This was a no brainer at Mattel, wasn't it?
On the heels of Corvette's 60th birthday last year, it is time to celebrate 50 years of the Mustang. Hot Wheels doing a special Mustang makes a ton of sense. We just wish they had done it a little better.
We definitely like the card art. Putting pics of the real cars on the card, all in white with black trim, is a very nice touch. We even like the design on many of these. The '71 and '07 look great, for example.
But isn't there something about this set that suggests that Mattel just took some recently-used castings that must have been lying around the factory and just redecorated them and released them? That may or may not be the case, but we can't figure out why some castings were used.
The '71 Boss? Perfect choice. '62 Concept? Very appropriate. The '07? For us it is the best of the current (or semi-current) Mustang castings. The '92? It has been very popular, and makes sense. The '12 and '13 Customs? WAY too custom to celebrate Mustang heritage. The '03 Cobra? What the f*#@?
Variety is the spice of life, but there is almost too much here. Why not the 67 or 68 Shelby GT500's? The '65 Fastback? And there are many others that we are sure many of you can come up with.
Of course this is just our opinion, and we are not by any means the Mustang enthusiasts that many of you are. We would love to hear what you Mustang nuts think about this set.
So since there are 8 cars in the set, we are breaking it up in two. Here is Part 1, featuring the first four cars of the set. Part 2 will come later in the day. Let us know what models you like and don't like.
Hot Wheels Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Set:
1967 Ford Mustang
'71 Ford Mustang Mach 1
'92 Ford Mustang