Sunday, 25 September 2016
Muscle Cars Have Always Been Hot Wheels Bread-and-Butter...
Yeah, everyone knows muscle cars have always been Hot Wheels' jam. Sure JDM, Porsche and Pickup Trucks seem to be taking over at Hot Wheels now, but think back to the Original 16 Hot Wheels released in 1968. Fantasy cars and Muscle Cars ruled the day. Collecting in the 2000's, I remember collectors being enamored with muscle cars. Of course we all still love a good muscle car today, but they don't have the same cachet with collectors that they once had.
That's a bit of a shame, because Hot Wheels has so, so many muscle car castings it's hard to keep them all straight. The more popular ones, like the 1967 Camaro, Mustang Mach I, '70 Roadrunner, '69 GTO and the Chevelles are easy to remember and they're everywhere. But...
There are so many under-the-radar muscle cars that shouldn't be ignored, beyond the traditional classics I've just mentioned. Starting with the way-back-when, I've got the Nitty Gritty Kitty. Not really under-the-radar, but this one deserves to be seen again, maybe in the Car Culture line. How about the Ford Thunderbolt? This one was a T-Hunt way back in the early 2000's and it's getting some really fantastic multipack exclusive releases lately. How about the '71 Maverick Grabber? It's another ultra cool muscle car.
I've included a 1969 Mercury Cyclone, too. It's easily overshadowed by the late 60's Mustangs but the Merc is equally mean. How about Mopars? The '67 Plymouth Belvedere GTX is easily one of the most overlooked (Retro) Entertainment releases. It's a big heavy muscle car, with a nice rag top, glistening chrome 5-spokes and Good Year rubber. Impressive.
I'm not a huge fan of modern muscle cars, but I've also included a recent Camaro and an '08 Challenger. This is definitely not the best deco the Challenger has seen, but the casting itself is worth a look as a well-cast modern Challenger.
I like to get my collection up on the blog as I crack open each car, which means this post is a rather random assortment of Hot Wheels muscle cars. If you see the theme I see, that's awesome, if not, enjoy the photos anyways!