Hot Wheels Wiki
Hot Wheels Wiki

Welcome to the crazy world of error collecting. This guide features many of the different error types any Hot Wheels vehicle can have. It is broken down by the individual parts of a vehicle and some of the manufacturing steps. A basic Hot Wheels generally contains five main parts consisting of a body, window piece, interior, base and axle sets (wheels). Occasionally there can be an accessory piece such as a wing or surfboard. Every piece and the manufactureing steps have numerous ways to fail in their own unique way. Click on the links below to see the carnage.

Wheel Errors

Error Type Description Picture


All Small Wheels. W All Small Wheels.jpg
ALW All Large Wheels. W All Large Wheels.jpg
Wrong Thickness Correct rim styles but wheels either too thick or too thin for location. W Wrong Thickness.jpg
Wrong Size Wheel Set A matching wheel set either too large or too small for the vehicle W Wrong Size Wheel Set.jpg
One Wrong Size Wheel One wheel on an axle set too large or small. W One Wrong Size Wheel.jpg
Mismatch Wheels Two different wheel rim styles on a car. W Mis-Match.jpg
Mismatch Wheel Types Basic wheel and Real Rider axles mixed. W Mis-Match Types.jpg
Wrong Size & Mismatch Wrong size wheel and mismatched. W Wrong Size & Mis-Matched.jpg
Matchbox Wheel A wheel from a Matchbox car on a HW. W Matchbox Wheel.jpg
Hot Wheels Wheel A wheel from a HW on a Matchbox car. W HW Wheel.jpg
Reversed Wheels Axles installed backwards on the base. W Reversed Wheels.jpg
Backwards Wheel One tire put on the axle with the spokes facing inwards. W Backwards Wheel.jpg
Missing Tire Rubber Rim missing the Real Rider rubber tire. W Missing Tire Rubber.jpg
Backwards Tire Rubber Real Rider rubber backward on tire so tampo faces inwards. W Backwards Rubber.jpg
W Missing Center Hub Missing the center part of a multi-part wheel. W Missing Hub Cap.jpg
Mismolded Co-Mold Wheel First pass (inner rim) didn't form correctly. Second pass (outer tire) filled it in. W Mis-Molded Co-Mold.jpg
Miscast Wheel Unfinished molding of the wheel. W Mis-Cast.jpg
Broken Wheel Part of a broken wheel left on the axle. W Broken Wheel.jpg
Missing One Wheel Missing one wheel on a peened axle set. W Missing One Wheel.jpg
Missing Axel Set Missing the front, middle or rear axel set. W Missing Wheel Set.jpg
Missing All Axles Missing all the wheels. W Missing All Wheels.jpg
Missing Axle Sets Happens on vehicles with 3 or more axle sets. W Missing Wheel Sets.jpg
Extra Wheels Extra axle set of wheels or one extra wheel inside package. W Extra Wheel Set.jpg
Extra Wheels Inside Extra axle set or wheel stuck inside the vehicle. W Extra Wheel Set Inside.jpg
Uncrimped Axle Little tabs molded into the base to hold the axle in place missed being crimped down. W Uncrimped Axle Tabs.jpg
Misplaced Axle Axle is outside of its slot on the base. W Mis-Placed Axle.jpg
Pinched Axle Axel is bent when crimped to the base. W Pinched Axle.jpg
Pinched Under Body Wheel is pinched under the vehicle body when assembled. W Pinched Under Body.jpg
Axle Installed Wrong Axle is inserted through the spokes of a wheel. W Axle Inserted Wrong.jpg
Unpeened Axle Axle is not peened (flattened over) so the wheel falls off. Wheel can still be in the package or missing. W Unpeened Axle.jpg
Wrong Axle Size Axel set is too large or small for the car. W Wrong Axle Size.jpg
Unchromed Wheel Missed the chrome foil hot stamped to the spoke design. W Unchromed Wheel.jpg
Mischromed Chrome finish applied incorrectly. W Mis-Chromed.jpg
Foil Edge Hit Caught the edge of foil leaving a straight edge on rim. Coloring can be half missing or only a sliver. W Foil Edge.jpg
Over Chromed Foil applied more than once to rim. W Overchrome.jpg
Excessive Heat Stayed under the hot stamping tool too long. W Excessive Hot Stamp Heat.jpg
Tool Strike The pattern of the wheel is pulled off when hit by the stamper again. W Tool Strike.jpg
Wrong Wheel Finish Wrong wheel used in the chrome process. This example has a 5 Spoke rear wheel that attempted to get just the outer rim chromed. W Wrong Wheel Finish.jpg
Mismatch Chrome Same wheel but two different chrome applications. EX: Chrome rim ring on one wheel and all chrome rim on the other. W Mis-Match Chrome.jpg
Dual Finishes A wheel with two finish treatments. EX: The front wheel should only be all orange but this one got a chrome rim applied too. W Double Painted Wheel.jpg
Mismatch Colors Same wheel but two different colors. W Mis-Match Colors.jpg
Missing Wheel Tampo Missing the wheel tampo. W Missing Wheel Tampo.jpg
Misplaced Wheel Tampo Wheel tampo applied wrong. W Mis-Placed Wheel Tampo.jpg
Tampo Wrong Side Tampo applied to the back side of a wheel. W Tampo on Wrong Side.jpg
Double Wheel Tampo Tampo applied to the wheel twice. W Double Wheel Tampo.jpg
Retampoed Wheel Two different tampo designs applied to the same wheel. W Retampoed.JPG
Mismatch Tampos Correct wheel rims but different tampos on them. W Mis-Match Tampos.jpg
Too Much Paint Too much paint applied in the wheel tampo process. W Too Much Tampo Paint.jpg
Wrongly Tampoed Wheel Matching wheels set but one has tampos when it shouldn't. W Wrongly Tampoed Wheel.jpg

