Monday, 31 October 2016
Cracking open limited-run convention cars is always fun, isn't it? Especially when they're as gorgeous as this orange flamed 1969 Pontiac GTO? I know I had fun cracking this one. I've resisted the urge to open this one so many times and finally I gave in. And I didn't regret it. Detailed mesh grille? Check. Realistic license plates? Yup. Gleaming, bright orange hand polished spectraflame with ghost flames? You bet. Polished metal chrome base and neo-classics wheels? Sure thing.
Cracking open this car made me nostalgic. When I got back into collecting early in 2014, all I cared about were Hot Wheels Neo-Classics. Every time I could pick one up cheap, I did. Since then, the Redline Club has gone down hill. Backorder wait times have reached epic proportions, and the hand polished Spectraflame finish is gone. Tampos look like they come out of an inkjet printer and Neo-Classics wheels are skidding out of favor quicker than ever.
I'm not bashing the Redline Club and HWC nor am I trying to be a Debbie-Downer, I'm telling it like it is in hopes that it changes. I think we're heading in the right direction after seeing the recent LA Convention previews. Spoilers are back, neos are still being donned on club cars and the Spectraflame looks perfect on the recent Gulf Rocket Oil.
As excited as I am about Neo-Classics wheels, I know many of you aren't. If you're a fan of the Hot Wheels brand, however, neos are about as iconic and nostalgic as it gets. I love realism just as much as the next guy and that's why I have an extensive Auto World and Greenlight collection. But when it comes to pure representation of the Hot Wheels brand, nothing does it better than neos. Put em on a classic muscle car like the '69 GTO and pair them with Spectraflame paint, and you're in for a winner. I think the photos defend that thesis pretty well. Enjoy!
Sunday, 30 October 2016
I could call this post 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly', but I'll refrain. The Hot Hatch is back with cars like the Golf GTI, the new Civic hatchback, and of course, the high power Ford Focus RS. The RS is a brand new casting and is beautifully done. While I appreciate the 'ice racer' livery on the '12 Ford Fiesta, and it's a cool car in real life, the Hot Wheels casting is actually rather ugly when you strip away the fancy liveries. Just look at the back end. Yuck. The '09 Ford Focus RS would be the 'bad'. Not a bad casting, but not a pretty car in real life and it certainly doesn't look good with flourescent orange windows.
Okay, now that I've got that off my chest, I have to say I'm extremely impressed with the new '16 Ford Focus RS from Hot Wheels. The front detailing and clean blue paint scheme combined with nice proportions is exceptional. Now if only we can get the 'liquid blue' color on the casting like we've seen on the GT350, Ford GT and Ford Raptor. They'd make an incredible set. For now, I'm satisfied with the plainer blue color on the Focus' debut.
The '09 Focus isn't exactly a bad casting. It looks quite nice in some of the cleaner decos it's seen. The version featured here looks bad though. The Fiesta has a lot of potential but something's off, especially at the back. Enjoy the photos and let me know what you think of these 3 hot hatches from Ford in the comments below!