Hot Wheels #Car Culture / Team Transport is really hitting its stride — you can tell. The first several cases were loaded up with collector-favorite cars being hauled by some pretty cool, new trucks. Collectors have responded well to the line. Now, we are starting to see the fruit of our collecting labor as we have our first vehicle casting to make its debut in the line in the #Jaguar Lightweight E-Type and our first two-car hauler in the #Ford C-800.
First things first: the packaging once again features some pretty remarkable art as the vehicle/hauler tandem continues, with both of these new releases set on different race tracks. Team Transport #14 features the #Jaguar Lightweight E-Type on top of a #Jaguar-themed #Carry On, while Team Transport #15 features a #Ford Drag Team pair in the #Custom ’64 Galaxie 500 on the #Ford C-800.
Team Transport #14 (Jaguar)
The #Carry On hauler makes its triumphant return. The #Jaguar Lightweight E-Type makes its debut. Meanwhile, both vehicles in Team Transport #14 wear British Racing Green paint. These are all cool facets of this #Jaguar racing team.
After its debut release in mix A wearing an ADVAN livery, and carrying the ’69 Nissan Skyline Van, the #Carry On hauler is back for its sophomore release. It may not be making its debut like the hauler we’ll get to in a minute, but its a breath of fresh air since we haven’t seen it in so long. Technically, that was just last year, but with there being so many Sakura Sprinters (3) and Fleet Flyers (4) in between, the Carry On is a welcomed sight.
Just like its last release, it carries a vintage car. So, if there was a setting in which you would theoretically see this pair, it would be the modern-day as the #Carry On is definitely modeled after a newer style truck. Fortunately, it’s not branded so slapping an auto manufacturer like #Jaguar on the sides, isn’t a problem.
Jaguar Lightweight E-Type
The #Mark Jones Designed, #Jaguar Lightweight E-Type couldn’t have had a better #First Edition release in my opinion. It comes in a period-correct deco with the blank white ovals over a British green racing body. The color itself looks great on just about every #Jaguar, but really has an elegant look while hugging the smooth curves of the E-Type body. The full-deco this car received does it an appropriate amount of justice as the casting is extremely detailed in itself.
Team Transport #15 (Ford Drag Team)
The #Ford Drag Team duo that makes up Team Transport #15 has a classic, American drag racing feel to it. That feeling stems from the packaging artwork all-the-way down to the vehicles themselves. The vintage graphics on these are remarkable. The only problem with a two-car hauler having only one matching car is that collectors will begin to yearn for a second Ford Drag Team vehicle to put on top.
The #Ford C-800 is the first licensed hauler we’ve seen in #Car Culture / Team Transport since the #Volkswagen Transporter T1 Pickup. While it is certainly cool to have another licensed hauler in the line, it feels like there is a slim-to-no chance this hauler is hauling anything besides a #Ford. That could pose a problem, however, it increases the chance that we will see a companion piece to this deco in an upcoming premium line. I mean, how cool would it be to have another vintage Ford casting wear this livery so you have a different piece to stack on top.
It will not be the last time we see the #Ford C-800, as a Castrol Motor Oil release was sneaked at the 33rd Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Convention by Mattel. That release will come with the #’16 Ford GT Race and be released sometime in 2020.
Custom ’64 Galaxie 500
Talk about a triumphant return, the #Custom ’64 Galaxie 500 is back in the premium range after an 8-year layoff. The casting’s last premium release came back in 2011 as part of the Vintage Racing line. I was never a fan of the deco on that one so I never picked it up. This release, however, has a very appropriate vintage #Ford Drag Team livery and is by far the best release of the casting so far. I have always been a fan of the air duct in the front grill of this casting and the dual-exhaust coming out the back, and to see the full-deco finally support that casting detail is a nice treat.
The million-dollar question lately is usually something along the lines of: “So where can I get these?” The answer to that is that I haven’t seen them appear at retail in the United States yet. So, if you’d like to get your hands on these two newest Team Transport (TT) releases, a hobby dealer is your best bet. Several have these in stock, however if you’re buying by the case code (“F” case assortment), be forewarned that you only get one of each, while the other two releases in the box will be the Nissan TT (Nissan Fairlady Z & Sakura Sprinter) and the NISMO TT (Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) & Aero Lift).
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