Wheel Collectors had a day.
The truck came, the pallets dropped, and all of a sudden Matt & Matt and the gang were digging through all kinds of Mattel goodies. And goodies they are.
From the first pallet, Hot Wheels Entertainment Batch K (the one not in stores) and Hot Wheels Heritage Batch F.
From the second pallet, Matchbox 2016 Batch C. Sweet.
All of the stuff is available at the Wheel Collectors store if you want bypass all this and do some shopping. But if you want to stick around for a minute, here is a Case Report on the Matchbox C case.
Matchbox Basics now come in 24-count cases. This is a good thing. It means product moves faster, and new models will appear quicker. Yes, it means assortments are smaller, and some models might be gobbled up quicker. But your local store can just order two cases the next time if one case sells fast.
(This is probably where you wonder about Matchbox distribution, and the lack of basics at many Targets becomes your first thought. Remember, decisions are made well before the action happens. With the product improving so much, and collectors and others buying more, Matchbox basics will be back. Give the team time, buy what you see, and remember, Target as an Instagram page. Tag them in your matchbox-less peg photos and let them know what you think...)
Alright back to the task at hand. The C Case Report. This will be a little quicker than the Hot Wheels 72-count Case Reports. As always, pics are taken by Wheel Collectors from a randomly selected case:
BMW M5 new color
Tesla new color
So the new castings are the only multiples in the case. The Wing Chiller and the Zomboni. Bad news if you want the Tesla or BMW, but good news when models like the MX-5 and Skyline hit later in the year.
I am very excited to see the Zamboni in person, and thrilled to have the Tesla and BMW recolors, which we have already previewed here on the blog. All of these are coming, and they will be sure to get covered here.
But there are Hot Wheels too.
Most of these you have seen, so no Case Report. But I can do a content report. Starting with Hot Wheels Entertainment Batch K. This was the final batch of 2015, and was exclusive to hobby dealers only. Wheel Collectors now has a few of this popular batch, and if it has eluded you before, now is the time to pounce.
The other batch is the final batch of Hot Wheels Heritage, Batch F. This is a Redline batch, and is highlighted most certainly by the Long Gone for most collectors, but I have my eye on the wagons. The Heritage line has been a good one, but it bows out to what will be the king of all Hot Wheels premium sets, Car Culture...