Whats up with the Walmart “mail-ins” the last few years? These releases — known as formerly as Collector Editions — haven’t been featured as mail-in promotions for a couple years now. Some of that may have to do with the success of the Legends Tour and the sheer amount that is being distributed at those, but with less than 20 stops, and only a handful of vending truck stops associated with them, it feels like the runs on the #Walmart Exclusive #ZAMAC Collector Editions is significantly less than the “mail-ins” for other retailers’ promotions.
For much of 2019, the first of two #Walmart Exclusive #ZAMAC Collector Editions — the #Dairy Delivery — could be had through the vending machine at the Legends Tour locations. It wasn’t until the last couple, however, that the #’07 Chevy Silverado 4×4 — released at “Chevy Silverado Off-Road” — started showing up. Then, BOOM, the tour was over… no more have started to show up beyond the ones thats the appeared with the Factory-Sealed stickers from the 2019 Mini Collection #3 sets from Walmart.com.
Could the Silverado be a limited run? Probably not. BUT, as a collector of this casting, I wasn’t taking any chances. I found one online for what I believe was a reasonable deal, and added it to my collection.
It seems like forever since I first saw the images of the 2019 Collector Edition: ’07 Chevy Silverado 4×4 — and I have craved it ever-since. The #’07 Chevy Silverado 4×4 is a premium Hot Wheels casting that frankly, isn’t used too often. Over the last 5 model years, it has been released three times. The first release had a stock deco, the second release was essentially the furthest thing from that, and the third looks pretty cool with that bare-metal, #ZAMAC finish.
Heritage / Real Riders series (2015)
As I mentioned above, the first release of the ’07 Chevy Silverado 4×4 had a stock deco. The dark red is like candy, and the truck received full-deco before it was standard in a premium series. To me, it was one of the hidden gems in that 2015 Heritage line; but given the fact that it didn’t hang on the pegs for very long, maybe it wasn’t that “hidden” as a gem after-all.
Pop Culture / Star Wars Bounty Hunters (2017)
As with the case in many successful initial releases, the sophomore release usually fails to live up to expectations — think movie sequels. Gone was the casting’s release in the line it was designed for, as it had been relegated for use in the #Pop Culture line. The Pop Culture line is infamous in the collector realm as the consensus seems to be that collectors prefer their cars not be covered in pop culture graphics. One can argue what truly sells the line: the graphics or the Real Riders. Customizers jokingly call this line the, “wheels donors line”. For me, the line is one way to enjoy the stellar pop culture artwork. I don’t buy ever car from the line like I do from others, but this second release of the ’07 Chevy Silverado 4×4 was one that I was not passing up. The colors are rather cool, and the worn pattern on the sides give this truck a unique look. …and come on, isn’t Zuckuss your favorite Star Wars bounty hunter of all time??? 😉
Walmart Exclusive, ZAMAC Collector Edition (2019)
As much as I like the stock color/deco on the first release, this “ZAMAC Hot Wheels Race Team” look is uber-cool. Its flashy in a good way and I like how the chromed-out #Real Riders Exotic Wheels were chosen to sit inside those huge off-road tires. Since I acquired this piece, I have found myself just staring at it… which in most cases means that I am going to be quite fond of it down the road. For now, its a cool new piece that makes for an #’07 Chevy Silverado 4×4 trio.
SIDE NOTE: Notice the “Circle-Flame Logos” on the front? I didn’t think that it was indicating that this is some kind of regular #Treasure Hunt, but given the seemingly limited nature of this release, it kind of makes you wonder if this was indeed done in lesser quantities.
Categories: Collection Update
I really, really wish that wal-mart would make these available via the mail-in programs, instead of distributing at the Legends Tour, or purchased as part of the wal-mart sets. On the other hand, maybe the Legends tour will come back to Nashville for 2020, as we didn’t get a date in 2019.
All the best, -Steve