Batch H just is just hitting Walmarts this week, and we have been procrastinating our First Looks. News has been running rampant and we seem to be falling behind a bit. But there are some great-looking models in this batch and they deserve some attention.
So we will combine the two Chevys into one post, and we start with the 2014 Corvette Stingray in gunmetal grey. We are happy Hot Wheels has decided to keep this model devoid of side tampos in its second year of existence. That may be Chevrolet's request, but we hope it continues, at least for a few recolors this year.
There are only two Hot Wheels Corvette castings we collect in full - the Greenwood Corvette (one of our favorite Hot Wheels models in general), and the '69 COPO. The others are more here and there. We assume that will be the same with the 2014 Stingray, but not until they change up the design.
We are now seeing the actual 2014 Vette on the streets, and we have to admit it is quite the looker. For me, it is a major step up from the last few generations of Vettes, although I remain partial to the 70's design. The Hot Wheels follows suit, and is a good-looking, substantial casting.
Hot Wheels 2014 Corvette Stingray (2014 Mainline):
The two Stingrays with a couple of our other favorite modern Vettes, the ZR1 and ZO6:
Next up is the ZL1 Camaro.
Like the Stingray, the ZL1 is my favorite of the 5G Camaro HW castings, and there are a ton of them. It has a menacing stance, it is wide but not-too-wide, and sits parallel to the ground. Little details yes, but important in our little nerdy world.
We have seen it as a SEMA exclusive, as a Toy Fair model, a Zamac, and Team Hot Wheels model, but the mini-set we like the best is the set of four 2012 New Model colors:
You can't beat these four. But the latest version almost matches them. The design is nice, but we love the fact that this model features the logo of one of our favorite car websites, Speedhunters. If you don't visit that site daily, you really should.
So we like the white, and the design, and the logo. And we are looking forward to a few more Speedhunters-dedicated models. Should be fun...
Hot Wheels Camaro ZL1 Concept (2014 Mainline):