Base Code (Chassis)

FJV61 : this code (Unique) is the model reference. This code is also shown on the back of the card. (European short card)

Bogzilla : this is the name of the model (practically unique with some exceptions)

(TM means that the model name is USA registered.)
Bogzila copie

Made in Malaysia : country of manufacture of the model.

L21 : Date Code (see below)

1186 MJ, 1, NL : address of importer. Manufactured for and imported into the EU by : Mattel Europa B.V, Gondel 1, 1186 MJ Amsstelveen, Nederland

(Also indicated on the back of the card.) (European short card)

©2017 This date is the copyright date (the year of design registration by Mattel). The first model is produced after the copyright date, generally one year later. If it was the date of manufacture, Hot Wheels would have to modify the chassis molding tool every year. The manufacturing date is L21 (see below) What is copyright? Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.

Date Code

Starting in 2008, Mattel began using date codes on Hot Wheels vehicles. The date code can be used to identify when an individual vehicle was actually manufactured in the Hot Wheels factory.

Date Code Details

Date codes are typically found on the base and cards of Hot Wheels vehicles manufactures since 2008. The Date Code will be found either stamped into the base or printed with various colored inks..

Lotus concept C40 copie
The vangster M37 copie

Date codes consist of a letter followed by a two-digit number.

The letter refers to the year of manufacture; the number refers to the week-number (1-52) within that year. Refer to the examples below.

Letter Year of Manufacture
A 2008
B 2009
C 2010
D 2011
E 2012
F 2013
G 2014
H 2015
J 2016
K 2017
L 2018
M 2019
N 2020


Example #1

Midnight Otto M36

The letter "M" indicates that the car was manufactured in 2019. The number "36" indicates the car was manufactured in the 36th week of that year.

This puts the production date at the 1th week (02-08) of September 2019.

Example #2

HW40- B20 copie

The letter "B" indicates that the car was manufactured in 2009. The number "20" indicates the car was manufactured in the 20th week of that year.

This puts this car's production date at the 2th week (11-17) of May 2009 .

Significance of Date Codes

The significance of date codes comes in to play when Mattel releases the next years series during the 4th quarter. New models for the following year and color variations of castings can have the current years date code but be part of series designated for the following year. For example M is the year code for 2019 however, when new for 2020 cars start hitting the shelf in October of 2019 they will have an Mxx date code because they were made in 2019 for the 2020 model year. This date code has no other significance except for the possibility of a recall indicator as it can identify when a particular casting was in production at the manufacturing plant.

Date code on card copie
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