Hot Wheels Flexing New Muscle

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by Doug Breithaupt

Hot Wheels 67 Chevrolet Camaro

Hot Wheels 67 Chevrolet Camaro


It takes a while for some people to catch on. Just five year's ago, Mattel offered a Muscle Car five-pack for Hot Wheels fans. Remember, Hot Wheels captured the hearts of American boys in the late 1960's by offering examples of home-grown muscle cars. by the mid-1990's, the Muscle Car five-pack could only be assembled by including a Shelby Cobra and a '63 Corvette. These are clearly sports cars, albeit with big-block muscle motors, but still sports cars.

Meanwhile, Johnny Lightning and Racing Champions were taking wheel-barrows full of money to the bank from the sale of 1:64 scale muscle cars, at $3-4:00 a pop. Since 1996, five new Hot Wheel muscle cars have been added to the standard line. Hot Wheels has also added collector series muscle cars for about $10 each.

While only two of the eight muscle cars in the current Hot Wheels line are different than models offered by other toy car makers, all possess a certain charm. Curiously, five are from the same year, 1970. Of these the most interesting is the Hemi Cuda convertible. Originally offered in lime green with black accents, this is a car not done by any other manufacturer in small-scale. The Road Runner is also a seldom-seen muscle car in 1:64. The Charger, Mach I, and 442 have all been done far better by the competition.

The Mustang Convertible is much less common in this scale than the hard-top version. The Camaro is a 1982 re-casting of the very first Hot Wheel Custom Camaro and has been in production in either version for over 30 years. This is certainly a 1:64 scale record. The newest addition, the '70 Chevelle SS is a pleasant surprise. With a metal body and base it is a heavy model and the blue with white stripes looks just right. The casting is good but still more toy-like than the Johnny Lightning or Racing Champions versions of the same car. Of course it is also one-third the price.

So where is the Muscle Car five-pack now that a good variety of choices are available for inclusion? I guess we'll just have to assemble our own.

 

 

Hot Wheels 70 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

Hot Wheels 70 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

 

 

Hot Wheels 65 Ford Mustang Convertible

Hot Wheels 65 Ford Mustang Convertible

 

 

Hot Wheels 70 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Hot Wheels 70 Ford Mustang Mach 1

 

 

Hot Wheels 70 Plymouth Road Runner

Hot Wheels 70 Plymouth Road Runner

 

 

Hot Wheels 70 Plymouth Hemi Cuda

Hot Wheels 70 Plymouth Hemi Cuda

 

 

Hot Wheels 69 Dodge Charger Daytona

Hot Wheels 69 Dodge Charger Daytona

 

 

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