The Hot Wheels #Loco Motorin’ had quite the debut. No one would have thought that an #Unlicensed Hot Wheels train car would have flown off the pegs — yet, here we are — the Loco Motorin’ has been sought after by collectors in the last several weeks since its debut. Of course, when I say “collectors” it’s not just Hot Wheels collectors, but also refers to the #Thomas & Friends collectors as well.
The #Thomas & Friends deco has done wonders for the #First Edition of the #Loco Motorin’ for that very fact: it appeals to two different collector bases, and most of all, KIDS! Thomas the Train is another Mattel property so its only fitting that the silver-faced, cartoon Thomas found his way onto a Hot Wheels “car” in this, the 75th Anniversary of Mattel.
This new, train locomotive casting designed by Hot Wheels Designer, Kevin Cao, has a rather muscular physique. Kind of funny considering Thomas has traditionally been depicted as a boxy train that is rather friendly. The #Loco Motorin’ looks fierce, and on the track, it should be as this Hot Wheels car was designed for performance — unlike its train predecessor, the Rail Rodder, which was in Hot Wheels lineups from 1997 to 2007.
Since the Hot Wheels #Loco Motorin’ was made for the track, this muscular “steam-powered” train design needed a low center-of-gravity. Kevin designed the base of the Loco Motorin’ to be all metal, while the body and engine pieces are both ABS plastic. This was actually a characteristic that was carried over from the Hot Wheels Rapid Transit line — a line of trains & train cars that were made to race on Hot Wheels track — released 10 years ago.
So while the #Thomas & Friends graphics may have drawn above-average interest in this #Unlicensed Hot Wheels casting, the novelty of it seems to be wearing off among Hot Wheels collectors. That’s great news for the Thomas & Friends collectors out there as well as the kids that are obsessed with this little blue train. They will be snatching these up for the months to come as Hot Wheels enthusiasts eagerly await where the graphics team takes this casting next!