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.
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:
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 First Edition remains my favorite: