BREAKING NEWS:  MINECRAFT Character Cars , All-New Star Wars CARSHIPS, and New Retro-Entertainment Pieces

BREAKING NEWS: MINECRAFT Character Cars , All-New Star Wars CARSHIPS, and New Retro-Entertainment Pieces

IMPORTANT: My apologies if this entry seems “late” or “old!” I was on-track to have this thing posted early Thursday morning, within a few hours after making these finds. Unfortunately, I have also been experiencing crippling internet downtime issues. But whatever. We might be 2 1/2 days late, but these are still some damn cool finds.

Alright alright alright everybody: I’ma try to blaze through this as quickly as possible with as little extraneous material as I can manage. Why? Because I got a lot to tell you about, I’m about 26 hours later doing so, and I’m worried my internet will start blipping in and out again inexplicably. Note: This internet bullshit has delayed me yet another several hours.

Let’s go back to late late Wednesday night…technically it’s Thursday morning at this point. I went out to the closest Walmart (I find this to be a very relaxing time to shop, both instore and on the roads) and got there about 5am. Not too long ago 5 or 5:15 would signal the dawn (dawn is the moment when the sky first begins to get light, then the morning twilight follows until the sun actually peeks over the horizon, which marks sunrise and the emergence of “daytime” proper), but with the colder months in the mail, it was actually quite dark outside at 5.

I dreamily wander back to the toys. It’s weird, I know I’m not going to find something new every visit and I temper my expectations appropriately, though I also know what it’s like to stumble across that new shit and be totally blown away. My main hope yesterday morning was for the Ragnarok Character Cars or perhaps Deadpool, possibly even something new from the Star Wars trifecta (Character Cars, Carships, Starships) whose release I was unaware of.

What my eyes first landed on caused some minor cognitive overload. Yes, that old familiar “Character Cars” logo appeared, yet here they were on these foreign black and green cards. And there sir you have it, a new set of 6 Minecraft Character Cars! Now I don’t know a whole helluva lot about Minecraft, so I’m just gonna touch on them briefly and save my deeper thoughts for an unboxing day.

Minecraft Character Cars

  1. Creeper
  2. Enderman
  3. Skeleton
  4. Iron Golem
  5. Spider
  6. Zombie

With all that’s been going on I haven’t given these cars a proper look, but from what I have seen, they are pretty cool and unique. I’m surprised at how “neato” these vehicles look and I look forward to bustin’ into ’em in the near future. And by the way, the Spider is damn big – maybe up there with the likes of K-2SO or the Rancor.

As I’m busy scrambling to get all 6 of these and making sure they’re the right 6, my eyes sweep across a few other new things on the shelf as well – namely a few new Carships!

Basically we got 3 new Carships: the Resistance A-Wing, Naboo N-1 Starfighter, & Rebel Snowspeeder.

A-Wing Carship

Resistance A-Wing Fighter

N-1 Starfighter Carship

Naboo N-1 Starfighter

Snowspeeder Carship

Rebel Snowspeeder

My kid always likes to double up on Carships and Starships that would exist en masse in the Star Wars universe and luckily I was able to do just that!

2 A-wings
2 N-1s
2 Snowspeeders

Lastly, the shelves were also well-stocked with the Retro-Entertainment series. Many of these seemed from the previous release, such as Brian’s Skyline from the Fast & Furious franchise, Snoopy’s motorized house-thingamajig, the BvS Batmobile, and the Milano from Guardians Vol .2. However, they also had several newcomers (or possibly re-releases) such as the Flintstones’ main method of transport, the DeLorean as it appears in the third Back to the Future flick, and my personal favorite (so far), the Justice League Batmobile! I picked up 2 for good measure.

Flintstones and Back to the Future III

Justice League Batmobiles

Pretty fucking cool, huh? It’s days like this whre all the endless hunting and searching pays off. And it was cool because it wasn’t like I knew a release date of a particular toy or whatever, so everything was a freakin’ surprise. Anyway, I’m gonna wrap this up and go ahead and publish it because of all the delays. Enjoy, let me know what you think of all the new stuff and as always clue me into anything else new and exciting you know about!

