest catalogs of children’s and family entertainment franchises in the world. We create innovative products and experiences that inspire, entertain, and develop children through play. We engage consumers through our portfolio of iconic brands, including Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, Fisher-Price®, American Girl®, Thomas & Friends™, UNO® and MEGA®, as well as other popular intellectual properties that we own or license in partnership with global entertainment companies. Our offerings include film and television content, gaming, music, and live events. We operate in 35 locations and our products are available in more than 150 countries in collaboration with the world’s leading retail and e-commerce companies. Since its founding in 1945, Mattel is proud to be a trusted partner in empowering children to explore the wonder of childhood and reach their full potential.

Hot Wheels illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Hot Wheels Legends Tour

The Hot Wheels Legends Tour Kicks Off First North American Stop

Live Virtual Event on April 29

  • Presented by Mobil 1 and in partnership with throtl, premiere car culture livestream will take place on the Hot Wheels Facebook page and on throtl YouTube channel beginning at 5:00 p.m. PDT on Thursday, April 29
  • Hundreds of custom car creations have been submitted  
  • The winner will go on to compete for the chance to become the next Hot Wheels Garage of Legends inductee and have their custom car creation immortalized as a 1:64 Hot Wheels diecast toy

On Thursday, April 29, the global hunt for the 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour winner continues with the first North American stop. Now in its fourth year, the world’s largest traveling car show resumes as a live virtual event that will take place on the Hot Wheels Facebook page and throtl YouTube channel beginning at 5:00 p.m. PDT. Hundreds of cars have been submitted by custom car builders across the United States and Canada, all competing to become the next Hot Wheels Garage of Legends inductee and have their ride turned into a Hot Wheels die-cast vehicle that will be sold–and played with by kids of all ages–around the world.

To watch this premiere automotive livestream event which will bring together every part of car culture, visit the Hot Wheels Legends Tour Facebook page or the throtl YouTube channel.

The 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour is bigger than ever with stops spanning 13 countries and 5 continents. Presented by Mobil 1 and sponsored by Dynacraft and Milestone S.r.l., the first North American event continues this year’s first virtual stops in New Zealand (April 15) and Australia (April 22). Judging will take place live throughout the virtual event by known auto enthusiast personalities, including automotive YouTube sensation and builder TJ Hunt, throtl co-founder Mickey Andrade, motorsports ambassador Jarod DeAnda and top motorsports athlete Collete Davis, as well as Bryan Benedict, Director of Hot Wheels Die-Cast Design, Ted Wu, Global Head of Hot Wheels Design and Mobil 1 special guest and professional drifter, Ryan Tuerck.

“While we look forward to the Hot Wheels Legends Tour returning to in-person events, the virtual contest format has created opportunities for more fans across the United States and Canada to share their passion projects,” said Ted Wu, Global Head of Hot Wheels Design at Mattel. “With so many submissions already in North America and immensely popular events in Australia and New Zealand earlier this month, we’re confident this year’s competition will be fierce.”

Dates for future stops will be announced soon, and fans may register or learn more about the Hot Wheels Legends Tour by visiting Hot Wheels. Livestreams will be available to view on the Hot Wheels Facebook page, on Walmart and through automotive media partners in specific countries. Live events will be returning to U.S.-based Walmart stores this summer.

For further information and to register for an upcoming event, please visit the Hot Wheels website.