Combining candy-colored paint jobs with muscle car attitude and Southern California cool, Hot Wheels cars changed the toy world forever when they were introduced in 1968. The newest edition of Warman's Hot Wheels Field Guide - the hobby's favorite portable guide to these miniature marvels - features 800 color images, completely vetted pricing and listings of four decades of cars, hot new collecting tips and an overview of the market for a dynamic little package befitting one of the greatest toys ever created. * Since 1968, more than 4 billion Hot Wheels cars have been produced by Mattel, and more than 800 models and 11,000 variations have been created. * Collectors dig Hot Wheels cars. Hotwheelscollector.com is the largest die-cast collector community on the Internet with more than 275,000 users. The highest price ever paid for a single Hot Wheels car was $72,000 for a pink 1969 Vokswagen Beach Bomb. * Author Michael Zarnock is a two-time Guinness World Record holder for most different Hot Wheels cars and has been honored by Mattel with the creation of a "Mike Zarnock" car casting based on the car he once raced.