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Three More Down – THE FLASH (Justice League) & Others

Three More Down – THE FLASH (Justice League) & Others

This all actually went down several days ago, I’m just now getting around to putting it to paper. I had a little hiccup during the week that caused me to have to drop everything and go to the State Fair (if I wanted to go at all and avoid weekend traffic). A good time was had by all and although I wish I had some fun “toy news” from the event, the State Fair isn’t exactly a toy place. It celebrates agriculture and the harvest and as such, pretty much the only toys you’ll find are the $$$ handmade, wooden, one-of-a-kind sorts of stuff, juxtaposed with the endless bits of worthless cloth and plastic that comprise the illustrious “prizes” given out by all the game booths.

Anyway, I’ve made a few fun discoveries/purchases along the way. Remember how the big wave of Justice League cars was conspicuously devoid of The Flash? A few weeks later a few Flashes began popping up, but these sold pretty quick and the one or two sellers with more than one were quick to adjust their prices. I shit you not, I watched one guy sell one for $20, the next for $25, then $30, and then $35. I know he had one priced at $40 after that, but I don’t know if it sold. By then I was getting antsy about what it would take to get my own Justice League Flash.

Justice League Flash

Well well what the hell – just then, the ever-vigilant C. stepped in to tell me of a Flash for sale on Amazon, although it would take it like 7 or 8 days to ship. I was still pretty satisfied with this because the vehicle was available for it’s regular retail, $3.99. The biggest kicker was that it was listed as an “add-on” item, a really shitty practice Amazon has started for god knows what reason. It goes like this: Amazon will offer up an item for $3.99 and call it an add-on item and tell you that you’ve got to get your cart up to $25 to actually purchase this item. The good news is that at least the $3.99 counts towards the $25 total. The bad news is that there is no other way to buy an “add on.” I could understand if $3.99 was the “special add-on price” and then you could buy it for like, I dunno, $5.99 or even $8.99 as a standalone, but the way it’s set up right now, it’s like some kind of arbitrary discrimination based on how much money one has spent. Amazon is a really great vendor to deal with in a lot of ways, but this add-on shit just feels shady.

Regardless, I snagged a couple of rarer vehicles from Blaze’s catalog (I’ll show you those a little later!) and patiently waited for The Flash. According to Amazon, the site would receive more on the 8th and ship them then. Continually outdoing themselves, I actually had the package on my porch on the afternoon of the 6th. Again, big thanks to C. for making me privy to the opportunity. The thing is, I had actually looked on Amazon before all this, but check it – it was listed fucking bizarrely – like “Justice League Vehicle 1” or something equally retarded and not including the word “flash” anywhere in it.

I am 1,000% appreciative of tips like this and I’m super glad to hear any information that any reader may have to pass on – thanks again for those that have helped and thanks in advance to those that are bound to. Also, please keep in mind that I’m open to trades or helping to track down goodies you may have a hard time finding.

Ticking off Justice League Flash means finishing off the DC pamphlet – cool I guess but now what’s coming!? I wish we could be hoping for Steppenwolf and Parademon Character Cars, but right now, things don’t look so good. We will be getting some kinda “exclusive deco Cyborg” on or around November 1st in the form of a 5-pack…along with 4 other cars that most of us will probably already have…

Overall I like the new Flash car. The old one looked sort of backwards. The new one skews a bit towards the more traditional car-shape, but the paint job does a decent job of representing the character’s beetle-like armor(?) we’ve been seeing in Justice League previews.

