The Stars & Stripes cars are still eluding me at my local Walmarts as I’ve been hard-pressed to find anything good there as of late. And with all the cool #Walmart Exclusives that have been coming out, it pains me to say that I’ve been getting Hot Wheels stir crazy with not finding them. Fortunately, I got the two Stars & Stripes series cars that I really wanted at a local toy shop — albeit at $4 a piece. I’ve already featured the Stars & Stripes: Custom ’77 Dodge Van.
The 8 Crate has been a cult-favorite Hot Wheels casting among collectors since its introduction in 2003. Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time the casting has worn a patriotic deco. 10 years ago, in the 2006 Hot Wheels mainline open vamp, it had a blue paint job and wore red flames and white stars. Part of me wonders if this was a coincidence or if its inclusion is some sort of nod to the 10th anniversary of that original release. Regardless, this classic American #Station Wagon looks great in the Stars & Stripes.