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Night Burnerz: ’69 DODGE CHARGER 500

One of my all-time favorite #Muscle Cars would have to be the 1969 Dodge Charger so it should come as no surprise that I collect the #’69 Dodge Charger casting from 2004 and the newer, slightly different #’69 Dodge Charger 500 casting from 2015. Fans of both ’69 Charger castings were treated to a combined four mainline releases this year as the ’69 Dodge Charger appeared in yellow in the HW Flames series and the ’69 Dodge Charger 500 had three colorways as part of the #Night Burnerz Series (shown below).

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Hot Wheels ’69 Dodge Charger 500 from the 2016 Night Burnerz Series … all 3 variations

As you can see, you couldn’t go wrong with any of these releases as they all look spectacular. The first of the three to be released was the red colorway which actually pairs with well the 2013 Then and Now Series ’69 Dodge Charger. All three of the Night Burnerz release carry the same graphic stripe pattern that starts as two dual hood stripes that extend across the roof, to the trunk, then back towards the front (along the sides), only to turn around and go backwards. There are two “500” tampos on the hood, a “Dodge” tampo in the middle of the trunk, and Hot Wheels logo on each of the rear quarter-panels.

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RELEASE DETAILS: Red Enamel Body (metal). Tinted Windows. Black Interior. Gray Muscle-Car 5-Spoke (MC5) Wheels. Chrome Base (plastic). Made in Malaysia. Toy# DHR04. Released in 2016 as #4 of 10 in the Night Burnerz Series.

The #Walmart Exclusive #ZAMAC colorway exhibits all the sharp lines this casting has to offer while the bare, unpainted metal body reflects light in a multitude of ways and really makes those red graphics pop out at you. Of all the ZAMACs this year, this one has to be my favorite. My only disappointment was that I was unable to find this one at retail and had to resort to the secondary market for this mix of ZAMACs which also came with the BMW 2002 and the Ford GT LM.

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RELEASE DETAILS: Unpainted “ZAMAC” Body (metal). Tinted Windows. Black Interior. Gray Muscle-Car 5-Spoke (MC5) Wheels. Chrome Base (plastic). Made in Malaysia. Toy# DHX91. Released in 2016 as #4 of 10 in the Night Burnerz Series, Walmart Exclusive.

With the ZAMAC coming so late in the year, I did not think there would be another release of the ’69 Dodge Charger 500 for the year, however, the “N” cases revealed yet another colorway — the light green #Variation. It seems like just about every #Mopar #Muscle Car has worn this light green at some point or another so I was glad to see the ’69 Charger 500 gets its due.

Overall, the three colorways of the ’69 Dodge Charger 500 this year turned out great. Whether you’ve obtained all three or just picked up one of them, you’ve gotten to experience how sharp this casting really is. Compare it to the ’69 Charger casting whose hood was sealed shut for mainline releases starting in 2011, and you’ll see the 500 has exposed headlights and a more square rear window that give it an even fiercer approach.

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RELEASE DETAILS: Light Green Enamel Body (metal). Tinted Windows. Black Interior. Gray Muscle-Car 5-Spoke (MC5) Wheels. Chrome Base (plastic). Made in Malaysia. Toy# DHX23. Released in 2016 as #4 of 10 in the Night Burnerz Series.

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