What did Hot Wheels preview that I am most excited about? Here is my Top 5.

I have been doing a lot of reporting from the Convention, and more is coming.  Following the Finale on Saturday, I took a small corner of the ballroom and filmed a couple of showcases with some of the HW Design Team.  I will be getting those up soon.  There is a lot there I am really excited about.

But what about the presentation at the Finale?  What little tidbits from the slide show made me smile?  Let me give you my Top 5, counting down:

5. RLC Exclusive ’55 Bel Air Gasser


Shocker.  I love the Bel Air Gasser.  Love for the ’55 isn’t hype.  It is universally loved.  Honestly, there can’t be too many of them.  Brendon Vetuskey’s casting itself is superb, and it is essentially a canvas for whatever crazy designs the Hot Wheels Team wants to come up with.  It can be outlandish, like the Candy Striper, and super classy, like the 50th Anniversary Black & Gold Pair from the last two Conventions.  And it can be what is pictured above.  This one will be hard to beat.  Spectraflame olive green, going full bomber.  And the placement of the Mooneyes logo?  Brilliant.

4. Car Culture Open Track R32 Skyline 


2019 might be the year of the R32.  The upgraded R32 makes its debut as a basic and a premium model this year, and come on, look at this.  JDM has strangely become a bit polarizing among the social media set, but it appears to be those complaining are posting in between runs to Walmart to find the very models they are complaining about.  The gaps keep getting filled, joining the plethora of muscle and classics already in the HW arsenal.  A better R32 was imperative, and considering the number of castings from each generation of Mustang and Camaro that already exist, a couple of R32 is not a bad thing.  And in HKS livery?  If you are complaining about this, you are just a Debbie Downer.  Any car person should be excited for this.

3.  Team Transport BRE & JDM-L Sets

Yes, we are in BRE overkill mode.  Brand after brand have gone BRE, and the Brock Racing Team hasn’t seen a licensing proposal they didn’t like.  But saying all that, Hot Wheels HAD to do a BRE Team Transport set.  It just made sense, especially from the brand that made BRE a diecast must.  This is the fourth BRE model, and third 510, and it is time to put it to bed, especially with something as cool as this.

But the set for me?  The Hakosuka set in JDM Legends livery.  My Utah pals have had a well-deserved stellar couple of years, and this set is wonderful return for them to Hot Wheels.  The red model also completes the Hako Racing trifecta from Hot Wheels.  Green was the model’s basic debut, and blue in Japan Historics 1.  And using that actual JDM Legends garage as the background of the art?  Wonderful touch.

2. RLC Exclusives ’69 Chevy C10


I don’t know if you caught how amazing this model is in the sneaks presentation.  If you didn’t, Designer Brendon Vetuksey explained it in a showcase video I shot with him that I will post later.  It is mind-blowing.  The truck can sit stock AND slammed.  A way to adjust the height was developed and patented by Mattel, and it isn’t overstating to say it’s a game-changer.  Moving parts are moving into the RLC in a big way, nothing more unique than this pickup.  Maybe the must-have of 2019, and even without the suspension, a new C10 in RLC Spectraflame will be hugely popular.

1. Basics Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo


An easy choice for my most-anticipated sneak of 2019.  There is a lot more to learn about, but right now this will be very hard to top, at least for me.  HW Designers Ryu & Dima mentioned that there was a bit of an internal battle on who would get to take this on, as the Z32 was a childhood favorite of many of the designers.  Count me in that group too.  When the Z32 debuted, I was in high school, and the first magazine ad I saw was promptly ripped out, framed, and hung on my wall.  I was obsessed with it for years, and it is still a favorite.  Hot Wheels did the Z back in the day, but it left a lot to be desired.  Ultimately Dima took the job of designing it this time around and nailed it.  Having had it in hand at the Convention, it does not disappoint.

My want list for Hot Wheels had two cars at the top.  This was one.

If you missed the presentation, here it is again.  What is your Top 5?

6 Replies to “What did Hot Wheels preview that I am most excited about? Here is my Top 5.”

  1. Awesome top 5 favorite hotwheels for 2019 congrats.👍

    Here are my top 5 for 2019.👍

    1 The car culture set’s.

    2 The car culture team transports

    3 The redline club

    4 The Wal-Mart premium set’s.

    5 The pop culture set’s.

    But I like and I love everything coming out so far in hotwheels for 2019.👍

  2. Your choices look good, but don’t shut the door on BRE until they finish their set with the Bobby Allison 45 car.

  3. Top pick: tied between Gulf Series McLaren F1 GTR (because come on, just look at it) and Mercedes 300SL Gullwing.

    Second pick: McLaren Senna. Even with it debuting in gray-blue, I still think the car will fly off the pegs. Will wait for the orange recolor, in any case, as well as the comparison review with the MiniGT version–can Hot Wheels’s Mainline keep up with a super-premium model like it did before?

    Best Line: Car Culture: Silhouettes. I’m a sucker for widebody racers, and the models seem really good.

    Second pick: Car Culture: Open Track. This is largely because y’all don’t like GT3 so they’ll warm the pegs, which means I get to find them and snap a couple up. The R8 LMS is the standout model in the line for me.

    Dark horse picks: Audi RS5 (potentially Then and Now with the UrQuattro?), all the Replica Entertainment cars shown, and silver R33 recolor.

  4. Why don’t you like the Senna? That’s my most anticipated model of 2019. Second is the Porsche 993 and third would be a tie between the Audi RS5 and the 300ZX.

    I am not going to comment on the premium stuff because they are not sold in India and I won’t have a chance to get them without spending shit load of money. So its pointless to anticipate anything about those. I am, however, interested in seeing the opening doors 300SL and Countach because those seem to be worth it.

    1. I don’t really collect modern cars or supercars, mostly just race cars, pony cars, ‘attainable’ sports cars (Corvette, Fairlady Z, 911s, etc) and sports compacts from the 60s-early 00s.

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