Hot Wheels has released some cool #Halloween deco’d vehicles over the years. Among the best of them were always the #Dream Halloween exclusives. For those that don’t know, Dream Halloween was a Mattel-sponsored charity event to benefit the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF). For a good stretch of time, Hot Wheels (and Matchbox) had brought their “A”-game when it came to the yearly event producing some quality exclusives of some of the more popular vehicles.
In late 2011, the Hot Wheels #Blown Delivery had already skyrocketed in popularity as the original 2010 release was selling for $100+ — a rare feat for a new Hot Wheels vehicle a decade ago. With the exclusivity of #Dream Halloween vehicles came an influx in demand for this hot casting in a very limited release. It didn’t take long for this release of the Blown Delivery to sell in the $300-range.
Nearly 10 years later, the popularity of the Blown Delivery has fizzled and releases of it are no longer commanding the prices they once did. For collectors like me, it put a release such as this within reach as the Dream Halloween Blown Delivery can now be bought in the $100-range. I was fortunate to find mine for less than that. It was a release I had always wanted, but just never felt the urge to pay the high asking price which is typical for most Dream Halloween vehicles. Given the very limited nature of these, and the going rate of other Hot Wheels with vastly larger quantities, I decided now was the right time to grab this piece — and am glad I did!
I know Hot Wheels with tons of graphics aren’t necessarily “in” these days, but back around the time this #Dream Halloween Blown Delivery came out, they were all the rage — as were larger castings like the #Blown Delivery. Former Hot Wheels Graphic Designer, Miq Willmott, was a rockstar in the Hot Wheels collecting world. He had a knack for designing really cool heavily-tampo’d Hot Wheels, especially when it came to #Halloween vehicles. This “Graveyard Shift” Blown Delivery definitely ranks up there with his best designs.
Fast-forward to the present day. I launched the Hot Wheels iD app on my iPhone as I heard there were some new digital-only iD cars, along with some new levels — finally. One of those vehicles is the Hot Wheels Time Shifter appropriately titled, “Graveyard Shifter”. As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly where I had seen those “Graveyard Shift” graphics before.
The design is so awesome that it’s cool to see it recycled some nine years later. As for the original #Dream Halloween release… well, nothing tops the ultra-crisp graphics on this #Blown Delivery. Add in the fact that they are tampo’d over the spectraflame light green paint, and this is definitely one of the nicest Hot Wheels #Halloween cars of all-time.