Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Cool Classics Batch P: The next great vanishing batch?
So what is next for the Cool Classics?
There is no clear answer. We do know that as a stand-alone series their days are over. The series has been around for two years and based on the pegs, it hasn't preformed like Mattel had hoped. Of course we don't know the numbers, but it seems that the Cool Classics have followed the same path as the Hot Ones and Flying Customs lines. All three have been more niche lines for a specific type of collector, not something that would appeal to the passerby at a big box store.
In other words, they have been a bit drab for most. If we are honest, that has been the case with us. Sure, we picked up a few, but only because they were castings we collect, as opposed to can't miss versions that had to be had. We know many of you liked these lines, but there are just not enough of you.
From what we hear, this is not the end of Cool Classics. Talk of the new "Heritage Line" in 2015 suggests that Cool Classics will be a part, alternating with a Real Riders batch. Curiosity is high on this one, as it could have a more universal appeal, with the nostalgic folk grabbing their Cool Classics types, and the more realistic set (those of us who loved the 2013 Boulevard line) getting their Real Riders fix. Of course, most of us will take a bit of both, which would make Mattel happy.
So with all that coming, the stores need to make some room. But the way Cool Classics are hanging (in many cases next to Flying Customs that also didn't sell), there is no room for the Heritage line. So they will have to find a way, but adding more Cool Classics will not be one of them.
So we wonder if Cool Classics Batch P will follow the same path as so many other final batches of cancelled lines. Could the highly desired Mustang SVO become the next Boulevard Datsun Wagon, or Flying Customs Kenmeri Skyline, or Hot Ones Subaru BRAT, or Racing Greenwood Corvette?
We don't know, but there is a chance. And too bad because this is a decent batch. Besides the Mustang, there is a Drag Beetle and Ford Galaxie that more than a few people might want. I guess we wait and see.
If someone does get lucky and find these in stores, let us know. If you do want them and don't want to risk it, you can always get them at Wheel Collectors...
Hot Wheels Cool Classics Batch P
'84 Ford Mustang SVO
Volkswagen Drag Beetle
'65 Ford Galaxie