I recently started looking into the 2007 Hot Wheels Super Treasure Hunt collection. If you didn't read through part one of the story or have forgotten about that year, let me refresh your memory. Two of the best movies that came out around that time are Transformers and The Bucket List. Ocean's Thirteen was alright, too, but I would still rather watch the original. Over in the music department, here are some more Billboard 100 hits that you might remember listening to: "Buy U a Drank" by T-Pain, "Glamorous" by Fergie and Ludacris, and who could forget Akon's "Smack That"?
As for the Hot Wheels Super Treasure Hunts, the first six collectibles of the year were a mix of three exciting cars and three fantasy vehicles. The following six items kept the same ratio but at least gave the world one of the best STHs of all time. As with previous years, the most intelligent way to get all 24 rare Hot Wheels of the year is to buy the RLC-exclusive set. Mattel released 2,000 of these, usually costing around $750 on the open market. And I will explain why this is such an intelligent decision in a minute.
Looking at this item, you can tell how much a good set of rims and an inspired color combo can change the looks of a car. Still, you can't expect a miracle. Even the most expensive Brutalistic STHs on eBay have an asking price of just over $40. But in reality, you can buy one for $15 or less. Don't even get me started on the loose version, which should be at most $10. That's sad for a Super Treasure Hunt.
The 2007 Jaded Super Treasure Hunt was number 8/12 for that year and featured a Spectraflame Blue finish with purple and green flames decorating the body. Even the regular Treasure Hunt looked decent, but the rarer model is bound to make you consider buying the entire collection. Price-wise, you could pay between $25 and $85 for this model, but that's just a warmup for what's coming next.
Mark Jones designed the casting, and it debuted in the 2003 First Editions series. Nine variations came out of the factory before the TH and STH arrived in 2007. I'm glad Mattel opted for a simple, red finish on both cars, as any intricate liveries would have only reduced their appeal. Six-Spoke Bling wheels were all the hype back then, as we saw with other items.
The Enzo featured the same rim design. Someone listed one of these at $3,000 on eBay, and it's not even a Short Card. There are several offers for $500 or more, while the cheapest option is buying a loose model at around $170. You'll find several other variations that are just expensive or even worse. With 27 different Hot Wheels Enzos you can get, you'll need a budget of around $5,000 to own them all.
Custom ’69 Chevy
Once again, the designers in El Segundo opted for the 6-Spoke Bling wheels. If you've got between $50 to $100 to spare, you can add the Custom '69 Chevy STH to your collection. Just keep in mind that this casting has at least two more exciting variations to look for. Chances are that the 2007 RLC sELECTIONs one is even rarer than the STH, at less than 8,000 units ever made. That explains why some people have listed it for over $200 on eBay.
The original color was a much better choice for this type of car than Spectraflame Magenta. I'd even go as far as to think that the BLING wheels are superior to the 5-Spoke Mag Style Real Riders ones, which wouldn't apply to other vehicles. Adding this item to your collection will require an additional $30 to $70 investment. There are better ways to spend that money, but there's no going around it if you want the full 2007 STH line-up.
It was off to a great start, as the second iteration was an RLC special with 10,000 units. Another rare Collectors Nationals model appeared in 2004; the diecast manufacturer only released 2,000 pieces. The 2007 Super Treasure Hunt variation looked great in Spectraflame Red with black flames, but the White Wall 6-Spoke Real Riders wheels were plain ugly. Even though the rear rim is tucked in beneath the body, you can still see the one upfront. Short card versions can go up to about $50, but you can still score an STH Evil Twin for less than $20.