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Friday, November 15, 2013

First Look: 2014 Hot Wheels Volkswagen Brasilia and the rest of the HW Stunt 5-pack...


It will be a very rare occasion here on Lamley that we will showcase a 5-pack like the "HW Stunt" pack.  Most packs don't even have a hint of collector appeal, with the exception being the yearly Ferrari pack plus a few more.

But HW Stunt, full of generics and busy decos?  Not so much.

But...

The 5-pack's fourth model is one that I collect completely.  Yes, not only did I buy this busy pack, but I paid an extra dollar to get it Kohl's, which badly overprices its toys.  All to get the VW Brasilia.

I am a sucker for Brazilian cars, especially those I drove or commuted in while I lived in Brazil.  Even not counting the fusca and kombi, which are very popular in Brazil, Hot Wheels has done several licensed Brazilian cars - The VW SP2, the Brasilia, the Opala, and in 2014, the Brazilian Charger.

Of all these, I favor the Brasilia the most.  They are still very common in Brazil, they are small but functional, and I love Hot Wheel's racing take the casting.

So that means when a new version of the Brasilia is released by Mattel, I want it.  Even if it has crazy green paint and faux muddy tires.

But let's start with the pack itself.  Here are the 5 models:

RD-03



Amazoom



Roll Cage



Volkswagen Brasilia



Hummer H2



My thoughts on the pack?  It looks like many other packs.  Crazy colorful designs, crazy castings, and one that I would almost always pass on.

But I have a tiny bit of interest in the Amazoom because of its resemblance to Brazilian race cars, so let's have a look at it a little more:





But as we have said, the sole purpose to pick of this pack is to get the Brasilia:






Obviously it is not a design that I really like, but it could look a lot worse.  In fact, I kind of like the color, as well as the wheels.  It might actually fit in nicely in a jungle race...that I would never attend.  Alas, I'll take it.

(Find the Hot Wheels Brasilia on ebay...)

The family:








The First Edition remains my favorite:


8 comments:

  1. Saw this pack at Target the other day. I do want it for 4 of the 5.

    But the plastic base on the Roll Cage, which is a first, disappoints me. But it doesn't surprise me.

    -doomus

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  2. Bah, all those hideous models just to get the Brasillia?! I might do it anyway... just like the White VW SP2, saw it in a 9-pack, then a 3-pack and thought it would show up on a regular card, nope, off to ebay to pay! :P

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    1. Update: Thanks again for the post and info, I visited one Target (same retailer as the user above found it at) while running errands and happened to find a single one of these 5-packs among 25 others on the shelves... while still a tad hesitant because of the first model, the brown wheels on the others at least make them somewhat unique and packaged together under the "Jungle Rally" theme made it a bit more acceptable. Most of all though the Brasillia looks fantastic.

      As a bonus I finally found 1 Matchbox Cadillac Ambulance, and 1 Yellow Seagrave on the same visit! They had an excess of Dodge A100's & BMW 1M's that I'm sure many are still looking for, so perhaps check your nearby Target? The midwest seems to have them!

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  3. I also remember the AE86 in the 2010 Hot Tunerz pack a few years back...clean too but I couldn't get myself to buy them all then. If there was a 510 and all the cool cars we have now in that pack, it would've been a guaranteed cop.

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  4. I'm getting the 5 pack because of the muddy Hummer H2. I like the muddy tires and collected them the last few years. I gave up this year though as I'm not a big fan of one of the more recent HW beach buggies with the removable roof piece.

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  5. Aside from the goofy colored wheels ("muddy" wheels should NOT have shiny rims), the racing decos are pretty good and all of the cars have decent color presentations (that RD-03 included). And the Brasilia has clear windows! However, the wheels make this 5-pack a deal breaker for me. Would have considered getting it on sale otherwise. Maybe if I got into wheel swaps...

    -ThisDudeAbides

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  6. I might have to pick this one up. Is the amazoom kinda made from a Mitsubishi mirage?

    Joshpr23

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  7. Love Brazilian cars, the opala and brasila are the best cars made ​​by hot wheels ja honoring a country. cheers for the show was green brazil.


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