Of course I am setting myself up for grief with a headline like that. Hopefully now that “JDM Hype” label that Lamley has dealt with has now faded away, and we move on to just “cool diecast hype”.
Hype or not, Redliners is awesome. Bigger picture, Car Culture is awesome. After four assortments in 2016, with their 5-car sets, great variety, and amazing artwork, Car Culture continues strong in 2017. And that is key, because the stronger the assortments, the more we buy, and the likelihood hood of Car Culture continuing into 2018 gets stronger.
So Redliners is most welcome. It is nice to see Car Culture go Muscle, even though there are a few Mustang fans pouting over in the corner. I am sure your days is coming, oval guys. For now go buy the Cougar.
It is a little odd as a Hot Wheels collectors to say that a muscle-themed assortment is a breath of fresh air, but that is the case now. It isn’t that muscle is being ignored, it is more that variety has increased. Car Culture is a great example. Several brands, different regions of the world, and all kinds of styles.
Even the take on muscle in Redliners is different. Some look stock, others more modified. The Cougar and Camaro are clean, and the Charger, Gasser, and Vette all carry different deco styles. I don’t know if we would see decos like the Magnus Walker red, white, and blue deco a few years ago, but we are now. Classic muscle for sure, but with a modern car guy take.
Do I have a favorite? No idea. Maybe the Cougar, but that can change. All I can say is this set impresses in person. Moreso than in pics. Target has them, and they were able to get them early, so go get them. They will be hitting all over this week.