Tuesday, September 17, 2013
15 Super Treasure Hunts in 15 Days: 12 '67 Camaro...
With the last Hot Wheels Super Treasure Hunt of 2013 hitting the pegs, it is time look back at them all. Over the next 15 weekdays, the Lamley Group will showcase one Super each day, in order from first released to last...
If you missed it:
01 '72 Gran Torino Sport
02 Corvette ZR1
03 '73 Ford Falcon XB
04 '71 El Camino
05 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake
06 '64 Buick Riviera
07 Bone Shaker
08 '62 Corvette
09 Toyota 2000GT
10 '72 Ford Ranchero
11 '69 Camaro
There are a lot of overrated Hot Wheels models, depending on the perspective you come from. For me personally, many of the nostalgic models that get longtime collectors giddy do nothing for me. I could care less about redlines, which in turn makes me care less about RLC models sporting the Neo wheels, which in turn makes me care less about models that hearken back to the old days of Hot Wheels.
That is why I feel that Hot Wheels golden age is now. Real-looking models, excellent choices, and fantastic decos. And yes, I might be slightly swayed by the heavy prevalence of JDM models in the lineup, but we are all biased, aren't we?
So I hold nothing against redline and nostalgic collectors. One of my favorite collectors out there, famously known as "doomus" on HWC, is one of those nostalgic collectors who totally prefers Neos to any other Hot Wheels wheel, and he knows that I am exactly the opposite.
So what does this have to do with the '67 Camaro? Well, the '67 is one of those nostalgic castings. Yes, there are a lot of Camaro fans out there, but strictly a Camaro standpoint there are far better classic Camaro castings that Hot Wheels has done. So it has to be something else, and that something else is that it is a classic Hot Wheels casting. It warms the hearts of many a classic collector, and that excitement makes it an immensely popular casting. If Hot Wheels has any rules, it is that the '67 Camaro will show up every year in some line, just as the Drag Bus and, more recently, the Blown Delivery will appear in the RLC lines. If those models get skipped, riots full of angry old white men in ill-fitting Hot Wheels t-shirts would most certainly erupt.
Being a "non-nostalgic" collector, I don't share that excitement that others exude. I own one Drag Bus (the FE), and hope to own the RLC Gulf model (more for Gulf livery than for the model), and more for the sake of this post, I have exactly ONE '67 Camaro in the collection.
And that one '67 Camaro? The one pictured here.
Forget that it is a Super Treasure Hunt, forget that it is the iconic '67 Camaro. It is a great-looking model. The simplicity of the deco, the real riders, and the grey/black color make this one a fun model to photograph, as well as a must-have for the collection.
There is no doubt that this will be at the top of many "Best Super" lists at the end of the year, and by golly it may be based more on looks than on what casting it is. We can't ignore how cool it is, and if it wasn't for the uniqueness of the Toyota 2000GT, the drop-dead good looks of the '62 Corvette, and menacing stance of the '07 Mustang, this would be a Top 3 model on the Lamley list. That is saying a lot coming from someone who really doesn't hold the '67 in the high regard that others do...
(Get the '67 Camaro on ebay...)
Hot Wheels '67 Camaro (2013 Super Treasure Hunt):