Craft House did a lot of Hot Wheels crayons

Collectors are very detailed people.  In collecting, the small details do matter.  That's why for Crayola collectors, I've documented close to 3,000 different crayon containers from them so far.

While other companies don't have nearly that size to collect, sometimes there are interesting variations to collect.

Take Craft House for example.  They were the company that made the famous Paint By Number kits.  Eventually they morphed into many art endeavors and some of those included crayons.

They did a fair share of different crayon products over the years but their car-shaped Hot Wheel crayons are of particular interest.

Each package came with four different car-shaped crayons.  They had eight different cars in total.  There were essentially two sets of four different cars.  One set had the Sol-Aire CX4, Shadow Jet, Fangster and Sharkruiser cars.  The other set had the Camaro, Classic Cobra, Corvette and Bywayman cars.  Now, for each car, there were a total of seven different colors that each of those cars could come in:  Black, blue, green, orange, red, purple and yellow.  That means that if you wanted to have every car in every color, you would have to have at least 14 different sets of these.

I have managed to find all the colors for all of the cars except two:  The Sol-Aire CX4 is missing a yellow example and the Fangster is missing a green example.

Here's the final tally of cars and colors:

Sol-Aire CX4:  Black, Blue, Green, Orange, Red, Purple (missing yellow)
Shadow Jet:  Black, Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Red, Yellow
Fangster:  Black, Blue, Orange, Purple, Red, Yellow (missing green)
Sharkruiser:  Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Orange, Purple, Yellow
Camaro:  Black, Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Red, Yellow
Classic Cobra:  Black, Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Red, Yellow
Corvette:  Black, Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Red, Yellow
Bywayman:  Black, Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Red, Yellow



But this isn't every container you could get the Hot Wheel crayon cars in.  They also did another one with five of the cars:


Additionally, they even added a random Hot Wheel crayon cars to other figure crayon sets they produced even though the Hot Wheels had no bearing on the set.  I have no idea of the logic to that but here is an example:


Of course, if you are a REAL detailed collector, you could argue that the position of each car is also a variation and because the cars were not put into the sets in any uniform order, that means that the number of unique combinations of cars, colors and positions in the package REALLY LARGE!  I haven't done the math for this because...well...I hate doing math....but it must be a lot.

If you are interested in reading more about Craft House and what crayon products they have done, you can find that in my website here:  Craft House



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