(written from a Production point of view)
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.
- Released in May 2009
- USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (refit)
- USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (alternate reality) - *released in September 2009
- USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D
- USS Reliant
- Klingon Bird-of-Prey
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- Released in July 2009
- USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (refit) - with "under construction" deco in partially transparent "Spacedock" display case
- Released in January 2010
- USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (refit) - identical re-release of first version; packaging identifies ship correctly as USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (refit)
- USS Enterprise NCC-1701 (alternate reality) - "battle damaged" repaint
- USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D - "battle damaged" repaint
- USS Reliant - "battle damaged" repaint
- Klingon Bird-of-Prey - "battle damaged" repaint
- 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.
- Enterprise NX-01 - packaging mis-identifies ship as "U.S.S. Enterprise NX-01"
- USS Enterprise (TOS)
- USS Enterprise-A - "battle damaged" repaint of Enterprise refit; hull registry markings and packaging are correctly printed
- USS Saratoga - repaint of USS Reliant
- HMS Bounty - repaint of Klingon Bird-of-Prey with "HMS Bounty" marked on the bottom of the ship's hull
- 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"
- 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.