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Maelstrom
Debut Series First Editions
Produced 2001 - Present
Designer Fraser Campbell
Number 28754
Maelstrom.jpg



Description

"Speed, Power, and Attitude define the realm of Hot Wheels. One of the finest examples of these characteristics can be seen in the Maelstrom. Twin V-8 engines power the many curves of this wild ride with large scoops to pull in power giving air. Side vents and twin rear pipes quickly remove the exhaust from the firing of those 24 cylinders. The single seat cockpit allows for just one lucky soul to take the ride of their life at a time. Wouldn't you like to wait in that line?" I know I sure would!

The origins of the Maelstrom started in 2001 when Hot Wheels Director Of Design Nathan Proch, gave Fraser Campbell a design brief to create the ultimate vehicle for the European Hot Wheels market. Hailing from the United Kingdom himself, this was Fraser's first vehicle attempt for the Hot Wheels basic line. His first idea was to have the engines up front and the cockpit over the rear wheels. There was a concern however that it beared too much resemblance to the existing Twin Mill and Twin Mill II castings, so a change was needed. Back at the drawing board and wanting to keep the elements of "big engines, big power, and big attitude", Fraser continued to toss the layout of his design around. Eventually, his final forward cockpit and mid-engined design made it into production as 2001 First Edition car called the Maelstrom. The Maelstrom has been said by some to resemble the Hairy Hauler or the Vulture. It also tends to bear some similarities to the Vector M12.

