Fright Cars: FANGULA

Is it just me, or do regular #Treasure Hunts seem to be more plentiful this year? I have found a couple dozen of these in the last couple months which has to be a new record for me with regular treasure hunts. It was weird… I left all but this one and some seemed to hang for days! Maybe collectors are finally adopting the “leave the regulars for the kids” mindset? You would like to think so…

Seriously though, is there no love for the Hot Wheels #Fangula? Is it the red tires? What is it? I have seen a few of you collectors out there taking a liking to this chopped, hearse rat-rod. Its a pretty cool casting that does feature a metal body AND a metal base, but is extremely undervalued in the collecting world.

This release of the Fangula was released in the new #2017 Hot Wheels #Fright Cars Series. It was one of five Halloween-inspired vehicles to be included in that series. Matte black always looks great on this type of casting but what really makes this release cool are the hidden creatures in the pinstriping. On the doors, you have a dragon, along with the #Flame Logo (TH). In the front, is an upside-down bat. NOTE: I am not sure what the pinstriping on the roof is suppose to resemble.

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Hot Wheels Fangula from the 2017 Fright Cars series … also a 2017 Regular Treasure Hunt (rear)

What makes this release particularly interesting is that it may be receiving a colorway without the #Flame Logo (TH), as two other #2017 Treasure Hunts, the Legends of Speed: Winning Formula and the Street Beasts: Dragon Blaster have both turned up with new, non-TH colorways in upcoming 2017 assortments. We will have to see as this casting is hard to top when it wears black.

Introduced in 2010, the #Fangula is one of only a handful of Hot Wheels cars designed by Felix Holst — who left his post at Mattel in May of 2015 where he was the Vice President of Creative in the Wheels Division. Most notably, the Fangula is known for being a single driver hearse with a #Blown Engine and some long side-exhaust pipes. However, if you look closely at the front you’ll notice a couple asymmetrical features. Both headlights are stacked on the right side and the grill in the front is suppose to resemble sharp teeth with one, long fang exposed.

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RELEASE DETAILS: Matte Black Body (metal). Red-Tinted Windows. Chrome Interior. Black Skinny 5-DOT Wheels w/ Red Tires in Front, Black Open-Hole 5-Spoke (OH5) Wheels in Rear. Unpainted Metal Base. Made in Malaysia. Toy# DVD02. Released in 2017 as #4 of 5 in the Fright Cars Series.

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