In the second half of the last decade, Hot Wheels got all nostalgic on us by re-releasing several old track sets from the redline era. Complete with packaging art by original packaging artist Otto Kuhni, these sets were released under the Hot Wheels Classics umbrella and featured newer castings.
In 2007, the Hot Curves Race Action Set was re-released. Early versions of it had the ’57 Chevy and Vairy 8 in it but they were the same versions that were found in the 2006 mainline. At some point during the run (of the set), these two cars got their own #Playset Exclusive design which certainly prompted collectors of the two castings to finally pick up a set — if they hadn’t already.
The playset exclusive Vairy 8 (shown below in white) was a recolor of the matte lavender version from the 2005 mainline open vamp — which is Hot Wheels slang for “not a part of a series”.
Nowadays, the white Vairy 8 is near impossible to find for sale as I wouldn’t even have one if it weren’t for the help of a collector-friend who helped me out several years ago. The only difference between the graphics on this one and the mainline version is that this one does not carry the hood/hood pins tampo the mainline one had. The flames were changed to red and outlined in blue and black, which on top of the pearl white body, gives the car somewhat of an American look (red, white & blue). The “Wastelanders” skull is still at the very front — this skull was an identifying logo of a series that ran several years in the mainline in the mid-2000s. Last, but not least, the “DEVILISH DELAINA” tampo is still on the rear quarter-panel, which always begs the question when this car is brought up, “Who was Delaina? …and why was she so devilish???”
The Hot Wheels Vairy 8 hasn’t appeared since its 2012 Hot Wheels Boulevard release so it is (what is known as) an endangered species (casting) around these parts. If you are interested in learning more about the Vairy 8, check out the showcase we did on the 2003 First Edition version.