Versions

The Maelstrom has been released in the following 1/64 scale versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes Photo
24/240 2001 First Editions
12/36
Dark Blue Grey Flames Chrome
/
Plastic
Tinted Chrome 3SP 28754 Malaysia Light Blue FE Maelstrom.jpg
233/240 2001 Mainline Neon Yellow Orange Flames Black
/
Plastic
Black Chrome 5DOT 53762 Malaysia 233 Maelstrom.jpg
2002 Crash Curve Track Set White Grey Flames Chrome
/
Plastic
Tinted Chrome 3SP 69554 Malaysia Crash Curve Maelstrom.jpg
2002 Metro City Police Track Set Red Grey Flames Chrome
/
Plastic
Tinted Chrome 3SP 89090 Malaysia Metro Trackset Maelstrom.jpg
2002 Pavement Pounders Black Grey Flames Chrome
/
Plastic
Tinted Chrome 3SP 89043 Malaysia Came with Pod Truck Trucking Maelstrom.jpg
2002 Power Launcher Yellow Black Flames on Front, Black Lines on Sides, Silver HW Logo only on Right Side Black
/
Plastic
Tinted Chrome PR5 47378 Malaysia Launcher Maelstrom.jpg
221/240 2002 Mainline Silver Octopus design Red Chrome
/
Plastic
Red Red Chrome PR5 54436 Thailand 221 Maelstrom.jpg
2002 Hot Wheels Originals Black & Chrome Red, Blue Stripes Black
/
Plastic
Tinted Chrome PC5 56026 Malaysia Target Exclusive Originals Maelstrom.jpg
2002 Palm Desert Toy Fair Red, White, Blue Stars, Flame Outline, "Toy Fair 2002" Chrome
/
Plastic
Light Blue Chrome PR5 Malaysia Toy Fair Maelstrom.jpg
2002 Octoblast 5-Pack Silver Octopus design Red Chrome
/
Plastic
Red Red Chrome PR5 54435 Thailand 221 Maelstrom.jpg
2003 Cop Squad 5-Pack Red-Orange Bomb Squad designs Black
/
Plastic
Tinted Chrome SB 57042 China Sawblade-Cop Squad Maelstrom.jpg
2003 Cop Squad 5-Pack Red-Orange Bomb Squad designs Black
/
Plastic
Tinted Chrome PR5 57042 China PR5-Cop Squad Maelstrom.jpg
2003 Cop Squad 5-Pack Red-Orange Bomb Squad designs Black
/
Plastic
Tinted Chrome 5SP 57042 China 5SP-Cop Squad Maelstrom.jpg
2004 Mutant Biotronic Kingdom Set Purple Mantis design Black
/
Plastic
Orange Chrome PR5 C4560 Thailand MBK Maelstrom.jpg
2004 Zero-G 5-Pack Metalflake Light Blue Circuit Board designs Black
/
Plastic
Light Blue Chrome PR5 B3589 China Track Set is also called Velocity Vortex
Base Code(s): G18
Zero-G Maelstrom.jpg
149 2005 Mainline Black Red Flames Red
/
Plastic
Red Chrome 5SP H9057 Thailand 149 5SP Maelstrom.jpg
149 2005 Mainline Black Red Flames Red
/
Plastic
Red Chrome PR5 H9057 Thailand 149 Maelstrom.jpg
149 2005 Mainline Black Red Flames Red
/
Plastic
Red Chrome PR5 H9057 Malaysia PR5 149 Maelstrom.jpg
2005 2X Power Launcher Blue HW Logo & Flames Black
/
Plastic
Light Orange Gold PR5 H6996 China Dual Maelstrom.jpg
2005 Toys 'R Us Track Set Flat Neon Yellow Flames Chrome
/
Plastic
Tinted Silver PR5 H7047 China VHTF Short Run TRU Maelstrom.jpg
2006 Crazy Croc 5-Pack Teal Swamp Rocket designs Black
/
Plastic
Green Chrome 5SP J3294 China GL5SP-Croc-Rod Maelstrom.jpg
2006 Crazy Croc 5-Pack Teal Swamp Rocket designs Black
/
Plastic
Green Chrome OH5 J3294 China OH5-Croc-Rod Maelstrom.jpg
2006 X-Pandables - Pizza Palace Teal Swamp Rocket designs Black
/
Plastic
Green Chrome 5SP J2549 China G5SP-Croc-Rod Maelstrom.jpg
2007 QuickShot Launcher Silver Flame designs, "06" Red Chrome
/
Plastic
Red Chrome 3SP J2560 China Quick Maelstrom.jpg
94 2008 Web Trading Cars
18/24
Red Orange, Yellow & Blue designs Black
/
Plastic
Blue Silver PR5 M6996 Malaysia Base Code(s): 08-94 Maelstrom.jpg
94 2008 Web Trading Cars
18/24
Purple Orange, Yellow & Green designs Black
/
Plastic
Green Silver PR5 M6996 Malaysia Base Code(s): A33 Web Trading Purple Maelstrom.jpg
2008 Crash Curve Track Set Flat Light Blue Brighter Circuit Board designs Black
/
Plastic
Light Blue Chrome PR5 H6291 Thailand Base Code(s): 08CC Maelstrom.jpg
2008 G-Force Track Set Darker Teal Swamp Rocket designs Black
/
Plastic
Green Chrome 5SP M1018 Thailand Base Code(s): 08 ZG Maelstrom.jpg
2008 Black Friday 10-Pack Dark Blue HW Logo & Flames Black
/
Plastic
Orange Gold PR5 N8256 Thailand Wal-Mart Exclusives
Base Code(s):
10pk Thailand Maelstrom.jpg
2011 Team Hot Wheels Commemorative 20-Pack Gray Orange, Yellow & Blue designs Blue
/
Plastic
Light Blue Gold PR5 X3217 Malaysia Base Code(s): 2011 Maelstrom.jpg
2012 Various Multipacks White Red, Teal& Blue designs Blue Red Gold PR5 X6999 Malaysia New Base Text Style
 Base Code(s):
2012 White Maelstrom.jpg
2013 Mystery Models
12/12
Orange Orange, Teal & Blue designs Blue
/
Plastic
Light Blue Gold PR5 Y8135 Malaysia Base Code(s): 13 Mystery Model Maelstrom.jpg
2014 High-Speed Wheels Track Stars
9/25
Maroon Red, White & Blue Black
/
Plastic
Dark Blue Chrome HSRW BDW30 Malaysia Base Code(s): 2014 Track Stars.JPG
2015 Track Aces 5-pack Dark Blue White & Blue designs Yellow
/
Plastic
Clear Chrome PR5 CDT20 Thailand Base Code(s):

2015 Maelstrom.jpg

2016 Scavenger Hunt
4/4
Lime Green White & Blue designs White
/
Plastic
Clear Chrome PR5 DLH90 Thailand Base Code(s): 2016Maelstrom.JPG
2016 Mystery Models
11/12
Green White & blue Stripes, 68 on side White
/
Plastic
Clear Chrome PR5 Malaysia Canada Exclusive
Base Code(s):
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2017 HW Easter
6/6
Green Dark purple, yellow & white stripes on sides, 'Easter' '2017' on sides. Yellow
/
Plastic
Tinted (Pink) Chrome purple & yellow OH5 Thailand Base code(s): J49 Easter 2017 Maelstrom.jpg

2008 card

From the back of the 2008 card:

Born: 2001
Birthplace: El Segundo, CA, USA
Designer: Hot Wheels®
Specialty: With twin engines, top and side exhausts, and a mid-body scoop, this car was made to attack from all sides.

See Also

Gallery

External Links

Hot Wheels Originals: MAELSTROM Scavenger Hunt Special Edition: MAELSTROM

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