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SPECIAL KROGER CASES INCLUDE EXCLUSIVE VARIATIONS!

By Gary Barnum 

We love our Hot Wheels, but some of us have a special affinity for variations. It actually started as something that happened on purpose, then it became something accidental, now it might be either. Well, these are on purpose! And you can only get them in these special cases at participating Kroger Family of Stores locations or on Kroger.com. But there are four different variations in these cases!  

Now, you might ask yourself “What’s a variation? Well, variations are essentially as old as Hot Wheels themselves. You see, a variation is when the same edition or release of a casting is changed in some way for a number of pieces. Maybe the color changes. Maybe the wheels change. There are numerous small ways in which an edition can change and still be the same edition, but if it changes – and numerous pieces are released with the change – those are variations!  

In the first year of Hot Wheels, all of the Original 16 Hot Wheels were intentionally released in multiple colors, in multiples, and so the first variations were essentially born! Later, a variation might be cause because the production plant ran out of a type of wheel and had to swap midway through a production run. Variation! Or they had to change the interior color for some reason. Variation! Now, though, we often use the same deco scheme, but we change the base color and create special variations such as these. Enough history. You want to know what four variations are in these cases, don’t you?  

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 Kroger Exclusive variations: 

  • ’87 Buick® Regal GNX – Muscle Mania (Black) 
  • ’91 GMC® Syclone – HW Turbo (Yellow) 
  • Custom ’18 Ford Mustang GT – HW Drift (White) 
  • Lancia Delta Integrale – Baja Blazers (Red) 
     

NOTE: You know about the Collector Edition ’65 Ford Galaxie mail-in promotion, right? Well, when you’re chasing stars, think about this: these cases are expected to be available – both in store and online  beginning on October 3 when the promo starts. What a great way to launch yourself toward that car in the stars!  

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Items and dates subject to change. Production items may vary from the photos shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations, scale, body, and wheel type. Product subject to availability. 

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On 10/10/2021 at 4:56 AM, KINGHUBS said:

What are the 1st to market in these cases? If any.

Did you read all the information above and look at the pretty pictures? It's just recolor exclusives.

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29 minutes ago, KevinSun242 said:

Got my cases today. Half of them didn't have any Kroger exclusives in them... same exact case codes. 

What case codes are they? And how many cases did you buy?... I just bought 3...

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13 minutes ago, HW_ROOKIE said:

What case codes are they? And how many cases did you buy?... I just bought 3...

Four cases, all GWM22 - 9993NB. Cases had no sign of tampering, looks like Mattel did not pack them with the exclusives that should have been there. 

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Just now, KevinSun242 said:

Four cases, all GWM22 - 9993NB. Cases had no sign of tampering, looks like Mattel did not pack them with the exclusives that should have been there. 

WOW... 😒    I may need to get more cases to get more cards to get more Galaxies... 🤔

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On 10/12/2021 at 3:31 PM, KevinSun242 said:

Got my cases today. Half of them didn't have any Kroger exclusives in them... same exact case codes. 

Sorry I am a newbie and was looking at the case and debating on buying it especially because now there was a price decrease on it. The price is now <$1/car. I know the case has 36 cars in it. 4 of them are the new variations listed above, and you are saying that half of the rest are other Kroger exclusives (not the 4 listed above) and the other half are just other non-exclusive Kroger HW? 

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Got my case today NO KROGER exclusives case code GWM22 - 9993NB

I love this hobby MATTEL is giving me all kind of reasons to quit.

Ten thousand cars paid $1.00 to $20.00 worth .25 now.

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Got my 2 cases in today. GWM22-9993NB x2

So, N case, which seems to be a bit behind the times as is (starting to see P case drop in my area and seeing others get 2022 cars already as well). 1 case had NO EXCLUSIVES AT ALL, and the other had 3 Mustangs.

Idk why the pics are inverting themselves when I upload 'em here.

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We received ours last night. I was worried to see the issues people were having but we bought 4 cases anyway because well, Hot Wheels haha. No issues on our end. No signs of tampering or repacks, 2 NA and 2 NB cases and received all of our exclusives. We did another unboxing video if you want to check it out (video is still uploading).

 

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