One of the more recent castings that I have started collecting is the Hot Wheels #Turbine Time. Designed by Larry Wood and first released in 2015, this truck with a wind-powered #Jet Engine has seen five releases for a cumulative seven colorways, in just three years — with two of those coming on the heels of each other here at the end of the #2017 Hot Wheels year. While I’m sure that I will have the #Target Exclusive #Retro Style Series release soon, today we are looking at the brightly-colored yellow release from the 2017 #HW City Works 5-Pack.
As #5-Pack Exclusives go for the year, this one ranks among my favorites. What could have been better? …The windows and the graphics could have been black instead of light blue, so the black & yellow theme would be more pronounced. Other than that, not much, as you’re not going to get any more detail than this at the 5-Pack level. One interesting thing to note is that aside from the yellow body, this release of the #Turbine Time is the first to feature black plastic for the stacks/turbines, as all of the other releases have been chrome or dark chrome.
The #Turbine Time is definitely a unique choice for a “ROAD SERVICE” vehicle, unless you’re talking about ripping them up — muahahahaha! All joking aside, this truck is certainly growing on collectors as I see several of you out there have fallen in love with the metal/metal convention release that served as the “Dinner Car” at the 15th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals Convention in 2015. While collectors wait for that metal/metal “premium” version of the casting to be released again, we will continue to see this plastic bodied, metal base version of the casting in the kid-friendly basic lines. That alone has led to some pretty bright colors — like yellow — but you won’t hear this collector complain as I’m just over here assembling my own little Turbine Time rainbow.