Interestingly, the shop.mattel.com site had both Deadpool and Loki listed (maybe Armored Hulk too?), with a special “Notify Me” button whereby the user would receive an email when the cars were available. Well, as of a few days ago, Loki had disappeared (along with the new Hulk, if it was ever there) and Deadpool was just all grayed-out with the typical out-of-stock “More Ways to Buy” button lit up. Where the fuck were my notifications, Mattel? Ugh. It’s confusing to me why in this day and age companies seem so disconnected from their products. Look at the highly automated systems that govern the nationwide inventory of places like Walmart, Amazon, Target – these systems are wildly impressive. Yet we aren’t at a point where I can’t type in some shit like “hot wheels deadpool character car” on an official Mattel site and in .0235 seconds get a list of exact locations where I can buy the damn thing within a 5, 10, 20, 50 mile radius of my zip code? Better yet, why doesn’t Mattel hold on to some of them and sell them via their site? I mean I know they do this with some of their stock, but fuck, look at all the shit that isn’t listed for sale – and then take a moment to look at how much of the shit that is listed is straight up out of stock (most likely permanently).

(shop.mattel.com actually has some pretty interesting stuff listed for their Star Wars stuff…more on that later – perhaps!)

Feeling a bit despondent about Loki but also a bit incensed at eBay’s prices, I was faced with that age-old question: do I get it now and revel in the fact that 4 weeks later I wasn’t forced to pay twice as much…? Or do I get it now and kick myself in the ass when it’s on shelves everywhere for 20% of what I paid for it in a week’s time…? It’s a hard thing to gauge. Like Guardians 2 – I only ever saw the first wave of those 4 times at 2 separate stores. As for the second wave, well, I saw Drax once and Gamora twice, both at Barnes & Noble, and I’ve yet to see Nebula or Mantis “in the wild.” But then Spider-man: Homecoming dropped and pretty much every Walmart and Target has kept a steady supply of the new Spidey and Iron Man along with Venom, Doc Ock, and Rhino.

So when considering Loki, I started thinking I should err towards the “rare” side since we still hadn’t seen any sign of Valkyrie or Armored Hulk. Does it actually mean shit when the “set” is divvied up across multiple cases released at different times? Fuck if I know, but I do notice that the more they seem to “trickle” out online, the less likely I am to just see 4-6 new Character Cars go “BAM” on the shelf 1 to 2 weeks later. At the moment in question, there was a single Loki up for sale, and judging from what the others had sold for, I decided it wasn’t awful and I saw that it certainly get worse. So I bit.

Loki

Loki is a fine looking car, and honestly it’s one I wish we’d gotten like 3 years ago or whatever. The horns are wacky and exaggerated just like Loki’s, and the matte, understated color scheme help to remind us of his time as a villain – even though I think he’s being played up as one of the protagonists in Ragnarok.

About a day later I decided to take stock of the Vulture situation…the fact that this one didn’t come out with the rest of the Homecoming stuff and was accompanied by no new pieces from Homecoming was a bit disconcerting. Looking at the “Sold” stuff surprised me even further – I didn’t expect so see just how few had made it over to eBay. Sellers caught on quick though – the first one sold for like $10, the last one was just over double that. So I carefully monitored the “Vulture situation” for the next 2 or 3 days…nothing popped up. Finally I got a hit – the guy was open to a Best Offer and free shipping and we came to an agreement. Yeah yeah, it was a little more than I wanted to pay, but a) the free shipping softened the blow a little, b) this is one of those cars that I could see potentially skyrocketing (as far as Character Cars go), and c) I bought it late Friday night, the guy shipped Saturday, and it was at my mailbox Monday morning. Can’t beat that. I’ve noticed that about 15-20% of the time, sellers with small items that they’re willing to ship for free are damn eager to knock off $0.35 wherever they can, and something that could’ve gotten here in 2 days for $2.48 ends up taking 6 days for the SUPER SAVING MEGA RATE of…$2.16 or some shit.

Vulture (Spider-man Homecoming)

Vulture is a good looking car, even if he was a less than stellar villain. I just wish we’d seen a frickin’ Shocker alongside it. Essentially the car reminds me of a more masculine, angular version of Wasp. He’s a bit on the plain side, but really, I can’t fault it too much when considering the source material. If you ask me, as dopey as the comic version was, he still had a bit more panache than this “more realistic” version conjured up for today’s movie-going audiences.

