HW Race Team (2016 New Model): NIGHT SHIFTER

The Night Shifter is a brand-new, #Unlicensed Hot Wheels casting. At first look it looks like some sort of #JDM vehicle (perhaps an older Skyline) infused with some American muscle. This hybrid of styles gives the impression that this car could tear it up at the drag strip and the drift track — and given a name like “Night Shifter” and the intentional mis-matched wheels, you can bet this thing is not street legal as this rebel machine races under the cover of night.

As it turns out, the Night Shifter is a hybrid of two things … car and plane! Look no further than the back of the blister card of this release as it says:

Is it a car? Is it a plane? Well, it’s got the best of both! Inspired by the raw, mechanical aspects of high-performing race cars and legendary military planes, Night Shifter features twin turbo-chargers as well as two fuel tanks fabricated from military aircraft.

With this being the #First Edition of the Night Shifter, this casting does not have a rich (or any) history in terms of collecting. An early list of 2016 mainline vehicles provided by Hot Wheels had the Night Shifter as part of the Night Burnerz segment series which seemed to only make sense. However, at some point, it was switched over to the #HW Race Team (2016) series. As an avid #Hot Wheels Race Team collector, myself and other collectors of this grouping have been waiting for the first release if this series. Arriving in the “K” case assortment for 2016, the Night Shifter and the #First Edition Bone Speeder were the first 2 of 10 cars to be released as part of the 2016 installment of the series.

Sure, I’m happy to see a great new casting in a #Hot Wheels Race Team deco right off the bat, but its sometimes the #First Edition paint scheme that sets the tone of the casting for years to come — giving it character. Collectors often tend to remember that initial release over succeeding releases. Given the story behind it and the detailing in the casting that is inspired by said story, the future is bright (or dark in this case) for the Night Shifter as we can only imagine many great releases ahead.

Orange Track Diecast

RELEASE DETAILS: Metalflake Blue Body (metal). Light-Blue Tinted Windows. Chrome Interior. Red-Chrome PR5 Wheels on Front, Red-Chrome Rim, Black Open-Hole 5-Spoke (OH5) Wheels on Back. Dark Gray Base (plastic). Made in Malaysia. Toy# DHP03. Released in 2016 as #10 of 10 in the HW Race Team Series (also a 2016 New Model).

UPDATE 10/14/2016 — The red colorway is out and while nothing tops that #Hot Wheels Race Team blue, the red enamel does look pretty good.

Orange Track Diecast

RELEASE DETAILS: Red Body (metal). Tinted Windows. Chrome Interior. Chrome PR5 Wheels on Front, Yellow Rim, Black Open-Hole 5-Spoke (OH5) Wheels on Back. Black Base (plastic). Made in Malaysia. Toy# DHW77. Released in 2016 as #10 of 10 in the HW Race Team Series (also a 2016 New Model).

UPDATE 2/12/2017 — The designer of this car was Dave Root. This was Dave’s first #Unlicensed Hot Wheels car design while at Mattel as a Design Intern.

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