This, my friends, deserves every bit of hyperbole I am going to give it. And it starts with this:
The RLC '55 Chevy Candy Striper Gasser deserves consideration for one of the best models Hot Wheels has ever done.
And yes, that is high praise. But it hits every mark. I really like the photos I took, but they still don't do justice. It starts with that pink color, moves to the fantastic roof, then that detailed interior, wheels, and on and on. I don't need to tell you how good-looking this is. If the photos don't convince you, having it in hand will. The Gasser has already taken its place among collectors as a fave, but with Steve Vandervate's design it goes to another level.
That is just the model itself. On its own it stacks up against any other models Hot Wheels has ever done. But that artwork brings it as well. If I am honest, I have never had a harder time opening a model, and I will open just about anything. I am glad I did, but I am actually a little mad at Hot Wheels for making it so hard. Someone will have to help me with that style of car art, because I have seen it a lot, but it should be a poster.
|Let's see how many eBay sellers use this photo and claim they got the photo "from a friend".|
All in all, like the Toy Fair Porsche 934, Mattel pulled out all the stops on this one. It looks great, the card does too, and even more so the model has a ton of character. I don't think it can get much better with the blue brand.
It has been a long wait for the Gasser, but it is worth it. Mattel not only wanted to make sure that all the models were ready to ship after all the problems from earlier this year, but they also needed to make sure the HWC Shop could withstand that onslaught that is undoubtedly coming Tuesday morning. All is set to go on the Mattel end, so be ready. This one will go fast...