I came across a picked-over assortment of #Hot Wheels Boulevard yesterday at one of my local Walmarts. Gone were the Skyline, Kool Kombi, and new Toyota AE86 from the latest assortment of this #Walmart Exclusive line. It puzzled me how someone could leave what I consider the best car in the wave behind. No, I’m not some cult follower of #Alfa Romeos, let alone this specific car that I’ve most likely never seen a 1:1 of before. Rather, it’s this curvy Italian design from the 1960s that is in its stock, fiery red paint that is the real draw here.
It is hard to believe that the #First Edition of the #’69 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is a #Walmart Exclusive here in the United States as this is truly a car that should be released on a much larger scale. Of course, as I say that, I really hope this mix of #Boulevard shows up in Europe as I know there are some #Alfa Romeo fans there that can appreciate such a design. Being that this is a new casting in a somewhat limited release — in its stock deco to boot — it’s hard to imagine us getting a better version of this casting somewhere down the line.
Fiery red paint is one thing, but the casting execution by Hot Wheels designer, Mark Jones, is another. Not only was he tasked with capturing the curves of the 1:1 car in 1:64 scale, but his decision to have the window piece poke through the body to form the massive signature headlights of the #’69 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale was a great call.
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The large windows of this car provide a chance for natural light to shine through, showing off an often underappreciated element of Hot Wheels cars: the interiors. To the casual observer, most interiors tend to blend together as seats, and steering wheels are mostly unexcitable at this scale in a single color. When there is a mid-engine involved in the design however, your first instinct is to check the number of cylinders, then comes playful engine roars as you push the car across the nearest flat surface. Yeah, mid-engine Hot Wheels are fun. Sometimes you pity the cardboard collector…
The #Boulevard #’69 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is ultra-cool and I’m glad whoever it was, left it behind. The vent detail on this thing is amazing and traditionally I just love the color red on an #Exotic car. The gray #Real Riders 8-Spoke Wheels cap off this car’s luxurious feel. Oh, and I see you exhaust detail there in the back.
Hopefully, this wave of #Boulevard is hitting in your neck of the woods as well. I can’t wait to find the others, but should you have to choose one car from this mix, go with the #’69 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. There is no telling what the future holds for this casting as it could be done in a wide array of colors, or it could be a one & done. Either way, it doesn’t seem like we will see another red version soon, so if you choose to collect the most realistic deco for a casting, this is it.
It’s the only car from this set that’s a must-have for me and I rarely get a chance to go to Walmart. I really don’t like the store exclusivity of these awesome Boulevard cars.
Kinda given up on Boulevard. Most of my Walmarts don’t carry it. One store carried Mix 3 but I never saw Mix 2 on the wild and I still want two cars from it. The AE86 and Alfa Romeo are cars I want but I don’t know I’ll even get them.
How and where can I buy the Alfa T33 Stradale?
I agree, this is the best casting from that set.Found the whole set in my area and had to get an extra Alfa Romeo to open.Mattel,Keep bringing the historic exotics.
This was a must have for me too.
Since I only found one Twin Mill from this set in a nearby store, I then drove all over the area to find this one. No luck.
So, I ordered it online for a descent price, from someone who had a few other castings that I wanted too, so that helped bring down the shipping cost.
After getting it and opening it, I am as happy as I thought I would be, if not more. It’s actually sitting in front of me right now on my desk.
For me, it’s probably my favorite Premium casting of the year.
If I can find another in a store, I will definitely get it.
Similar. I’ve seen evidence of this set at two stores so far, but in both cases the evidence is two Twin Mills; all the others are gone.
Super cool car! Can’t wait to find one and put some redlines on it. The bare plastic wheels most of the “premium” cars are getting these days are horrible.
Beautiful “macchina” indeed! Very OLD SCHOOL and an INSTANT CLASSIC!
Very nicely done. As much as I want the 86 this Alfa was my favorite as soon as the pics were leaked. Luckily someone didn’t want it so I was able to get one.
If anyone is looking for some of the cars, let me know and I’ll see if I can find them for you. Ptsd83@gmail.com.
Just opened one today, reminds me of the Matchbox cars from my youth, nice shiny black base, with a nice red paint job on top
Picked up the 4 that were left over, true gem