Quick story. The other night, my car battery was on life support so I ventured over to my local O’Reilly Auto Parts store for a new one. They have a small, diecast section containing mostly Hot Wheels and Matchbox. Though the markup is a little higher than your average retail store, they do tend to have some of the latest releases. Suffice to say, I found the brand new Batman v Superman 5-Pack — a 5-Pack I have been searching all over town for. Why, you ask? Because of these two #Chargers.
See, its not often that Hot Wheels multi packs contain two of the same casting — past it being by error. I can think of a few examples, but its not a common practice by any means, let alone in a 5-Pack. So when images of this 5-Pack first surfaced, with the ’11 Dodge Charger R/T in two different police department graphics, I had to have it. Oh, and I forgot to mention that those two police departments are from two of the most well-known fictional cities, Gotham City and Metropolis, homes of Batman and Superman respectively. In fact, they were both featured in this year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie.
Now, the Metropolis Charger police car is the same one that came with the Superman mini figurine, but I do believe this is the first occurrence of the GCPD one. Either way, these two vehicles will look great on my modest collections of #Police Vehicles, #Batman cars, and #TV & Movie Cars. As for the other 3 cars in this 5-pack, the ’16 Batmobile is very similar to the 2016 New Model / Batman Series release (only difference are the tampos on the top) whereas the other two, the Ultra Rage (Wonder Woman graphics) and the Rivited (Superman graphics) are exclusive to this 5-pack.
As far as the Hot Wheels ’11 Dodge Charger R/T casting, it was designed by Hot Wheels designer Brendon Vetuskey and first appeared in the 2011 New Models series. Though it has never worn police vehicle graphics before, it was featured as one of the getaway cars in the 2014 Police Pursuit 5-Pack and also as the blacked-out police car from Fast Five in the #Fast & Furious series. It did wear Aurora Fire Department graphics in its 2012 HW Main Street series release which also had a Super Treasure Hunt version of it.