And that is that, my friends fiends friends. This still leaves Deadpool and Thor as far as cars that we know are out there. Honestly there are some pretty cheap Deadpools online, but the Thors seem to be in a similar boat to Loki, with slightly lower costs. I know Thor is just a repaint, but he be purty damn cool lookin’.

Now stay right there! Or at least resign yourself to check back very soon! I have some abso-smackin-frickin-lutely CRAZY NEW NEWS! And YES, I meant to get to it right about 24 FUCKING HOURS AGO but I couldn’t cuz my DAMN INTERNET was all UP AND DOWN like a vidja game! So sit tight young padwan. I got some bombs to drop.

Hot Wheels THOR RAGNAROK 5-Pack

No, this is not the splendifurous update that I’d hoped for, where I announce the ubiquitous distribution of Thor: Ragnarok Character Cars for all. I sincerely hope that day is coming, but after seeing the craziness on eBay for the last couple of weeks, I’m not so sure what is up with these cars.

Thor Ragnarok Pack

For now though, I guess we get the next best thing: 5-packs! Hot Wheels loves putting these out – essentially they are collections of cars, mostly Hot Wheels Originals, with decor and graphics that pay homage to certain heroes, villains, and the like. (If you’re new here, I tend to call these things “fake” characters cars for lack of better term. It was just some simple verbiage that my kid and I developed to talk about them; if you have a better term please let me know!) I have a soft spot for these simple but detailed tributes. Although not as enthralling or immersive as character cars, the unique graphics and careful usage of color give them a unique appeal.

Thor is embodied in the Aristorat, a design I’m not typically fond of – there’s something about that “rat rod” look that I just don’t care for. Now this may not crack my “Top 5” but the shiny gray gives it some curves and cuts down on the general clunkiness. The pops of red bring it to life and I love the graphics.

Thor - Aristorat

Night Shifter is presented to us as Valkyrie, who should be getting her own Character Car soon enough! The Night Shifter has always had a speedy, futuristic feel to it, though the effect can sometimes come off as “Frankenstein-ish” or mish-mashed. Fortunately Hot Wheels landed on a color scheme that basically defines “electric,” with a dark, metallic blue and chrome accents. This car looks positively charged with power, and the “Valkyrie” text and graphics give it an appropriately futuristic appeal.

Valkyrie - Night Shifter

Ah yes, and here we are at good ol’ Rodger Dodger, one of the few cars I think actually looks kinda cool with that big-ass blower sticking up. It’s got a nice mix of muscle and curves, and while usually “friendly” looking, the matte black gives it a stealthy, ominous quality befitting a super-villain, in this case Hela (who I know fuck-all about).

Hela - Rodger Dodger

Next up is the terribly mundane Rockster, supposedly acting as some sort of amalgamation of Thor & Hulk. I can at least appreciate the half-and-half artwork though. Appropriately coloring the front and rear rims is a standout effect, and I think it’d be great if they’d do the same for the windows!

Thor and Hulk - Rockster

Last up is the Hulk himself, his essence imbued within Hot Wheels’ hot-rodding ice-cream truck thingy, Cool One. It’s just kinda big and weird, but it leaves a nice bit of blank real estate on its sides for artwork and graphics. It’s a bit boxy and pudgy for my tastes, but the big, gladiatorial-esque Hulk-head painted on the sides is appreciable.

Hulk - Cool One

And there it be, the Thor Ragnarok 5-pack of “fake” character cars…maybe we could call them tribute cars? Like "Character Tribute Cars"? Hell if I know…anyway, a nicely decorated set of cars – Valkyrie and Hela are among my favorites of this whole style.

Another Friday, Another amiibo – Goomba and Koopa Troopa

So ever since Force Friday II I’ve been obsessing over Friday’s in general in the hopes of new stuff. I mean I know I can’t be expecting shit too soon, I guess I just hoped for something… especially with Christmas around the corner and the somewhat erratic “waves” that these Character Cars are sometimes released. And then for some reason I had “the seventh” bouncing around in my head. Was 10/7 an important date I needed to remember? Were there some amiibos trickling out that had slipped my mind? Maybe, except Friday was the 6th. Well I finally had the thought while I was near the electronics at Target and BAM, there was Goomba and Koopa Troopa from the Super Mario Series. It’s crazy to see the little amiibo and indeed entire Toys to Life sections whither away at first Walmarts and now Targets. Instead of being on display in the aisle, the newcomers were relegated to the end of the aisle, hanging 2-deep each.

