2016 has been all about Car Culture over at Hot Wheels, with Japan Historics, Euro Style, Trucks, and the upcoming Track Day demanding the collector’s attention.
But Car Culture debuted on the heels of Hot Wheels Heritage, a premium line that alternated between Real Riders and Redline assortments. The castings were diverse, and there were some real gems that came from Heritage, but ultimately it was a very mixed line.
One of our favorite Hot Wheels experts, Derek Albert, aka @doomus_rlc, offers this review.
- The decos used were generally very appropriate. Very diverse, and some of the best designs since 2010 Garage.
- The casting diversity was also a welcome sight. None of the planned (stress “planned”) casting choices were duds. Yes, even the Altered Ego was a good fit in its end result.
- The bouncing around from RRs to RLs kept things interesting.
- The decision to go with the Bubble Gunner as the replacement for the Dodge Macho Power Wagon in the first mix. Yes, everyone would have loved to get the Power Wagon over the Bubble Gunner, and I get they needed to go with an available, non-licensed tool for the last minute change, but really? The Bubble Gunner? There had to be a more collector friendly casting in the list of last minute available cars. Second Wind would have looked killer in the paint deco and RRs used on the Bubble Gunner (seriously, I can picture it in my head and it would have been a favorite of the series). Just saying…
- While I praise the deco style, I did find several with tampo quality issues. Especially the ’69 Mercury Cyclone, took me a LONG time to find a good one. If these were done in Thailand and not Malaysia, this would likely not have been a problem. Quality out of the Thailand plant is indeed better than Malaysia in about every aspect. I’m sure the designers and marketing team that pay close attention to things here see this and know it’s a problem, here’s hoping that those that make decisions on where certain lines are made read and actually get that there’s a quality issue at the Malaysia plant. Things like this SHOULD NOT be a concern on these premium lines.
- To the paint/tampo end, the plastic inserts that were with all the Hot Ones and Flying Customs releases should have been used on all releases here as well. The ’68 Dart lost some tampo to the card from rubbing, and I know that wasn’t the only issue like this.