Thursday, 26 May 2016

It's a Great Time to be a Hot Wheels Porsche Collector!


It's a great time to be a Hot Wheels collector if you're a Porsche fan. If you don't think so, you're probably not a Porsche person. After picking up the Car Culture Euro Style set, I was motivated to dig out my other loose Porsches and take some photos. I consulted with Instagram's monsieur_diecasts to get some info before I did this post as he knows way more about Porsches than I do.

When I first started collecting I wasn't big on Porsche Hot Wheels. I was definitely a fan of the 1:1 scale Porsches as my dad had a few coffee table books with them growing up. But Hot Wheels didn't seem to have properly proportioned Porsches (say that 3 times fast) in their arsenal. Fast forward to 2016 and Mattel is delivering one great Porsche casting after another. I'll start with this year and work backwards:

2016: Porsche 356A Outlaw

Easily one of the 10 most classic cars ever, the Porsche 356 has finally made its way into the Hot Wheels lineup courtesy of the Magnus Walker inspired Outlaw version. Collectors have been begging for a 356 for awhile over on the Red Line Club forums and here we are. Awesome.








2014: Porsche 934 Turbo RSR

It's tough to pick a favorite Hot Wheels Porsche, but this one is easily in my top 3. The 934 one of the most well proportioned, accurately casted Porsches from Hot Wheels. Period. Most of the decos nod to real 1:1 scale versions. The orange first edition looks similar to the real race car with Jagermeister livery. We're up to 5 mainline versions now, and I don't mind if they keep coming. There's also last year's Toy Fair car. While the 934 was an obviously deserving casting, the detail on the Toy Fair model blows away most every other Hot Wheels out there. I don't have one, but I'm sure you've seen it before.


                                     







2013: Porsche 993 GT2

Like some other great castings (Datsun 510 Wagon, Astro Van, Jeep Wagoneer), the Porsche 911 GT3 made its debut in the 2013 Boulevard line. What a debut it was. The scale on the 993 was perfect and the huge spoiler on the back paralleled 1:1 scale racing versions, while screaming 'Hot Wheels'. Hot Wheels does wild, souped up cars best and this casting strikes a perfect balance between accuracy and that Hot Wheels look.

I have a Boulevard version coming in the mail that should make it's way here in the next little while, but for now enjoy the new Euro Style version.








2011: Porsche 911 GT3 RS

I'm not a Porsche expert, so I have a bit of trouble distinguishing this from the 911 GT2 casting. Personally, I prefer the GT2, but this one has a more stock look than the GT2. The casting changed somewhere along the line to get an all-metal spoiler. There's a new Magnus Walker inspired version in the Euro Style set that gets the full premium treatment.

Check it out here.






2010: Porsche 911 GT2
I find this casting absolutely stunning. Maybe it's because last year's multipack exclusive version in lime green and black paint with bronze rims looks perfect. That version just pops. People scrambled to pick up the Exotics 5-Pack it came in. And the plastic headlights are much cooler than painted-on versions in my opinion.








2006: Porsche Carrera GT
The Carrera GT is Porsche's take on the super car. The 1:1 scale version is about as stunning as a car gets. The Hot Wheels version isn't a perfect replica, but holds it's own. I like it.

There are a few more castings that deserve mention, like the 935, 917 and 914, but I'll save those for another day. For now, I hope you enjoy the photos!





Happy Collecting!

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