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Retro Style Series: POWER PIPES

When I first started this blog nearly a year ago, I never thought I would feature any release of the Hot Wheels Power Pipes casting. I have never liked it and to be frank, I can’t believe its still being produced 21 years after its initial release in 1995. Well the joke is on me today as I am no April fool but I have taken a liking to this release of the Power Pipes.

I preach over and over here at Diecast Motorsports on how one release of a casting can change your whole outlook on it. While I won’t go so far to say that I am now fond of the Power Pipes, but I do think the graphic designer who designed the graphics for this release deserves an award. As selective as I am buying cars these days, you got me to drop the $1.29+Tax on a casting I have been passing up since 1995 (with the exception of the ones I bought to complete a series back when I was a completest “cardboard collector”).

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Hot Wheels Power Pipes from the 2016 Retro Style Series (in package)

The truth is, I’m a sucker for red and this car is no different — I’ve owned four 1:1 cars in my life and all have been red. But my liking of this release goes past color. These vintage racing style graphics would look good on just about any casting, even a fantasy track car such as this. Adorned with Goodyear, Holley, Bell and Hot Wheels logos, this release has the feel of a protoype race car, maybe even one that would run at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

The Hot Wheels Power Pipes originated as a 1995 New Model and continues to be released through to this one that is freshly plucked from the pegs. While I’m sure it’ll never be a collector-favorite, nor will it ever command high prices, its nice to see an undesirable #Unlicensed Hot Wheels car finally get a deco that makes it stand out for all the right reasons.

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RELEASE DETAILS: Red Body (plastic). Clear Windshield. Chrome Interior/Pipes. Chrome 5-Spoke (5SP) Wheels. Unpainted Metal Base. Made in Malaysia. Toy# DNF18. Released in 2016 as part of the Hot Wheels Retro Style Series (Target Exclusive).
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