Tuesday, November 12, 2013

First Look: Hot Wheels Holiday Hot Rods '85 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z & '12 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca...

For the auto-obsessed minicar collector, Hot Wheels yearly release of holiday-themed models has not been something to get too excited about.  Since the series debut in 2006, the decos have been fun, the packaging clever, and the theme festive.  But casting-wise, it has been slim pickins for those who like castings of real cars.

With one stellar exception: 2011.  That year, we saw a wonderfully diverse mix of castings representing cars from all over.  Cadillacs, Vipers, Lamborghinis, Datsun Z's, and on and on.  In fact, look for a feature on those later in the month.

It was a great year for the holiday series, but sadly it was an anomaly.  Like it was before 2011, the Holiday Hot Rod series has mainly been a release of generics that doesn't generate too much buzz.

But 2013 seems to be a slight improvement.  Yeah, Hot Tub and Spider cars don't excite us, but take a look at the list:

Seems to be somewhat the same fare, with two glaring exceptions.  Yes, Hot Wheels can't be Hot Wheels without Camaros and Mustangs, but at least we have two excellent castings of real cars in the lineup.  We know the Rodger Dodger, or Dixie Challenger, is a collector fave, and we know that currently collectors are obsessing over the Sandblaster TH, but the two models that stand out are the '85 Camaro and '12 Mustang.  So let's show them off, get a few of you excited enough to buy a few, and maybe Mattel will continue to put real cars in the holiday lineup...

(If you like what you see, you can always find the 2013 Holiday Models here, and while you are at it, have a gander at the 2011 models.  Many are worth checking out.)

Hot Wheels '85 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z (2013 Holiday Hot Rods):

Hot Wheels '12 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca (2013 Holiday Hot Rods):


  1. Very nice photos! I picked up the 3 real cars, and while I was initially confused myself about the spider car; after talking to a German friend I like to think Hot Wheels is just become more culturally diverse with their Christmas cars... Ever heard of the German Christmas Spider? Google it or see here:

    I am very pleased with all 3, Camaro, Mustang, and Sandblaster (Raptor) as far as holiday castings go, the Boss 302 Laguna Seca hasn't seen many variations so this is a welcome one.

    As a side note to Camaro fans, those looking to collect all the variations of the IROC Camaro, Meijer just stocked Hot Wheels 3-packs in their Christmas Stocking Stuffer section, included in that is a 3 pack with the hard to find yellow IROC Camaro in the middle; previously only seen in the 9/10-packs which I just bought this evening. Even better for Mopar fans is that this 3-pack has the black w/blue 71' Dodge Challenger on top that matches the 08' Dodge Challenger Kmart Exclusive car released earlier this month.

  2. I'm quite impressed with the way these two look up close and personal. I like how the graphics are festive enough for the occasion, but in a way that doesn't make them look too childish and corny.

  3. Would be nice if any of the stores in my area sold any of these. Heck we haven't gotten anything since the first Classic's series and the since they refilled the pegs with the first of that series they are just warming the pegs.

  4. I want the Mustang Boss 302!!!