There is a group of Hot Wheels that receive no fanfare when they are released, get little attention, and are left at the store a lot. Yet often they are among the best-looking Hot Wheels models released during the year.
I am talking about the multipack exclusives. And the newest group for 2018 is slowly filtering into stores.
There are mainly two kinds of multipack exclusives. The first are marked as exclusives on the package. They are specific to the 9-packs that sit on the shelves, and are up in the top right-hand corner of the box. Hot Wheels will usually release three colors of that exclusive throughout the year.
But it is the second group I am talking about here. These could be called fillers. A wide array of Hot Wheels castings, from licensed to generic. They can be found in 9-packs and 3-packs. And they typically sport decos from previous mainline releases, only in new colors. They make for unique editions to castings we collect from years previous, and I LOVE seeking them out.
The multipack fillers for 2018 are just starting to show, and I thought I would try to keep a running list of those that would interest Lamley Readers. I will document when I find them, and then incorporate them into my Lamley Daily features, showing the multipack exclusive, along with the previous released they are based on (if I have them).
So let’s start with a few I came across, but have yet to buy.
This Honda CR-X and Nissan 370Z are both multipack exclusives, based on older decos from a few years ago. Found at Target, but part of a 20-pack, so I left it for now.
But both are headed for the collection when I find them in cheaper packages.
And just today my friend Ace send this pic:
I am almost positive that the VW is a basic release (check out the chrome bed), but it is the Ford GT that has my attention. This looks to be a multipack exclusive, and essentially a third color of the 2017 release, seen in the mainline in grey and yellow.
But that’s the thing about the multipack exclusives. I could be wrong. On both the VW and Ford. Only time will tell, and guessing is kind of fun. We’ll keep doing it.