Wednesday, October 1, 2014
What happened to the Hot Wheels 2014 Q Cases, and will this make the Datsun Wagon Super even harder to find?
On the way home from California yesterday, the family made a pitstop in St. George, Utah. There was a Walmart nearby, so I decided to take a break from driving and get a little walking in. While there I found a Hot Wheels dumpbin that clearly had been put out in the last 24 hours.
It seemed logical that this could be a Q case, considering no Q cases have shown in western US Walmarts. But it was a 2015 A case. While I was very happy to pick up the models I needed, it did lead me to wonder what happened to Q case dump bins at Walmart.
If we follow the normal Hot Wheels release pattern, Q case dump bins were supposed to hit Walmarts in early September, and they were to include the last three Zamacs of 2014. They never did. Some collectors in the Eastern US reported finding Q case bins, but without Zamacs. No reports surfaced after those first few.
In late September, the last Zamacs have appeared, but as part of R cases. We have never seen R cases before, and they seem to be 2015 Batch A models with the last batch of 2014 Zamacs. These cases don't include Supers. This photo was posted by HWsMichael at HWC:
Since then some have reported finding the Zamacs with dump bins containing A case cars, along with Fast & Furious and Batman cars, and others, like me, have found A case dump bins.
So does this mean the Q case run is over at Walmart?
It seems something like this happened last year. The 2013 Q cases showed sporadically at different Walmarts, with many not seeing Zamacs. We never saw them around here. So whatever that issue was, Mattel is trying to resolve it with R cases.
But where does that leave the Datsun Wagon Super TH and the 2015 Mustang New Model? New Models and Supers only stay in one batch, and from all reports they are not in the R or A cases. We assume more Q cases will appear at other stores like Target and Kroger, but without Walmart, the numbers of some of these models will be much smaller.
So while it is early, could this make the Datsun Wagon Super even more sought-after? Only time will tell. In the meantime we will try and figure out what is in all these batches.
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