Date: 18th March, 2020

After the game was initially shown at the Amusement Expo trade show in New Orleans, American Pinball have belatedly officially announced their new Hot Wheels title, based on the toy cars from Mattel.

The exterior view of Hot Wheels
The exterior view of Hot Wheels

As we saw from the trade show pictures, this third game from American Pinball is aimed more towards operators than their first two titles, Houdini and Oktoberfest. The two-flippered playfield is simpler and easier to access, while there are no complex toys which could break and render the game unplayable.

The Hot Wheels playfield
The Hot Wheels playfield

The main toy is the spinning car which is mounted on an arm above the playfield.

The spinning car
The spinning car

This is one of five Hot Wheels models inside the game, but it is the only one which moves. The speed at which it spins is software-controlled, speeding up as you increase the revs with the R-P-M targets.

There are two plastic ramps in the game – one coloured orange and the other blue.

Left side orange ramp return
Left side orange ramp return
The blue left ramp
The blue left ramp

There is also an orange upkicker guide which deposits the ball on the right ramp’s return. A curved metal tongue helps the ball flow down the ramp return rather than slamming it into the plastic.

The orange upkicker ball guide
The orange upkicker ball guide

The playfield incorporates more than 140 RGB LEDs for insert, feature and general illumination. There is a large number of inserts across the playfield, including four at the entrance to each major shot and a tachometer above the flippers.

Some of the many RGB-lit inserts on the playfield
Some of the many RGB-lit inserts on the playfield

The cabinet interior sides feature custom artwork decals, while the back panel is a lenticular image, giving a pseudo-3D effect as you move your head side-to-side.

There is a magnet at the top of the outer orbit lane. This can either grab the ball and drop it through a gate into the pop bumpers, or briefly energise as the ball approaches to give it a speed boost.

The back panel and orbit lane magnet
The back panel and orbit lane magnet

We said when we first saw it how the game appears to be aimed at the operator market and the Hot Wheels flyer certainly pushes that angle, saying it is “designed with operators in mind” while “replay boost ensures maximum revenues“.

The front of the Hot Wheels flyer
The front of the Hot Wheels flyer
The back of the Hot Wheels flyer
The back of the Hot Wheels flyer

Sadly, the timing of the release wasn’t the best.

The Coronavirus-based cancellation of the Texas Pinball Festival where Hot Wheels was due to have its public debut, followed by the shutdown of non-essential businesses in Illinois – where American Pinball are based – meant the game hasn’t yet had a proper launch event nor gone into full production.

Nevertheless, American Pinball did eventually put out a press release about their new title, and here it is:


For over 50 years, Mattel’s HOT WHEELS™ die cast cars have been sought and collected by hundreds of millions of fans all over the world. Over 6 billion cars have been sold incorporating more than 20,000 different car designs. Today this multi-generational franchise is bigger than it’s ever been, and by far the #1 selling toy in the world!*

And now American Pinball is proud to present the first officially licensed HOT WHEELS™ pinball machine. The exciting and fast-paced world of HOT WHEELS™ comes to life under glass with dazzling game play, spectacular effects and a feature-packed playfield layout that will keep players of all ages racing back to play again and again.

There’s Car Collecting and Races. Track Building and Crashes. Epic Challenges, Creature Battles and much, much more! It’s guaranteed to be the hottest action ever in pinball!!

Only the wizards of American Pinball could pull everything together for a pure powerhouse pinball that is a cut above in quality workmanship, durability and long-term earning strength.

Designed with operators in mind, there’s all RGB lighting. Easy USB code updating. All coils are strength adjustable and a user-friendly service menu guarantees the best performance on location. Replay boost ensures maximum revenues.

Players will find themselves propelled into the middle of HOT WHEELS™ CITY, a hit YouTube series entertaining millions of viewers with all the adventure and excitement taking place in the teeming metropolis. Besides some high-powered driving and racing, there are the ever-present challenges posed by the villainous Draven and his army of relentless Creatures.

American Pinball captures all of the outrageous antics, thrills and spills with attention-grabbing footage from the series as HOT WHEELS™ drives a total pinball experience unlike any other.

HOT WHEELS™ puts players of all ages into the driver’s seat to become the Ultimate HOT WHEELS™ LEGEND.

· Players race to take the checkered flag and earn VICTORY LAP MULTIBALL

· There’s HOT WHEELS™ cars to collect for heart-thumping CAR CHAOS MULTIBALL

· Players need to save the day when they take on and defeat Draven and the Creatures of HOT WHEELS™ City

· Players will gear up to score with EPIC RAMPS, EPIC LOOPS, EPIC CARS and EPIC POPS

· TRACK MULTIBALL keeps the action in high speed around every turn and loop

· Revving the Tachometer delivers increased scoring and the ultimate REDLINE MANIA

· Players will be challenged to Collect Classic HOT WHEELS™ HERO CARS in order to become a HOT WHEELS™ LEGEND

Get on the fast track to an earnings powerhouse with HOT WHEELS™ from American Pinball!! For more information contact American Pinball, Inc. at [email protected] or your local authorized American Pinball distributor or dealer.

About American Pinball
Located in the Chicago metropolitan area, the pinball capital of the world. American Pinball is dedicated to creating the highest quality, most immersive, and entertaining pinball machines around. Every game is designed to captivate and amaze the pinball enthusiast, first-time player, as well as location owners and operators. At American Pinball, fun and games is a serious business. Previous games released at American Pinball include Houdini™ Pinball, Oktoberfest™ Pinball, and The Flying Dutchman coin-op redemption game. For more information on American Pinball, visit our website

HOT WHEELS and associated trademarks and trade dress are owned by, and used under license from, Mattel @2020 Mattel Inc.

*Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service

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One Comment

  1. Ben Logan

    19th April, 2020 at 9:14am

    Great coverage and beautiful pictures. Love this website and totally enjoy your podcast. Thanks!


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