It was such a pleasant surprise to see the #Track Trucks line return to retail as this line had primarily been released internationally upon its debut in 2015. Two years later, the line that featured the a Custom Volkswagen Hauler — reminiscent of the #Volkswagen Drag Bus — and a double-rear-axled, #Convoy Custom, hit the big box stores stateside and collectors left and right were now buying releases from these seemingly idle, “deluxe” Hot Wheels lines.
The only difference between the 2015 and 2017 releases of this double-rear-axled #Convoy Custom #Semi Truck is the card. You can check out HobbyDB if you’re a card collector to see the difference. This brand-new casting (in 2015) was named #Fuel & Fire for the large, liquid storage container this vehicle hauls. As you can imagine, these #Track Trucks are #Great for Gravity/Downhill Tracks, and with that, the trailers on all of these semi trucks need to be flexible, yet securely fastened to the truck part of the casting. This was achieved by use of a ball joint which allows for the trailer to go pretty much anywhere the truck goes.
There are those who kind of wish the #Fuel & Fire came with more of a traditional trailer versus the tanker trailer, but you have to admit that this release looks too good from its side profile, not to buy.
As you can see, a lot of engineering went into place to get this, and the other #Track Trucks, ready for the orange track — so who can blame the designer for starting with a couple existing #Semi Truck castings. As mentioned earlier, the #Fuel & Fire (truck part) is essentially a modified #Convoy Custom casting. While the double-rear-axle is certainly the most obvious difference between the two castings, I took the side-by-side shots to illustrate the others.
Despite the #Fuel & Fire sure looking longer than the #Convoy Custom with that added axle, a quick base comparison clearly shows that length-wise, nothing was changed. But with adding an axle, and the casting not being any longer than the casting it was based off of, scale had to come into play as it is evident that the Fuel & Fire truck is not as large as the Convoy Custom.
So far, the Hot Wheels #Fuel & Fire only had the red and the yellow variants from 2015, plus this additional packaging variant of the red one for 2017. Its anybody’s guess if the #Track Trucks will continue to be released, but if Hot Wheels does release more that are based off of popular Hot Wheels #Semi Truck castings — or any other popular casting for that matter — you can bet that the collector support will follow just like it did for the Custom Volkswagen Hauler and the Fuel & Fire.