The 2017 #Then and Now Series netted us Hot Wheels #Viper collectors four variants to add to our collections this year, and my-oh-my has it been fun chasing these, especially that Super #Treasure Hunt #’13 Dodge Viper SRT. Way back in May, we covered the Then and Now Series: ’13 Dodge Viper SRT as those variants appeared in the #2017 Hot Wheels “J” case assortments, versus the yellow and the white variants of the #Dodge Viper RT/10 which first appeared in the “M” and “P” cases respectively.
The 2017 #Then and Now Series featured 10 cars, with 5 “Then and Now” pairings. For the pairing of Vipers, the open-top #Dodge Viper RT/10 got the “then” nod over the #Dodge Viper GTS. The more-suitable counterpart (for the #’13 Dodge Viper SRT) would have been the GTS but that model was a premium casting, and has been #Discontinued for a number of years. With a similar paint scheme however, these two snakes make a great pair.
Black & Yellow, and White & Blue are two great color-schemes on vehicles; and with these two Vipers, each look great in its own perspective. While the yellow one makes a great “Then and Now” pair with the #’13 Dodge Viper SRT, the white one is reminiscent of a #Dodge Viper RT/10 release from years past.
That #Viper from years past I was referring to was the 1996 Treasure Hunts release. For years, it was one of the higher-dollar #Treasure Hunts — outside of the 1995 Treasure Hunts of course. Nowadays, not so much, but that doesn’t stop me from admiring it from time to time. I’m not sure if this years white with blue stripes colorway is a nod to that original TH Viper, but there hasn’t been one closer to it in the last 21 years.
Some of you observant collectors out there may have noticed the #Dodge Viper RT/10 has undergone a little bit of a face lift this year. I think the most obvious change (for me) was the decision to add the fog light covers in the front which, believe it or not, is how the original gen-1 Vipers came.
Jim Garbaczewski from the Hot Wheels Newsletter — whom I had the honor of finally meeting at the Hot Wheels Convention two weeks ago — did a fantastic job detailing the updates in the #Dodge Viper RT/10 tooling back in July. If you’re a Hot Wheels #Viper fan, this is an article you should check out!
#Dodge may be finished making the #Viper, but hopefully Hot Wheels is not. The Viper, and more specifically the RT/10, was one of the first cars I have had an appreciation for. I started collecting Hot Wheels shortly after the original gen-1 came out and have always loved this car as I hope to own a real 1:1 one day. Hopefully we can see the Hot Wheels #Dodge Viper RT/10 again with detailed lights again — front & back! …with stripes as they are always a nice touch.
For all you Hot Wheels #Viper fans out there — I know there are a few since I have lost some good auctions to you — enjoy these pieces in your collection as they are nicely done … even without the level of detail I would have liked. To the rest of you (if you’ve made it this far), I hope you enjoyed me nerd out about one of my all-time favorite cars. I am still on the lookout for some of the more rare playset versions of this casting, so if you have any, feel free to let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org.