Some collectors love to hate on #Unlicensed Hot Wheels cars like the plague that affects them from obtaining the latest licensed vehicles. I, for one, am not one of said collectors as I think these “fantasy cars” showcase the designers’ imagination and skill set far more than replicating, stock licensed designs. With that said I do have an appreciation for all Hot Wheels designs, even the ones that are considered “duds” or “pegwarmers”.
If you check out the #Unlicensed Hot Wheels tag here on Orange Track Diecast, you’ll see some of my favorite fantasy cars and the reasons why I think they are great. Well, I am pleased to add another to that tag as the #Mach Speeder is one design that has clearly impressed me with its initial #First Edition release.
Designed by Hot Wheels Designer #Dmitriy Shakhmatov — who actually introduced us to the car at the finale of the 2017 Collectors Convention in LA — the #Mach Speeder is done factoring in the latest trends in race car design. One can only imagine what a real-life, 1:1 version of this car would look like, as this 1:64 scale Hot Wheels car has some mean curves and some wicked detail. One of my favorite things about it is that even though its style uses those latest trends, it looks right at home on the iconic Hot Wheels orange track. Heck, I posted this on Instagram the other day and IG user @ogkhyamb mentioned how the orange interior piece matches the orange of the track.
If you’ve ever checked out the back of the blister card on some of these recent #Unlicensed Hot Wheels cars, you’ll notice a section that has a description of the vehicle. I’m not exactly sure who writes this copy but its always a fun read. In case you don’t the a #Mach Speeder package handy, here is what the blister card reads:
Built for endurance with massive front air intakes that resemble a wide-mouth predator fish, this mid-engine machine is one holy “mach-erel!” Powered by a twin turbo V6 hybrid engine driving the rear wheels, and electric motors driving the front wheels, the Mach Speeder makes a mockery of the competition!
This #Legends of Speed release of the #Mach Speeder is in stores now as it was released a couple months ago as part of the #2018 Hot Wheels “G” case assortments. Look for the second color in what looks to be dark red and the same #4 deco, coming up in the “L” or “M” case assortments.
I agree; just don’t understand the hate for unlicensed castings. At some point a licensed casting was a concept sketch not yet approved for production. Good design is good design, regardless of whether or not it’s approved by the accountants.
I really like this casting as well as the Track Ripper. IMO both are done very well and the designs are great. Part of my ‘winged’ cars I have loose!