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Hot Wheels is a brand name used for many of Mattel's die-cast toys and was first utilized in 1968.

Mattel, one of the world's largest toy makers, announced in 2008 that it had acquired a license to produce merchandise based on the Star Trek franchise.

Including repaints, a total of fifteen die-cast metal and ABS plastic Star Trek starship miniatures have been released under the Hot Wheels brand. Each ship is said to be in "1:50 scale" (in reference to diecast automobile scales), measures from ten to seventeen centimeters in length, and is packaged with an adjustable plastic stand.

Releases

Hot Wheels USS Voyager and USS Defiant prototypes

Unproduced Hot Wheels USS Voyager and USS Defiant prototypes from early 2000's.

Series 1

Released in May 2009

San Diego Comic-Con International 2009 Exclusive

Released in July 2009

Series 2

Released in January 2010

Series 3

Released in September 2010 as a six ship set in the Star Trek Scene It? Ultimate Fan Pack Limited Edition and sold at Costco Warehouse locations in Canada and the U.S.

Future Releases

Mattel has announced the resumption of the line beginning in the first quarter of 2013. Aside from re-released models, the line is slated to release:
  • USS Excelsior
  • "Klingon Battle Cruiser from Star Trek XII"
  • "New Movie Ship from Star Trek XII"

Notes

  • When first released, the packaging for the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (refit) was mistakenly printed as USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A. Hot Wheels rectified this by removing the printed "-A" on later Series 1 packaging and printed "refit" instead.
  • The USS Enterprise (alternate reality) prototype was mistakenly produced with red bussard collectors which caused a four month release delay for the first production version of the ship. The color was corrected to blue before production began.

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