Goomba Amiibo

This is a bit crazy when you think about it – especially when compared to the height of “amiibo-mania.” Amiibos ship 4 per box. Now I dunno how common it may’ve been to put different pieces in the same case, though this was a pattern I noticed all day Friday. The Target I went to had 2 of each. Another Target I went to had 1 Goomba and 2 Koopas, and then another had 2 of each. Yesterday (Saturday) I hit up yet another Target who had 1 of each. Crazy to think that all those Targets just got 4 amiibo. As far as I can tell, Walmart is fucking done with amiibo on a brick-and-mortar basis. Sure you can do all that online shit and have shipped to your home or made available for pickup, but their amiibo sections are all but dead. There are 3 TRUs I try to visit regularly, though I end up going to one of them a lot more than the others, and over the course of several recent visits I was surprised to seem them devoid of new Metroid or Goomba/Koopa amiibo. I feel fairly confident that GameStop and Best Buy had their fair share, though I haven’t been to either in person (lately).

Koopa Troopa amiibo

Kinda weird that all this time has passed and all we’ve got is a couple of Mario thugs. I mean it makes sense in its own way as well, I guess it would just make more sense if we had a larger cadre of goons: Shy Guy, Buzzy Beetle, Blooper, Sniffit, those kinda guys. The release of Goomba & Koopa coincides with Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions, a remake of the classic GBA RPG Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.

So yeah, cool to have these classic characters on our hands, even if having something this basic at this point tends to feel a little passé. We’ve got a few more releases lined up between now and the end of the year: 2 Fire Emblem characters are dropping on the 20th, followed by Mario’s “Wedding Party” and the anticipated Super Mario Odyssey for the Switch a week later on the 27th. And then sometime in the middle of November we get those 4 crazy looking idgets from Breath of the Wild. Finally we get 3 knights from the almost 3-year-old Shovel Knight. Two of them – Plague Knight and Specter Knight – celebrate long-completed additional content. King Knight is the third and final expansion. The expansion is slated for 2018, with the amiibo themselves rockin’ a “TBD” release date. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Shovel Knight – back in 2015 – and I even dug the 2 expansions as widely spaced as they were. But damn, it’s been long enough. Let’s just close the book and move on to Shovel Knight 2 or something.

I still need to order that “Qbby” thing from Japan though…

New Cars from Disney’s Mickey and the Roadster Racers: HALLOWEEN Cars & Horace!

That’s right pretties, I’m subjecting you to my preschool tastes once again! But seriously, just stick with me. If you want.

All Roadster Racers

I decided to be “smart” about this collection and buy each vehicle twice – one for keeping in the package, and the other for opening.

The story goes like this: at some point during your typical Character Car lull, I glanced around for other things that caught my eye. Well, for whatever reason, Mickey and the Roadster Racers caught my eye. My kid is a little too old for the show itself, but he’s well-acquainted with it from watching it with his half-brother over at his mom’s house. So he kinda filled me in on how they all had “normal” cars and could all transform into “racers.”

At the time, there weren’t really that many to collect (I guess there still aren’t) but maybe a couple of months back I distinctly remember walking through Target and spotting a new car – Minnie’s Bow-tastic Bowmobile. (I wrote an article about it here.) Now the Roadster Racers do one of those things with the backs that I can’t stand – they don’t list all the available cars, just some arbitrary chunk of them. Anyway, the significant of having the new Minnie car meant that, in addition to a couple of extra Mickey’s (to be expected) and the villain (Pete), we now had “normal” and “racer” versions of cars for the 5 main good guys…except Daisy! I thought a single new car was kinda weird, so when I saw only one new car alongside the Bowmobile I was slightly skeptical. It advertised Mickey’s Halloween Spookster, a Halloween-themed re-paint of Mickey’s Hot Rod. I hoped we’d see Daisy’s “normal” car at some point, but alas…

