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.
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.