There are a few Hot Wheels Behemoths. They aren’t officially called “behemoths”, but the word fits.
Hot Wheels are in the 1/64 range, but aren’t exactly to scale. Sometimes a Mini Cooper can be as big as a full-size pickup, because of packaging and weight limitations. And considering the production cost of each model is calculated to the tiniest fraction of a penny, we will see sizes mesh together even more.
Occasionally, however, certain models, typically aimed at the collector community, will break through that size barrier. There are a few, including several big rigs:
These four, the Long Gone, Kenworth W900, Convoy Custom, and Thunder Roller are monsters. And I might feature them all over time. There are others, like the Blown Delivery and Rocket Oil, are also massive, but the rigs above are in their own category. Two are recently modified versions of older castings, two were made in the last 10 years. All four are ultra-premium.
And the Kenworth is the only licensed of the four. Not that rigs like this have to be – the Thunder Roller especially looks like most cabs from that era – but the Kenworth is special that way.
And sadly it’s only been used twice. It debuted in Replica Entertainment as a Smokey & The Bandit model, and showed up a little later in Pop Culture with a Looney Toons character on it.
It is clear which release collectors prefer as the Entertainment release sells for 10 times the value of the Pop Culture. It also looks 10 times better. The Smokey & The Bandit theme is cool, but it is the fact that it is a replica of a vintage 70’s rig that is the best thing about it.
Those rims, that color, the way it sits. I just love this model, and I know I am not alone. But it still doesn’t get talked about a lot. The behemoths don’t fit into many Hot Wheels categories, so they don’t get lumped in with anything.
Maybe a Car Culture mix – how had would that be? – or seeing this Kenworth as an RLC or Convention model will change that. It deserves it.