Vehicle Body Errors

Error Type Description Picture

Bent Body

Smashed or bent body before packaging C Bent Body.jpg
Mis-Cast Holes or deformities during the molding process.

C Mis-Cast.jpg

Unfinished Casting Missing a large portion of the body. C Unfinished Casting.jpg
Casting Tab Extra chunk of metal or plastic on the base leftover from the molding process. C Casting Tab.jpg
Casting Flashing Excess thin metal left on the vehicle. C Casting Flashing.jpg
Broken Piece Piece of the body broken off. Broken piece could be in the blister bubble or at the factory. C Broken Piece.jpg
Missing Body Part Missing a large piece of the body on a two part vehicle. C Missing Body Part.jpg
Missing Body No main body piece on the car. C Missing Body.jpg
Extra Body Extra car body in the package. C Extra Body.jpg
Body Only Only the vehicle's body is in that package. C Body Only.jpg

Base Errors

Error Type Description Picture

Reversed Base

Base put on backwards. B Reversed Base.jpg
Upside Down Base riveted on upside down. B Upside Down Base.jpg
Wrong Base Base from a different vehicle. This '68 Nova has a '68 Cougar base. B Wrong Base.jpg

Missing Base Missing the base. Post can be spun or unspun. B Missing Base.jpg
Bent Base Warped or bent not due to being misriveted. B Bent Base.jpg
Broken Base Snapped or cracked base. Can be missing broken part. B Broken Base.jpg
Miscast Base Incomplete molded part or cast with holes in it. B Mis-Cast Base.jpg
Blockage Something in mold to cause a blank spot on the base. B Blockage.jpg
Casting Tab Extra chunk of metal or plastic on the base leftover from the molding process. B Casting Tab on Base.jpg
Flashing Excess thin material left on the base. B Flashing.jpg
Mischromed Base Bad finish (Satin Look) or completely missing chrome in spots. B Mis-Chromed.jpg
Debris In Chrome Material stuck in finish. B Debris.jpg
Mispainted Base Under or over sprayed paint on a base. B Mispainted.jpg
Missing Tampo Missing the painted detailing on the base. B Missing Paint Detail.jpg
Misplaced Date Code Put in a spot where it is illegible or obscured by mistake. B Misplaced Datecode.jpg
Bad Date Code The code is a letter and number between 01-52. This one is B92. B Bad Date Code.jpg

