Scooby Doo Mystery Machine: Hot Wheels 2012 Premiere and Imagination

Scooby Doo was a famous cartoon character from the year 1969. Scooby Doo is a Great Dane and is the dog of Mystery Inc., a group of young people who are looking for adventure and solving spooky crimes and mysteries.

Scooby Doo is a talking dog inspired by another cartoon dog, Astro, of the The Jetson’s cartoon series. Both Scooby and Astro was voiced by artist Don Messick.

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Aside from Scooby, the other members of Mystery Inc. are:

  • Norville “Shaggy” Rogers
  • Fred Jones
  • Velma Dinkley
  • Daphne Blake

Scrappy Doo, Scooby’s little nephew, was introduced in 1974.

For the cartoon series “Scooby Doo, Where are You?” and other Scooby Doo shows and movies, the Mystery Inc. are seen riding their official vehicle, the Mystery Machine.


Scooby Doo and the Mystery Machine

Its Mean, Its Green, Its the Mystery Machine !!!!

The Mystery Machine is usually seen driven by Fred. There are claims that Shaggy is the person who owns the vehicle but if you’ll basing on some facts found in the movie “Scooby Doo: The Mystery Begins” made by Cartoon Network, the Mystery Machine is owned by Daphne’s dad, and Shaggy was the only person among the group that can drive the van during that time for he is the only one who has a valid driver’s license.

Truly, the Mystery Machine is full of mysteries!!!!

Scooby Doo and the Gang on Board the Mystery Machine

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine
Picture taken from the web!!!

The Mystery Machine is the main transport for the Mystery Inc. members during their mystery and ghost hunting trips.

The Mystery Machine is registered at the group’s home town of Crystal Cove and was given the license plate number of Crystal Cove 345-600.

Aside from the very hippie colors of the exteriors and flower decals of the Mystery Machine, it posseses no special features, equipments or ammunitions. The only secret inside the Mystery Machine is that it houses an eject button located in the glove compartment that can send the person sitting in the passenger to be propelled outside, a staple among cartoon cars back then. Lol

The Mystery Machine seems to be a design inspiration coming from a real vehicle from the 60’s, the 1965 Chevrolet Sports Van.


Mystery Machine for the Hot Wheels 2012 series and Hot Wheels Imagination 2013

Hot Wheels has been featuring some of the most famous Hollywood cars in the past few years. Some of the movie and cartoons inspired cars that they already released for the 1:64 die cast market was the Ecto-1 from the Ghost Busters, the A Team Van from the A Team series and movie, the De Lorean Time Machine from the Back to the Future trilogy and a number of Batmobiles and Batman villains’ vehicles.

Hot Wheels 2012 Premiere: Mystery Machine

Mystery Machine First Editions Hot Wheels

For the year 2012, Hot Wheels has released 2 famous Hollywood cars, KITT or Knight Rider Two Thousand from the action series Knight Rider and the Mystery Machine from the cartoon series “Scooby Doo, Where are You?”

First Edition Scooby Doo Mystery Machine by Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels Mystery Machine toy

The cards for the 2012 Hot Wheels Mystery Machine was stamped with New Model or 2012 HW Premiere saying that the Mystery Machine debuted in the Hot Wheels main line series in the year 2012. However, there are still cards from the Hot Wheels 2013 Imagination series that shows the words New for 2012. Guess Mattel, the makers of How Wheels, did not produce enough Mystery Van cars for kids and collectors for 2012 and they are trying to make it up by having an extended release in the 2013 series.

The 1:64 model of the Hot Wheels’ Mystery Machine resembles much of the van used from the Scooby Doo cartoon series from the 60’s. Dominant color for the body is teal but it is decorated by flowers and other Scooby Doo inspired tampos like the words “ The Mystery Machine” found on both sides of the toy car. A small bump in front of the van represents the spare tire cover for the van but it is not well detailed.

Mystery Machine 1:64 scale model: Not so detailed front

Mystery Machine Van

The Hot Wheels Mystery Machine is equipped with Orange 5J or Japanese 5 Spoke tires. Interiors are colored with orange and black. Variation Base codes are E27, E31 and E36. Toy number is V5326.


Why should you collect the Hot Wheels Mystery Machine 1:64 model car?

Well for one this is the first edition or FE of the Mystery Machine for the Hot Wheels Mainline set. We all know that some of the most priced version for a particular model is either its First Edition, Final Run or if it been cast as a Treasure Hunt for a particular year.

Mystery Machine: Must Have Hot Wheels Car for the 2012 and 2013 Series

Hot Wheels Mystery Machine 2012

And since Hollywood cars and video game inspired cars are very popular, getting one can be a little difficult for many kids and collectors would want to have one (or more) of these cars making the supply low and demand high.

Plus this Hot Wheels car is really hip and cool!!!!

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