First, you should know which casting to look for. Secondly, you should be aware of the differences between the basic version and the special one: type of wheels used, type of paint job, and placement of TH symbols.
But that's not all there is to it. In this day and age, people are increasingly obsessed with finding both TH and STH models. So if a store takes delivery of a crate of Hot Wheels cases today and someone else gets there before you do, they might snatch up all the rare cars right away.
That's why some people have started working hand in hand with store clerks, to get first dibs on any new case that is delivered at any moment. Of course, that's not going to happen in every single store, so there's still a chance that you'll get lucky one day.
Red Line Club.
At the end of the "diecast hunting" season, Mattel will give you the chance to buy a set that contains all 15 STH cars released that year. That's going to set you back $250 plus the delivery expenses. But in 2021, production was limited to 1,500 sets.
This year's Skyline R34 GT-R RLC model was sold out in less than 15 minutes, even though there were 30,000 units available. So you can imagine that buying the STH set isn't going to be easy either.
Someone is trying to sell one for $1,000 on eBay, and God knows how much more expensive these will be in a few years. The guys over at the Lamley Group are fortunate enough to own both the 2022 and 2021 STH models, as part of a vast diecast collection.
Last year, there were five Japanese cars included in this special collection. In 2022, there were only two JDM machines involved: the 1999 Honda Civic Type R and the Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-X.
The number of American cars has remained constant at eight vehicles. More European cars have arrived for 2022. Last year we only had the Porsche 356A and the Audi R8 Spyder.
But 2022 came along with the 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL Race Car, the Volkswagen Kafer Racer, the 2020 Jaguar F-Type, the 1973 Lamborghini Miura SV, and the 1994 Audi Avant RS2. Of course, some are more exciting than others. And that's something you'll notice by looking at the market value for each product.
$500 for the Honda.
Loose cars are more accessible, and you can get them from Malaysia for as cheap as $30. That's not ideal if you plan on perhaps reselling them in a few years, but it's good enough if you just want them for display purposes. With that in mind, which is your favorite STH model from the 2022 line-up?