Has this run of 2020 Super Treasure Hunts been the best ever? I think you can make the argument that it has.
Of course we like what we like, so there is no way to prove it, but dang the first 8 Supers of 2020, marking 25 years of Treasure Hunts, have been stellar.
I judge Supers based on several categories: (And yes I just made this up. I don’t spend my time grading Supers “on categories”. I’m a nerd but that not that nerdy. I just need to do this for the blog, so bear with me.)
- Upgrade from the Basic model
- Spectraflame color
- Uniqueness compared to other Supers
- How memorable the overall release is whether it was a Super or not
And if you look at this group as a whole, there is a lot to like. Memorable castings, old and new, unique colors, classic looks, and the first Super that is a completely different color than its basic counterpart.
Actually, this is stupid. I don’t write this blog to dissect something. It is about the experience. Finding Supers is an experience. Collecting them is as well, no matter how you get them. There are several sets of basic models that serve as a cross section of the best Hot Wheels has to offer. If you collect them you have a very cool cross section of models. That is why I collect Zamacs, and Red Editions, and Mooneyes. And Supers.
And without nerding out, I just love this mix of the first eight Supers. I’ll shut up and show the pics.
See? SEE!?!!? These are wonderful. Such a cool mix of models, all looking stellar. And yes, I know some will say Muscle is underrepresented, but if I do say so myself there was a time that Supers were Camaros and whatever muscle car would fit in between said Camaros. And never fear, a 57 Chevy, C10 Chevy, and Ford Galaxie are on their way.
My favorites of the bunch? Well I just said this run was as good as any, so ALL OF THEM! But if you want specifics, the last two. I love that R32, and there is no doubt the Gulf GT40 is a fan favorite (and probably the front runner so far “Best Super” in the 2020 Lamley Awards), but the bright red Audi and Special Edition GT-R take the cake for me.
I love that Hot Wheels decided to release the 50th Anniversary GT-R’s, with deco paying homage to the classic racing liveries of the old Hakosuka, together as a pair instead of as a first model and recolor. A first for Hot Wheels, and a worthy subject for the break from the norm. Plus, Super or not, doing this special deco makes these models a must.
The Audi Quattro Super is also one that is just great on its own. A perfect use of the new spectraflame red, and the Real Riders were put to great use, making the Super a little more realistic than its plain-colored basic counterpart. Plus, it is the second Audi Super to go red with just front and rear details. Rad.
So throw out my attempt to explain. I am enjoying the run of Supers in 2020. Their is a lot about 2020 I am NOT enjoying. At least the Supers are cool.