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HW Race Team: CARBONIC

Rounding out the #2016 Treasure Hunts as the “Q” case (or last assortment) Super TH, the #Carbonic has drawn mixed reviews. Some have called it the “Worst Super of 2016” while others hold it in a higher regard. Was it the casting that had people hating on it? Most likely, as there probably aren’t more than five people in the world that collect this one. Had this #Hot Wheels Race Team paint been on, say, any hot car right now, people would be flipping out calling it one of the best Super THs ever. But since its the Carbonic, collectors (and more so profiteers) are going to hate.

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Hot Wheels Carbonic from the 2016 HW Race Team Series (Regular & Super Treasure Hunt variations)

Since this Q case car was mostly released in September/October last year, I’ve had time to sit back and see how collectors have responded to this one. While there was shade being thrown at the paint and the graphics, most of the negative comments were aimed at the bright red #Real Riders Exotic Wheels. You always wonder, if there is so much disdain out there, why do people buy it in the first place? Well, I’ve never known many collectors to leave behind Super Treasure Hunts as even the less popular ones do tend to retain a value around $10. The group known as “completest” collectors collect all the #Treasure Hunts as they are just another number in the mainline to them, and the #Hot Wheels Race Team collectors were interested in this one as well. Those two groups right there created enough of a demand to have just about everyone picking this one up, if not for any reason than to keep it as trade bait or flip it for a few extra bucks.

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Hot Wheels Carbonic from the 2016 HW Race Team Series (Regular & Super Treasure Hunt variations) … REAR SHOT

Personally, I’m just not a huge fan of the casting, but it was the #Hot Wheels Race Team collector in me that had to have both of these #Variations. While the casting may have not struck a chord with me in the past, this #HW Race Team (2016) series release did. In fact, I actually ranked the #Carbonic as my #6 favorite car of the TOP 10 #HW Race Team (2016) vehicles — and that was not factoring in the Super TH … though, I can tell you it wouldn’t have made a difference. Between that majestic metalflake blue paint and the extremely well-executed #10 Hot Wheels Race Team graphics, this may be the best release of the Carbonic when it is all said and done (for the casting).

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RELEASE DETAILS: Metalflake Blue Body (metal). Light-Blue-Tinted Windows. Gray Interior. Red-Chrome-Rim, Black PR5 Wheels. Chrome Base (plastic). Made in Malaysia. Toy# DHP41. Released in 2016 as #5 of 10 in the HW Race Team series.

…and that includes the Super TH.

Even with its #Real Riders and pseudo #Spectraflame Paint, this is one of those rare cases when some people (myself  included) actually prefer the regular release to the super. Now, given the option, most people would take the super due to value. However, I’d be curious to see, if you polled a group of non-collectors which #Variation they preferred, which one they would choose. I may have to take these two variations into the office and do just that. Until then, feel free to write in the comments below, what you think of the #HW Race Team (2016) #Carbonic.

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RELEASE DETAILS: Spectraflame Midnight Blue Body (metal). Light-Blue-Tinted Windows. Gray Interior. Red Real Riders Exotic (RRE) Wheels. Chrome Base (plastic). Made in Malaysia. Toy# DHT77. Released in 2016 as #5 of 10 in the HW Race Team series … Super Treasure Hunt.
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