And here begins the Hot Ones’ successor. Why the Hot Ones was discontinued and the Flying Customs started is not something I know. That may have been the plan all along, or maybe it is to inject something into the line. At this point I see little difference between the two lines, outside of the card artwork. Both lines have a nostalgic feel, will include nostalgic tools, as well as new or current tools in nostalgic clothes.
It took awhile, but the Hot Ones really grew on me. It might have helped that the later batches included several castings I was very excited about, namely the Honda CRX, ’87 Toyota Truck, ’82 Supra, and Subaru BRAT. The problem was all those models came late in the series, and as of now most haven’t even appeared in stores. We discussed this issue in an earlier post, and now with Flying Customs already out, the future of these late-issue models in up in the air.
Of course the Flying Customs have only been sent to dealers at this point, so it could potentially be awhile until they show up in stores, giving them a chance to stock the last Hot Ones. But the chances of that get slimmer and slimmer as time goes on.
But let’s focus on the positive. The positive here is that the Flying Customs line is shaping up to be a great one. Over on HWC, Hot Wheels designer Steve Vandervate released a partial list of what is to come. The list can get pretty much any HW collector excited: