Around this time last year, collectors were occupied with trying to track down the #2017 Hot Wheels “C” case assortments at their retail establishment of choice. In that assortment was the #Holiday Racers #16 Angels which sported “HAPPY HOLIDAYS” graphics for Christmas 2016. Just like this year’s Screamliner, despite the release being for the new year, it carried the prior year’s date since the next years Hot Wheels typically start rolling out in October.
While many collectors were disappointed with the #Holiday Racers #16 Angels being chosen as a Super #Treasure Hunt over a licensed model, it was pretty cool to see a holiday-themed car get this semi-premium treatment — even though the 16 Angels had been a Super TH before. Some supers tend to closely resemble their common variant counterparts, however, there was no mistaking this one on the pegs as the super’s gold-chrome body shined significantly brighter than the dull gold found on the common variant. In addition to that, the super’s #Real Riders 5-Spoke Wheels give the casting a more beefy look compared to the common variant’s #Open-Hole 5-Spoke Wheels.
The Hot Wheels #16 Angels casting originally made its debut as part of the 2004 First Editions, after being designed by Nathan Proch. Over the last 14 years, the casting has been released in just about every line with basic cars that you can think of.
Like I mentioned earlier, this was the second time the casting had been used as a Super #Treasure Hunt, with the first time coming in 2008. The casting had also worn gold-chrome before as part of the 2010 Mystery Cars. The common variant has definitely been a pegwarmer over the past year, but even as an #Unlicensed Hot Wheels model, the festive Super TH did not hang around.