Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Hot Wheels got all Bee-Em-Doubleyou-y this year and we are all benefitting...
The Japan Historics aside, is it BMW or Porsche in 2016?
Really hard to say. 2016 kicked off with the splendid Porsche 934 Toy Fair model, and since we have had a 993 Super, numerous basic releases, the release of the 356A, the RLC Gulf model, and a heavy presence in upcoming Car Culture assortments, including the debut of the 964. That's some good credentials.
But BMW is no slouch either. A fantastic new model in the 3.0 CSL, an upcoming Super TH, a presence in the Car Culture series, and of course the recently released BMW Series. With undoubtedly more to come.
So while it is hard to pick a winner, there are definitely no other candidates. Porsche and BMW have dominated. (Which they need to do, considering Mercedes-Benz is looming around the corner.)
Need further proof? Check out this ongoing poll.
So let's look at one of BMW's major offerings this year. The stunning BMW Series, which is exclusive to Walmart here in the US, but is available in many markets worldwide. Like the Porsche Series last year, the set is a total winner. Great model selection (although I can easily be talked out of the bike, even if it looks decent here), great decos, and amazing card art. I talk about Golden Ages a lot here on Lamley, and we are most certainly in a Golden Age of cardart at Hot Wheels. I would put the cardart Hot Wheels is releasing now up against the boxart of Lesney-era Matchbox. It's beautiful.
Nonetheless, the set is a must-have. So much so that I did something I rarely do. I bought an extra set to keep carded, and put next the - you guessed it - Porsche Series from last year.
My favorite? Anything in signature BMW colors wins, especially when said colors are on the E30.
With the 3.0 CSL
With the 2016 Basic 2002