The Hot Wheels Mig Rig is a fantastic utility truck meant for track-side maintenance. From the mind of legendary Hot Wheels designer, Larry Wood, this truck was originally introduced in 2013 in the HW Racing / HW Race Team segment of the mainline (making it a 2013 New Model). While its primary use may be for helping service vehicles trackside, it isn’t hard to imagine this mean-looking rig ripping around the track after everyone goes home.
The only knock against the Mig Rig was that it was originally produced with a plastic body. While having a metal base makes it a great track performer, its plastic body took away from its overall demeanor. If this was a real truck, it would have been produced in an era where that body would have been metal, given its classic design. The Mig Rig was granted a metal base / metal body in the premium Hot Wheels Pop Culture line (2014), however, its cartoon Boo Berry (General Mills) cereal graphics detracted from everything that makes this trackside vehicle cool.
Finally, here in early 2016, the Mig Rig showed up in the last wave of the Hot Wheels Heritage line (for 2015). Sporting a metal body & metal base, and wearing Redlines, the Mig Rig is finally a casting release to be proud of. While it didn’t feature the “utility truck, track-side design” that I had hoped for, its pink pearl paint is something to behold on this classically-designed truck. The graphics seem very retro-inspired, and don’t detract from the overall presence of the truck…so…there is only one thing left to do. Take it to the track, the Hot Wheels track!