Let me preface this by saying that I am no where near the level of Hot Wheels Racer the guys over at RedLineDerby.com are. However, I did not let that deter me from trying to surprise a few folks at the downhill races at the 30th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Convention last month. Everyone knows of the great downhill racers in the cars with special wheels and/or lauded Hot Wheels racing history so I decided to be a Hot Wheels downhill racing pioneer and explore the scene with a new casting that I have seen on the shelves since last year — Aquaman.
I went in with high hopes that I have magically stumbled upon the next, great Hot Wheels downhill champion. The Hot Wheels Aquaman from the #DC Comics segment of the #Hot Wheels Characters line has a nice, long stature, complete with #Open-Hole 5-Spoke Wheels (OH5) and a nice chunk of #ZAMAC on the back end. It was just a feeling that I had … that this casting would excel.
At the convention, I found a downhill track practice time slot that worked for me, went downstairs to the ballroom and was met my many kids and adults. I immediately jump into a heat with a bunch of kids that were approximately 8-years-old, and got my car up on the starting line. Then I see these kids with all the classic downhill racers in the #FTE Hot Tub from 2006, the Land Rover MkII from 1997, and a whole bunch of cars with weights stacked on them — apparently I wasn’t at a local club racing against the kids, this was the big leagues.
Needless to say, the unmodified Aquaman that I had brought got whooped as I finished last or next-to-last in the four runs I did. My dreams of becoming an instant downhill racing champion were dashed as I headed back to my room. I should have known better as this car has a plastic base, and for some reason, the axles seemed to move around and “rattle” a little bit … causing endless amounts of friction. More importantly, I probably should have tested this racer out before I even left for Los Angeles.
In what I was disappointed with at the downhill races, I was equally impressed with at the convention’s Custom Car Contest. While checking out the entries of numerous Hot Wheels customizers and voting for the “People’s Choice” award with my friend sammyray from HotWheelsCollectors.com, I saw >> THIS << customized Aquaman sitting on the entry table. I was searching for something really cool, unique and imaginative to award my vote to and this was certainly the piece. Later, in the room-to-room trading, I was able to meet the creator of this Aquaman disguised as The Beatles Yellow Submarine — his name was Carlyle. I let Carlyle know that I was a fan of his work and he seemed both humbled and flattered. So while the Hot Wheels Aquaman did not impress at the races, it took home my “People’s Choice” vote.
The Hot Wheels Aquaman was first released as part of the #Hot Wheels Characters in 2015, however, for all intents and purposes, this 2016 Hot Wheels Characters release (shown) is identical when loose as far as I’m aware. Pretty much the only differentiation between the 2015 and 2016 release is the Toy# on the packaging. The 2015 release has a Toy# of BDM69 whereas the 2016 release has a Toy# of DMM14 — both however, have the BDM69 molded into their plastic bases. Currently, these are the only two variants of this casting.