The Hot Wheels #Driftsta is one of those #Unlicensed Hot Wheels — ala “Fantasy Cars” or “HW Original Designs” — that I’ve been drawn to. Its a relatively new casting as it made its debut in the #2015 Hot Wheels mainline. My acclaim for it grew when I saw the Super Treasure Hunt release in 2016. Those #Real Riders 4-Spoke Wheels just seem the enhance its demeanor, which I’ll get to in a minute.
My collection of this casting is complete (for now) as it sits at eight. The #Driftsta has only appeared in the basic range: seven coming in the mainline, and one in a 5-Pack. The newest release is the 2019 HW Race Team one you see below, front and center (in blue). It features the new #Hot Wheels Race Team livery, designed by Hot Wheels Graphic Designer, Leeway Chang, for 2019.
I’ve never heard former Hot Wheels Designer, Jun Imai‘s take on the casting, but I have to imagine that he designed it as the ideal #Drift Car — I mean “DRIFT” is in the name! The casting itself has a very aerodynamic look to it. It sits so low that the front fenders extend above the hood. There is even a roof rack on top which I assume is there for stabilizing the car’s center-of-gravity.
What is really cool about the #Driftsta is that you can just feel the car’s personality… or that of its imaginary driver. It totally feels like a project car that someone built — a car that doesn’t shy away from the drift scene. How can I tell that? Check out the front bumper… or lack there of… its missing! What the casting lacks in a finished, overall design, it definitely makes up for in personality — and its THAT personality that made me decide to collect this casting.
One of my other favorite parts of this casting’s design is the rear. I initially thought the color sections you see below were the taillights, however, those look to be above it — angrily looking down upon the competition. So, instead, I have to believe this unique pattern (which is the same piece as the interior), is actually the rear bumper. Combined with the menacing taillights, it forms a “teeth” effect, only adding to the car’s personality.
Maybe I am way off on this casting. Maybe I am just reading too much into it. Maybe, well maybe, I just think its super cool. We all like what we like, and I love a Hot Wheels original design with a personality. Chances are that we will never see it in the premium range, which would ultimately be unfortunate as this design could benefit from some premium detailing. Either way, the #Driftsta is a fun casting to collect, and its one you won’t have to break the bank for — in order to collect.
Thanks for stopping by to read about the #Driftsta, let me know what your thoughts are!
Categories: Collection Update
If it’s any consolation, I’ve liked this casting since it first came out. I’m missing the super and the one from the 5 pack, but apart from that, I’m up to date.
I was lucky enough to get one of those $TH beuts in a trade. It really is a cool $uper; I just wish the 2019 Hot Wheels Race Team variation was a $uper.
I’m pretty keen on this casting, myself. Sometimes original castings fall short of their concept art. This is one that survived the process brilliantly. I would actually like to see a retool of this with the bumper. Why not? We have an open top and a hard top Bome Shaker. I also wish there were some outlet for a premium version. But at least it is in the Race Team this year. It’s too good to be relegated to themed assortments and five packs.