Interior Errors

Error Type Description Picture

Missing Interior

No interior piece. I Missing Interior.jpg
Reversed Interior Piece put in backwards. I Reversed Interior.jpg
Upside Down Interior Piece put in upside down. I Upside Down Interior.jpg

Misplaced Interior Interior piece out of place causing assembly problems. I Misplaced Interior.jpg
Loose Interior Part or all of the interior loose in the package. I Loose Interior Piece.jpg
Wrong Interior Piece from a different vehicle. I Wrong Interior.jpg
Extra Interior Another interior piece inside the package. I Extra Interior.jpg
Mischromed Interior Missing part of the chrome finish exposing raw plastic. I Mis-Chromed.jpg
Casting Tab Piece of plastic or metal left over from the molding process. I Casting Tab.jpg

Window Errors

Error Type Description Picture

Missing Windows

No window piece G Missing Windows.jpg
Missing Partial Windows Missing one part or a multi-piece window. GMissingPartialWindows.jpg
Loose Window Popped out or unsnapped window piece still in package. G Loose Window.jpg
Misplaced Window Piece can be too far forward, back or crooked. G Mis-PlacedWindow.jpg
Backwards Window Window piece in backwards. G Backwards Window.jpg
Upside Down Window Window piece installed upside down. G Upside Down Window.jpg
Wrong Window Piece Incorrect window for the vehicle. G Wrong Window Piece.jpg
Two Window Pieces Stuffed inside one car. G Two Window Pieces.jpg
Extra Window Piece Another window piece inside the package. GExtraWindowPiece.jpg
Miscast Piece Unfinished or deformed piece. GMis-Cast.jpg
Casting Flashing Extra thin chunks of plastic left on a window piece. G Extra Casting Slag.jpg
Air Bubble Air bubble trapped in window piece. G Air Bubble.jpg
Double Tampo Extra window tampo. G Double Tampo.jpg
Stray Tampo Random tampo placement. EX: Back window has another Super Tsunami tampo. G Stray Tampo.jpg
Missing Tampo Color One of the design's colors missing. EX: No red on the banner. G Missing Tampo Color.jpg
Unspun Keeper Post Post that keeps window piece not spun or crimped. G Unspun Keeper Post.jpg

Paint & Tampo Errors

Error Type Description Picture

No Tampos

Missing the graphics T Missing Tampos.jpg

Missing Tampo Color Missing one or more colors that make up the tampo. T Missing Tampo Color.jpg
Multi Tampos Two or more applications of the tampo. T Double Tampos.jpg
Single Color Dual Application Only one of the colors stamped two or more times. T Single Color Dual Application.jpg
Extra Tampo Paint Smear Too much paint caused by poor tampo application. Can be large streaks, blobs or long thing stripes. T Extra Tampo Paint Smear.jpg
Misplaced Tampos Tampo applied too high, low, forward or back of where it should be. T Mis-Placed Tampos.jpg
Misaligned Tampo Colors Different color tampo passes not aligned. T Mis-Aligned Tampo Colors.jpg
Tampo Color Shortage One or more of the tampo colors applied too light or not enough. T Tampo Color Shortage.jpg
Reversed Tampo Tampo applied backwards. T Reversed Tampo.jpg
Upside Down Tampo Tampo applied upside down. T Upside Down Tampo.jpg
Retry Tampo color or all colors applied upside down and then run through again correctly. T Retry.jpg
Bleed Through Sometimes HW cars are repainted when there are leftovers. If not done properly, the car's first paint job bleeds through the new one. T Bleed Through.jpg
Missing Main Body Color Missing a main color spray in a two tone paint job. T Missing Main Color.jpg
Under Spray Too little body paint applied leaving raw ZAMAC. T Under Spray.jpg
Over Spray Heavy paint coat that fills in small details on the casting. T Over Painted.jpg
Paint Run Body paint run. T Paint Run.jpg
Debris In Finish Tape, fuzz or hair stuck in the paint or tampo design. T Debris in Paint.jpg
Finger Prints Finger prints in the finish. T Finger Prints.jpg

