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Hot Wheels – Iron Man and Hulkbuster Iron Man

These two make a great combination. First off, the metallic dark red is a beautiful color. Match it with lots of gold chrome, and it looks amazing.

The Iron Man car (#1) looks like something that Tony would concoct to get a suit to him quickly. I could see this drive down the road and transform to go onto his body. It has jet engines in the back, and a bit of clear blue plastic here and there for a great additional touch.

The Hulkbuster Iron Man (#19) is even more amazing. Now this one, I could see driving suits around waiting to be called into action. It has the matching metallic red and gold chrome.

Of course the Hulkbuster suit was not much without Iron Man inside to control it. Fear not, this version of the Hulkbuster also fits the Iron Man car into the back. Iron Man fits in there nice and tight. There are some indents in the floor of the truck bed that allows the Iron Man car to stay in place very well.

This is a fantastic vehicle for car collectors, comic collectors, and the kids who just want to play. I would be very sad to see this paint job get ruined by rough play, but then it will be a “Battle Damaged” version, right?

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Hot Wheels 2016 Collection is hitting shelves…

The 2016 Hot Wheels have started to hit the shelves.  Once again we are not done with 2015, but like real cars, we have to move on before the year the model is released.  This time around, they are doing away with the overarching themes and going a bit more personal with smaller collections.  They have badges to go with each set of cars.  Some of them are going to be pretty good sets, while others will be total passes for me.  I will point out a few of the sets I am looking forward to, and then there will be a list of all badges at the bottom.

Mild to Wild – This one should be a lot of fun.  Find the car in a street version, and then look for the muscled up version.

 

Then and Now – One of my favorite sets from the past… as long as I can find both the “Then” and the “Now.”

 

Muscle Mania – Can’t go wrong here.  Muscle cars are the best!  4 New Models!

 

HW Showroom – Usually a great list of classics.  6 out of 10 are New Models!

HW Exotics – Porsche, Lamb0, McLaren – This is the line to find all of your super fast street cars… though no Ferraris this time around.

Night Burnerz – I always look forward to the Night Burnerz, usually Japanese type cars.  This time around 6 out of 10 are going to be New Models!

Speed Graphics – We usually get some pretty good paint schemes with racing decos on these guys.

Hot Wheels Race Team – Can’t go wrong here.  There are some good race cars coming out. Corvette C7.R and the SRT Viper GTS-R.  There will be a few HW designs in there that I will skip.

Super Chromes – I will wait and see on this one.  They could be pretty good looking all chromed out.

 

The rest of the list.   Not a lot new going on in the rest of the series.   We do get the Batman V. Superman Batmobile that will be pretty fun.  The rest of the Batman line is repaints, and probably some dumb paints at that.  How many Classic TV Series Batmobiles do we really need?  There is a 1973 BMW that will go with the 100th Birthday line of 5 cars.  Flames is a complete repaint team with flames painted on it.  The X-Racers are back with clear bodies. Then there are some of the most dreaded.  Street Beasts…ugh!  More cars that look like animals.   There are some Dino Riders that are also animal themed.  Then there are the cars that have tools attached to them.

We follow those up with fairly vanilla offerings.  Video Game cars, Solar/Electric vehicles, and a smattering of real-world vehicles in Emergency and City Works.  Once again we get to see some airplanes squished down in size to fit on a card.  We have snow racers and trucks, daredevil vehicles, and cars painted to look like art.  Let’s not forget the new found love for attaching Minifigs to our Hot Wheels in the Ride-Ons set, though some will be excited about a new Minecraft car.  We finish off with Glow Wheels that will be pretty fun to watch go around the track in the dark.

We follow those up with fairly vanilla offerings.  Video Game cars, Solar/Electric vehicles, and a smattering of real-world vehicles in Emergency and City Works.  Once again we get to see some airplanes squished down in size to fit on a card.  We have snow racers and trucks, daredevil vehicles, and cars painted to look like art.  Let’s not forget the new found love for attaching Minifigs to our Hot Wheels in the Ride-Ons set, though some will be excited about a new Minecraft car.  We finish off with Glow Wheels that will be pretty fun to watch go around the track in the dark.

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New Year, New Display

I built this display out of necessity. The need for shelf space taken up by Hot Wheels. I figured if I could make something on the wall, I could save a ton of flat space.

