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Treasure Hunts
The 1995 through 2012 Treasure Hunts can be located by a green stripe with “Treasure Hunt” or “T-Hunt” on the packaging. As of 2013, the packaging no longer reveals that a vehicle is a Treasure Hunt and the cars are seeded into other series like “HW Racing” and “HW Stunt”. To identify one you have to find the low production symbol on the vehicle.

Super Treasure Hunts
The 2007 through 2011 Supers are premium versions of regular T-Hunts and often have Spectraflame paint and Real Rider wheels. They can be identified by a green stripe with “Trea$ure Hunt$” or “T-Hunt$” on the packaging. In 2012, Supers stopped being premium versions of regular T-Hunts and became Super Secret Treasure Hunts. They are different cars, hidden in different series, and no longer have the green stripe on the packaging. To identify one you have to find the premium paint and tires and a “TH” symbol on the vehicle.

Look for “TREA$URE HUNT SERIES” in a horizontal green stripe above the blister and “LIMITED EDITION ONLY 10,000 PRODUCED” with a green background on the top left of the card.

Look for “TREA$URE HUNT SERIES” in a horizontal green stripe above the blister and “LIMITED EDITION ONLY 25,000 PRODUCED” with a green background on the top left of the card.

Find “TREA$URE HUNT SERIES” in a horizontal green stripe above the blister and “LIMITED EDITION!” with a green background on the top left of the card.

Look for a card with “TREA$URE HUNT SERIES” in a horizontal green stripe above a red stripe with “LIMITED EDITION!” and the vehicle’s name.

Find a card with “1999 TREASURE HUNT SERIES” on a horizontal green stripe above a red stripe with “LIMITED EDITION!” and the vehicle’s name.

Look for a card with “2000 TREASURE HUNT SERIES” on a horizontal green stripe above a red stripe with the vehicle’s name and sometimes “LIMITED EDITION”.

Find “2001 TREASURE HUNT SERIES” and the vehicle’s name in a vertical green stripe on the right side of the card by the blister.

On the right side of the card by the blister, look for the vehicle’s name in a vertical green stripe and an image of a treasure chest.

On the right side of the card by the blister, there is “T-HUNT”, the vehicle’s name, and an image of a treasure chest in a vertical green stripe.

To the right of the blister, there is “T-HUNT”, the vehicle’s name, and an image of a treasure chest in a vertical green stripe.

To the right of the blister, there is “T-HUNT”, the vehicle’s name, and an image of a treasure chest in a vertical green stripe.

To the right of the blister, there is “T-HUNT” and an image of a treasure chest in a vertical green stripe. Dairy Delivery, the 12th vehicle of the set, may have a card like the 2007 Treasure Hunts.

Look for a vertical green stripe on the right side of the card with “TREASURE HUNTS” or “T-HUNT” and the vehicle’s name in smaller text.

2007 Super

Look for a vertical green stripe on the right side of the card with “TREA$URE HUNT$” and the vehicle’s name in smaller text.

Look for a vertical green stripe on the right side of the card with “TREASURE HUNTS” and the vehicle’s name in smaller text.

2008 Super

Look for a vertical green stripe on the right side of the card with “TREA$URE HUNT$” and the vehicle’s name in smaller text.

The card has a vertical green stripe with the vehicle’s name and a small white stripe with “TREASURE HUNTS ’09”. At the top by the hook is a “TH” symbol.

2009 Super

The card has a vertical green stripe with the vehicle’s name and a small white stripe with “TREA$URE HUNT$ ’09”. At the top by the hook is a “TH” symbol.

The card has a vertical green stripe with the vehicle’s name and a smaller white stripe with “TREASURE HUNTS ’10”. At the top by the hook is a “TH” symbol.

2010 Super

The card has a vertical green stripe with the vehicle’s name and a smaller white stripe with “TREA$URE HUNT$ ’10”. At the top by the hook is a “TH” symbol.

