Car Culture / Shop Trucks: ’60s FORD ECONOLINE PICKUP

The #2018 Hot Wheels #Car Culture / Shop Trucks hit retail a couple weeks ago and the latest #Car Culture installment did not disappoint. Collectors have been gravitating towards all five trucks in the series as they are all done so nicely. In most cases however, the ’83 Silverado is the first to be plucked as its the casting with the strongest following and the highest resale value. Don’t sleep on the other four though, as this #’60s Ford Econoline Pickup is definitely my “must-have” for this series.

First, lets address that red paint: WOW! That matte red paint is something I would like to see more of as it looks absolutely stunning on this truck, allowing for those white graphics to really “pop” off of it. Speaking of the graphics, this releases has “Caballero Ramp Service” on the sides after Steve Caballero, professional skater. This truck is actually the Hot Wheels version of Steve’s real truck, a 1960s Ford Econoline. And look! It even has a skateboard in the back….

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Hot Wheels ’60s Ford Econoline Pickup from the 2018 Car Culture / Shop Trucks series (bed view)

But wait! Though the skateboard is incredibly perfect for this release, that is not something that is exclusively to it. Rather, the Hot Wheels #’60s Ford Econoline Pickup which was first released last year in #Pop Culture as part of the Star War Bounty Hunters mix, has that as part of the casting. The casting, which was designed by Hot Wheels Designer, Mark Jones, now has three releases with (I’m assuming) many more to come.

So this is really a cool release. It marks the first time the Hot Wheels #’60s Ford Econoline Pickup has been in #Car Culture, its painted a beautiful matte red, AND its design is licensed by a professional skater. As far as aesthetics, this is one rad truck. In terms of the assortment, I do tend to see this one left on the pegs more often than the others. How can that be???

Well, let me also share a tidbit as to how these cases are packed. Three of the 10 trucks in each box of #Car Culture / Shop Trucks are the #’60s Ford Econoline Pickup, meaning there is only one complete set in each box. The Volkswagen Caddy, which saw its first premium release as part of this mix, saw its quantity decreased as those only appeared one to a case, whereas the rest (’83 Silverado, Subaru Brat, and Custom ’62 Chevy Truck) were each packed with a quantity of two. So its not to say that consumers are not a fan of this release when you see it hanging on the pegs in larger quantities, rather, its just that… there are more of these to go around. That is fine by me as I stand behind my aforementioned comment that this is the one “must-have” in the Shop Trucks. They are all great (as I bought them all) but this one hits on several levels. Look for it in stores now.

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RELEASE DETAILS: Matte Red Body (metal). Tinted Windows. Dark Gray Interior/Bed, Chrome Real Riders 5-Spoke (RR5SP) Wheels. Unpainted Metal Base. Made in Thailand. Toy# FLC24. Released in 2018 as #5 of 5 in the Car Culture / Shop Trucks segment.

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