What is it about Hot Wheels VW collectors? They are bonkers. Frenzied. Passionate. Dedicated. Obsessive. Demanding.
And they are going to go nuts for the T2 Pickup.
Every few years Hot Wheels drops a pantheon VW. It might start in the mainline, but you just know it is destined to appear everywhere else. As a Super, an RLC model, a Convention model, and in all kinds of other premium lines. It will get the attention of customizers and reemerge in a plethora of custom getups.
The T2 Pickup is the next one. Easily the most buzzworthy VW since the Kool Kombi. It has all the markings. First, it is a bus, or samba, or kombi, and if I am not mistaken, the first Type 2 T2 Hot Wheels has done since the famous Beach Bomb. (Which I forgot about in my video. Forgive me.)
Next, it is executed in perfect Hot Wheels style. Matchbox did the stock T2. Hot Wheels goes nuts on everything else. The Drag Bus is, well, a DRAG bus. The Kool Kombi can either drag cautiously, house your things at a Brazilian beach, or sell a lot of Oregon Ice Cream. And the T2 Pickup, like the T1 Panel Van, sits crazy low, with a somewhat useless bed. (Although that bed is perfect for hauling Oregon Ice Cream promotional vehicles.)
It starts what is bound to be its long Hot Wheels life in the Art Car series. While I like more realistic decos, there is a lot to appreciate about the Art Cars, and this looks good. I am sure there will be several future versions I like more, and of course I will show them, because this is an obvious completist addition to my Hot Wheels collection.
No, I would not call myself a VW collector, but I will happily join in the hoopla that is the T2 Pickup. What a cool model.
(Thanks to Mattel for the preview model, and look for it in the J Case I believe.)