Yesterday, we looked at the #Cool-One from the Super Mario Bros. segment of the Hot Wheels Pop Culture line. As mentioned in that article, the premium tooling now differs from the mainline tooling. As you can see below, in the side-by-side picture, the engine, interior and windows are all the same piece. The front bumper and grill are part of the base. The air intake on top is still separate. Also, you can see that the driver’s side front window is no longer tilted open. That is because the mainline version has a rivet post running behind the windshield.
As I said yesterday, its pretty cool when a release can combined multiple interests. Since I collect the #Cool-One casting I was ecstatic to hear that it would be part of the Super Mario Bros. segment of the Pop Culture line. Shortly after that was announced, I saw “spyshot” images of the new 2016 mainline version. At first I thought the Pop Culture line release was not going to live up to standards set forth in other segments, however, I learned that this was indeed a mainline release, so I was elated that I would not be on the search for one Super Mario Cool-One, but two!
Although this one is a tad “playful” in terms of its use of primary colors, it also received a simplistic design which usually looks better on vehicles. The Super Mario font is no longer nostalgic as its the current font that’s been in play since the Super Mario 64 days.
Both Super Mario #Cool-One releases can currently be found at retail. Be on the lookout now as they are both great looking pieces that will surely be desirable by Super Mario fanatics, nostalgic collectors and kids alike.