There are a lot of new RLC members this year. You’ve had your chance at a couple of models so far, but did you also know Hot Wheels will put you to work?
They did just that, launching this year’s sELECTIONS poll a few weeks ago. Through a series of polls, RLC members get to vote for a model and essentially design it. After it’s designed, Mattel builds it. Last year’s sELECTIONS model, the Custom 240Z, is shipping soon.
The model chosen this year was the ’55 Bel Air Gasser. Not a surprise. It knocked out the Datsun 510 on its way to the final, where it beat the Ford Raptor handily. The Gasser is an all-timer, one of the most popular models ever.
But it shouldn’t have won. The Raptor should have. I would have said the same thing if the Raptor went against the 510 as well. Not because I like the Raptor better. But because we have a Gasser coming soon to the RLC that will be next level, and will join an already crowded bunch of gems highlighted by the Candy Striper and gold 50th Anniversary Convention model. An abundance of riches.
The Raptor? It’s just getting started. This premium version made its debut recently, and another version is coming, but we need more. Because this casting is awesome. And I say that not even as a fan of big current trucks.
The debut, in stunning spectraflame blue and sitting on fifteen52 wheels, is a must-have. And over time demand will continue to grow. It’s truly incredible.
I’ll give you a little tidbit about doing this blog. You know I am in contact with a few folks at Mattel. That means that occasionally I hear about something coming. I keep it a secret of course, but I can always tell what the designers and others are most excited about. They truly love all they put out, but some models seem to get a little more attention in house.
This blue Raptor was one. I kept hearing “wait until to you see the Raptor”, “don’t sleep on the Raptor”, and on and on. I finally got one, opened it, and knew exactly what they were saying. This one is special. It is models like these that make being an RLC member a must.
It should have been the Raptor.