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We remember spending hours setting up Hot Wheels tracks as kids. That tedious planning paid off when we sent a die-cast Mustang soaring over a collection of our sister’s Barbie dolls, like Evel Knievel was piloting the toy car. While we don’t break out the bin of Hot Wheels these days, we like to reminisce every now and then, and Hot Wheels, a coming release from Assouline, is just the spark we need. The book charts the history of the popular toy cars, from their inception in 1968 through the more than 10,000,000 Hot Wheels produced. With a forward from Mario Andretti, Hot Wheels tackles collectibility, production techniques, and more of what makes the cars the number-one toy in the world.

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We pride ourselves on being able to tackle problems and jigsaw puzzles like everyone else–from the edge pieces in. That’s a little more difficult when it comes to thousand piece adventures like the Moon puzzle you see here. In is out, out is in, and there’s an entire quadrant of almost fully gray pieces that depict the lunar surface, but all of that just adds to the productive difficulty you’ll experience when you’re assembling this jigsaw version of modern history. As they tell it, “July 16, 2019 marked the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch – the historic mission to the Moon where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first of humankind to set foot on the Moon. Our Moon puzzle celebrates this momentous achievement and will challenge and delight puzzle solvers everywhere.”