Final Assembly Errors

Error Type Description Picture

Too Much Force

Bent the vehicle when riveted. R Too Much Force.jpg
Alignment Problem Body and base not aligned when riveted. R Alignment Problem.jpg
One Misriveted Post Only one of the two post misriveted. R Mis-Riveted Rear.jpg
Misriveted Both post struck wrong. R Mis-Riveted.jpg
Partially Spun Post Post not fully smashed down leaving play in the parts. R Partially Spun Post.JPG
Unspun Post Only one of the two post unspun. R Unspun Post.jpg
Unspun / Unriveted Rivet posts missed being spun down to lock the car together. R Unriveted.jpg
Unlatched Body is not hooked over or into the base to lock car together properly. R Unlatched Rear.jpg
Tool Strike Car was upside down in the rivet spinning machine. R Tool Strike.jpg
Re-Try Front post was already spun when the base was put on and then the rear post spun. R Re-Try.jpg

Miscellaneous Errors

Error Type Description Picture

Loose Engine

Engine loose in the package.

O Loose Engine.jpg

Mis-Installed Engine Piece installed wrong. O Misplaced Engine.jpg
Backwards Engine Engine piece facing the wrong direction. O Backwards Engine.JPG
Missing Engine Engine piece left behind at the factory. M Missing Engine.jpg
Loose Wing/Spoiler Loose wing or spoiler off the top, front or rear of the vehicle. O Loose Wing Spoiler.jpg
Missing Wing/Spoiler Missing the wing or spoiler off the top, front or rear of the vehicle. M Missing Wing Spoiler.jpg
Backwards Wing/Spoiler Installed backwards. O Backwards Wing Spoiler.jpg
Misplaced Wing/Spoiler Installed wrong. O Misplaced Wing-Spoiler.jpg
Casting Tab Extra chunk of metal or plastic on the wing leftover from the molding process. O Casting Tab Accessory.jpg
Missing Fenders Missing the fender piece. M Missing Fenders.jpg
Mis-Installed Grill/Bumpers Piece installed wrong. O Mis-Installed Part.jpg
Missing Grill/Bumpers Missing the front or rear bumper or grill piece. M Missing Grill Bumpers.jpg
Missing Interior & Window No interior & window piece. M Missing Interior & Windows.jpg
Sideways Hood Hood piece attached to vehicle wrong. O Sideways Hood.jpg
Missing Hood Missing the hood on an opening hood vehicle. M Missing Hood.jpg
Missing Hood & Painted No hood before paint and engine bay gets paint & tampo. O Painted Missing Hood.jpg
Loose Accessory Any secondary piece loose in the bubble. O Loose Accessory.jpg
Missing Accessory Can be missing a secondary part of the vehicle like the surfboards, driver or spare tire. M Missing Accessory.jpg
Extra Accessory Extra accessory piece belonging to vehicle. O Extra Accessory Part.jpg
Extra Foreign Part Extra part of a different car in the package. O Extra Foreign Part.jpg
Miscast Accessory Any mismolded or extra material on a accessory part. O Mis-Cast Accessory.jpg
Multi-Error Any vehicle with multiple problems not caused by a specific error. PIC EXAMPLE: ASW and Misaligned Base. NON Double Error Example: Misplaced window causing the car to not fit the base right. O Double Error.jpg
Trapped Debris Hair, tape or any other object stuck in the vehicle during assembly. O Trapped Debris.jpg
Raw Part Unfinished or plated piece. O Raw Part.jpg
QC Arrow A small sticker from Quality Control pointing out an error. O QC Arrow Tag.jpg
Wrong Sticker Application Sticker applied wrong. O Wrong Sticker Application.jpg
Misprinted Sticker Printing error of the sticker. O Misprinted Sticker.jpg
Missing Sticker No sticker. O Missing Sticker.jpg
Missing Promo Item Missing the free gift or non vehicle addition to the package. O Missing Promo Item.jpg
Wrong Promo Item Wrong item or additional accessory packaged with the vehicle. O Wrong Promo Item.jpg

Packaging Errors

The * (star) symbol in red on a picture denotes an unknown owner of the error. Other pictures labled with error owner and authenticated.

Unmarked pictures are errors owned by Maelstrom610 and authenticated.

Maelstrom610 03:10, November 16, 2011 (UTC)