Sometimes as collectors, we get too caught up in buying and selling the latest Hot Wheels releases — so much so that sometimes we forget that the Hot Wheels brand once catered to us as kids. I get that some collectors only collect the replicas of their favorite real cars, and that’s perfectly fine. I mean, after all, Hot Wheels does spectacular basic models. Where Hot Wheels has the edge over the other brands is the fact that we have all played with Hot Wheels as kids. We have made memories playing with the cars, then we started collecting the cars, and from that point on, the brand has become intertwined with our daily lives. Occasionally, we tap into that inner-child that lives within all of us; and for some, its easier than for others.
Believe it or not, there are many collectors who are still taken back by the amount of fantasy cars that they come across on the pegs — they are often reminded that Hot Wheels basic cars are a kids toy when they bring it up. I’ll admit that I don’t buy a ton of #Unlicensed Hot Wheels fantasy cars, but every-so-often one of these outlandish designs intrigues that inner-child. This year, the #First Edition of the #Street Wiener was released as part of the #HW City Works Series, and I knew I had to have it to appease that child from within.
The Hot Wheels #Street Wiener is an IndyCar-style racing wiener that has a spatula for a front spoiler, and an opening and closing grill on the back (see above) … not sure if it really contributes to the aero-dynamics, but hey, it makes for a pretty cool #Opening Feature. This wiener-shaped vehicle — complete with bun — sits on an all-metal base that starts with the spatula front spoiler, and ends with what looks to be a ketchup- & mustard-powered engine. In the middle you have the tray which would most likely serve as the fuel tank on this race car. Last, but not least, the tires are relish green — you know, to make all the haters relish in defeat of course! 😉
The #Street Wiener casting was a collaboration between Hot Wheels Designer, Ryu Asada & Playset Designer, Neal Smith; with the graphics on this release coming from Hot Wheels Graphic Designer, Jerry Thienprasiddhi. Look for this #2017 New Models release in stores now as part of the #2017 Hot Wheels #HW City Works Series.
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Love this casting. This model is EPIC!!!!! Given your detailed synopsis of this piece, variants may prove tough. As long as we’re on the subject of “inner child” ‘twas mine whom had to purchase two of these models, one to keep packaged…….& one to scoot around.