Yearly Archives: 2012


collectibles: 2012 Hot Wheels MINI CHALLENGE in yellow

2012 Hot Wheels Gift Pack 2012 Hot Wheels MINI CHALLENGE in yellow

To finish our end-of-the-year collectibles series, we have a last Hot Wheels die-cast MINI for 2012.

A year ago we posted the 2011 Hot Wheels MINI CHALLENGE in BlueChili Red, and White.  For late 2012, Hot Wheels produced a MINI CHALLENGE in yellow with the same graphics as the previous three colors.  The yellow version is found in the Hot Wheels Gift Pack containing 9 cars.

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collectibles: 2012 Hot Wheels X-Raycers Morris Mini

2012 Hot Wheels X-Raycers 5-Pack 2012 Hot Wheels X-Raycers Morris Mini

Continuing our end-of-the-year collectibles series for 2012 is the Hot Wheels X-Raycers Morris Mini.  It is available only as part of the X-Raycers 5-Pack.

The Morris Mini has a transparent green body with yellow windows and 10-Spoke wheels.  The side graphics are white checkers and a No. 1 meatball.

They are available at Toys-R-Us and other retailers.

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collectibles: Go MINI Stunt Racers

Go MINI Stunt Launcher Go MINI Stunt Racers: Bite

Go MINI Stunt Racers

There are five Go MINI Stunt Racers: Bite, Blast, Rebel, Salt, and Spice.  They work with the Go MINI Stunt Launcher.  From Toys-R-Us:

The Go Mini Stunt Launcher is compatible with G0 MINI Stunt Racers. It includes a unique stunt racer. Charge the stunt racer using the stunt launcher and then release! No batteries required!

The Go Mini Stunt Launcher features:

  • Click car into the launcher and charge up the car by pumping the gearstick
  • Use the speedo dial to decide if you charge it to the max
  • Press start button to launch the car
  • Car included can do either straight line racing or change it to do a wheelie stunt

Go MINI Stunt Racers are not available from MINI MotoringGear, but can be found at Toys-R-Us. for $9.99 each.  The Go MINI Stunt Launcher is $19.99.

The Go MINI Stunt Racers are made by Golden Bear Toys under license from MINI.

See also the Go MINI Crew-zers, Go MINI Freestylers, and Go MINI RC Wolf.

Go MINI Stunt Racers: Blast Go MINI Stunt Racers: Rebel
Go MINI Stunt Racers: Salt Go MINI Stunt Racers: Spice

MINI USA Mayan calendar end-of-the-world newspaper ads

MINI USA Mayan calendar ad - December 21, 2012 MINI USA Mayan calendar ad - December 22, 2012

WELL, SO MUCH FOR THE 2014 MODELS.

According to the Mayan calendar, the world ends today, so this could be your last chance to get behind the wheel of a new MINI. Right now you can pay just $0 down to motor* in a 2013 MINI. So, if the world ends today in accordance with Mayan prophecy, you pay nothing. Ever. And if you’re holding out for a 2014 model, here’s a little hint: that’s a bad idea. Good luck. Bye.

WE’RE STILL HERE!

Correction: In the December 21st issue of this newspaper, we ran an ad referencing the imminent destruction of the world as predicted by the Mayans. It has come to our attention that the world did not, in fact, end. Good news all around. You can still take advantage of our $0 to Motor lease* offer on a new MINI. But in light of the world not ending, you will have to make the payments.

MINI USA joined in the Mayan calendar end-of-the-world fun with these two full-page print ads in the The New York Times.  The first, “WELL, SO MUCH FOR THE 2014 MODELS.” appeared on December 21, 2012, the last day of the Mayan calendar cycle.  The second, “WE’RE STILL HERE!” was a “correction” ad and appeared the following day.  More clever ads from Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners.

Download the original images and read the MINI USA NEWS press release WE’RE ALL STILL HERE… LET’S MOTOR.


collectibles: Go MINI RC Wolf

Go MINI RC Wolf

Go MINI RC Wolf

This is the final Go MINI item that appears in the MINI MotoringGear 2012/2013 catalog.

Pictured above is the Go MINI RC Wolf.  It is already available at Toys-R-Us and is coming in January 2013 from the MINI MotoringGear catalog.  The price is $24.99 at Toys-R-Us and $30.00 in the MINI MotoringGear 2012/2013 catalog.

