So how many people are drilling apart cars and finding fun little hidden details inside? Hot Wheels has a long history of gags on their vehicles. Sponsors, drivers, decals that are just full of information are actually references to the designers or of El Segundo, home of Mattel HQ. All of the details have a backstory somewhere.
One tow truck casting had legendary Hot Wheels designer Larry Wood’s real phone number on the side, and was used instead of a business card - you could actually dial the number on the side of the truck, and Larry would pick up! (Anything with Larry, L. Wood, or Elwood is a reference to Larry Wood.)
Here’s a short list of the ones I have found or heard about so far.... Please add your own Easter eggs!
-The MBX hearse has a coffin in the back, with a skeletal hand pushing the lid aside. It also has an engine under the hood.
-The AristoRat has a rat with a wrench in its mouth next to the driver’s seat.
-The Surf’n’Turf has a ukulele on the back seat.
-The Project Speeder has a dog in the back seat.
-The Ataxi Taxi has a cel phone on the back seat, and a tissue box on the rear parcel tray below the window.
-The E-Rod has a rat on the seat next to a pizza.
-The rear of the ‘70 Chevelle station wagon is full of engine parts, including a block, belts, and a loose piston.
-One of the bus castings has a book, a slingshot, and a banana peel on the seats.
-The tooned ‘69 Chevelle has a V-8, nitrous bottles, and complete sound system including battery, amp, and stereo speakers.
-One of the VW Eurovan castings has a man in the back (perhaps on a stretcher).
-Fish’n’Chips has a takeaway on the passenger seat, and one of the rear tray tables is up.
-The trailer license plate from the MBX Wild set reads “CAMPY AF”
(Okay, yeah, sure .... it stands for “Camp Arrow Flint” .... uh huh ....)
-The MBX Dodge Monaco police car has a shotgun on the back seat.
-The MBX ‘75 Caprice has a switch box on the seat for lowrider hydraulics.
-A casting of a 1989 Porsche has a doctor’s stethoscope on the back seat. The doctor who owned the original 1:1 car treated the designer for cancer - this was a nod to the doctor that saved his life.
Not inside, but underneath:
-the Ratical Rod’s engine pan is a wedge of Swiss cheese
-the driveline for the Rodger Dodger 2.0 is a battery with +/- markings