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This years offerings reflected the first indications for the 'cutting back on' processes at Mattel with only 7 new casting designs being introduced for this years lineup! Each of them were essentially only distributed during this one production year in Spectraflame paint colors. Effectively ending the sub era of the "Spectraflame" Redline Era.

Under the California Custom Miniatures line a total of (5) new castings were added. The Heavyweights and Spoilers line were discontinued, but the Funny Money casting still has the Heavyweights name cast into its base piece. Two new models of identically rear engined wedge shaped dragster castings were added to a new sub series line called (just) Custom Miniatures. One for the 'Mongoose' painted in blue again and the other as the 'Snake', but back to having yellow body paint this time.

A limited release of relabeled plastic collectors buttons were distributed in Canada and nearby Northern US States. Here a generic mag wheel sticker was placed over previous casting model stickers and included with random castings in those distribution areas. These added stickers can still be found peeling away from their repurposed collecor buttons.

Two new innovations to the Hot Wheels line up - of the numerous ones to eventually come from Mattel - are the Drivin' Gear accessory controler and the Zappit Pax.

Included in the designated Drivin' Gear blistered packaged castings were strips of adhesive tape backed mounting devices - used to attach your casting - to the Drivin' Gear teather. These are hard to find now either loose or still attached to a casting.

In the Zappit Pax, a seperate launcher device was included to rocket your car forward.

This year also saw the introduction of the Bug Bite Set. Much to the chagrin of both some collectors and enthusiasts alike - as the focus of Hot Wheels seemlingly was changing from (play) racing to just play.

Additional 1972 Series are - "Chopcycles" , "Farbs" and "Hot Shots" .



Primary referenced resources -

http://hotwheels.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_1972_Hot_Wheels
http://www.onlineredlineguide.com/1972.html
http://www.hwredlines.com/menu-grp/hw-72.shtml
http://www.hwprotos.com/menu-grp/hw-72.shtml
http://www.nchwa.com/1972.html
The Elite Redline Guide (2010)
 

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California Custom Miniatures

5881 - Open Fire......................(Paul Tam)
6005 - Funny Money.................(Larry Wood)
6021 - Ferrari 512S..................(Paul Tam)
6022 - Side Kick......................(Larry Wood)
6169 - Mercedes-Benz C-111.....(Larry Wood)


Custom Miniatures

5656 - Rear Engine Snake..........(Larry Wood)
5699 - Rear Engine Mongoose.....(Larry Wood)


Referenced resources -

http://hotwheels.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_1972_Hot_Wheels
http://www.onlineredlineguide.com/1972.html
http://www.hwredlines.com/menu-grp/hw-72.shtml
http://www.hwprotos.com/menu-grp/hw-72.shtml
The Elite Redline Guide (2010)
 

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I went thru all the 1972 casting links and finished the cross referencing and updating the individual resource links for each. I dont have any of these castings in my childhood collection (baseball and girls). Nor; have I, added any of them since. Hopefully; there will be other members who have them and can share their images and stories about them. :cheers2:
 
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