Entertainment / Need for Speed: CUSTOM ’14 FORD MUSTANG

I’ll admit that I passed on this #First Edition release of the #Custom ’14 Ford Mustang the first couple times I saw it. Just another new #Mustang with #Real Riders on it, right? Not worth that $5 #Entertainment line price-point, right? Oh, and that Koenigsegg… passed that up too. Fortunately, I was able to score both of them for a little over retail, before the prices skyrocketed.

Its easy to look back and say, “you fool!” as both this #Need for Speed #Custom ’14 Mustang and #Koenigsegg Agera R are must haves, but a mere three years ago, they weren’t. I was casually hunting at the time — after the birth of my daughter, and buying/remodeling my first home — and even I had no problem finding these so I am going to go out on a limb and say that collectors just weren’t crazy for them. Heck, I wasn’t.

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Hot Wheels Custom ’14 Ford Mustang from the 2014 Entertainment Line, from Need for Speed (side view)

About three and a half years later, the Need for Speed Koenigsegg is a grail to some collectors as it has recently begun selling in the $70-$80 range, but everyone knows about that — I think. However, its another #Need for Speed movie car in the #Custom ’14 Ford Mustang that is slowly climbing in value ($15-$20 range). Not bad for just another #Mustang with #Real Riders, eh?

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Hot Wheels Custom ’14 Ford Mustang from the 2014 Entertainment Line, from Need for Speed (front view)

So why have collectors started going crazy over the cars they were leaving behind just under 4 years ago? Well, one factor is purely the power of the silver screen. Without the movies, the Batmobile and Ecto-1 are just goofy looking cars. There is nothing like a good action scene to help perceived value on car. Why do you think the automakers film their performance cars in action sequences? BINGO!… you got it.

I can attest to this as after I saw Need for Speed (2014), I ran out and grabbed the Koenigsegg since values had already started to rise on that one. I was a little more patient on the #Mustang so I was able to score a better deal on it years later, but man, it was hard to surpass the “cool factor temptation” after I saw actor Aaron Paul, driving this beast of a machine in the movie.

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Hot Wheels Custom ’14 Ford Mustang from the 2014 Entertainment Line, from Need for Speed (rear view)

In addition to the silver screen “cool factor”, this Hot Wheels produced, Need for Speed #Custom ’14 Ford Mustang is extremely well-detailed. It may come as a shock that it was produced in Malaysia as the Malaysian Hot Wheels facility was having problems with quality at the time. The best part is the full, front-to-back blue racing stripes and the accentuation of every light and vent on the car. To have the air intake on the hood painted black is such a subtly, but it makes all the difference in the case for this casting as the subsequent two releases of the Custom ’14 Mustang were rather lackluster compared to this one.

In the end, if you saw the movie, you know this is not just another #Mustang, but rather a unicorn of sorts. In the Hot Wheels world, the car will never reach unicorn status, but it sure is a fun one to look at — under appreciated to say the least!

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RELEASE DETAILS: Metalflake Silver Body (metal). Clear Windows. Black Interior. Chrome Real Riders 10-Spoke Wheels. Matte Black Base (metal). Made in Malaysia. Toy# BDT87. Released in 2014 as part of the Hot Wheels Entertainment line (from the movie Need for Speed).

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