Mattel first introduced the Treasure Hunt line in 1995, with one T-hunt appearing for every month of the year. There are times though that instead of just 12, 15 Hot Wheels Treasure Hunt are released by Mattel for a particular year.
Thunts attracts HW car collectors, because of its rarity and because the over-all look is a little more flashy and features “extras” – special rubber tires, brighter paint, nicer over-all look and make.
There are two kinds of T-hunts – the Regular Treasure Hunt and the Super Treasure Hunt. The Super T-hunts are very rare, and almost always tagged with a high price in the secondary market. Spectraflame paint and Real Riders Wheels are hallmarks of a Hot Wheels Super Treasure Hunt.
It’s easy to know if what you’ve got is a Hot Wheels Treasure Hunt or not. You only have to inspect the Hot Wheels card. If you see a circle flame logo printed on the card, hidden behind the car and blister – then you are in luck, what you’re holding is a treasure hunt.
Another way to spot a treasure hunt is by inspecting the car itself. The circle flame logo is painted on the actual car and usually you can find this on the hood. Sometimes though, it takes a second look to spot the HW Treasure Hunt logo on the car, as sometimes this is woven into the tampo design expertly that you will think it is just part of the design.
See this for sample – Thunt 2013 Custom 77 Dodge Van with the treasure hunt logo on the car’s side.
It used to be so easy to know if you are holding a treasure hunt or just a regular car because in the early Thunts, Mattel printed the words ‘Treasure Hunt’ or “T-hunt” on the card itself. Like the label on this Thunt ’58 Impala:
There are hobbyist and avid collectors who only collect Treasure Hunts. 🙂
How many T-hunts do you have in your Hot Wheels collection?