#lamleydaily – November 7, 2017
Model: Hot Wheels Subaru Impreza WRX
Line: 2017 Car Culture Cars & Donuts Assortment
Where to get it: Coming to a hobby dealer and big box store near you later this month
Why it (will be) in the collection: Occasionally I will use the Lamley Daily for a preview. This is one of those times, especially when the model being previewed is an absolute no-brainer for the Lamley Collection.
As I mentioned in the Car Culture Cars & Donuts preview, the Hot Wheels Team allowed me to spend a good deal of time with three of the upcoming Car Culture assortments, including the amazing Japan Historics 2. JH2 is going to be epic to be sure, and the RLC Bundle will be wildly popular as well. But I was surprised how much I kept going back to the Bugeye.
I will make it very clear. I am IN LOVE with this casting. I am IN LOVE with this version. Not because I am the biggest Subaru fan, or a professed WRX fanboy. I do have a Subaru in the garage, and I do love it. But this casting is up there as one of my faves of 2017 for many many reasons.
For one, it is just beautifully executed. No matter what model it is, something done this well is an automatic addition. It isn’t just in the details, but in its proportions. The WRX is not a big car, and this model looks the part. Add to that the Thailand-plant precision of the rear and side graphics, and the separate headlights that are part of the window piece.
Second, it’s blue. With gold rims. Nothing else needs to be said about that.
Third, and most importantly, it’s the Bugeye!! It’s these little “engine that could” castings that always strike my fancy. Could have been the 22B, and maybe it should have. The 22B is an icon, and most certainly deserves to be a Hot Wheels. It could have been the newest WRX. But its the Bugeye, named for its insect-like headlights. The one that elicits a strong response from the Subie fans, good or bad. It is beloved to some, hated by others. But it gets noticed.
So maybe a little bit of a left-field pick, but that’s the point. Such a gem. Who knows, if Car Culture continues, a 22B might emerge. What a pair that would be.
For now, I will happily take the Bugeye. Look for it with Cars & Donuts later this month.