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’70 Ford Mustang Boss 302
HWC Special Edition
RELEASE YEAR: 2017 • CASTING DESIGNER: Jun Imai
The Hot Wheels #’70 Ford Mustang Boss 302 bares a striking resemblance to the Hot Wheels #’69 Ford Mustang Boss 302 — both design by former Hot Wheels designer, Jun Imai. The castings are effectively tied together as a good number of collectors don’t even realize there is a difference between the two. That is evidenced by the pictures of casting collections posted to social media platforms where the releases are often co-mingled. The most noticeable difference are the front headlights as the ’70 (shown here) has stacked rectangular headlights, and the ’69 has circular head lamps.
Both castings have seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the last several years as this #Mustang tandem can now easily be considered the most popular Mustang Hot Wheels makes. That is an impressive feat in itself as Hot Wheels has released over 55 different Mustangs over the last 50+ years. Values of these reflect the casting’s modern stardom.
Color (material): Spectraflame Ice Blue (metal)
Chassis (material): Black (metal)
Deco: Matte Black “BOSS 302” Hockey Stick Stripes on Hood and Sides
Wheels: Chrome #RR5SP w/ White Goodyear on Tires
Country of Manufacture: China
Toy# (SKU): FCM80
CURRENT MARKET VALUE (Carded, August 2021)
The 2017 HWC Special Edition: #’70 Ford Mustang Boss 302 is easily the most limited of all the ’69 & ’70 Boss 302 releases out there. Limited to 7,000 pieces, this release was sold exclusively on HotWheelsCollectors.com to Red Line Club (RLC) members on November 21, 2017 for $19.99 (plus S&H). It wasn’t extremely popular at the time, as it wasn’t an instant sellout, and many could be had in HWC shop loads that popped up months later. These days, it has risen to one of the more coveted HWC/RLC pieces as the value hovers around the $300-range.
There have been 5 releases of the #’70 Ford Mustang Boss 302 thus far. The casting originally debuted in 2011 as part of the Hot Wheels Vintage Racing line when Parnelli Jones’ and George Follmer’s race cars were famously recreated in diecast form. 6 years later, the ’70 Ford Mustang Boss 302 reappeared as a HWC/RLC tool with this release in 2017. Meanwhile, the ’69 had been released a couple times over in Hot Wheels premium, basics, and as a convention piece. The ’70 would continue to serve as a HWC/RLC exclusive casting as its two releases after this release would be the 2020 RLC Exclusive in spectraflame pink and the 2021 RLC Membership car in spectraflame orange.
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