Remote-controlled MINI Cooper S with lights, sounds and steering wheel-shaped control unit. Use the handbrake and turning function for amazing stunts. Dimensions: 7″ x 8 1/4″ x 11″. Imported.
Go MINI RC Wolf 80452327867

The Go MINI RC Wolf is made by Golden Bear Toys under license from MINI.


collectibles: Go MINI Freestylers

Go MINI Freestylers: Charge Go MINI Freestylers: Bulldog

Go MINI Freestylers

Go MINI Freestylers are larger than the Go MINI Crew-zers and each has a different feature.

Already available at Toys-R-Us and coming in January 2013 from the MINI MotoringGear catalog are these five Go MINI Freestylers toy cars: Charge, Bulldog, Tiger, Beats, and Revs.  The price is $23.00 each on MINIMotoringGear.com but $22.75 each in the MINI MotoringGear 2012/2013 catalog.

Every freestyler model has a special feature. All are based on the Cooper S. With integrated batteries. Ages: 3 to 99. Dimensions: 4 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″. Imported.
Go MINI Freestylers / Revs 80452327868 Emits car noises when pushed or pulled. Awesome animated roof design.
Go MINI Freestylers / Beats 80452327869 With ultra-cool sound and an equalizer on the roof. Available at the touch of a button.
Go MINI Freestylers / Charge 80452327870 With light show, cars sounds and flickering flames on the roof.
Go MINI Freestylers / Tiger 80452327871 Touch the windows to hear the roar of a tiger and fun car sounds.
Go MINI Freestylers / Bulldog 80452327872 Press a button and watch the bulldog come out of hiding and bark.

The Go MINI Freestylers are made by Golden Bear Toys under license from MINI.

Go MINI Freestylers: Tiger Go MINI Freestylers: Beats
Go MINI Freestylers: Revs Go MINI Freestylers

collectibles: Go MINI Crew-zers

Go MINI Crew-zers: Sparks Go MINI Crew-zers: Chilli

Go MINI Crew-zers

Go MINI Crew-zers

Already available at Toys-R-Us and coming in January 2013 from the MINI MotoringGear catalog are these five Go MINI Crew-zers toy cars: Checks (not shown), Chilli, Jaxx, Sparks, and Trix.  The price is $7.50 each on MINIMotoringGear.com but $8.00 each in the MINI MotoringGear 2012/2013 catalog.

The miniature MINI Cooper S comes in 5 great designs and with individual license plates to play, collect, and have fun with. Definitely not just for kids. Ages: 3 to 99. Dimensions: 2¾” x 2 3/8″ x 4″. Imported.
Go MINI Crew-zers / Sparks 80452327873
Go MINI Crew-zers / Chilli 80452327874
Go MINI Crew-zers / Trix 80452327875
Go MINI Crew-zers / Checks 80452327876
Go MINI Crew-zers / Jaxx 80452327877

The Go MINI Crew-zers are made by Golden Bear Toys under license from MINI.

Go MINI Crew-zers: Trix Go MINI Crew-zers: Jaxx

collectibles: Matchbox 60th Anniversary Austin Mini Cooper S (2013)

Matchbox 60th Anniversary Austin Mini Cooper S (2013)
Matchbox began making die-cast cars in 1953.  So 2013 marks Matchbox’s 60th anniversary and they are celebrating with commemoration editions of 24 popular cars.

Here we have the Matchbox 60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition Austin Mini Cooper S.  The car is painted in gold with a Union Jack on the roof.  The package comes with a collectible box.  The Austin Mini Cooper S is number 9 out of 24.

The Matchbox catalog number is Y5335.

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collectibles: Matchbox 1964 Austin Mini Cooper (2013)

Matchbox 1964 Austin Mini Cooper (2013)
For you die-cast Mini collectors, Matchbox has included a classic Mini for 2013.

The 1964 Austin Mini Cooper comes in bright red with a large bull’s-eye graphic on the sides.  The die-cast Mini is part of the MBX Adventure City series and number 12 of 120 in the entire 2013 Matchbox line.

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Collectibles: Hot Wheels 2012 MINI Countryman Rally

Hot Wheels 2012 MINI Countryman RallyThis 2012 MINI Countryman Rally Hot Wheels die-cast car was originally supposed to be part of the 2012 Hot Wheels collection.  For whatever reason, it was delayed and now is part of the 2013 HW Stunt collection.

The ’12 MINI Countryman Rally is green with a white roof.  Side graphics include white checkers and the No. 27.

It is car 93/250 in the Hot Wheels 2013 collection.

The QR Code on the back takes you to the Hot Wheels My Car Collector ’12 MINI Countryman Rally page.

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