My friend Reece posted this Hot Wheels car to his Instagram (@aussiehotwheelscollector) in the wee hours of the morning today. Of course, it was Monday evening in Brisbane, Australia where his is from.
It is not everyday that I come across a Hot Wheels release I am unfamiliar with, let alone an entire casting. Hot Wheels has produced thousands of castings since 1968, so its conceivable to not recall some. In the past, they have been one-off castings from lines I don’t collect, so when I see one I have to inquire about it.
Fortunately, I was able to ask him a few questions, and he ended up writing a couple paragraphs, which he allowed for me to share with you…
This has got to be one of the strangest vehicles Hot Wheels has ever produced. It’s called the Swarmula 1 and was one of five castings to make their debut in the 1994 Color FX series, and one of three that were never seen again.
I try to have one of every Hot Wheels casting in my collection so its ugliness didn’t stop me from buying it, especially when it was only a couple of dollars. When I got it in the hand, I was surprised by how large it actually is and its smooth plastic body and relatively un-detailed base make it seem more like a McDonald’s Happy Meal toy than a proper Hot Wheels vehicle.
I am glad Reece covered the “Happy Meal Toy” aspect as I totally thought thats what this was at first, but then I figured it had to be one of the Color FX cars because, a) I knew there were a couple weird, “forgettable” castings from that line (see: “Sting Rod” Beetle), and b) there were some “Monster Models” that appeared in the line in the early ’90s. I am actually surprised I couldn’t recall this one as a youngster as it actually resembles a Pinewood Derby car I did a couple years earlier. Its one of many Hot Wheels #Castings that Resemble Animals.
It is weird? YES! Will I collect it? No, but it is fun to share with you Hot Wheels releases/castings that I may — or may not — have seen before. It what makes Hot Wheels collecting so fun: the diversity. So much to choose from, and the creativity is endless. So, thank you, Reece for allowing me to share!
More info for those who want to know. It’s ‘warm’ colour is the light green you see in photos and it’s ‘cold’ colour is a dark aqua which hides the tampos. It was only ever produced in this colour scheme and came in the Color FX 2-Packs paired with a Double Demon.
Yes, if you find a Color FX pack, look for the rainbow stripe under ‘COLOR FX’ and on left & right sides you’ll see little pics of the cars before & after color change,, so yeah, it goes from the blueish color to the green croc!
To me it more so resembles a Pterodactyl and when i looked into it, a group of Pterodactyls is called a swarm apparently.
I have all the McDonald’s car from that time!