Model: Hot Wheels Prototipo Alfa Romeo B.A.T. 9
Line: 2005 First Editions – Realistix
Where to get it: eBay
Why it is in the collection:
For an Alfisti, the Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica concepts are some of the coolest collaborations to come from the Milanese marque and styling house Bertone. That Mattel in 2005 decided the third BAT would make for a great Hot Wheels just baffles me. [FYI I’m just going to gloss over the placement of the word ‘Prototipo’ or the periods in BAT.] For some context, besides the intentionally misspelled Realistix, the 2005 First Editions also saw aptly named Torpedoes and Drop Tops subcategories, in which the former’s castings were based on the dimensions of a #2 pencil and the latter’s appeared as though they were sent to the crusher prior to being packaged. Oh, let’s not forget Blings and X-Raycers. Maybe we should. One can only conclude it was a strange period.
So while the Alfa was a beacon of hope that not all sense and sensibility had been lost, it was such an unusual choice IMO. To further its mystique, the First Edition turned out to be its last.
I’m ok with that decision, as I’d hate to have seen it dressed up in some silly themed assortment or worse, Torpedoed. I wonder if the tooling is still around. It’d make for a great premium release.