Head Starter
Debut Series Tooned
Produced 2017 - Present
Designer Ryu Asada
Number DTX05
Head Starter-2017 145


The Head Starter is a Hot Wheels original model designed by Ryu Asada. It looks to be based on a vintage Honda race car. It has a large chunk of metal for the engine and a metal base, giving it a good weight. Next to that it bears some similarity to the Hot Wheels Farbs series. Ryu, though, based its design on miniature Japanese toon kits, confirming this on Instagram: “since those old school kits are hard to find, we just made [our version]”.

The Head Starter's driver head is designed to have little plastic on the piece holding it, which causes it to wobble a bit during racing down the track.


The Head Starter has come out in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Rider Color Engine Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
145/365 2017 Tooned
Red White stripe on top, '11' & various logos on sides & top Black
Gold Unpainted Gold 5SP DTX05 Malaysia New Model
Base code(s): J51, K04
Head Starter-2017 145
269/365 2017 Tooned
White Red stripe on top, '11' & various logos on sides & top Black
Red Unpainted Gold 5SP DVB33 Malaysia New Model
Base code(s): K17
2017 Hot Wheels Head Starter white
014/365 2018 Legends of Speed
Green Yellow stripe & '5' on sides & top Black
Yellow Unpainted Yellow 5SP FJW05 Malaysia Base code(s): K31 2018 Hot Wheels Head Starter green
2018 Costco Multipack Exclusive Blue Orange stripe & '28' on sides, Skull and Lightning Bolts Black
Orange Unpainted White RA6 Malaysia Base code(s): FCC010A5-D603-4A98-89FA-CCD29595FEC8
125/250 2019 Experimotors
Yellow Blue & White stripe & HW logo on sides & hood, circle flame logo on hood Metalflake Dark Blue
Red Unpainted Chrome Blue 5SP FYF93 Malaysia Treasure Hunt
Base code(s): M03
060/250 2020 Tooned
Black Red, Orange & Yellow stripes around nose, White '22' & HW logo on sides & hood Black
Yellow Unpainted Yellow 5SP GHD45 Malaysia Base code(s): GHD45 01
- 2020 Super Rigs White Turquoise & Orange stripes, Black, Yellow & Orange HW logo Orange
Turquoise Unpainted Gold 5SP GKC23 Thailand Base code(s): M44 Image Not Available
- 2020 Super Rigs Green Yellow Unpainted Yellow 5SP &
Yellow rim, Black OH5
GKC26 Thailand Base code(s): Image Not Available

2017 card

From the back of the 2017 card:

Born: 2017
Birthplace: El Segundo
Designer: Hot Wheels ®
Specialty: Zooming onto the track with a 3-liter V8 engine, there's nothing old fashioned about this vintage racer. Dominating the track since the 1960s, the Head Starter™ can go so fast it'll make your head wobble!


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