I can’t remember what the initial reaction was to the Hot Wheels ’70 Chevy Blazer. I am sure it was positive. Why wouldn’t have been? We go crazy for the C10 pickup, and the first-gen K5 shares a lot with it, except for the bed.
At the time it was released I was paying a little more attention to Matchbox, and sadly missed some great models released by Hot Wheels. The Blazer was one. I kind of knew it was there, and probably passed them by countless times on the pegs. It took revisiting it to realize that “Run to You” by Bryan Adams was a good song, and that same could be said for the Hot Wheels K5 Blazer.
So awhile ago I hopped on eBay and grabbed this gold one. To me it was by far the best looking one. There were others I liked, like the red Garage version, but I was happy with the version I purchased. It was the closest to stock, with understated wheels and a two-tone design. Let’s be honest, it is a handsome model.
But where has it been? It’s been stuck in the Pop Culture universe. So really nice premium versions, but with Archie and other characters plastered on the side. It’s really a bummer because I could see this model released in a ton of cool looks. It would have been great in Boulevard, or Heritage, and maybe a basic release or two.
But we are in the Car Culture era, and dang this model would fit. Pick a theme. Pre-SUV off-roaders? Sure. Wagoneer, Bronco, Bronco again, Blazer, and I am sure others. Classic Americana? Sure.
But I have an even better theme. Let’s call this Car Culture assortment “Underused Greats”. There are three models that will anchor the line. This Blazer, the Dodge A100 Van, and the VW T1 Panel Van. Three greats, all used mainly in Pop Culture, looking fine in more stock-like designs. Tasty eh? I will let you guys pick the other two models in the assortment. There are plenty to choose from.
Unlike the A100 and T1, however, we do have some cool “realistic” releases of the Blazer. And this gold one is a model I am very happy to have…