Maybe we started out the week a little rough. Coming off our panning of the new Koenigsegg Agera R that Hot Wheels has just released, but we should showcase a model we really like.
And since we are already here, why don't we take a look at the other Need for Speed model in this Retro Entertainment line? I mean, it makes sense. Both of the new models are making their debut as part of the Need for Speed promotion. Both are sports cars. And...gasp!...both have large rear wheels. Uh-oh.
On the heels of yesterday's lambasting of the Agera for its large rear wheel, I should probably clear something up. I know that large rear wheels are a Hot Wheels signature. There are times I wish it wasn't, but for the most part it doesn't bother me. In the case of the Agera, it really did. Maybe it was the choice of the wheel they used, but it throws off badly the proportions of an already mean-looking car. All they needed to was make them the same size wheel, and there would be a problem at all.
Case in point? The Custom Mustang. Yes, the wheels on the real thing look to be about the same diameter:
But the Hot Wheels version has large rear wheels:
Maybe it is the wheel choice, or the curves on the actual car and the model, but here it works very well. This is a dynamite casting.
Just remember, we killed the Agera because the large rear wheel made no sense, not just because we don't like large rear wheels. We love them here.
As we move into the 2015 Mustang design, and with Hot Wheels following with the 2015 Mustang model coming soon, we can start looking back at the many incarnations of this generation of Mustang as a Hot Wheels car. We don't have them all, but I think it is safe to say that this new version is one of the best-looking current Mustangs Hot Wheels has done. It just might be the best thing about what I hear was an otherwise horrible movie. At least the movie promotion got the Hot Wheels team to create such a great model.
The color, wheels, and detailing are fantastic, front to back. Who knows what future versions of this casting will look like (there are bound to be many), but it doesn't really matter. This is the model to have...
(Find this and the other Retro Entertainment Batch C at Wheel Collectors...)
Hot Wheels 2014 Custom Mustang (2014 Retro Entertainment):