First of all, super big amazing thanks to my buddy C. for cluing me into all this stuff! We’ve got kind of a lot of stuff to go over here so I will just dive right into it!
These images are ones I actually lifted from a video that C. linked to me; I believe it came from Hot Wheels’ Twitter and seems to be the most recent piece of news.
Nothing new so far, right? This is exactly what we saw alongside the release of the Black Panther film roughly a month ago. I guess that’s alright…but why bother to reprint and/or repackage the car at all since most collectors will already be 100% familiar with…?
I guess we can lend a bit of credulity towards this redesign, though many of us have been exposed to it via the Flip Fighters or the new Thanos-themed track set. I mean I’m glad it’s different but it is a weird look. Have you caught sight of the new suit Iron Man sports in some the Infinity Wars promo stuff? It’s pretty nimble and agile looking, so I guess the car is supposed to be representative of the new digs. I’ll reserve judgement until I see the suit in action.
Hrmmm…if I had a dollar for every shade of blue that Cap has been made from, I’d have like – 7 bucks. It’s a little lazy, but at the same time I can kinda behind what looks to be literally a stripped down and darker version of the character. I think this would match up rather well with the whole “Nomad” thing, but I think Marvel explicitly stated something about not following Cap’s stint as Nomad. Actually it seems kinda silly with Cap doing shit like tripping over his own cape, but I think it’d be a great story to inject some modernization and gravitas into. And I think the whole arc with him going from uber-patriotic – possibly to a fault – to somewhat broken, disillusioned, existentially conflicted. I can’t tell from the video, but what I really want to know if the car still sports his shield or not!
I won’t lie…I was gonna be freeking pissed if we didn’t get a Thanos out of all of this. From what I can see though, he looks great, and I’m lovin’ (what I assumed to be) the completed Infinity Gauntlet up on the back.
Alright, I think these designs are pretty cool for the most part. I lifted all of the following images straight from another site so I don’t know anything terribly new or exciting but I like how different all of these vehicles look compared to each other and how well they represent themselves. Unfortunately all we have so far is one big group shot and the some concept art for each vehicle.
Mickey Mouse (Concept Art)
Pretty much what you’d expect for Mickey as a car, but sometimes it’s best to keep mega-iconic figures like him as simple as possible.
Elsa – Frozen
We got a glimpse of her in the group photo, but for some reason the site doesn’t have any concept art for her. Still, I love the shimmery blue and that awesome icy look.
Maleficient – Snow White (Concept Art)
Is it just me, or was “Maleficient,” as we know her, not a huge deal when we were young? Hmmm…I remember, like, Ursula being a big deal (she straight up scared me when I was preschool aged)…Scar was a pretty bad dude…that kid from Toy Story was creepy as shit…I guess what I’m saying is that I don’t really dig back into the 30’s or 40’s when thinking of badass Disney villains. It seems like Disney has been hard at work inflating the “evilness” of some of these old timers. But who am I to judge – they made a damn cool car out of it…I only wish they coulda channeled more of her “dragonness” into it…
Winnie the Pooh (Concept Art)
Admittedly Winnie the Pooh wouldn’t necessarily be my first choice for a Character Car. As far as how well known he is, I guess he deserves it as much as anyone, but I wouldn’t mind some stuff from their Golden Age of animation. But it’s cool. I’m glad they thought of a creative approach like the cement mixer; it’s the perfect setup for Pooh’s jar of “hunny.”
Jack Skellington – A Nightmare Before Christmas (Concept Art)
Fantastic use of the whole Character Car concept. It’s long and skinny like Jack himself and it’s got a great gothic/cartoony vibe to it. Very cool!
Mike Wazowski – Monsters, Inc. (Concept Art)
I feel like Mike is a little out of his league here with the other heavyweights and I also feel like a little green blob is a bit of a cop-out for a character. With a such a huge catalog behind them I wish they’d landed out someone a bit more “important,” or at the very least, someone more visually impressive, you know, like Mike’s blue furry buddy.
Overall I like the looks of this line. Hot Wheels has definitely been hard at work with their Character Cars, though they seem content to release a limited series and then move on. The way the original article was worded make me wonder if they plan to keep their Disney line going for more than just one set of 6 cars. Hopefully they realize how much potential they have on their hands: everything from old-timey stuff like the Seven Dwarves or Dumbo or Pinocchio, classics like The Lion King or Beauty and the Beast or The Little Mermaid, and even TV stuff like Duck Tales or Chip n’ Dale Rescue Rangers. They’ve also got plenty of room to appeal to both boys and girls, plus all the newer stuff that I think has generally been well-received over the past several years. With Star Wars having an end in sight (sorta), I could definitely see them looking for a new series to stretch out, and the scattershot approach of considering all things Disney is sure to keep fans consistently interested.
Do the dinosaurs in Jurassic World count as “characters”? I’m not sure. Is it a good idea to turn dinosaurs into cars? You bet! These boys are scheduled to drop sometime this spring, and it’s obvious that the designers worked hard to establish a particular aesthetic and then run with it. They’re hella unique…I don’t know I’d really identify them as dinosaurs or not (well, apart from appears to be a Stegosaurus) but the overall theme of being rugged, armored, tough, and extremely powerful really shines through.
Not sure who exactly is who since all we have is 2 group shots, but here’s who/what the article names:
- Tyrannosaurus Rex
- “Blue the Velociraptor”
I’m glad they’re throwing in 3 visually iconic dinosaurs – T-Rex, stegosaurus, and triceratops – and I’d love to add pterodactyl (pterosaur?) and some kinda long-necked homie (diplodocus, brachiasaurus, something like that) to round it all off. However, it just wouldn’t be “Jurassic Park” without a velociprator screeching in distance of every scene after Act I!
Sooooo…? Whatcha think? I’m excited, and I’l leave it at that! I like how the Disney cars – for the most part – maintain a very elegant and classy design. What do you like? What do you not like? Spill it below! And as always, plug me in to any ill new shit that I don’t know about!