My must-have Super #Treasure Hunt of 2019 is here thanks to my friend, Tim (@tandphwguide on IG). Tim has been my “super savior” as of late, as I have been coming up short. Recently I’ve dedicated more time into this site, so Tim’s efforts (and kindness) are much appreciated! Without said efforts, I would not have, “my top super treasure hunt of 2019” (so far). This piece joins my #Volkswagen T2 Pickup casting collection, which has been coming along nicely since the casting’s debut just two years ago.
The 2019 rendition of the Hot Wheels #Volkswagen T2 Pickup comes as part of the #Volkswagen Series for this year. Chances are, we will see this #VW in at least one more colorway before year’s end. How about the two variants that have been released thus far? Just the “super (TH) upgrade” alone makes this a marvelous pair, but there is so much more to it.
This is one of several Hot Wheels releases (as of late) to be licensed by the wheel manufacturer, #fifteen52. I am actually surprised to see the common variant in metalflake brown (above, left) wear the fifteen52 logo, as its the Super #Treasure Hunt ($TH) in spectraflame brown (above, right) which is truly worthy of such. See, the $TH wears #Real Riders fifteen52 Outlaw Wheels, which if you have inferred by the name, means these are actually licensed #Real Riders. Pretty cool, right?
To go with the “Outlaw-style” wheels, Hot Wheels also created fifteen52’s Turbomac HD Wheels in 1/64 scale as well, which were last seen on the 2018 RLC Ford Raptor. While I prefer that wheel over this Outlaw-style, the Outlaw is slowly growing on me once I saw other collectors’ mention that the wheel can be adjusted to become more of a deep-dish style wheel (shown below).
The fact that you can convert the #Real Rider fifteen52 Outlaw Wheels into a deep-dish style wheel — and back! — is something that is truly innovative from Hot Wheels. I don’t think we have seen any wheel in the history of the brand do this. It really knocks this #2019 Hot Wheels #Volkswagen Series $TH release of the #Volkswagen T2 Pickup out of the park for me. Its the first time we’ve seen this premium-line wheel in the mainline, and for $1, its a total steal. But thats kind of the M.O. of Super #Treasure Hunts to begin with, huh? They are premium-looking Hot Wheels that can be had for a buck — if you can find them.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the paint on this release as well. The #Spectraflame Paint on most of the 2019 Super #Treasure Hunts is brand-new for 2019. The paint is now done in a similar fashion as that of the spectraflame on 2018’s #HW 50th Originals Collection — which (I believe) is a semi-transparent paint over raw “polished” #ZAMAC bodies. The result is this very cool “metallic” look you see below.
Strip away the #Spectraflame Paint, #Real Riders fifteen52 Outlaw Wheels, and “TH” logo on the sides and you’ve got the common variant in metalflake brown. This #Variation is no slouch as its a great release of the #Volkswagen T2 Pickup all by itself. Its just — compared to the $TH — it comes in a distant second place.
The #Volkswagen T2 Pickup is clearly a favorite of mine and I can’t wait to see what Hot Wheels has in store for us when it comes to this casting. I really, REALLY hope we see this #Jun Imai Designed casting make the jump to the premium lines as it would be outstanding in a #Car Culture series with some added detail, metal base and wearing #Real Riders once again.