The card has a vertical green stripe with the vehicle’s name and under the blister is “TREASURE HUNTS” or “TREASURE HUNTS ’11”.

2011 Super

The card has a vertical green stripe with the vehicle’s name and under the blister is “TREA$URE HUNT$” or “TREA$URE HUNT$ ’11”.

The card has a vertical green stripe with the vehicle’s name and under the blister is “TREASURE HUNTS ’12”.

2012 Super

The card does not reveal that a vehicle is a Super Treasure Hunt. Look for the “TH” symbol, Real Rider wheels, and Spectraflame paint.

T-Hunts: 2013 to Present

Look for the low production symbol somewhere on the vehicle. The card may have a low production symbol behind the vehicle or have nothing to reveal that a car is a Treasure Hunt.

Super T-Hunts: 2013 to Present

Look for the “TH” symbol, Real Rider wheels, and Spectraflame paint. The card may have something written behind the vehicle to reveal that it is a Treasure Hunt or may have nothing at all.

How to Identify Treasure Hunts The 1995 through 2012 Treasure Hunts can be located by a green stripe with “Treasure Hunt” or “T-Hunt” on the packaging. As of 2013, the packaging no longer

Treasure Hunts

A 2005 Mini Cooper Treasure Hunt still in the package.

Treasure Hunts (sometimes T-Hunts) are mainline segment series of Hot Wheels cars introduced by Mattel in 1995. They began as 12 cars every year; one released per month. Now there can be 12 or 15 T-hunts. The original production run started at 10,000 pieces worldwide, and have since grown due to the demand and increasing popularity of Hot Wheels collecting. As of 2007, 157 Treasure Hunts have been released.

The early Treasure Hunt Vehicles were identifiable by a label on the package. The blister card said “Treasure Hunt” or “T-Hunt” on a green bar with an illustration of a treasure chest. The cars were typically decorated with flashy designs.

In 2007, Mattel introduced a two-tiered Treasure Hunt system. A regular Treasure Hunt would feature normal enamel paint and normal wheels compared to other Hot Wheels cars. The production of these is rumored to be greater than Treasure Hunts of the past. The Super Treasure Hunts are much rarer and are like Treasure Hunts of the past, featuring Real Riders wheels and Spectraflame paint. All 12 Treasure Hunt cars are planned to be released in both regular and super versions. The super treasure hunts can go for hundreds of dollars on the card because of its rubber tires and specialized paint.

In more recent years, T-hunts had some new developments. Super T-hunts ran on for a while, and in 2012, Super T-hunts were mixed in with the segment series. The regular T-hunts had the regular T-hunt series.

Then in 2013, the mainline did its big changes. Like new models, the 2013 Treasure Hunts were mixed in with the normal cars, identifiable by a small flame symbol. (See identification icons at bottom of page) Super T-hunts were combined as well, but only in Hot Wheels Showroom. This is the same in 2014, except Super T-hunts made their way into HW City. (as seen in Mustang 50 th Anniversary)

As a result, Treasure Hunt identification on casting pages has moved from the series column to the notes column.

Although Mattel’s new system has been less identifiable, it has been proven to be collectible as 2011.

The identification icons are used to define T-Hunts from Super T-Hunts. They have been active tampos since 2013.

Between 2017 and 2018, Treasure Hunts had no numbers, however their regular versions or recolors had their numbers on card.

In 2019, Treasure Hunts have their numbers alongside the regular versions again.

Treasure Hunt Symbol

Super Treasure Hunt Symbol

In models since 2013, another indicator can be found on the box. The Treasure Hunt symbol, in grey if its is the default light blue-white box, can be seen below the car/near the glued end of the plastic box.

Treasure Hunts (sometimes T-Hunts) are mainline segment series of Hot Wheels cars introduced by Mattel in 1995. They began as 12 cars every year; one released per month. Now there can be 12 or 15 T-hunts. The original production run started at 10,000 pieces worldwide, and have since grown due to…