Sometimes its the little things that pique your interest when it comes to collecting diecast and more specifically, #Unlicensed Hot Wheels. Sure, a roller coaster Hot Wheels car is cool but since it wasn’t feasible to feature the whole train inside a Hot Wheels mainline blister, some sort of innovation had to take place on the casting design level. Cue Hot Wheels designer Fraser Campbell who designed the Hot Wheels Loopster.
By creating a system that easily interlocks multiple Loopster castings (shown above), Fraser only had to get one car inside the packaging oppose to the entire roller coaster train — an added benefit to the Hot Wheels bottom line as consumers of this casting now had to buy multiples to make a train. The innovation didn’t stop there!
Since Hot Wheels vehicles are typically made with multiple tools/casts — this is what causes base text to vary — Fraser created an interior variation between the tools where one of the roller coaster riders has their hands up in the air. This variation is known by collectors as the “hands-up” variation versus the standard “hands-down” variation. The process of molding two different plastic interiors seems to have transcended brands as Matchbox is currently doing this with a few of their models.
Coming as no surprise, these hands-up and hands-down variations were a part of both colorways of this Surf Patrol series release (also a #2015 New Model) and as part of the 2016 HW City Works series release.
This #First Edition of the Loopster produced two colorways with a hands-up and hands-down variation a piece (all seen above AND below). Many collectors have responded well to this casting, buying multiples and assembling trains to race on the orange track. As a newer casting, it will be interesting to see what becomes of the Loopster, but given the castings ability to sell not only one, but multiples to collectors and kids alike, its likely to stick around in the Hot Wheels mainline for years to come.
Personally, I have decided to collect this casting buying five of each release to for my own roller coaster trains — tell me the last casting that you picked up five of every release! Each set of five will have at least one of each hands-up/-down variation, provided they are both produced going forward.