Last year it was the #HW Digital Circuit (2017) series that caused a whole lot of confusion in the collecting world. The lack of a mainline number in the upper-right corner, caused several collectors to mistake them for either store exclusives or treasure hunts. Once collectors learned that these so-called #Chase cars were plentiful, you started seeing more left behind.
This year, its a different series but the game is the same. The #HW Daredevils for 2018 consists of five cars which are all unnumbered this time around and exist in all case codes so far. There has been no confirmation from Mattel as to why, but a likely train of thought would suggest that these are purely included to throw-off store employees and toy scalpers who only grab the “unnumbered releases”.
Regardless of why the #HW Daredevils are unnumbered this year, there is one that certainly caught my eye. The #’70 Chevelle SS Wagon made its return to the mainline, and while some may prefer for it to have been in more of a stock deco, I’m digging this pretty rad looking #Demolition Derby Vehicle.
The mismatched #Muscle-Car 5-Spoke Wheels on this #’70 Chevelle SS Wagon are certainly an interesting choice, but hey, its a demo derby car so the more mismatched, the better. Honestly, its a pretty cool deco and one that it very fitting of a series titled, #HW Daredevils.
As cool as this #’70 Chevelle SS Wagon is, its the 2018 #HW Daredevils series that continues to be the real story here. You may have noticed that the first release (red) has a “01” on the sides whereas the second release (blue) has a “02” on the sides. There is also scheduled to be a third release in silver with a “03” on the sides. It should be noted that this isn’t the only car from this year’s series that has a running number on its sides. Typically, when colorways occur, you see very little variance in graphics. Sure the colors changed, but really thats it. So this progressive numbering is something that is very intriguing and we will have to see if and where this continues.
The red colorway of the #HW Daredevils #’70 Chevelle SS Wagon first started appearing in the #2018 Hot Wheels “A” case assortments, and I think, it was actually in all the case codes up until “D”. Considering most releases don’t run for more than 2 consecutive case codes these days, thats the intriguing part.
The blue colorway of the #HW Daredevils #’70 Chevelle SS Wagon started showing up in the #2018 Hot Wheels “E” case assortments, and if like the red colorway, will appear for the next four case codes (E, F, G and H). Starting in the “J” cases will be that new “03” silver variant, and if the trend continues, we should see a fourth colorway appear when the “N” cases start appearing. I will for sure be grabbing those when they become available so make sure you keep checking back here, and I will update this page when those variants become available to me.
UPDATED 12/29/2018 — Finally got around to adding a group shot of all four colorways of this release.