Showcasing unannounced, hidden series here at Orange Track Diecast seems to be the motif of this week. This time we are looking at the #Chinese New Year Hot Wheels as we are at the half-way point of the Year of the Monkey. The Year of the Monkey started on February 8th of this year (2016) and lasts until January 28, 2017 … the beginning of the Year of the Rooster.
Since an un-numbered release of the Rodzilla in the 2012 mainline, Hot Wheels has released a car for the Chinese New Year all but one year (2013) — the list of these can be seen below. So far, they have all been #Unlicensed Hot Wheels and the last three releases have featured custom graphics that have consisted of that year’s animal, the year in the form of a racing number, and Chinese characters (type).
This year’s edition was the Hot Wheels D-Muscle from the #HW Digital Circuit series — a series that featured castings that are good on track and also unlock special features on HotWheels.com. The D-Muscle itself is a relatively new casting as it first appeared last year as a 2015 New Model in the HW City / Performance series. Just like many other #Unlicensed Hot Wheels, it takes its styling cues from many modern #Muscle Car concepts from the likes of the #Mustang, #Camaro and #Charger. Being that it is unlicensed, no licensing approvals are needed outside of Mattel when a new release is imminent. This usually makes for a quick-turn on a graphic design such as this one that goes beyond the abstract car graphics scope.
List of #Chinese New Year vehicles:
- Rodzilla … 2012, Year of the Dragon
- Horseplay … 2014, Year of the Horse
- Carbonic … 2015, Year of the Goat
- D-Muscle … 2016, Year of the Monkey
- Turbo Rooster … 2017, Year of the Rooster
- Hotweiler … 2018, Year of the Dog
NOTE: There was no release for 2013, Year of the Snake.