WELL guess what I found last Friday (maybe Saturday?) out on the edges of the Triangle? That’s right, that’s right, 4 brand new Roadster Racers:

  • Mickey’s Halloween Spookster
  • Donald’s Fright Mobile
  • Goofy’s Spaghetti Mayhem
  • Horace’s Flaming Flamenco

New Mickey and the Roadster Racers

Three of the 4 are simple repaints but I can overlook this aspect particularly when it comes to the overt Halloween themes of Mickey and Donald. The biggest surprise was the addition of Horace; I’ll have to check with my son, but I don’t even think Horace is a regular member of Mickey’s entourage. To be honest, when I first glanced at it I thought it was a new version of Pete – which I definitely would’ve been cool with too – but new characters always equals better!

And then there’s the…Spaghetti…Mayhem…thing. It’s the most obviously out of place. I guess it’s supposed to be some childish allusion to Halloween as well, but just seems so far removed from other newcomers. What’s interesting is how the cases with the new vehicles are packed. They ship in either cases of 6 or 8, and 4 of these are one each of the new ones plus a second Spaghetti Mayhem. Not sure what fills up the rest of the case, but I do know that a) it ain’t new cars and b) I can 99% guarantee that the cases don’t ship in odd numbers.

New Mickey and the Roadster Racers

I read somewhere that the show has been renewed for a second season, which I guess is a good thing! Preschool toys follow remarkably unpredictable release schedules, so there’s no telling when we’ll see another new batch. I would say we’d see a sizable wave taking us into Christmas…these new ones are timed about right, but a mere 4 and the Halloween stuff tends to make me think “maybe not.” Some stores ended up clearancing the hell outta these things a while back, but then it was back to business as usual except for the fact that the Coupe de Goof and Pink Thunder have become quite hard to find.

Beyond this little bump I do hope we get something for the proper holiday season. And since 3 of these 4 are simple repaints it seems like a reasonable possibility. Now I’m no expert on the show, I just know what I know based on a few scattered early morning glimpses and info from my kid. It’s worth pointing out that it looks like the UK has lots and lots more Roadster Racer products for sale, including a line of “minis” and who knows what else!? I’ll take a closer look and dig up more specifics before too long. Anyway, here’s my shortlist:

  1. Daisy’s “Normal” Car
  2. Pete’s Gold Car (or any other of Pete’s various cars)
  3. Clarabelle’s Racer

I was hoping to find some screenshots of relevant examples from the show but no dice. I did find the still pictured below though, which seems to show lots of different racers getting read to go. I don’t recognize any of the other characters off the bat, and unfortunately, this is as big as the still gets.

Mickey and the Roadster Racers

So what kinda hopes do you have for this random series of preschool toys? Any specific characters or cars you want to see made? I actually have another very cool slice of info on the subject but I want to save it for its own separate post, so stay on the look out for that. With any luck, I got a few more short ones coming in the next several hours!

Another Walmart Exclusive Set – FORZA MOTORSPORT

Another Walmart Exclusive Set – FORZA MOTORSPORT

Alrighty, this set of 6 is a little more recent than the last set I touched on and probably only appeared a week and some change ago. I love seeing Hot Wheels put out these sexy, super-exotic, and practically unattainable cars. Here in America it’s all Formula or Stock or Indy racing, but the Euro-centric scene of Forza gives us the best of luxury and performance via its focus on Grand Touring.

So show of hands, any Forza fans out there? Personally I’m not much of racing game sort of guy myself. I like the less realistic types of racers and those that integrate bits of combat – stuff like Mario Kart and Wipeout. But I piacked up Forza Motorsport 5 as one of the launch titles for the Xbox One and enjoyed it (and played it) a helluva lot more than Ryse and Dead Rising 3 combined (the other 2 titles I got at launch). Now I’ll admit I left several of the little assist features on, but it was still amazing.

