Thursday, May 5, 2016

The nostalgic and realistic brilliance of Greenlight Hitch & Tow...

Hitch & Tow Series 6 at Wheel Collectors
I have said it before, but Greenlight Hitch & Tow is easily one of the best diecast series around today.

Let's be honest about Greenlight.  Since the beginning they have always done great replicas, but early on there were a couple of issues, at least for me.  There didn't seem to be much variety to what they were doing back then.  Muscle cars were their bread and butter, which was fine, but it seemed the same cars were released over and over.  The other was that the cars were better in the blister than out.  If you opened the model there was always the risk of bent axles, crooked tires, and broken pieces.

But oh how that has changed.  Quality is a lot better, although I still encounter the occasional bent axle, and it seems more attention has been given to the size and shape of the wheels.  But more than anything, Greenlight is releasing a fantastic variety of models.  Their off-roaders are a mix of old and new, so are the police cars, and the buzz has began that Walter White's Aztek is on the way.  Great call.

But Hitch & Tow takes the cake.  Other companies have hitch-type series, they are usually car trailers or some fantasy-type thing.  Matchbox did Hitch & Haul on and off for years, and there were some great releases, like the Porsche 911 with a glider, but later on the fantasy models took over.

Greenlight Hitch & Tow is different.  Realistic cars and trailers from different eras.  Realism abounds, but so does nostalgia.  It seems just as much attention is given to the selection of the trailers as is given to the vehicles towing them.  From modern boats and concession trailers, to vintage campers, the series is ALWAYS interesting.

And they got it right from the beginning.  Producing an Airstream Bambi was a brilliant move.  I am not exaggerating when I say that the Airstream is my favorite Greenlight casting.  Vintage Airstreams to me are works of art, and finally having an accurate replica in 1:64 is a major treat.

And in Hitch & Tow 6, which we are featuring today, they added flowered curtains!  I love that!  I don't know who is coming up with these ideas at Greenlight design, but massive kudos your way.

But they didn't stop there.  After the Bambi came the Shasta Airflyte, another vintage camper with art deco stylings.  "Flyte" with a "Y" and wings on the back are all you need to see that.

Those are by far my favorites from this series, and I won't complain if more vintage campers are made.  Especially when they are towed by vintage pickups and sedans.

The other models are great too.  A new Ford pickup joins the Chevy and Dodge from previous series to tow concession stands and police trailers and boats and whatever else.  They look like vehicles you pass on the highway all the time.  Maybe the next trailer could be a crate filled with old furniture that may or may not end up on the road for me to maneuver by.  Just a thought.

Series 6 may be the best-looking set so far, but there is no need to argue that point, as all releases have been memorable.  To me it is Greenlight at its best, and I hope it continues for a very long time...

(Find Hitch & Tow Series 6 at Wheel Collectors...)


  1. I love this series. The assortments seem to get better with each batch.

    There's also a bunch of special Hitch & Tow sets that are exclusive to M & J Toys, including a batch of VWs. Because of that they're easy to miss if you aren't actively looking for them.

  2. I have a hard time swallowing the price tags of Greenlights in general, especially when it is just ANOTHER 60's era muscle car... (How many more do I need?). At the least the casting quality is pretty high, though I agree that I've had a few with wheels that rubbed against the wheel wells, or wheels that weren't actually round...

    But a few months ago I bought a H&T set - the Ford Explorer with the speedboat. The Explorer didn't knock my socks off, but the speedboat was very impressive... Among other things, I couldn't believe that the tarp on it was removable...

  3. Their castings are indeed getting better with more variety but still have rants on their bent axle issues just like M2. Get this problem fixed and I will be getting more.

  4. I've been paying practically no attention to this series, other than acknowledging it exists, and then last week I glanced over and saw the Airflyte set and thought, "Huh, that truck looks weird with metallic green wheels..."


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  6. Yeah totally agree with you - "Greenlight Hitch & Tow is easily one of the best diecast series around today"! I have Motorcycle Trailers towing with each other mostly carry my daily work utility. Thanks for sharing this article.