Friday, 22 May 2015

Flashback Friday: Hot Wheels The Hot Ones

Here at The Western Diecast Review we are eagerly awaiting the Hot Wheels Heritage line, set to hit stores in July of this year. That set will feature metal-on-metal castings on standard size card backs for the adult collector around the 3-4$ price point. Heritage cases will alternate between Real Riders and Redlines, with 6 cars per mix.

So many of the latest, greatest releases that we review here inspire us to dig up some old stuff from our storage bins. In order to bring you some of these past releases, we're making Fridays 'Flashback Friday' here at TWDR. 

Today we crack open some predecessors to the Heritage Series. The 'Hot Ones' series ran from 2011-2012 and featured metal bases/metal bodies, 80's themed paint schemes and plastic wheels that we hadn't seen since the blue card era. These were also around that 3-4$ price point. They were followed by the Flying Customs and Cool Classics Series.

We cracked open 2 of our favorites from the Hot Ones line to give them the full treatment they deserve: The VW Baja Beetle and the Meyers Manx. Go ahead, scroll on back…to 2012.

Volkswagen Baja Beetle 

The Baja Bugs of the 1960s and 70s were popular in California as dune buggies and desert racers. They were considered a cheaper alternative to the Meyers Manx, the other model we review in this post.

This casting is much beefier than the Manx in terms of ride height and width. It sits on meaty off road wheels. Hot Wheels hasn't used this wheel much as of late. It was traditionally featured on some of their trucks and Caterpillar models, but we have to say this wheel looks pretty darn cool on this Baja Bug. The purple paint scheme has a metallic flare to it that really makes this casting pop. It feels heavy in hand and has tons of extra tampo detail. 

Meyers Manx

The 1:1 version of this car was originally designed as a desert racer based on a shortened Volkswagen Beetle chassis. The Meyers Manx was produced in California, deriving its namesake from the tail-less cat known as the 'manx'. Going into production in 1965, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Meyers Manx.

The 1:64 scale Hot Ones release was one of Hot Wheels' best renderings of this casting. It has a sturdy, clear windshield, all-metal base and body and classic black-wall wheels. Next to the original Red Lines, most old-school Hot Wheels guys and gals will agree…these are the coolest Hot Wheels wheels out there. The Hot Ones edition gets finished off with an incredible paint scheme. Sure the orange hue is a little industrial but the intricate tampos take you right back to the 80's! Check it out.

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