This is made with 3 pieces of the foam core board. Black on black (meaning black foam in the middle. I used two inch strips to make the shelves, spaced 2 inches apart. That leaves one space double-tall at one part. I had enough left over for a second display on top that is made 7 inches tall with a 2 inch shelf half way.

The shelving his held together with sewing pins in the back and on the sides. That makes it really strong, and at some point I could foreseeable take it apart again, and make it into something else, but I probably won’t.

So, I ended up with room for 80 Hot Wheels, 31 Legion Class Transformers, and my Big Hero 6 collection on top. Of course, you can always set the sizes differently for whatever you want to display.

It was really easy to make, little to no mess. Definitely no glue mess. And it helped clear up a lot of room around the shelving in other places.


Hot Wheels New Model – Let’s Go – #165

This year we see the continuation of the Mini Figure trend in Hot Wheels.  The 2014 version is called Let’s Go.  I think this is a very thin take on Lego.  Last year we saw our first Mini Fig car with the Fig Rig.  It was a Hot Wheels scale truck with a lot of extra posts and handles added on.   This time around, it is a Mini Fig scale go-cart.

It is clear that more design went into this one, toward the idea of it fitting into the scale of the mini figs.  There is an actual seating area for the figure in the Let’s Go.  The Let’s Go also has a few more places to hold on than the Fig Rig, and they are integrated a little better too.

Hang off the back in an insane attempt to hold back your competition.

Better yet, hang upside down off the front as a wind screen for the driver, or for showing off at the circus.

In addition, there is a post on the top of the engine for a one leg balancing act, two handles on either side of the engine, and it looks like the exhaust port is the right size for a Lego post.  It looks like this car is a lot more interactive than the Fig Rig.   It is a fun car to play with, and for kids, it is crossing toy lines, so that makes for even more fun.   What do you collectors think?  Wanna see more of these cross-industry vehicles?


 

 

 

I generally don’t talk about LEGO figures, since I burned out on them long ago as I filled up every available space with fun sets.   I had to make a decision, and they were the toys that got cut from my collecting.  Rather expensive to continue getting, as long as the best sets were license sets that cost extra.   I still have all of them, they are just stuffed into corners of the house.

This brings me to quite possibly one of the ugliest Hot Wheels vehicles, with one of the most god-awful names: Fig Rig.   Um, I almost passed on this one.  With a crap name, and a weird design, I did not see anything that was beneficial to owning this car.  Then I looked at the back and saw that it was something quite special.  Mattel has made this vehicle so it can be used in conjunction with LEGO mini-figs.  *slaps head*  Got It!  Fig Rig, as in Mini-fig.

That is when I started to see the actual cool features of the vehicle.  Still ugly as all-get-out, there were some redeeming qualities.   The flames on the side are the standard Hot Wheels flame, but pixilated as if it was being built out of Lego blocks.

 

There are studs on the hood, where the engine is.   That allows one Mini-Fig to stand there… or I guess you could build up the engine with other blocks.   There are also two studs in the back of the truck that allows another Fig to stand.   Being that this truck is in the Stunt section of the 2013 Hot Wheels Line-Up, it was only natural to add a bunch of hand-holds all over the place.  The most prominent being the large section hanging off the back of the truck where the Clone Trooper is hanging out.

To take it up a notch, there are additional hand-holds on each side, above the door.   You could end up with quite an array of Lego figures hanging out all over this thing.

And, as if all of that was not enough, they added one more little plug in the bottom.  That would be perfect for attaching the truck to a long pole in a Lego City as an advertisement for a car dealership or something like that.

I don’t know if I have ever seen something like this, where one company makes something to be used with another company’s toys.   Of course there are the direct rip-offs of Legos, but this one is kinda special, with a bit of a nod to another brand.


Hot Wheels Camaro, Part 2

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Here we go. The car has been cleaned of all paint. Some was hard to get off, especially in the panel lines.
I sprayed the car with Tamiya primer. It went on so clean and smooth…except for one little hair on the door.
Up next, the special part of this little project that will hopefully turn this into quite a car.

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Hot Wheels Camaro

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I have had a project bouncing Around in the empty spaces in my head for months now.
I wanted to do a project with one of my Camaros, but I love my Camaros, so I did not want to destroy one in the process, and they are hard to find.
Well, a few days back, I found a Camaro to replace the one pictured from 2011. It was a strange find since we have 2013 cars in the stores now, but it was a happy find.
The body has been removed from the chassis, and is currently taking a dip in Super Clean to see if I can get the paint off.
The project begins…


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