Back in 1997, when First Editions (New Models) were limited to a 12-car series, Hot Wheels had to find ways outside of the mainline to introduce new castings. One way Hot Wheels managed to release some new castings was through the Action Packs, which were themed 2-Car sets with figurines/props. The Armored Truck was introduced this route via the Police Force Action Pack. This particular Action Pack featured the aforementioned Armored Truck and a generic police car along with a police officer catching a bank robber with a giant bag of money.
The great part about the Armored Truck is its opening rear door that swings open revealing an empty cargo bay. OR, if you’re like me, you’ve been keeping the money bag inside the truck since 1997!
The downside of the Armored Truck? It has a plastic body which has lead to some pretty non-realistic, bright-colored releases. Still, the Armored Truck is very realistic in its proportions and does not feature a blown engine like a lot of Hot Wheels trucks of this caliber usually do. Granted, it was released in the pre-Matchbox era (anything pre-1998) when Hot Wheels still released a lot of real life vehicles.
Unlike a lot of the other vehicles released in the Action Packs, the Armored Truck has stood the test of time as it is still being released today. If you prefer your armored truck with more of a “customized funny car look”, also check out the Funny Money, which is an original Hot Wheels design.
RELEASE DETAILS: Gray Body (plastic). Tinted Windows. Black Interior. Chrome 5-Spoke (5SP) Wheels. Unpainted Metal Base. Made in China. Toy# 16149. Released in 1997 in the Police Force Action Pack 2-Pack.