|Hot Wheels Texas Drive ‘Em on eBay|
The title of this post may not make sense to a lot of you. But if you are a 2014 (or 2015, or 2016, or 2017, or whatever) Redline Club member, you know exactly what I am talking about.
I honestly don’t know what “member year” we are still in. Technically this might be 2016 because memberships were extended, but then again I think this all started in 2014. I can’t remember. Maybe one day I will pull someone from Mattel Marketing aside to tell the story of the debacle that has been the RLC the last few years, but it is too soon. I might need to have the paramedics on hand. It hasn’t been fun, whether you have been a member, a Mattel employee dealing with it, or a newer collector who would just like to join sometime.
But I think the nightmare is coming to an end. Not because someone said it was, but because the evidence is mounting. Sales are starting to happen with a certain frequency, and those models are arriving looking spectacular. The days of the mirrorized spectraflame are done, and the classic premium spectraflame is back.
And more importantly, models promised a long time ago are arriving. The Rewards SuperNova Gasser was sent out a few weeks ago, and now the Selections Texas Drive ‘Em has arrived. As soon as those Membership Gassers are here, I think we can shut the door entirely and move on.
So the fact that the TDE is my hands makes me happy enough, but what makes me even more joyful is how it looks. I don’t know if I can say anything this late was worth the wait, but this comes as close as any. This Texas Drive ‘Em I would say is the best TDE release so far. And you will only know it if you see it in person.
First, a little background for those who don’t know what the Selections Model is. Each year RLC members get to essentially design a model themselves. A tournament of sorts is held. First, members choose from a selection of castings, then color, wheels, and some of the deco are decided by vote. As soon as the model’s design is finished, members can reserve the model, and Mattel makes as many as are offered. It is truly a member exclusive. That was TDE last year, or the year before – I forget – and now it is out. 9000 were made.
The Selections process for 2017 was done a few weeks ago, with a purple SuperNova Gasser being selected. We should see the finished design soon, with the chance to order after that.
Back to the TDE. It is an early 70’s Ford Pickup, and as I have stated before, probably my favorite of the classic Hot Wheels pickup castings. So for me to call a particular release my favorite, it has to look good. And this one really does. At first it just looks black, but it actually is two-toned, with a black chrome top complimenting the black bottom half. Add the simple red stripe, the embossed “Ford” on the hood, and you have a gem. One that has to be opened:
The TDE is a hard model to collect. Many releases are exclusive to conventions and other events, so you have to be willing to fork over a pretty penny for one. But it is worth it. I doubt I will ever have all of them, but I am happy with what I have so far:
But I would say, if you can only have one, decide between the first RLC release in blue, or this one. This one might be the best bet, because there are enough on eBay now to keep the price down. That may not always be the case, so pounce. It is worth it.