The latest #’66 Chevy Super Nova arrived a few weeks ago. That, of course, feels like months though given the state of the world and how much things have changed. Upon arrival, I immediately freed the “Tootsie Roll’r” from its Tootsie Roll package and placed it among the other 6 releases of the casting that I already had.
Since the casting debuted as a HotWheelsCollectors.com (HWC) exclusive, only an ultra-premium version of the casting existed for the first several years, hence why most of the releases are of that caliber. It’s funny to think that the original release in 2012 didn’t even sell out on HWC with a 4,000-piece run, but that was another time, and this was an entirely new casting. #Larry Wood Designed the #’66 Chevy Super Nova, and despite it looking fabulous in spectraflame smoke, collectors weren’t immediately drawn to this #Gasser, prompting it to be for sale in the HWC shop for years — yes, years!
Today, you’d be lucky to find one under $200 as the original #’66 Chevy Super Nova has skyrocketed in price with each passing release. That seems insane considering it could be had for $7.99 under HWC’s Deal of the Day at one point.
There is detail in every one of the #’66 Chevy Super Nova releases. After all, there are all of the premium variety. With that said, every time I break these out, my eyes are drawn to the “hand-painted” lettering on the 2017 sELECTIONs release and the “copperhead skin” on the roof of the 2018 Nationals Convention piece. When Hot Wheels Graphic Designer, Steve Vandervate designed both of these, he really went the extra 1/4 mile with these #Gassers.
On the sELECTIONs release, my favorite part of the whole “GASSA NOVA” paint scheme is the lettering that mimics the hand-painted style of graphics that was seen at the dragstrip in the ’70s. He included Larry Wood (as Owner) as he was the original designer of the car, as well as himself as the “Builder” as he designed the deco. Lastly, he listed designer Brendon Vetuskey as the “Driver” as Brendon drives all things HWC/RLC from a design perspective.
The snakeskin on the 2018 Nationals piece has to be one of the coolest Hot Wheels ideas, ever. This 3D technique was actually developed previously in accordance with the factory in Thailand for the MEA Dinner Exclusive, Volkswagen Drag Bus. While that one saw a Mardi Gras theme come alive, the snakeskin roof was a perfect complement to the “COPPERHEAD” namesake on the sides of this #Gasser.
Gassermania has consumed the money in collectors’ wallets for the last couple of years and a collection of the #’66 Chevy Super Nova will not come cheap. Fortunately, there are far less of the Super Nova than the #’55 Chevy Bel Air Gasser so, if you are going to pick a #Gasser casting to splurge on, this one is within reason — especially if you’re a premium-only kind of collector.
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