This model represents two things:
- The final batch of Hot Wheels Flying Customs is finally out. While we haven't seen the numbers, this line clearly has not performed well. Every Walmart I visit is littered with Flying Customs, jamming the pegs or on clearance. While the designs have a nostalgic feel, clearly consumers didn't care. (I am worried Cool Classics might suffer the same fate, no matter how much collectors like the line, but that is a discussion for another time.) Nonetheless, the last batch is out, and most likely will be a hobby dealer and small store exclusive. I think the big box stores have moved on. At least its out, because the model we were most excited about, the Kenmeri Skyline, has made it to us. Alas...
- This is the first Texas Drive 'Em in the Lamley collection. I may have come across one when the Classics were on the pegs a few years ago, but I didn't buy it. Since then I have never seen a Texas Drive 'Em in the stores. I finally have one.
So let's all celebrate the fact that those that wanted the Texas Drive 'Em, or Skyline, or Jeep, or Chevette, or Camaro, or any of the models from final case can have them, and move on to the Texas Drive 'Em.
Right? An old Ford Truck with stars and stripes deco. Catering to the blind patriotism we can all suffer from occasionally, right? I guess. Kind of reminds me of when Atlanta rolled out the chrome pickup trucks with the "Hi Y'all" theme at the 1996 Olympics while the rest of us cringed. Alright, I will move on. I don't need to bring up old scars.
I can do without the motorcycles in the back, but the "TDE", as some like to call it, is a nice model. I do like old pickups, and this one is done nicely. But you all knew that. Someone I am sure can inform me why this is called the Texas Drive 'Em and not a Ford Pickup, when Ford's name is on the tailgate. I have no idea. So why I just show the pics and move on.
(The TDE is now on ebay, and it may be one of the only ways to get it...)
Hot Wheels Texas Drive 'Em (2013 Flying Customs):