Tuesday, December 24, 2013
First Look: 2014 Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment Batch A...
Well, not all of Batch A. We already featured the gem of this batch, the Simon & Simon Dodge Macho Power Wagon, but it is so cool we will show it again:
A model like this, especially as a new model, will surely upstage the others in the batch, and that is what the Power Wagon has done. At least here at Lamley. As popular as the cartoon and other fantasy models are, they don't float any boats around here.
But that is our problem. We don't fault anyone for liking them, nor do we fault Mattel for taking advantage. These cartoon models have been hugely popular, and they will surely continue. So while this batch was all about the Power Wagon, and to a much lesser extent, Dom's Challenger, we had better show all the models. So here we go.
(And don't forget you can snag all these models at Wheel Collectors, including the back-by-popular-demand Power Wagon as an extended Lamley Deal of the Week...)
We start with the Flintmobile. It might be slightly more detailed than last year's new model, but I don't know because I don't have one to compare. So we will compare it to the 2014 mainline version:
In case you were wondering, it does have Real Riders. (Customizers, I am sure there is something fun you can do with those tires.)
Next, Dom's Challenger from Fast Five. Not much different from the F&F exclusive from last year, outside of the Real Riders, which look very nice here:
Our proposal? Give Herbie to Matchbox, which has done a far better classic Beetle casting:
Or, even better, take advantage of the SUPERB New Beetle casting from 2012, and make a modern Herbie. The New Beetle casting is already sadly underused, and it is one of Hot Wheels' best made in the last couple of years:
Lastly, the Enterprise. I don't have a model to compare, but it does appear to be more detailed. It is still half plastic: