It is once in a blue moon that I showcase a Hot Wheels 5-pack. But the new Surf’s Up 5-pack deserves at least a mention.
Reason #1 it needs to be shown here? It is a great 5-pack. Nice theme, simple decos, and nice model choices. The bottom two models especially grab my attention.
Reason #2 has to do with where these models came from. Of late Hot Wheels has moved the production of some models from Malaysia to Thailand, and now to Indonesia. I don’t know much more than that, other than it says “Made in Indonesia” on the base.
I hear it will be mostly exclusive assortments (like those found at Walmart), and sets like this 5-pack. And so far, at least based on this set, the models look good. Time will tell. Malaysia remains the home for basic, but also remains the source of two big problems – stolen models and subpar deco print quality. We will see how that plays out.
For now, this definitely a pack worth having, with the star being that killer Nova Wagon.