The 2016 lineup of the Hot Wheels Entertainment (formerly Retro Entertainment) line was announced, and there is a lot to be excited about, especially the two new models.
Amid a myriad of new diecast chassis and some modified basics in the Entertainment line, and a new Batcar from the upcoming movie, Hot Wheels will include these two new models:
Alfa Romeo GT Junior
Nissan 2020 Vision Concept
These two couldn't be more opposite, but they do share my curiosity about what they will look like. Both are part of video game-themed batches - Gran Turismo for the Nissan and Forza for the Alfa - so expect cars ready for racing. Of course the Nissan was developed for Gran Turismo already so expect the Hot Wheels version to look mostly like the photo above.
The Alfa could be stock like the photo, or more likely sport a racing kit with racing livery. Either way it is bound to be a looker, especially since it is debuting in a premium line.
We have seen Tomica Limited Vintage debut an Alfa and Vision 2020 in the last couple of months, plus Matchbox has the beloved Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint that met its red-and-white demise way too early, so this Hot Wheels will be a nice addition to the group.
All in all, this is a good list of models. Some have expressed disappointment in the repeats, and I get it, but if I were Hot Wheels I would want to get the most out of the licenses as well. It also allows some who missed out the first time to get one of these, and at least there are slight variations for those that care about that. Plus, two models debuting the basic range, the 2017 Ford GT and Aston Martin DB10, get the premium treatment early.
Of course we could make a list 10 pages long of the entertainment-related cars we would love to see replicated in this line, and we would all have opinions. I like the list, but the only omission I am surprised to see is the Ford Escort RS1600 from Fast & Furious. I would have loved to see that on premium gold-rimmed real riders. Maybe later.
The other significant change, besides diecast chassis for some previously basic models, is the "modified diecast chassis" for the Corvette C7.R. The basic was a disaster, so my assumption is that the up-sloped will be improved. Maybe other elements that rendered the Vette too cartoony will be gone as well.
Mix 1 (March 2016):
’66 Batmobile – Classic Batman Television Series
Aston Martin DB5 – Skyfall
Ecto-1 - Ghostbusters
The Homer – The Simpsons
Batmobile – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Mix 2 (June 2016):
Aston Martin DB10 (New Casting!) - Spectre
Back to the Future Time Machine - Back to the Future
Batwing (New Casting!) – Batman v Superman
The Mystery Machine –Scooby-Doo/Hanna-Barbera
U.S.S. Enterprise™ NCC-1701 – Star Trek
Mix 3 (September 2016):
Corvette C7-R (Modified Diecast Chassis!) – Gran Turismo
Ford GT – Gran Turismo
Lamborghini Veneno (New Diecast Chassis!) – Gran Turismo
Nissan 2020 Concept Vision GT (New Casting!) – Gran Turismo
Nissan GT-R (New Diecast Chassis!) – Gran Turismo
Mix 4 (November 2016):
’73 Ford Falcon XB – Forza
’17 Ford GT (New Casting!) – Forza
Alfa Romeo GT Junior (New Casting!) – Forza
Camaro ZL-1 (New Diecast Chassis!) – Forza
Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera (New Diecast Chassis!) – Forza
Not bad, eh?