So have we made it?
We have talked a lot here on Lamley about how Hot Wheels figured out the Boulevard line a little too late, and since then we have been waiting for something similar to return. Hot Ones and Flying Customs were too “Hot Wheels Nostalgic” for newer collectors, and the Cool Classics looked nice, but lacked realistic liveries and colors.
So when Heritage was announced, many collectors started licking their chops. Something tasty might be on its way. The caveat? The batches would alternate between real riders and nostalgic redlines, so theoretically one batch would be realistic, and the other nostalgic.
Well, the first batch is out, with six models sitting on real riders. And after one batch, what do you think? Are we back? Would you put these on par with models like the Boulevard 510 Wagon, Porsche 993, and Jeep Wagoneer? Not yet. This batch is nice, although a tad underwhelming.
Two Datsuns will, at least at this point, get the masses going, so kudos to Mattel for starting off strong. The 240Z wins from our perspective, with a simple, retro racing style that would do very well down the street here at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The 510 is ok, but doesn’t pop. The VW is too Cool Classics-like, and we have no opinion on the two unlicensed models.
The most interesting model is the Greenbrier. Would we have preferred it stock? Of course, but you can’t expect that from Hot Wheels. Instead it should be super creative, and it most certainly is. This one is definitely a must have, even if it gets some grief form those who would have preferred stock.
There is still a lot to see from Heritage, so the jury is still out. We still miss Boulevard…
Hot Wheels Heritage Batch A: