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Thursday, April 24, 2014

First Look: Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment '71 Mustang Mach 1...

It's been a good year for the Mach 1.

Mustang 50th set, Super TH, and now Retro Entertainment.  Not bad.  Plus we labeled it one of our Cool is Cool is Cool cars.  Even better.

The '71 Mach 1 is one of those cars that might strike you as ugly out of the gate, but it doesn't take long to see how great it is.  Long hood, flat back, super hood scoops.  It really is an early 70's gem.

And surely cool enough to drive through the Nevada desert, the Vegas Strip, and a parking lot:

It may not be the Bond car we were expecting to see first, but it sure is a worthy one...

(Find the Mach 1 and the rest of Retro Entertainment Batch C at Wheel Collectors, including this weeks Lamley Deal of the Week.  And find other '71 Mach 1 models on ebay...)

Hot Wheels '71 Mustang Mach 1 (2014 Retro Entertainment):

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Surprise!! Hot Wheels Basic Batch K is out at Wheel Collectors...

That was fast.

On the heels of Batch J just hitting, Matt at Wheel Collectors has just let us know that Hot Wheels Batch K has just arrived.

We have been waiting for this case, namely because it marks the return of the Hakosuka Skyline to the mainline, looking stupendous in black, as well as the debut of the Porsche 993 in white.  And there are many others as well.  You can see all the models by following the link:

Hot Wheels 2014 K Case

These are on their way to us, so what would you like to see start out the First Looks?

First Look: Hot Wheels Retro Entertaimnent '87 Toyota Truck...

We all saw this coming a mile away.

When Hot Wheels started the Retro Entertainment line, and it quickly became apparent that it was not only going to consist of well-known iconic movie/TV cars, but their lesser known co-stars (think not only Ferris's Ferrari, but his sister's Fiero), Marty McFly's dream Toyota quickly came to the mind of many of us.

After all, Hot Wheels had just released the '87 Toyota in the Hot Ones series, and although the movie truck was technically an '83 or '84 model, the '87 still looked an awful lot like Marty's black beauty.

Fast forward to now, and we finally have the happy inevitable.  The '87 has been dressed up nicely by Biff to look like Marty's, and it is now out.

When we review the Retro Entertainment models, we rarely refer to the actual piece of entertainment they come from, mainly because we want to focus on the cars themselves.  So let's talk about that.

This is such a sharp model.  We have already sung the praises of the casting, and we have moved the era-appropriate designs the model has donned so far.  But this model in straight black is a stunner.  I may be wrong, but it seemed that black as a legit car color was seriously taken on in the 80's, and a truck like this would have been all the rage.  So not only does represent an iconic movie, it becomes a signature model of the 80's.

That means it will look great not only next to the Toyota collection, but next to the burgeoning HW vintage pickup collection we are accruing here at Lamley.  Methinks another Cool is Cool is Cool post may be in order.

This is surely a can't miss model, and we hope most of you can get one.  One easy way is through Wheel Collectors, who is offering the whole batch as this week's Lamley Deal of the Week.  Worth checking out...

Hot Wheels '87 Toyota Truck (2014 Retro Entertainment):

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Wheel Collectors' Lamley Deal of the Week: Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment Batch C, including the BTTF Toyota Truck, Custom Mustang, and Koenigsegg, on sale for Lamley readers...

We are happy to pass along another Lamley Deal of the Week from our friends at Wheel Collectors.  The latest batch of Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment has created a lot of buzz, and a huge response from you as we have been showcasing the models this week.

So we thought it would be great to offer our readers an opportunity to get it from Wheel Collectors at a discounted price.  We asked, and Wheel Collectors obliged, offering the entire set of 5 models from the cheapest Buy It Now price on ebay.  Just follow the link:

Hot Wheels Lamley Deal of the Week: Retro Entertainment Batch C

This batch contains some fabulous models.  Yes, we took our shots at the Koenigsegg, but we have learned since that many of you disagree, and that is a good thing.  So now you can grab that, along with the other lookers from this batch:

Lamley Links for April 22, 2014...

Some things that interested us, and we thought would interest you:

- Help Japanese Nostalgic Car help Adam Corolla book Tom Cruise for his Paul Newman Racing documentary.

- Looks like someone is getting rid of a fantastic collection.  Hot Wheels 510s, Evos, Civics, FTE, etc:

Hot Wheels Datsun, Evo, etc for sale...

- A great piece from Speedhunters using...wait for instead of digital...

- A new Greenlight we just might be interested in acquiring...

- The frenzy over the last two Hot Wheels Snap-On Skylines has led to two more ebay listings, one that expires tonight:

Hot Wheels Snap-On R32 Skyline...

Hot Wheels soccer/futbol cars are appearing...

- Those of you who can't wait for the Hot Wheels Porsche 934, you can whet your appetite with the Kyosho version in several scales, including 1:64:

Kyosho Porsche 934

First Look: Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment 2014 Custom Mustang...

Maybe we started out the week a little rough.  Coming off our panning of the new Koenigsegg Agera R that Hot Wheels has just released, but we should showcase a model we really like.

And since we are already here, why don't we take a look at the other Need for Speed model in this Retro Entertainment line?  I mean, it makes sense.  Both of the new models are making their debut as part of the Need for Speed promotion.  Both are sports cars.  And...gasp!...both have large rear wheels.  Uh-oh.

On the heels of yesterday's lambasting of the Agera for its large rear wheel, I should probably clear something up.  I know that large rear wheels are a Hot Wheels signature.  There are times I wish it wasn't, but for the most part it doesn't bother me.  In the case of the Agera, it really did.  Maybe it was the choice of the wheel they used, but it throws off badly the proportions of an already mean-looking car.  All they needed to was make them the same size wheel, and there would be a problem at all.

Case in point?  The Custom Mustang.  Yes, the wheels on the real thing look to be about the same diameter:

But the Hot Wheels version has large rear wheels:

Maybe it is the wheel choice, or the curves on the actual car and the model, but here it works very well.  This is a dynamite casting.  

Just remember, we killed the Agera because the large rear wheel made no sense, not just because we don't like large rear wheels.  We love them here.

As we move into the 2015 Mustang design, and with Hot Wheels following with the 2015 Mustang model coming soon, we can start looking back at the many incarnations of this generation of Mustang as a Hot Wheels car.  We don't have them all, but I think it is safe to say that this new version is one of the best-looking current Mustangs Hot Wheels has done.  It just might be the best thing about what I hear was an otherwise horrible movie.  At least the movie promotion got the Hot Wheels team to create such a great model.

The color, wheels, and detailing are fantastic, front to back.  Who knows what future versions of this casting will look like (there are bound to be many), but it doesn't really matter.  This is the model to have...

Hot Wheels 2014 Custom Mustang (2014 Retro Entertainment):