Best store exclusive line ever. With all due respect to Target’s Red Editions and Kroger, Walgreens, GameStop, Kmart, and whatever other exclusive store colors, Walmart’s Zamacs are by far tops in the store exclusive game.
Take a basic release, remove it’s base color, keep it raw, and add its existing graphics in an exclusive color and a Walmart Zamac is born. 18 a year, since 2013 I think, and what a collection it is.
Hot Wheels had done Zamacs before, even with Walmart back in 2004, but this current run is what I am referring to. I, like many of you, took to them instantly, and decided that as long as Hot Wheels and Walmart were doing them I would collect them. Whether a casting I like or not, I will keep at least one. Most I have been able to find in stores, but some I have had to procure via trade or ebay, but I am current. And it is a treat to go through all of them. The Zamac collection is a true cross section of Hot Wheels Basics over the last 5-6 years, from Ferraris to Porsches to Datsuns to Muscle to Mooneyes to generics to even a few disasters. I love seeing them together. And I hope we get 18 a year indefinitely.
I am writing this while sitting in my living room with a cup of coffee. There is even a fire in the fireplace. That means I am not getting out of this chair. Not even to walk a few feet to my office to pull out the Zamac collection and pick a few highlights. I am too comfortable. So off the top of my head, the Zamacs that come to mind as true highlights are the ghost-flame TV Batmobile – still to me the best Zamac ever – bare Ferrari F12, Dodge Demon, I think a 32 Ford with black flames, a Mooneyes Kafer Racer with aero wheels, a clean R30 Skyline and that super cool Toyo Tires 240Z, among many.
There are also signature castings that have gone Zamac. I already mentioned the TV Batmobile, but the ’55 Gasser, Datsun 510 Wagon, and R34 Skyline have gone bare as well.
Now add to that the Bugatti Chiron.
I hope I don’t get accused of #lamleyhype for this post. This is full-fledged #bugattihype, an ongoing monster impacting collectors for what is now years. The Veyron casting became a collector legend once it was retired, with the satin red Walmart exclusive – when they weren’t doing Zamacs – leading the way. That buildup led to “Beatles at Ed Sullivan” response to the new Chiron casting when it was released last year. #bugattihype has even bled into Matchbox, clearly evident by the “when is the Divo coming out” comments I get every time I do a Matchbox Live Chat on YouTube.
And now it is a Zamac. What a perfect choice.
Hot Wheels made two mistakes on the Veyron. The first was the casting itself, which led a little (a lot) to be desired, and the second was trying to create original graphics on some of the releases. The Bugatti does not need to be messed with. Two-tone is essentially impossible to do on basic, but I don’t think anyone will complain with just the standard stripe curling around the side intakes and the front grill being done. As long as the graphics remain stock, Bugattis can come in any color.
And what color can top raw? The Zamac Bugatti is a true no-brainer. It is so damn cool. Throw some ambient light on it and let the model do its magic. It will be hard to top.
I don’t need to say much more, so I’ll just leave a few more photos. This model photographed was provided by Mattel for preview, and you will see it later this year in the second mix of Zamacs. Definitely grab a couple, but leave a few for others. This one hopefully will be enjoyed by many.