Forza One and Two

Maybe a year later Forza Horizon 2 caught my attention. I went into it not knowing anything, and I was blown away by the open-world aspect of the game. This is truly one of my favorite video games of the 8th gen. I’ve had Horizon 3 sitting around for months now, but have yet to get around to it.

So yeah, even though I’m not a car guy, I gots some history with and ‘preciation for the Forza franchise. Let’s have a look!

  1. ’09 Ford Focus RS – Really? A Ford Fucking Focus? Why not one of their beautiful GTs? Or something super-exotic like the Venom?
  2. McLaren P1 – Yes yes and yes. This is exactly the sort of car that defines Forza and although I’d prefer a cleaner paint job over all the racing livery, I still love the look of this car!
  3. BMW M4 – I never thought BMWs were all that visually impressive, but eh.
  4. Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 – There are Lambos I like better than the Huracán, but the smooth curves here work well with the minimalist Xbox livery. Probably my second favorite of the lot (behind the P1).
  5. ’13 SRT Viper – It’s hard to argue with the inclusion of a Viper from a performance perspective, but in world of mid-engine, fusiform marvels, the Viper tends a little strongly to the American muscle side of the spectrum. I do like the curves though, and the green and black color scheme bring back memories of the original Xbox.
  6. AMC Javelin AMX – I’ve never even heard of this, have you? I mean it looks like something from the Dodge Charger family straight out of any F&F flick. Not sure if its shape evokes much of a javelin (more like a battering ram) but overall it’s a good-looking albeit somewhat familiar vehicle.

Forza Three and Four

These Forza games are loaded with cars – maybe hundreds. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think Forza Motorsport 7 is due out soon (or possibly already out) and I assume that’s what this line is celebrating. I think it’d be fucking awesome if Hot Wheels would throw all their weight behind something massive, like a casting of every featured car from a new or upcoming Forza title. This could be too big, though they could release several smaller series like these…but hey, it’s whatever. (WTF did I say that…)

Forza Five and Six

That’s gonna do it for this one…what’s next you say? Well as always there is degree of Batman/Batmobile stuff left to cover…and I also have a lot of just straight up 2017 Mainline stuff I’d like to share. Then there’s some puzzles, a fucking big ass $$$ toy, and more new stuff in various areas. That’s not even everything, just the shit I can think of that has some sort of temporal significance. So go ahead and pour yourself another beer, or coke, or friggin’ FIJI (that’s foreshadowing) and see if I’ve got anything else on deck just yet…

New Walmart Exclusive Hot Wheels Set – “Digital Camo”

New Walmart Exclusive Hot Wheels Set – “Digital Camo”

Realistically I guess it’s been a few weeks since this popped up…maybe something like 3 to 5, but it’s weird because I’ve only seen these offered at a couple of Walmarts.

One and Two

Now…”digital camouflage”…is that a thing? An actual term? IDFK but when I saw the obvious camo designs and bright colors and some hard edges (hexagons in one of ’em) the term “digital camo” came to mind. So that’s what I’m calling them. Basically we’ve got 8 trucks overlayed with slightly different shaped camo designs with markedly different prominent colors. I’m not really sure if these would stand out much on their own (I do have a soft spot for the green one though…) but as a set they’re quite nice looking.

Three and Four

All in all the trucks are pretty standard, beloved, American staples. So let’s run down the list:

  1. Hummer H2                   
  2. Humvee                 
  3. 2009 Ford F-150                   
  4. ’83 Chevy Silverado                 
  5. Custom Ford Bronco                   
  6. Chevy Blazer 4×4                   
  7. Baja Truck                   
  8. Off-Duty                 

Five and Six

And hey, I guess that about wraps it up, eh? This is fun set because although we often see sets of vehicles that are related for whatever reason(s), rarely is the set so visually themed and so clearly defined. Plus, you can now stealthily creep through all sorts of environments, from jungles to deserts to glaciers to volcanoes! Your digital fucking camouflage! Enjoy it, boys and girls! And sorry for the lack of pictures, I just couldn’t bring myself to rip these open yet!

Seven and Eight