4/5/2019 — How are THESE for cars meant for some of the most serious of Hot Wheels collectors? It takes some serious time and money to attend Hot Wheels conventions as they involve travel, lodging costs, food and of course a personal reserve of funding for souvenir cars and making purchases in the signature buy/sell/trade room-to-room activity. Oh, and there is another one in six months…
So while attending conventions may not be in everyone’s budget, Mattel has really went out of its way to reward convention attendees of this one with special cars, including one of the most detailed cars EVER!
The “dinner car” which was sold at last night’s dinner celebrating the career of Hot Wheels Designer & 3D Sculptor, Manson Cheung, is actually not a new tool — despite its opening features. Rather, it is actually the second release of the casting that was first/last used for the 2012 RLC Exclusive release. This brand-new convention release barely made it on time for the convention, but the rush-shipping on Mattel’s behalf was met with delight when dinner attendees were struck with awe as this is the first time Mattel has ever produced a car with a “brushed ZAMAC” finish — to mimic the look of the stainless steel body of the actual DeLorean.
The extensive detail didn’t stop there however. The graphics on this car (designed by HW Graphic Designer, Steve Vandervate) were done to replicate the actual graphics on Manson’s 1:1 DeLorean — complete with window graphics and black stripe on fuel door. In addition to that, HW Package Designer, Julian Koiles used Manson’s actual car as the backdrop for the packaging.
To mark the occasion, attendees also got an exclusive autograph sheet and t-shirt to match, as well as this sweet patch — presumably to wear sewn on a vest over said t-shirt while Manson takes you for a ride down Century Blvd. when you visit him in El Segundo??? 😉
Friday morning, convention attendees awoke to a new convention car available for sale: the RLC Exclusive Custom Corvette. Despite this being the first year since 2003 that Hot Wheels has not done a RLC Party, the “party car” still went on sale the morning of and convention guests were treated to a Q&A led by Hot Wheels Marketing guru, Jimmy Liu, who was accompanied by Julian Koiles, Manson Cheung and Hot Wheels Designer, Brendan Vetuskey — all of which was streamed live by the Lamley Group, with the exception of the sneaks presentation.
How about the Custom Corvette though? I seriously can’t wait to get one in-hand as this has some of the smoothest Spectraflame Pink paint that I have seen. It also has a thick white stripe in back to differentiate it from the 2005 HWC Series 4 release. I didn’t hear much reaction about this one online, but I am willing to bet most of the collectors at the convention that were clamoring for the O16 cars were met with a satisfying sense of delight.
With this said, there is only one convention exclusive yet to be released and that comes tomorrow at the convention’s Finale. Strong rumors indicate that we will see the ’66 Dodge A-100 — we will see. As for these two, well, they are must-haves in my book. Fantastic job by all those involved.