Well, Hot Wheels doesn't want the buzz to die down, so they have announced even more new items to come in 2016.
We have learned of Honda vans and Mazda roadsters in the mainline, and Nissan concepts and Alfa classics in the Entertainment line. And now we have the list of Series 14 models in the RLC line.
The Red Line Club is Hot Wheels' special collector club, and you have to be a member to enjoy all the benefits. There are special RLC events at the conventions, access to more sneaks and other info on the HWC website, among many other benefits, but the reason most collectors join is for the exclusive models.
It starts each year with the Series models - half of which sit on Neo wheels, and half on Real Riders - as well as special non-series models, like the Candy Striper Gasser was last year. I have no idea if that makes sense, but trust that there will be quite a few cool models available.
Mattel hasn't announced all the models for 2016, but we know a few, and all we really need to know is that 2016 will a great year for RLC members. The 2016 Series 14 list:
- Neo-Classics '72 Ford Gran Torino Sport
- Neo-Classics Convoy Custom
- Neo-Classics Custom Camaro
- Neo-Classics Volkswagen Drag Bus
- Real Riders Custom Barracuda
- Real Riders Datsun Bluebird 510
- Real Riders Drag Dairy
- Real Riders Long Gone
Cool list eh?
My guess is most of the attention will go to the Datsun 510, and it should. Many of you didn't like the Neo wheels on the RLC BRE 510, so this is your chance to get a dressed-to-the-nines RLC 510 on Real Riders. We don't know what livery or deco it will sport, but it is most certainly going to look awesome. After that, the Gran Torino catches my eye, as do some of the collector faves like the Convoy Custom and Long Gone. There is a lot to like.
On top of that, we know of another non-Series model that will be an instant hit. Hot Wheels has teased the RLC Porsche 993 in Gulf livery, which will sit on Real Riders, and be encased in plastic. I don't know when it is going on sale, but it should be during the first half of the year, and you will have to be an RLC member to get one. It is bound to be a quick sellout.
So how do you become a member? It is all laid out on the HWC website, so check it out. Current members can start renewing this Tuesday if they want the Chrome level. After that memberships become available in the weeks after.
Oh and there is a membership model for all those that join.
All members will get at least one of three '55 Chevy Bel Air Gassers. The casting has been modified to push the realism, and it looks fantastic. Chrome members will get all three, and for non-Chrome members, when you sign up will dictate what color model you get. I have heard that the Chrome model, in dark chrome, will be a stunner, but you can't go wrong with any of them.
So, who is in?