Have you ever found yourself buying a casting strictly for its graphics/deco? It happens to me a lot. Castings that I usually pass on the first couple times around, then, BOOM! the graphics and paint click and you suddenly have to have it. That was the case with the casting I have featured here today — the ’68 Plymouth Hemi Cuda from the 2010 Mystery Cars.
Thank God we live in the Internet Age as this car was released in the Mystery Cars Series — the mainline series where each casting came on a blister with a blacked out bubble. Had I not seen photos online, I probably wouldn’t have known to seek this one out. In 2010, the Mystery Cars did feature a small “hole-punch” in the back of the card serving as a peep inside to discourage collectors and kids from ripping open for a peek. Once, I saw the wave in which these were being released, I sought out my nearest retail stores in search of that assortment and then proceeded to peer into the peepholes of those mystery blister packs. This Hemi Cuda was mine!
The Hot Wheels ’68 Plymouth Hemi Cuda casting was originally released in the Hot Wheels Classics Series 2 in 2006 and continues to be released to this day. Not being a fan of the car/casting, this is the sole release that I have bought. Its vintage drag scheme looks great over its metalflake green paint. I also loved that the graphic designer worked the name of the series into the scheme as well — something we’ve seen more recently in the Heat Fleet ’55 Chevy Bel Air Gasser. Its definitely a great car, and one you’ll only see loose!